Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Freedom not the only thing that isn't free
Veterans Day has come and gone. We were amply reminded throughout the day by numerous individuals and organizations that "freedom is not free."

Banghart will help advance museum
I would like to extend my congratulations to Bob Banghart on his appointment as the new chief curator of the Alaska State Museum.

Children are owners of own PFD checks
I applied for the 2008 Alaska Permanent Fund dividend check for my minor child in March. When the check was mailed to me, I endorsed it for my child, just as I had in all the years prior.

City reopens Gastineau Avenue
Downtown residents displaced by Saturday's mudslides were allowed back into their homes Sunday morning.

School discipline data show guys got in trouble three times as often as girls
Are Juneau's girls better behaved than its boys?

Roofless Retirement
Mary Gunderson and Dorothy "Dottie" Norden live in low-income housing for seniors. Brian Richardson lives in a beached, tarp-draped, plywood-roofed boat near Thane. All three are senior citizens living mostly off Social Security income, and all three call themselves "lucky."

Bad behavior broken down
Pushing, profanity, name-calling and cheating: The Juneau School District has a new tool to measure these types of behaviors and the disciplinary and intervention measures undertaken to curb them.

Native American Heritage Month Eunic Akagi
Age: 89.

Food donations roll in, but need is up in Juneau
Donations for charity food boxes this holiday season on pace with last year, however, local nonprofit organizations are seeing a 15 to 20 percent increase in requests for food, United Way of Southeast Alaska executive director Brenda Hewitt said.

Around Town
Today, Nov. 16

'Going Rogue' copies reach booksellers in Juneau in 11th hour
Today is the official release date for former Gov. Sarah Palin's anticipated memoir, "Going Rogue," but some local booksellers weren't sure until the 11th hour if it would be available on time.

Native American Heritage Month Ken Truitt
Age: 44.

Photo: Slick transportation
Kwame Diehl pulls his 13-month-old daughter, Piper, along Glacier Highway on Monday in the Jordan Creek area.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Around Town
Today, Nov. 17

Anne Lois (Pusich) Lafavour
Lifelong Juneau resident Anne Lois (Pusich) Lafavour died Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, in Peoria, Ariz. She was 71.

Cecil Wallace 'Wally' Greer Jr.
Former Juneau resident Cecil Wallace "Wally" Greer Jr., of Boardman, Ore., died Nov. 12, 2009, at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. He was 67.

Archie James Cavanaugh, Sr.
Lifelong Kake resident Archie James Cavanaugh Sr. died peacefully on Nov. 11, 2009, at the Bartlett Regional Hospital. He was 81.

Outside editorial: Terror on the docket
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

MyTurn: New Juneau dock may present a health risk
This column concerns a Nov. 11 My Turn by Jim Preston, chairman, Juneau Docks & Harbors Board, titled "Reconfiguring downtown docks."

Legal aid for the poor
The following editorial appeared in the Washington Post:

Alaska-based soldiers react to Obama's visit
Alaska Star contributor Nina Peacock joined dozens of reporters and writers from across Alaska Thursday inside Hanger 1 at Elmendorf Air Force Base to observe President Barack Obama's arrival in Alaska. Obama was on his way to Japan, and Air Force One stopped in Alaska, as it has done with presidents before, to refuel on base. This was Obama's first time in Alaska, although he has said it will not count as a true visit until he is able to see more of the state.

Adding ballast to the U.S.-Russia relationship
As any old salt knows, too much sail and not enough ballast can lead to big trouble in bad weather. The U.S.-Russia relationship, in this sense, is much like a ship without enough draft to steer its way through political storms. The lack of shared interests between our two countries too often means that, like a top-heavy ship, we have been thrown off course by every ill wind that blows our way. Increasing the stakes we have in each other's economic prosperity would add ballast, giving us the ability to steer a straighter course through squalls and storms.

Hasan's worst criminal act
Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who reportedly shouted "Allahu Akbar" (Arabic for "God is great") before shooting his fellow service members at Fort Hood, Texas, woke up in his hospital bed with the presence of mind to suspend his personal jihad long enough to get lawyered up. No fool he.

No one should buy these sales tactics
In the supermarket last week, I reached for a bottle of mustard but put it down after spotting a second bottle from the same manufacturer whose label boasted "14 percent more!"

Caribou killing trial moved to February
Assistant Attorney General Andrew Peterson last week filed a motion to delay the trial until February because of a medical matter. At a hearing this week, a judge granted the request.

Man convicted of robbing own mother
The Anchorage district attorney said Friday that Cheng Saelee (SAY'-lee) was also convicted of illegally contacting his mother from jail and trying to get her to drop the charges.

Anchorage apartment fire displaces 25
ANCHORAGE - Twenty-five people were displaced by a fire at an apartment building in the Mountain View area of Anchorage.

Mat-Su hospital bans children visitors
ANCHORAGE - To help prevent the spread of swine flu, the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center said no one under age 12 may visit patients this flu season.

Fairbanks woman faces assault charge
According to a criminal complaint filed in Fairbanks District Court, 49-year-old Virginia McCotter called police Thursday to report the shooting and her 54-year-old husband confirmed it when officers arrived.

Visitor center in Portage opens
ANCHORAGE - After two years of being closed, the visitor center in Portage has reopened.

Fairbanks air as bad as L.A., feds say
The federal government has officially designated Fairbanks a nonattainment area for PM 2.5, the government name for fine particle pollution.

Judge sentences Rogers to 309 years
ANCHORAGE - A Palmer man has been sentenced to 309 years in prison for a December 2007 shooting rampage that killed a university student and wounded two other people.

Slush wall protects Norton Sound villages
ANCHORAGE - Accumulated slush that formed a barrier on beaches protected Norton Sound villages from storm waves.

Palin, Winfrey talk about new book
CHICAGO - Sarah Palin sat down with Oprah Winfrey, discussing the controversy surrounding the former Alaska governor's possible appearance on the show last year and touching on whether Palin plans to run for president in 2012.

Sahara Restaurant fire ruled arson
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police said the fire that damaged a Midtown restaurant this month was intentionally set.

New dasher boards for Nanooks
The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly approved a $1 million state grant to pay for a new dasher board system at the 19-year-old Carlson Center. It will be installed next summer.

Basketball uniforms stolen from Healy
Principal Robyn Taylor says the theft occurred between the end of last school year and this week.

State releases salmon summary
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released its preliminary estimates for this year's commercial salmon harvest and its value.

North Pole wells tested for chemicals
North Pole Mayor Doug Isaacson said the situation is not a public health emergency.

Soldotna welcomes fisheries meetings
SOLDOTNA - The Soldotna City Council adopted a resolution authorizing Mayor Peter Micciche to sign a joint resolution between Kenai, Soldotna and the Kenai Peninsula Borough that asks the Board of Fisheries to reconsider holding meetings in the area.

Raise the Roofer
A heavyweight champion was defeated and boxers released aggression by fighting it out in Friday the 13th Roughhouse Boxing action at Marlintini's Lounge.

Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Obama considers former Palin aide for pipeline job
A former aide to Gov. Sarah Palin is being considered for a position in the Obama administration, likely as the federal pipeline coordinator position vacated Monday by former Alaska legislator Drue Pearce.

Salmon served with a warning on future
ANCHORAGE - Seattle diners who order the salmon will get their meal with a message next week.

Alaska Troopers say shooting was 'unavoidable'
ANCHORAGE - The fatal shooting of a 58-year-old woman after she leveled a shotgun at troopers was "completely unavoidable," said Alaska State Trooper director Col. Audie Holloway.

New lawmaker boosts Democratic caucus
In contrast to his father, Alaska's newest state legislator will caucus with the minority Democrats in the House of Representatives.

Rebate programs stimulate economy
ANCHORAGE - A statewide weatherization program with the potential of reducing energy costs in thousands of Alaskan residences will improve some 1,740 homes in 2009 alone, and Alaska Housing Finance Corp. expects to more than quadruple that number by 2011. The goal is to weatherize 4,000 homes in 2010 and 7,500 homes in 2011, said Bryan Butcher, public affairs director for the state agency, whose mission is to provide Alaskans with quality affordable housing.

Upgrade to pipeline ongoing
FAIRBANKS - The upgrade to the trans-Alaska oil pipeline is continuing with the reconfiguration expected to take a few more years to complete.

Book review: Palin's new memoir a mostly tame affair
There should be a feeling of palpable glee running through Sarah Palin's memoir: Now, finally, she gets to talk, unfiltered and unedited.

Alaska fights to reverse federal polar bear listing
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell says he has the best interest of polar bears at heart, but he doesn't intend to let the federal government's expanded protection for bears get in the way of the state's continued prosperity.

Parnell reappoints Peterson to Safety Advisory Council
Gov. Sean Parnell has re-appointed Robert Peterson of Juneau to the Alaska Safety Advisory Council.

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