Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Clarifying Alaskan Brewing clothing
In early October, we were contacted by Madison Nolan about her upcoming article concerning school dress codes in Juneau. She asked for our support in making a change to the current school dress code, as some of our newer merchandise did not reference alcohol products.

We must distinguish science from rhetoric
According to one definition in the dictionary, science is the "possession of knowledge as distinguished from ignorance or misunderstanding."

Alaska's first lady thanks Juneau
What a treat it was to arrive this week with our first load of moving boxes and open the front door to the Governor's Mansion. A holiday wonderland greeted us. Some wonderful Juneau-Douglas residents have transformed the already beautiful home into a festive delight.

Assembly takes step toward N. Douglas extension
The Juneau Assembly and Goldbelt Inc. took a first step toward reviving a partnership to develop West Douglas and access to it at a special meeting Tuesday night.

Around Town
Today, Dec. 1

One teen escapee caught, second still on lam
One of the two teenagers that escaped from the Johnson Youth Center by scaling a fence and fleeing the area on Friday was caught Tuesday.

Group to map Internet availability
The Denali Commission will spend nearly $2 million over the next five years figuring out who in Alaska can stream YouTube videos.

Losses continue at Alaska Pacific Bank
Alaska Pacific Bank lost enough money in the third quarter of 2009 to more than offset small profits in earlier quarters.

Out-of-state fishermen expected to receive $70 million refund
Out-of-state fishermen will be refunded nearly $70 million in state money for commercial fishing license fees the Alaska Supreme Court says were unconstitutionally high.

Authorities look for two missing teens
Law enforcement officials are searching for two teenage boys that escaped Friday evening from the Johnson Youth Center.

Assembly reviews priorities, goals for next year
Juneau is likely to see ongoing budgetary woes, possible transportation infrastructure improvements, waste management and recycling in 2010.

Commemorative statehood bench unveiled at airport
The smell of freshly cut cedar wafted through Juneau International Airport on Monday night as a bench commemorating Alaska's 50th year of statehood was unveiled.

Photos: In remembrance
Connor Swanson looks into the flame of his candle after its lighting it in honor of his mom's best friend, Doyle Wilkenson, who died from HIV/AIDS. In honor of its Paint The Town Red campaign and in acknowledgement of World AIDS Day, the Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association a candle-lighting ceremony in a banquet room at the Baranof Hotel.

Photo: Business vacation
Gen Armstrong carries extra gear Monday as she walks toward the Juneau International Airport terminal en route to a diabetes conference on behalf of her employer, Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. "I'm heading to Anchorage for business," Armstrong said. "I'll have a day where these (skis) will be essential for the trip."

Photo: Laying the framework
Jake Glasgow and Anthony Zurfluch, of Soldotna's Doors & Windows, attach framing for windows Tuesday on the new construction project at the Juneau International Airport's rental car and passenger pick up area.

Photo: Healthy hands
In hopes of attracting more use of a Purell hand sanitizer, students at the University ofAlaska Southeast decorated the dispenser Tuesday to be more personable.

Photo: Successful hunt
Mike Heard, left, helps Nick Mow off-load a deer Monday at the Don Statter Boat Harbor after returning from a hunting trip in Barlow Cove over the weekend. Mow, one of five local hunters, got a buck and a doe.

Photo: Fresh-caught
Chuck Drummond, a crew member aboard the Avery-Bay, shows off the large shrimp they were selling Monday at the Don Statter Boat Harbor. A frozen two-pound box costs $25. Drummond says they will sell out in the next week.

Police & Fire
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Around Town
Wednesday, Dec. 2

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Ferminia (Jean) Siangco Gomez
Juneau resident Ferminia (Jean) Siangco Gomez, formerly of Molokai, Hawaii, died Nov. 28, 2009, in Juneau. She was 86.

Alberto Aquino
Juneau resident Alberto Aquino died Nov. 26, 2009, in Hawaii. He was 78.

Janice Hill
Former Juneau resident Janice Micnhimer Reed Hill, of Cuba City, Wis., died Nov. 28, 2009, at The Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. She was 68.

Marc Livingston
Former Port Alexander and Juneau resident Marc Livingston, of Bellingham, Wash., died Nov. 28, 2009, after a brief illness. He was 63.

Scientists to blame
The following editorial appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

Drowning in debt
The following editorial appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Use plastic with caution
The following editorial appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

The power of pardons
In the wake of the massacre of four Tacoma, Wash., area police officers, there's been talk about the fallout for Republican Mike Huckabee. While governor of Arkansas, Huckabee commuted the prison sentence of the main suspect, Maurice Clemmons, with the result that Clemmons got out of prison in 2000, after about 11 years. Huckabee has faced criticism of his use of the pardon power; now, he'll face more.

Biomass plan a step backwards
Recent articles and opinions in the Juneau Empire have alternately praised the promises and exposed the flawed logic of establishing a biomass industry on the Tongass National Forest. My perspective has been gained as a rural resident of the Tongass, a commercial fisherman, and subsistence deer hunter. There is a whole realm of this biomass discussion that deserves further scrutiny.

5 myths about shopping
Every year, TV coverage of the holiday shopping kickoff takes on the sort of breathless urgency typically reserved for hurricanes or car chases. We're told that fate of the republic hinges on the contents of our shopping bags. Historically, we've obliged by overstuffing them: Bankruptcy filings tend to surge early each year as consumers struggle to pay their post-Christmas credit card bills.

Palin's mass appeal feeds off contempt
It's week three of Sarah Palin's "Going Rogue" book tour, and although she has been met with rapture from her fans, she has received a wave of hostility from the mainstream media. David Letterman devoted four minutes of his monologue on publication day to mocking her. New York Times columnist David Brooks called her a joke, and Newsweek referenced "The Sound of Music," asking on its cover "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sarah?" Even domestic diva Martha Stewart weighed in, calling her "boring" and "dangerous." Palin is a media punching bag.

Correct past wrongs in Arctic development
Environmental groups had high hopes for the Obama administration. They had spent eight years fighting off relentless efforts by the previous administration to eviscerate laws and regulations aimed at protecting our natural heritage and opening nearly all public resources to private exploitation.

Gay rights group asks UA to update policy
FAIRBANKS - A student gay rights group is asking the University of Alaska to add sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination policy.

Pelican man surrenders after standoff
JUNEAU - A suicidal 49-year-old Pelican man did not harm himself Monday after a Village Public Safety Officer convinced the man to surrender during a standoff Monday, according to the Alaska State Troopers.

University regents to vote on budget
ANCHORAGE - The University of Alaska Regents are gathering in Anchorage to discuss the budget and take a vote.

Car lands in railroad yard in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - A car went through a guard rail on the Johansen Expressway and landed about 40 feet below in the railroad yard.

Santa to host kids event at Home Depot
JUNEAU - Santa Claus will make a special appearance at Home Depot Saturday morning.

Health officials lift vaccine restrictions
ANCHORAGE - The state is lifting restrictions on who can get a swine flu shot.

UAF awarded $4.6M for geothermal study
FAIRBANKS - A $4.6 million grant will help University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers study geothermal exploration techniques.

Burglar strikes as victims enjoy holiday
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers are investigating a rash of burglaries in Delta Junction that occurred while residents were enjoying their Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Ketchikan shipyard delivers vessel
ANCHORAGE - The shipyard in Ketchikan celebrated the delivery of the first steel marine vessel manufactured in Alaska for export in the international shipping market.

District seeks public comments in search for JDHS principal
JUNEAU - The Juneau School District is seeking public comment during its process of recruiting a permanent principal for Juneau-Douglas High School.

Woman accused of intentionally hitting pedestrian
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage woman accused of intentionally hitting a pedestrian with a stolen vehicle has been arrested and jailed.

Ketchikan tourism feels effect of economy
KETCHIKAN - Ketchikan tourism officials say the nation's economic woes apparently had an effect on the local visitors industry.

Blasco back in Falcon blue
With the high school basketball season approaching, Thunder Mountain boys' basketball head coach John Blasco will be donning some unfamiliar colors.

Nizich's got next
Thunder Mountain's new girls' basketball coach hardly needs a lengthy introduction around these parts.

Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Iditarod champion among four added to Alaska Hall of Fame
ANCHORAGE - Lance Mackey, the three-time defending Iditarod champion and winner of all four of his Yukon Quest races, is one of four athletes who have been added to the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.

NOAA proposes critical habitat for belugas
ANCHORAGE - Nearly 2 million acres of water off Alaska's largest and busiest city were proposed Tuesday as critical habitat for beluga whales, raising concerns that the effort to save the whales will scuttle development.

Crews prepare to clean pipeline oil spill
ANCHORAGE - Crews and equipment were being positioned Monday to begin cleaning up a spill on Alaska's North Slope that fouled an area of snow-covered tundra estimated to be about a quarter-acre in size.

Tempe residents wait in 'Alaska temps' to see Palin
TEMPE, Ariz. - Hundreds of Sarah Palin fans flocked to a Costco store in Tempe on Tuesday to meet the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate and to have her sign their copies of "Going Rogue."

Village mushers worry dogs may face starvation
FAIRBANKS - Another poor chum salmon catch this year is making it hard for mushers in Fort Yukon to feed their sled dogs.

UA Regents promote Fairbanks science building
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Board of Regents has approved a capital budget request with a single new construction item: a science facility at the Fairbanks campus.

Jamaican to train for Iditarod with champ Mackey
ANCHORAGE - Jamaican dog musher Newton Marshall arrived in Alaska on Sunday to begin a kind of three-month Iditarod boot camp with reigning champ Lance Mackey.

Teen arrested for having pipe bombs, improvised grenade
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with two pipe bombs and an improvised grenade allegedly found in his backpack at his home.

Alaska trade group head charged with sexual assault
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage trade association president who supports a proposed "safety hour" for downtown bars has been charged with sexual assault following allegations he fondled four women at his own bar.

Former stripper appeals Alaska killing conviction
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Court of Appeals will hear arguments Thursday that Mechele Linehan was wrongly convicted of a murder conspiracy because the judge allowed evidence about her career as a stripper.

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