Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Heroic teen deserves to be recognized
Recently, a teenage boy saved the life of a teenage girl from being stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend in Anchorage at Service High school. What this young man did was not only heroic but very brave. If it wasn't for him acting on what he saw instead of just walking by, the girl would be dead today.

Obama takes path of president before
I want to thank our local columnist, Ben Brown, for a concise history primer about the occupation of Afghanistan printed in the Dec. 6 Juneau Empire.

Begich promised not to toe party line
Remember when Sen. Mark Begich stood before the cameras during the 2008 election? He told us his vote would not be fore sale, that he would vote in Alaska's best interest, and when his party was wrong, he would vote against his party? He looked so confident, and he was so believable.

Parnell pushes for road extension
Gov. Sean Parnell moved to build a small section of a controversial road out of Juneau by announcing Monday a 2.9-mile, $5 million extension of Glacier Highway from Echo Cove to Cascade Point.

Car dealer mum after closing stores
One woman is waiting for seat belts. Another wants her truck fixed and returned.

Around Town
Today, Dec. 8

Around Town
Today, Dec. 9

Clarification
A Friday story in the Juneau Empire reported that a 25-year-old man sentenced Dec. 2 for sexually assaulting two teenage girls in Angoon was also from the same city. Richard J. Hunt Jr. lived in Angoon for a short period of time when the assaults happened but is from Juneau.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Former coach allegedly admits guilt
A longtime Juneau-Douglas High School basketball coach's lawyer said Tuesday his client would plead not guilty to felony sexual assault, even though court documents indicate James M. Hamey admitted to police that he groped a 50-year-old woman last week without her consent.

JDHS grad goes to Hell and back
Acclaimed travel writer Chuck Thompson wanted to find the biggest hellholes in the world for his latest book so he chose four places - the Congo, India, Mexico City and Disney World.

Holiday Hospitality
Does Gov. Sean Parnell believe in Santa Claus?

Merry mansion
Gov. Sean Parnell knows this year may be particularly tough for many families given the difficult economic times, so on Tuesday he wanted to be sure to wish Alaskans a merry Christmas and happy holiday season during the annual open house at the Governor's Mansion.

Photo: Torch cutting
A worker cuts through steel rebar with an oxyacetylene torch Monday morning at the downtown transportation center located at the corner of Egan Drive and Main Street.

Rep. Woodie Salmon announces support for Democratic caucus
Democratic Rep. Woodie Salmon of Chalkyitsik is disputing a report on Juneau's KINY radio that he's left the Democratic minority caucus to join the Republican led-majority headed by Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski.

Photos: Hope through music
Los Angeles singer songwriter and cancer survivor Charlie Lustman, center, poses Tuesday during his concert at the Silverbow Back Room. With Lustman are, from left, longtime friend Bob Gray, Cancer Connection vice president Tish Griffin Satre, Juneau Empire advertising director Todd Vodnansky and Juneau Empire marketing coordinator Meghan Grunow.

School District outlines calendar changes
Students will be let out of school between 45 and 60 minutes early on the second and fourth Monday of every month to allow for teacher collaboration under the Juneau School District's proposed 2010-2011 calendar.

Photo: Building skills
Jack Lovejoy, 3, holds a hammer while her father, Mike, holds pieces of a wagon they were constructing over the weekend at the Home Depot Kids Workshop.

Ricardo Tahod Deleon
Former Juneau resident Ricardo Tahod Deleon died Dec. 3, 2009, in Escondido, Calif. He was 52.

Ramona A. Green
Juneau resident Ramona Green died Dec. 5, 2009, in Juneau. She was 78.

Clifton James Towle
Former Juneau resident Clif Towle died Dec. 2, 2009, at Providence Hospital in Everett, Wash., due to complications from a stroke. He was 77.

Iraq breakthrough
The following editorial appeared in the Washington Post:

Outside editorial: The climate of suspicion
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Thursday, Dec. 3:

Faux news, real results
A Hong Kong media company launched a worldwide YouTube hit last week with an animated re-creation of Tiger Woods' infamous fire hydrant crash. The video, which has been viewed more than 2 million times, shows an avatar of the golfer's wife slapping a digital Tiger across the face and then chasing after him, golf club swinging, as he speeds off in what looks like a 1980s minivan.

My turn: Scholarships offer incentives for students to try harder
A laska's high school graduation rate jumped nearly five percentage points last school year, to 67.5 percent. We graduated more than 8,000 students, up by 700 students five years ago, despite declining enrollments over that period.

What good are holiday tales if we discard moral lessons?
For more than 40 years, Black Friday has been the traditional start of the holiday shopping season. Now we have Cyber Monday, a newly named tradition that is supposed to be the first day for Christmas bargains on the Internet. Regardless of which way people choose to shop, neither day is a local story worthy of much attention. Both are imported marketing gimmicks where the competition to buy and sell does little more than reveal weaknesses in human nature.

From Tiger to Octomom, it's all about the fame
December is not even halfway over, but I already know the big story of the last 12 months: This year will be remembered as the year we sold our souls for fame.

Our job crisis needs drastic action
Without jobs, people lose hope. Without hope, there is no future.

Using forest growth to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide
To prevent timber harvest, Tongass Conservation Society has recently attacked biomass as a renewable energy source, claiming that "science" proves it harmful to carbon dioxide reduction (Nov. 12 Juneau Empire and Dec. 5 Ketchikan Daily News). However, we need to use all the known science that applies, not just a few generalities that appear to prove a point.

Pearson's Pond changes ownership
JUNEAU - Pearson's Pond, a bed and breakfast-style resort in the Mendenhall Valley, was purchased by Maryann Ray, a former resident of Phoenix.

Editor Rowe leaving Oregonian; Bhatia to take over role
PORTLAND, Ore. - Sandra Mims Rowe, who has been editor of The Oregonian since 1993, says she's leaving the newspaper at the end of the year.

Baby ejected from SUV crash unharmed
ANCHORAGE - Police don't know how a baby escaped serious injury when it was ejected from an SUV in a collision at an Anchorage intersection.

School Board will mull calendar today
JUNEAU - The Juneau School District will have its first reading of the proposed 2010-2011 calendar at the school board meeting Tuesday night. The new calendar proposes students get out of school between 45 and 60 minutes early two Mondays a month so that teachers can collaborate, specifically focusing on using new, specific test data to improve student performance.

Murkowski proposes study of Arctic water port sites
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has introduced a bill to study the possibility of building a deep water port in the Arctic.

Girl stabbed at high school in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A 17-year-old girl was stabbed Monday at an Anchorage high school and a 16-year-old suspect was taken into custody.

Army captain pleads guilty to stealing
PORTLAND, Ore. - An Army captain from Oregon pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he stole nearly $700,000 from the U.S. government while serving in Iraq.

Charges filed in teen stabbing
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police said a student suspected of stabbing a former girlfriend outside Service High School has been charged with attempted murder.

Alaska Guard taking bikes to Afghanistan
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Air National Guard will transport donated bicycles to Afghanistan, where the bikes will be given to more than 20 disadvantaged children.

Hold placed on 7th person accused in police massacre
TACOMA, Wash. - Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist is asking a judge to keep a woman in jail three more days for investigation of aiding Lakewood police killer Maurice Clemmons.

Anchorage plans vaccination clinic
ANCHORAGE - The municipality of Anchorage is offering a swine flu vaccination clinic from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Clark Middle School for children age 9 and younger.

Domestic violence shelter opens in Bethel
ANCHORAGE - A new shelter for battered women and their children is opening in the western Alaska town of Bethel, a $9 million facility operators call a crucial step in addressing the growing problem of domestic abuse in the largely native region.

Crew sent to rescue up to 100 dogs in rural Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Humane Society on Tuesday sent a team to rescue as many as 100 dogs living without shelter in cold weather on rural property in Eastern Oregon.

Four slain officers honored at memorial
TACOMA, Wash. - A procession of 2,000 cars followed the flag-draped caskets of four slain police officers to a memorial service Tuesday as thousands of mourners, mostly members of law enforcement from across the country, lined the streets.

Four TMHS grapplers prep for state
Things could be worse for Thunder Mountain wrestling. After all, sending four student-athletes to the state meet in the program's inaugural season is not half bad. In fact, it's downright good.

Fronimos follows in father's footsteps
Thunder Mountain's Cameron Fronimos is excelling in something he has been around most of his life: wrestling.

Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Alaskans look to stimulus funds to spread broadband
FAIRBANKS - Alaskans are looking to the federal stimulus program to get broadband Internet access to remote villages.

Salazar OKs Shell plans for drilling in Chukchi
ANCHORAGE - The Minerals Management Service on Monday conditionally approved plans by Shell Oil Co. to drill three exploratory wells next year in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast.

Federal timber program becomes vast entitlement
RESERVE, N.M. - A federal program that began as a safety net for Pacific Northwest logging communities hard-hit by battles over the spotted owl in the 1990s has morphed into a sprawling entitlement - one that ships vast amounts of money to states with little or no historic connection to timber, an analysis by The Associated Press shows.

Attorney general changing Alaska ethics rules
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan plans to change the state's ethics rules to fix problems brought to light by complaints against former Gov. Sarah Palin.

Count reveals good news, bad news for Alaska sea lion numbers
ANCHORAGE - A count of Alaska's Steller sea lion pups indicates the state's two populations are headed in different directions for recovery.

Ralph Samuels announces plans to run for governor
ANCHORAGE - Former Alaska state Rep. Ralph Samuels announced Tuesday he will run for governor, presenting a formidable challenge to incumbent Sean Parnell in the 2010 Republican primary.

Fairbanks hatchery cut back to curb cost
FAIRBANKS - A $45 million state fish hatchery now under construction won't have onsite housing for employees or laboratories for University of Alaska, Fairbanks researchers when it opens next summer.

Iditarod reports $1M loss in funding
ANCHORAGE - The world's most famous sled dog race is feeling squeezed by the poor economy.

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