Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Men need support groups, too
I'm a happy card-carrying member of the Men's Crisis Center!

Muñoz can work across party lines
This letter is in support of Cathy Muñoz for the office of state Representative.

Smells like a 'spread the wealth' program
This year, as has been the case for many years, Alaska leads the country in the category of per capita federal tax dollars sent to the U.S. Treasury versus federal tax dollars received and spent by Alaskans, a ratio of 1 to 7.

Rep. Andrea Doll supports the road
Let's be clear. Andrea Doll supports the road.

Juneau leaders express surprise, support for senator
For many of Juneau's Republican and Democratic political leaders, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens has been their U.S. Senator for as long as they can remember.

Local fish and game committee falls apart
The Juneau-Douglas Fish and Game advisory committee, held up as a model for the rest of the state, fell apart this week. Nine of its 15 members quit, saying the committee overrepresents charter fishing operators.

Authorities search for man who jumped into channel
Police and Coast Guard are searching for a man who reportedly jumped off the docks at midday on Monday near the downtown Juneau library.

Democrats join defense of Palin, natural gas pipeline
Alaska legislators are criticizing a story on Gov. Sarah Palin by The Associated Press that challenged Palin's top accomplishment as governor - jump-starting progress on a natural gas pipeline.

Incumbent Doll wins most support from labor unions
Republican challenger Cathy Muñoz is making some headway in an area where Democrats usually prevail: union support.

First Sunny Point underpass opens
Construction crews have opened the underpass to Sunny Point, giving residents there the first safe, convenient access they've had in years.

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

Lawmakers address public records access
Democratic state legislators said they are worried that Republican Gov. Sarah Palin's administration may be withholding public documents by unfairly interpreting her privileges, using private e-mail accounts to keep documents secret, and charging almost $1,000 to search a state e-mail to access state records.

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Photo: Divers search for body
Members of the Alaska State Troopers dive team search Tuesday for the body of a man who reportedly jumped into the Gastineau Channel on Monday near the downtown Juneau Library.

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

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Memory card road trip
Pictures by Haley Mertz, a seventh-grader at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, were found two months ago by Sue and Rick Dunbar, who were exploring the Boundary Waters area on the Minnesota-Canada border.

National Family Caregiver Month
Chances are that you are a family caregiver: an unpaid person who cares for an older family member, friend or neighbor. As a family caregiver, you might live in the same house, the same town, or you might be a "long-distance" caregiver, for example, having a parent who lives in the lower 48.

Brotherhood, Sisterhood honor Soboleff, elect officers at convention
The Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Camp honored Walter Soboleff for his decades of service and elected new officers at its 96th annual convention, held Oct. 7-11 in Ketchikan.

Auke Bay resident shares mother's velvet cake recipe
Remember, send in your crockpot recipes. Looking for a recipe? Want to share a recipe? Ask Auntie Emo!

Avalanche center announces Web site as Southeast resource
JUNEAU - The Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center is a local educational nonprofit organization founded in 1995 and incorporated in 1999 to provide snow avalanche education. As part of the network of avalanche centers in the United States, it is the center's intent to serve as the snow avalanche education and information source for Southeast, from Ketchikan to Yakutat.

Community Schools seeks instructors for winter-spring session
JUNEAU - Community Schools is looking for instructors for its winter-spring session.

Widowed Persons Program to hold monthly brunch on Sunday
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program will hold its monthly brunch at noon Sunday, Nov. 2, in the Nugget Room of the Baranof Hotel.

Thanks for hosting UAS Day for our seniors
Juneau-Douglas High School students and staff would like to extend a special thanks to the University of Alaska Southeast for hosting our senior students in an introduction to college life and opportunities at UAS.

Thanks for cleaning up the rifle range
To the citizen users and visitors of Juneau's, Hank Harmon Rifle Range, thank you.

Thanks for the support, prayers, donations
This letter is to thank the following for all the support, cards, prayers and donations.

Thanks for helping our Halloween Carnival
The Auke Bay Parent Teacher Association would like to express its most sincere gratitude to a whole lot of people, including all of our volunteers and the many local businesses that made our annual Halloween Carnival such a great success.

Jacksons celebrate 20 years
Jim and Vera Jackson celebrated 20 years of marriage on Oct. 28, 2008.

Blanche Johnson
Blanche Janelle "JJ" Johnson died Friday, Oct. 24, at her home in Juneau, surrounded by family. She was 81.

Henry Howard
Angoon resident Henry George Andrew Howard died Oct. 16, 2008, in his home. He was 34.

James Austin Jr.
Juneau and former Hoonah resident James Austin Jr. died Oct. 25, 2008, in Juneau. He was 80.

Charlotte Brown
Kake resident Charlotte Brown died Oct. 25, 2008, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 73.

Melvin R. Snell
Former Juneau resident Melvin R. Snell died Oct. 23, 2008, in Warrenton, Ore. He was 70.

My Turn: We should share wealth
In the dictionary, one definition of "socialism" is: "A system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state."

Outside editorial: Welfare for Detroit
After years of decline, U.S. auto companies face the double whammy of a credit crisis and a recession. Car and truck sales fell 26.6 percent in September, the first month since 1993 in which fewer than 1 million vehicles moved off the lots. General Motors, threatened with bankruptcy and burning through $1 billion in cash reserves per month, is groping for a merger with Chrysler. Ford's stock is down more than 70 percent in the past year, and investor Kirk Kerkorian is dumping his shares.

Alaska Editorial: The Alaskan of the Century, convicted
A jury of ordinary citizens rendered its verdict: No one, not even Ted Stevens, the Alaskan of the Century, is above the law. If a powerful politician is going to collect a steady stream of gifts and home improvements from a powerful lobbyist, he must report them as the law requires.

Alan Greenspan: Never mind
Fans of the original cast of "Saturday Night Live," will recall Emily Litella, a character played by the late Gilda Radner on the "Weekend Update" segment, hosted by Chevy Chase. Radner, as Litella, delivered the weekly "editorial," during which she opined about some outrage or injustice. In the middle of her rant, Chevy Chase would lean over and whisper the truth in her ear, after which Radner would turn to the camera and sheepishly say, "never mind."

Don't forget about the survivor mom vote
Remember those crucial voting blocs, the soccer moms of 2000 and the security moms of 2004?

Who's rich, and why does it matter?
Does an income of $250,000 really make one "rich," as Barack Obama says? That's the point at which taxes would begin to go up under Obama's tax plan, and that's the annual income he cited in August when asked by church leader Rick Warren to give his definition of "rich."

Capital gets wet for 32 straight days
JUNEAU - Alaska's capital has posted a precipitation record.

Advisory committee members resign
JUNEAU - Half the members of Juneau's local Fish and Game advisory committee, including several people who had been on the committee for decades, resigned Monday.

Marine board hears testimony on sinking
ANCHORAGE - A marine board has started taking testimony in the sinking of a fish processing boat in which only four members of the 11-man crew survived.

Homeless shelter plans run into snags
FAIRBANKS - Freezing temperatures have arrived in Fairbanks but church groups are having trouble completing a plan to provide another shelter for homeless people.

Anchorage man gets four years in prison
JUNEAU - An Anchorage man has been sentenced to four years in a federal prison on drug trafficking conviction.

Plea deal reached in pedestrian death case
ANCHORAGE - A man who struck and killed a pedestrian with his vehicle will serve six months in prison.

Juneau girl struck by van and injured
JUNEAU - An 11-year-old Juneau girl was hit by a van while crossing a street Sunday in the Mendenhall Valley, according to the Juneau police.

State says House candidate can run
ANCHORAGE - Alaska elections officials have deemed a candidate eligible to run for state House, rejecting a complaint from the Republican Party.

Alaska firm chosen to design, build prison
PALMER - An Alaska firm has won the contract to build and design a $220 million state prison.

Photographs show 1 whale tangled in bay
KODIAK - The latest aerial photographs show just one whale tangled in a Kodiak Island bay.

Domestic violence coalition planned
BOISE, Idaho - Josephine Halfhide, a former regional social services manager with the Alaska Department of Health and Welfare, recently received a grant to start Idaho's first "tribal" domestic violence coalition.

Yellow slips past Glacier Seafoods in JAHA
Gracy Treston kicked off the night's scoring for Tier-C Yellow on Sunday, then capped it with the team's final two goals to complete a hat trick and a 5-3 win over Glacier Seafoods in Juneau Adult Hockey League action at Treadwell Arena.

McCain says Stevens should quit
HERSHEY, Pa. - Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Tuesday that Republican Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska has "broken his trust with the people" and should resign now that he has been convicted in a federal corruption case.

Stevens vows to fight guilty verdict
WASHINGTON - He was once third in line to the presidency, his power over Senate purse strings unrivaled. He favored an "Incredible Hulk" necktie, a warning not to rile him.

Analysis: Decision likely to help Democrats seeking Senate seats
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' conviction Monday on corruption charges gives Democrats a late boost in an improbable drive to win the 60-vote Senate supermajority they want as they look ahead to the new Congress.

Calls mount for Stevens to step down, but when?
WASHINGTON - A growing chorus of Republicans on Tuesday called for Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens to resign from a seat he's held for four decades after his conviction on seven felony charges.

Coast Guard suspends search for two missing crewmembers
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard suspended its search Sunday for two crewmembers in the deadly sinking of a fishing vessel that took on water in stormy seas last week near the Aleutian Islands.

Gunman in notorious Alaska murder found dead
ANCHORAGE - The man convicted of conspiring with a beautiful ex-stripper to kill her fiance more than a decade ago was found dead in an Alaska prison.

Ex-Fairbanks mayor asks for a new trial
FAIRBANKS - Jim Hayes, the former mayor of Fairbanks now serving five years in a federal prison, wants a new trial.

Photo: Looking for answers
U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Malcolm McLellan points Monday during a marine board investigation into the sinking of a fishing vessel Katmai off the Aleautian Islands.

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