Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Shepard Point-less
Last year, Alaska got national airtime for multiple infamous road and bridge to nowhere projects.

Natives will have a voice in new pipeline
The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act can never destroy our relationship with our ancestors and our connection to the land. The Alaska Natives along the corridor of the natural gas pipeline deserve at least 20 percent ownership or royalties. We are the rightful inherent owners of the oil underneath the ground and should step up our demand for a fair share of the oil revenue and production.

No consensus on global warming
Your rousing logorrhea in Sunday's edition spoke volumes about the Empire's intellectually challenged editorial leadership. From first glance at the opinion in question, I thought it was a reprint from "Hooligan."

Is Palin conducting politics as usual?
Earlier this week the Empire ran a story citing bipartisan praise for Gov. Sarah Palin. The Sunday edition, then, brought up a "legislative" initiative that may result in the state capital relocating to the Matanuska-Susitna region.

Taxpayers are the losers
Regarding your Jan. 1 editorial, the drug war is in large part a war on marijuana, by far the most popular illicit drug.

Bill aims to raise dropout age
Juneau resident LuAnn Rutherford is at her wit's end.

Alaskans more likely to skip or leave for college
When you ask students at Juneau-Douglas High School to identify one of the school's smartest students, the name Caitlin Goettler, 15, comes up.

City impoundment lot could cost $470,000
The city could spend nearly half a million dollars to build an abandoned vehicle impoundment lot next to the state prison, if the project wins the Juneau Assembly's blessing.

Alaskans more likely to skip or leave for college
When you ask students at Juneau-Douglas High School to identify one of the school's smartest students, the name Caitlin Goettler, 15, comes up.

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

Photo: Whitewashed
Brian Lupro clears snow off his car Monday on St. Ann's Avenue in Douglas as his wife, Bernadine Peterson, watches from their house.

APOC says senator broke ethics rules
Alaska Public Offices Commission staff is accusing outgoing state Senate President Ben Stevens of multiple violations of financial disclosure rules and recommending thousands of dollars in fines.

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

Photo: Dinner with a view
A porcupine nibbles on a spruce tree Saturday at the Eaglecrest Ski Area.

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

Photo: Smooth move
Morgan Blackgoat, 6, looks at wax on her finger Sunday as her mother, Amanda, helps wax her skis during the 4H Cross Country Ski Club's ski care and maintenance workshop at Riverbend Elementary School.

Juneau Digest
Man falls through ice on Mendenhall Lake, Assembly increases charges for 911 line, Alaska soldier killed by small arms fire, Match play likely caused fatal fire, Helicopter pulls four fishermen to safety & Pesticide initiative doesn't qualify for 2008 ballot

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

Photo: Past and present basketball stars meet
Gov. Sarah Palin, left, talks with Juneau-Douglas High School student and star basketball player Talisa Rhea on Monday at the school.

Photo: Sleepless in Douglas
A black bear cub climbs a fence Dec. 12 in Douglas. The orphaned bear cub should be in its den, sleeping away the harsh winter beside its mother.

Patricia Ruth Muir
Former Juneau resident Patricia Ruth Muir died peacefully Jan. 5, 2007, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 82.

Anna Bell Carey
Haines resident Anna Bell Carey died Dec. 23, 2006, peacefully at her home. She was 84.

Alaska editorial: Permanent fund transfer a risk not worth taking
The Alaska Permanent Fund is the single most popular program in state history. Alaskans guard the fund so fervently that most politicians are eager to join in the chorus. "Protect the Permanent Fund" is the state's unofficial political theme song.

My Turn: Habitat: Keep professionals, eschew tweaking
A few weeks ago, the Board of Fisheries decided to send a letter urging Gov. Sarah Palin to return the habitat protection function from the Department of Natural Resources to the Department of Fish and Game, reversing Gov. Frank Murkowski's earlier move.

Alaska editorial: We should close the Exxon chapter of Alaska history
Babies born the year of the Exxon Valdez oil spill will be graduating from high school this spring.

My Turn: Caging Southeast's 800-pound gorilla
To get a clear look at what transportation may be like in the future if the ill-advised road up the Lynn Canal ever gets built, you only have to look to the present.

Juneau needs reliable transportation systems
Congratulations to Gov. Sarah Palin for wisely canceling a last-ditch effort by outgoing Gov. Frank Murkowski to break ground on a dead-end road north from 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.

JDHS girls basketball sweeps visiting Sitka
Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bear basketball teams swept Sitka over the weekend.

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.

Deer moving to safety from Kodiak Island mountains
Winds have cleared several snow-drifted mountain paths, allowing deer once trapped on mountain tops to reach the lower elevations on Kodiak Island.

Study: Cook Inlet belugas headed toward extinction
The beluga whales swimming off Alaska's largest city are at considerable risk of going extinct unless something changes, a federal study says.

Belated federal tax breaks will affect Alaskans
The Internal Revenue Service will start processing several belatedly enacted tax breaks, including a deduction for higher-education tuition, on Feb. 3, the tax agency said Monday.

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

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

Crab feast fundraiser held for Yukon Quest
A Fairbanks tradition to raise money for the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race is back.

Alaska's controversial jet still unsold
Another effort to rid the state of Alaska's multi-million dollar corporate jet through the Internet auction site eBay has failed.

Bypass mail changes a setback for Barrow
Despite resistance from Barrow residents, Fairbanks businesses and air carriers, the U.S. Postal Service changed the bypass mail system to the North Slope in 2006.

Palin drops Murkowski pick
Gov. Sarah Palin has removed former Gov. Frank Murkowski's son-in-law from the Alaska Railroad Commission, overturning a controversial appointment Murkowski made in the waning moments of his administration.

Homeowner stakes out burglary suspects
Don't mess with a retired military man - especially one who takes it personally and gets out a shotgun when you break into his home.

Alaska Digest
Native corporation working on coal deal, Jeff King wins Knik 200 Sled Dog Race, University rejects contractor claim & Alaska's Episcopal bishop moves on

State line helps smokers quit
Alaska's quit smoking line is giving would-be quitters the inside line for success.

Young boy killed in Eagle River house fire
A 4-year-old boy died and three other children were seriously injured in a house fire in which the children's baby sitters jumped from a second-story window to get help.

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