Thursday, January 25, 2007

Spin can't change fact that the war is about oil
It's still about oil, and all of the White House spin to distract you from that brutal fact is more of the same coming from the president and his accomplices.

Bible doesn't sanction same-sex marriage
I go to Floyd Dryden Middle School. I am writing a response to Jessica Rocco Humphrys' letter in the Jan. 12 Juneau Empire.

Global warming is still not an excuse for the road
John Norton (Jan. 11 Juneau Empire) asked how a person concerned with global warming could oppose the road when fast ferries burn so much fuel. I would like to address that question.

Tongass Forest needs a forward-thinking plan
The U.S. Forest Service recently released its draft forest plan for the Tongass National Forest.

Governor needs to address alcoholism
As a lifelong Democrat, I was skeptical when Sarah Palin was elected.

More honest conversation needed in mine debate
1. Coeur is in business to make money for its stockholders. If the choice is between maximizing jobs and maximizing profits, it will maximize profits.

Alaska Constitution and natural resources
When It comes to Alaska's natural resources, one needs to go no further than our state constitution to realize the intent of the people of Alaska when it was ratified on April 24, 1956.

Juneau Digest
Juneau man dies in road crash in Hawaii, Police look into rash of house burglaries, Sunrise returns to Barrow in a dim show & Survey finds mercury in fish across West

Lawmakers look into scope of climate change
A Legislature-appointed commission has slated 10 hours at the Capitol today to hear from state agencies, scientists and citizens about how climate change is affecting Alaska.

Ferries' future in hands of governor, new commissioner
While Gov. Sarah Palin's long-term plan for the state ferries is still in flux, observers say the few indications about the new governor's approach to the Alaska Marine Highway System are encouraging.

Parents weigh in on education
Parent Robyn Holloway brought a mix of fear and hope to a public forum Tuesday night about Juneau high schools.

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

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

City puts residential land on the market
Forty-three city-owned residential lots at Lena Point go on the market starting today.

Business Digest
Employee wellness group honors program, Bookkeeping class offered on Jan. 31 & Economic council hires 3 new staffers

Photo: And there was light ...
Members of the Juneau-Douglas High School dance team - from left, Stefanie Davis, Gloria Lumba, Rachelle Sloss, Rachelle Albay and Amanda Leamer - practice their "Light March" on Wednesday at the Marie Drake gym.

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

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

Knowing when you need the church
A question that frequently arises in my mind is this: If the church on the corner in Douglas closed its doors one day, how many people would miss it, or even realize that it was gone?

Photo: Big Campaign recruits Big Brothers
Big Brother Alan Steffert, right, and his Little Brother, Liam, pose at their first meeting in front of Rainy Day Books downtown.

Recognitions
Megan Treston, of Juneau, is listed on the 2006 fall semester dean's list at the University of Portland in Oregon. She is a sophomore and majoring in nursing.

Photo: Democratic Party donations
Rich Listowski, left, of the Greater Juneau Democratic Party, presents a $500 check to Glory Hole Director George Briggs.

Neighbors Digest
People for Peace sponsor rally against Iraq war Saturday, Alaska Youth Choir invites singers, 8 to 18, for May 12 concert, Parks and Rec takes shelter reservations beginning Monday, Housing First offers class on its Home Opportunity Program & Widowed Persons Service holds brunch Feb. 4 at Breakwater

Margaret Leibowitz
Juneau resident Margaret Leibowitz died Jan. 12, 2007, in Juneau. She was 78.

Kevin Guy Wilson
Kevin Guy Wilson died Jan. 16, 2007, in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He was 28.

Walter Hermes
Former Juneau resident Walter Emmerson Hermes of Edgewood, Wash., died Jan. 22, 2007, in his home. He was 76.

Rita McLeod
Hoonah resident Rita Laura (Dalton) McLeod, died Jan. 17, 2007, in Hoonah. Her Tlingit name was Gun X Su Wa Tlex of the Yeil Kudei Hittaan (Raven Nest House), T'akdeintaan Clan and a Kaagwaantaan Yatxee. She was 63.

Alaska editorial: Build a Capitol in the capital
This editorial appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

My Turn: Coeur Alaska's reverse logic
Coeur Alaska's new series of ads asking the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council to reconsider its lawsuit over the Clean Water Act raises some interesting points.

My Turn: Is it OK if they pay to be gay?
A laska's Supreme Court has ordered granting spousal benefits to same-sex partners of state workers. Our Legislature seems determined to figure a way out of it. Instead, they should be working on how to do it.

Snowsports corner: Juneau's storied Nordic history
• Editor's note: The author is a former member of the Juneau-Douglas High School ski team in the early 1960s.

Ouellette stands tall in goal for Alaskan Dames
Lisa Ouellette turned back all 12 shots she faced to give Alaskan Dames a 5-0 win over the Gold team in a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Women's Tier B contest Sunday at Treadwell Arena.

SE hoops roundup: Wrangell stays hot with a pair of wins over Craig
Michelle Villarma scored 22 points and Courtney McCay posted 15 points and eight rebounds in Wrangell's 68-28 Saturday win over Craig in Class 3A girls high school basketball

Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll
Here is this week's Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll for class 4A and 3A teams with recordss through Jan. 21, first place votes in parenthesis and total poll points on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis.

Photo: Out in front
The Island Pub's Marc Wheeler pushes toward the puck while the Kensington Goldminers' Ian Leary gives chase...

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.

Records may fall at Alaska Open
When Juneau's Glacier Swim Club joined forces with Sitka and Ketchikan for the first time in December, GSC coach Scott Griffith compared it to a school dance with different factions on opposing walls.

Alaska Digest
City's adult ed center changes its name, Man hospitalized after stabbing on Douglas, Wearable Art tickets go on sale Saturday & Ketchikan man found guilty of killing wife

Governor appoints four to Board of Regents
Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday appointed four new members to the University of Alaska Board of Regents, including retired publisher Fuller Cowell II of Anchorage.

Bills would alter the pardon process
Jessica Ridinger stood ready to serve rice pilaf, tilapia and garlic bread to her family on a December evening when the phone rang.

This Day in History
In Alaska the nation and the world

Photo: Happy reunion
Alaska Air National Guard co-pilot Capt. Sharyl Worrell is greeted Monday by her niece, Annika Yancey, 8, at Kulis Air National Guard Base in Anchorage.

Bush unyielding in address
Standing firm: President Bush delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Study: More polar bears den on land
More pregnant polar bears in Alaska are digging snow dens on land instead of sea ice, according to a federal study, and researchers say deteriorating sea ice due to climate warming is the likely reason.

Expert: Despite oil prices, state on track for surplus
The price of Alaska crude oil has plummeted in the last six months, but an economist said Monday the state is still in position to reap a big surplus.

State ordered to pay attorney fees in wolf case
The state has been ordered to pay attorney fees for an animal rights group over a lawsuit that temporarily halted Alaska's aerial wolf control program.

State commission listens to testimony about problems caused by warming
Paula Terrel has spent the past 25 years fishing in Alaska for salmon and halibut, but she recently has been eating a lot of tropical fish.

Photo: From Iraq to Anchorage
The USS Shugart, carrying vehicles and equipment from Fort Wainwright's 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team and Fort Richardson's Charlie Company, 84th Engineering Battalion, arrives Wednesday at the Port of Anchorage.

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Alaska subsistence lawsuit
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit that claims the federal government unconstitutionally favors rural hunters and fishermen in Alaska.

Cities make pitch for sharing wealth to Palin
Alaska's cities and boroughs are hoping to share in the state's bounty this year, and former Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin may be able to help them from her new position as governor.

Princess Cruise Lines agrees to $755,000 fine in whale's death
Princess Cruise Lines has agreed to pay a large fine after one of its ships was accused of striking and killing a humpback whale near Glacier Bay in Southeast Alaska.

This Day in History
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