Monday, October 27, 2008

Take down Men's Crisis Center sign
So far, we've had members of the Men's Crisis Center defending their right to play poker, get drunk, and just have some good clean fun.

Arts emphasized at charter school
It's Thursday morning at the Juneau Community Charter School, and the students have decisions to make: Take a banjo lesson from a substitute teacher, make a wallet out of duct tape, build props for an upcoming play, or pretty much any other activity they can think of.

Voters consider $315 million for transportation
Flush with cash from oil that topped $140 a barrel this summer, the Alaska Legislature - at the suggestion of Gov. Sarah Palin - decided to also borrow additional millions to fund more transportation projects around the state.

Attorney general tightens grip on records
Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg is clamping down on how the state shares information with the public.

Photo: First ski
Demian Schane, left, and Emily Ferry with their son, Elias, 5 months, and Layla Hughes and Mark Gnadt, right, with their son, Luke, 3, cross-country ski Sunday along the Lower Fish Creek Quarry Road. According to the National Weather Service, Juneau received 2.3 inches of snow on Friday and Saturday. Today's forecast calls for rain, with temperatures in the 40s.

Doll, Muñoz split on bond proposal
The two contenders for Juneau's Mendenhall Valley seat in the Alaska House of Representatives are split on the $315 million transportation bond on the November ballot.

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

Around Town
Today

Photo: Spooky festivities
Joslyn Mckown, dressed as Spiderman, and Shyla Parker, dressed as a princess, reach into touch-and-guess boxes Saturday at the Fall Fun Fest at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Photo: Going for a ringer
Brandon Druley, right, throws a ring Saturday in the ring-toss game at a Helping Hands Halloween carnival, held at the organization's new location in Switzer Village Recreation Hall. Elder Maughan, a volunteer at the event, watches.

Photo: Life-saving gift
Lori Roland, right, has blood drawn Friday by Sherry Johnson, a phlebotomist from Anchorage, during a blood drive sponsored by the Blood Bank of Alaska at the AEL&P building. The four-day drive collected 162 units of blood from 210 people. The next drive in Juneau will be held in February.

Around Town
Today

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

Correction
Absentee and early voting were not available Saturday and will not be today. A brief on A2 Friday stated otherwise. Absentee and early voting will be available next weekend at the Mendenhall Mall Annex, 9109 Mendenhall Mall Road, Suite 3, and at the Elections Division Office, Court Plaza Building, 240 Main St., first floor. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Marjorie H. Steidley
Longtime Douglas resident Marjorie H. Steidley died unexpectedly on Oct. 18, 2008, after a brief battle with pneumonia. She was 88.

Sarah Palin is America's real Bridge to Nowhere
I'm sitting on my bearskin chair beside the stove, in Kotzebue, while outside the ocean freezes over. Inside I have 49 things to say to you, America.

My turn: SEACC must work with Coeur
In a recent "My Turn" (Oct. 21) by Rod Cadmus of Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, it was asserted that the "Ball is in Coeur's court" to move the Kensington project along.

The 'real' America, really
Will the "real" America please stand up?According to Sarah Palin, she and John McCain "believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hardworking, very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation."

Outside editorial: World's financial system needs improvement
Roughly 64 years ago, 730 delegates from 44 Allied nations met in Bretton Woods, N.H., to devise a post-World War II international monetary and financial order.

America's next president should support talks between Israel, Syria
The next president will inherit a depressing litany of Mideast problems. But there is a chance to change that negative dynamic by zeroing in on a promising Mideast peace track that was never supported by the Bush team.

Outside editorial: The truth about federal earmarks
The following editorial first appeared in the Philadelphia Daily News:

The scariest thing about Halloween shouldn't be the candy
Just in time for Halloween, several candy companies - including Cadbury, Mars and Nestle - have been caught up in China's tainted-milk scandal. Candies made by the companies' subsidiaries in Asia were found to contain melamine and were recalled, although the companies claim that the levels were too low to pose a health risk. Milk and baby formula contaminated with melamine are believed to have killed four children in China and sickened tens of thousands more.

See four seasons in a day
Where do you find spring in October? Go up to Granite Basin or to the end of Perseverance Trail. In Granite Basin, you'd find places where the edges of the deep snowbanks had recently melted back, belatedly exposing some plants to the open air and light. The gigantic avalanche pile at the back of Perseverance has retreated too. So in these places you could find new fern fiddleheads and fresh young leaves on willows popping out at the edges of the snowbanks.

Photo: Mine!
Chaik and Killisnoo, the resident bears at the Fortress of the Bear in Sitka, check out a bucket this month, lowered from above, containing a live salmon.

Unusual hunting ground even for Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Not often does a man open the back door of his home, poke out the barrel of his rifle and shoot a monster-size grizzly in Alaska.

In Yukon 1000, it's you against the river
ANCHORAGE - Hand it to any race that blares this headline atop its home page:

Shop owner won't rebuild after fire
JUNEAU - The owner of the popular Fisherman's Bend gas station and store in Auke Bay said he doesn't think it's likely that he will rebuild the store, which burned down last February.

Convicted rapist gets 44 years in prison
ANCHORAGE - A man who was convicted of rape and other crimes was ordered to spend 44 years in prison.

Workshop offered for wood stove owners
JUNEAU - Juneau residents are invited to a free workshop Monday to learn how to get the fewest emissions out of their wood stoves.

Prices drop for heating fuel
FAIRBANKS - Prices for heating fuel have dropped in Fairbanks.

State chamber elects new leadership
JUNEAU - The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce members this week announced newly elected officers for 2008-2009.

Fishery council seeks adviser nominations
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is seeking nominations for its advisory panel, its Scientific and Statistical Committee, and the Pacific Northwest Crab Industry Committee.

$1 million still due to Alaskans from IRS
JUNEAU - The Internal Revenue Service seeks Alaska taxpayers to whom it owes money.

Alaska-based soldier dies of combat injuries
ANCHORAGE - A soldier from Fort Wainwright has died of combat injuries received in Iraq.

FAA to present info on Angoon airport
JUNEAU - The Federal Aviation Administration will hold a meeting from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Centennial Hall for the public to learn about a proposed new airport on Admiralty Island for Angoon.

Lawmakers hold hearing on gas prices
ANCHORAGE - State lawmakers are not finding easy answers in their investigation into high gasoline prices.

Palin says expensive clothing not hers
TAMPA, Fla. - Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said Sunday the $150,000 in clothes and accessories bought for her by the Republican National Committee don't belong to her, equating the high-priced wardrobe with the stagecraft at campaign rallies.

Juneau's Francis takes 10th place at Mt. SAC Invite
Juneau's Leah Francis fought her way to a 10th-place finish against some of the nation's best competition Saturday at the 51st annual Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational in Los Angeles.

JDHS grapplers place 9 at opening meet
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team brought a dozen wrestlers to the season-opening Mount Edgecumbe Invitational this weekend, and nine have already felt the roar of a finals crowd.

JDHS spikers win 2 of 3 to cap Invite
The Crimson Bears found out just how bittersweet high school volleyball can be this weekend.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Sen. Stevens guilty on all counts, career in peril
Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was convicted of seven corruption charges Monday in a trial that threatened to end the 40-year career of Alaska's political patriarch in disgrace.

Report: Palin gas line terms thwarted bids
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin's signature accomplishment - a contract to build a 1,715-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from Alaska to the lower 48 states - emerged from a flawed bidding process that narrowed the field to a company with ties to her administration, an Associated Press investigation shows.

Alternate will join jury in Stevens trial
WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Sunday dismissed one of the jurors at Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens' corruption trial after losing contact with the woman following her father's death.

Palin testifies in ethics dispute
ST. LOUIS - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin testified for two hours Friday in an abuse-of-power investigation that has been a distraction to her Republican vice presidential campaign.

State candidates forge ahead in relative obscurity
A lot is riding on this year's legislative races with the balance of power in the state Senate in flux and myriad of House races considered toss-ups.

Stevens secured $2.7 million for friend's road
GIRDWOOD - Just 0.7 miles long, Crow Creek Road isn't a road to nowhere. It runs straight to the Double Musky Inn, a Cajun bistro owned by a Bob Persons, a close friend of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

Photo: Looking to soothe outrage over outfits
Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin blows a kiss to supporters after speaking at a rally Sunday at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Fla. Palin said the $150,000 in clothes and accessories bought for her by the Republican National Committee don't belong to her.

Marine Board to investigate deadly fishing boat sinking
ANCHORAGE - Ron Martindale already knew his stepson was missing in the western Aleutians when he got the worst call a parent could get: The 22-year-old was among five crew members killed in the sinking of a commercial fishing boat.

This Day in History
In Alaska

Church service honors Alaska Marine killed in Afghanistan
FAIRBANKS - Saturday would have been Cpl. Jason Karella's 21st birthday.

Judge: King guilty of moose kill in Denali
FAIRBANKS - A federal magistrate says four-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race winner Jeff King is guilty of illegally killing a moose inside Alaska's Denali National Park.

This Day in History
In Alaska

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