Saturday, November 13, 2010

Vet Board needs to revisit Jayne's case
As an introduction, I live a subsistence lifestyle along the Yukon River below the town of Eagle. I was the vaccinator layperson for years until the program was canceled. I set up and worked with Dr. Eric Jayne when he came into town. It is important for us that our dogs are in top shape and very healthy. The Alaska Veterinary Board has possibly made that impossible. How? Through its inaction in checking out the facts and following up on the complaints surrounding Jayne.

AJ Mine battle should not be fought again
When I reflect on life in Juneau, I cannot think of a nicer place to live. Sure, I like to visit new and exotic locations occasionally, but life here is very good. We share, I believe, a model sustainable community. We have a stable population and the City and Borough of Juneau is no worse off for that fact. We have steadily modernized our public and private infrastructure, our arts and recreation, and many other tangibles that make Juneau a unique, very special place to live. And our environs are spectacular. What more could we want?

ABA Hall of Fame inductee reflects on long career in radio
Bill Legere, general manager for Capital Community Broadcasting, has become the 53rd inductee into the Alaska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.

No day off for Discovery Preschool staff
Even though Discovery Preschool was closed for Veterans Day, the staff was at work receiving special instruction in childhood education.

Photos: Veterans day
World War II veteran Walter Griffeth salutes the crowd after being acknowledged during Veterans Day Ceremonies Thursday at Centennial Hall. Griffeth served in the Pacific as with the Army Air Corps. and also received Navy wings. "It was a lot of fun at the time," Griffeth said. "Any time I got to put my feet in an airplane I was happy."

Police & Fire
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Maria Dolores Fresquez
Maria Dolores Fresquez, born January 14, 1936 in Socorro, Texas, died Nov. 3, 2010 after a brief battle with cancer. Maria was brought up on the family farm in Socorro, graduated from Ysleta High School, and attended Texas Western College at El Paso, where she met Louis Howard Keeler, her husband of 20 years. They moved to Los Angeles and raised their two children there. Maria was a caring, loving woman who devoted her entire life to caring for others; always putting the needs of her children, grandchildren and others ahead of her own. In life she loved to travel, taking her grandson Brandon with her to spend summers with her daughter and her family in Juneau, going on cruises with her sisters, ballroom dancing, singing, reading, roses, volunteering at the elementary school and St. Vincent de Paul, and keeping current with politics. Even in death, her caring of others continued with her donation of her corneas so that two others could have the gift of sight.

Roger Renner
Former Juneau and Haines resident Roger Renner died Nov. 5, 2010, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Outside editorial: It's time for honesty
Fiscal prudence was a winning strategy for the Republicans last week. In midterm races around the country, Republicans slammed an unpopular Democratic majority that ran up a trillion-dollar budget deficit in the service of staving off economic crisis.

What issue should be the priority for the lame-duck session of Congress? Extending tax cuts would speed the recovery
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. - Allowing the Bush tax-cuts to expire could easily be the final nail that seals the coffin of an ailing U.S. economy. Congress should set aside the partisan bickering and extend the cuts.

What issue should be the priority for the lame-duck session of Congress? Staving off the disastrous effects of climate change ought to be Job One
GREEN BAY, Wis. - To the lame-duck Congress: Act on climate change now! The midterm elections are over and, as anticipated, Republicans have retaken the House and improved their margin in the Senate. Not surprisingly, commentators now talk about likely political gridlock in Congress.

Wolverines: New studies offer insight into behavior and natural history
Some friends recently gave me a new book called "The Wolverine Way" (by D. Chadwick), and reading that book perked up my interest in wolverines and the tremendous challenge of studying them in the wild. So, here is a little bit about them.

One weasel heads over the river, through the woods
It was all because of Trapper Dave.

Juneau Gun Club winter league ties in 'togetherness'
The Juneau Gun Club, a private trap shooting club located on Montana Creek Road, has sponsored a winter trap league for more than 10 years. Much like many of Juneau's winter sports - basketball, bowling, volleyball, to name a few - JGC's winter trap promotes the sport, a togetherness of men, women and youth. But the main difference is that it is outdoors, under lights and held in nearly every type of weather (except when temperatures drop below 10 degrees Fahrenheit, then participants have a "weather bye").

Just released by the Juneau Raptor Center: 'Fireside'
Name: "Fireside"

Gold Medal dates set, letters of interest requested
JUNEAU - The Juneau Lions Club announced recently that the Board of Directors has approved the dates, location, divisions in the tournament and some age changes for the 65th annual Invitational Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Locals present stories from the NW Arctic
JUNEAU - Authors Seth Kantner and Nick Jans will close out the University of Alaska's Evening at Egan Fall Lecture series with a show of images, stories and banter from their years living in Northwest Alaska.

Incredible Izembek refuge is turning 50
JUNEAU - Art and nature fans are invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Izembek National Wildlife Refuge this week with a photo exhibit and artist's reception from 5-7 p.m. tonight at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Planetarium hosts 'The Great Eclipse'
JUNEAU - In July of 2009 the total solar eclipse over Asia was the longest of the century. On Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. the Marie Drake Planetarium will host a multimedia show which will explain the science of eclipses, give first-hand accounts of the Great Eclipse and cover upcoming eclipses.

Discovery Days to explore Lemon Creek, Treadwell
JUNEAU - Discovery Southeast is inviting local youth between the ages of 7 and 12 to join in the next Discovery Day on Monday, Nov. 15 and again on Tuesday, Nov. 16.

Photo: Canine kisses
Metlakatla resident Kaitlyn Blandov, left, who was in Ketchikan for a volleyball tournament over the weekend, watches as musher Angie Taggart's dog, Oceana, greets Blandove's baby, Sidney Brendible, at the Ketchikan Plaza mall on Saturday.

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Shooting hours: Nov. 12-30
Today, Nov. 12

Tides
Today, Nov. 12

Coast Guard rescues man injured in fishing boat
JUNEAU - A Coast Guard helicopter crew on a training flight got switched to a rescue mission when a commercial fisherman was injured.

Commission says give Alaska governor a pay raise
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska State Officers Compensation Commission has recommended an increase in the governor's salary from $125,000 to $175,000 a year.

New hunting limits preserve Fortymile caribou herd
FAIRBANKS - The 2010 Fortymile caribou hunt went as planned for fish and game officials: a late start and one unexpected closing limited the number of caribou killed, preserving herd numbers before a new conservation plan is drawn up in 2012.

Fairbanks man gets 10-year sentence after robbery
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man has received a 10-year sentence for his part in a fake drug deal that led to two other arrests.

Man accused of assaulting cabbie
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks taxicab passenger is accused of assaulting the driver, who placed the 39-year-old man under citizen's arrest.

Assembly tables Fairbanks measure on cell towers
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly has postponed a vote on a measure that would limit the construction of cell towers in heavily populated neighborhoods that aren't zoned as residential properties.

Man convicted in beating death to be sentenced
ANCHORAGE - A young man convicted of beating a homeless man to death will be sentenced Friday in Anchorage.

Bentz continues to inspire
Chad Bentz has led a storied life. Just ask him. He'll tell you.

Bears stunned in first round
Chugiak stunned Juneau-Douglas on Thursday in the opening round of the state volleyball tournament, ousting the Crimson Bears in five see-saw sets.

Hockey Bears opening 10-game homestand
The Crimson Bears hockey team found its stride during a 10-game stretch in front of the home crowd last season, and Juneau-Douglas hopes to duplicate that success again this year.

GSC hostingbig weekend in Juneau
The Juneau prep swimming and diving season just ended with the state meet in Anchorage, but there's still plenty going on in the pool.

Mariners broadcaster Niehaus dies at 75
SEATTLE - For 34 seasons, Dave Niehaus narrated baseball in the Pacific Northwest.

Murkowski continues march towards re-election
With Sen. Lisa Murkowski moving towards re-election in write-in ballot counting in Juneau, the Joe Miller campaign said Thursday it hoped to find election fraud and voter intimidation to explain the Republican nominee's poor showing.

Miller campaign seeks evidence of election fraud
The Joe Miller campaign raised multiple vague accusations against opponent Lisa Murkowski and her supporters Thursday, including voter fraud, intimidation and bullying.

Group takes step to sue over oil dispersants
ANCHORAGE - An environmental group has filed a formal notice that it will sue the Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard for authorizing oil dispersants without studying how they'll affect Alaska's polar bears, Cook Inlet beluga whales, Steller sea lions and other imperiled species.

Deportations drop in the Northwest for second year in a row
SEATTLE - The number of deportations of illegal immigrants from Washington, Oregon and Alaska dropped by nearly 9 percent during the last fiscal year, while deportations of immigrants considered convicted criminals were on the rise, according to new federal data.

Anchorage TV station cancels 2 newscasts for ethics discussions
ANCHORAGE - A TV station took the unusual step of canceling its evening newscasts Wednesday so the staff could discuss ethics after the flap over a voicemail two producers accidentally left for a GOP Senate candidate's spokesman.

University looks to combat maintenance backlog
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska is hoping for legislative approval to borrow $100 million for a growing list of maintenance and renovation projects that university officials say will continue to expand.

Photo: Cards for soldiers
Grace Graham, 10, of Anchorage, writes a holiday card for a soldier at the American Red Cross National Headquarters Thursday in Washington. The goal of the program is to collect one million holiday cards for service members by Dec. 10.

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