Wednesday, October 1, 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.

Wade Bryson is a leader, visionary
To describe Wade Bryson, one would have to use words like family, leader and visionary. And in case you're not aware of who he is, I will tell you. Wade Bryson is the owner and operator of both your local Subway restaurants. He also is a candidate in the upcoming election for the areawide Assembly seat.

Coeur tailings plan a bad decision
Coeur Alaska's decision to not go forward with the paste disposal plan was a very bad decision.

Disgusting smell from rotting fish
Just across Channel Drive from the Juneau Empire is the disgusting sight and smell of rotting salmon, the likes of which I haven't seen since I arrived here in 1989. DIPAC, operators of the hatchery where the fish are heading, has been very proficient in the past about removing the carcasses before the stench becomes so great it will "gag a maggot," but I've recently been told the beach is the responsibility of the city of Juneau or the state of Alaska.

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.

Elect Muñoz for state representative
One candidate running for House District 4 stands above the other in understanding Juneau education, economic, and jobs issues. That candidate is Cathy Muñoz.

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.

Candidates vie for spots on School Board
By their own admission, the three candidates for the Juneau School Board don't have much disagreement over policy issues.

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.

New careers await at Centennial Hall fair
Forty-five local employers have registered for this fall's Job Fair today at Centennial Hall in downtown Juneau.

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

Around Town
Today

Photo: Fall in bloom
Molly Kiesel, left, takes a walk Tuesday with her friend, Tobie Brady, and her children, Farah, 2, and Jillian, 1 month, through a patch of blooming fireweed at Brotherhood Park.

Photo: Picking up the slack
Hunter Brown, left, helps Rachel Tarver learn how to balance on a slack line Tuesday at Sandy Beach.

Photo: Coast Guard training
Crews from U.S. Coast Guard Station Juneau and Air Station Sitka use their 47-foot motor life boat and HH-60J Jayhawk helicopter to conduct hoist training Tuesday morning in Gastineau Channel.

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

Around Town
Today

Rogers, Muñoz become Dolly Parton Imagination Library ambassadors
Two renowned Alaskans, artist Rie Muñoz and author Jean Rogers have teamed up to promote early literacy for the children of Juneau ages 0 to 5, through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program. Rogers and Muñoz have been longtime advocates of early literacy and have collaborated in the publication of several children's books. They believe a lot of challenges that children have in schools would be greatly reduced if they arrive at school having been read to.

Where you can see Russia from your window
It's frightening to pick up the Empire and read the daily comments on the editorial page. The level of vitriol and calumny is overwhelming.

Ketchikan resident shares corn and sausage chowder
We swap recipes, we meet neighbors, and we share stories.

SEARHC offers WISE At Every Size classes
SITKA - Jacqui Cropley, of Juneau, remembers the frustration she felt the last time she went on a diet designed for weight loss. Lori Moore, of Kake, had a similar experience.

Photo: United Way kickoff
Ronald Dippold, left, a Red Cross volunteer for 44 years, accepts his Volunteer of the Year award from Reid Bowman, the executive director of the Red Cross, on Sept. 19 at the United Way 2008 Campaign Celebration Community Leader Kickoff aboard the Ryndam. The kickoff event was to encourage community leaders, donors who contribute $1,000 or more to United Way, to continue to be committed to the ongoing work of United Way. The United Way of Southeast Alaska will hold its 2008 Community Campaign Kickoff from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. All are invited. Appetizers provided. United Way will honor its Volunteer of the Year again and have displays from most of its 38 partner agencies. For more information, contactCachet Garrett, United Way campaign director, at 463-5530 or campaign@unitedwayseak.org.

Heueisen named Alaska delegate in Recovery Rally
Juneau resident John J. "Joe" Heueisen was recently selected to be Alaska's "Recovery Delegate" and will join thousands of individuals and families in recovery, treatment partners and advocates from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, to form a human chain - a living symbol of recovery - across the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday.

World Affairs Council presents Nadia Hijab
JUNEAU - The Juneau World Affairs Council will present Nadia Hijab to speak on "Palestinian-Israeli Peace: An Agenda for the next President" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the KTOO Studio at Whittier and Egan downtown.

Community Schools registers for fall
JUNEAU - Community Schools continues it's registration for Fall Classes. To obtain a list of classes please call 780-2073 or 780-2074. Classes can also be viewed at www.jsd.k12.ak.us. Classes start soon so register today.

Southeastern Toastmasters host humorous competition
JUNEAU - Local Toastmasters from Juneau and Ketchikan will participate in an areawide speech contest.

Eyeglass recycling contest starts today
JUNEAU - The Juneau Lions Club, Mendenhall Flying Lions Club and the Juneau School District will sponsor a contest, starting today through Oct. 8, for students to collect old and unused eye glasses and recycle them for use in countries throughout the world, according to Joyce Kitka, Community Schools supervisor and Juneau Lions Club member.

Thanks for donating prizes to our summer reading program
The Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries would like to thank the following local businesses for donating gift certificates and prizes for the Summer Reading Program's weekly drawing. To participate, children wrote reviews of books they read during the summer. More than 825 book reviews written by kids were displayed at the libraries this summer.

Kirk Arnold Thomas
Former Petersburg resident Kirk Arnold Thomas died Sept. 24, 2008, in Whitefish, Mont. He was 55.

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

Celebrating arts & culture center
Today is the one-year anniversary of the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. It is hard to believe that over a year ago the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council was still performing its duties as the official arts agency for Alaska's capital from its charming but small basement offices on North Franklin Street. A lot has happened since then, and I think we should all celebrate the progress that has been made, and redouble our efforts to make the future even brighter.

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

Outside Editorial: Rescue the rescue
Moving past Monday's rejection of a $700 billion rescue plan for U.S. credit markets means confronting several truths - some of them uncomfortable for Americans of various political stripes:

Outside Editorial: Rushing vote led to defeat of bailout
The stunning rejection of the $700 billion federal bailout plan should prove the folly of trying to slam through legislation of this scale without a fuller debate.

Outside Editorial: House fails to show leadership
Partisanship and a failure of leadership torpedoed a $700 billion bailout plan on Monday. That's it, plain and simple.

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.

Judge will decide whether to halt probe
ANCHORAGE - A judge will hear arguments this week on whether he should halt an abuse-of-power investigation by the state Legislature into Gov. Sarah Palin.

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.

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.

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.

Voter registration deadline approaches
JUNEAU - Those who still need to register to vote or have moved have until Sunday to register or update their existing voter registration for the Nov. 4 general election.

EPA fines public works department
JUNEAU - The city of Anchorage will pay penalties to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to take care of its hazardous waste, according to the EPA.

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.

Satellite services may be disrupted
JUNEAU - The sun's powerful rays may cause temporary disruption of cable television, Internet and long-distance telephone service from Oct. 1-20 as the sun moves directly behind a satellite and in line with an antenna on the ground.

Charter guide pleads guilty to overfishing
JUNEAU - Two undercover state wildlife troopers signed up as charter clients and caught their Ketchikan guide telling them to keep fishing past their limit.

Chicago artist paints nude portrait of Palin
CHICAGO - While journalists scramble to reveal everything Sarah Palin has said and done during her career, a Chicago artist is taking things a step further.

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.

Crimson Bears set date for playoff game
Playing the part of the blushing maiden, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team has accepted a date for Friday night at 7 p.m.

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.

Close friend testifies in Stevens trial
WASHINGTON - The self-made Alaska construction executive whose testimony could bring to an end the 40-year Senate career of Ted Stevens took the stand Tuesday in the corruption case against his former fishing buddy and friend.

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.

Colberg stands in way of state investigation
Gov. Sarah Palin's attorney general, Talis Colberg, appears to be blocking state employees from cooperating with a legislative investigation into his boss' administration.

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.

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.

Palin's popularity tumbles among Alaskans
ANCHORAGE - Ask a governor if she'd be happy with a 68 percent approval rating and she'd probably laugh at the question. It usually doesn't get much better than that.

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.

Anchorage seeks study of Native exodus to the city
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich and Schools Superintendent Carol Comeau have asked Gov. Sarah Palin to organize an emergency task force on the Native migration to the city.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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.

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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