Wednesday, November 25, 2009

We are all to blame for mine mess
It broke my heart to see the pictures of abandoned Tulsequah Chief mine. No one wants to see that kind of environmental disaster.

Stupak amendment finds middle ground
I write to respond to a recent letter to the editor that was in opposition to the Stupak amendment, which bars the use of public funds for abortions.

Too many children are out of control
I am a regular reader of the newspaper. I'd like to respond to an article that addressed homeless teens. I agree some come from abusive homes. But most are choosing to live on the street because they don't want to follow rules at home. I've spent years in therapy because my children say my expectations were too much for them. I grew up with the rules I set for my children, and they are:

Legislators review Parnell's scholarship proposal
Gov. Sean Parnell's newly proposed "Governor's Performance Scholarship" had its first discussion by the Legislature on Tuesday, receiving both praise and questions about how it would be paid for.

Food donations pour in to Juneau charities
Food donations to local charities have poured in the past few days.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Correction
An A1 story about food donations in Tuesday's Juneau Empire misstated the location of a food drive. The Southeast Alaska Food Bank's food drive on Friday occurred inside the Alaskan & Proud market downtown.

Around Town
Today, Nov. 24

Homeless ask for 'peace talks' with officials
Four homeless Juneau residents and an activist upset at misperceptions about homelessness spoke at the Juneau Assembly meeting Monday night.

Child care center opens downtown
A new child care center that will help meet the needs of legislators with children opened downtown last week.

Snowfall ahead of pace this year, forecasters say
So far this winter, Juneau has had almost double the average snowfall, but that's not necessarily a sign of what's to come this season, according to the National Weather Service.

Juneau moms bake pies for preschool fundraiser
There are a lot of little secrets to making perfect lemon meringue pie.

Assembly backs city waterfront improvements
The Juneau Assembly agreed to spend $50,000 to study a potential parking garage near the proposed subport building at its meeting Monday night.

Photo: Front Street photo
A view of Front Street from the mid-1950s to early '60s. The corner of the 20th Century Supermarket is visible on the left where McDonald's is now located. Percy's Cafe where the Viking Lounge & Pull Tabs is located. Percy's Cafe was where generations of Juneau High School, Douglas High School and Juneau-Douglas High school students hung out. The Gross 20th Century Theater Marquee is seen on the far right. A truck hit the marquee bringing it down in the 1960s.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Staying for the winter
A great blue heron stands on one leg Sunday in the tidal flats of North Douglas Island. Great blue herons winter in Southeast Alaska and can be seen fishing the wetlands and shorelines.

Juneau residents appointed to suicide prevention duties
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed Juneau's Phyllis Carlson to the state's Suicide Prevention Council and re-appointed Bill Martin to the council.

Around Town
Wednesday, Nov. 25

Free garage parking starts Friday
JUNEAU - Holiday shoppers won't have to make hourly deposits in the coin operated parking spots at the downtown Marine Parking Garage starting this Friday.

Native American Heritage Month Karen Taug
Age: 55.

Native American Heritage Month: Rosa Miller
Age: 83.

Photo: Creative game
Donna Saba, visiting from Fruitland, Idaho, plays a game of checkers on a chess board with her daughter, Audrey, 6, on Monday at the Silverbow Inn.

New trustee, Hartig, to join Alaska Permanent Fund board
Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed Larry Hartig to a seat on the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.'s Board of Trustees, helping oversee management of the state's $34 billion savings account.

Donald R. Williams Sr.
Juneau resident Donald R. Williams Sr. died Nov. 19, 2009, after a short battle with cancer.

Roland Glenn Henrichs
Juneau resident Roland Glenn Henrichs died Nov. 7, 2009, at his home, after a lengthy illness. He was 65.

Kevin Michio Asche
Former Juneau resident Kevin Asche died suddenly Oct. 28, 2009, while on vacation in Maui. He was 48.

Theodore John Smith Sr.
Lifelong Juneau resident Theodore John Smith Sr. died Nov. 8, 2009, at his home in Juneau. He was 86.

Lawrence Gregory 'Larry' Howard
Longtime Juneau resident Lawrence Gregory "Larry" Howard died unexpectedly on Nov. 9, 2009, in Juneau. He was 63.

Gay Zaruba
Juneau and former Ketchikan resident Gay Zaruba died Nov. 21, 2009, at home. She was 98.

Grandstanding won't create jobs
The following editorial appeared in the Washington Post:

How Palin might win the presidency
President Sarah Palin. To many pundits and late-night comedians, this sounds like a punch line, and to many die-hard Democrats it sounds like a reason to leave the country.

Biomass can be beneficial to Southeast environment
A recent letter published in the Juneau Empire criticized the U.S. Coast Guard for considering burning biomass to heat its facilities. It questioned whether Alaska wood was "a clean, renewable, carbon-neutral source of energy" and claimed that biomass "adds to the problem, rather than solving it." It's better, the letter argued, to use carbon-free energy sources, such as solar, wind or geothermal, or, in the Coast Guard's case, to use heat pumps to extract energy from the ocean.

Monogamy isn't easy
Right-wing pro-marriage advocates are correct: Monogamy is definitely under siege. But not from uncloseted polyamorists, adolescent "hook-up" advocates, radical feminists, Godless communists or some vast homosexual conspiracy. The culprit is our own biology.

Screaming kids on airplanes: Mayday!
A little late in making those Thanksgiving flight plans? Wondering how you could possibly afford your ticket - that is, without putting a kidney up for sale on craigslist? Good news! You can get a free flight home on Southwest plus a $300 travel voucher. Just do what I plan to - get on a Southwest flight in the next few days, and when it's taking off, shout over and over, "Go, plane, go!" and "I want Daddy! I want Daddy!"

Alaska faces a number of economic challenges in 2010
We live in an environment of slow or no growth. The consumer has cut back, retailers have no pricing power and deflation is finally becoming embedded. Bad financial decisions now will become bigger burdens in the future. Going slow and using caution is your best choice while these events unfold. The recessionary feeling as we grind down will continue until we allow "too big to fail" to fail. Our challenges:

Goldbelt announces shareholder dividend
JUNEAU - The board of directors of Goldbelt, Inc., approved a shareholder dividend amounting to $2.75 per share.

North Pole water contaminated by refinery chemical
NORTH POLE - At least six households near the Flint Hills Resources refinery at North Pole recently learned their drinking water is contaminated by a chemical called sulfolane that's used to make fuel.

Trooper kills man who brandished knife
FAIRBANKS - A state trooper shot and killed a man with a knife outside a Fairbanks area home where a woman was found dead inside.

Woman sentenced to 4 years in death of son
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage woman pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the death of her infant son and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Tompkins' last turn
At 41 years old, most athletes are well past their prime, especially Olympic-level competitors.

Backs to the blue line
The Juneau-Douglas hockey team returned home after a challenging weekend in Homer.

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Charters lose case against one-fish limit
ANCHORAGE - Halibut charter operators lost an attempt Monday to rid themselves of the one-fish-a-day rule, which they say is putting them out of business in Southeast Alaska.

Salazar fires back at the oil industry 'untruths'
WASHINGTON - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar lashed out at the oil and gas industry Tuesday, accusing some industry trade groups of acting like an arm of the Republican Party in criticizing the Obama administration's record on energy production.

Moose hunters complain about plant's rancid meat
FAIRBANKS - After Travis Marsh shot his first moose back in September, a nice 52-inch bull near Delta Junction, he couldn't have been happier. The thought of having a full freezer of tasty, high-protein meat made his mouth water.

Nation's gas prices fall at beginning of busy travel week
Retail gasoline prices headed downward in most places to begin one of the country's busiest travel weeks, with more than 33 million people expected to hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday.

United Fishermen of Alaska address subsistence review
Subsistence was the gorilla, or whale, if you will, in the room at the fall meeting of an organization representing more than 35 commercial fishing organizations throughout Alaska waters.

Court sides with guard in workers' comp dispute
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled that a former prison guard at the Anchorage Jail deserves workers' compensation for being threatened by a convicted killer.

Former Palin aide irked by book's portrayal
ANCHORAGE - The first legislative director for former Gov. Sarah Palin, John Bitney, is unhappy with the way he's portrayed in her book, "Going Rogue."

Governor picks Tammie Wilson to replace Coghill
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell announced Tuesday that former teacher Tammie Wilson will replace John Coghill in District 11 in the Alaska House of Representatives.

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