Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sentence was right for hunting violations
Romeo was loved by many, obviously, but he is gone now. Was he the wolf taken illegally last year? There is way to tell. Does it matter? Not at all.

Murkowski should be removed from leadership for write-in campaign
This may be the oddest letter to the editor in a decidedly odd election cycle, but it's odd when a write-in candidate is helped by the sitting lieutenant governor to disenfranchise the largest primary turnout since statehood. Unusual circumstances require unusual responses.

Native voters, corporations provide key Murkowski support
An extraordinary effort by Alaska Natives, particularly Alaska Native Corporations, looks to have swung state's U.S. Senate race from enemy Joe Miller to ally Lisa Murkowski.

Yaakoosge Daakahidi gets high praise from commission
The Northwest Accreditation Commission recently visited Yaakoosge Daakahidi High School and recommended the school's continuing accreditation in a report presented to the Juneau School District board Tuesday.

Senior, disabled vet hardship exemption language gets narrower
The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly on Monday night narrowed language in a city ordinance that allows senior citizens and disabled veterans to get a hardship exemption on their property taxes.

Measure to eliminate jewelry tax cap shot down
An attempt to amend a city ordinance that would have removed the sales tax cap on jewelry failed by a 5-3 vote at Monday's Assembly meeting.

School district sees unusual amount of older students returning
The Juneau School District's enrollment figures submitted to the state are down slightly from the amount they budgeted for, due in large part to the number of older students re-enrolling in the district.

Photo: Monday's rain spawns rainbow over the river
Monday's showers made for a rainbow near the mouth of the Mendenhall River.

Photo: Late bloomer
A lupine begins to flower in a planter basket Monday along the Franklin Street stairway. Lupines are normally thought of as a early summer flowering plant.

Photo: Randy Wanamaker acknowledged
Three-term former Assembly member Randy Wanamaker shakes hands with current Assembly members after being acknowledged during a meeting Monday for his public service. Former Assembly member Jeff Bush was also acknowledged for his service.

Police & Fire
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Three Sector Juneau Guardsmen honored for innovation
Three local United States Coast Guardsmen were finalists for the 2010 Capt. Niels P. Thomsen Innovation Award.

Police & Fire
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Photo: Prepping for the season
Natalie leads her owner Chauncey Sorenson and fellow Eaglecrest grooming crew Seth Piper along the road near the base of the Black Bear Chairlift as they ready the slopes for the upcoming season.

Foundations focus funds for philanthropic feats
There are two organizations that have been helping provide money for Juneau causes for several years, yet have flown under the radar for the most part. The Alaska Community Foundation, and its companion group the Juneau Community Foundation, has been continuing cooperation in its efforts to designate funds for various causes.

Portland-based artist to lead slideshow today
The Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery will host a lunch-time slideshow today led by visiting artist Christine Bourdette. The slideshow, "Clues to the Riddle of Human Experience," will feature images of Bourdette's multi-media sculptures and drawings, and will run from 12:15-1 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

TMHS students reflect on Alaska Business Week
After their recent selection for Alaska Business Week in Fairbanks, four Thunder Mountain High School students presented their experience from the recent Alaska Business Week to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce last week.

DOT will discuss Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program in Ketchikan
The Department of Transportation & Public Facilities is hosting two free certification workshops and one question and answer session in Ketchikan for the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program.

Paul S. Chulik Sr.
Longtime Sitka resident Paul S. Chulik Sr. died Nov. 2, 2010 at SEARHC-Mount Edgecumbe Hospital surrounded by family and friends. He was 86.

Outside editorial: Saudi help averted bombing disaster
The following editorial first appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

Outside editorial: Irrational about health care rationing
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

My turn: Recent trial highlights differences between American, European views on wolves
There are many people who recognize that Romeo was a unique wolf and a valued member of the Juneau community. There are others who take sardonic pleasure in knowing the wolf that I, and many others, believe to be him was killed. It is essentially a clash between traditional European views of wolves and emerging American views of wolves.

It's not 1994 again
It's common these days - and, to some Democrats, comforting - to summon hazy memories of 1994, when, as happened again on Tuesday, their party lost the House of Representatives to the Republicans. That wasn't so bad, was it? After all, it led to a period of productive bipartisan deal-making - and then, two years later, Bill Clinton won re-election by a comfortable margin.

My turn: Election message is simple: Get nation back on track or step aside
The political pundits are having a field day reading the tea leaves from last week's election. To me, there isn't much confusion over voters' message: elected officials are on a short leash and if we fail to produce, look for another job after the next election.

The dangers of an imperial presidency
It's easy to suppose that the Republican wave will put President Obama on the defensive. But that would be a mistake. House Republicans may repeat then-Speaker Newt Gingrich's blunder and shut down the government, but their other weapons are distinctly small-bore. The new congressional committee chairmen will predictably launch investigations into real or imagined scandals, but this will cause political embarrassment, nothing more.

Delaware's independent, but short-lived, voice
Next week, Chris Coons is scheduled formally to fill the U.S. Senate seat once held by Joe Biden - and Delaware will lose a valuable public servant. That's no reflection on Christine O'Donnell. It's a tip of the hat to Ted Kaufman, who leaves behind a worthy imprint.

Canadian TV hit draws Alaska fans, duct tape
FAIRBANKS - The star of the Canadian public television hit "The Red Green Show" found plenty of fans carrying one of the character's favorite items - duct tape - when he made an appearance in Fairbanks.

Miller: Cautiously optimistic on prospects
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Senate hopeful Joe Miller says he's cautiously optimistic about his prospects for winning on the eve of the absentee ballot count.

Alaska legislative leadership excludes Interior
FAIRBANKS - The top spots in the Alaska House Republican leadership team do not include the Fairbanks area.

Actor to testify at Chukchi Sea lease hearing
ANCHORAGE - Actor Ted Danson will testify Tuesday at a public hearing in Anchorage on environmental concerns from a 2008 lease sale in Alaska's Chukchi Sea.

4 people killed in Anchorage house fire
ANCHORAGE - Four people have been killed in a house fire near Caswell.

Petition seeks to unseat Fairbanks assemblyman
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks assemblyman who was accused of domestic assault and pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct is facing a petition campaign that seeks to unseat him.

Anchorage gets new downtown DMV office
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles is opening a new office in downtown Anchorage.

State orders recall of contaminated salmon
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has requested the recall of a batch of smoked salmon from a Fairbanks producer after it found a shipment contaminated with a pathogen.

CIRI asks Anchorage business support for wind farm
ANCHORAGE - The Cook Inlet Region corporation has asked the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce to pressure utilities to support its planned Fire Island wind farm project.

With engine repaired, Aurora to set sail today
Technicians Thursday reinstalled a repaired anchor windlass motor on the ferry Aurora, enabling it to sail today on its regular run to Kake and Angoon.

Parnell accepts resignations from 6 commissioners
FAIRBANKS - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has accepted resignations from nearly half of his cabinet, including key members of his natural gas pipeline team.

Failed circuit switcher causes power outage in west Juneau
A failed circuit switcher at an Alaska Electric Light & Power substation in west Juneau resulted in a localized power outage Tuesday morning.

Alaska prisoners' right guide updated
ANCHORAGE - A rights guide for Alaska prisoners has been updated.

Roemeling finds a role
Not all good volleyball players are born with top-flight athleticism, blazing speed, tremendous hitting power and height, or a jaw-dropping vertical leap.

Miller closes gap with absentees
Absentee ballot counting Tuesday trimmed nearly 2,000 votes from the 13,000 difference that Republican nominee Joe Miller has to make up to elect the Tea Party-backed candidate to the U.S. Senate.

Miller protests Juneau vote-count location
Republican candidate Joe Miller is accusing the state Elections Division of moving the write-in ballot count beginning Wednesday from Anchorage to Juneau.

Race hinges on write-in count
JUNEAU - Election workers will begin scrutinizing tens of thousands of ballots in the Alaska Senate race on Wednesday in a scene reminiscent of the 2000 Florida recount. There will be no hanging chads this time around - just lots of scribbled names.

Murkowski on cusp of win; how will she legislate?
ANCHORAGE - Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski is on the cusp of vindication after waging a high stakes - and long shot - write-in campaign to keep her job.

Wildlife agents to kill wolves near Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is preparing to cull wolves from packs that are becoming more aggressive and worrying residents near east Anchorage and Eagle River.

Contractor disputes Miller electioneering accusation
ANCHORAGE - A federal contractor from Washington state disputes claims by Alaska Senate hopeful Joe Miller that an employee engaged in electioneering.

Alaska Marine Highway System's motor vessel Taku honored
The United Seaman's Service (USS) will honor the Alaska Marine Highway System and the crew of the motor vessel Taku at the Ocean Sea Award Dinner Friday night in New York City.

Former Alaska congressional aide to be sentenced
ANCHORAGE - A former aide to Rep. Don Young is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 22 in Washington, D.C., for his role in the corruption scandal involving lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Scientists: Beak deformities increase in Northwest
ANCHORAGE - Federal scientists say they're observing the highest rate of beak abnormalities ever recorded in wild bird populations in Alaska and the Northwest.

Driver charged with murder faces fifth DUI charge
ANCHORAGE - A woman deemed too dangerous to be released on bail after being charged for the fifth time with driving under the influence went on trial Monday, accused of murdering a young man in a head-on collision.

Salmon price hikes made 2010 a good season despite average catch numbers
This year's salmon season appears to have been a good one, more so in revenues than in catches.

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