Saturday, October 2, 2010

Misinformation could block any second Douglas crossing
The group opposing the Safe, Affordable, Future, Efficient, or SAFE, Committee's proposal to move forward with a preferred alternative and financing plan for a North Douglas Crossing at Sunny Point has generated flyers, newspaper and radio advertisements falsely claiming the SAFE Committee's proposal is "dishonest." This misinformation campaign can also mislead the public into believing no other crossing alternatives will be considered as the permitting and National Environmental Policy Act environmental assessment process moves forward.

Causeway would limit hunting, fishing opportunities
Although I've had many slow days fishing and hunting on the Mendenhall Wetlands, I've also had my share of banner days there with full limits of duck, geese, or silvers. Regardless of what I come home with though, I've always felt very lucky to have a place to hunt and fish that I could access as quickly and easily as the Flats.

Let's not destroy our greatest resource
Juneau's greatest resource is its setting that attracts college students, retirees, tourists, etc., eager to escape the automobile-dominated communities Americans have "perfected" elsewhere. Why would we want to destroy another important part of the tideland refuge that dominates our city? Could we improve the charisma of our town this way? Let's not do it.

Photo: Lunchtime at the glacier
A young porcupine nibbles on willow leaves near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center on Thursday.

Baranof Hotel to change ownership
A landmark hotel is changing owners but nothing else.

Empire looking for local breast cancer survivors
In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Juneau Empire is looking to profile local survivors of the disease. If you, or someone you know is a Southeast Alaska survivor, please send contact information to the Empire at editor@juneauempire.com. Data can also be mailed to Charles Ward, Interim Managing Editor, c/o the Juneau Empire, 3100 Channel Dr., Juneau, AK 99801, or dropped off at our office.

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.

Former Thane camp manager charged
On Wednesday, Gordon Valle was issued a summons for violating a domestic violence restraining order prohibiting him from possessing firearms.

Jury selection to begin for former JDHS coach
Jury selection is set to begin Oct. 11 for a former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball coach accused of sexual assault.

Bartlett defends HR department, review
Bartlett Regional Hospital's CEO defends the human resources department that has come under fire for its letters to employees, but adds a review is coming soon.

George Raymond MacClanahan Jr.
George Raymond MacClanahan Jr, 85, passed away at the Veterans Home of California on Sept. 21, where he and his wife Mary have lived for 14 years.

Justine Lown
Justine Lown died Sept. 14, 2010 in Vancouver, Wash.

Why I will vote yes on Proposition 2
Oct. 5, the citizens of Juneau will vote on whether to allocate sales tax money to build a North Douglas Crossing. For more than 25 years the need for a second connection to Douglas Island has been recognized for safety and emergency reasons. In fact, when the Game Refuge was created in 1976 a section was included stating that expansion of the airport and a transportation corridor were "preferential" uses in the Refuge.

Proposition 2 wouldn't be prudent
Oct. 5, our community will make some important decisions. Juneau residents will elect school board members, City Assembly members and settle three ballot propositions. The one I wish to address is Proposition 2.

Vote yes on Prop. 2
Tuesday, Juneau voters will be asked to consider whether a second crossing from mainland Juneau to Douglas Island is a project the community should support. We believe this has merit and urge a yes vote on Proposition 2.

... for the love of the sport
Their names are a virtual "who's who" in the running community of Juneau. They have sprinted past the Capitol, slogged across the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge, burned their quads up Eaglecrest and slipped in bear scat on the glacier trails.

Tides
Today, Oct. 1

Shooting hours: Oct. 1-15
Friday, Oct. 1 6:32 a.m.- 6:31 p.m.

Professor: Big squid strayed too far north
It didn't take long for Chance to find the pink-ish, stinking pile of decomposing squid on the beach.

Event to provide tips, gardening inspiration
Eileen Hosey believes that gardens make life richer and souls whole.

New rescue @ the Juneau Raptor Center: 'Baby'
Name: "Baby"

Beetles: Part deux
Last week I wrote about the remarkable burying beetles, which typically inter and prepare the carcasses of mice and small birds as food for their beetle larvae. The individual beetle that prompted my interest was just crawling across the ground, but it looked very strange. It was covered, top and bottom, with at least two layers of tiny, squirming mites, hundreds of them.

JRPC holds target comp
On what started as a cool, windy Sunday morning, six members of Juneau Rifle & Pistol Club saw the day warm, become partly sunny and have the wind turn to minor gusts during their Sept. 26 target competition.

2010 Empire Cup Results
Empire Cup Results September 25, 2010

On the hook
Show us your big fish

Wild shots
Isanotski Volcano on Unimak Island, known locally as "Ragged Jack," is pictured on Aug. 4.

House passes bill honoring Ted Stevens
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. House on Thursday passed a bill naming a mountain and part of an ice field after the late Ted Stevens.

Man crushed in heavy equipment accident
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a heavy equipment operator died in an accident at a construction site.

Police arrest suspected graffiti taggers
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have arrested four suspected graffiti "taggers."

Wrangell Hospital gets $20 million loan
ANCHORAGE - A $20 million construction loan is being provided to help build a new medical center in Wrangell.

Crowley constructs 2 double-hulled barges
ANCHORAGE - A maritime company will build two doubled-hulled barges for use in western Alaska.

Group attempting to revitalize Downtown Juneau Neighborhood Association
A group of downtown residents are working on revitalizing the Downtown Juneau Neighborhood Association. They are hosting a round-up at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center with a potluck, children's activities and opportunities to help the organization craft its future vision.

Downtown business owner finds strange substance in letter
A local business owner reported receiving a pair of strange letters, one containing an unknown substance, to the Juneau Police Department, according to a press release from JPD.

Inmates get TB tests
ANCHORAGE - All inmates at a correctional facility north of Kenai will be getting tested for tuberculosis.

Fronimos emerges as a star for Falcons
Thunder Mountain's calling card this season has been its ability to run the football, and spearheading the attack with eye-popping statistics is senior Cameron Fronimos.

Star-crossed in Crimson
One of Juneau-Douglas' best football players has barely seen the field over the last three years.

JDHS looks for revenge against Chugiak
It was nearly a year ago that then-interim coach Rich Sjoroos watched his No. 1-seeded Crimson Bears fall to Chugiak on a last-second safety during the first round of the 4A state playoffs at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Falcons look to keep the pressure on against perennial power Soldotna
It might sound odd to say Saturday's Thunder Mountain-Soldotna matchup is the biggest game in Falcons football history - which is all of 15 games old - but that certainly is the case.

New officers to head Permanent Fund board
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation's Board of Trustees has elected Ketchikan banker Bill Moran as its new chairman.

Rouse likely to be tapped as Obama's chief of staff
A former Alaskan has reportedly been selected to be the new chief of staff for President Obama, and he's being praised from Washington, D.C. to Juneau.

Miller deletes 'inappropriate' tweets
JUNEAU - A series of tweets in which Alaska Senate hopeful Joe Miller sounded confident in his chances of winning have been removed from his Twitter feed.

Murkowski takes aim at Tea Party Express in ad
A new TV ad by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski takes aim at a national tea party group days before it's set to return to Alaska to support her GOP rival.

Poll shows Murkowski close
A new poll shows Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski in a tight race with Republican rival Joe Miller. But critics say there's reason to doubt the numbers.

Photo: A master of the craft
Norman Griffin, a longtime builder of wooden boats, shows his most recent project in Homer on Sept. 23. Work by Griffin, 92, is all over town, from wooden boats in various yards and at the Wooden Boat Festival to the steeple on Faith Baptist Church.

Filtration system used on tainted well water
FAIRBANKS - Five homes are being provided with in-home water treatment systems designed to remove a chemical used in refining oil in North Pole.

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