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Friday, August 11, 2006

In the stacks: True stories at the library
Here are just a few of the new non-fiction titles on the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries this week.

Measure 2 would burden tour business
There is a general misconception about Ballot Measure 2. It is much more than just a tourism head tax.

Don't forget Juneau Adventist Christian
The following is in response to a July 26 article by Eric Morrison, who quoted Faith Community School's board president Mark Morris as saying, "It is difficult for one church to run a quality private school on less funding than public schools receive."

Grateful for additions to juneauempire.com
Recently, the letters to the editor have been complex, as Juneau and the state of Alaska face major issues with no right or wrong answers.

Don't fall for this deceptive turkey
I've got a basic question for Alaska voters: Why is there an initiative on the Aug. 22 ballot to start a new tax?

Gov. Murkowski is a proven leader
I'm supporting Gov. Frank Murkowski, because leadership matters. It takes boldness to fix a broken oil tax system and nerves of steel to get oil companies to a negotiating table.

MySpace article was irresponsible
I find the article about social networking, "MySpace, horse porn - apparently it's all evil," by Korry Keeker, which appeared in the July 27 issue of your new Hooligan section, to be socially irresponsible.

Don't make it harder to live here
After listening to the debate about extending the temporary 3 percent sales tax, I felt the need to make a few points myself.

Kensington opponents will redouble efforts
Scott Lamb, an official spokesman for Coeur d'Alene's Kensington Mine, was quoted in the Aug. 6 Juneau Empire.

Measure 2 won't hurt cruise ship industry
Here's some background regarding Ballot Measure 2 that the cruise industry would apparently like us to overlook: When booking a cruise to any destination, every passenger's fare includes "government taxes and fees" ranging from less than $50 to more than $150.

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

Business Digest
Downtown health club Fitness Essentials is hosting two free programs starting next month for diabetics and those battling cancer.

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

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

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events

Juneau airport tightens security, enforces liquid ban
Juneau International Airport has ramped up security, and liquids and gels have been banned on airplanes after a multi-national terrorist plot was allegedly disrupted Thursday in Britain.

Extreme scooter club captures hair-raising stunts in movie
After two years of filming and eight months of editing, an extreme scooter club is ready to screen its first full stunt-film.

Photo: Tough luck, chum
An expired chum salmon is draped over a ladder Thursday in front of the Fisherman's Memorial.

Grand president of ANB to run against Mayor Botelho
Brad Fluetsch announced Thursday he plans to run against incumbent Mayor Bruce Botelho in the October municipal election.

David Stone files for re-election to Assembly
District One Assembly member David Stone filed for re-election Tuesday. But, otherwise, the candidate filings for the six municipal positions on the October ballot are barely trickling in.

Old three-legged dog, Rusty, moves quickly to avoid downtown foes
He is one of the most interesting inhabitants of Juneau.

FYI
Births, marriage licenses and courts

Perkins and Leaming wed
Sarah Marie Leaming, of Salt Lake City, and Boyd Kimball Perkins, of Juneau, were married on June 30, 2006, in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City. A reception was held that evening.

Neighbors Digest
Women's quarterly journal is accepting applications

Mielke and Kreger to wed
Laureen Kreger and Roy Mielke, of Auke Bay, will marry at 6 p.m. on Aug. 12 in Atlin, B.C.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Beedle and Klepetar wed
Amy Klepetar, of Wilton, N.Y., and Matthew Beedle, of Juneau, were married on July 8 at the St. John Neumann Chapel in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. A reception followed at the Klepetar home in Wilton.

Smalleys celebrate 40 years
Mary and Tom Smalley, of Juneau, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Aug. 12.

Neighbors mailbox
The Class of 1966 concluded its 40th Reunion weekend with a family picnic on July 2 at Auke Village Recreation Area.

Photo: A summer's tale
At the celebration, kids who participated in the summer program presented an accumulation of donations, representing nearly 2,000 days of reading, to Capito and Lee on behalf of their organizations.

Alaska editorial: Latest oil tax is more of the same
Legislators must think their constituents are too busy to notice what's going on in Juneau.

Alaska editorial: Alaska lost a sister with Susan Butcher's death
Dog mushing doesn't appeal to everyone, even though it's regularly referred to as "Alaska's state sport."

My turn: An independent voice
Andrew Halcro spoke at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon recently, and I was unusually impressed.

Alaska editorial: Alaska voters should demand more than campaign slogans
They're just labels. Look at them: "Taking a stand for all Alaskans." "Courage. Leadership. Experience." "Alaska First!"

My Turn: Cruise ship initiative is unfair
I began working as the state's tourism planner several years ago because I wanted to make a difference for tourists and Alaskans.

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.

Fall sports preview next week
In next Friday's Juneau Empire, look for the Juneau-Douglas High School fall sports preview.

Jambaars keep rolling at Alaska State Cup
The Juneau Soccer Club Jambaars improved to 2-0-1 in the under-14 boys division of the Alaska State Cup on Thursday in Wasilla.

Correction
Due to the sports editor's error, there were mistakes in Wednesday's youth soccer story regarding the Juneau Soccer Club Jambaars.

Juneau Jambaars unbeaten at AK State Cup after 1-1 draw
The Juneau Soccer Club Jambaars, an under-14 boys team, remained unbeaten at the Alaska State Cup following a 1-1 draw with the Anchorage Youth Soccer Club Reds on Wednesday in Wasilla.

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.

Battle of the state champs
For the first time since the Alaska School Activities Association divided football into large and small school divisions in 2000, a season will open with both state champions battling each other.

Lt. gov. candidates look beyond office
Candidates seeking their party's nomination for lieutenant governor are eyeing more responsibility than just oversight of state elections.

Alaska Digest
The University of Alaska Southeast is holding its annual Open Enrollment Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Auke Lake campus.

Governor announces hiring freeze
Gov. Frank Murkowski announced a hiring freeze Wednesday as the state braces itself for the possibility of a prolonged oil-pipeline shutdown.

Sarah Palin casts self as Republican iconoclast
Tacked up prominently on a wall in Sarah Palin's downtown campaign headquarters is a newspaper clipping with a picture of two signs beside the trans-Alaska pipeline.

Biologists worry timber sales cut into deer habitat
A team of nonagency biologists returned this summer to the Tongass National Forest to study proposed timber sales and came out of the woods concerned about wildlife problems such as the loss of deer habitat.

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

Geopolitical fears drive high oil prices
This week's announcement that oil giant BP's trans-Alaska pipeline would shut down indefinitely struck a blow to U.S. oil production and sent shudders across global oil markets.

Alaska Digest
Bendable dog and cat toys given away at public libraries this summer may contain unsafe levels of lead, according to state health officials in the Department of Health and Social Services.

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

Four Democrats, two Libertarians eye Don Young's U.S. House seat
Congressman Don Young has some feisty opposition from Democrats and third-party candidates running in the statewide primary election on Aug. 22.

Photo: Limping into Unalaska Bay
The Cougar Ace is shown between Wide Bay and Ider Point on the northern side of Hog Island as it is towed Tuesday into Unalaska Bay.

Legislature OKs oil and gas tax bill
The Alaska Legislature passed an oil and gas tax bill in the waning hours of the special session after an ailing elderly lawmaker flew in from Anchorage Thursday evening to cast the deciding vote.

Senate tosses out 'produce or pay' oil tax proposal
A Senate committee on Wednesday dropped what was supposed to be a compromise production tax bill, opting instead for a more familiar plan to tax oil companies' profits.

Combating Terrorism: British foil terror plot to kill thousands
LONDON - British police said Thursday they thwarted a terrorist plot, possibly just days away, to blow up U.S.-bound jetliners over the Atlantic and kill thousands. Chilling accounts leaked by investigators described a plan on the scale of 9/11 that would use common electronic devices to detonate liquid explosives concealed in sports drink bottles to bring down as many as 10 planes in a nearly simultaneous strike.

Lawmakers seek to hold BP accountable for shutdown
The Murkowski administration and several lawmakers on Wednesday said they want BP to pay for losses the state will incur as a result of the Prudhoe Bay shutdown.

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