Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Gurkhas unfairly portrayed in column
The American Army has historically used mercenaries ("military contractors," "allied friendly local assets") in conflicts.

Airport should have shuttle bus service
On Sept. 10, a colleague arrived at the Juneau International Airport and had to wait in the rain for one hour for a cab. This has happened to me numerous times, particularly in the winter. There are not enough cabs in Juneau to service the airport adequately, and bus service ceases at approximately 6 p.m.

Presidential election a giant media bonanza
The giant media bonanza, otherwise known as the 2008 presidential election, is in full swing, and we're all hotly debating the personal merits of two candidates from the D.C. power culture. One, an energetic up-and-comer with a background in constitutional law and the other, an old-timer, a veteran and former prisoner of war who has recently recast himself as a "maverick."

Palin should allow investigation
I know that Alaskans probably feel that the rest of us in the lower 48 states don't pay much attention to what goes on in Alaska.

Disturbed by Bush economy
I was deeply reassured by President George W. Bush stating that he shared the concerns of the American people regarding the economy.

Begich is ready and willing to serve
I'm very pleased to be voting for Mark Begich for U.S. senator on Nov. 4. I've admired him since I met him about 15 years ago. I've looked forward to the day when he could grow beyond serving Anchorage as councilman and mayor to serving our state and our country.

Costly diesel makes wood look good
Sealaska Corp. and Viking Lumber Inc. are looking for ways to get the Craig lumber mill's wood waste into Southeast boilers.

Treadwell Ditch Trail to be improved
Trail Mix is looking for suggestions of what to do with the 14-mile Treadwell Ditch Trail that winds around Douglas Island.

Permanent fund managers ponder wild week
The Alaska Permanent Fund made nearly $1 billion in Friday's big stock market bailout, said Mike Burns, the fund's executive director.

National symbol a local irritant in Alaska
Like an avian Rodney Dangerfield, the bald eagle often finds little respect in America's Last Frontier.

Photo: Racing to finish chores
Joe Nelson runs across his lawn with a push mower Sunday as his sons, Van, left, and Job, race along with him. Sunday's respite from the rain provided a dry window of opportunity for yard work. Today is the first day of fall. The weather forecast calls for patchy fog in the morning with scattered rain showers in the afternoon.

Juneau Chamber wins state award
The Juneau Chamber of Commerce won the 2008 Chamber of the Year Award at the state chamber conference in Fairbanks last week.

Photos: All Aboard the Acushnet
U.S. Coast Guard Seaman Kevin Anderson stands Monday on the bridge of the Coast Guard cutter Acushnet, which is moored at the Coast Guard station in downtown Juneau. The 64-year-old, 213-foot vessel is the oldest cutter in the U.S. Coast Guard and holds the title "Queen of the Fleet." The cutter will be open for public tours from 2 to 4 p.m. today.

Photo: Natural classroom
Amy Sherwin, a U.S. Forest Service naturalist, sits with Meagan Miller, 3, as she points to clouds around the Mendenhall Glacier on Saturday during the weekly Kids Day at theGlacier. The next program will be Oct. 11 in the observatory at the visitors center.

Photo: Up close and personal
A porcupine eats grass Sunday on the the side of a road near Costco. The animal did not seem to mind the close watch of a photographer and a handful of stopped cars. Porcupines are the third-largest rodent. A group of porcupines is called a prickle.

Photo: Termination dust greets first day of fall
A light dusting of snow coats the mountains above the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, the first day of fall. The autumnal equinox occurred at 7:44 a.m.

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

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

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Joe M. Smith
Joe M. Smith died peacefully on Sept. 19, 2008, surrounded by his family at the Juneau Pioneers' Home. He was 90.

My turn: Reduced halibut allocation for recreational anglers at stake
There will be an Oct. 1-7 meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. On the agenda is a proposal to implement the Council's preferred plan for management of the Pacific halibut charter and commercial longline fisheries in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska.

My turn: Progressives in Juneau need to stop being so polite
Those of us in this community who consider themselves "liberals," "progressives," "leftists" or simply "activists" have a decent history of standing up for decent things, decently and generally inoffensively.

My turn: Alaska Natives should benefit from AGIA, too
We want benefits for the Alaska natural gas pipeline crossing our lands.

Outside editorial: Why is Palin giving so few interviews?
The following editorial first appeared in the Washington Post:

Open books, open minds
Of course, we all have questions for Sarah Palin:

Outside editorial: Anthrax killer, dead or alive
In the weeks after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, another diabolical onslaught clawed at the frayed threads of our psyches. The second saga began with the mailing of envelopes from Trenton, N.J., to NBC News in New York and to the New York Post.

UA regents approve another tuition hike
ANCHORAGE - Tuition is going up again at the University of Alaska.

Absentee voting starts today
JUNEAU - Juneau residents can cast an absentee ballot for the Oct. 7 municipal election today through Election Day.

Firefighter conference takes place this week
JUNEAU - The Alaska State Firefighters Association and the Alaska Fire Chiefs Association will hold their annual statewide conferences in Juneau this week.

Emmonak man charged in beating
EMMONAK - A man suspected of beating another man in the western Alaska village of Emmonak has been charged with two counts of assault.

Grizzly bear cubs to leave Alaska Zoo
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Zoo in Anchorage will be saying goodbye to two grizzly bear cubs.

Teens charged in school vandalism
JUNEAU - Juneau police have arrested two teens suspected of vandalizing an elementary school.

Lost hiker picked up by search team
JUNEAU - A Juneau man who became lost while hiking near Sheep Mountain was picked up by a TEMSCO helicopter Monday, after spending the night in the woods.

Three rescued from two crash landings
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Air National Guard rescued three people from two crash landings in the Upper George Lake drainage.

JDHS first, second at Region V meet
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys' swim team took the Region V title and the girls' squad took second in Friday and Saturday's regional meet in Ketchikan.

Juneau hosts tennis tourney
The Juneau Tennis Association's Back to School Tournament fundraiser for the Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team was held Sept. 18-21. It featured more than 95 participants, including 49 junior players ranging from fifth- to 12th-graders. Also in the tournament were players from Whitehorse, Anchorage and Texas.

No kings encountered during weekly survey
Last week, no king salmon were encountered during the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's survey of Juneau waters. However, last year during the same time period it took 87 rod-hours to land a king salmon - down drastically from the five-year average of 316 rod-hours per fish.

Region V Swimming Meets Results
Event 1 Women 200 Yard Medley Relay

Juneau Parks and Recreation Men's and Women's Volleyball Standings
as of Sept. 21, 2008

McCain, Palin differ on Real ID
It's been widely noted that Republican presidential nominee John McCain and his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin, disagree about drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Powerful names fill witness list for Stevens trial
WASHINGTON - Some of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' high-profile Senate colleagues could testify in his federal corruption trial, according to a list of more than 200 possible witnesses read Monday to potential jurors on the first day of proceedings.

Artists assemble glass mural for Anchorage convention center
FAIRBANKS - Head bent low, Patricia Frison carefully applied a narrow band of copper foil around a small piece of colored glass in the Expressions in Glass studio Friday afternoon, smoothing it gently into position with her fingertips.

Fairbanks officials seek more time on federal air rules
FAIRBANKS - Municipal officials around Fairbanks want an extra year to study air pollution problems before the federal government imposes rules for clearing particulate from the skies.

Christian mentor helps ex-inmate find purpose
EAGLE RIVER - Jackie Bennett, 49, is starting over. She got out of Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in August, after serving five years of a seven and a half-year sentence for drugs. She is a recovering heroin addict, a college student and a devoted Christian.

FBI searches home in Palin hacking case
WASHINGTON - The FBI searched the residence of the son of a Democratic state lawmaker in Tennessee over the weekend looking for evidence linking the young man to the hacking of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account, two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press on Monday.

Mayor of Fairbanks to donate a kidney
FAIRBANKS - The mayor of Fairbanks plans to donate a kidney to a cousin suffering from a hereditary kidney disease.

Hunter wounds self in shooting
CENTRAL - A North Pole man on a hunting trip near Central accidentally shot himself in the leg and was flown to Fairbanks for treatment.

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