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Thursday, January 10, 2008

SEACC fights for the people
It is flattering, in a way, that some people see the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council as an evil empire that controls this area.

Painted lane markers should be maintained
The deterioration of white and yellow painted lane markers on Juneau's paved roads has become a significant contributor to accidents and the slowing of traffic flow, especially during conditions of reduced visibility.

Online checkbooks are a good idea
What is an online checkbook? A free and publicly searchable Web site with information telling who does business with the state. This is a concept that Sen. Bill Wielechowski is offering in the form of a state statute.

Keep working for an avalanche center
A winter snowstorm on Jan. 2 prompted me to write this letter.

Barack Obama is a symbol of unity
Unfortunately for Vicki Allison (Jan. 8), the burdensome and ridiculous system of racism in America doesn't allow for mixed-race people to be looked upon as anything other than black, if they appear to have any distinguishable African racial features.

Path likely to be built to Nugget Falls
Building a trail at Mendenhall Glacier that'll make it easier to reach Nugget Falls in warmer months has moved about as fast as, well, a glacier.

Image from another time: A hint of crimson and clover, 1969
The Juneau-Douglas High School Drill team poses for a photo in 1969 in the JDHS gym. Barbara Cooper coached the team in the 1960s.

Bailey pleads guilty to 2 counts of online enticement of minor
A previously convicted sex offender pleaded guilty to two counts of online enticement of a minor Wednesday in Juneau Superior Court.

Delays in summer ferry schedule raise concerns
A week into the new year, the Alaska Marine Highway System has still not published a ferry schedule for the summer tourist season.

Grant to fund city stream cleanup efforts
Grant funding will help a nonprofit make a bigger difference in the health of Juneau's streams and lakes.

Around Town

Photo: Breaking out the heavy machinery
Jim Tyner clears snow out of the driveway Wednesday in front of his Douglas home. Tyner said it was the first time this winter he had to use his snow blower.

Construction academy aims to curb worker shortage
Juneau will soon offer more free classes for students and adults interested in construction jobs as part of a statewide effort to increase the number of in-state skilled workers.

Around Town

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

Coogan, Juneau set to discuss auditorium final costs
The city and Coogan Construction will soon negotiate the final costs to complete Thunder Mountain High School's auditorium, which voters approved in a special election last June.

Business Digest
Former DMV director moves to Juneau; Owners weigh in on state minimum wage

Photo: Quiet reflections
Two people walk Tuesday along the dock at Don Statter Boat Harbor in Auke Bay.

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

Reality is seeing and hearing what's there
The first time I remember the phenomenon, I listened to a lecture by a Baptist pastor named Al Robertson, one of my heroes.

Denver Museum repatriates tunic and Raven headdress
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science has repatriated two important pieces of at.óow to the L kaax.ádi of Haines.

Horton, Highley wed
April Mae Highley, of Juneau, and Ron E. Horton, of Cordova, were married Dec. 24, 2007, on Shipwreak Beach in Kauai, Hawaii. A reception followed at the Smith Laua in Kaui.

Wishing for the keys to freedom and independence
Even though he has not driven in two years, my father-in-law carries car keys in his pocket every day.

Hanly, Davis wed
Nicole Davis, of Juneau, and Matthew Hanly, of Sydney, Australia, were married in a civil ceremony on Dec. 26, 2007, in Canberra, Australia.

Recognition
The United States Department of Defense Southern Command recently promoted Sue Horner, of Juneau, to the rank of colonel. Few military members are selected to this higher level of senior leadership.

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Irene Erickson
Longtime Alaska resident Irene Erickson died Jan. 6, 2008, in Juneau with her children by her side. She was 81.

Calvin Fred Sr.
Former Angoon resident Calvin Matthew Fred Sr., of Anchorage, died Jan. 3, 2008, at his home. He was 57.

Considering knowledge's limits for tomorrow's sake
On Alaska's Shishmaref Island in the Chukchi Sea, global warming is not about the ability of scientists to predict the future. The retreating sea ice has robbed the community of its natural barrier against storm surges.

Outside editorial: It's ... those other people
We intended to compose this editorial a while back. Really, we did. But workday after jam-packed workday gave us not one spare moment to formally evaluate the diligence of our fellow Americans.

Outside editorial: Close New Hampshire results are good news for voters across U.S.
For all the hoopla over Barack Obama's post-Iowa bounce, in the end the Democratic primary in New Hampshire turned out to be surprisingly close.

My Turn: Oppose any shift toward totalitarianism
Ibelieve that the Constitution and the rights of Americans are being slowly nibbled away in a manner similar to those that have led to totalitarian states throughout history.

Campaign questions remain unasked
Question 1: Why is it that every time a pundit points out former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has no real foreign policy experience, the obvious second part of that observation - that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney also has no foreign policy experience - never comes up?

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 boys fall to Kodiak Wednesday in Anchorage
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team lost to Kodiak 65-50 Wednesday in Anchorage.

Young JDHS girls team off to Anchorage
For a team primarily consisting of freshmen and sophomores, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball squad is coming together quite nicely.

Sports Digest
Treadwell Arena offers skills and drills, parent and tot lessons

Crimson Bears girls topple Bartlett 53-13
Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball beat Bartlett on Wednesday in Anchorage. They take on Kodiak in the opening game of the Lady T-Bird Classic today at East Anchorage High School.

Tough tests await JDHS boys
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team's relentlessly arduous schedule takes the squad to Anchorage for four difficult games starting today.

Alaska Old Believers spend holiday planning funerals
Alaska's Old Believers are accustomed to struggle. But even for them, these are the most trying of times.

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

Company wants to test wind turbines at Hatcher Pass
A company is in the early stages of developing a wind farm at Hatcher Pass and is applying for permission from the state to erect test turbines.

Alaska Digest
Wanamaker named Juneau deputy mayor; Juneau Assembly denies Hood's appeal; Many Alaskans file early for dividends; Ketchikan mulls sale of phone division; Rifle range looks to reduce lead dust; Attorney enters plea on child porn charge; Smoke detector saves mother, child

Open luggage door cited in 2 previous crashes in Alaska
As investigators review whether a luggage panel figured into a fatal Kodiak plane crash, federal reports indicate similar panels caused two previous Alaska crashes.

Three appointed to Chatham School Board
When English teacher Melissa Cullum lost her job last spring, against the wishes of parents and students in Angoon, she never imagined becoming a supervisor for the superintendent who recommended her termination.

Start of race to be permanently moved
Modern challenges are catching up with the world's most famous sled dog race.

Groups take first steps toward polar bear protection lawsuit
Three conservation groups on Wednesday began legal action to force the Bush administration to list polar bears as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Alaska Digest
Goldbelt providing security at airport; FAA clears pilot in Ketchikan crash; Judge: Alaska Grown is Alaska's own; Gravel's health puts campaign on pause; APOC director Miles to retire next March; Fishing boat captain honored for rescue; Ex-post office official charged with assault

State lawmaker criticizes Palin's role in fundraiser
Gov. Sarah Palin planned to co-host a campaign fundraiser Wednesday night for Republicans in the state Senate minority, raising objections from a lawmaker who said it raises questions of a conflict of interest.

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

Capital advocates fear creep
Some legislative observers don't think a new bill to move the capital from Juneau to Anchorage has much of a chance.

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