Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Cathy Muñoz takes action on housing
As Election Day nears, we hear a lot of the political candidates speak about affordable housing issues. As a member of the mayor's Affordable Housing Commission, I'd like to let you know of one candidate who is doing more than just talking. That candidate is Cathy Muñoz.

Abstinence education taught in Juneau
We just had a great abstinence education workshop here in Juneau on Sept. 16-17 for junior high and senior high kids in private and home schools.

Education a must for democratic choices
Either national security or the economy, whichever issue is of most concern to us, will determine how we vote in November.

Ten reasons Palin doesn't deserve job
1. She approves of sending her son to Iraq to kill Iraqis and steal their oil.

Tourist season survives bad weather, economy
The two big influences on this summer's tourist season were crummy weather and a crummy economy. But most tour-related businesses said they plowed through well enough.

Acid mine drainage found at Kensington Mine
Acid from construction at the Kensington gold mine has been draining since last year into a pond in the Berners Bay watershed.

Photo: Piling up
Another junked car is added to the pile Monday during the Junk Vehicle Event at Channel Construction's Lemon Creek site. The event will continue until the maximum number of vehicles are accepted.

Photo: Sunday solitude
Amanda Gellhouse sips a hot drink Sunday as she sits under the Marine Park shelter.

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

Photo: End-of-season clearance
Zach Dull carries out a armful of clothing merchandise Sunday as Ron Phillips loads a van in front of Alaska Gift Cashe on South Franklin Street. The merchandise is moved to MIdnight Sun Gifts up the street, which stays open yearround. The locally owned shops have been in business for 11 years.

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

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Elaine Etukeok
Longtime Juneau resident Elaine Etukeok died Sept. 23, 2008, in Anchorage. She was 74.

Outside eidtorial: Bailout court
Taxpayers angered by Washington's rush to rescue the financial industry can be thankful for the looming elections in November, which made lawmakers acutely sensitive to the costs and beneficiaries of the bailout. The root of the credit crisis, though, is much closer to Main Street than Wall Street: It's the worsening problems in home mortgages.

My turn: Keep Juneau a safe 'island'
Our mayor has been quoted, saying, "Insularity has some advantages." Indeed. Juneau has a lower rate of crime because we are not "on the road system."

My turn: Who are the conservatives?
Whatever happened to the "conserve" in conservative?

Outside editorial: Bailout politics
The country is in grave economic peril. Government intervention is necessary to avert a credit-market collapse. If ever there were a time for politicians to rise above partisanship and petty squabbling, this would be it. Rubber-stamping the plan proposed by Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. and Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke would have been an unwise abdication of congressional responsibility. Instead, however, the opposite seems to be happening, and it is far more dangerous.

Don't shield us from unease
I'm ambivalent about Banned Books Week, which runs through Saturday. On the one hand, we clearly still need such a public affirmation, as the recent tumult over Sarah Palin and her "rhetorical" inquiries to the Wasilla public library show.

Little candidates who could
The presidential election could well turn on a factor that has gotten virtually no discussion this year - the votes drawn by Libertarian Bob Barr, Green Cynthia McKinney and independent Ralph Nader.

Comment sought on Eaglecrest work
JUNEAU - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is asking for public comment on proposed improvements at the Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Juneau man named firefighter of the year
JUNEAU - The State of Alaska Firefighter of the Year, Sven Person, was honored at the joint Alaska State Firefighters Association and Alaska Fire Chiefs Association annual awards banquet with a plaque presented by the State Fire Marshal Dave Tyler.

Auxiliary to host seamanship course
JUNEAU - The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will host a Boating Skills and Seamanship course from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays from Oct. 6 to Nov. 17 at the Thunder Mountain High School commons, Red Hall.

Suspect listed in critical condition
JUNEAU - The driver in last week's police chase was listed in critical but stable condition Monday, according to hospital staff.

Geoduck clam season begins Thursday
KETCHIKAN - State managers have set a harvest quota of more than 868,000 pounds for geoduck clams in Southeast Alaska, the largest guideline harvest level ever.

PenAir cuts back pilots, service
ANCHORAGE - Peninsula Airways Inc. has laid off 15 pilots and parked three of its turbo prop 19-passenger aircraft to cut costs.

Committee honors mauling victim
ANCHORAGE - A man blinded in a grizzly attack five years ago has been named Alaskan of the Year by the Governor's Committee on Employment and Rehabilitation of People With Disabilities.

Troopers release names in shooting
CRAIG - Authorities have released the name of an Alaska State Trooper who fatally shot a man after a standoff in Craig.

Delegation split on financial bailout
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska congressional delegation is split on a proposed $700 billion plan to rescue the faltering U.S. financial sector.

Senator introduces Sealaska land bill
JUNEAU - Sealaska Corp. announced Monday that Sen. Lisa Murkowski has introduced a Senate bill that would authorize the completion of Sealaska's land entitlement under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

Rough House kicks off
Marlintini's Lounge kicked off the 2008 Roughhouse Boxing season with six tough bouts. The main event was the quickest fight of the night with Bullwinkle employee Aaron "Red Baron" Tucker, 18, knocking out his friend, 21-year-old Charles Paul Bagoyo, 40 seconds into round one.

Once again, no kings surveyed
Last week, no king salmon were encountered by the survey, following suit with the same period last year when no kings were reported.

Corrections
The scores from Saturday's Region V cross country championships were incorrectly reported in Monday's Juneau Empire. The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls teams both placed first in the 4A division.

JDHS runners first in 4A
The Juneau-Douglas High School cross country teams both placed first in their respective Region V 4A events at Ketchikan over the weekend.

JDHS-Colony football stats
Juneau-Douglas 22, Colony 19

Correction
The standings for this weekend's Railbelt Conference high school football playoffs were incorrectly stated in a game story on page B1 of Sunday's Juneau Empire.

Palin's views on bridge, earmarks shift with times
So, what's the real story behind Gov. Sarah Palin and the earmarks for Ketchikan's so-called "Bridge to Nowhere?"

Bailout vote scares money managers
Alaska's top money managers, responsible for more than $70 billion in public investments, are expressing dismay at Congress' rejection of a Wall Street bailout package Monday.

AP investigation: Palin received special benefits as Wasilla mayor
WASILLA - Though Sarah Palin depicts herself as a pit bull fighting good-old-boy politics, in her years as mayor she and her friends received special benefits more typical of small-town politics as usual, an Associated Press investigation shows.

Handling of witness disrupts Stevens trial
WASHINGTON - A behind-the-scenes move by prosecutors - sending an ailing potential witness home to Alaska - has angered a federal judge and given Sen. Ted Stevens an opening to renew allegations that the government isn't playing fair in his corruption case.

Charges in caribou slaughter may still be a few months away
ANCHORAGE - The state prosecutor investigating whether charges should be filed in a slaughter of caribou near Point Hope said the review could take a few more months.

Palin still excites GOP, but luster dims a bit
WASHINGTON - Has Sarah Palin become a liability for John McCain? Since joining his ticket, the overnight political celebrity has seen the shine come off her poll standings and doubts surface among some conservatives once excited about her candidacy.

Style, substance at stake in debate
WASHINGTON - One talks too much. The other hasn't talked enough.

Some Alaska Natives have doubts about Palin's support
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin routinely notes her husband's Yup'ik Eskimo roots. But those connections haven't erased doubts about her in a community long slighted by the white settlers who flocked to Alaska and dominate its government.

Begich to pay fine for disclosure complaint
Mark Begich, the Democratic challenger for U.S. Senate, will pay a $1,420 fine for failing to properly fill out state financial disclosure forms, a campaign spokeswoman said Monday.

Judge grants hunting preference to village
ANCHORAGE - A federal appeals court has upheld a decision granting a subsistence priority for moose in the Tok region to residents of Chistochina.

Count reveals no decline in Cook Inlet's beluga whales
ANCHORAGE - The number of beluga whales estimated to be in Cook Inlet off Alaska's largest city have not increased in the last year, leading critics to reiterate their call for greater protections over the objections of Gov. Sarah Palin.

Stealth fighters recall WWII Aleutian campaign
ANCHORAGE - In the early days of World War II, while most of the world's attention was focused on Europe and the South Pacific, a small band of scouts began patrolling the reaches of the far-flung Aleutian Islands to spy on invading Japanese forces.

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