Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Dole out PFD funds before they're lost
I am writing in response to the article "State money managers stay the course; Alaska Permanent Fund loses billions in market decline" written Oct. 19. This is a warning and if we do not do something about it, Alaskans will lose it all. The PFD board needs to have an emergency meeting so that they could come up with a solution to this crisis. One of the things that they should do is give Alaskans $25,000 each, before we lose another $10 billion within the next months. They should give the money now before the end of the year or we will lose it all. Even if we give Alaskans some extra money this year, we will still have some money left over to continue the PFD.

Election sign won't go to landfill
I applaud Gregory Acres who expressed concern, in his Wednesday, Oct. 15, letter to the editor, about the environment and Juneau's landfill problems. I would just like to reassure Acres that I, for one, will not be adding to the landfill problem. After the election, I plan to give my "OBAMA For President" a place of honor in my home, where I will proudly display it for the rest of my life.

Obama and Biden support veterans
I am a Vietnam-era veteran voting for Barack Obama and Joe Biden because they support modernization of the VA.

Adopt-A-Highway sign draws ire
At first glance it appears to be an average Adopt-A-Highway sign, but if you take a deeper look at the "Men's Crisis Center" sign on North Douglas Highway you will see a social club's idea of a joke that local women's organizations say is offensive and demeaning to women.

Mysteries of the sea (cucumber)
Erik Satie described the sea cucumber, or holothurian, in his 1913 score for "Dried-out embryos," ostensibly to help the pianist play more convincingly:

A year later, Weyhrauch awaits trial
Former Juneau Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch appears to be on the verge of a big victory in his fight against federal corruption charges. Weyhrauch is hoping to get a key charge against him dismissed. The charge is one of four on which he was indicted in May of 2007 and has yet to stand trial.

School Board hears Montessori complaint
The Juneau School Board heard a public complaint Tuesday from parents of current and would-be Montessori students who are upset that Juneau School District is holding open six spots for the Montessori elementary program, while 30 students are kept on a waitlist.

City compromises on Fisherman's Bend lease
After a year of negotiation and appraisals, the city Assembly accepted a compromise Monday night from the Fisherman's Bend owners on rent for their marina's tidelands.

Early, late voting both possible
Early voting began Monday in Alaska, and State Elections Director Gail Fenumiai said the turnout already appears strong for the hotly contested presidential election between Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama.

Photos: Hospital opens new doors
After officials held a small ceremony and cut a ribbon Monday, Bartlett Regional Hospital staff, city officials and members of the public enter the new front entrance of the hospital.

Adventures in echinoderm-eating
Millions on the planet, mostly in Asia, consider it a delicacy. But the author's first attempt at cooking the echinoderm known as trepang, beche-de-mer ("sea grub" in French), sea cucumber and sea slug garnered mixed reviews.

Photos: Celebrating Alaska Day
Ron Conklin, portraying Russian Naval Capt. Alexi Pestchouroff, accepts the Russian flag on Saturday after it is replaced by the U.S. flag atop Castle Hill in Sitka during a re-enactment of Alaska's Oct. 18, 1867, transfer from Russia to the United States.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire, and state police reports will be published in Thursday's Empire.

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

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Correction
A story in Tuesday's Empire gave an incorrect party affiliation for former Rep. Pete Kott of Eagle River. Kott served in the Legislature as a Republican.

Correction
An article on the cleanup of the old Tulsequah Chief mine site in British Columbia incorrectly identified David Chambers. He is a geophysicist and the president of the Center for Science in Public Participation, based in Bozeman, Mont.

Class with the eyeglasses
Linda Augustine's fifth grade Harborview Elementary School class collected 191 pairs of old and unused glasses by Oct. 8 to win the contest sponsored by the Juneau Lions Club, Mendenhall Flying Lions and the Juneau-Douglas School District.

Consortium to host open house for patient housing project
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will host an open house for its new $3.45 million patient housing facility at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the facility located across Tongass Drive from the SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka. Light refreshments will be served.

Let's talk about pollution control
Pollution control for Christians? Some of you may think that at last I am becoming relevant. Here I am, jumping on the bandwagon for ecology. I wouldn't want to disappoint you, but there are, as you may know, many kinds of pollution.

Hospital opens its front door
JUNEAU - A ceremonial ribbon cutting hosted by Bartlett Regional Hospital staff and executives and local government representatives, marks the "opening of the front door to your community hospital," said Chief Operating Officer Debbi Lehner. Bartlett will host its official community open house celebration from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 10.

Forest Service to sponsor Fall Fun Fest at the glacier center
JUNEAU - To celebrate autumn and Halloween, the U.S. Forest Service will host a Fall Fun Fest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Juneau resident shares chicken crockpot recipe
October is all about crockpot recipes! Send in your favorites and let us share them with our readers.

Robert Williams
Longtime Juneau resident Robert "Double O" or "Somebody" Williams died Sept. 13, 2008, at the Alaska Native Medical Center. He was 65.

Timothy A. Dahl
Former Juneau resident Timothy A. Dahl died Oct. 14, 2008, in Seattle. He was 34.

Karen Ann Foster
Juneau resident Karen Ann Foster died Oct. 8, 2008, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage after a short, unexpected illness. She was 51.

Richard M. Hotch Jr.
Longtime Juneau resident Richard "Lips" M. Hotch Jr. died Oct. 16, 2008, in Juneau. He was 49.

My turn: SEACC: Ball in Coeur's court
SEACC wants the Kensington to be developed responsibly in a way that protects our clean water and Berners Bay. This is why we worked with Coeur Alaska and the regulatory agencies for over a year to develop a paste tailings plan that would be a win-win for both Coeur and Berners Bay. It's also why we still want to help move that plan forward.

Outside editorial: Blaming the bean-counters
Inevitably, perhaps, the deepening financial crisis has spawned a search for scapegoats and quick fixes.

Cheney's rules: 10 tips for the next VP
Vice presidential power was a term of mirth in governments past. Not anymore. Vice President Cheney may be the nearest thing we have had to a deputy president.

Outside editorial: Is capitalism dead?
Is this the end of American capitalism? As financial panic spread across the globe and governments scrambled to contain the damage, reality seemed to announce the doom of U.S.-style free markets and President Bush's ideology.

Some expert views on what should happen next
Nancy Koehn, historian, Harvard Business School:

For those who are faking it in Real America
Excuse me while I say a few words on behalf of us Fake Americans.

Senator warns about falling oil prices
JUNEAU - A state senator said the downward trend in crude oil prices could have state budget writers figuring how to make ends meet next session.

Power outage reported in downtown Juneau
JUNEAU - A power outage occurred in downtown Juneau and nearby Douglas Island on Monday.

Kenai apartment fire kills 72-year-old man
KENAI - A 72-year-old Kenai man is dead after a cigarette accidentally ignited a piece of furniture and caused a fire in his apartment complex.

Chevak girl dies in accidental shooting
CHEVAK - An 11-year-old Chevak girl has died from injuries suffered in an accidental shooting.

Nenana boy dies in snowmobile crash
FAIRBANKS - The 15-year-old son of Nenana's mayor was killed when the snowmobile he was riding on collided with a vehicle on the Parks Highway.

Coast Guard to tow vessel to Kodiak
KODIAK - The Coast Guard was expected to tow a disabled fishing vessel to Kodiak.

Five plead guilty to distributing marijuana
ANCHORAGE - Five people have pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute marijuana in Alaska.

Shotgun accidentally fires, hitting girl
CHEVAK - An 11-year-old Chevak girl was flown to Anchorage for treatment of a gunshot wound to the head.

FAA schedules Angoon airport meetings
ANGOON - The Federal Aviation Administration will be hosting public scoping meetings in Anchorage, Juneau and Angoon for a proposed land-based airport on Admiralty Island to serve Angoon.

We B Bad leads mixed bowling at quarter end
The first quarter of the Sunday Mixed Bowling League closed this week with the Lucky Strikes sweeping four games from first place We B Bad and the Kit Shickers taking three games from Just For Fun to close the gap between first and second place to four games.

Big second period lifts Black over Good Hardware
Ben Collman broke a scoreless tie with two goals early in the second period Sunday, as B-tier Black went on to topple Good Hardware in Juneau Adult Hockey Association action at Treadwell Arena.

State charged for Palin kids' travel costs
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin charged the state for her children to travel with her, including to events where they were not invited, and later amended expense reports to specify that they were on official business.

Appeal could hold up Exxon payments
ANCHORAGE - Prince William Sound commercial fishermen have waited 19 years for punitive damages in the 1989 Exxon Valdez crude oil spill case and another delay may be coming.

Final arguments set to begin in Stevens trial
WASHINGTON - In its four-year probe into corruption in Alaska politics, the Justice Department has secured five guilty pleas and won three convictions of lobbyists, business leaders and state lawmakers.

Lawyers spar over Stevens in closing arguments of trial
WASHINGTON - Prosecutors accused U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens on Tuesday of "believing he was above the law" by not reporting extravagant gifts, while defense lawyers said the government skewed skimpy evidence to try and convict an honest man who was too trusting of a crooked friend.

Governor to give deposition in second Troopergate inquiry Friday
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin, already found by one investigation to have abused her power, will take time from her vice presidential campaign Friday to give a deposition in a second inquiry into her firing of the state's top public safety official.

Democrat fires campaign manager after Web smear
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks man running against incumbent state Rep. Jay Ramras has fired his campaign manager, who used the Internet to anonymously accuse Ramras of dealing cocaine.

Photo: Demonstrating bravery
A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka helicopter crew hoists a rescue swimmer aboard during a demonstration Saturday in Sitka. The demonstration was part of a week-long Alaska Day celebration.

Exxon Mobil works to resolve lease dispute
Exxon Mobil Corp. and state officials are trying to settle a complex lawsuit over a North Slope natural gas field deemed essential to a successful 1,170-mile pipeline project.

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