Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Poop problem prevalent on Airport Dike Trail
My partner and I frequently walk the Airport Dike Trail and appreciate its location conveniently close to home, and the beautiful, wide open vistas. The people are friendly and the views are soothing to the soul. This easy and accessible 4-mile hike is a real treasure of the town.

Wrist bands should wipe out write-ins
I lived and voted in Juneau from 1977 to 1994, and during that time you were not allowed any campaign paraphernalia, even bumper stickers on your car if you parked within 200 feet of a polling place.

Turkeys won't be thankful on Thursday
While President Barack Obama is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance. It shows our compassion for an innocent animal and our concern for our family's health. It's a most fitting way to give thanks for our own life, health, and happiness.

Photo: Holiday prep
Margaret Tharp was just looking for a little sunlight to work in as she arranged boxes with evergreen cuttings for the holidays in Auke Bay on Monday.

Hoonah police department close to full strength
The Hoonah Police Department will soon be at full force for the first time since the Aug. 28 fatal shootings of HPD Sgt. Anthony Wallace and Officer Matthew Tokuoka.

City abandons attempts to get waste permit
The City and Borough of Juneau's quest in managing the city waste stream has changed and is now focused on recycling and incineration.

Winter arrives in Juneau
A dusting of snow has covered Juneau, and caught some drivers off guard Tuesday.

Police and fire
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Food charities say demand is up
The spirit of charity always tends to come out around the holidays, but can it be enough to keep up with demand?

Mystery donor bestows new cultural objects to Sealaska
Folks at the Sealaska Heritage Institute may not know the person's name, but are grateful for his or her philanthropic spirit.

Efforts to stop Bart Lake leaks fail
At attempt by Alaska Electric Light & Power to stop leaks at its Bart Lake Dam has failed, but now the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the utility say they can live with some seepage from the lake.

Hoonah resident sentenced to 40 years in prison
Editor's note: The following story contains a description of an alleged crime of a sexual nature. Readers are encouraged to use their own discretion when reading.

Photos: Warming up the first freeze
Joe Ross skates with his daughter, Maggie, near Skater's Cabin on the west side of Mendenhall Lake on Monday. The ice was measured at about 5 inches thick near Skater's Cabin on Sunday. The ice is much thinner on the eastern half of the lake.

Correction
An obituary on page A2 of Friday's Empire contained an error. There is no memorial fund for Warren L. Huppi.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Photo: Pie sale to help preschoolers
Wynette Hanna and her daughter, Isabella, 7, set out pies for the Juneau Co-op Preschool's Annual Thanksgiving Pie Sale on Tuesday at Alaskan & Proud. The sale will continue today from 3 to 6 p.m.

18 Juneau residents still owed tax refunds
The Internal Revenue Service is seeking to return $164.6 million undelivered refund checks to 111,893 taxpayers around the country, according to a news release. David Tucker, an IRS spokesman, said 18 of those taxpayers are in Juneau. He said the amounts owed to these people total at $8,987, with the average amount owed being $500.

Reeves C. Havens Jr.
Rev. Reeves C. Havens Jr., age 94, of Fairview, Tenn., a retired minister of the United Methodist Church, died Nov. 9, 2010 in Franklin, Tenn.

Fredrick George Gallant II
Fredrick George Gallant II died Nov. 18, 2010 in Sitka. He was born April 15, 1969 in Juneau. A full obituary will follow at a later date.

Election results should always reflect Alaska voters' intent
The following editorial first appeared in the Peninsula Clarion:

My Turn: Take the challenge to ensure all in Juneau have enough to eat
One of the truly inspiring aspects of living in Juneau is that, as a community, we take care of each other. We pitch in on home projects, we help out our neighbors and we make a lot of food for each other - we drop off dinner for new moms and dads, we bring a pot of soup by for someone who is ill or we simply get together to eat and celebrate. But as we drool over our turkeys and pies and gather for the holidays this year, lets challenge ourselves to take that spirit of caring a step further and make sure that everyone in Juneau has enough food to eat, especially during the holidays.

Freed activist embodies global fight for rights
Who, except her military jailers, was not moved when the Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi emerged from seven years of house arrest last weekend?

Once on the fringe, critics of the Federal Reserve are now mainstream
If he didn't know it already, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is learning that no good deed goes unpunished. Bernanke's measured move to bolster the American economy by purchasing an additional $600 billion in U.S. Treasury bonds - an attempt to pump liquidity into the economy - is triggering a backlash from the right.

Outside editorial: GM's second and last lease on life
The following editorial appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

My turn: Alaska can do more to help those on Medicare
Alaskans on Medicare deserve some help. A recent survey by the University of Alaska confirms what many seniors know from experience. If you're older than 65, and rely on Medicare, most general practice, or "primary care" physicians won't see you. It's a problem that is most acute in Anchorage, but is starting to spread across the state. It's a problem we should fix.

Head of Alaska state ferries announces retirement
SITKA - The head of Alaska's ferry system is retiring.

Icy roads in Seattle delay Alaska Airlines crews
SEATTLE - Alaska Airlines says treacherous road conditions Monday morning are preventing many employees from getting to work at Sea-Tac Airport, affecting a number of flights.

Alaska housing complex fire forces evacuation
FAIRBANKS - A fire at an Alaska housing complex forced an evacuation during one of the worst ice storms in Fairbanks history.

Planned Parenthood sues over notification law
ANCHORAGE - Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is trying to block a new state law requiring that parents of teenage girls seeking abortions be notified.

Jury awards paralyzed Kwethluk man $23M
BETHEL - A Bethel jury has awarded more than $23 million to a Kwethluk man who was paralyzed when he was arrested by two village police officers.

Fairbanks considers harsher DUI penalties
FAIRBANKS - Drivers convicted of driving while drunk in Fairbanks may see harsher penalties in the future. The Fairbanks City Council at its meeting Monday will consider stiffening penalties.

Marijuana discovered at Anchorage house fire
ANCHORAGE - Firefighters putting out a chimney fire in Anchorage discovered several marijuana plants, which were seized by police.

College watch
• Former SE Conf. preps playing college basketball

Miller files state court challenge
Losing candidate Joe Miller has filed a lawsuit in state court, trying to block enough votes for Lisa Murkowski to swing the election to him.

Icy roads continue to reek havoc across the state
ANCHORAGE - An ice storm and super-slick roads in much of Alaska made for treacherous travel conditions Tuesday, just a couple of days before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Halibut charter restrictions start in Feb.
ANCHORAGE - New federal rules that take effect in February to protect the halibut fishery in Alaska are expected to cut about a third of the halibut sport charters in Homer, Seward and Valdez, the Anchorage Daily News reported Monday.

Ex-aide to Rep. Young gets 12 weekends in jail
WASHINGTON - A former congressional staffer who golfed in Scotland at lobbyist Jack Abramoff's expense was ordered Monday to spend 12 weekends in jail, avoiding a lengthy prison sentence after helping investigators pursue two congressman in the influence-peddling scandal.

Alaska official: Miller election claims baseless
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's lieutenant governor on Tuesday discounted allegations by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller that elections officials unlawfully interpreted voter intent on write-in ballots.

Ice storm stretches from Anchorage to Barrow
FAIRBANKS - Meteorologists described Monday's widespread rainfall as an "epoch winter rain event" and it's not over yet.

Palin publisher says Gawker lawsuit is settled
NEW YORK - Sarah Palin's publisher said Tuesday that it has settled its lawsuit against Gawker Media.

Panel discusses social media's role for fisheries
Social media is becoming part of communications for more industries every day, and seafood is no exception. The Marine Conservation Alliance brought together a group of representatives familiar with such social sites in their own industries to address the public on their different perspectives in a panel called "The Media is the Message" during last week's Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle.

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