Wednesday, July 20, 2005

State government should give us a break
"Skinflint" is a term which is fast becoming synonymous with Alaska and how it treats their citizens.

Taylor destroying state's ferry system
What would you call Robin Taylor, Department of Transportation and Public Facilities deputy commissioner of marine transportation, if he worked in the private sector?

Planned Parenthood is appreciated
Planned Parenthood is needed in Juneau and anywhere that there are women in need of quality health care and family-planning options, and anywhere there are people trying to limit women's access to family planning and quality healthcare options.

Use the free lot, not the streets
The city has opened a parking lot on Willoughby next to the Salvation Army; it is available to those people working in the Federal Building. Please take advantage of this parking and free up the streets between Ninth and Twelfth streets.

Sexual abuse a life sentence for victims
The Juneau Empire headline dated July 7, 2005, should have read "Man sentenced to four years for sex assault - 7 year old girl receives life."

Juneau parade was uniquely American
I attended last week's Fourth of July celebrations and offer the following comments.

War is a reasonable response at times
In her "War is Not the Answer to Terror" letter, the author proposed a let's-hold-hands-and-sing-Kumbaya-with-our-heads-in-the-sand" response to terrorism that will not protect us.

Please choose life over death
This letter is in response to the letter written by Dr. Emily Kane.

The new Declaration of Independence
I believe that, after reading Mr. Doug Cooper's and Mr. Marcelino Lee Bagoyo's letters to the editor, they would appreciate this new and "improved" version of the Declaration of Independence.

Choice: Import our seafood or grow it
In response to the Empire editorial "Offshore fish farming threats need research" on June 19, your editorial correctly pointed out that Alaskan fishermen are struggling to compete with fish farmers in other parts of the globe.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

When getting there is more than half the fun
Tourists on an Alaska Travel Adventures raft paddle down the rain and meltwater-swollen Mendenhall River on Monday near the Back Loop bridge.

The unveiling of the bear, 1988
Tor Wallen unveils "Windfall Fisherman," a 1,500-pound bronze statue of a brown bear crafted by his father, R.T. "Skip" Wallen, during a dedication ceremony on July 17, 1988, in downtown Juneau.

Climber on Thunder Mt. believed dead
Juneau Mountain Rescue team members were set to recover a 20-year-old Minneapolis man from Thunder Mountain today after searchers found him motionless Tuesday on a steep slope.

LL Cool J drops in on Juneau
Mega-platinum rapper and actor LL Cool J surprised Juneau residents on Monday first by showing up and then by letting them get close to him.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Goldbelt dock gets OK for Cascade Point
Goldbelt won its permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to operate a dock at Cascade Point for the Kensington Gold Mine.

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

Laurels for local beer
Beer makers named Alaskan Brewing Co.'s smoked porter the best beer in the nation and ranked the Juneau company as the seventh-best craft brewer in the country.

City makes plans to sell 31.5 acres behind Fred Meyer
More housing could become available behind Fred Meyer.

Panel asks for sales tax extension
The only thing the Assembly Committee of the Whole could agree on Monday night was that the city needs to renew its temporary 1 percent sales tax.

Heavily used road to Costco gets fast, furious makeover
Commercial Boulevard is getting a "fast and furious" makeover this week so drivers do not have to circle around pot holes on their way to Costco, Juneau Street Superintendent Mike Scott said.

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

Photo: Keeping up with the elder
Jason Gordon demonstrates that skateboarding need not be wasted on the young. "I'm one of the old timers," said the 32-year-old Gordon, as he performed at Pipeline Skate Park.

Photo: Sprucing up Evergreen
Erin Evans of the city landscape division mows between headstones Tuesday at Evergreen Cemetery.

The mystery of knives, musical instruments and blue eyes
At the present time, the earliest descriptions of Native life on the Northwest Coast of North America are found in the reports by the Spanish navigators and chaplains who arrived on the coast in 1794.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Nygards to celebrate 50th
Ed and Shirley Nygard will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m., July 24, at the banquet room of the Juneau Moose Lodge. Friends are invited to attend.

In praise of cats of a certain age
It's easy to fall for a kitten. They're just so darned cute! But before you take one home, consider whether you might be happier with a more mature cat.

Laurels for service to university students
University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton, center, recently presented the seventh annual Make Students Count Award to four UA employees demonstrating an outstanding commitment to students across the system.

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Operating differences delayed Chenega ferry
I was gratified and relieved by the news on the evening of July 8 that our labor relations negotiators were able to reach an agreement with the three maritime unions on operation of the fast vehicle ferry Chenega.

My turn: Era of reasonable house prices not one most want to revisit
There seems to be a lot said in the newspapers lately about the terrible situation in the housing market 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.

Kings take twice as long to get on a hook
The average marine boat angler landed a king salmon in 77 hours last week, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported Monday.

Challenge hooks open-water swimmers
Running 25 kilometers is hard enough, but try swimming the distance through a churning, wind-swept sea amid a thrashing mob while the scorching sun bakes your back.

GCLL to play for state titles
Photos courtesy of Beni Laliberte, Jill Anderson and Tia Brown

One for the record books
Today 15-year-old Juneau resident Isabel Bush will attempt to join such esteemed company as Hank Aaron, the world record holder for career major league home runs, and Louise Hollis, the California woman with the world's longest toenails.

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.

Jon Davis drives in seven runs to lead Juneau in tourney
Jon Davis had seven RBIs to lead the Juneau All-Stars to a 13-8 comeback win over host Ketchikan Tuesday in the Alaska Little League District 2 Junior Baseball Tournament.

Fire razes SE lodge living area
A fast-moving fire destroyed the living quarters of a lodge near Ketchikan, but quick action by community members and visitors was being credited for preventing damage to other buildings.

Alaska Airlines flight attendants reject contract
Alaska Airlines flight attendants on Tuesday rejected a tentative agreement recommended by union leaders.

NorthwestDigest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Klukwan backs off spray permit; will try again
Klukwan Inc. has abandoned its proposal to spray herbicides by air on Long Island, but may submit a revised proposal to the state within days.

Alaska's offshore leases spark oil industry's interest
There are signs of renewed interest in exploration off of Alaska's Arctic coastline.

Blatchford resigns as commerce head
Edgar Blatchford, the commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development, has resigned amid allegations of conflicts of interest between his state job and his leadership position with a Native corporation.

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

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

Only two grizzlies taken in state's predator control effort
Hunters took only two of the 81 grizzly bears targeted in Alaska's first predator-control program aimed at grizzlies.

Video gambling initiative sponsored by controversial race-track owner's mom
The main sponsor of an initiative proposal to bring video poker to Alaska is the mother of a controversial racetrack owner who has pushed for gambling initiatives in other states.

NorthwestDigest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

University report shows Anchorage changing rapidly
The number of Anchorage residents over the age of 65 is growing at five times the national average, a development that could help stabilize the city's economy, according to a study by the University of Alaska Anchorage.

BLM plans to charge for permit applications
Companies that want to drill for oil, gas and other minerals on federal land soon may have to pay the cost of processing their permit applications.

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