Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Depiction of Ahmadinejad predictable, in poor taste
The Empire's reprint of the Denver Post cartoon last Monday depicting Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a raving lunatic at the United Nations was in all too predictable and unfortunate taste, to put it mildly.

Vote McAdams instead of wasting a ballot on Murkowski
Though I have nothing against her, a vote for Lisa Murkowski at this point is nothing more than a vote for the extremist, Joe Miller, because she just cannot sway enough voters in her favor in November. Instead of voting for Murkowski, I encourage people to vote for Scott McAdams, the Democrat, who has lived all his life here in Alaska, and has a vested interest in our state. He was a commercial fisherman and supports sustained yield, unlike Miller and his buddy Gov. Sean Parnell, who has overseen continual low salmon returns on various rivers and who supports the Pebble Mine even though there has not been an environmental impact review done yet, something Don Young was trying to hide by attempting to block the Environmental Protection Agency's review from even occurring, putting our Bristol Bay salmon at risk should there be detriments in its development.

Light rail option should be on the table
Juneau citizens have an excellent opportunity to participate in local democracy through the 2010 Alaska municipal elections. Of three propositions on the 2010 ballot, the most energized discourse concerns Proposition 2.

Douglas Crossing vital for Juneau's development
In August, I attended the City Assembly meeting for placing the North Douglas crossing on the ballot. I listened quietly while I watched several elderly gentlemen present their reasons for not approving the crossing. I, however, testified for the proposition. It was the first time I had ever done anything like that, but I feel this is an important issue. I am a young mother and wife with a very young son. My husband and I work very hard to pay our bills, and provide for our family. However, I am afraid those who oppose this project so strongly now will not be here in 10 or 15 years, while young families like ours will.

Tolls should fund second crossing
Like many others, I've followed the debate over a proposed second crossing of Gastineau Channel. I personally would use a second crossing because it would reduce the miles that we drive, the gas that we consume, and the wear and tear on our vehicle. I propose that the second crossing be paid for by the users through a toll collection system. Over time, the toll fees would flow back to the city to recoup out-front expenditures.

Vanderbilt Hill Road a better place to cross to Douglas
Proponents of Proposition 2, which will appear on the Oct. 5 municipal ballot, and which asks us to use 10 years' worth of sales taxes to build a North Douglas Crossing, say that they intend to build the crossing at Sunny Point near Walmart. As long as this is their preferred location for the crossing, and as long as they intend to use a sales tax to fund it, I intend to vote no on Proposition 2.

No vote needed to keep wetlands magical
Unlike many of those commenting on the Sunny Point second crossing, I do not hunt or fish the Mendenhall wetlands. Occasionally I walk the dog, or just explore a bit. But every time I drive on Egan Drive and view that vast expanse of wetlands, I feel good. It is a beautiful sight, and the thought of all the fish and animal life it supports buoys my spirit. Certainly it is part of what makes this place so magical for tourists and residents alike. Voting no on Proposition 2 will help keep it that way.

Shocking support of second crossing from an environmentalist
Shocking as it may be to my many conservation-minded friends, this environmentalist is strongly in support of Proposition 2, to fund the second crossing.

Murkowski's campaign inconsistent with responsibility, legacy
A week or so ago I spoke with a prominent Juneau Republican regarding Lisa Murkowski's write-in campaign. This individual strongly supports her action, while I do not. In my opinion, Murkowski had a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate principles and leadership, along with a long-term committment to the welfare of the Republican party, our state, and our nation.

George Rogers, Architect of Alaska's statehood, dies at 93
Juneau has lost one if its most influential residents, a man who helped craft Alaska's very statehood.

Lloyd reflects as he prepares to leave office
As Denby Lloyd prepares to retire from his duties as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, he discussed his career path and his challenges along the way with the Empire.

Photos: Slowly sinking
The Rose, a fishing vessel, lies partially submerged in Norway Point after sinking in Aurora Harbor on Sept. 15. A harbor employee told the Empire the vessel had not moved from its spot in the harbor for more than a year when at least one plank came off the ship, sinking it quickly. The Coast Guard was alerted when it happened.

Mendenhall iceberg makes its way to Washington
Thousands of people will have the chance to view a roughly 1,500 pound Mendenhall iceberg later this month in Washington, D.C.

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.

Pelican Seafoods plant foreclosed by city
The City of Pelican now owns the troubled Pelican Seafoods plant, after foreclosing on owner Ed Bahrt & Associates last month and jumping in line ahead of previous owner Kake Tribal Corp.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Featured Survivor: Rosa Miller
Rosa Miller, 84

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.

Officer indicted by grand jury on alleged sexual abuse of minor
Editor's note: The following story contains a description of an alleged crime of a sexual nature. Readers are encouraged to use their own discretion when reading.

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.

Correction
In Monday's Empire, a story on page A1 about retiring Alaska Department of Fish & Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd misspelled Kasilof, Akalura Creek, Olga Bay and Ayakuilk.

Corrections
In the Juneau Municipal Election Voter's Guide in the Sept. 26 Empire, the number of Juneau School District School Board candidates a voter may vote for was incorrect. Voters may choose two candidates of the three running.

Arturo Esquare Rodriquez
Arturo Esquare Rodriguez passed away Aug. 11, 2010 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was born Nov. 30, 1930 in Fromberg, Mont. He was raised by Ray Smith and lived in Juneau for six years. Arturo loved woodburning and making dreamcatchers.

Judy Kay Tobacco
Judy Kay Tobacco died Oct. 1, 2010 at the University of Washington Medical Center surrounded by her family. Her death was due to complications from lung cancer.

George William Rogers
George William Rogers, 93, passed away Oct. 3, 2010 at his home in Juneau. He was born April 15, 1917 in San Francisco, but moved to Juneau in January, 1945, staying for the next 65 years. He was primarily an economist, but also worked as an author, university professor, and territorial consultant.

Marilyn Merritt Morrow
Mariliyn Merritt Morrow passed away Sept. 23, 2010 in Seattle. Born July 17th, 1925 in Renton, Wash. to Kenneth "Doc" and Jessie Merritt, she moved to Juneau in 1937 where she attended Juneau schools. Marilyn was a Crimson Bear cheerleader for Juneau High School, graduating in 1943. She married Robert Morrow in 1947 and after living in Alaska, Hawaii and California, they settled in Seattle, raising three sons. She traveled the world with her husband, who was a flight engineer for Pan American Airways.

Outside editorial: Wiretapping the Internet must be balanced with privacy concerns
The following editorial first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News:

Outside editorial: Record income inequality is a growing threat to democracy
The following editorial first appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

My turn: Moving toward a return to reasonableness
Once again Leonard Pitts' column in the Sept. 27 Empire ("Time to move the fringes off center stage") is right on the money. Thanks to the media's need to attract sufficient viewers to satisfy the advertisers who support them, they have given stage center to a significant minority of extremists who are publicly babbling inane, angry, bigoted drivel, which has no foundation in fact. The general public has neither the time nor the inclination to fact check this pseudo-political debate and often simply believes "what they heard on the news."

Community colleges: America's gateway to the future
For decades, community colleges have been one of our nation's best kept secrets. But the word is out. As a result, community colleges across the country are bursting at the seams. The American dream is within reach for millions of individuals from diverse backgrounds whose perseverance and commitment will be celebrated Tuesday when President Obama and I host the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges.

Pro: Obama, Congress should extend Bush tax cuts for all
It has been said a lie can make it halfway around the world before the truth can even put its boots on. No one is suggesting those who advocate for inaction on looming tax increases are lying, but they certainly are misinformed. And the truth is catching up with them.

Con: Obama, Congress should extend Bush tax cuts for all
George W. Bush summed it up at an $800 a plate dinner back in 2000 with a joke: "This is an impressive crowd - the haves and the have-mores," he said. "Some people call you the elites; I call you my base."

Mayberry lives through reruns
The best television show ever made, I believe, was The Andy Griffith Show. It managed to touch on every aspect of life, whether we thought about it at the time or not.

Volunteers train search dogs at Birchwood
BIRCHWOOD - Search-and-rescue dogs and their handlers put in a day of training Sunday at Birchwood, about 15 miles northeast of Anchorage.

Fire destroys annex of Glennallen hotel
JUNEAU - State fire officials are investigating a fire that destroyed part of a hotel in Glennallen.

Harborview hosts parents' night
Harborview Elementary is hosting a parents' night today, starting at 5 p.m. It will focus on literacy skills children develop in first grade, testing results and procedures and ideas for supporting children in early learning stages. The meeting will take place in the library for parents, with child care in room 118. The Harborview Parent Teacher Association is providing snacks and childcare.

Kake man dies in bike crash
KAKE - A 42-year-old Kake man died when he crashed his bicycle into a telephone pole.

Voluntary drug testing program kicks off at Juneau high schools
Juneau high school students are invited to sign up for the Juneau School District voluntary drug testing program now through Oct. 14. Students who sign up through this launch period get a free movie pass. Information packets and consent forms are available at the high schools. Students who sign up get an ID card good for perks and discounts from local businesses, as well as entry into prize drawings. For more information call your high school.

Ketchikan shipyard gets more land
KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan shipyard has grown by nine acres.

Minor damage from fire at new Marshall school
ANCHORAGE - There was only minor damage from a fire started by kindergartners at the new school in Marshall.

Moose euthanized after collision with bus in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Police euthanized a moose after it was injured Monday in a collision with an empty Anchorage school bus.

Troopers charge man with assaulting brother
GIRDWOOD - Two brothers needed hospital treatment after fighting each other in Girdwood.

Berkowitz reports collecting $208,002
ANCHORAGE - The Democratic gubernatorial ticket of Ethan Berkowitz and Diane Benson have an edge in fundraising since the August primary, according to numbers submitted Monday to the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

GOP, undeclared add voters in Alaska
JUNEAU - Nearly 6,000 more Alaskans have registered to vote in the general election than were signed up for the primary.

Seafood company donates to UAF for crab research
FAIRBANKS - A California seafood retailer has donated $10,000 to the University of Alaska Fairbanks for king crab research.

Seven Bears tabbed for All-Conference team
Along with their big playoff win at home Saturday evening over the Chugiak Mustangs comes more good news for the Crimson Bears.

Bears swimmers combine for second-place finish
The Juneau-Douglas swim team is feeling the pain associated with a demanding swimming season, but more rest is in store after a successful trip to Bartlett over the weekend.

Fight night back at Marlintini's
Roughhouse fighting was back for its 11th year Friday night at Marlintini's Lounge in front of a capacity crowd, and the fight card was filled with some familiar faces.

Mickelson talks swimming, friends and flying
Juneau-Douglas swimming standout Tyler Mickelson played an important part in his team's second-place overall finish last season in the 2009 ASAA/Alaska Swimming and Diving Championships as a member of two first-place relay teams - the 200-meter freestyle and the state record-setting 200-meter medley. He also finished fourth and sixth in the state in the 100-meter butterfly and the 50-meter freestyle, respectively. Mickelson is back for his senior year, ready to improve his times and help his team in their pursuit of a state title.

Legislators spar over Pebble Mine study
A legislative subcommittee tasked with crafting a third-party study of the potential impact of the Pebble mine met Sept. 28 in Anchorage, but the only thing legislators could agree on was the need to have another meeting.

Murkowski to stations: Don't air tea party ad
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's campaign is warning Alaska broadcasters not to air ads by a national tea party group that the campaign says are "littered with lies and intentional mischaracterizations" about her and her write-in campaign.

Polls show non-Republican support for Murkowski
ANCHORAGE - Democratic Senate candidate Scott McAdams doesn't just have to campaign to win over undecided voters. He also needs to stop people who might have otherwise helped him from joining Sen. Lisa Murkowski's write-in campaign.

Fairbanks businessman hopes to turn paper into power
FAIRBANKS - When Bernie Karl surveys the bales of used cardboard and paper that are filling one of his warehouses at K&K Recycling, the Fairbanks businessman envisions a fuel source that will soon feed electricity into the local power grid.

Austin named to workers compensation board
Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed Brad Austin to the Alaska Workers' Compensation Board. The board hears and resolves disputed benefits claims, and oversees the Workers' Compensation system.

Denali, too, gets open season bids
The Denali natural gas pipeline consortium said it has received "significant" bids from customers hoping to ship gas through its planned $35 billion pipeline from the Alaska North Slope to Alberta.

Some Native corporations may limit contracting
ANCHORAGE - Some Native corporations are proposing limits on contracts with the federal government to head off more drastic reforms being suggested in Congress.

Fairbanks borough to vote on wood stove rules
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks North Star Borough voters will decide Tuesday whether to enact a law preventing the borough from banning certain wood stoves for heating homes.

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