Wednesday, September 24, 2008

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.

Vote for support of open meetings
Do you think that the Alaska Legislature should conduct the people's business in public? Should legislators discuss the merits of bills, the number of members who support a proposal, or the views of special interest groups in an open, accessible forum? Is it important for the public to know how legislators make decisions as they build the state's budget?

Anderson deserves a second term
Jonathan Anderson has done a good job on the city Assembly and deserves to be re-elected. I especially like the way he doesn't do "group think" but researches and analyzes issues himself, listens to all sides and comes up with his own ideas.

Vote yes for covered court at school
It was brought to my attention at the Floyd Dryden Middle School open house that a measure will be on our municipal election ballot. I apparently missed the article in the Empire that reported the Assembly moved to ask voters to fund a covered, 100-foot, basketball-outdoor covered court at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

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.

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."

Coeur drops tailings plan
Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. announced Tuesday that due to delays in the permit process, it is abandoning its paste tailings plan for the Kensington gold mine. Instead, the mine operator is pursuing a plan that will require a favorable decision from the U.S. Supreme Court.

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.

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.

Permanent fund continues lending out stocks, bonds
The Alaska Permanent Fund will continue to lend out its stocks and bonds for a profit, despite a potential decline in the program caused by ongoing market turmoil.

Man sentenced to three years for cybersex
A Juneau man was sentenced earlier this month to three years in prison for charges relating to him having cybersex with an undercover police officer posing as an underage girl.

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.

Photo: Fall cleaning
City Docks and Harbors employee Doug Liermann power washes the cruise ship dock Tuesday in downtown Juneau. City crews are cleaning the cruise ship dock in preparation for the end of the tourism season. The last cruise ship of the season is scheduled to arrive Saturday.

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: 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
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Around Town
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Police & Fire
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Correction
A story on wood energy in Tuesday's edition incorrectly referred to Sealaska Corp.'s pending land acquisition as a "land swap." The land is a final entitlement under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, not a swap.

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Former Juneau pilot earns British Badge of Honour
Former Juneau resident Nancy Livingston Stratford was recently awarded the British Badge of Honour for her work as a member of the civilian Air Transport Auxiliary during World War II.

Preserve past with maritime museum
A serendipitous turn of events may result in a new maritime museum for Juneau.

Oregon resident shares pecan bars
This is where our readers share recipes, kitchen tips, and helps find a lost or forgotten recipe.

Mobile mammogram van to visit Prince of Wales
KLAWOCK - The mobile mammogram van will visit the Prince of Wales Island communities of Klawock and Craig from Friday to Oct. 13.

Sealaska institute awarded grant to post catalogs of holdings online
JUNEAU - Sealaska Heritage Institute received a grant to create an online catalog of its archival and ethnographic collections and to catalog its book holdings in an online library database.

Chordas to discuss utopian thinking
JUNEAU - This week's Evening at Egan lecture will be "Renaissance Utopian Thinking and Genocide: Why is it still Relevant?" by Nina Chordas, assistant professor of English at the University of Alaska Southeast, at 7 p.m. Friday at the UAS Egan Lecture Hall.

Volunteers sought for National Public Lands Day
JUNEAU - On Saturday, 120,000 Americans are expected to volunteer their time to help restore the beauty and vitality of our public lands as part of the 15th annual National Public Lands Day. Southeast Alaska Guidance Association will be cleaning and performing maintenance on public lands at Mendenhall Glacier, with U.S. Forest Service Juneau Ranger District, and at Campbell Creek Science Center in Anchorage, with the Bureau of Land Management to assist in this national effort.

Widowed Persons Program to tour Macaulay Salmon Hatchery
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program will tour the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery (DIPAC) at 11 a.m. Sept. 27. All widows and widowers are invited to join our group for this tour.

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center to host free-fee day Saturday
JUNEAU - In recognition of National Public Lands Day, the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center will not charge a fee on Saturday. The visitor center will be open from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and will be closed Sunday.

Thanks from helping our S'More Salmon fundraiser
The Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council would like to thank everyone who helped make our sixth annual "S'More Salmon" salmon bake and dessert auction on Saturday, Sept. 6, a big success. We are grateful for the community's wonderful support of Girl Scouting in Juneau and Southeast Alaska.

Firestack, Mielke to wed
Sandra Firestack and Max Mielke, both of Juneau, will marry in a private ceremony at 3 p.m. on Sept. 27, 2008, at the Local Union 262, with Merrill Sanford officiating. The couple invites close family and friends to attend a following reception at 5 p.m. at the Moose Lodge. No gifts please, but attendants may bring a favorite appetizer. The reception will be casual attire.

My turn: Empire columnist proposes preposterous Palin hypothesis
After days of Outside editorials from far-left newspapers lambasting Gov. Sarah Palin as having insufficient experience (based upon Alaska being the third smallest state in population), the Juneau Empire capped it off with a column (not listed as a My Turn) of outrageous content to persons of any faith.

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: Troopergate has turned Alaska into a national joke
Ah, dang it. Just as we slide into the final months of George W's glorious swirling down the drain and we can finally begin to repair our reputation around the world, the Alaskan Republican party has stuck a pin in my party balloon.

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

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.

Outside editorial: A better bailout
This editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Outside editorial: Trouble lurks in Venezuela
Washington neglects Latin America at its peril, as became apparent to the Bush administration this month. Recent events have underscored why a policy of continuous, constructive engagement is far better than letting the region's future slip into the hands of autocrats like Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.

Defense to present its case in drug trial
JUNEAU - The lawyers for accused drug kingpins Aaron Washington and Vonnie Williams are expected to begin presenting their cases to the jury today.

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

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.

Fish and Game closes caribou hunt
FAIRBANKS - The Fortymile caribou hunt officially closed Tuesday.

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.

National heritage area proposed
KENAI - A national heritage area is being proposed for Southcentral Alaska.

Canadian mayor joins Southeast Conference
JUNEAU - Southeast Conference granted a lifetime membership in its organization to Herb Pond, mayor of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada, at its annual meeting in Prince Rupert.

Conscientious objector status approved
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge has ordered that a Fort Richardson soldier be granted conscientious objector status and an honorable discharge.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Palin, in a bubble, meets her first world leaders
NEW YORK - Sarah Palin met her first world leaders Tuesday.

Judge screens potential jurors in Stevens trial
WASHINGTON - A federal judge began on Tuesday to shape the jury that will decide whether Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, is guilty of lying about gifts on his annual Senate disclosure forms.

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.

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.

Palin lawyer meets with investigator in probe
ANCHORAGE - Less than a week after balking at the Alaska Legislature's investigation into her alleged abuse of power, Gov. Sarah Palin on Monday indicated she will cooperate with a separate probe run by people she can fire.

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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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