Wednesday, November 4, 2009

ATVs are unwelcome on Eaglecrest Road
Since the new mountain road to the top of Eaglecrest Ski Area has been completed, the area has become Juneau's all-year playground. ATV tours in the summer would destroy our quiet retreat and make it difficult for us to use the road.

Sen. Mark Begich has a promise to keep
Do you remember the commercials Sen. Mark Begich paid for when he ran for the U.S. Senate? He promised he would have the courage to stand up to his party when they were wrong. Well, they are wrong with their ideas about government takeover of health care. This takeover includes your choice of doctors and insurance plans.

Initiative challenges abortion rights
The Alaska Department of Law has questioned the constitutionality of a ballot initiative that would recognize fetuses as legal persons, but that hasn't precluded Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell from his duty to approve the vetted petition for signature gathering.

Ski area puts off ATV proposal
The decision on whether to allow motorized all-terrain vehicle tours on the emergency access road in the Eaglecrest Ski Area has been postponed until the ski area's board of directors updates a 25-year-old master plan for the area, Eaglecrest General Manager Kirk Duncan said Tuesday.

Correction
A C1 story in Sunday's Juneau Empire about the Glory Hole's holiday charity drive transposed podiatrist Dr. Ahn Lam's first and last names.

Assembly OKs updated plan for pedestrians, bikes
An updated city plan a year in the making calls for a bikeway across Juneau, paved shoulder lanes for pedestrians and bicyclists, bike lanes on Glacier Highway and crosswalks in Lemon Creek among its 18 priorities.

Feedback mostly favorable on new school start times
Two months into the new school year, school administrators say new school start times seem to be having the intended effects on education, with more elementary and high school students alert for greater portions of the school day.

Forum addresses Middle East peace
Is peace in the Middle East an oxymoron or a real possibility? That was one of questions local residents were given the opportunity to explore Monday evening during the first of a two-day Middle East forum hosted by the Juneau World Affairs Council.

Experts debate Syria's role in Middle East relations
Middle Easterners are good at pointing fingers but have recently not been so good at finding solutions to serious problems facing the region, Middle East political professor Farideh Farhi said Tuesday night during a panel discussion arranged by the Juneau World Affairs Council.

Photo: Grumpy pumpkin
A pumpkin sits on top of a container near the new downtown parking garage under construction Tuesday.

Photo: Halloween decorations vanish
Amanda Baker, an employee of The Canvas, cleans off a Halloween-themed window painting Monday from the business's Seward Street windows.

National Native American Awareness Month Gordon Jackson
Age: 62

Legislature delves into home health problems, state response
State legislators Tuesday looked into the state's response to a moratorium imposed by Medicare and Medicaid officials last summer after the state's home health program failed to meet federal guidelines.

National Native American Awareness Month Del Cesar
Age: 70.

Around Town
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Around Town
Today, Nov. 4

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

US needs new rules to eliminate pilot distraction
The following editorial first appeared in the Miami Herald:

Protection from financial predators
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Disarray undermines Obama in Afghanistan
The following editorial first appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

Dear Sarah Palin: Keep up the great writing!
(Confidential response of Sarah Palin's book editor to the first draft of her coming memoir, "Going Rogue"):

Surviving shoulder season
Every U.S. city has a nickname - an alias, a sobriquet, a slogan that captures the essence of an entire metropolitan area in just a few short words. Think "The Big Apple," "The Big Easy" or "Skankorage."

'Death panels' myth refuses to die
Sarah Palin, the Alaska governor-turned-blogger, cannot see Russia from her house, as Tina Fey's version of her claimed in a "Saturday Night Live" skit. But she is poking this country's politics from her laptop.

Keeping Veterans Day alive
Two months ago, Jacksonville, Fla., was threatened with cancellation of its 2009 Veterans Day parade after the City Council cut the parade's funding. Only a firestorm of protests from the city's residents restored the parade.

Can the 10th Amendment save the US?
Does the U.S. Constitution stand for anything in an era of government excess? Can that founding document, which is supposed to restrain the power and reach of a centralized federal government, slow down the juggernaut of czars, health insurance overhaul and anything else this administration and Congress wish to do that is not in the Constitution?

Outage blocks ferry reservation system
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Highway System's online reservation portal remains unavailable following a server outage that disabled the system last week.

Four people injured in crash on Egan Drive
JUNEAU - Four people were injured Sunday evening in a two-vehicle accident on Egan Drive near Twin Lakes. Alcohol may have been a factor, police said.

Alaska officials release pipeline progress report
ANCHORAGE - Alaska state officials say they continue to be optimistic about the chances for a large-diameter natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to Lower 48 markets.

PFD donations boost Alaska nonprofits
ANCHORAGE - More than 300 charities around Alaska are receiving a total of $550,000 that was pledged by state residents from their Permanent Fund dividend payments.

Fairbanks borough mayor to be decided in run-off election
FAIRBANKS - Voters were headed to the polls in Fairbanks for a runoff election that will decide the new mayor for the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Fishing boat sinks in Sedanka Pass
ANCHORAGE - Authorities said a fishing vessel with 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board sank as it was being towed through Sedanka Pass.

ACS names chief operating officer
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc. on Monday announced the appointment of Anand Vadapalli as chief operating officer for Alaska Communications Systems, a new position reporting to ACS President and CEO Liane Pelletier.

Kodiak man charged with sexual abuse
ANCHORAGE - A 39-year-old Kodiak man has been arrested by police in Anchorage on eight counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

Salvation Army treats Anchorage alcoholics
ANCHORAGE - The Salvation Army in Anchorage is holding a grand opening Wednesday for its special treatment unit for public alcoholics.

Haines fish processor accused of improper discharge into inlet
ANCHORAGE - The federal Environmental Protection Agency has filed a complaint against a Haines fish processor, accusing the plant of violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

Palin to give speech at Salina banquet
SALINA, Kan. - Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will visit Kansas in February to address the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet.

Rural subcabinet takes third tour
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell's Rural Action Subcabinet is on the move again.

School district begins swine flu vaccinations
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's largest school district has started offering swine flu vaccinations.

Sarah Palin promises more cities on book tour
ANCHORAGE - Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is promising to visit more cities than a conventional book tour when her memoir "Going Rogue" is published later this month.

Crimson Bear boys win Region V
It was a successful weekend in Sitka for Juneau swimmers, as 19 Crimson Bears and two Thunder Mountain Falcons qualified for state at Bartlett in Anchorage this weekend, with the JDHS boys winning the Region V championship while the girls finished second.

Crimson Bear boys win Region V
It was a successful weekend in Sitka for Juneau swimmers, as 19 Crimson Bears and two Thunder Mountain Falcons qualified for state at Bartlett in Anchorage this weekend, with the JDHS boys winning the Region V championship while the girls finished second.

Eyes on state, future
As the season winds down toward what is sure to be a climactic finish, four senior Juneau-Douglas volleyball players say they will cherish their time with the team.

Photo: Hockey time
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Zane Chapman moves the puck up ice during a scrimmage Saturday night at Treadwell Arena.

Sports in Juneau
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Sports in Juneau
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Coast Guard officer is charged with indecent acts
ANCHORAGE - A senior Coast Guard official was charged Tuesday with multiple offenses, including sodomy, indecent acts and conduct unbecoming of an officer and gentleman.

Bootleggers warned of stiffer penalties
ANCHORAGE - Alaska is getting tougher on people who illegally bring alcohol to rural communities.

After Dec. 3, commercial fishing will be off-limits in Arctic
ANCHORAGE - A plan that puts a large area of the Arctic off-limits to commercial fishing goes into effect Dec. 3, federal officials said Tuesday.

Renovated terminal opens at Anchorage International Airport
ANCHORAGE - After more than a decade of work, the multimillion dollar renovation of Anchorage's international airport is complete.

Fairbanks group tackles homelessness
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks group plans to develop a long-term plan to ease homelessness in the community.

Alaska Natives job site advertises openings
ANCHORAGE - From a small tourism office in downtown, you can tell a lot about unemployment in Anchorage.

Eielson security airmen use stun gun on driver, 81
FAIRBANKS - Airmen from Eielson Air Force Base security forces used a Taser on an 81-year-old driver they say became belligerent after they gave him a ticket for going 11 miles over the speed limit on the Richardson Highway.

State investigates work accident at Arctic Slope
ANCHORAGE - An accident that injured an Arctic Slope Regional Corp. worker is under investigation by the Alaska Department of Labor.

Photo: A hero returns to Alaska
U.S. Marines carry the coffin of Cpl. Gregory M.W. Fleury, 23, as he returned home to Anchorage on Monday at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

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