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Thursday, January 11, 2007

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

How can green groups support ferries?
My wife and I rented Al Gore's film last week, the one titled "An Inconvenient Truth" and like many who have watched it, we were stunned by dramatic graphs and scientific testimony regarding the threats to our planet due to global warming.

Be fair to MacKinnon
Joe Geldhof and Clay Good have implied that the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Acting Commissioner John MacKinnon has been corrupt in his handling of the Juneau Access project in relation to his partial ownership of a mine located near the proposed road.

He fooled us twice
What is it with President Bush and this "surge" of troops to Iraq?

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.

Consensus exists on global warming
Consensus exists on global warming

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.

Business Digest
KIN Pub Night will be held next week, Business class to help minimize taxes & Women's boutique opens in valley mall

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

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

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.

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.

Corrections

Photo: Blustery afternoon
A pedestrian walks in blowing snow Wednesday next to City Hall on Marine Way.

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

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

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

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

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.

Woman pleads guilty to homicide
A Juneau woman pled guilty Wednesday to a charge of criminally negligent homicide in the Aug. 31, 2005, traffic death of University of Alaska Southeast college student Jody Watson.

Photo: Nice day for a picnic
Greg Bledsoe has a chilly and blustery noon picnic Wednesday at Marine Park, as temperatures in Juneau hovered in the low teens.

Subsistence issue tabled for one year
Sitka area subsistence fishermen have one more year to persuade the Federal Subsistence Board to close an important herring spawning area to commercial use.

Juneau legislators' bills focus on wages, class size, marital abuses
Juneau's legislators have introduced bills on schools, wages and other issues in advance of the 2007 session that begins next week.

Biologists ask public to help with deformed bird study
If you spot a bird with a beak that looks like it came from a novelty shop, it's no laughing matter.

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.

Mary Lee Choate
Juneau resident Mary Lee Choate died Jan. 2, 2007, at the Alaska Native Medical Hospital in Anchorage. She was 77.

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: Voters are looking for changes in ethics laws
Alaska voters made it very clear on Election Day: They want tighter ethics rules for public servants.

My turn: Support the system to review Pebble Mine
A laska is a resource development state. Whether fish, minerals, oil and gas, or timber, resource development has driven Alaska's economy for generations.

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.

Crimson Bears defeat Bartlett
Four Juneau-Douglas High School players doubled Wednesday night, helping the Crimson Bears defeat Bartlett 65-42.

Juneau-Douglas loses to Wasilla 57-44
The Crimson Bears were off to a strong start Wednesday night, scoring the first five points against Wasilla.

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.

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: JDHS graduate competes for All Star dance team
BritanyTroutt: Brittany Troutt, a Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, and a dancer with the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, was one of three Clippers dancers chosen to compete to represent the team at the NBA's All Star Game in Las Vegas.

Photo: JAHA Hockey
Loose puck: DK Mining (black) fights for the puck against team Yellow in the Treadwell Arena on Tuesday night in Douglas.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Senator works to settle land claims
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has reintroduced legislation to resolve land problems facing a village Native corporation near Ketchikan.

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

Palin names Sampson, Hartig, Fedullo to staff
Gov. Sarah Palin continued to assemble her staff Wednesday by adding three members who will serve the departments of education and environmental conservation and the press office.

Photo: Fawning over a reflection
A young deer looks at its reflection in a door Tuesday at Paul Lutheran Church in Kodiak.

Oil pipeline back in full operation after shutdown
The trans-Alaska oil pipeline was temporarily taken off-line Tuesday after workers found a spill of up to 500 gallons of crude oil.

This Day in History
In Alaska the nation and the world

Alaska Digest
Charges filed in lost fish and wages, Education Web site launches this week & Downed plane found, pilot still missing

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