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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

State should support renewable energy
Alaska's largest statewide Native organization passed a resolution recently endorsing federal legislation that would require large-scale utilities to obtain at least a quarter of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025. Village residents and delegates of the Alaska Federation of Native rightly see renewable energy as a way to lower exorbitant energy costs.

Expecting Juneau's homeless to vanish is not an option
Alaska Electric Light & Power Co.'s eviction of homeless people from their camp above Franklin Street graphically illustrates the imbalance we have allowed to develop between public and private ownership.

Southeast Conference seeks energy solution
Southeast Conference is a private membership organization that works to advance the collective interests of the people, communities and businesses of Southeast Alaska. It is the Alaska Regional Development Organization, Federal Economic Development District and USDA Resource Conservation and Development Council for the region. The conference's mission is to help develop strong economies, healthy communities and a quality environment in Southeast Alaska.

Universities should acknowledge veterans
Originally known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day was first proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson on Nov. 11, 1919, to recognize the end of World War I. Seven years later, Congress passed a concurrent resolution to observe the holiday with the appropriate ceremonies.

A night without shelter
They made shelters out of cardboard boxes and duct tape. They warmed themselves around a fire. Earlier that night, they'd held signs reading "Everyone should have a home" and "Honk for the Homeless." And at night, they curled up in their sleeping bags and slept until 6 a.m. Sunday morning, when the lights at the covered basketball court at Riverbend Elementary School switched on. They took down the shelters and went home.

City pursues dock expansion
The Juneau Assembly will pursue a downtown cruise ship dock expansion despite warnings the cruise industry doesn't support it.

Waffles a winning recipe for student entrepreneur
As a student, Julie Thatcher was pretty sure her business would be popular with the college set when she opened a restaurant in 2004 less than a mile from the university campus.

Sales tax for city projects comes up short
A 1 percent sales tax Juneau voters approved in 2007 is projected to fall $2.9 million short of the $43 million sought for city projects slated for funding in the next few years, leading city officials Monday to begin hypothesizing about what can be cut.

Charities hope PFD gifts exceed costs
The new Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend donation program called "Pick. Click. Give." raised $550,000 this year, but is expected to cost about $900,000 to administer during the program's first three years.

Photos: Think Pink
The Juneau Empire hosted the "Pink Tie" benefit fundraiser for Cancer Connection at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month - which ended in October - and raised money to fight all forms of cancer.

Charitable contributions program raises $550,000
Donation checks are arriving for the Legislature's new "Pick. Click. Give." campaign, and the results are in. More than 5,500 Alaskans pledged a total of about $550,000 from their 2008 Alaska Permanent Fund dividends through the online Charitable Contributions Program.

Photo: Afternoon snack
A bald eagle eats a herring Sunday on a Gastineau Channel beach near the Douglas Island Pink and Chum Hatchery.

Photo: Native greeting
John Smith of the Juneau Tlingit Dancers, foreground, was one of several dance group members to greet the Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre as they arrived Sunday at Juneau International Airport. The Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre will perform at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium. The event is presented by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.

Native American Heritage Month Randy Wanamaker
Randy Wanamaker

Photo: Setting up the shot
Adam Howard stands on top of his pickup truck as he photographs scenery Monday near the Mendenhall Glacier. Howard grew up in Juneau but now lives in Sitka.

Around Town
Today, Nov. 9

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Native American Heritage Month: Kathryn 'Kitty' Eddy
Name: Kathryn 'Kitty' Eddy

Around Town
Today, Nov. 10

Photo: Celebrating Native American culture
Josie Bird and other members of the Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre perform the first of two shows for students Monday at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium. The group performs traditional and sacred songs, narratives and creation stories that celebrates the culture of the Lakota people. The public event is at 7 p.m. today and is presented by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Peter Luther Kline
Juneau resident Peter Luther Kline died of respiratory arrest following successful heart surgery, Nov. 3, 2009, in Seattle. He was 74.

Locked away forever
The following editorial first appeared in the Washington Post:

Making small steps on climate change
For two years, the Danish capital of Copenhagen has been a beacon for environmentalists seeking a breakthrough international treaty on climate change.

Sober reality behind good news
The following editorial first appeared in the Washington Post:

OCD: For those who count alone
Editor's Note: An incomplete version of this article appeared in the Neighbors section of Sunday's Empire.

20 years after fall of Berlin Wall, it is time for reflection
As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, it's time to take stock.

West pines for Cold War clarity
The global celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall aren't entirely about commemorating the rebirth of freedom or reliving those thrilling moments when a perverse and repressive system collapsed.

Annual blanket, coat, toy drive underway
JUNEAU - The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Liberty will collect blankets, coats and new toys through Dec. 7 in an effort to donate needed items to villages throughout Southeast Alaska.

Unalaska rejects emergency shelter site
UNALASKA - Plans to establish an emergency housing shelter in downtown Unalaska went down to defeat before the city's planning and zoning commission.

Ketchikan schools losing police officer
KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan City Council reaffirmed its decision to end the school resource officer program on Dec. 31.

Parnell names new adjutant general
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell has named the new commander of the Alaska National Guard.

Chamber supports road extension to mine
JUNEAU - The state Chamber of Commerce is supporting a 13-mile extension of the road to the Kensington Mine.

Rescuers struggle to aid stricken sailor
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard said a rescue helicopter rushed to help a stricken sailor off Sitka, but a flight surgeon who had been lowered into his boat was unable to revive him.

Small quake recorded near Ketchikan
JUNEAU - A magnitude 4.0 earthquake was recorded near Ketchikan at 11:55 a.m. Sunday.

Fairbanks plans free swine flu clinics
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is planning to provide free swine flu vaccines for any school-age children in the borough at a series of clinics scheduled to begin Nov. 19.

Search under way for missing crewman
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard is searching for a Filipino crewman missing from a cargo ship north of Dutch Harbor.

No fine for Yukon illegal fishing citation
ANCHORAGE - Federal prosecutors said an illegal fishing citation against a police officer for the village of Marshall will be dismissed without any fine.

Alaskans asked to be careful on lake ice
WASILLA - While many Alaska lakes are newly frozen, officials are warning residents to be careful when crossing.

Two to face trial in caribou wasting case
KOTZEBUE - Two Point Hope men are facing trial on caribou wasting charges after a judge in Kotzebue rejected a defense motion to dismiss their case.

DUI suspected in Seward Highway fatal
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police were looking for a reported drunken driver when her SUV crossed the center line on the Seward Highway and struck a car head-on.

Kodiak to get state relief for storm damage
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell has declared a state disaster for storm damage last month on Kodiak Island.

Two Alaskans die in 3-car crash on I-80
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - Two people from Alaska have died in a three-vehicle accident on Interstate 80 in central Nebraska.

Former Fairbanks borough mayor dies
FAIRBANKS - The former mayor of the Fairbanks borough has died.

Assembly to hear port expansion proposal
JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly will hear a proposal from a private developer tonight to expand cruise ship docks in the Port of Juneau.

Man sentenced to 5 years for selling meth
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska man convicted of selling methamphetamine has been sentenced to five years and three months in federal prison.

Airlines boost on-time arrivals
DALLAS - The nation's airlines are offering fewer flights, but at least they're more likely to arrive on time now.

State-bound Bears
The Crimson Bears volleyball team will be traveling to Anchorage for the second time in the past month, but this time there is much more at stake.

Snake-bit Bears
So it can't get much worse than this, in this snake-bitten start to the Juneau-Douglas High School athletic year.

Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Bears to face Colony in first round of state volleyball tournament
Southeast No. 1 seed Juneau-Douglas will face Northern Lights No. 2 seed Colony at 2 p.m. in the first round of the 2009 4A State Volleyball Tournament on Thursday at West Anchorage High School.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Alaska gold production at its highest since 1916
ANCHORAGE - Another gold rush seems to be under way in Alaska.

Alaska Democrats anticipate Obama's first visit to state
ANCHORAGE - Democratic party leaders say many residents are thrilled over President Barack Obama's first visit to the Republican-leaning state, though he won't make a public appearance here.

Sarah Palin rallies abortion opponents at Wisconsin event
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Less than two weeks before the release of her memoir "Going Rogue," former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was on message during a Friday night speech to anti-abortion activists at State Fair Park.

Pharmacists find unique ways to stay in business
ANCHORAGE - In a small family-owned pharmacy in Ketchikan, pharmacist Barry Christianson carefully grinds up capsules for an adult medication for influenza, adding a suspension and cherry flavoring to concoct a pediatric counterpart for a client.

Lt. Governor candidate wants AGIA legal analysis
FAIRBANKS - Lawmakers don't return to Juneau until January, but some are already preparing.

Lone Dall sheep puzzles biologists
FAIRBANKS - A lone Dall sheep that has been hanging around the Fort Knox gold mine north of Fairbanks has wildlife biologists puzzled.

As oceans fall ill, storm brews over solutions
WASHINGTON - Off the coast of Washington state, mysterious algae mixed with sea foam have killed more than 8,000 seabirds, puzzling scientists. A thousand miles off California, researchers have discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a swirling vortex roughly twice the size of Texas filled with tiny bits of plastic and other debris.

Winter cycling in Alaska requires smart preparation
ANCHORAGE - Daylight savings is kaput. We're inexorably plunging toward five dim hours of winter solstice light, losing more than five minutes of sunshine per day.

Derelict vehicles cause problem for fishermen
KODIAK - Derelict vehicles are causing a problem for commercial fishermen in Kodiak.

Help wanted: Denali needs a dog musher
ANCHORAGE - In the world of dog mushing, there aren't many jobs with a steady paycheck. Professional mushers live off the bounty of their race earnings, dog breeding skills and marketing savvy.

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