Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Environmentalists invest in conservation
In response to Pete Webber's letter to the editor titled, "Do environmentalists keep their PFDs?" on Dec. 27, yes, he is right. We do not return the oil money back to the state.

Downtown's mess mostly caused by pets
Isn't there a law against letting your pets go to the bathroom on city sidewalks, where people walk every day?

Natural resources belong to all Americans
I'm answering Pete Webber's letter (Dec. 27) questioning how many of us environmentalists keep our Permanent Fund Dividends.

Photo: Streams of light
The Juneau-Douglas High School dance team performs "The Light March" on Friday at the JDHS gym during the Capital City Classic basketball tournament.

Around Town

Photo: Wild ride
Catherine Marks, 6, and her brother, Simon, 8, sled Sunday with their uncle, Dan Fulwiler, at G and Fourth streets in Douglas. Fulwiler is visiting from Chicago.

Photo: Skating by
Colleen Jones skate skis Saturday on groomed trail of the lower loop at the Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported

Around Town

Hoonah residents change diets in deer shortage
Hoonah residents will be eating a lot more fish this winter since last year's heavy snowfall decimated the local deer population.

Photo: Holiday display
Dan Elstad adjusts a train track Sunday in the REACH window display at the corner of Seward and Third streets in downtown Juneau.

City seeks funds to replace NOAA ship
The city asked U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens last week to seek funding to replace an aging research vessel and continue financing the ship's Southeast Alaska research operations until a replacement is brought online.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported

Eileen Jones
Juneau resident Eileen Jones died peacefully at her home Dec. 28, 2007, after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 52.

With days to go, five candidates are still alive
Here's what's remarkable about the Republican presidential race: With days to go before the voting actually begins, it is quite possible for any of four candidates - and even a fifth - to win the nomination.

Outside editorial: Make-or-break time in Iraq?
For five years Washington-based officials and pundits have repeatedly made the mistake of predicting that the next six or 12 months in Iraq would be decisive.

Outside editorial: Open government
There lies upon the president's desk a bill that would make a government of, by and for the people more responsive to the people who request information from it.

Outside editorial: U.S. must review its policy with Pakistan
Benazir Bhutto's assassination in Pakistan is likely to prompt calls for a wholesale review of U.S. policy toward a country crucial to regional stability and the continuing war on terrorism.

Objection! Objection!
"Let the arguments begin," the ABA Journal invited when it announced former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and his successor Michael Mukasey as its "Lawyers of the Year" for 2007 and 2008 in mid-December.

The tragic death of Benazir Bhutto
The assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto might have been prevented had she and her husband heeded advice from friends.

My Turn: Predictions for 2008
I predict for 2008: The city of Juneau's property owners will discover houses are selling for 10 percent below property tax assessments for 2008, at which point 70 percent of the population will contest their taxes and demand it be lowered (I hope).

Musharraf needs to act wisely
When Benazir Bhutto, the recently assassinated former prime minister of Pakistan, returned to her homeland some months ago, more than a few of my informed sources made reference to a "dead woman walking."

Bears conquer Little Norway
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball junior varsity team captured the Little Norway Junior Varsity Tournament on Dec. 22 with a 66-39 victory over host Petersburg.

Sports in Juneau

Photo: A little bit of Luck
Tsunami goalkeeper Christopher Luck makes a save during a shootout against the Mud Dogs in the Holiday Cup Middle School Division II championship game on Sunday at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Photo: Pardon me
The Red team's Connor Barelli holds off the Blue team's Andrew Dimond during the Juneau Douglas Ice Association Holiday 3 on 3 Tournament on Saturday at Treadwell Arena. Pictures from the tournament can be seen at spotted.juneauempire.com.

Candidate wants probe into McGuire's work
U.S. Senate candidate Ray Metcalfe has filed another complaint with the Alaska Public Offices Commission over state Sen. Lesil McGuire's work for Providence Health System.

Senate minority asks Cowdery to step down
Senate Minority Leader Gene Therriault sent a letter to Anchorage Sen. John Cowdery asking him to resign because he has been implicated in the VECO bribery scandal.

2007 Year in Review: Alaska makes national and even global headlines this year
From the federal courtroom to the capitol to the North Slope, Alaska forged its way into national and even global headlines.

Northwest Digest
Chase ends in arrest of the wrong man; Knowles endorses Barack Obama; Anchorage company to work on casino; Woman, boyfriend charged in killing; Domestic partnership law placed on hold

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Three arrested in Anchorage home invasion
Three Anchorage men were arrested in a home invasion in what authorities suspect was a drug-related crime in which four people were taken hostage, police said.

Alaska Digest
Juneau police catch suspected fuel thief; State resolves tax dispute with BP; Collision kills driver on Wasilla road; Cargo company opens Deadhorse office; Teen thrown from snowmobile, killed; Denali Borough eyes recycling options; Boutique opens for pampered pooches

Fetal alcohol effects linger among adults in Alaska
Justin Scott sits at his dining room table dabbing pink frosting on a snowman sugar cookie and humming "Silent Night." The chaos of his young niece and nephew decorating their own cookies bubbles around him.

Web site offers ice sculpture viewing from comfort of home
Close to 10,000 people have viewed the ice sculptures in the North Pole Christmas in Ice park without braving the cold, thanks to dozens of Web cameras.

Sow, cubs killed after encounter with hunter
A rabbit hunter fired his pistol at a charging grizzly bear on Kodiak Island, badly wounding the old sow that was later killed and her resulted in three cubs being euthanized.

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