Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Stuff of comic books
Rich Poor's My Turn in the Empire on Sunday continues another in a series of My Turns that persistently push "the cul-de-sac road" up a primal Lynn Canal.

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."

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.

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.

Waiting for eagles
Last week I was talking to my friend Ed Furmam about the mess our country is in today.

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

Early-morning quake shakes Juneau, Southeast
A moderate earthquake, felt by many in Juneau, jolted Southeast Alaska early Tuesday morning. No serious damage or injury was reported.

Orphaned cub still on the loose
When Marlene Mungle peeked out a window of her Douglas Island home Saturday night, she saw an orphan playing in the snow.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Planning commission approves two projects
A local couple won the Juneau Planning Commission's approval Tuesday to open an Internet lounge at the former Elks Lodge building downtown.

Photo: Splash landing
A seagull prepares to land Tuesday in the Don Statter Boat Harbor in Auke Bay.

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

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

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

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

Corrections

North Douglas crossing meetings to be held soon
Plans are moving forward on a proposed north Douglas crossing, a second bridge between Juneau and Douglas, with two public meetings slated for later this month.

Photo: Mountain shadow
A walker takes advantage of sunny weather Tuesday on the Kaxdigoowu Heen Dei trail near the Brotherhood Bridge.

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

Pets of the week
Brother and sister cats like to stick together

Recognitions
Army Pvt. Jordan L. Johnston, a 2005 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. Johnston earned distinction as an honor graduate of the course. She is the daughter of Don Johnston, of Juneau.

Neighbors Digest
Bartlett High Class of 1987 gathers online, Practice sponsors free energy balancing lectures, Photo journalist speaks on Israel, Palestine photos, Hunter Education Facility offers public courses & Nonprofit seeks host families for high schoolers

Idell and Sassi wed
Lisa Idell and Ari Sassi, of Juneau, were married Dec. 30, 2006, in the Juneau Senior Center building in Juneau. Gary Guizio was the officiater. A reception followed.

Photo: Orthodox Christmas
The Rev. Michael Spainhoward of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox church holds a cross Sunday at the church during Orthodox Christmas services.

Keller and Gendron wed
Christy Keller, of Juneau, and Greg Gendron, of Bothell, Wash., were married on Dec. 31, 2006, at Douglas Community United Methodist Church in Juneau. A reception followed a Aldersgate Church.

Neighbors mailbox
Christmas thief should return to sign autograph

Mary Lewis
Longtime Juneau resident Mary Lewis died Jan. 4, 2007, following a battle with a respiratory illness. She was 77.

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.

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.

My turn: Coeur proposes 'doing it right'
After long ignoring the matter, I decided to take a look at the lawsuit that the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and the Sierra Club brought against the Kensington Mine.

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.

My turn: Governors can't halt global warming
Jan. 3 was perihelion, or the point in our annual orbit closest to the sun. On July 6, we reach aphelion and will be some 3.2 million miles farther away from the sun.

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.

Juneau's Seth McBride named to U.S. Paralympics Team
Seth McBride of Juneau was among nineteen athletes named to the 2007 U.S. Paralympics Wheelchair Rugby National Team.

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: To the board
Checking: Jason Soza (2), of Air Excursions, checks Terry Schwarz (32), of Di-tier, during the first night of Juneau Adult Hockey Association's spring season.

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.

Two Juneau lawmakers sponsor bills to tighten state ethics laws
Juneau's legislative delegation is once again advocating legislative ethics reform, and they're expecting a better outcome than in past sessions.

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.

Bush's new Iraq plan contains old elements
President Bush's new plan for Iraq sounds a lot like his old one. Send in more troops, set goals for the Iraqi government and assure Americans it's better to wage war there than here.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Officials shut down pipeline after oil spill
The trans-Alaska oil pipeline was temporarily taken off line Tuesday after workers found a spill of as many as 500 gallons of crude oil.

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

Alaska Digest
Officials confirm no sign of bird flu, Search under way for missing plane & Pesticide bill doesn't qualify for '08 ballot

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

Bush lifts ban on oil drilling in Bristol Bay
President Bush lifted a ban Tuesday on oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Bristol Bay, an area known for its endangered whales and the world's largest run of sockeye salmon.

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