Thursday, January 4, 2007

Palin lied, Juneau's access road died
I remember being torn last November. It seemed that candidate Palin was not coming out strong for the road.

Empire should follow its own column policy
I am a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School. I read Thursday's My Turn column by Douglas Grimm, a obtuse and slanderous rant against gays everywhere.

Correcting a previous sewer extension letter
Linda Orr's letter, "Houses don't grow over the septic tank," in the Juneau Empire on Dec. 12, begs for correction.

Reasons to oppose same-sex benefits
I would like to weigh in against the same-sex benefits issue.

Geldhof has his own agenda regarding road
Once again, the Juneau Empire doesn't inform its readers that Joe Geldhof is an attorney for the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association...

A greater threat to society: left-handers
I'm proud to live in a state that punishes abnormal behavior by preventing deviants from marrying, then denying them benefits because they aren't married.

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

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

Photo: Tinted totem
The lower three figures of the "Harnessing the Atom Totem Pole" are illuminated Tuesday by a floodlight at the foot of the totem.

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

Peter Jack Sr., 1927-2007: Angoon Native leader dies at 79
Almost 10 years ago, Angoon city councilman Peter Jack Sr. began encouraging people to hang lights on their homes during Christmastime.

Riverside seeks young 'mentors' for preschool program
It wasn't long ago that schoolchildren who had a disability were shuffled off to a separate classroom where they were taught away from other children.

Corrections
In a Dec. 29 story about exposure deaths, The Associated Press misstated the last name of one of the victims. The Fairbanks man who died was Ralph James, not Ralph Samuels.

Corrections

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

Photo: Moving in
Juneau Rep.-elect Andrea Doll, left, and Rep. Beth Kerttula organize Doll's office in the Capitol on Wednesday as they prepare for the start of the upcoming legislative session, which begins Jan. 16.

Hoonah Artists
Fifteen Hoonah residents have been busy honing skills that not only connect them to their past, but also help ensure their financial futures.

Business Digest
Silverbow plans to add five hotel rooms, Anti-mining ads target Pebble project & Sen. Ted Stevens signs fisheries act

Photo: Crossing paths
Rebecca Canaday walks Tuesday past the mural "Raven Discovering Mankind in a Clam Shell" outside City Hall.

Filing a lost cat report within five days is important
Sir Rufus the Bold trotted forth, his golden plume of a tail held high. He loved how snow transformed his world.

Pets of the week
Playful female cats await homes at the Humane Society

Recognitions

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for: supporting the Alaska Youth Choir, attending museums conference, all of my many years

Juneau's winter weather adds life to old phrase, 'Lord willing'
I have started using a new vocabulary, thanks to the heavy snow this winter. Are you ready for a little Latin?

Neighbors Digest
Co-op nursery accepts applications for winter, Widowed Persons Service hosts brunch, Sealaska now accepting scholarship applications, Montessori celebrates 100th anniversary, Big Brothers Big Sisters benefit held Jan. 19 & Forest Service begins free lectures Jan. 12

Effie Harvey
Longtime Douglas resident Effie Lynch Harvey died Dec. 22, 2006, at the Pioneers' Home in Juneau. She was 93.

Eager 'Red' Holloway
Juneau resident Eager Louis "Red" Holloway died Dec. 30, 2006, at Bartlett Regional Hospital after a short illness. He was 89.

George Miyasato
Juneau resident and lifelong Alaska Native Brotherhood leader George Worthington Miyasato Sr. died Dec. 31, 2006, in Juneau after a short illness. He was 80.

Alaska editorial: Look ahead to new year, new governor
Every New Year bows in amid a mixture of excited anticipation and a sense of concern. We're happy to see the old year fade away and we eagerly await good things happening in the months ahead.

Getting past the same-sex benefit impasse
The Alaska Supreme Court's decision to order implementation of a same-sex partner benefit plan is the latest development in a story that has been going on for quite a while.

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.

Sitka jeweler pays $156,000 in promotion refunds
Matt Donohoe can testify to the benefits of eating a traditional New Year's Day good luck dish of black-eyed peas and rice.

Pipeline owners plan to boost rates
Federal regulators have let owners of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline boost what they charge to ship oil through the line, but shippers could get refunds from the owners later if the government determines the rates are too high.

Alaska Digest
Ferry to make stop in Skagway today only, Supreme Court rules on cab permit vote & Paratrooper killed by roadside bomb in Iraq

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

Supreme Court upholds in-state retiree benefit
Retirees from state, local governments and schools who live Outside won't get the special cost-of-living allowance available to in-state retirees, the Alaska Supreme Court has ruled.

Alaska Digest
Young Juneau bear up past bedtime, Woman dies after drinking antifreeze & Expanded hospital to be unveiled today

State representatives kick off year with ethics bill filing
Eight state representatives - four from each party - filed a pre-session ethics bill some believe will be the first of many such proposals seeking substantive change this year.

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

Suspects in New Year's crimes appear in court
An Anchorage man killed on New Year's Day was stabbed numerous times in a confrontation with a man he accused of raping his girlfriend's teenage daughter, according to formal charges filed Tuesday.

Murkowski's Asia tour cost state more than $100,000
Former Gov. Frank Murkowski's Asia trade mission during his last days in office cost the state about $114,000, the Anchorage Daily News reported in its Wednesday edition.

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