Saturday, September 25, 2010

Consider the Unknowns
What do we know about Proposition 2? Why do we want it? How much will it cost? Who will pay for it? What will it do to the wetlands?

Let's Keep It Clean
I was disappointed by the radio spot with Ron Somerville saying the campaign of those supporting the North Douglas Causeway was "crafty."

Lisa's poor example
Having been raised on an Appalachian dairy farm, I was taught from an early age that one's word was his or her bond. Neighbors needed to know that they could count on each other. A sudden thunder shower could ruin dry hay in the field if a neighbor couldn't be counted on to help. If a baler or tractor broke down, a neighbor was there to help without expectation of pay or indebtedness.

Police & Fire
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SAFE and Vote NO square off in debate on Proposition 2
Proponents of the proposition on extending a temporary sales tax for a second crossing to Douglas squared off with Vote NO members at a debate Thursday night.

Glory Hole kitchen up and running again
Through diligence and extra effort, the Glory Hole's kitchen was back open and running less than 24 hours after being closed by the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Regents hear student and parent complaints about tuition increases
University of Alaska students argued against a tuition increase being considered by the university's Board of Regents on Thursday, following up on protests Wednesday at the University of Alaska Southeast and other campuses around the state Wednesday.

Assembly candidates weigh in on issues
Three people running for a District 2 City Assembly seat participated in a forum at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday, weighing in on questions about the upcoming propositions.

JPD officer arraigned on alleged sex abuse of minor
A Juneau Police Department officer was arraigned on two felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor in Juneau District Court Thursday afternoon.

Photo: Teddy-bear dog
Douglas resident Ron Turner stands with his Pomeranian 'Hogan' Thursday in downtown Juneau. "He's the same age as me," Turner said. "I'm 11 and he's 77." According to Turner, Hogan sports a teddy-bear haircut, which keeps him 'popular with the ladies in Reno in the Winter."

School board candidates: more community involvement needed
School board candidates voiced their opinions on how successful Juneau grads are and what needs to be done to improve at a forum held at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday.

Split the 9th Circuit: Overburdened court hampers delivery of justice
The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

ObamaCare's mandates mean ever-rising costs for U.S. consumers
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A battle is breaking out between health insurers and the Obama administration over who is to blame for rising health insurance costs.

Decision to shun progressives, make cause with Big Insurers and Big Pharma dooms ObamaCare
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cobbling together the broad-based coalition that rammed health reform though Congress earlier this year, President Obama and his advisers ignored the sage of advice of an old Indian proverb.

Play for free this Saturday
The trails, tidelines and local Parks & Recreation facilities, such as Treadwell Ice Arena, will be bursting at the seams Saturday with free activities, food, presentations and prizes for the public.

Timing the migration
While out for a hike, I thought I heard a snippet of sound on the wind. I stopped, and there it was again, a distant honking. Scanning the sky, I finally spotted a wavering "V" of geese flying so high they looked like faint pencil scribbles.

Burying beetles dig the dead
On a recent junket to watch bears catch salmon, we encountered a beast with a different story to tell. This was a beetle about an inch long, and its entire body, top and bottom, was covered with layers of tiny, squirming mites. Together, the beetle and the mites represent a remarkable and fascinating two-part story.

Winter hours begin at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
JUNEAU - Winter hours at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center will begin Thursday.

Two-day Wilderness First Aid class offered
JUNEAU - The Red Cross of Alaska, together with the Boy Scouts of America, is offering a two-day class on wilderness first aid beginning at 9 a.m. today.

Celebrate the Hydrological New Year with the JWP
JUNEAU - Members of the Juneau Watershed Partnership are inviting the public to celebrate the Hydrological New Year and find out more about the group from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 1 at Alaska Fly Fishing Goods.

ADF&G youth cover photo contest deadline approaching
JUNEAU - The Division of Sport Fish wants to remind Southeast anglers that the youth cover photo contest deadline is Oct. 15.

On the hook
Tammy Lee Beam smiles next to a large halibut and an array of salmon caught this summer in the waters around Juneau. "We caught all the salmon and halibut in three hours fishing on my boat the Tupelo Honey in early August," Brian Wallace said. "Tammy also caught a 41-pound king salmon later in the year. She is quite a fisherwoman!"

Wild shots
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Tides
Today, Sept. 24

Project would help power Kantishna
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's two senators have introduced legislation to construct a micro hydro project inside Denali National Park.

Names of AIDS patients stolen in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a woman suspected of more than a dozen vehicle break-ins over the Labor Day weekend probably took a data storage device containing the names of 2,000 HIV and AIDS patients.

Judge approves trial for mentally ill man
FAIRBANKS - A judge has ruled that a mentally ill Alaska man can stand trial on murder and assault charges in a fatal stabbing.

Union cancels authorization vote
FAIRBANKS - A union seeking to represent about 2,500 University of Alaska employees has canceled a scheduled authorization vote, saying it needs more time to battle opposition from school administrators.

5.6 magnitude quake hits Rat Islands
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 5.6 earthquake hit the remote Rat Islands on Wednesday night but there were no reports that it was felt or caused any damage.

Begich meets with VA official
ANCHORAGE - The office of U.S. Sen. Mark Begich says Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki plans to visit Alaska to see firsthand the needs of veterans living in rural parts of the state.

Begich among speakers at Dems' fundraiser
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is among the headliners at a fundraiser this week for Alaska Democrats.

Southcentral residents try holding down the heat
ANCHORAGE - Southcentral Alaska utilities and local governments are asking residents to prepare for a possible natural gas shortage this winter.

Falcons seniors leave lasting legacy
The unexpected quest for perfection comes to a head tonight with the spotlight squarely on the Thunder Mountain football seniors.

Crimson Bears keyed up for lone home meet
Juneau-Douglas hosts this weekend's swim and dive meet at Augustus Brown Swimming Pool, with several Crimson Bears competitors holding places in this week's 2010 Alaska High School Season Top 16 rankings with plenty of room for improvement before the region and state meets.

Pebble mine likely to begin permit process in late 2011
With its 2010 drilling season set to wrap up in October, the Pebble Limited Partnership is now tentatively eyeing late 2011 to initiate the permit process for the copper and gold mine near Iliamna.

Nikiski man recalls details of bear mauling
ANCHORAGE - Doctors spent hours stitching the torn scalp of a Nikiski fisherman who was mauled and dragged by a brown bear Tuesday night near the Swanson River, the man told his family.

Photo: Moonrise
The moon rises into view over the Chugach Mountains in this view from the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday, in Anchorage. The full moon and the autumnal equinox happened on the same day this year, a coincidence that hasn't occurred in 19 years.

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