Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Vote for Monkman for School Board
I am so pleased that Dick Monkman is running for the Juneau School Board.

Greetings from Nowhere, Alaska
I am a three-term Ketchikan City Council member. I am, and always have been, an opponent of the Gravina Bridge - but Gov. Sarah Palin is taking a cheap shot.

People who receive welfare need it
I believe Anthony Walker was a bit short-sighted in his "Miffed by welfare and the permanent fund" letter to editor on Sept. 12.

It's time to get rid of the Electoral College
While observing the manic chase for votes in this year's presidential election process, I am reminded of another issue voters should remember but that is all too often forgotten. I am speaking of the fact that our president is not elected by the voters but is selected by members of the Electoral College.

Miner's association forgot somebody
In a recent letter to the editor, Steve Borell, of the Alaska Miner's Association, stated that Alaskans owe a debt to "many companies" and Native corporations for their efforts to defeat Ballot Measure 4. It seems Borell has forgotten who actually voted to defeat this ballot measure.

Perceptive comments on Russia, Georgia
Once again an excellent My Turn column on the recent Russian-Georgian troubles by a resident of Juneau, this time by Alexander Dolitsky. It seems to me that more expertise and wisdom about recent and centuries-old tensions and conflicts in the Caucuses reside here in Juneau than in Washington or in the high councils of the McCain and Obama campaigns.

McCain is using Palin to pander to extremes
Although Sen. John McCain and his campaign have issued defensive comments regarding the inadequacy of his vetting process of Gov. Sarah Palin, we have yet to see any real proof of a thorough investigation. McCain's own campaign manager declined to comment on the matter, and McCain himself has chastised the media for questioning him about it. Why?

Cartoonist Toe has found his muse
Some readers may not be enjoying Toe's recent cartoons on Sarah Palin, but I think this political turn-of-events has truly inspired Toe's muse. The cartoon where Toe has Palin thinking like the killer in "No Country for Old Men" is a small masterpiece. Keep up the good work!

Alaska Air cuts won't affect Southeast
Alaska Airlines is cutting flight schedules and jobs, but many Alaska Airlines flights in Southeast won't be affected, partly because they're subsidized by the federal government.

AEL&P: Snettisham lakes full
The Snettisham lakes that provide Juneau's electricity are filling and spilling with the summer's rain, making it less likely that diesel will be burned to light the city this winter.

'Peaceful Warrior' author to visit Juneau
Author Dan Millman has taught thousands of people to live the way of a "Peaceful Warrior" over the past several decades.

Photo: Police investigate suspicious package
Juneau Police Officer Mike Wise places portable X-Ray equipment Monday to photograph the contents of a suspicious package left at a bus stop next to the Federal Building. After the Juneau Police received a report of a suspicious looking package, officers responded and closed off the area until the contents of the bag could be determined. The Juneau Police Department Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit found the bag contained a laptop computer and no explosives. Police said no crime was committed.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Photo: Big payout leads to big purchases
Jon Deguzman waits in line with a Rock Band game on Sunday at Fred Meyer. Deguzman said he splurged with some of his Permanent Fund dividend check and energy rebate. Juneau stores were packed this weekend after an estimated 500,000 Alaskans received up to $3,269 in their bank accounts Friday morning.

Photo: A whale of a tail
A humpback whale shows its fluke as it dives Sunday in the Favorite Channel near Aaron Island. Tour operators are winding down operations as the tourism season draws to a close.

Around Town
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Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Around Town
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Donald D. Leishman
Former Juneau resident Donald D. Leishman died Sept. 8, 2008, after a sudden heart attack. He was 64.

Robert Williams Sr.
Juneau resident Robert ("Somebody" or "00") Williams Sr. died Sept. 13, 2008, in Anchorage with his family at his side. He was 65.

My turn: Meeting transportation needs in the age of high gas prices
I have worked downtown for many years. My schedule requires that I be at the office before 7 a.m. Some of my friends and colleagues have a similar schedule. When gasoline rose to $2.50 per gallon, they asked if I was going to start a shuttle service using my 15-passenger van. They figured they could give me a few dollars per week and not pay the "high" fuel costs and avoid the hassle of driving, particularly during winter.

My turn: Fishing councils must be held accountable
With the fishing gear, be it larger-than-football-field nets that drag the ocean's floor for fish, crab pots, longline fishing hooks or other gear used to catch and kill fish, much more than fish are being destroyed. Let's look at one approach: the deep-sea trawlers that hunt and search for pollock and other flat fishes.

My turn: Troopergate raises eyebrows
The most important questions in examining Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan are those like "Did Sarah raise an eyebrow?" or "Did anyone on her staff clear his throat?"

Outside editorial: Buyer beware
On the campaign trail and during their convention, Republicans have touted private enterprise as the solution to America's health care crisis - despite evidence that within the government's Medicare program, private enterprise is causing more problems than it's solving.

Outside editorial: Palin's interview: Not disqualifying, but not reassuring
Gov. Sarah Palin does not bring to the vice presidential campaign, to use her words, "a big fat resume." Her scanty public record makes interviews such as the one she gave to ABC's Charles Gibson especially important.

Eaglecrest online survey ends Friday
JUNEAU - An online survey that Eaglecrest Ski Area posted to gather information from Juneau residents on their use of the area will end Friday.

Football brawl case under investigation
FAIRBANKS - Officials in Fairbanks say they still don't know the cause of fights at a weekend high school football game that caused the event to be suspended.

Alaskans face postal crime charges
ANCHORAGE - Federal prosecutors say 10 Alaskans are charged with various violations involving the U.S. Postal Service.

Man charged with attempted murder
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks grand jury has indicted a man on nine felonies tied to a shooting on the city's north side.

Police suspect medical condition in crash
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say they suspect a medical condition is to blame for a fatal downtown car crash over the weekend.

Sprinkler saves restaurant from fire
KENAI - Fire officials in Soldotna are crediting a sprinkler system with saving a busy restaurant that caters to thousands of tourists and residents.

Flood advisory issued Sunday
JUNEAU - The National Weather Service issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for minor flooding of poor drainage areas Sunday for the Juneau borough and northern Admiralty Island.

Bethel police shoot man who had rifle
BETHEL - Bethel police say officers shot and killed a man who pointed a rifle at them.

Woman dies in crash with flatbed truck
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a woman was killed and another was injured in a downtown crash.

Fort Richarson soldier dies in Iraq
FORT RICHARDSON - Military officials say a Missouri soldier assigned to Fort Richardson was killed in Iraq.

Adak on the verge of running out of fuel
ANCHORAGE - The tiny community of Adak is on the verge of running out of diesel to power its town generator even though tanker-loads of fuel are sitting nearby.

Sams, Mielke lead We B Bad into first place in Sunday mixed league
Bobbi Sams rolled a 202 game (68 pins over average) and 484 series while teammate Sandy Mielke rolled a 170 game leading We B Bad to a four-game sweep of Bee Plus in the Sunday Mixed Bowling League.

Anglers spend fewer hours reeling in kings, more on cohos
Last week, on average it took Juneau area marine boat anglers 58-rod hours to harvest a king. Last year at this time, it took 65-rod hours and the five-year average was 150-rod hours per fish. Not enough fish were caught to calculate hot spots for last week.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Junior Youth Football League Box Scores
Cub Football

Juneau-Douglas High School varsity volleyball stats
JDHS vs. Ketchikan, Sept. 13

Juneau Parks and Recreation
Men's Division 2

Palin touches familiar territory in first stops
DENVER - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has left the wilds of Alaska, but she hasn't quite left the mountains.

Permanent Fund takes hit as market falls
The worst day in the U.S. stock markets since Sept. 11, 2001, hammered the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. on Monday, but left fund managers continuing to preach the value of diversification.

Alaska Airlines to cut capacity, slash jobs
NEW YORK - Alaska Airlines said Friday it will cut capacity by 8 percent this winter and slash up to 1,000 jobs, as high fuel costs and a weak economy provide a "one-two punch" to the carrier's bottom line.

Alaska bloggers finding gold in Sarah Palin
ANCHORAGE - AKMuckraker, anonymous left-leaning Anchorage blogger, was born in May on a Web site called "Mudflats." With a pair of yellow galoshes as her mascot, Muckraker started writing just before Mother's Day, ranting about Rep. Don Young's vote against a resolution honoring moms. A few people may have read her post, but no one left any comments.

Younger evangelicals in U.S. split over Palin nomination
When Jessica Stollings learned on Facebook that John McCain had named Sarah Palin as his running mate, the 26-year-old from Bristol, Tenn., took the day off and picked up some campaign yard signs. Just like that, she went from "just a voter" to a McCain evangelist.

Meltdown likely to reverberate
CHICAGO - Wall Street's meltdown sent the stock market reeling and left Main Street with one sobering thought: It isn't over yet.

Pollution in lower Kenai River diminishes
KENAI - Water quality in the Kenai River improved over the summer with new anti-pollution measures in place, according to preliminary findings.

Alaskans question Palin's e-mail secrecy
ANCHORAGE - Moments after Gov. Sarah Palin's first speech as Republican John McCain's running mate, she sat with her kids backstage, thumbing one of the two BlackBerrys that are always with her. You can see them in photographs from that day on the campaign blog of one of McCain's daughters.

Vice presidential candidate spells out her role in McCain administration
GOLDEN, Colo. - Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said Monday she would concentrate on energy, government reform and helping families with special needs children if Republicans win the White House this fall, and drew cheers when she said, "too often government is the problem" rather than the solution.

Palin unlikely to speak with investigator hired by lawmakers
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin is unlikely to speak with an independent counsel hired by Alaska lawmakers to review the firing of her public safety commissioner, a spokesman for Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Monday.

Begich faces fine from APOC
ANCHORAGE - The staff of the Alaska Public Offices Commission is recommending a $1,420 fine against U.S. Senate candidate Mark Begich for submitting an incomplete state financial disclosure report.

Kodiak seeks federal funds for fisheries observer plan
ANCHORAGE - Kodiak officials are looking for additional federal funding to help pay for a costly fisheries observer program.

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