Wednesday, September 17, 2008

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

U.S. should heed world opinion
Attacking Obama or Palin for their lack of foreign policy experience is dumb. This is because the value of experience acquired by all other current and possible leaders is shown by the messes America now suffers from. Willingness to look, communicate and learn would better serve our country.

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!

People getting assistance need it
I wonder why Anthony Walker thinks that a welfare or public assistance check is big enough to cover basic car repairs, replace an old worn out refrigerator, or even buy new winter clothing, never mind pay the increased fuel, food and utility costs.

House hopeful Muñoz a champion of arts
One of the greatest attractions for me in my 23-year residence in Juneau has been our vibrant, eclectic arts and humanities community. Many people and organizations contribute to make possible opportunities for enjoyment of and participation in the arts in our city, region and state.

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.

Thank you, please slow down
To buses and vehicles that are going the speed limit or less in the 20 mph zone at the Mendenhall Glacier, thank you. To those of you who continue to ignore the speed limit, please slow down.

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?

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.

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.

Support covered court at Dzantik'i
We have the opportunity as a community to finally fund the covered play area at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School that has been planned for the last 15 years.

Juneau leaders back up earmarks
Earmarks are rapidly getting a bad name in presidential politics, but in Alaska and in Juneau, they're seen differently.

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.

Trial begins in drug ring case
Opening arguments in one of the city's largest organized crime trials in recent history are expected to begin today in Juneau Superior Court.

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.

Photo: Golden opportunity
Juneau's Seth McBride of the U.S. Wheelchair Rugby Team makes a big hit and takes control of the ball Friday in a game against China during the Paralympic Games in Beijing. Team USA beat China 65-30 in the first game. It went on to win all five games, clinching the gold medal Tuesday after beating Australia 53-44.

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

Around Town
Today

Photo: Slick moves
Michan Gallagher rides down a side wall on his skateboard Sunday at the Pipeline Skate Park. Gallagher said during rainy days, the ground in the park becomes slick and can be a bit tricky to ride without slipping. He and a couple friends brought a heater to dry out the area.

Photo: Vigil participants urge voice for children
Participants in a silent vigil wear duct tape across their mouths Tuesday on the steps of the Capitol to protest political campaigns that ignore children's issues such as poverty, health and abuse. The duct tape was used to emphasize that children have no political voice. The silent vigil lasted 31 minutes to represent the more than 31,000 children in Alaska the activists said are in need of child care. The event was sponsored by Alaska Resource and Referral Network and other groups.

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

Around Town
Today

Photo: Sitting tight
A brown bear waits on his rocky perch for salmon to pass by on Sept. 12 at the Chilkoot River in Haines. A late run of salmon has attracted brown bears to the river.

Recognitions
Taku Toastmasters recently received the 2008 Distinguished Club award from Toastmasters International. This award was presented to the club for outstanding achievements in education, membership and communication.

Family child care providers earn national accreditation
The Association for the Education of Young Children-Southeast Alaska (AEYC-SEA) is pleased to congratulate the following family child care programs which recently earned national accreditation through the National Association of Family Child Care. The National Association for Family Child Care is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.

Reconnecting with the outside world
My daughter is in Kindergarten and is settling in quite well. My son has started preschool, two days a week, and when I come to pick him up he's reluctant to leave.

Oldaker to chair United Way campaign
JUNEAU - Lawrence Lee Oldaker was chosen as the United Way of Southeast Alaska Campaign chairman for the 2008 campaign. He previously served on the United Way Board of Directors in 2002 when the annual campaign collected a record $552,603 throughout Southeast Alaska. He also was active on the steering committee for Leadership Juneau, a United Way of Southeast Alaska program to develop community leaders.

On war: Gurkhas come with knives flashing
A mercenary is defined in the dictionary as a professional soldier hired to serve in a foreign army.

University foundation to offer scholarships
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Foundation recently announced the availability of scholarships for students attending any campus of the University of Alaska (Anchorage, Fairbanks, Southeast and all community campuses) during the 2009-10 academic year. The UA Foundation has 58 scholarships offering awards from $500 to $8,000. Requirements vary. Please visit our website for the specifics, at http://www.alaska.edu/foundation/scholarships/.

Thanks, Taku Fisheries, for donating salmon
The Juneau Raptor Center is very grateful to Taku Fisheries for again donating pink salmon for our rehabilitating and non-releasable eagles.

Photo: Hoonah Sept. 11 memorial
Representatives from the Hoonah Department of Public Safety, Hoonah Volunteer Fire Fighters, Emergency Medical Services, Alaska State Troopers and the U.S. Forest Service attend the Sept. 11 Patriot's Day Observance at the U.S. Forest Service Ranger Station in Hoonah last Thursday. The Hoonah Department of Public Safety thanks the Rev. Mike Borg, of Harbor of Faith, for conducting the service, and members of the community for attending.

Alter to celebrate 90th birthday
In recognition of Catherine Alter's 90th birthday, an open house reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, in the Fellowship Hall of Northern Light United Church, 400 West 11th St. The community of friends and acquaintences are invited to join her on this special ocassion. No gifts please, other than your presence.

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

Marjorie Garrison
Juneau resident Marge Cecelia (Osborne) Garrison died Sept. 11, 2008, at her home in Juneau. She was 70.

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: Think of the community when voting
Recently as I read the breaking news about the latest failures of Wall Street firms (the pending bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers and the distress sale of Merrill Lynch), my mind raced back to what my mother said during the last year of the Reagan administration.

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: Searching for an end to crisis
Monday was one of the most wrenching days in the history of the American financial system. One blue-blooded investment bank, Lehman Brothers, sought shelter under Chapter 11 bankruptcy laws, while another, Merrill Lynch & Co., announced it had sold itself at fire-sale prices to Bank of America.

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.

Juneau offers junk vehicle disposal
JUNEAU - The city of Juneau will sponsor a Junk Vehicle Event starting Sept. 29 to give residents an opportunity to unload old cars for free.

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

Coast Guard rescues injured man at sea
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard rescued an injured Sri Lanka man at sea.

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.

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.

School enrollment exceeds 48,000
ANCHORAGE - Enrollment at the 100 public schools in Anchorage has exceeded expectations and officials are wondering whether high fuel prices are driving a stronger migration from rural areas.

Weight limits set on Jordan Avenue Bridge
JUNEAU - Weight limits are being imposed on the Jordan Avenue Bridge.

Alaska fiber-link cable reaches Oregon
FLORENCE - A cable-laying ship off of Florence, Ore., is completing a fiber-link communications cable from Alaska to the lower 48 states.

USPS to unveil statehood stamp
JUNEAU - The U.S. Postal Service will unveil a stamp ahead of 50th anniversary of Alaska's statehood.

GOLD!
Seth McBride and the U.S. wheelchair rugby squad went undefeated over five games at the 2008 Paralympics games in Beijing last week, topping Australia in Tuesday's championship 53-44 for the gold.

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

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.

Republicans shift gears on 'Troopergate'
Republican allies of Gov. Sarah Palin are balking at the so-called "Troopergate" investigation, and trying to derail an inquiry Palin herself pledged cooperation with.

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.

Arctic sea ice melt comes close, but misses record
WASHINGTON - Crucial Arctic sea ice this summer shrank to its second lowest level on record, continuing an alarming trend, scientists said Tuesday.

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.

Fairbanks football game brawl prompts changes
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks borough school district officials are looking at changes to how high school football games are handled following last week's brawl at a homecoming game.

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.

Stevens loses attempt to get trial thrown out
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens lost a final attempt Tuesday to get his corruption indictments thrown out and end what could be a politically damaging trial before it begins in federal court next week.

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 keeps distance on campaign trail
DAYTON, Ohio - Asked about her refusal to turn over e-mails to an Alaska investigator, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin looked up, smiled - and then stepped wordlessly into her waiting car.

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.

This Day in History
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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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