Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Parking garage is nonsense
On the one hand, Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho and others are petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency to take immediate action to curb greenhouse gases.

Politicians running campaigns should resign from posts
I don't know what other Alaskans think, but I think there ought to be a law which requires elected officials to resign from their current job if they are campaigning, more or less, full time for another job. Why should the government pay their salaries and other expenses when they aren't working their job at all? In many cases, the current job seems to be just a salaried placeholder, while traveling and interviewing for "something better."

Commission proposes cuts for Southeast halibut catch
For the third year in a row, Southeast Alaska fishermen are faced with a cut in the halibut catch limit.

Juneau residents sign their support for McPhetres Hall
Spending an afternoon defacing a church won't win you many fans in this life or the next, but Sunday was an exception.

Alaska Permanent Fund trustees hear reports, expert analysis
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. Board of Trustees meets in Anchorage today, a day after the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 680 points, or 7.7 percent, and after a year in which the state's oil-fueled savings account lost more than $10 billion.

Photo: Holiday lights brighten intersection
Car lights blur in a time exposure as the Auke Bay Volunteer Fire Association turns on the new holiday lights on "the tree at the triangle" Sunday at the intersection of Glacier Highway and the Back Loop Road. Alaska Electric Light & Power and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers helped hang the lights.

Around Town
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Police: Still no arrests in growing number of graffiti incidents
The whole community bears the cost of graffiti, but so far none of the vandals responsible have been held accountable, members of the Juneau Police Department told the Assembly on Monday.

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

Photo: Recognizing World AIDS Day
Roberta and Pat Spartz, left, and Alex Westbrown and Toni Lucky, right, hold candles Monday as they listen to the names of those who have died of AIDS in Alaska read out loud at the Baranoff Hotel during a World AIDS Day event.

Photo: Lights at big heights
Joe Meek, owner of Juneau Electric, strings Christmas lights Monday on a tree in front of the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The project is sponsored by the Juneau Rotary Club. Meek says he hung about 20 strands of lights.

Around Town
Today

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

Correction
In a story in Friday's Juneau Empire, the name of the president of the Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau was misspelled. Lorene Palmer is the group's president.

David James Fadaoff
Former Juneau resident David James Fadaoff died Nov. 27, 2008, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 49.

Robert Andrew Wells
Former Juneau resident Robert Andrew Wells died Nov. 14, 2008. He was 85.

Rosalee Taylor Walker
Former longtime Juneau resident Rosalee Taylor Walker died Nov. 27, 2008, in Baltimore, Md.

Dorothy Thornton
Lifelong Juneau resident Dorothy "Duffy" Elizabeth (Stevens) Thornton died Nov. 23, 2008, in Juneau, after a battle with Parkinson's disease. She was 82. Her nephew Robin Dunlap cared for her.

Stressed parents cry out for help
ALEONARD PITTS JR.t one level, it sounds like a very bad joke. In September, a safe haven law took effect in the state of Nebraska allowing parents to leave their children at hospitals without fear of prosecution. This, as a means of saving the lives of unwanted newborns who would otherwise be left in garbage heaps and motel rooms or simply murdered outright. Nebraska was the last state in the union to pass such a law, and unlike the other 49 states, it did not limit the ages of children that could be legally abandoned.

Outside editorial: Drawing a new road map in Iraq
The following editorial appeared in the Washington Post:

Should U.S. bail out automakers?
America's Big Three automakers - General Motors, Ford and Chrysler - are at the brink and asking for government money to avert bankruptcy or a fire-sale takeover by whoever is courageous enough to buy the wrecks.

Outside editorial: A Fannie-Freddie fix
It looks like Lawrence Summers will be the economic ideas man inside the Obama White House.

Big Three don't deserve a rescue
With the Big Three facing serious financial troubles and GM on the verge of bankruptcy, the American taxpayers, via Congress, are being asked for a bailout. Instead, maybe it's time that GM faces reorganization through bankruptcy court, just like the thousands of other failing businesses that seek protection through Chapter 11.

An American challenge: Stop pigging out
Sure, there probably was some giving of thanks, but that's not what anyone remembers. What we remember is the ugly, vicious, annual Thanksgiving eating contests between me and my cousins. The kind that taught me, and perhaps now the scientific community, that if you consume enough calories, you will actually black out just like you're drunk. Drunk on pie.

Former Harbormaster Lou McCall dies
JUNEAU - Former Juneau Harbormaster Lou McCall died Nov. 20 after a long fight with cancer.

Distress call leads to long distance rescue
ANCHORAGE - A hiker in the Brooks Range was rescued after making a long distance distress call with his GPS unit.

Fairbanks man helps catch car thief
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police say a 75-year-old man helped catch a man who stole his friend's car.

State launches new AMHS Web site
JUNEAU - The state has launched a revamped Web site for the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Church dispute ends up in court
FAIRBANKS - A dispute at a Baptist church in Fairbanks between the pastor, church leaders and members of the congregation has ended up in court.

Hearing on Stevens witness postponed
WASHINGTON - A federal judge postponed a hearing scheduled for Monday into allegations by a witness that he received extensive help from prosecutors before he testified in the corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens. The witness also alleged that he lied on the stand about an immunity deal with prosecutors.

Native communities take on government
ANCHORAGE - Several Alaska Native communities are suing the federal government over housing funds awarded, then rescinded.

Snow forcing drivers off Anchorage roads
ANCHORAGE - More than a hundred vehicles slid off the road on Sunday in Anchorage, police said. The weekend storm placed nearly one foot of snow at the highest elevations.

Chicks trip Geezers
Youth triumphed over experience Saturday night during the annual Chicks versus Geezers hockey match at Juneau's Treadwell Arena. The Chicks relied on speed, stamina and a deep bench on their way to an easy 7-2 victory. The Chicks now lead the series against the Geezers 4-1.

Palin stumps for senator in Georgia runoff
Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss enlisted Sarah Palin to rally conservatives while Democratic challenger Jim Martin pushed to activate black voters, as they grappled for advantage in a Tuesday runoff that will shape Democrats' hold on power in Washington.

Dems pan Palin for partisan travel
The head of the Alaska Democratic Party charged Gov. Palin on Monday with spending too much time on the road engaged in partisan politics and not enough time taking care of business at home.

Alaska ponders life after Stevens
What happens to Alaska's notorious dependence on federal spending now that Ted Stevens' 40-year Senate career has come to an end?

Begich delays his formal resignation as Anchorage mayor
Before Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich becomes U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, he has some unfinished business.

Survey: Job options top reason for rural flight
The energy crisis in rural Alaska partly explains why people are leaving villages for larger communities, but it's not among the top three reasons, according to the preliminary results of a new survey conducted by First Alaskans Institute.

Wooten enters child custody dispute
Michael Wooten, the Alaska State Trooper at the center of the Troopergate scandal over whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power, is now embroiled in a power struggle of his own - a custody dispute with an ex-wife.

Interior artists depict Alaska experiences
In a culture seemingly obsessed with TV, Tivo and video games, it can be refreshing to note there are some people and some organizations that overlook such obsessions and strive to promote artistic expression.

Photo: Catching a cold wave
A troller passes a group of surfers waiting for waves Saturday at Sandy Beach in Sitka. Now is the season for surfing in Southeast Alaska when winter storms kick up the surf.

Alaska firefighters pay tribute to battalion chief
FAIRBANKS - Firefighters from across Alaska have paid tribute to Battalion Chief Phil Rounds who died earlier this month after a 10-year battle with throat and lung cancer.

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Bear cub receives some help from workers at Peak Oilfield Service
KENAI - While most people haven't seen many bears since the snow started to fly, Peak Oilfield Service Co. workers in Beluga were seeing too much of one little bruin earlier this month, so they decided to call for help.

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