April 19, 2010
Tongass: An April 14 editorial said that a federal agreement with Alaska Natives had been put on hold over environmental concerns. It also implied that all of the lumbering land in the deal would be used for clear-cutting. In fact, the agreement was delayed for other reasons, and some of the land would be used for other kinds of lumbering activities.
August 24, 2009 |
Green Bay has a black police officer for the first time in the 152-year history of its department. Solomon Ayres starts the first phase of a 17-week training regime this week. Ayres says he expects some resistance from both black and white residents, but thinks his life experiences will help defuse difficult situations and make him open to different points of view. Census figures show that African Americans make up about 2.5% of Green Bay's more than 98,000 people. The department has 177 officers, including 15 women, four American Indians or Alaska natives and one Latino.
April 13, 2010
With both the environmental and economic tides turning against clear-cutting in the Tongass National Forest, two members of Congress have nonetheless written legislation to give up to 85,000 acres of prime forest land to an Alaska corporation, all but about 20,000 acres of it for clear-cutting. The bill by Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young, both Republicans from Alaska, is as cynical as it is ill-timed. The company that would receive the land, Sealaska Corp., is owned by Alaska Natives; the giveaway would be part of a long-standing settlement that was never finalized because of environmental concerns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1990
John Balzar's article read like an oil-industry handout. He was obviously taken in by the dog-and-pony show presented by the Arctic oil interests. They somehow convinced him that enormous pressures were building up to open the range to oil drilling. They employed an obviously compromised Fish-and-Wildlife "scientist" to support their specious argument that development will not unduly harm the wildlife habitat. It's too bad that Balzar didn't do his homework and review the 10-year debate on the development of the range, the volumes of testimony contained in environmental impact statements, the interests of Alaska Natives in the area or Canada's strong opposition to the development of the caribou-calving areas.
September 7, 2008 |
Hubert Kokuluk squints with his one good eye to examine the tiny polar bear he has just carved from a fragment of walrus tusk. He isn't happy with the yellowish hue, but good ivory is hard to come by these days, since quickly melting sea ice has made it extremely difficult for his Inupiaq Eskimo community to carry out the traditional annual spring walrus hunt. Though walruses are federally protected, Alaska Natives have subsistence rights to hunt them and rely on the meat, skin, intestines and tusks -- for food, clothing and boat coverings and to carve the ivory jewelry and souvenirs that are a significant source of income.
January 28, 2013 |
When it comes to preventable deaths and disease, smoking is still a top killer in the U.S., says a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Approximately 443,000 people die from cigarette smoking each year, and 8.6 million suffer from a serious illness related to smoking, according to the Tobacco Control State Highlights 2012. Utah claimed the lowest adult smoking rate of 11.8%, according to the report released last week, while Kentucky topped the charts with 29%. California hovered above Utah at 13.7%.