Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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.

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."

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.

Energy-efficient fish science
Work at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries lab on Lena Point has expanded beyond fish research to include energy conservation.

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

Windmills going up at Coast Guard station
The U.S. Coast Guard plans to install three wind turbines at Station Juneau next year.

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.

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.

At least one Juneau-to-Whitehorse flight nixed
A lack of funding and interest from Whitehorse will keep at least one of the three proposed flights between Juneau and the nearby Canadian city from happening this winter.

'Going Rogue': To read or not to read
Some Alaska legislators are expressing interest in reading "Going Rogue," Sarah Palin's take on the history they experienced with her, but few say they're rushing to do so.

'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.

History of mudslides
Saturday's mudslide was the first in years, though Gastineau Avenue has a history of slides and has long been designated a hazardous area by the city.

Native American Heritage Month Ken Truitt
Age: 44.

Around Town
Today, Nov. 18

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

Native American Heritage Month: Jaeleen Araujo
Age: 36.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Around Town
Today, Nov. 17

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.

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

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

Obama dancing with the dragon
This following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

US jobs conundrum
The following editorial appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

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

Investment worth making
Since becoming governor, I have spoken to many groups about my top priority: positioning Alaska's economy for growth and our children and families for opportunity. As Alaskans, we are blessed with resources in abundance - fish and game, minerals, gas and oil, and water. I'm optimistic about the many prospects we have to safely develop these natural resources, and I'm working hard to pursue every opportunity.

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.

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!"

Gas line issues deserve debate
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of addressing the Juneau Chamber of Commerce on the status of the gas line. I made three essential points:

No God doesn't mean no beliefs
For some people, the violent acts of Nidal Malik Hasan, the sole suspect in the Fort Hood, Texas, shootings, is a mark against every believer.

Anchorage Sheraton workers call for boycott
ANCHORAGE - Union workers at the Sheraton hotel in downtown Anchorage are asking visitors to boycott the place because management imposed a sharp increase on family health coverage.

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.

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.

State seeks experts for a cruise ship wastewater panel
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is recruiting experts in existing and emerging cruise ship wastewater treatment technology to serve on an 11-member science advisory panel.

Power outage occurs in Mendenhall Valley
JUNEAU - Some residents of the Mendenhall Valley went without power Tuesday morning.

Bookseller donates Palin profits to wildlife group
SITKA - Now, this is mavericky. An independent bookseller in Sarah Palin's home state is donating the proceeds he makes off her book to a group that is among the biggest critics of the former Republican vice presidential candidate.

Scientists recommend lower pollock catch
ANCHORAGE - Government scientists have come up with their recommendation for next year's allowable catch of Bering Sea pollock - the nation's largest commercial fishery.

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.

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.

Bursell, Rivera PR in half-ironman
Last Saturday in Clearwater, Fla., two Juneauites represented their city at the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3.

Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

2009 Juneau-Douglas Cross Country Awards (girls and boys):
MVP - Leah Francis and Sage Thibodeau; Rookie of the Year - Lily Burger-Pothier and Tal Norvel; Outstanding JV - Alison DeLabruere and Ian Andrews; Most Inspirational - Annika Ord and Andre Bunton; Most Improved - Sarah Donohoe and Robin Woodby; Lyndon Ellefson Spirit Award - Zach Bursell, Jesse Miller, Leah Francis and Melissa Skan.

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.

Alaskans eager for Sarah Palin book release
ANCHORAGE - Fans in Sarah Palin's home state turned out as early as possible Tuesday to snap up copies of her highly anticipated memoir.

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.

Ex-Alaska National Guardsman from Fairbanks honored for service
FAIRBANKS - Sam Pierce isn't surprised his son, Jeremy Pierce, is handling adversity well.

Ex-lawmaker wants conviction dismissed
ANCHORAGE - A lawyer for a former state lawmaker argued Tuesday that his client's corruption conviction should be thrown out because the same federal prosecutors in former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' case withheld evidence in his trial.

Sarah Palin coy about 2012 run, but door is open
NEW YORK - Sarah Palin said in an interview broadcast Tuesday that a 2012 presidential bid is "not on my radar," but wouldn't rule out playing some role in the next presidential election.

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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