Monday, January 2, 2006

A need for term limits
The United States was attacked by foreign terrorists. Investigation showed the attackers were Arab terrorists.

Affordable, clean energy for all
Wanted: Alternative, cheap, renewable, clean and efficient; these are words I often see when reading opinions about energy.

Conservation could make up for ANWR oil
Harold Heinze just used nearly 400 words in his Dec. 28 letter to the editor ("Time to Educate America on ANWR") proposing a bizarre $1/barrel "ANWR education" tax while using virtually no words to explain why Congress made such a "horrific mistake as not advancing the exploration and development of ANWR."

The irony of views on oil drilling
Recently, Sen. Maria Cantwell made national news by spearheading efforts to further delay oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve.

Stop the waste and embarrassment
Talk about common sense! Imagine, to put a bridge to where there are actually people. Where it is a short distance to Ketchikan.

Dropping out isn't worth it
Dropping out is dumb. It's not a good idea to drop out, because you won't get good jobs. The more education you have, the more money you make.

Vatican boots Juneau priest
A priest accused of sexually abusing boys more than two decades ago has been dismissed from the priesthood, the Catholic Diocese of Juneau said Sunday.

Kid-inspired playground to be built at Twin Lakes
A new playground at Twin Lakes will be designed for children - by children.

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

Photo: Getting all fired up
Shauncey Sorenson, right, and Tony Florendo stack firewood Saturday at one of two large bonfire pits for Sunday's New Year celebration at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

It will snow in 2006, probably
Snow is in the forecast for 2006. Despite a relatively snowless December, there's a possibility of snow today, said Kimberly Vaughan, hydrometeorologist at the National Weather Service in Juneau.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Photo: Chilling out, bringing the new year in
Participants in the 12th annual Polar Bear Dip charge into the water Sunday at Auke Village Recreation Area. Organizer Len Ceder estimated about 70 people took the plunge to bring in the new year.

Photo: Eaglecrest celebration
Juneau residents watch fireworks near the warmth of a bonfire Sunday as Eaglecrest Ski Area celebrates the new year.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Ray Rose
Longtime Haines resident Ray Rose, 71, died Nov. 20, 2005, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau.

My Turn: Attempts to explain away mine's problems are hollow
Recent op-eds by Coeur d'Alene officials and their supporters have been hammering away at opponents of the Kensington Mine on the same old themes.

My Turn: Correcting false claims about Lower Slate Lake
I am writing in response to the My Turn of Mr. Lindekugel of SEACC/Sierra Club to clarify some statements related to the mine tailings at Lower Slate Lake.

Cartoon By Toe
Cartoon by Toe

Sun to set on Forest Service Cabins
A red caboose parked several yards from the tracks near Skagway is outfitted with bunk beds and a stove. For the railroad buff or curious hiker, an overnight stay is a milestone.

Snow report
As of Friday, there was no snow at the base and 14 feet at the top at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Web links
Links for the cyberoutdoorsman

Out&About
News of local outdoors events

Holiday Cup 2005 Standings
round robin results

Capital City Classic Box Scores
from Friday at Juneau-Douglas High School

Photo: March of the dancers
Members of the Juneau-Douglas High School dance team perform their light march during halftime of the boys basketball game on Friday at the Capital City Classic.

Key run lifts JDHS girls to tourney title
A third-quarter run and clutch free-throw shooting led to a Capital City Classic championship for the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team Friday.

Northwest Duals Tournament Wrestling Results
Friday at Portland, Ore.

Hidden Valley nips Bears for championship
The 15th Annual Capital City Classic ended in thrilling fashion Friday night as Hidden Valley, Ore., earned a 51-48 victory over Juneau-Douglas High School to claim the title.

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.

Photo: Can't stop now
The Titans' Andrew White, 11, races toward the ball while Reliable's Cole Carnahan, 13, gives chace during the B Championship game of the Holiday Cup on Saturday at Dzantak'i Heeni Middle School.

Juneau wrestlers fall in NW Duals final
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team ran into stiff competition in the championship round of the Northwest Duals Tournament on Friday in Portland, Ore.

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.

Northery Dynasty revises estimates of Pebble deposit
A gold and copper deposit near Iliamna is richer than previously estimated, according to the Canadian mining company that wants to build a mine there.

Mat-Su parishes share a priest
In small Catholic churches miles up the Parks Highway from the hustle and bustle of Wasilla, a do-it-yourself sort of religion is practiced, much different from the priest-led churches of larger communities.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Alaska tribes want say in BLM herbicide review
Alaska tribes want a say in the Bureau of Land Management's battle plan against invasive plant species on federal land.

Tsunami centers to go to 24/7 status
When news of a big earthquake hits in the middle of the night, it takes geophysicist Bruce Turner five minutes to fumble for his beeper, throw on a coat, scrape ice off his car windshield, drive a mile to work and transmit a tsunami alert from the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

5 bills target government property grabs
Alaska Republicans pre-filed five bills Friday to prevent public officials in Alaska from seizing private land through eminent domain for economic development.

Photo: There to help
A portrait of Susan Butcher hangs on the wall behind Jennifer Doty of Willow as she has her blood drawn by phlebotomist Andre Walker last week at Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla.

Lawmaker suggests adding $500 million to state's permanent fund
Sen. Donny Olson, D-Nome, is filing a bill for the upcoming legislative session that adds $500 million of the expected state surplus into the principal of the Alaska Permanent Fund to increase future dividends.

Gas line, surplus, elections make for lively outlook in '06
According to the traditional Chinese calendar, 2006 is the Year of the Dog. But in Alaska, 2006 may be dubbed the year of living dangerously.

Complaint against Alaska attorney general dropped
The state Personnel Board on Friday dismissed an ethics complaint which requested Alaska Attorney General David Marquez, a former oil industry lawyer and executive, recuse himself from Alaska natural gas pipeline negotiations.

Dividend officials: File early
Alaskans who wait longer to file for their permanent fund dividends this year will have to wait longer to get the money.

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

Projects hope to chronicle Kodiak life
A pair of local projects looks to share traditional knowledge of life on Kodiak with future generations.

Crews get set for ice art bout
It is tradition in December for volunteers to cut and remove ice blocks as big as refrigerators from frozen O'Grady Pond.

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