Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Redfern's Taku River hoverbarge proposal is irresponsible
I hope the governor and our Southeast Alaska legislators are closely watching the state review of Redfern's proposal to barge Canadian mining ore down the Taku River using this untested, unproven technology.

State's contract offer to supervisors is unacceptable
The Palin administration recently made a revised contract offer to the state supervisory employees' union. The previous offer was a 4 percent, 3 percent, 3 percent increase over three years beginning July 1, 2007. The revised offer includes similar terms, but no increase for July 1-Sept. 30, 2007. It also requires an additional 2.5 work hours per week, but pays for only one extra hour.

Disappointed in the Juneau Empire over Hoonah school story
I can't believe the Juneau Empire would print unsubstantiated accusations, such as the letter, "Disappointed in Hoonah school," from Hydaburg grandmother Jean Bland on Jan. 18. But then again, if you need to increase interest in your paper, you will print anything to do so.

Kensington owners buy Mexico mine
A recent purchase of a Mexico silver mine could make Kensington Mine's parent corporation the largest primary silver producer in the world.

Third tier of hospital renovations begin
A third phase of hospital renovations begins this week as architects arrive to plan the Orthopedic Center of Excellence announced by Chief Executive Officer Shawn Morrow in December.

King's dream alive in Juneau
Nearly 40 years after Martin Luther King Jr. fell to an assassin's bullet, part of his dream was realized in the multicolored faces of the Faith Community School Choir singing "Agree to Agree" during a ceremony to honor the famed civil rights leader Monday.

Meeting Bobby Fischer
Alexander Dolitsky once turned down Bobby Fischer's request to play chess.

Photo: Ice cycle
Jim Taggart, right, pulls Beth Mathews and their son, Glen, 9, on his bicycle Sunday over Mendenhall Lake. "I wouldn't try this without studded tires," Taggart said.

Photo: Winter training

Alaska parents encouraged to ask for hearing test
New state regulations just went into effect requiring every birthing facility in Alaska provide a newborn hearing screening within one month of birth.

Around Town
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Around Town

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

My Turn: How to keep the ferry system afloat
The Alaska Marine Highway System's proposed 2008 summer schedule is in direct opposition to what the system's clientele wants and uses. These changes are not required or mandated - they are a choice.

My turn: Taku River too important to risk with hoverbarge
I have reviewed Redfern Resources' operational plan for the Tulsequah Chief Mine, and it leaves me with apprehension about the risks it poses for the Taku River.

My turn: Fire sprinkler system prevents tragedy
W hile it is good to see a nice story about the quick actions of a former Juneau volunteer firefighter on page three of the Empire, the real story here was missed. The real story, which should have run on the front page, would have read "Fire sprinkler system prevents tragedy." Fire sprinkler systems are not sexy, and I doubt they have ever garnished front page news, unless, that is, someone is trying to make them mandatory.

Outside editorial: Will MySpace deal make Internet safer?
In the latest round of Whac-A-Mole that is regulation of the Internet, 49 state attorneys general and MySpace last week agreed on a set of protocols that would ostensibly make the online community a safer place.

Outside editorial: A forgotten crisis in Myanmar
Was it only four months ago that the world was pledging to stand by the brave thousands who were marching peacefully for democracy in Myanmar? Was it so recently that the United Nations Security Council was proclaiming its readiness to promote reconciliation after those same thousands were swept off the streets and into prisons or unmarked graves?

A nation aching for change
M any moons ago when this place was awash with staff, someone put a manager in charge of the future.

Outside editorial: Iraqi Mirages
Political reconciliation in Iraq has a way of perpetually receding from the legal and political frameworks that are built for it. The pattern was set more than two years ago, when Iraqi leaders announced agreement on a new constitution but buried in its text fundamental differences over federalism, the distribution of oil revenue, the role of Islam in the state and other matters. Since then, often under pressure from the Bush administration, breakthroughs on oil sharing or regional powers have been proclaimed; on close inspection, they reveal the same unresolved differences among Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds.

Outside editorial: Cue the Writers
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Tough as Steele: MMA debuts in Juneau
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No smoke, but lots of fire at Roughhouse
Roughhouse Friday at Marlintini's Lounge saw a few big changes last week as the event was held under a new city-wide no-smoking ban and spectators witnessed the first-ever mixed martial arts fight in Juneau.

Sports 'Celebration' teaches students about Alaska culture
In the spirit of the Alaska's rich cultural heritage, Riverbend Elementary School gymnasium filled to capacity Friday for the 2008 Native Youth Olympic Celebration.

Rhea sets school record for 3-pointers in Oregon State win
Oregon State freshman and 2007 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Talisa Rhea set a school record with eight 3-pointers in the Beavers' 60-35 win over Washington State on Saturday.

Editor's note: Southeast Basketball Roundup will appear in Tuesday's edition
The Southeast Basketball Roundup of Class 2A and 3A Southeast Conference basektball action will run in Tuesday's edition instead of Today's edition.

Advocates tout independent ferry authority
Some ferry advocates in the Alaska Legislature say they'd like to create an Alaska Marine Highway authority to run the troubled state ferry system.

State: Punitive damages warranted in oil spill
ANCHORAGE - A brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court says Exxon violated a social contract it had entered into with the state of Alaska when the tanker Exxon Valdez hit a reef in Prince William Sound in 1989 and spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil.

Supports: Bridge project's progress slow but steady
ANCHORAGE - Supporters of the much-maligned Knik Arm Bridge say the project is still moving forward.

House committee passes partial birth abortion bill
A House committee approved a proposal Monday that would make performing a medical procedure widely known as a "partial birth abortion" a felony in Alaska.

Palmer man arrested after stack of child pornography is found in his bedroom
ANCHORAGE - A Palmer man is in jail after Alaska State Troopers found a stack of photographs of young girls engaged in various sexual acts, as well as dozens of pictures he allegedly took of female children in his neighborhood as they played or walked to school.

Teen entrepreneur builds outhouses
PALMER - Daniel Buckingham points out features that come standard with his custom Alaska outhouse.

Northwest Digest

Stevens discusses Southeast issues in Ketchikan
Earmarks, a proposed cruise ship regulation, fishing rules and other issues were topics for Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, during a speech on a one-day stop in Ketchikan.

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