Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ehmann responds to article
I am writing to address the allegations against me by the City and Borough of Juneau Assessor, Robin Potter, in the article "Red Dog Owner Challenges City Assessment Methods", published in the Nov. 14 edition of the Empire. Potter described me as a "problem employee" who improperly represented the city. She asserted I was accused by David Coates, co-owner of the Red Dog Saloon, of behaving inappropriately, and she said, prior to my departure from city employment, she spoke to the city manager about "reports" of me making "derogatory" statements about Juneau. The truth, however, is all of these statements are incorrect.

Repealing 'don't ask, don't tell' does not protect our military
My son serves in the military and after a lengthy discussion I am convinced our lawmakers should not repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The military does not require men and women to shower or to sleep together. The lack of sexual privacy, as well as sex between male and female soldiers, undermines unity, order, discipline and morale. That is why the sexes are segregated in their living accommodations. I would imagine most military personnel of both sexes find being stripped of privacy before the opposite sex to be offensive. In the same way, most heterosexuals dislike being exposed to homosexuals of their own sex. If we respect a woman's need for privacy from men, then we ought to respect heterosexuals' need for privacy with regard to homosexuals.

Public testifies in favor of LAMP
The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly chose to acknowledge the recommendation to list the Alaska State Centennial Museum in the National Register of Historic Places on Monday, however it does not want the existing building to remain.

Photo: Sharing a song
Rico Worl, right, performs at Saturday's Native artist market and guitar jam at Centennial Hall. Betty Marvin, center, and Andy Cadiente also performed at the event, which was sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute.

Gunshots at Aurora Harbor still under investigation
Juneau resident Andrew Eaton was awakened to the sound of something hitting his 30-foot sailboat The Cloud at about 9:45 p.m. Sunday night on Aurora Harbor's North Float.

Police & Fire
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Photo: Crunchy collision
Juneau Police officers monitor traffic at the site of a car accident Monday at Egan Drive and Vanderbilt Hill Road. According to a Juneau Police Department press release from Sergeant Paul Hatch, the 2007 Ford Van shown, driven by 61-year-old Jack Smith, failed to stop for a solid red light from Vanderbilt Hill Road making a left turn onto Egan inbound. Smith pulled into the path of a 2001 Dodge Dakota driven by 26-year-old Lolita Wright. The Dodge collided with the Ford. Both vehicles were totaled. Both drivers were transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital by Capital City Fire and Rescue for non-life threatening injuries. Smith was cited for failure to stop at a steady red light. The outbound lanes of Egan were closed for about 30 minutes.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Katherine E. Shaw
Katherine E. Shaw died Dec. 19, 2010, in Juneau at the Juneau Pioneer Home. She was 101.

Phillip Edward Patch
Juneau resident Phillip Edward Patch died Dec. 12, 2010 at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Getting out of the oil-import hole
“Merry Christmas, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and other oil-exporters.”

Politics invade the treatment of breast cancer
Chances are you’ve never heard of bevacizumab.

Spanish classes thriving in US colleges
Good news for those of us who want increasingly closer U.S. ties with Spanish-speaking countries: a new study shows that more U.S. college students are enrolling in Spanish classes than in any other foreign language.

Outside editorial: Where are Haiti's leaders?
The following editorial first appeared in the Miami Herald:

My Turn: Juneau's Poverty, Part II
The Social Justice Committee of Juneau's Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has chosen the issue of poverty for our focus this year. This choice reminds us of one of Yogi Berra's sayings, "You can observe a lot by just watching." And are we watching? Are we watching how many men and women sleep under the bridge on these cold winter nights? Are we watching the numbers of children who come to school hungry and often not adequately clothed? Poverty has many faces and one that bears watching is that of seniors.

Independent media a rarity in Iraq
Journalists are warning that the increasingly partisan nature of the Iraqi press is suppressing fair and impartial media coverage of politics.

Passenger train traffic suspended north of Seattle
SEATTLE - Amtrak has suspended passenger train traffic north of Seattle.

Kendall to serve as OCS acting director
ANCHORAGE - James Kendall has been selected to serve as the acting director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement's Alaska Outer Continental Shelf Region.

Former credit union COO sentenced for embezzlement
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge has sentenced a former Sitka credit union official to two years in prison for embezzling.

Kodiak man acquitted of murder
KODIAK - A 31-year-old Kodiak man has been acquitted of murder.

Hundreds attend rally against violence
PORTLAND, Ore. - Several hundred people showed up for a rally against violence held Sunday at the Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland.

Patriot Flag to make Christmas Eve stop at capitol building
The Patriot Flag, a flag created to honor those killed in the 9/11 attacks, will fly at the capitol building at 8 a.m. Friday, according to a release from the City and Borough of Juneau.

Family enjoys new Habitat home
KENAI - A Kenai family is going to be celebrating the Christmas holiday inside their new Habitat for Humanity home.

Lodge owner found guilty of numerous violations
ANCHORAGE - A jury found a lodge owner from Wasilla guilty of numerous fishing and wildlife violations.

Fairweather adds trip to Sitka today
The Alaska Marine Highway System added a sailing to Sitka from Juneau aboard the fast ferry Fairweather today to accommodate passengers following Sunday's canceled sailing, according to a release from the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. The Fairweather is now tentatively scheduled to sail roundtrip between Juneau and Sitka with an 8 a.m. Auke Bay departure. The ship will return to Juneau at 6 p.m.

Anchorage parking ticket switch possible
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly may ask voters to let some other agency write downtown parking tickets so that police can attend to more serious matters.

Lance Mackey wins Sheep Mountain race for 3rd time
ANCHORAGE - Lance Mackey won his third victory in five runnings of the Sheep Mountain 150.

Iditarod field grows
ANCHORAGE - The field in the 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is growing.

Alaska Air again offering legislative discounts
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Airlines says it again is offering discount fares for Alaskans who want to travel to Juneau for the legislative session.

Millay laces up her skates to join the boys with Bears hockey
Juneau-Douglas senior Peyton Millay doesn't mind playing with the boys. In fact, she prefers it.

Photo: Southeast Holiday Hoops Classic Day 1
Monday's results:

Inaugural SE Holiday Hoops Classic tips today
The inaugural Southeast Holiday Hoops Classic JV basketball tournament, featuring eight boys' and girls' teams from Southeast, beginning today at 9:30 a.m. at Thunder Mountain High School.

AEL&P to offer experimental discounts to electric car users
There may not be any all-electric cars in Juneau yet, but the city's electric utility wants to be ready for them if they come.

Court challenge 'uphill battle,' Miller says
JUNEAU - Republican Joe Miller calls his court challenge to Alaska's U.S. Senate race results an "uphill battle."

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Army punishes 36 in Alaska for synthetic pot use

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Army leader plans to finish at Wainwright

Alaska's impaired driving rates improve; still a problem
Alaska was among a dozen states that saw a significant drop in drunken driving, and one of seven with a significant drop in drugged driving, according to national survey data from 2002 to 2005 and from 2006 to 2009, according to state officials.

Army punishes 36 in Alaska for synthetic pot use
FAIRBANKS - The U.S. Army Alaska says it has punished 36 soldiers for the use of synthetic marijuana since it banned the substance.

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Court challenge ‘uphill battle,’ Miller says

Army leader plans to finish at Wainwright
FAIRBANKS - Col. Mark Lowe wants to end his career where it all began, in the frigid cold of Fort Wainwright.

State sidesteps recession in '10, stocks up cash reserves
If escaping the ravages of the national recession in 2010 and bulking up our state treasury reserves with billions in oil dollars are performance measures, it's been a pretty good year for Alaska.

Photo: Objects at rest
Spruce cones rest on an icy area of the Perseverance Trail after Sunday's strong winds. Portions of the trail have become deceptively icy and require spiked shoes. Multiple options exist for safer hiking trails or activities on various lakes and ponds in the area. Hikers should check conditions of their chosen trail and leave an itinerary of their trip and return time with friends or family.

Hundreds show up for Palin book signing
ANCHORAGE - Hundreds turned up for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's book signing at a south Anchorage store.

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