Wednesday, January 17, 2007

BASE program still operating in Juneau
This is in response to Allison Rhyner's Jan. 12 letter, "Keeping kids in class," which noted the high school BASE program as a past effort to help reduce the dropout rate.

Affordable housing for those in need
Like Einstein, Newton and other pioneers of yesteryear, we search for the elusive formula, recipe or theory from which the answer to "affordable housing" will spring.

Bridge project as public as possible
In response to the My Turn by north Douglas resident Kaja Brix (Jan. 15), the north Douglas crossing project has been as public as such things can possibly be.

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.

Keep your vehicle idling to a minimum
Why drive a car that gets zero miles to the gallon? Yet that is your mileage whenever your engine idles.

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.

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.

Second crossing should be made a toll bridge
The second crossing should be a toll bridge because it will be used almost exclusively by very few, but affluent, Juneauites.

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.

Corrections

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

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

Senators: Bill would quicken gas-line appeal
Two Alaska senators are trying to speed up the contract process for a natural gas line - a process mired in a legal battle over development of the state's second largest natural gas field.

Lawmakers convene '07 session
An unlikely state Senate coalition of six Republicans and nine Democrats held firm Tuesday during two challenges to its majority rule on opening day of the 2007 legislative session.

JDHS principal pitches strategy to cut dropout rate
Juneau-Douglas High School principal Bernie Sorenson wants to increase the graduation rate to 90 percent, she said after the Juneau School Board meeting on Tuesday night.

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

City stops fluoridating water; traces will linger in some areas
Although Juneau authorities stopped putting fluoride into the city water system on Monday, the chemical will still be coming out of water taps for days or even months.

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

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

Photos: Launching the session
The Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau, Juneau Chamber of Commerce and the city sponsored the Legislative welcome reception.

Legislators hope to wrap up work in 90 days
Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire

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

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

God brings new life out of our hurt souls
January marks my 35th year of life - Jan. 22nd, more specifically.

Neighbors Digest
The Canvas holds art workshop for ArtAbility, JWAC hosts WorldQuest fundraiser in Juneau, Public invited to First Native Issues Forum today, January is Cervical Health Awareness Month & Tickets to Wearable Art show available Jan. 27

Photo: Litter Free donates to Floyd Dryden
Standing from left, Litter Free officers John Logan and Laurie Sica present a $600 check to Tom Milliron, principal of Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank God the Sztuks are carrying on with tradition

Austerman and Duncan wed
Carol Austerman and Dave Duncan, of Juneau, were married Nov. 19, 2006, at the Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church in Kodiak, with a reception at the Old Power House Restaurant.

Turner and Wilson to wed
Hilary Turner and Seth Wilson, of Juneau, announce their engagement to be married on June 21, 2008, in Juneau.

Pets of the week
Brian, Delores are curious pets

My turn: There are still opportunities in Alaska
I read Will Morris' article on Alaska's brain drain, "Alaskans more likely to skip or leave for college," in the Juneau Empire on Jan. 8...

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.

Snowsports corner: Plenty of ways to learn Nordic skiing
With the excellent snow conditions this year, I'm sure many of you have already been out cross-country skiing or have seen others enjoying this sport on ski trails in Juneau.

SE roundup: Villarma helps Wrangell girls beat Petersburg to remain perfect this season
Michelle Villarma poured in 34 points and hit 10 of 14 free throws to lead the Wrangell High School girls basketball team to a 47-43 Homecoming win over visiting Petersburg on Saturday in Class 3A.

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.

Liebelt's two goals lift Orange to Tier B victory
Arnold Liebelt's two third-period goals iced the Orange's 6-2 win over the Ice Pirates on Sunday at Treadwell Arena in a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier B battle.

Unalaska shelves wind power research
On paper, Alaska has some of the best potential for wind power in the nation. But in the wind-scoured Aleutian Island city of Unalaska, leaders have stopped studying wind energy as a source of reliable power.

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

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.

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.

Northwest Digest
Homicide suspected in death of Fairbanks man, Exxon appealing order to pay for spill, Kodiak tanner crab quota reduced & Suit seeks to enforce ban on booze sales

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.

Dental program aims to offer services in rural communities
A new dental training program that opened on Monday is attempting to expand tooth care services in rural Alaska, where cavity rates far exceed the national average and dentists rarely set up shop.

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

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.

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

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

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

Photo: Writing the State of the State
Gov. Sarah Palin works on her first State of the State address Tuesday in her office at the Capitol. Palin will deliver the speech at 7 p.m. today to the joint session of the Alaska Legislature.

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