Sunday, November 7, 2010

Meyers' sentence appalling
I am appalled with the sentencing of Park Myers for killing the wolf I and many others believe to be Romeo. Judge Keith Levy should be ashamed of that sentence. Myers got what should be considered a slap on the wrist. The judge has now made it known to any future similar criminals their punishment will be minor overall.

Bear baiting proposals are inhumane
On Nov. 5-9, the Alaska Board of Game is meeting in Ketchikan to review and possibly enact a round of proposals from the public and the Alaska Department of Fish & Game concerning hunting, trapping and the use of game in Southeast Alaska.

Assembly chooses top 10 priorities for the year
The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly's top 10 goals will focus on infrastructure, humanitarian and economic development concerns.

Students spend night in cold to support homeless peers
On Friday night, a group of 19 Juneau-Douglas High School students spent their evening camped out on the Riverbend Elementary School basketball court - in self-constructed cardboard shantys - to try to raise awareness and funds for their homeless peers.

National Heritage Month: Professor discusses warfare in ancient Tlingit times
The Sealaska Heritage Institute's second annual lecture series for Native American Heritage Month opened Friday with an in-depth look at what warfare meant to ancient Tlingit cultures.

Photos: Getting new gear at the ski swap
With skis and helmets selected, brother and sister Ashton and Ashlee Ecklund wait for help with ski boots during the 57th Annual Juneau Ski Swap on Saturday in Centennial Hall. The fundraising event for the Juneau Ski Club and Juneau's National Ski Patrol is a chance for locals to get or exchange a variety of gear and is one of the most anticipated events of the year, amping up residents for the coming winter season.

Ferry Aurora's windlass motor being repaired
The ferry Aurora is expected to return to service Wednesday, the Alaska Marine Highway System announced Friday.

Police & Fire
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Photo: Fort Hood remembrance
The helmet on a soldiers's memorial marks the date during a Remembrance Ceremony commemorating the one-year anniversary of the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military base, where 13 people were killed and dozens wounded, Friday in Fort Hood.

JoAnn Mann
JoAnn Mann died Monday in Seattle. She was born June 25, 1957 in Juneau. She attended Juneau-Douglas High School. She is survived by sisters Victoria Mann-Angelo, Brenda Pelot and Christie Ross; and brother Mike Mann. The details of her service will be announced at a later time. A full obituary will follow.

Lawrence Gibb
Lawrence Gibb passed away Sept. 30, 2010 at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer, with his children at his side.

Outside editorial: You can't fault the Fed
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Election results and football
Being from Pittsburgh, I am a dedicated Steelers fan. Like many fans, I have items reflecting my team loyalty - jerseys, hats, Terrible Towels, etc. As I go about my travels throughout Juneau and Southeast Alaska, it is always a joy to run into fellow Steelers fans. Upon arriving back into Juneau after a business trip, I grabbed a cab from the airport to my home on Douglas Island. It was great to see a couple of Steelers decals on the taxi's rear windows and a Steelers cap sitting in the front seat. Immediately, the conversation turned to how the team has been doing and what Ben Rothlisberger is going to do next - either on or off the field.

Helping Juneau move on by honoring Romeo
There were two stories in Thursday's paper that caught my attention. One was about Sean Parnell winning the gubernatorial vote in Juneau; the other was about Park Myers' hunting violations. It was not until the end of the day that I figured out how to connect these two stories.

Taylor Highway maintenance ends for winter
CHICKEN - Alaska transportation officials say maintenance of the Taylor Highway is being discontinued for the winter.

JPD cautions against cashing fraudulent checks, money orders
The Juneau Police Department has received an increasing number of reports of fraudulent bank checks and U.S. Post Office money orders being cashed at local banks and credit unions, according to a press release from JPD.

Missing Colorado hiker found
A search team found a Colorado man who went missing Friday while hiking on Afognak Island, according to a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard's 17th District.

Dillingham replaces crumbling water facility
BETHEL - A $3.2 million water treatment facility in Dillingham is complete, 15 years after the city started looking for funding for the project.

Conservation group opens Fairbanks office
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Wilderness League has opened an office in Fairbanks.

Former postal worker indicted on perjury charge
FAIRBANKS - A former North Pole postal worker has been accused of throwing away more than 80 pieces of mail, then lying to investigators when he was questioned about it.

Bears stuff Kings for SE crown
Juneau-Douglas secured its 24th straight bid to the volleyball state tournament Saturday with another 3-0 sweep over host Ketchikan in the Southeast Conference Volleyball Tournament.

JDHS boys' relay team wins meet finale
The Juneau prep swim teams got all they could handle over the weekend in Anchorage, but both programs saw the state meet as a learning experience.

Juneau-Douglas starts 2010-11 hockey season 2-1
The Crimson Bears hockey team was tested over the weekend in Anchorage, and coach Dave McKenna found out he's got a pretty good team.

Miller alleges bias in elections process
Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller is accusing Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell, picked for the job by Sarah Palin, of being biased against him before the upcoming count of write-in ballots next week.

Kerttula to again head House Dems
Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, has been selected as the House Minority Leader, Democratic legislators announced Friday after meeting in Anchorage.

Alaska legislative district size still in question
FAIRBANKS - The size of legislative districts in Alaska remains a problem after voters rejected a statewide measure to expand the number of representatives.

Alaska Miners Association convention in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Members of the Alaska Miners Association are feeling good about the industry during this week's convention in Anchorage.

Anchorage police to cut 22 positions
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Police Department says it may be able to avoid layoffs in January and even find enough money to pay for training recruits at a police academy.

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