Wednesday, November 11, 2009

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.

Remember that soldiers fought for freedom of religion
On Nov. 11, we as a nation will pause to honor those who fought to protect our country and its Christian heritage.

Rep. Young proves he only has offshore interests in mind
Representative Don Young does not want improved health care for Alaskans. H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, passed the House without his support, which indicates that he represents the only entities benefiting from the status quo: the health care corporations and drug companies, not working Alaskans and families who are trying to afford ever-increasing health care costs.

A.G.: State likely to win retirement suit
Alaska legislators who had earlier been skeptical of the state's attempt to win damages from the actuarial consultant Mercer are saying they may have a better case than they originally thought.

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

Juneau VA clinic to open in March
Vietnam veteran Michael Walsh is looking forward to a Veterans Affairs medical clinic opening in Juneau next spring so former service members won't need to travel to Anchorage or beyond for routine health care.

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.

'Freedom is not free'
Korean War veteran Harvey Marvin, 76, doesn't want you to know about his bad dreams. He doesn't want you to know he lost most of his hearing to the recoil blast and concussion from the heavy artillery he fired. He doesn't even want you to know that he stood and saluted during the recent memorial service for the soldiers at Fort Hood.

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.

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.

School Board presses for simplicity in budget process
The Juneau School District's budgeting process is looming, and in an effort to make this year's process friendlier than in years past, the Juneau School Board heard recommendations from its Budget Advisory Committee about ways to increase transparency and clarity in that process at its meeting Tuesday.

Native American Heritage Month: Elizabeth "Libby" Watanabe
Age: "A lady should never be asked her age."

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.

Corrections
A headline for an A1 story in Tuesday's Juneau Empire about a city dock project misstated that it would create an additional downtown cruise ship berth. The city plans to improve its two existing downtown cruise ship berths, of which only one currently accommodates Panamax ships, so both can. Two other privately owned downtown docks also serve Pananmax ships.

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

Photo: Getting festive
Larry O'Keeke of the city's Parks and Recreation department adjusts rope lights on a downtown light post Tuesday. A three-man crew spent the day adding the decorative seasonal lights to downtown's street lights.

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:

Around Town
Today, Nov. 11

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.

Shea Hunter Walling
Juneau resident Shea Hunter Walling died Oct. 29, 2009, during a rock climbing accident in Waimea, Hawaii. He was 17.

Elisa Louise Weathers
Sterling resident Elisa Louise Weathers died Nov. 7, 2009, from heart failure and Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 58.

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

Will we salute those Muslim-Americans who stand up for US?
A sampling from the Web: "Why are these Muslim invaders allowed to carry on freely in this country ... protected by outreach, Obama, and PC mental illness?" "Simply put, most Muslims in non-Islamic countries have an evil axe to grind and a scurrilous hidden agenda." "Muslims should be deported from this country! They offer nothing to Americans!"

Nuclear hysteria and destiny
Last week, Senator Mark Begich beamed with pride about his efforts to get funding for the missile defense system in Alaska. The military appropriations bill signed by President Obama will ensure the completion of silo construction at Fort Greely. Begich seems to believe that these are vital to "our defense against North Korea and Iranian ballistic missiles." Is it leadership though to evoke fear using threats that don't yet exist?

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

Reconfiguring downtown docks
On Oct. 26, the Docks and Harbors Board presented its updated proposal for the downtown docks to the Juneau Assembly. Included was a draft financing plan to pay for the project with no increase in industry fees and without cost to the Juneau public.

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.

Palin plans Iowa stop on book tour
DES MOINES, Iowa - Former Gov. Sarah Palin has scheduled her first stop in Iowa since the last election, promoting her memoir at a bookstore in Sioux City next month.

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

Jury acquits driver in 2003 fatal collision
PALMER - A Palmer jury has acquitted a pickup driver who struck and killed a snowmachiner six years ago.

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.

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

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.

Fairbanks mayor race near finish line
FAIRBANKS - A final tally of ballots Tuesday should settle the race for Fairbanks Borough mayor.

Woman jailed after car crash death
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage woman out on bail from a March arrest for driving under the influence has been jailed following a car crash in which a man was killed and woman critically injured.

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.

Alaska showcase in New York needs money
ANCHORAGE - Legislative leaders are debating whether to use public money to keep the nonprofit Alaska House, New York open, now that the woman who initially funded it can't afford to keep it open.

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.

Anchorage crashes pile up as more snow turns to ice
ANCHORAGE - A rash of crashes accompanied Anchorage's first snowfall.

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.

Tanana River ice jam causes minor flooding
FAIRBANKS - An ice jam on the Tanana River has caused some minor flooding in Salcha.

Coast Guard saves men off Kalgin Island
KENAI - The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two men whose skiff had mechanical trouble on the way from Kalgin Island to Kenai.

The air up there
When you see Krista Barril warming up on a volleyball court for the first time, you immediately think, "She's either a setter or a defensive specialist."

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.

Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

Alaska Air Group says smaller is better
ATLANTA - The parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air believes the company's smaller size relative to some of its bigger rivals is an advantage in a financially challenging environment.

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.

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

Coal dust becoming an ugly problem in Seward
ANCHORAGE - When the north wind blows in Seward, dust flies off a large pile of coal and covers the town's scenic boat harbor in black grit.

More Alaska kids with Medicaid may qualify for braces
ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska must pay for braces on the teeth of foster children and young people on Medicaid who need them, a superior court judge ruled Monday.

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.

UA launches national search for president
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska's search for a new president has gone national.

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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