Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Obama should answer to 'peace' efforts
President Obama is to be congratulated for his Nobel Peace Prize. His public relations people are doing better than Bush's people did in making him look good internationally.

Whitehorse flights a waste of money
Let me get this straight -city and borough has so much money that they are willing to pay Canadian Airlines $26,400 for three flights to "see" if they can promote business between Whitehorse and Juneau?

Act on health care
This health care debate is getting ludicrous. We must all be sick of being lambasted with irrational fear-mongering advertisements. Congress makes law, and if something needs to be adjusted in the future, they can fix it. Everyone except the insurance companies agree: Something needs to be done now.

Cap-and-trade bill needs to be cut
If current legislation calling for a cap-and-trade scheme to cut carbon emissions becomes law, the poorest among us will bear the burden of higher prices. America's richest citizens, as well as Europeans, will be the beneficiaries of this wealth transfer, according to two new studies.

Richard Foster will be greatly missed
On behalf of the community of Juneau, I express my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Rep. Richard Foster of Nome. Richard's passing leaves a deep sadness over the Legislature. From my first day on the job, Richard made me feel welcome and was always very supportive of the issues that I worked on. At times, when there was a lot of tension in the hallways of the capitol, Richard had a special gift in making people laugh.

Stoplight installed near school
The crosswalks on Mendenhall Loop Road near Floyd Dryden Middle School have seen several crashes, fatalities and injuries in the past few years, including to children crossing.

Coast Guard hauls in buoys for winter
People in Florida thought Dan Burke was crazy when he left his job on a 175-foot Coast Guard buoy tender out of St. Petersburg, Fla., to come be the Officer in Charge of the 65-foot Elderberry out of Petersburg, Alaska.

Crew abandons burning ship near Funter Bay
Late Tuesday last week, Capt. Mike Worthington was running the 55-foot Alaskan Pride tender near Funter Bay, about 15 miles south of Point Retreat in Chatham Strait.

Former JPD officer featured in TV series
Growing up, Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Anne Sears never planned to become an Alaska State Trooper, let alone to be featured in that role in a new documentary-style reality television show.

Photo: Timber!
A work crew for Alaska Instate Construction takes down trees Monday next to the parking area for the airport dike trail. Once the trees are down, the area will be opened to the public. Work will continue over the next two years on the project to reroute Duck Creek, add safety zones to the ends of the Juneau International Airport and rework the dike trail and parking area. Sporadic closure of the trail is expected during the work.

Photo: Divine dance
Models Corle LaForce and Jin-Oak Ottoson-McKeen practice movements for their part in Saturday's Divine Dance fashion show at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Attendees were encouraged to come dressed as a god or goddess and dance with aspiring Kundalini-Dance teacher Amah Curry in a technique that uses self-healing movements.

Photo: Just for kicks

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Today's featured survivor
Julie Lawrenson

Around Town
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month Today's featured survivor: Barbara Taug
Age: 56.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

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

Gerald L. Wilkerson
Juneau resident Gerald "Jerry" Wilkerson died Oct. 16, 2009 at his home. He was 67.

Diane Snider-Olson
Former longtime Juneau resident Diane "Lena" Snider-Olson died at 2:19 am. Oct. 13, 2009, at Downey Regional Medical Center in Downey, Calif. She was 58.

James Lyle Scoles
Longtime Juneau resident James Lyle Scoles died Oct. 12, 2009, in Juneau. He was 65.

Reining in runaway costs of health care
The following editorial appeared in the Kansas City Star:

Sealing the court
Judge Ricardo Urbina of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has been holding closed-door hearings in the case of five Blackwater security contractors accused of gunning down unarmed Iraqi civilians. A reporter from The Post learned of the hearings, which appear not to have been listed on the public docket; Urbina declined the newspaper's request to lift the secrecy order.

Alaska must hold the line
In May 2007, the Alaska Legislature created a commercial vehicle called the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act to bring North Slope natural gas to market. Since then, Alaskans have witnessed progress never before seen on a North Slope gas pipeline. Following a competitive and transparent bidding process, the Legislature awarded the state's license to TransCanada Alaska, who began immediate field, engineering and planning work in preparation for an open season scheduled to begin April of next year.

Gospels according to Cheney
So we may soon have ourselves a conservative Bible. Besides Fox News, I mean.

Many business owners support controlling health care costs
It's become clear to me, as a small business owner, that the debate about healthcare reform has reached a critical moment. A profusion of half-truths and exaggerations has muddied the waters of reform. Small business owners must sift through the flurry of falsehoods and misstatements to discern the truth - which is that we are sinking under the weight of health care costs, and reform is needed to buoy bottom lines and ensure that our businesses can succeed.

Your money does not belong to you
In September, I was on a long road trip. I was also pretty low on funds, but as evening came in Virginia, I was getting drowsy. No way I'd make it to Connecticut that night. I made some quick calculations and decided I could just afford a cheap motel room. I pulled off the highway.

Anchorage Assembly looks at bar hours
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly is looking at the issue of how to increase safety for bar patrons.

Re-count confirms winner in mayor race
FAIRBANKS - Doug Isaacson has won a second term as mayor of North Pole after a re-count gave him a two-vote victory.

Federation of Natives meeting in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's largest gathering of indigenous people, the Alaska Federation of Natives, begins its three-day convention Thursday in Anchorage.

Teacher faces drug, forgery charges
ANCHORAGE - Authorities arrested an Anchorage elementary school teacher accused of forging prescriptions and illegally obtaining Adderall.

Pilot in Denali crash recovering in Seattle
SEATTLE - Alaska pilot Daniel McGregor is reported in satisfactory condition Monday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he is recovering from burns to his hands and face.

Large turnout for Fairbanks gun show
FAIRBANKS - Record crowds turned out for this year's Tanana Valley Sportsmen's Association Fall Gun Show.

Palin to speak in Milwaukee area
MILWAUKEE - Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will speak in a Milwaukee suburb next month as part of a program presented by Wisconsin Right to Life.

Kodiak communities receive siren grants
KODIAK - Three communities on Kodiak Island will receive federal money for emergency sirens.

Runway renovated at Fairbanks airport
FAIRBANKS - A $41 million renovation of the main runway at Fairbanks International Airport has been completed.

Man arrested on sex assault charge
JUNEAU - A 36-year-old Soldotna man was arrested Sunday in Juneau and charged with felony sexual assault.

Electric association seeks bids for plant
PALMER - The Matanuska Electric Association is soliciting bids for a gas-fired power plant at Eklutna.

Doyon announces shareholder dividend
FAIRBANKS - The Doyon Ltd. board of directors approved a $3.68 per share dividend at its quarterly meeting in Fairbanks this weekend.

Officials mum on animal hoarder case
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage officials have yet to say what they are going to do with dozens of animals found last week at the home of a woman accused of animal cruelty.

Mayor's team looks at homeless problem
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan says a dozen homeless deaths since spring amount to a crisis.

Trial begins in suit against Zometa maker
MISSOULA, Mont. - A trial is under way in a Missoula woman's lawsuit against the Swiss drug maker Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., and attorneys say the verdict could have national significance.

Small profit secures future for Tanana fair
FAIRBANKS - The Tanana Valley State Fair appears to have earned a small profit for the first time in five years, easing fears for the future of the event.

Airport Dike Trail closes today
JUNEAU - Construction at Juneau International Airport will cause the closure of the Airport Dike Trail today.

Photo: October Splash
Right: Annie Hagen and Peyten Schultz cheer on Glacier Swim Club teammate Meg Kurland during Saturday's October Splash swim meet held at the Agustus Brown pool. Bottom left: Michaela Bentley prepares for the start of the girls 8-and-under 50-meter backstroke. Bottom right: Gabriel Loseby sports a Flintstone drawing on his arm to get psyched for competition.

Bears hit the road, again
While on a two-weekend road trip, the Crimson Bears look to finish at Service and the Dimond tournament the same way they started. Juneau-Douglas took down the Kings on both nights last weekend in Ketchikan.

Sports in Juneau
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Senators work to formalize energy goal
Two state senators are proposing an energy policy that would formalize former Gov. Sarah Palin's goal of Alaska getting half of its electricity from renewables by 2025.

Tlingit civil rights pioneer celebrated in new film
ANCHORAGE - Twenty-one years ago, Alaska created a new state holiday to celebrate civil rights, Elizabeth Peratrovich Day.

Feds give conditional approval for drilling in Beaufort
ANCHORAGE - A federal agency announced approval Monday of a plan by Shell Offshore, Inc. to drill exploratory wells next year on two leases in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's north coast - a decision that environmental groups contend ignores threats to the arctic environment and its wildlife.

Tent burned at illegal campsite
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police arrested three men accused of setting fire to a tent at an illegal campsite.

Mat-Su still strong amid weak economy
ANCHORAGE - While Alaska is feeling the effects of the down economy, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough is deflecting some of the economic problems with a string of important projects.

Delta Junction watches for albino moose
FAIRBANKS - An albino moose calf is making the rounds in Delta Junction, which makes for big news in the small town 100 miles southeast of Fairbanks.

Photo: Celebrating Alaska Day
Gov. Sean Parnell spoke Sunday at the Alaska Day ceremonies. Children participated in the reenactment of the 1867 transfer ceremony of the state from Russia to the United States and the U.S. Army Ninth Infantry color guard leads a parade in celebration.

Heating fuel prices down
Fuel oil and diesel prices are down from last year's record highs, a relief for Alaskans who heat with oil and who are supplied with electricity generated by diesel.

Alaska-based troops making progress in Afghanistan war
ANCHORAGE - The 4th Brigade Combat Team from Fort Richardson is seven months into a one-year deployment in Afghanistan.

Photo: High winds wreak havoc
Strong gusts on Thursday in Ketchikan blew the Sourdough Bar's fishing boat sign off its moorings on the downtown dock building, grounding the faux fishing boat on the edge of the roof. The sign was installed Oct. 31, 2000.

Couple fined for avoiding taxes
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage couple has been sentenced for avoiding paying federal taxes for over 15 years.

Fairbanks schools to accept $10 million in stimulus money
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board plans to formally accept $10 million in federal stimulus money Tuesday, a move that will add more than a dozen new jobs while helping the district start programs aimed at helping students prepare for college and careers.

Blind radio broadcaster preaches to rural villages
FAIRBANKS - He had only been here once before, but six years ago, Brian Blair felt a calling to move north.

Nonprofit group provides place for traditional hunting in Northwest
ANCHORAGE - Snow is already beating against the doors of many village homes, and for people across the state it comes with anxious thoughts of the season ahead. Will this winter force families to choose between fuel and food? Who will watch out for the elderly and the needy when high costs become too much to bear?

Alaska lighthouses featured in exhibit
KETCHIKAN - With more than 40,000 miles of rugged coastline to navigate, much of it challenging even in clear, calm weather, Alaska mariners of yore relied on lighthouses to provide a beacon, guiding them to safe harbor.

Aleutians volcano remains quiet after brief spurt
ANCHORAGE - Geologists have returned an Alaska volcano to unmonitored status because it has remained quiet following a brief eruption earlier this month.

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