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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

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.

Rosalee Walker: An activist to the end
Most people would take it easy after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure and hospitalized with pneumonia, but Rosalee Walker wasn't the type.

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.

Legislators propose price gouging law
Some Alaska legislators say the state's high gas prices should be a crime, and they're proposing the state adopt a price-gouging law to make such prices illegal.

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.

Juneau parents upset about student hazing
Some Juneau students came back from a high school wrestling meet in Petersburg a few weeks ago with injuries not common to their sport.

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: December sunrise
Bill League takes his dog, Kito, for a sunrise walk Tuesday along the Mayflower Island access road in Douglas.

Foreign policy expert to speak on cooperation
Americans are ready for a new conversation on foreign policy, said David Shorr, a policy expert who will be giving a speech today in Juneau.

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

Photo: Preparing for winter
Lorenzo Jefferson splits rounds Tuesday as Ken Wertz cleans up some of the firewood they collected along the Auke Rec Bypass. Also helping was Jefferson's wife, Cindy, who said they have started burning wood again this year to deal with the high cost of energy prices.

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.

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

Photo: Season of Symbols
Sam Hall, left, and Cherry Eckland put symbol ornaments on the Christmas tree on Nov. 30 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

Thanks for contributing to Youth Vote Juneau
With great appreciation, the board of directors of Youth Vote Juneau says a very big thank you to the small army of individuals and organizations that made this year's mock student election so successful. Some 3,182 Juneau students in kindergarten through 12th grade cast ballots at their schools, more than double the usual number of students voting. About 85 percent of elementary students went to the polls on Nov. 3, and 53 percent of middle and high school students voted on Nov. 4. It's a massive undertaking, but we believe our program is important in helping educate students about the rights and responsibilities of living in a democratic society and instilling a positive voting habit in young people.

Thanks for supporting me during my recovery
Five weeks to the day after my fractured femur front-end collision with a tree, I came home. Home to plants patiently waiting and somewhat thirsty, to a fire crackling in the wood stove, to a fridge full of food, and to photos of friends and family, all just as I left them on Oct. 7.

Thanks for the Douglas bell, cannon program
The Douglas Fourth of July Committee would like to thank the following people for working on the Douglas Bell and Cannon Program on Nov. 8.

Douglas resident shares McHoliday clam dip
RECIPE SHARED:

MARIE SARABIA: Painter, sculptor
Age: 12.

Recognitions
Delilah Maki, a third-grader in Caryn Walker's Riverbend Elementary School class, recently practiced the school's motto, "Respectful, Responsible, Safe and Kind," by donating to "Locks for Love," which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair due to illness.

Diocese of Juneau to conduct annual appeal for Retirement Fund for Religious
Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Juneau will conduct the 21st annual appeal for the Retirement Fund for Religious on Dec. 14.

SAIL, First Bank to hold informational breakfast
JUNEAU - Southeast Alaska Independent Living and First Bank invites the public to a free continental breakfast and informational seminar at 10 a.m. Friday at the SAIL Office, 3225 Hospital Drive, Suite 300. The program will share programs available to seniors and persons with disabilities and their homes with the assistance from Alaska Housing Finance Corp., Rural Cap and Alaska CDC, programs designed to help Alaskans reduce energy costs.

Juneau-Douglas City museum to host Native arts and crafts fair
JUNEAU - The annual Native Arts & Craft Fair will take place this weekend, 4:30-8 p.m. Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday, at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

AWARE Inc. invites community to help Adopt-A-Family program
JUNEAU - The staff and volunteers of Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies, AWARE Inc., invite community members to Adopt-A-Family this holiday season.

First National Banks to hold annual open house Dec. 12
JUNEAU - First National Bank Alaska invites the public to stop the local branches' annual open house Friday, Dec. 12, during regular business hours for coffee, refreshments and the release of the 2009 gift calendar, "Landscapes and Lifestyles: Remembering Alaska's First 50 Years."

Malcolm G. Libby
Longtime Juneau resident Malcolm Gary Libby died of lung cancer on Nov. 20, 2008, at his home. He was 67.

Eva Ropella
Juneau resident Eva M. Ropella died Nov. 28, 2008, at Wildflower Court in Juneau. She was 90.

Eugene Edward Dau
Longtime Juneau resident Eugene "Gene" Dau died in the early morning hours of Nov. 29, 2008, at his home. He was 76.

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.

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.

Greed and death on Black Friday
I like stuff as much as the next guy. My closet is stuffed with stuff, my shelves groan with stuff, boxes full of stuff jam my garage. I like stuff just fine.

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.

Next attorney general
The following editorial first appeared in the Washington Post:

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.

Governor to host annual open house
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin is planning the annual Christmas Open House at the Governor's Mansion.

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

Coast Guard plans annual seniors' dinner
JUNEAU - The Juneau Chapter of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer's Association is scheduled to hold the 35th annual Senior Citizen's Holiday Dinner at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall on Dec. 14 at 3:30 p.m.

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

Bear killed, another spotted near Bettles
FAIRBANKS - A 7-foot, 350-pound grizzly bear was killed in the Brooks range village of Bettles.

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.

2009 Gold Nugget Triathlon canceled
ANCHORAGE - The 2009 Gold Nugget Triathlon has been canceled.

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

Fort Wainwright troops to return
FORT WAINWRIGHT - The Army says more than 150 soldiers from Fort Wainwright will return home this week.

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.

Man dodges possible 200-year sentence
FAIRBANKS - A Tok man could have been sent to prison for 200 years if he were convicted on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and several lesser charges he originally faced.

Juneau adult hockey association results
WOMEN'S TIER

Alaska faces health care challenges
Patty Boily has had a ringside view of health care challenges for patients in Alaska, where industry observers conservatively estimate costs run 20 percent higher than the rest of the nation.

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.

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

Alaska Air looks for ways to boost revenue
An executive at Alaska Air Group Inc. said Tuesday the company is looking for ways to increase revenue as the weak economy puts pressure on demand for air travel.

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.

Greenpeace airs TV ad targeting pollock fishery
Greenpeace is taking to the airwaves to encourage a federal fisheries regulatory group to consider even more stringent catch limits on Alaska's pollock fishery - the nation's largest fishery.

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.

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