Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Logjam: Balance or business as usual?
The preliminary decision by the U.S. Forest Service to reject a balanced conservation alternative to the Logjam timber sale on Prince of Wales Island was a disappointment.

Keep hateful voices off your televisions
To heck with President Obama and his socialism, I say, I am an Alaskan! Now, if you will excuse me, I need go make sure my Permanent Fund Dividend will clear OK, get my winter unemployment paperwork started, and write my health insurance company a check for $1,000 a month for one person, for Cobra, what a deal (steal?).

Juneau dance instructor honored
About 30 years ago, an East Coast dance instructor and her Coast Guard family made the long trip to Alaska. Little did Janice Holst know her passion for dance would lead her to create one of the most established dance studios in Alaska.

Absentee voting begins today
Absentee ballots are available starting today for the Oct. 6 Juneau municipal election, with absentee-in-person voting beginning today as well.

Correction
A musician was misidentified in a photo caption in Sunday's Neighbors section. Chris Fannin was the bass guitar player at Thursday's fundraiser for the Bukessa Children's Home in Uganda at the Hangar on the Wharf.

First year of new high school system evaluated
An independent report that evaluated the Juneau School District's first year implementing its Next Generation Plan shows that while the majority of parents and students are pleased with the district's new teaching model, a significant portion of staff is not.

Public input sought on plan to preserve islands
When Jim King's three kids were growing up in Juneau, he and his wife, Mary Lou, would take the family fishing on their 16-foot Lund, stopping frequently at islands along Lynn Canal.

Technology hiccup delays parking payments
People who park their cars at the city harbor in Auke Bay may see a small surprise on their September credit card statements. Parking fees from the entire summer are just now being processed due to a technical hiccup, city officials said.

Candidate for School Board has DUI record
Background searches on municipal election candidates revealed that Juneau School Board candidate Mary Marks pleaded no contest to a drunken-driving charge in October 2005 while serving on the Anchorage School Board.

Photos: Cannery Reunion
The fourth annual "All Cannery Reunion Days Banquet" at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Photo: Phineas' wake
Trumpeter Bobby Reynolds (aka "The Great Baldinni") leads a New Orleans-style funeral march Saturday afternoon from the Alaskan Bar to the Red Dog Saloon during the wake for Tyler "Tag" Eckles (aka "Phineas Poon"), a well-known Juneau musician who died July 26.

Photo: Coastal cleanup
Karen Hock picks up trash Saturday on Sandy Beach during the International Coastal Clean Up. Volunteers braved blustery conditions to clean up Juneau's beaches as they took part in the event.

Photo: Last tours
Lissa Haines, left, Mandi Johnson and Wayne Whitlock stand in the rain to sell some of the final tours of the 2009 cruise ship season at the downtown Juneau harbor terminal.

Photo: Good boy
Jack, a black labrador retriever, carries his own leash Friday along the floats at Auke Bay.

Around Town
Today, Sept. 22

Photo: Harnessing the wind
Beginning wind surfer Melora Gaber practices surfing Sunday in Gastineau Channel near Sandy Beach. High wind gusts kicked up waves throughout the day. Today's forecast calls for rain and east wind to 15 mph.

Police & Fire
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Around Town
Today, Sept. 21

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Michael See Sr.
Hoonah resident Michael Richard See Sr., K'alax heitl of Tlingit, died Sept. 10, 2009, in Hoonah. He was 62.

Richard W. Davis III
Juneau resident Richard W. Davis III died Sept. 15, 2009, in Juneau. He was 59.

Regulating carbon
The following editorial appeared in the Washington Post:

Balancing reform of health insurance
This editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Music has lost its meaning
I blame Elvis. With Chuck Berry, Little Richard and other icons from rock's first generation, he pioneered an incendiary idea: that music could be more than a medium of entertainment, that it could and should also be a tool of cultural revolution. It was not, after all, just music that moved town fathers to ban rock concerts and angry men with sledgehammers to smash jukeboxes containing rock records.

America should bank on students, not executives
Congress is considering what may be one of its most important pieces of legislation this year: whether to take the student loan program away from private banks and shift it to an existing government program. The House passed the bill Thursday, and the Senate could take it up as early as this week. It's the first step toward reforming how students pay for college. And in this troubled economy, students are the best investment the government can make.

It's time to think and act anew
Economic collapse is not an anniversary anyone wants to mark, but we note it this month.

Young people must strive for a more complete skill set
In a period of uncertainty, rapid change and economic disruption, it is more important than ever to plan for the future. Strategizing is especially urgent for America's young people, who already face the most difficult job market in decades. To compete in the global marketplace, they must assemble a carefully selected basket of skills.

Defense through weakness
When I was a kid, there was a bully in our neighborhood. He never picked on kids his own size and certainly not on anyone larger. Rather, he punched, pushed and kicked kids smaller and weaker than himself, especially those who refused to respond to his threats. Stirred by his adversaries' impotent responses, the bully felt free to slug anyone he fancied. Most kids tried to avoid him, thinking their demonstration of weakness might protect them from being hit. It never did. Having set themselves up as easy targets, the bully went after these kids first.

Anchorage union mulls shorter work week
ANCHORAGE - Members of the largest city employee union in Anchorage are voting on a proposal to have their work week shortened from 40 hours to 37.5 hours.

Girl shot dead at Anchorage party
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have identified a teenager shot to death at an Anchorage party.

State board seeks input on emergency school closures
JUNEAU - Alaska Education Commissioner Larry LeDoux signed an emergency regulation that provides an incentive for school districts to offer instruction during emergency closures.

Parnell plans PFD announcement
FAIRBANKS - Gov. Sean Parnell has planned a press conference to announce the amount of the 2009 Alaska Permanent Fund dividend.

Iron Dog race loses primary sponsor
ANCHORAGE - The world's longest snowmobile race has lost its primary sponsor.

State chamber meets in Homer conference
HOMER - The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce has its conference and trade show in Homer this week.

Petition seeks reversal of smoking ban
UNALASKA - Smokers in this stormy city in the Aleutian Islands are trying to get the City Council to reverse its ban on lighting up in bars.

Towns receive Alaska Native library grants
JUNEAU - The federal Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded museum services grants to three Southeast Alaska entities.

Republicans suggest replacements for Sen. Gene Therriault
FAIRBANKS - Gov. Sean Parnell will have three names to choose from to replace Gene Therriault as state senator from District F, which stretches from North Pole to Valdez.

Police charge hikers with endangerment
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a pair of hikers who spent a night on a mountain trail with a 6-year-old have been charged with reckless endangerment.

Rescue mission takes on recycling
FAIRBANKS - About 7,000 pounds of paper, cardboard and aluminum have been collected in the first two weeks of operation of the recycling center at the Fairbanks Rescue Mission.

Cities receive Alaska Native library grants
JUNEAU - The federal Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded six-figure grants to four Alaska entities.

Ferry Tustumena back in service
JUNEAU - The state ferry Tustumena is back in service after repairs were completed.

Winter hours begin at visitor center
JUNEAU - The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center will begin its winter operating hours on Friday.

Glacier Spur Road closure extended
JUNEAU - The U.S. Forest Service extended the closure of Glacier Spur Road until this morning as a safety measure following a bear encounter Friday afternoon.

Victims of burglary held on drug charges
ANCHORAGE - Two people injured in a home invasion robbery last May have been indicted on federal drug charges.

Fuller finding a path to the Majors
It's not every day a player who's not yet had even a cup of coffee in the big leagues gets traded for a likely candidate to enter Cooperstown as a future hall of famer.

Bears dominate, Falcons put up best times of the year
The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears did not slow down on Saturday at the 2009 Ketchikan Cross Country Invite, as they continued their hot streak toward the Region V meet in Juneau on Saturday.

New controls in place on Anchorage city credit cards
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage City Manager George Vakalis has told employees to stop using city credit cards to buy flowers for funerals or hospitalizations or to pay for retirement gifts.

Critics ask to halt offshore drilling
WASHINGTON - Opponents of offshore drilling - including some dressed as salmon and polar bears - delivered more than 250,000 postcards and letters to the Interior Department Monday on a proposal to open vast waters off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts to oil and gas drilling.

Polar bear takes center stage in climate drama
TUKTOYAKTUK, Northwest Territories - Henry Jr. slept in the arms of his father the unhappy hunter, who pondered the future of the boy born last Arctic winter, in the depths of a polar bear season he'd rather forget.

Mount Redoubt steams, seismic activity eases
KENAI - Clouds lifted to allow weekend viewing of Mount Redoubt as scientists said seismic activity at the volcano kept declining.

Six-figure lottery delayed 2 months
The second six-figure statewide lottery in Alaska history was postponed by more than two months because the sponsors have not sold enough tickets.

Lawmakers live on food stamps for 1 week
FAIRBANKS - If Rep. Scott Kawasaki, D-Fairbanks, has been irritable this week, it's for good reason.

Nearly all of 1st Stryker brigade back at Wainwright
FAIRBANKS - The last members of the 1st Stryker brigade are returning to Fort Wainwright after a year in Iraq.

Optimism, concern prevail in US aquaculture boom
WASHINGTON - By the end of this year, the world is projected to reach an unheralded but historic milestone: Half of the fish and shellfish we consume will be raised by humans, rather than caught in the wild.

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