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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Young representing offshore interests
Representative Don Young does not want improved health care for Alaskans. H.R. 3962, also known as 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: health care corporations and drug companies, instead of working Alaskans and their families that are trying to afford ever-increasing health care costs. He doesn't realize that many Alaskans who actually live here incur tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills to go south for emergency surgery or extended treatments.

UAS does in fact honor Veterans Day
I am always willing to admit when I make a mistake. I recently submitted an opinion piece accusing the University of Alaska Southeast of neglecting Veteran's Day. On the day the piece was published (Nov. 10), I was pleasantly surprised to receive a phone call from the UAS Chancellor's Office.

Celebrating 101 years
Walter Soboleff has done a lot in his 100-plus years on Earth, but his family's gift of a cruise through the Panama Canal is something new.

Around Town
Today, Nov. 13

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Corrections
In Thursday's Juneau Empire, the Native American Heritage Month profile on A2 misspelled Walter Soboleff's last name.

Razing 'The Hill'
Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. employees razed the downtown homeless enclave known as "The Hill" Thursday.

Photo: Snow sweepers
A snow covered Mount Roberts looms behind Carver Construction carpenters Mike Miller, left, and Brad Mitchell Thursday as they sweep snow from the roof of a house they arebuilding in Douglas.

Photo: Apprenticeship advocacy
Mary Rodman-Lopez, employment security analyst for the Department of Labor & Workforce Development, talks about apprenticeship programs Thursday at an annual conference of the Alaska State Home Building Association. The three-day conference concludes today at the Baranof Hotel.

Native American Heritage Month: Gail Dabaluz
Age: 43.

Capital Kennel Club to hold annual Pet Photos with Santa
JUNEAU - Capital Kennel Club of Juneau will host its annual winter fundraiser Pet Photos with Santa from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, Nov 22 and Dec 6, at the Mendenhall Mall.

Theodore John Smith Sr.
Juneau resident Theodore John Smith Sr. died of natural causes Nov. 8, 2009, in Juneau. He was 87.

James M. Hall
Former Juneau resident James M. Hall died Nov. 5, 2009, in Des Moines, Wash. He was 86.

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

Virginia Beaumont Post
Juneau resident Virginia Beaumont Post died Nov. 3, 2009, in Bartlett Hospital in Juneau. She was 62.

Music as torture, federal incompetence on swine
A collection of news items humorous, outrageous, sickening, and bizarre - and really, none of them made up. ...

Karzai government reaching out to insurgents (with US support)
KABUL, Afghanistan - The big story here, underreported so far, is the emergence of coordinated American and Afghan efforts to bring Taliban leaders and fighters in from the cold.

We Muslims are looking inward after Fort Hood shooting
For American Muslims, the Fort Hood massacre is a crisis. There are open calls for a blanket investigation of Muslims in the military and even demands for a ban on Muslims serving in the armed forces.

Running without roads
It's in a place often described as isolated where ultrarunner Geoff Roes trains daily. Tucked against the mountainsides and hugged by the ocean, those who live in Juneau know there's an end to every road, a summit to every trail and only two ways to get out of town; by boat or plane. So for a sport that requires hours spent logging miles, Juneau's small footprint may pose a problem. But not for Roes.

Trail Mix Auction to support future Juneau trail projects
JUNEAU - Trail Mix will host its annual gala auction and barbecue at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19 at Centennial Hall.

Audubon Alaska finishes draft map of arctic area
Audubon Alaska completed a draft atlas of the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas in August and is currently taking public comment on the project, according to a release on their website.

Earn a season pass through Hilary Lindh Scholarship
JUNEAU - Applications are being accepted for the 2009 Hilary Lindh Scholarship for school-aged children in Juneau.

Trapping season in Juneau: Take care with pets, be aware
Trapping season is upon us, and dog owners sometimes worry that pets might be caught in traps. This is highly unlikely in the Juneau area, but a few precautions can ensure the safety of even off-leash dogs on backcountry trails.

Woodpeckers supply services to various forest neighbors
When a woodpecker pounds on your metal downspout early in the morning, it is easy to feel uncharitable. And when one hammered a nice round hole in the side of the house, I was less than pleased.

Getting away from it all on Sheep Creek trail
I don't always agree with city officials on Juneau's trail priorities.

On the hook
Gary Hedges holds up a 24-pound salmon caught while fishing from his row boat in Tee Harbor during the 2009 Spring King Salmon derby. He later caught a 34-pound king salmon earning him a fourth place finish in the derby.

Out & About
Today, Nov. 13

Thousands of fossil fuel free miles logged this summer in Sitka
SITKA - People pulled out their bikes, walking shoes, bus passes, and dinghies, or conducted work over the phone and Internet to reduce their use of fossil fuels in Sitka this summer. Over 1,400 miles of no-gas/shared gas travel were tracked by 46 participants in the "Freedom from Fossil Fuel Fridays," or FFFF program, which ran from July through the end of September this year.

Doe closure on Chichagof Island extended to Jan.
JUNEAU - The Federal Subsistence Board has closed doe hunting on federal lands on the Northeast Chichagof Controlled Use Area portion of Unit 4 from Nov. 14 through Jan. 31, 2010. This extends the Sept. 14 through Nov. 13 closure implemented by the Hoonah and Sitka District Rangers.

UAF gets $4.6 million for geothermal research
FAIRBANKS - The U.S. Department of Energy provided a $4.6 million grant to University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers who plan to study the energy-producing potential of a hot springs on the Seward Peninsula.

Fort Wainwright welcomes new Stryker commander
FAIRBANKS - Fort Wainwright has welcomed a new commander for its Stryker Brigade.

Studio settlement reported for fake movie news
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Universal Pictures has agreed to pay $20,000 to the Alaska Press Club to settle complaints about fake news archives used to promote the move "The Fourth Kind."

Popular Fairbanks Thanksgiving dinner canceled
FAIRBANKS - A popular Thanksgiving dinner in Fairbanks has been canceled this year.

Coast Guard rescues two of its own
KODIAK - A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka helicopter crew rescued two stranded Coast Guardsmen on Wednesday night after their 18-foot aluminum skiff was overtaken by waves while trying to get underway from Lincoln Island.

Passing the puck
As the Juneau-Douglas hockey team prepares for its second season in the Mid-Alaska Conference, the Crimson Bears face a period of adjustment as they try to fill the spots of six graduated seniors.

Colony sweeps Bears, JDHS shooting for 4th
Juneau-Douglas ran into a superior Colony team in the first round of the state volleyball tournament on the Thursday, and the Crimson Bears were bested in three games at West Anchorage High School.

Knights advance to semifinals
ANCHORAGE - As Colony prepared for the state volleyball tournament this week, the Knights had absolutely no idea of what to expect from their first-round opponent, the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears.

Photos: Hoops heaven
Halftime: Dzantik'i Heeni's Antonio EdAsas leads the team onto the court after halftime.

Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Obama given a hearty welcome at Elmendorf
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE - President Barack Obama received a rousing welcome at Elmendorf Air Force Base on Thursday. Some 2,000 military troops and their families cheered as he saluted their service to their country and promised them the nation's support.

Parnell vows new focus on deferred maintenance
Gov. Sean Parnell says Alaska needs to maintain what it's got, but has instead been building new stuff while buildings, harbors, roads and ferries deteriorate.

Palin confirms tension with McCain aides
NEW YORK - The rumors are true, according to Sarah Palin: The McCain-Palin campaign was not a happy family.

Masek starts corruption sentence in minimum-security Calif. prison
ANCHORAGE - Former Alaska state Rep. Beverly Masek has started her six-month federal prison sentence for corruption.

Murkowski slams Democrats' health care bill
CHUGIAK - Sen. Lisa Murkowski told a crowd in Chugiak to make themselves heard in Washington if they want to stop the health care legislation.

Ramras touts support for Juneau as capital
Lieutenant governor candidate Jay Ramras made his first campaign trip to Juneau on Thursday, but that follows many trips by the outspoken Fairbanks Republican as a member of the state House of Representatives.

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