Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Story assures reader right thing was done long ago
I read with great interest the story in Friday's Empire titled "Button bucks go wrong" about four deer rescued from the frigid waters of Stephens Passage. Stories like these are one reason we need and should cherish a local newspaper. I particularly appreciated this account because it has set my mind at ease about an incident that happened some 20 years ago. I was salmon fishing with a friend in late August on the west side of Admiralty Island, just south of the Point Retreat lighthouse. It was a cold, raw, nasty, fall day - low clouds, rain, biting southeast wind, and a crummy, cresting swell. As we trolled along the shoreline, four deer emerged from the woods, walked down to the water's edge, and started swimming directly across Lynn Canal. Nothing of the distant coast was visible, and conditions just didn't seem propitious for a migration of this sort. We pulled our lines and intercepted the deer, driving them back to shore. They ambled up the beach and disappeared into the woods. I have always wondered if we did the right thing. After all, deer have been around a long time, and presumably they know what they are doing. After reading the Empire's story, I am reassured we saved four deer from a watery death in Lynn Canal.

McAdams has Alaskans on his heart, mind and soul
The more I read, see, and hear Scott McAdams, the more I am impressed with him. I believe he does have the people of Alaska on his heart, mind and soul.

Photos: Wind turbine installed at Coast Guard station
Kirk Hardcastle of the Alaska Center for Energy and Power tightens the blade shaft as Susitna Energy Systems' Kirk Garoutte, left, and Dave Lindeen hold the blades still during installation of the Skystream wind turbine Monday at the U.S. Coast Guard's Juneau Station downtown. While the Coast Guard will use the power, local students will collect data from the turbine in a program called Wind Energy for Schools, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The project to raise awareness in rural America about the benefits of wind energy and developing a wind energy knowledge base in future leaders of our communities, states and nation.

Wind brings tree down on AEL&P lines
A large tree falling on main power lines along Channel Vista Drive near its intersection with Egan Drive knocked out power to Juneau during a storm Tuesday afternoon.

School district programs in place to address bullying
It's a safe bet you or someone you know has experienced bullying at least once in their lifetime. There's an even bigger chance it happened in school.

Vote NO raised more last-minute, total contributions for Prop 2
Proposition 2 was soundly defeated at the Juneau ballot box last week, and opponents of the measure were aided in defeating it by a strong last-minute receipt of donations.

Clark to seek return of law license
Juneau attorney Jim Clark, expecting to have federal criminal charges against him dropped soon, hopes to then have his license to practice law reinstated, said Bruce Gagnon, Clark's attorney.

2010 a difficult year for tourist businesses
This tourist season's depleted passenger loads have taken their toll on several downtown businesses.

Juneau Travelodge earns company's highest honor
The owners of the Juneau Airport Travelodge Hotel, David and Jeanie Allison, have been awarded the Scott King Award, Travelodge's highest honor. A press release states this is presented to the franchisee that has exemplified and embodied dedication, passion and integrity for the Travelodge brand over an extended period of time.

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.

High winds lead to runaway boat
Tuesday's harsh winds took a docked vessel for an unexpected ride.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Today's Featured Survivor: Sue Kocyba
Sue Kocyba, 61

Photo: This Day in History
A large fire nearly destroyed the city of Douglas on Oct. 10, 1926, wiping out the east end of town and most of the buidings at the Treadwell Mine. Shown, a Treadwell store and office building after the fire. Fires in 1911 and 1937 also severely damaged many local buildings.

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.

Photo: Perfecting the craft
Andrew Tripp works on a wooden ladle with a raven handle Monday in his family's store, the Mt. Juneau Trading Post. Tripp said he just starting carving and is taking a carving class at the University of Alaska Southeast, taught by master carver Ray Watkins.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Today's Featured Survivor: Helen Sarabia

Lester Gleen Leatherberry Jr.
Lester Gleen Leatherberry Jr. died Oct. 4, 1010. He was born Feb. 22, 1947 in Petersburg to Lester and Adeline Leatherberry. The family moved to West Linn, Ore. when he was a child. He graduated from West Linn High School in 1965. Lester served in the Army for four years and did three tours in Vietnam. He then attended Portland State University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology. He moved to Alaska and lived in Seward, Sitka, Soldotna and Juneau. He was a chief environmental conservationist with the Alaska Environmental Conservation Agency and retired in December, 2008 after 31 years of employment. Lester returned to West Linn after his retirement and lived in the community he grew up in. He enjoyed old movies, military history, traveling and his three dogs; Cinnamon, Pepper and Kona. He is survived by his sister Trudy Stewart and brother Joseph Leatherberry.

Marge Hardin
Marge Hardin, 93, passed away Oct. 7, 2010. She was born Jan. 27, 1927.

Outside editorial: Crack down on groups that dodge sunlight, taxes
The following editorial first appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Outside editorial: Inspiration below ground and above
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

The sound of one hand clapping
I was preparing to applaud the Obama Administration and specifically Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for announcing the deportation of a record number of criminal aliens last year. According to the Washington Times, "the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported 392,862 aliens in fiscal year 2010, slightly less than a 1 percent increase over 2009 but short of the agency's goal to remove 400,000 this year."

When student loans become golden handcuffs
This April, while hashing out the bill that reconciled differences between the House and Senate versions of health reform, lawmakers tossed in another overhaul as well. They completely remade the student loan industry.

My turn: Question yourself, your relationship during Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and last week, the 2010 Alaska Victimization Survey was released. It was designed to obtain statewide estimates on intimate partner and sexual violence, to establish a baseline. The survey was conducted by the University of Alaska Anchorage's Justice Center. It was a statewide telephone survey of adult women residing in households with at least one land or cell phone line, and the women were English speaking. It measured both threats of physical violence by asking, "Have your romantic or sexual partners made threats to physically harm you?" The survey also asked respondents if they had suffered one or more types of physical violence from a romantic or sexual partner.

My turn: Non-partisan voters should consider McAdams
I am getting ready to vote Nov. 2, and am still debating with myself over several candidates and issues. I don't really know how I will vote, until I have a ballot in hand and walk into the voting booth and have to decide what I think are the best choices for Alaska.

My turn: Murkowski, Miller would be members of the Republican gang
Imagine if you will, the late Sen. Ted Stevens sitting in his office and getting a call from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell saying, "Ted, as long as Barack Obama is President, we are going to vote no on everything he hands us. Everything. I'm sure we can count on you to play ball. Oh, and that friendship thing you've got with Hawaii's Dan Inouye has got to stop. This is war." Stevens was never one to mince words. I don't think he'd salute and say, "If that's what it takes to be in the in crowd, I'm in."

Alaska Senate debate casts old versus new
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski questioned how electing either of her major rivals is in Alaska's best interest, saying that if Republican Joe Miller or Democrat Scott McAdams were elected, the state would have the least senior delegation in the nation.

Calista says CEO terminated
ANCHORAGE - Calista Corp. says its board of directors has terminated the longtime president and chief executive of the Native corporation.

Rogers memorial set for May
A public celebration of life for George Rogers will be held 1-4 p.m. May 1, 2011 at Centennial Hall.

Palin raises $1.2M for PAC during quarter
JUNEAU - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin raised more than $1.2 million for her political action committee during the last quarter.

Police officer's lawsuit resurfaces
FAIRBANKS - Two former Fairbanks police officers involved in a lawsuit against the city have filed new claims after other allegations were tossed out by a federal judge.

Community issues on AFN convention agenda
FAIRBANKS - Organizers of the upcoming Alaska Federation of Natives convention say it will focus on community issues.

Judge lifts contempt against Stevens prosecutors
WASHINGTON - Attorneys who prosecuted Sen. Ted Stevens learned Tuesday that they will not be penalized for failing to comply with a judge's order, but some still face possible criminal charges over their mishandling of the case.

Sitka mayor race separated by 1 vote
SITKA - The race for mayor in Sitka is coming down to the narrowest of margins.

Board opts for Nelchina harvest
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Board of Game has decided to proceed with a community harvest of the Nelchina herd, the state's most sought after caribou.

Palin raises concerns about Iran in interview
JUNEAU - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says a nuclear weapon in the hands of Iran could "lead to an Armageddon" and a world war that could "decimate so much of this planet."

Tea Party Express waiting to air ads in Alaska
JUNEAU - A national tea party group supporting Joe Miller in the Alaska Senate race has decided to hold off on running ads in the contest until nearer the election.

McAdams hosting town halls, tired of 'drama'
JUNEAU - Democrat Scott McAdams is hosting a series of town hall meetings, saying the "drama" of the Alaska Senate race has overshadowed the issues.

Murkowski campaign reports about $1.2M on hand
JUNEAU - Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has nearly $1.2 million on hand for her write-in bid heading into the last weeks of the election.

Bears girls swim well in final tuneup
In their final tuneup before the Region V swim meet in Petersburg, the Crimson Bears wanted to build some experience for some of their younger swimmers over the weekend.

Kake Tribal Corp. gets back on track
Struggling Kake Tribal Corp. has a new board of directors for the first time in five years.

Joe Miller refuses to answer questions about past
JUNEAU - Alaska U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Miller said Monday he will no longer answer reporters' questions about his background and personal life, following what he called a leak of his personnel record from when he served as a government attorney.

Southeast unaffected by early close of goat hunting season
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has issued an emergency order to close mountain goat hunting season for the area of Unit 1 (C) from Eagle Glacier/River north to Davies Creek. The closing is effective at 11:59 p.m. tonight.

Agency releases new Chukchi drilling assessment
ANCHORAGE - Two months after a judge found flaws in the government's environmental assessment of petroleum drilling in the Chukchi Sea, federal offshore regulators released a revised analysis that was immediately denounced by environmental and Alaska Native groups.

Alaskans want Arctic drilling suspension lifted
ANCHORAGE - With the Tuesday lifting of the six-month moratorium on deep-water oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska officials say it's also time to lift a suspension on shallow-water drilling in Arctic waters.

Game board defers bear snaring issue until 2012
ANCHORAGE - A decision on whether the public should be allowed to trap bears in Alaska for the first time since statehood has been deferred until spring 2012.

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