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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

NFIB right to challenge health care law
Unfortunately the Juneau Empire got it wrong in running an editorial from the Concord Monitor ("Health care mandate should clear constitutional hurdles" in the July 25 Empire) which extolled the constitutionality of the new health care law, specifically the individual mandate provision which forces all Americans to purchase health insurance whether they want to or not.

Hoonah tragedy reinforces need for CIT plan, funding
Thank you for your article about the good in Hoonah. The tidal wave of shock and pain spread far and wide as it touched everyone with ties to our beloved Hoonah. Every one of us are related one way or another. We can all trace our lineage of who we are and where we come from - Glacier Bay. When we were driven out of Glacier Bay by the ice, it was as devastating as 9/11.

University president: Oppose largest tuition hike in history
The Board of Regents and new University of Alaska President Patrick Gamble should oppose the largest tuition hike in University of Alaska's history at their Thursday meeting in Juneau. The Board of Regents are considering 23 percent worth of increases over two years, making college drastically more expensive for the 30,000 students who attend statewide.

Time to step up on to the plate on second crossing
I support this project because it is time for us to step up to the plate and accomplish a transportation project that will save lives by providing a direct route for emergency vehicles and afford efficient access to recreation opportunities on Douglas Island.

No Charter commission needed, vote no on Prop. 3
On Oct. 5th, registered voters in Juneau will be asked to vote during the local municipal election on Proposition 3 which asks "Shall there be a Charter Commission to review or amend the Charter?" The League of Women Voters of Juneau has been studying all sides of this issue over many years and again, during the past two years. The League of Women Voters of Juneau urges voters to vote no on Proposition 3.

Workshops kick off 51st state chamber gathering
The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce kicked off its 51st Annual Fall Conference and Business Trade Show on Monday with a series of workshops designed to show Alaska businesses what various organizations can do for them.

Gas pipeline experts say a big pipe is needed
Those trying to develop Alaska's vast natural gas reserves, both for local consumption and export, told the state's business leaders Tuesday that the state is on track, or multiple tracks, to get a natural gas pipeline.

'Romeo' trial delayed
The two defendants facing multiple hunting violations in what has become known as 'The Romeo Trial,' won't be going to court anytime soon, a judge said Monday.

New health care provisions will have an effect on businesses
A panel of health care administrators saw this year's Alaska State Chamber of Commerce's convention as an opportunity to relate what the recent health care reform means to businesses.

DEC: Recalled crab reached Juneau stores
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed that shipments of recalled crab meat have been distributed in Juneau, and the suspected lots are being investigated.

Vote No group formed on Douglas Crossing
A "Vote No" group has formed for Proposition 2, which asks voters to extend a 1 percent temporary sales tax for 10 years for a second North Douglas crossing.

City cruise ship docks to be on floating berths
The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly approved a cruise ship dock replacement plan that would move the city cruise ship docks back from the existing ones to floating berths in a 7-1 vote Monday.

City tightens no-smoking ordinance
The City Assembly tightened language to explicitly include commercial vehicles in its anti-smoking ordinances on Monday.

League of Women Voters to host forum on Prop. 2
The League of Women Voters of Juneau will host a forum featuring speakers both in favor of and opposed to Proposition 2, the city ballot measure which would dedicate a 1 percent sales tax for 10 years to pay for a crossing to Douglas Island.

Photo: Photo finish
Sidra Gregoire, left, and Skylar Cooney race to the finish of the community race before the Juneau High School Cross Country Invitational on Saturday at Sandy Beach. The duo finished the one-mile run with times of 9:58.

Photo: Downtown practical joke
A cigarette receptacle became the source of a practical joke on the corner of 3rd and Seward Streets on Tuesday afternoon. The fire inside eventually went out.

Police & Fire
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Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Photo: Listen to the rules
Rosanna Williams goes over the days park rules to her son Robert See, 1, niece Faith Hunt, 2, and daughter Brenda See, 4, Monday at Twin Lakes Park

Joe Bennett Jr.
Joe Bennett Jr. passed away September 17, 2010 in Bainbridge Island, Washington, with his family by his side. He was born to Alice J. Bennett and the late Joe Bennett Sr. on November 26, 1938. He lived in Angoon in his younger years, attended Sheldon Jackson High School and graduated in 1958. Joe and his family lived in Juneau before they moved to Bainbridge Island.

Marvin "Buck" Dale Busby, Jr.
Former Juneau resident Marvin "Buck" Busby, Jr., 39, died Sept. 6, 2010 in his birthplace of Dinuba, Calif.

Outside editorial: Stop sitting on judges
The following editorial appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Monday, Sept. 13:

Outside editorial: Changes in Cuba's Communist economy offer US openings
The following editorial appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Celebrate National Public Lands Day!
Millions travel to our national forests, parks and wilderness areas each year, with visitation in July 2010 to Yellowstone National Park marking an all-time high. What some may not realize is that each of us - every citizen of the United States - owns a stake in approximately 650 million acres of the nation's lands. In effect, the property deed for almost one-third of our country lists the American people as owners. We'd better take care of it.

Miller rides the tail of Reaganomics
For Joe Miller, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, targeting wasteful federal spending is his highest priority. He's signed the "Contract From America," which would end all earmarks until Congress balances the federal budget. On the stump, he's promised to end congressional pork even for Alaska. What does this mean for a state economy that's heavily dependent on federal spending? Very little, because earmarks only amount to a penny for every federal dollar arriving on our doorstep.

Rather than soaking the elusive rich, let's reduce the tax burden on everyone
What should we do about ending those Bush tax cuts? As you may have heard, those are the tax cuts that let the rich get away without paying their fair share of federal income taxes and force the middle class to carry the burden of paying for the costs of government in Washington.

Walker to announce decision on run Wednesday
JUNEAU - Bill Walker plans to announce Wednesday whether he'll re-enter the race for governor as a write-in candidate.

Senators plan hearing on spill preparedness
ANCHORAGE- State senators will conduct a hearing Tuesday to take testimony on Alaska's response capability to a petroleum spill.

GOP congressional hopeful: Palin an 'entertainer'
NEWTON, Mass. - The Republican running for the only open congressional seat in Massachusetts says former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is "an entertainer" and he would decline any offer from her to campaign on his behalf.

Former first lady, family, offers land for park
KETCHIKAN - Former Alaska First Lady Nancy Murkowski and her family have offered to donate 33 acres on Gravina Island to the Ketchikan Gateway Borough for a maritime park in honor of Murkowski's father, Lester O. Gore.

Man rescued from boat sinking near Sitka
JUNEAU - A man was rescued just before his boat sank near Sitka.

Police say woman's stabbing death was suicide
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a woman found stabbed in a park in July apparently killed herself.

NEA-Alaska endorses Berkowitz for governor
JUNEAU - The political arm of an Alaska teachers' union has endorsed Democrat Ethan Berkowitz for governor.

Sitka hunter accused of wasting deer meat
SITKA - Alaska State Troopers have accused a Sitka man of wasting deer meat at West Chichagof.

Oct 3 is deadline to register to vote
JUNEAU - Alaskans have until Oct. 3 to register to vote for this fall's general election.

Man charged in Ouzinkie stabbing
OUZINKIE - An Anchorage man has been charged with stabbing another person in the community of Ouzinkie off Kodiak Island.

Anchorage man sentenced to 66 years
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man convicted of murder and assault has been sentenced to 66 years in prison.

Klawock fishermen caught with too many salmon
KLAWOCK - Wildlife troopers say a 38-year-old Klawock man kept 40 silver salmon from the Klawock River in southeast Alaska - over the limit for subsistence.

Investigation continues in Kenai fatal crash
KENAI - Alaska State Troopers say they're continuing an investigation of a Kenai traffic crash that killed a 59-year-old local attorney.

Fairbanks borough pays to swap old wood stoves
FAIRBANKS - About a dozen people in the Fairbanks North Star Borough have taken advantage of a program to trade in wood stoves and outdoor wood boilers for upgraded versions.

TMHS girls', JDHS boys' dive teams win Petersburg meet
The Thunder Mountain girls' and the Juneau-Douglas boys' dive teams won last weekend's dive-only meets at Petersburg High School, held Friday and Saturday.

2010 PFD: $1,281
This year's Alaska Permanent Fund dividend will be down just $24 dollars from last year's amount, Gov. Sean Parnell announced in Juneau Tuesday.

Arts group faces cuts, questions about effectiveness
The Alaska Native Arts Foundation began with high hopes for helping out struggling rural villages by providing markets where Native artists could sell their work.

Murkowski announces campaign changes
JUNEAU - The state director for Lisa Murkowski's Senate office is taking a leave of absence to be her campaign manager.

Parnell: Alaska prospers despite national economic woes
The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce's fall conference and trade show got into full bloom Tuesday morning when Gov. Sean Parnell delivered the welcoming address. The governor saw the conference's theme of "Alaska + Business = Economy, Back to the Basics" as a parallel to what he said his administration is working toward.

Senate GOP moves to strip Murkowski from post
WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans on Tuesday moved to strip Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski of her post as top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, further punishing her as she mounts a write-in bid to try to hold onto her seat.

Alaska natural gas project may not get subsidies
FAIRBANKS - A proposed liquefied natural gas project in Alaska may not be ready in time for federal loan subsidies.

Berkowitz wants to shrink corporate taxes
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's business environment would hugely benefit by decreasing corporate income taxes and eliminating the tax altogether for ventures making less than $90,000 in annual profits, the state's Democratic nominee for governor said Tuesday.

Preschool director by day ... rollergirl by night
FAIRBANKS - Tattoos. Tank tops. Mouth guards. Sweat. Sounds like the attributes of a hockey or football practice.

McAdams calls for federal education reform
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate Scott McAdams says federal education law does not fit Alaska’s geography and cultures and must be overhauled.

Alaska's recovery strong, state positioned for growth
Wells Fargo director and senior economist, Scott Anderson, was the keynote speaker at the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce's convention. After a summary of national economic and banking tendencies, he made note of some particular points close to home.

Treatment of mentally ill Juneau teen questioned
ANCHORAGE - Advocates for the mentally ill say a disturbed teenager was mistreated when he was handcuffed and escorted by two security guards on a flight from Juneau to Anchorage last year.

Miller acknowledges getting farm subsidies
JUNEAU - Alaska Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller, who believes the federal government is on the brink of bankruptcy and has called for an end to the "welfare state," received federal farm subsidies for land that the fiscal conservative owned in Kansas in the 1990s.

Fish or frankenfish? FDA weighs altered salmon
WASHINGTON - Genetically engineered salmon that grows twice as fast as the conventional fish appears to be safe, an advisory committee told the Food and Drug Administration Monday. But they argued that more testing may be needed before it is served on the nation's dinner tables.

Earthquake jolts Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - An earthquake jolted Anchorage on Monday and was felt well beyond Alaska's largest city.

Biologists collar Baranof goats to track movement
SITKA - State biologists have finished tagging and collaring 12 mountain goats on Baranof Island as part of research into potential effects of expanding the Blue Lake hydroelectric project, which serves Sitka.

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