Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sales Tax wrong choice to fund Second Crossing
Count me among the Juneau residents who would favor a second crossing if it is in the right location, is designed properly, and uses the most appropriate funding source.

Prop 2 opponents need to return to high road
One of the most critically important issues facing Juneau voters on the Oct. 5 municipal ballot is the debate over approval of the sales tax extension in support of the North Douglas crossing, or Proposition 2. There has been much talk, both pro and con, as to the merits of the proposal, and until recently, the debate discourse has taken the high road.

Murkowski should have followed Bob Bennett's example
Lisa Murkowski has encouraged all to write about her candidacy. Here's my effort.

'Ultimate Sacrifice' honored at firefighters memorial
"It is a pity that we gather each fall to honor those who have given their lives in the line of duty," Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho said. "But it is also an opportunity to thank those of you who are now in that service and have dedicated your lives to it."

Photo: Bridge construction underway
Jesse Hull, top, and Jim Trucano of North Pacific Erectors bolt together two of the three sections of a new pedestrian bridge Monday over Duck Creek at the start of the airport dike trail. The trail will be closed this week for the bridge installation.

Juneau attorney Nave appointed to judgeship
With more than 34 years as a Juneau attorney, and thousands of cases under his belt, Thomas Nave will now grasp a gavel and sit on the other side of the bench with his appointment to the Juneau District Court by Gov. Sean Parnell on Friday.

Thane Campground shooting resolved
A man charged with attempted murder after a shooting at the Thane Campgrounds entered into a plea agreement Friday.

UAF innovation competition seeks applicants from Southeast
The University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Management is seeking applicants from Southeast Alaska for its Arctic Innovation Competition. This competition gives people a chance to submit ideas they feel would be useful in business, management or decision-making.

Juneau People's Power Project wins role
The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has allowed Juneau People's Power Project to participate in Alaska Electric Light & Power's rate increase request.

Photo: Deflagging Egan Drive
Bob Banghart and George Fischer remove the state flag of Wisconsin during the annual deflagging of Egan Drive.

Photo: Teddy bear haircut
Hogan, a Pomeranian, hangs out Thursday in downtown Juneau. "He wants to be a sled dog but no one will have him, I think his age is holding him back," his owner Ron Turner said. According to Turner, Hogan sports a teddy bear haircut, which keeps him "popular with the ladies in Reno in the Winter."

Village Public Safety Officers train in Juneau
The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska is administering the Village Public Safety Officer program at the Vocational Training & Resource Center this week in Juneau.

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.

Reel Rock Film Tour finishes tour in town tonight
The crew at the Rock Dump will host the final night in the annual Reel Rock Film Tour and 2010 Filmmaking Competition and rock climbing adventure tour at 7 p.m. tonight at The Gold Town Nickelodeon.

Photo: Surrounding the garden
Masi Latu of Compass Construction lays out keystone brick in the new landscaped garden on land at the corner of Front and Seward Streets recently bought by Sealaska.

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.

Philip Martin
Philip Martin died Sept. 24, 2010 at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle.

Dorothy Thelma Brady
A celebration of life for Dorothy Thelma Brady will be held Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the home of her granddaughter at 4431 Taku Boulevard. For more information call 523-2728.

Sharon A. Parker
Sharon A. Parker, born in Sparta, Wis., died on September 25, 2010 at the age of 67 due to complications of kidney disease. She was surrounded by her family. Sharon is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 47 years, Tom of Marysville, Wash. She is also survived by her children, son Randy (Adrianne) of Juneau, daughter Sherri (Gene) of Sedro Woolley, Wash. and son Steve (Felicia) of Chicago.

Outside editorial: Cash for Clunkers a money guzzler
The following editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Alaska editorial: Lifetime licenses worth a look
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Time to move the fringes off center stage
Perhaps now, the rest of us will have our say.

Stimulus to nowhere
No one spends money like the federal government. This year alone, it will shovel out $3.7 trillion, which works out to $7 million a minute. So it may surprise you to find out the clearest lesson from the Obama administration's fiscal stimulus program: The government is not very good at spending money.

My turn: Juneau should resist the temptation to sprawl to North Douglas
Juneau's beauty and success, as community and capital, is largely because we have not sprawled - like the many Lower 48 cities we fled. Beyond the rock dump and Auke Bay and Douglas, we're almost rural. We're compact and friendly and efficient.

My turn: Empire makes curious statements in support of Murkowski's write-in bid
The Juneau Empire's Thursday editorial, "Murkowski's write-in bid gives more choice to Alaskans," is filled with curious statements supporting Lisa Murkowski's self-anointed re-entry into the U.S. Senate race.

US Senate Youth Program applications now available
The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development has opened the application period for the 2010-2011 United States Senate Youth Program. Through the program, two outstanding Alaska high school students will visit our nation's capital to observe the federal government in action, and both students will receive a $5,000 college scholarship.

Alaska Performance Scholarship Information is online
The Alaska Performance Scholarship offers Alaska public, private and home-schooled high school graduates the opportunity to earn substantial scholarships to Alaska academic, career and technical postsecondary institutions. Eligible students must meet requirements in curriculum, grade point average, and assessments.

JSD looking for community members for budget committee
The Juneau School District is looking for community members to serve on the fiscal year 2012 budget committee. The group will have six meetings with the Board of Education in January and February to develop the school district budget for the next year. The committee makes a recommendation to the board. Visit www.juneauschools.org for details, calendar and application. Applications must be received by Monday.

DEC issues recalls for ice cream, baby formula
The Department of Environmental Conservation has issued press releases on two recalls.

Juneau Pioneer Home earns SHARP status
Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Click Bishop approved the Juneau Pioneer Home for the Alaska Occupational Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) renewal. A news release states this is due to their outstanding employee safety and health programs.

Anchorage stabbing suspect turns himself in
ANCHORAGE - A man sought in an east Anchorage stabbing has turned himself in.

Alaskans turn in unused medications
ANCHORAGE - Police and drug enforcement officers on Saturday in 46 locations around Alaska participated in the first Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Mechanical breakdown slows Kodiak water pumping
KODIAK - The city of Kodiak is down to half of its usual fresh water pumping capacity.

Burial set for former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens
JUNEAU - Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens will be buried Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery.

Energy efficient home tested at Quinhagak
ANCHORAGE - Construction is expected to take about a month in Quinhagak for a prototype of a highly energy efficient home.

Murkowski: Miller a flip-flopper on party status
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is calling Republican rival Joe Miller a flip-flopper when it comes to his political home.

Anchorage man charged with shooting woman
ANCHORAGE - A 56-year-old Anchorage man has been charged with shooting and wounding a woman as she attempted to drive away from a home.

Alaska Pacific University installs Bantz as president
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Pacific University's new president has been officially installed.

Wasilla man dies in Alaska Highway crash
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers say a Wasilla man died in a two-vehicle crash on the Alaska Highway.

Mistaken text leads to drug arrest in Soldotna
SOLDOTNA - A mistaken text message to a 12-year-old girl in Soldotna led to the arrest of two 19-year-olds attempting to sell marijuana.

Arrest warrant issued for stabbing suspect
ANCHORAGE - An arrest warrant has been issued for a 24-year-old man suspected of a stabbing.

5.7-magnitude Earthquake rattles Rat Islands
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says a moderate earthquake struck near the Rat Islands region of Alaska.

Young not endorsing a Senate candidate
JUNEAU - U.S. Rep. Don Young isn't endorsing a candidate in the Alaska Senate race.

Kings top Falcons; JDHS finishes 2nd at Spiketacular
Thunder Mountain won its first battle, but Ketchikan won the war.

Falcons athlete enjoys music, the outdoors
The Thunder Mountain girls' cross-country team has made its mark thus far in its first year as a full squad in 2010.

JDHS prepares for state with Region V championships
Eddie Hurtte defeated Nathan Foskett 6-3, 7-6 to win the boys' singles bracket, and Marlena Sloss came out on top in the girls' bracket Sunday in the Region V Tennis Championships after topping Emma Good 6-3, 6-1.

Coast Guard chooses pellet heat for Sitka station
SITKA - The Coast Guard plans to install a wood-fired boiler to provide heat to the Sitka Air Station.

Walker considers, rejects write-in campaign for governor
Former candidate for governor Bill Walker, who made a surprisingly strong showing in the August primary against incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell, said Monday he'll remain a former candidate.

Developer hopes to use Delta Junction wind power
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks developer wants to build a 25-megawatt wind farm near Delta Junction despite limited possibilities for public aid.

Senators object to Arctic refuge wilderness review
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's U.S. senators say the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has no business conducting reviews of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to see if more areas should be designated as wilderness.

Grant will link 104 Alaska libraries
The U.S. Department of Commerce announced recently a $5.4 million award to the Alaska State Library, a Division of the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development, to create a broadband network which will link Alaskans and their communities to each other and the rest of the world through a statewide network of public computer centers located in 104 public libraries.

USFS, Department of Law claim win in Logjam case
Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan said Monday was a huge victory for the Department of Law and the U.S. Forest Service. He said he received word that a federal district court ruled in favor of the USFS in a lawsuit by the Tongass Conservation Society, Greenpeace and Cascadia Wildlands. The lawsuit was to stop Logjam timber sales on Prince of Wales Island.

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