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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Counterpoints to a well-written article
With respect to Jenny Pursell's well-written My Turn of June 27, I'd like to add a counterpoint or two.

Overlooking the facts in WMD debate
I can't believe Mr. Lie-Nielsen (July 9) is still hanging on to the WMD rhetoric. What Mr. Lie-Nielsen failed to include in his letter are the facts.

Road opponents part of the problem
To the writers who protest that the Juneau road project fails because it will still be necessary to use a shuttle ferry between Katzehin and Haines and Skagway: Stop the spin. The very people who protest this are, in fact, responsible for the situation.

Air cargo industry isn't that dangerous
I found the "Air cargo still under radar despite deaths" article, of July 9, amazingly ridiculous. The article seems to make the air cargo industry seem like a dangerous and unruly world, which is erroneous.

Make money and save the environment
I'm from out of state and happened to be in town this week, where I picked up Wednesday's paper. It had an interesting juxtaposition of a mining article and a mining-related ad.

More war needed - only on poverty
President Bush has repeatedly said that people in other countries hate us because they hate freedom. This statement needs to be qualified a little bit.

Coeur Alaska needs a better solution
I am not opposed to mining or the Kensington Mine, however, I believe Coeur Alaska needs to come up with another alternative for the mine waste.

The state needs to protect wolves
Why is the Alaska Board of Game's policy to continue to kill wolves? We, the people of Alaska, have voted twice recently against aerial wolf control. Do our objections to this policy mean nothing?

Local Miss Pre-Teen eyes nationals
After winning another pageant crown, 12-year-old Charlotte Brown has her eyes set on a lofty goal.

Photo: Training for oil spills
The state ferry Kennicott made an impromptu visit to Gastineau Channel on Tuesday for training exercises to deal with potential oil spills.

Clarification
Presenters in ceremonies welcoming a half-sized replica of the Vietnam War Memorial to the community Sunday, as reported in Monday's Empire, noted that two men from Juneau were killed in the war.

City panel OKs eagle nest buffer variance
After heated discussion Tuesday night, the Juneau Planning Commission approved a variance to build the Juneau access highway near three eagle nests.

Assembly OKs transport funds for homeless students
The Juneau Assembly has assured that students without a home won't go without a ride to and from school next year.

Gustavus author spins chilly tales of warming
Kim Heacox doesn't consider himself an expert in global warming, but he has watched the world's ice ebb away for more than a decade.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

UAS hires new dean for School of Education
A new piece of the leadership puzzle has been added at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Photo: Ready to go in after it
Tanya Lata battles a king salmon Monday at Fish Creek Pond.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Task force delivers mixed verdict on fluoridation
The Juneau Assembly won't get a clear recommendation on whether to continue fluoridating municipal water from a task force appointed in 2004.

Photo: Geeking on the webbing
Jaime Tanori, a crewman on the purse seiner Hadassah, works on his laptop computer while sitting on the boat's webbing.

Senior News: Meal program needs support
Juneau's senior meal program is a critical piece in the continuum of care that helps older citizens remain healthy and independent.

T-shirt, dove are easy on the eyes
T-shirt, above, is a handsome tan and white hamster with a friendly attitude. You can visit him at the Gastineau Humane Society.

Photo: Going to market
Juneau resident Jan Van Slyke, one of the regular volunteers for the Mustard Seed, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church's collectibles and thrift store, sorts through artwork to be sold during the Saturday Market.

Recognitions
Bill Heard, of Auke Bay, was named the 2006 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Employee of the Year.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you for helping with this year's Celebration

Neighbors Digest
The Widowed Persons program is having an ice cream social at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Fireweed Place, 415 Willoughby Ave.

Jason Morrow Sr.
Juneau resident Jason Andrew Morrow Sr., 34, died July 7, 2006, at the University of Washington Hospital in Seattle, Wash., after a long battle with Hodgkin's disease.

Elizabeth Pullen Ellett
Former Juneau resident Elizabeth Pullen Ellett, 95, died June 5, 2006, in Denver.

Zachary Warwick
Fairbanks resident Zachary Miller Warwick, 29, died July 8, 2006, in Fairbanks from an allergic reaction to bee stings.

My turn: Don't subsidize Tongass destruction
L ast May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that removed funding for building logging roads in inventoried roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest.

My turn: How did a bad plan get so far?
After attending the meeting of the planning commission on July 6 and reading numerous letters to the editor, I am completely awestruck by the current status of the debate over the road out of town.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Runners' corner: A week's worth of running in 4 days
Our lives are so busy that it is often hard to make time for the things we love to do.

Commander of Coast Guard Air Station in Kodiak bids farewell
Capt. Michael Neussl bid farewell to Kodiak with an emotional, at times tearful, speech to the Coast Guardsmen of Air Station Kodiak inside Hangar Three when he ceded his command of the air station to Capt. Andrew Berghorn.

Northwest Digest
A Fairbanks man died suddenly after possibly having an allergic reaction to a yellowjacket sting.

Lawmakers to float new oil-tax alternative
Two Anchorage lawmakers aim to break a stalemate over the rewrite of Alaska's oil production taxes with an alternative version of a proposal to tax oil companies' profits.

Gunman injures one at Anchorage flag football game
Rough play in a flag football game led to a shooting that left a man seriously injured and players and spectators scrambling for exits at the Anchorage Football Stadium.

Accident rate garners road dubious distinction
Thirty-one people died in traffic accidents on the Sterling Highway between Sterling and Soldotna from 1977 to 2005.

Law would limit access to MySpace.com
MySpace.com and other immensely popular social networking sites on the Internet were portrayed Tuesday as emerging playgrounds for sexual predators as lawmakers considered a measure to restrict their access in publicly funded schools and libraries.

Village votes on liquor store proposal
Nulato voters were deciding Tuesday whether the Western Alaska village should run a liquor store.

Panhandle wildlife gets new scrutiny on state coastal trail
Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage is now a precedent-setting wildlife viewing trail.

Northwest Digest
Dozens of earthquakes have struck the western Aleutian Islands in the past several weeks in what earthquake experts have said is not an uncommon event.

Marijuana law nixed
A Juneau judge on Monday struck down part of a new Alaska law criminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, saying it conflicts with past constitutional decisions made by the Alaska Supreme Court.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation and the world

Regulators: Gas line delays may kill project
Energy regulators on Monday released a report that said delays to an Alaska natural gas pipeline could cripple the project by forcing North American customers to make long-term deals to buy imported gas.

Taking a stand in the forest
After the ice broke up and the ferry began running on the Liard River, two rangy American Indians with weathered faces and easy gaits shouldered a sack of beaver and muskrat pelts for the spring fur auction and took a rifle for bear protection.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

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