Wednesday, September 29, 2010

IRS urges Alaska nonprofits to file returns
We at the Internal Revenue Service are concerned because as many as 1,000 small community-based nonprofits in Alaska are in jeopardy of losing their tax-exempt status. This loss could greatly impact the organizations' charitable work and their donors' potential tax deductions.

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.

Voters should read entire ballot initiative before voting on Proposition 2
When voting on Proposition 2, I urge voters to read the full ballot initiative. The Safe, Affordable, Future, Efficient, or SAFE, committee is practicing rhetorical alchemy in an attempt to change fiction into fact. For example, George Elgee stated "After conducting a thorough review and preparing an environmental impact statement, the city will again ask the voters to approve a bond, which will be repaid using sales tax funds" (Please see "Time to step up on to the plate on second crossing" in the Sept. 22 Empire).

Juneau, all of Alaska will benefit from Kensington Mine
Early governors knew the economic future of the territory of Alaska would depend upon development of its natural resources. Remoteness, geography, climate and a lack of infrastructure all stood in the way, but Alaskans were legendary for their hardiness.

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

Thurston a perfect fit for school board
When I think about what it takes to be a good school board member, here's what's important: Someone involved directly in the schools, who follows school board issues, is fair, can listen to different opinions and then come to a conclusion, and who always puts the needs of students at the top.

Kensington Gold Mine opens with a flourish
More than two decades ago, Idaho-based Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. started working on a difficult but potentially lucrative mining prospect near Berner's Bay.

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.

Oxeye daisies didn't stand a chance
Oxeye daisies at Eaglecrest fought a losing battle against 60-70 Juneau-Douglas High School freshmen Tuesday morning.

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

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.

'Culture of Fear' lingers at Bartlett hospital
If letters received by at least three Bartlett Regional Hospital employees from the human resources department are any indication, a "culture of fear" lingers at the hospital.

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.

Airport hires new advertising company
New advertising technology will now accompany the renovations at Juneau International Airport. The Younger Agency of Reno, Nev. has been named as the airport's new advertising concessionaire.

Photos: Last cruise ships of the year
Joan and John Harlow of Connecticut pause to look out at the rain as they shop downtown Tuesday on the last day of the cruise ship season in Juneau. They were off the cruise ship Zaandam.

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.

Wells Fargo advisors help private business
A big part of the private and family business lifecycles involve transitioning from one owner to another. Eventually such owners must decide who will get their businesses after them.

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:

Outside editorial: Where mammograms fit
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Baseball and the married man
In some ways, domestic relationships are based on hating stuff the other person's in to. Spouse, partner, "special friend" - whatever you call them, they're also your roommate and roommates are inherently annoying. Even ones you make out with.

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: Katrina redux
The fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina has seen a lot of news lately, mostly recovery stories about how families and businesses are doing. We also must remember what happened, and how we can do a better job of responding to large disasters.

McAdams airing his first TV ad of general election
JUNEAU - Alaska Democratic Senate hopeful Scott McAdams is airing his first TV ad of the general election.

Anchorage police ID man found dead outside
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have identified the man whose body was found outside last week.

Alaska checking Bristol Palin's bar stop
ANCHORAGE - A state investigator is apparently checking whether it was legal for "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Bristol Palin to be in a downtown Anchorage establishment while dancing partner Mark Ballas performed.

Court denies evidence for Weyhrauch trial
ANCHORAGE - An appeals court has thrown out evidence that federal prosecutors hoped to use in a corruption case against former state Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch.

Fort Wainwright plans weapons training
FORT WAINWRIGHT - Communities south of Fairbanks may be hearing loud noise next month.

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.

Alaska minister indicted in fatal motorcycle crash
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska minister has been charged with criminally negligent homicide in an accident that killed a motorcyclist on the Fourth of July.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Jensen Yorba Lott celebrates 75th anniversary
Alaska's oldest architectural firm, Jensen Yorba Lott, turns 75 this year. The firm was founded in 1935 as the HB Foss Company and has gone through 10 changes of ownership since, a press release states. It focuses most of its practice in coastal Alaska.

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.

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

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.

NANA president receives high award from Chamber
The Alaska State Chamber has presented one of its highest awards, the William A. Egan Outstanding Alaskan of the Year Award, to NANA Development Corp. president Helvi Sandvik.

Alaska Airlines expands to St. Louis
Alaska Airlines announced this week it has launched daily service between Seattle and St. Louis. According to a press release, the airline is offering a promotion of a $106 one-way fare on select flights purchased between Oct. 2 and Oct. 17 on the new route.

Local kids in the latest Top 16 swim rankings
2010 Alaska High School Season Top 16

Stevens laid to rest at Arlington Cemetery
ARLINGTON, Va. - Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, who served in the Senate longer than any Republican in history, was buried with full military honors Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery.

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.

Court rules in favor of USFS over timber sales
A federal district court ruling this week went in favor of the U.S. Forest Service in an environmental lawsuit concerning Logjam timber sales and logging of 3,422 acres of old-growth forest on Prince of Wales Island. The Alaska Department of Law aided the USFS in its litigation against the plaintiffs Cascadia Wildlands, Greenpeace and the Tongass Conservation Society. Both sides of the issue weighed in on the meaning of litigations like this that concern Alaska's natural resources.

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.

Berkowitz criticized for 2002 tax vote in AK race
FAIRBANKS - A 2002 vote for a state income tax when Ethan Berkowitz was an Alaska legislator has come back as a target for criticism in the race for Alaska governor.

Miller, wife once got low-income hunting license
ANCHORAGE - Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller and his wife obtained hunting and fishing licenses at the low-income rate when they were new to Alaska.

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.

Anchorage police union launches ad campaign
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage police union has launched an ad campaign trying to head off possible layoffs.

Tea Party Express returning to Alaska
JUNEAU - A national tea party group that spent hundreds of thousands of dollars supporting U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Miller in his upset primary victory is returning to Alaska.

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.

ConocoPhillips rep: No wavering on gas line
JUNEAU - ConocoPhillips isn't wavering from its support for a proposed natural gas pipeline in Alaska, a company spokesman said Tuesday.

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