Monday, November 17, 2008

Change Juneau's economic course
Right now Juneau has a golden opportunity to change course.

Photo: Clear view
Carie Simons holds on to to her son, Jake Haas, 1, on Sunday as they look out the window at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Skies were clear across Juneau for most of the day. Today's forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a chance of rain and snow in the afternoon.

Stevens falls further behind in vote count
Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich extended his lead over U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens to 1,022 votes Friday after additional ballots were counted by the state Elections Division.

Juneau school enrollment down
Juneau's school district has about 94 more students than it expected this school year, but its total enrollment still dropped by about 100 students from last year.

Photo: Icy hazard
Randy Ford of Randy's Towing straightens the steering wheel on a Ford Ranger pickup that he pulled out of a ditch Sunday near Point Lena Loop Road. One of the three people in the vehicle was transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital. The driver was cited for driving too fast for the conditions. Icy roads kept Juneau Police and tow truck drivers busy throughout the day.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Risk review clears AEL&P on insurance question
A risk management consultant found that Juneau's electric utility could not have insured its transmission lines against damage.

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Photos: Gearing up for Winter
Hundreds of ski enthusiasts lined up as early as 7:30 am to attend the 55th annual Ski Sale, a popular event sponsored by the Juneau Ski Club and Juneau Ski Patrol.

Photo: Sprucing up Governor's Mansion
State Department of Administration workers Brian Parker, left, and Matthew Wilson carry a lodgepole pine tree Friday into the Governor's Mansion.

Photo: Sewing circle
Stephanie Stutler, left, and Tillie Day sew Christmas stockings for the Pioneer Home and Wildflower Court on Saturday at the Tlingit & Haida Community Center.

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Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

My turn: Green revolution begins
In his inspirational speech on election night, President-elect Barack Obama reminded us of critical challenges that confront us: "two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century." Along with the mandate to withdraw combat forces from Iraq and rebuild the economy, the decisive election victory sent a clear message that America expects the new administration and new Congress to lead a green revolution to save our "planet in peril."

My turn: Stevens and Palin should resign
Both Sen. Ted Stevens and Gov. Sarah Palin have been accused of breaking the law, and I think they are guilty of unforgivable actions as public leaders.

Outside editorial: Still ticking
Can the market for derivatives - or "financial weapons of mass destruction," as Warren Buffett memorably described them - be tamed?

Public-school experiment in Washington a test for all of us
So it seems there's this new couple coming to town (the husband just got a job with the government). Now they are scouting schools for their children and people are wondering whether they're going to go public or private.

GOP seeks silver linings amid a strengthening blamestorm
When a politician plays the Adolf Hitler card, you know he's lost the argument.

Alaska editorial: Troopergate reports still worth analysis
The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

Toe Toon
This week's Toe Toon.

Death on Mount Hood
Shivering, weak and injured in a snow cave, on a mountain he and two climbing companions had tried to conquer, Kelly James managed to reach his wife on his cell phone.

Junior nordic programs get ski athletes started early
ANCHORAGE - Now that she's the best cross-country skier in America, a two-time Olympian and winner of a World Cup race, it's easy to imagine Kikkan Randall as a little hellion on skis, anxious to jump off hills and go as fast as she could.

Hunter bags 'three-horned' Dall sheep
FAIRBANKS - Walking up to the trophy Dall sheep ram he shot on Sept. 12, John Keech wasn't as impressed by the massive size of the ram's two full-curl horns, both of which measured more than 40 inches, as he was by a third, smaller horn growing out of the middle of the sheep's nose.

Trail Mix to host auction for Treadwell Ditch Trail
JUNEAU - Trail Mix will host a gala dinner and auction to benefit the Treadwell Ditch Trail at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Centennial Hall.

State, sporting group to give youngsters a chance to hunt
KENAI - For many youngsters, the first lesson in hunting comes from accompanying their father or some other family member into the field in search of wild game, but not all youth are so fortunate. Some children come from families where hunting isn't an annual tradition, and for them, learning about the shooting sports can be as elusive as the animals they hope to one day stalk.

Supporters protest gay marriage ban
ANCHORAGE - Between 50 and 100 people gathered in Anchorage to protest a ban on gay marriage.

Troopers investigate fatal vehicle crash
ANCHORAGE - A 56-year-old woman died Thursday evening in a crash on the Sterling Highway.

Change made in black bear hunts
KETCHIKAN - The Alaska Board of Game passed a rule forbidding hunters from using land vehicles while hunting black bears on Prince of Wales Island.

Sealaska announces check distribution
ANCHORAGE - The board of directors for Sealaska Corp. said shareholders will receive distribution checks in December.

Biologists capture bear near pizzeria
JUNEAU - Another black bear has been captured near a downtown Juneau pizzeria with a name connected to cartoon wildlife.

State releases fire victim's name
ANCHORAGE - The state Fire Marshal's Office identified a man killed in a Nov. 9 apartment fire as 62-year-old Leroy "Lee" Levshakoff.

Winds rip new roof off animal shelter
JUNEAU - Gusting high winds Friday night ripped up a new roof under construction at a Juneau animal shelter.

Ferry schedule changes affect city
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Highway System announced some ferry schedule changes that may affect Juneau passengers in the coming days.

Three people arrested after guitar theft
JUNEAU - Juneau police arrested three people Thursday in connection with a home burglary in which two guitars were stolen.

Deadline nears to file sex abuse claims
FAIRBANKS - The deadline is approaching for Alaska sex abuse victims to file claims against the Fairbanks Catholic Diocese.

Last officer leaves Houston department
WASILLA - The Houston Police Department has been reduced from one to none.

Bears spikers place fifth at state
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team scrapped its way to a fifth-place showing at the 2008 4A Volleyball State Championships in Anchorage over the weekend, thanks to another strong effort from the usual suspects and a few fresh faces.

'The Beast' was unleashed at Roughhouse Friday
Eight tough bouts were fought at Marlintini's Lounge at Roughhouse Friday, with plenty of upsets and knock outs.

JDHS hockey perfect at End of the Road
The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team picked up wins over 3A opponents Tri-Valley and Glennallen Friday and Saturday, respectively, to take the championship at Homer's End of the Road tournament with a 4-0 record and bump their season mark to 5-1.

Three Bears wrestlers place at Skyview Invite
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team split a pair of duals Friday afternoon before placing a pair of wrestlers in the top three slots of their respective divisions Saturday at the Skyview Invitational in Soldotna.

JDHS' Francis qualifies for the Nike Nationals
Juneau-Douglas High School junior cross country runner Leah Francis placed fifth in the open division at the Nike Team Northwest Regionals Saturday in Boise, Idaho, to grab the final individual invitation to Nike Team Nationals in Portland on Dec. 6.

Roughhouse features eight fights
Round two of the Roughhouse Boxing season kicked off Friday night at Marlintini's Lounge with an eight-fight card.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Women lag in Alaska's Legislature
Nationwide, women are being elected to state legislatures more and more frequently, but in this month's election their numbers declined.

Stevens faces Republican party ouster and election uncertainty
WASHINGTON - If Republicans in the U.S. Senate ever secretly hoped for one of their own to lose an election, it might be Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, who's in a cliffhanger of a race to keep his seat with Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich.

Palin keeps tight grip on records
In January 2007, a newly elected Gov. Sarah Palin wrote a letter to her commissioners telling them they were free to speak their minds with her, each other and the public.

Alaska's dropout rate is double U.S. average
ANCHORAGE - Failure can start early.
Some educators say they can see which kids aren't going to make it on the first day of kindergarten. Some children show up knowing how to read, while others come not even knowing what the colors are.

Study looks at alcohol taxes
ANCHORAGE - One way to stop so many people from being killed by diseases linked to alcohol abuse? Higher taxes on alcohol.

Sen. Stevens's testimony damaged his case, jurors say
WASHINGTON - The jurors had spent the better part of two days battling one of their own, Juror No. 9, who had refused to participate in deliberations. Several feared that they were headed for a hung jury, an ignominious end to the month-long corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens, one of the most powerful Republicans in Congress.

Fairbanks cleans up Tanana levee
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks is paying more this year to clean up the Tanana River levee than it has in the previous two decades combined.

State denies Point Thomson ice road request
ANCHORAGE - The state has rejected a request by Exxon Mobil Corp. to build an ice road in a North Slope natural gas field whose lease ownership is in dispute.

Fiddlers festival shows no sign of slowing down
FAIRBANKS - No one has to coax dancers onto the dance floor at the Athabascan Fiddlers Festival.

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Missile work funds state economy
FAIRBANKS - The Boeing Co.'s work on the Ground-based Midcourse Defense missile program is helping fuel the state's economy.

State investigating man who lives among wild bears
ANCHORAGE - Just beyond the freezing waters of the Susitna River 40 miles north of Anchorage, Bear Haven is already cloaked in the white silence of the long Alaska winter.

Photo: Governors gather
Former Alaska governors Bill Sheffield, left, Walter J. Hickel, Frank Murkowski, Tony Knowles, Steve Cowper, and Keith Miller, right, with Gov. Sarah Palin, front left, and territorial Gov. Mike Stepovich, front right, talk Friday as they wait for a ceremony to honor governors as part of the state's 50th anniversary in Anchorage.

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