Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Fishery problems are not so simple
I noted Kate File's comments on the halibut fishery (charter versus commercial) in the Dec. 22, 2006, edition of the Juneau Empire.

Juneau needs housing, not another bridge
I am writing in response to the article "North Douglas crossing meetings to be held soon."

Resource managers need to take action
I have recently seen lots of back and forth regarding resource depletion and allocation overage issues involving charter boats.

More than a matter of fuel
I would like to respond to John Norton's letter (Jan. 11) concerning ferry fuel usage versus the amount of fuel that would be consumed by vehicular traffic up the proposed Lynn Canal road.

Sealaska questions
Sealaska's shareholders have certainly been witness to a number of flyers, newsletters and online articles regarding the descendant's vote.

A few thoughts on gay marriage
In response to Jessica Rocco Humphrys' letter, "Who has the right to stop happiness?" (Friday's Juneau Empire), I must say that you are far too young to understand this sort of thing.

A cause for shame
It would be a benefit to the community if this newspaper took the time to address the full tailings disposal needs of the Kensington project.

Events mark beginning of legislative session
Here's a look at some of the events planned to coincide with the beginning of the 25th Alaska State Legislature:

Corrections

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

Photo: Yoga under the stars
Dolly Kremers, a volunteer at the Marie Drake Planetarium, meditates Saturday under projected stars and planets with 16 other people attending a yoga class lead by instructor Cynthia Pring-Ham.

Public defender receives award
When Juneau public defender Robert Meachum looks back on his career, he could obsess on grisly crimes and brutality.

Social work applicants face more scrutiny
Criminals will find it more difficult to land jobs around children and vulnerable adults after the state adopted more stringent regulations for background checks last week.

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

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

Seven new affordable housing units open to Juneau residents
Life just got a little bit easier for 11 Juneau renters.

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

Juneau honors Martin Luther King Jr.
Mary Lou McKinley braved cold rain and a long bus ride Monday to honor a civil-rights hero.

Legislators begin work
Shortly before noon today, Juneau will have a new representative in the Alaska Legislature.

Photo: Snack break
Darian Gray, 11, takes a break with a handful of snow on Sunday after skiing with the 4-H Cross Country Ski Club at Mendenhall Lake Campground.

My turn: Board angles to pass new Native resolution
Why does it have to be all or nothing in a single resolution? Each of the major components of the proposed resolution should stand on its own merits and be voted up or down on its own merits.

My Turn: Legislators need to be accessible
Once again a bill has been introduced that, if acted upon, would result in moving legislative sessions out of Juneau.

Alaska editorial: New session doesn't need to last full 121 days
The first session of Alaska's 25th Legislature opens Tuesday, and it's scheduled to be a 121-day affair. The adjournment date already is set: May 16.

My turn: Community needs to be part of planning for second crossing
Unfortunately I am out of town for both of the public meetings that the city has scheduled on the second crossing initiative.

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.

Photo: Downtown moose
A moose eats berries from a tree Saturday in downtown Anchorage.

Alaska Digest
Young fishermen's summit scheduled, Missile defense radar on its way to Kodiak, Public comments on Kenai River rules, Kalskag mourns death of two women & Kodiak man pleads no contest in assault

Alaskans remember climber, photographer as a pioneer
Bradford Washburn never called Alaska home but was considered a pioneer mountaineer, photographer and cartographer in America's largest state.

Northwest Digest
UAF mulls outside bookstore contract, Utah raises money in hunt permit auctions, Fossil discovery reported one of first & Specialists say more skiers use helmets

Vaccine's cost makes it inaccessible to Alaskans
The high cost of a new vaccine designed to prevent cervical cancer is preventing some Alaskans from getting it.

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

Alaskans pan changes to senators' flight rules
Making U.S. senators pay the full cost of chartered aircraft will cause illogical problems and cost taxpayers extra when applied to Alaska, according to the state's senators.

Bald eagle populations soar after brush with extinction
Unfolding its 7-foot wingspan, a bald eagle soared over the mist-blanketed Mississippi River, just upstream from this month's Bald Eagle Days festivities in Rock Island.

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

Fairbanks shooting leaves two dead
A 16-year-old Fairbanks boy died when he shot himself in the head after shooting his girlfriend and an 18-year-old man on a wooded path over the weekend, Fairbanks police said Monday.

Soldotna mother sues Kenai woman over son's ATV death
A Soldotna mother has filed a lawsuit against a Kenai woman over the death last year of the plaintiff's teenage son.

Cellular subsidies enrich telecoms at consumers' expense
Cellular subscribers are paying hundreds of millions of dollars each year to subsidize landline telephone service, enriching big telecommunications companies while providing little or no benefit to cell phone users.

Venezuelan oil finally reaching Alaska villages
Alaska villages are finally receiving a much-criticized donation of heating fuel from Venezuelan oil company Citgo.

Whales ignore winter, linger near Sand Point
The community of Sand Point has been hosting summertime visitors for an extended stay but no one is complaining in the Shumagin Island community.

State studies ask why uninsured lack coverage
The state Department of Health and Social Services is working to get a better handle on access to health-care facilities and on the numbers of Alaskans who have no health insurance.

Subsidy program seen as important for rural Alaska
If Alaskans are worried about a state fund that helps subsidize rural phone service, they've yet to weigh in through any formal channels.

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