Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Featuring domestic violence survivors
The breast cancer survival stories featured in the Empire this month are heartwarming and inspirational. My thoughts are with these women and others currently fighting this dreadful disease. I am thinking, too, of women who struggled but passed away, and of their loved ones.

Wolves a vital part of a healthy Alaska
As the final credits of Ken Burns' "National Parks" rolled by, I thought how fitting it was the final episode dealt so much with Alaska and wolves. Both are the quintessential symbols of wilderness throughout the nation and world.

Equal voting rights versus subsistence
This letter is a response to the "Kookesh: Restore Native Rights" article published Sunday in the Juneau Empire.

City needs to limit incessant sky tours
Does anyone remember Juneau summers before the helicopter glacier tours invaded our skies? Do you remember when hiking or simply sitting in your yard wasn't a stressful event? Does the constant armada over your head and congestion in the streets take its toll on you? It's intolerable that the most anticipated time of year for many Alaskans is marred by the sheer volume of people glutting our fair city from spring to fall.

Juneau should fight high cost of housing
Salaries are relatively the same all over the state. The price of heating oil remains high statewide, as does the price of gas and other necessities, and housing and rentals in Juneau far exceed the cost of similar housing anywhere else in the state. Juneau's cost of living is far beyond what the average family can afford. Why is this?

Prospective miners build skills
Mining built Juneau, and with the Kensington mine's imminent opening, mining will play a bigger role in the future as well.

Airport renovations to boost safety
For a facility with an annual operating budget of $5 million, there's a lot going on Juneau International Airport.

New guidelines set for Juneau historic district
Those developing or renovating buildings in Juneau's historic district now have a little more room for flexibility, as the Assembly adopted new guidelines and standards for Juneau's Downtown Historic District.

Windstorm topples trees onto trailer
Semona Lundy heard the wind that did all the damage, but the impact itself was minimal.

Juneau man reappointed to seat on state board
Gov. Sean Parnell has reappointed three people, including a Juneau man, to three-year terms on the Marine Transportation Advisory Board.

Police to host online crime forum tonight
The Juneau Police Department will host its first-ever virtual community forum on the Internet from 6 to 7 p.m. tonight, focusing on crime prevention.

Man pleads guilty to sex assault of minor
A 49-year-old Juneau man pleaded guilty Monday to two felony counts involving sexual abuse of a minor.

Juneau Job Fair to be held today
Despite the economic slump, about 35 employers will be at Centennial Hall today to promote their businesses amongst job-seekers at the Juneau Job Fair.

Photo: Wild ride
Ryan Roomsburg drives his boat, Antares, into the Douglas Boat Harbor on Tuesday morning after crossing the Juneau waterfront in 30 mph winds. A truck and trailer was waiting for Roomsburg to take his boat out of the water for the season. A wind advisory has been issued through 6 a.m. Wednesday. The forecast calls for sunny skies and east wind from 15 to 25 mph with gusts to about 55 mph.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Today's featured survivor, Shelley Hill
Age: 71.

Photo: Family hike
Chip, Adelie, and Missy McMillan watch their footing as they begin a family hike Sunday on the Perseverance Trail. "It is one of our favorite trails," Chip McMillan said. "The Juneau trail systems are one of our favorite things ... about living in Juneau."

Photo: Hatchery wash
Tim Dowling pressure-washes hatch trays Tuesday at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.

Around Town
Today, Oct. 13

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Today's featured survivor: Peggy Mattson

Around Town
Today, Oct. 14

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

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

Lawrence P. Nerger
Former Juneau resident Lawrence P. "Rex" Nerger died Oct. 6, 2009, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tacoma, Wash. He was 51.

Art Farrell
Longtime Juneau resident Art Farrell died Sept. 12, 2009. He was 60.

Children who have been left behind
This editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Patriot high-wire act in Congress
The following editorial appeared in the Washington Post:

Don't back down on closing Guantanamo
This editorial first appeared in the Kansas City Star:

Sorry, teens, for boring you - Juneau did its best
In Sunday's Juneau Empire, I read statements from a Juneau-Douglas High School senior who said "kids take drugs because they are bored," and, "urine testing is not the solution ... but more activities for teens and more resources for law enforcement were more appropriate ways to decrease the drug problem."

No Gourmet in fast food nation
The news that, after 68 years, America's premier food magazine would be shelved rocked the food world. It shouldn't have been a surprise, of course. For months, we had all heard the rumors about Gourmet. But no one, including Editor in Chief Ruth Reichl - who was notified Monday, the day of the announcement - believed it could happen.

The price of winning
Last month, soldiers from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry, returned to Fairbanks after a yearlong deployment to Iraq. My oldest son, Michael, was among them. He completed his third tour there. Sadly, the lives of eight other Stryker soldiers were lost forever.

Nobel Peace Prize is for a vision of a better America
So I guess now he's a socialist-terrorist-secret-Muslim-radical-Christian-Hitler-clone and Nobel Prize winner?

Alaska-based soldier receives Purple Heart
FORT RICHARDSON - A Fort Richardson-based soldier is scheduled to receive the Purple Heart for combat injuries suffered in Iraq in 2004.

Anchorage man sentenced for DUI death
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man was sentenced to 7½ years in prison for a drunk-driving crash that killed a visiting Fairbanks man in November 2007.

Parnell calls for more law presence in villages
BETHEL - Gov. Sean Parnell is calling for a greater law enforcement presence in rural Alaska.

Alaska troopers the basis of TV series
ANCHORAGE - A new five-part television series featuring the Alaska State Troopers will begin airing this week.

Wolf quota eyed after nine shot near park
BILLINGS, Mont. - Wildlife officials in Montana will consider changes to the state's inaugural wolf hunt after nine of the predators were shot in just three weeks along the border of Yellowstone National Park.

Cleveland man drowns in Southeast Alaska
PORT ARMSTRONG - Sitka Dive Team divers recovered the body of a man whose canoe capsized in a gust of wind in Jetty Lake near Port Armstrong in southeast Alaska.

Alaska Army National Guard sponsors Iron Dog snowmobile race
ANCHORAGE - The world's longest snowmobile race has a new sponsor.

Ex-co-op managers offered settlements
PALMER - The Matanuska Electric Association has voted to offer $50,000 to each of two high-level employees fired this spring.

Canvass board certifies election results
JUNEAU - The city's Canvass Review Board certified last week's municipal election results on Tuesday. Ten more mailed-in ballots were added to the tallies, which did not effect the outcome of any of the races or ballot questions.

'Lion King' boosts Anchorage business
ANCHORAGE - "The Lion King" has come to the end of its six-week run at the Anchorage Performing Arts Center.

Trial delayed for man accused of robbery
FAIRBANKS - There has been a delay in the trial of a Fairbanks man accused in the gunpoint robbery of two men looking to buy marijuana.

Robbery suspect's trial set to begin
FAIRBANKS - The trial of a Fairbanks man accused of planning and executing a robbery this summer is expected to start this week.

Dividend checks boost retail sales
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage stores reported a busy weekend.

Anchorage firm flies aid to disaster zones
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage-based carrier is delivering emergency supplies to Samoa and Indonesia to support relief efforts following earthquakes and a tsunami.

Prescribed burns to tame future fires
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Division of Forestry is working on four prescribed burns to keep a handle on next year's forest fires.

Earthquake strikes off Aleutian Islands
ANCHORAGE - An underwater earthquake with a 6.2 magnitude has struck off the Alaska coast, but the U.S. Geological Survey said no damages or injuries have been reported.

Fairbanks man accused of firing warning shots
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man has been charged with third-degree attempted weapons misconduct in a 2008 incident in which warning shots were fired near cars.

Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Double dipping
They are the most highly recruited Crimson Bears since Carlos Boozer was throwing down monster dunks in the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.

H.S. Swim results
Juneau Douglas High School Invitational

Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Cat rescuer accused of animal cruelty in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage woman who operates a cat rescue operation has been accused of animal cruelty.

Demand for flu vaccine higher than state's supply
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's demand for flu vaccines - swine and seasonal - is outstripping supply.

Boy, 9, may be youngest to harpoon, kill a whale
ANCHORAGE - Native Alaskans say a fourth-grader may have become the youngest person to kill a whale, delivering the fatal blow to a 32-foot bowhead during a hands-on hunting lesson from his uncles.

Elmendorf, Ft. Richardson to become joint base
ANCHORAGE - The process of combining Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson into one joint operation will begin early next year, Army officials said Tuesday.

Prosecutor wants Alaska child porn law expanded
ANCHORAGE - A prosecutor and some state legislators support expanding Alaska's child pornography law to include sexually explicit images of children who are not real.

Economics Nobel Prize winner influenced Alaska, resources
ANCHORAGE - The first woman to win a Nobel Prize in economics also has bolstered the credibility of Alaskans who worked for decades to instill the concept of public ownership of the state's natural resources.

Deluge of rain causes mudslides in Kodiak
KODIAK - Kodiak has been hit with its second-rainiest day on record.

Film showcases Iditarod history
KENAI - Since the first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 1973 - when Dick Wilmarth crossed the finish line after more than 20 days on the trail to claim the $12,000 prize for first - the race has undergone nothing short of an evolution.

Homeless defend Anchorage camps
ANCHORAGE - On a chilly, drizzly fall day, the city's new homeless coordinator trudged through mud down a steep trail into the heart of one of Anchorage's biggest - and most established - homeless villages.

Bubble-netting whales delight boaters
KETCHIKAN - My own experience watching whales that day began in the first minutes of a fishing trip near Light Island in Clover Pass late Saturday morning.

Campbell to run for lieutenant governor
ANCHORAGE - Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell on Monday filed paperwork to keep the job he was appointed to in July.

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