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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Eaglecrest Board might try to tap into snowmachine income
I was pleased to read in the paper about Eaglecrest Ski Area having a successful season and if our winter weather continues, we should enjoy some great spring skiing.

Cruise plea deal
I read with interest the story about the "plea deal" Princess Cruise Lines agreed to for one of its ships allegedly killing a humpback whale somewhere near Glacier Bay National Park in 2001.

We should give the gay issue a rest, let people live their lives
God almighty, I am so sick of hearing about gay this, gay that and what the Bible says.

Alaska's infrastructure would benefit from tapping the PFD
I recently read two news articles that contradict each other in the extremist of terms.

Setting the record straight - again
It seems to be a regular theme regarding the Kensington Mine. Mark Rorick, chairman, of the Juneau Sierra Club, takes a wide-arching swing at the project in the Jan. 23 Juneau Empire.

Increased ATV use on trails is not a good idea
The article in Sunday's Juneau Empire expresses hope by ATV riders that more trails would be opened for ATV use in the Juneau borough.

School district could be making better use of its time, money
I find it interesting that the Juneau School District has the money to spend on an issue that is long past, when teachers and support staff are not being paid near enough money for the work that they do in educating our children.

Low-impact options for Channel crossing must stay on the table
Consultants for the city of Juneau are accepting comments on finalized options for a second crossing of Gastineau Channel online at www.juneau.org.

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

Eagle causes power outage
About 10,000 Juneau residents lost power Sunday after a bald eagle lugging a deer head crashed into an Alaska Electric Light & Power transmission system in Lemon Creek.

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

Fog delays quorum in Legislature
The Alaska Legislature was able to conduct only limited business Monday after fog forced a plane bringing legislators from Anchorage to divert to Sitka.

Taku River proposed as access to mine
he Canadian company Redcorp plans to use the Taku River for primary access to its proposed Tulsequah Chief mine, about 40 miles northeast of Juneau, according to a company feasibility study announced Monday.

In emergency, city says shelters will come in handy
If disaster strikes in Southeast Alaska, don't be surprised if you get medical care in a tent.

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

Juneau fire marshal recalls intense experience of Holy Trinity arson
Days after a 2006 blaze that destroyed a historic downtown church, Juneau Fire Marshal Rich Etheridge heard an interesting rumor.

Photo: Winter slip 'n slide
Friends Megan McAllister, 11, left, and Sarah Quigley, 10, run and slide Sunday through the new snow at Evergreen Cemetery.

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

Alcohol's effect on fetuses discussed
Raising a child with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder can be heartbreaking.

Juneau Digest
Governor's jet goes to Round 4 on eBay, Assembly to consider Lynn Canal highway, Council holds building opportunities seminar & SEARHC celebrates National Heart Month

Photo: New assistant police chief sworn in
Page Decker, right, is sworn in as Juneau assistant chief of police by Chief Greg Browning on Monday at the police station.

Ex-accountant charged with felony theft
A former president of the Wrangell School Board was scheduled to appear in court today on a charge of stealing $91,759 from her most recent employer, the Association of Alaska School Boards in Juneau.

Goldbelt prepares dividend checks
For the first time since 1999, shareholders in Goldbelt, Juneau's urban Native corporation, will be getting dividend checks in the mail.

Corrections

Tom Leslie
Former Juneau resident Tom Leslie died Jan. 19, 2007, in Port Angeles, Wash. He was 78.

My turn: Faulty arguments used against Kensington
In response to the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council's article by Anissa Berry-Frick (Jan. 21), I offer a few very important facts.

Outside editorial: Separating sheep from the goat
The High Priest of the ancient Jews would confess the sins of the people on the Day of Atonement over the head of the goat. Then the animal would be released.

My turn: Tax surge would give everyone a stake in war
Although a substantial majority of Americans oppose the Bush administration's proposed escalation of the war in Iraq, Congress apparently will do nothing more than serve up non-binding resolutions expressing disagreement with the president's policy.

Alaska editorial: A jumping-off point for retirement debt discussion
By now most Alaskans know the state-run retirement system for public employees is about $8 billion short of what it could need over the next 25 years to pay out pension checks and health insurance benefits.

Outside editorial: Sticks, stones and Obama - misleading aspersions
It's become a fad among some conservatives to refer to the junior senator from Illinois by his full name: Barack Hussein Obama.

Photo: Throwing it down
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Will Egolf dunks during Saturday's win over top-ranked Dimond.

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.

Great Alaska Open results

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.

Bigger is better
The Southeast Alaska Swim Team proved that bigger is definitely better at the Great Alaska Open this weekend at Augustus Brown Swimming Pool.

Auroras lure some to Alaska in winter
For newlyweds Jun and Chisako Shibata, the perfect honeymoon meant standing on a steep Alaska mountain in the freezing darkness, gazing up at the dancing lights in the sky.

Budget delays hit UAF projects
Congressional budget delays have put several major research projects at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in limbo.

UAF ranked fifth for research productivity
A company that ranks productivity among colleges' research faculty has placed the University of Alaska Fairbanks fifth nationally among small colleges.

Young commercial fishermen face steep hurdles in Alaska
Lindsey Bloom is so enthused about her budding career as a commercial fisherman that she's got the "Made in Alaska" emblem and two leaping sockeye salmon tattooed on the small of her back.

Lake raises level of Kenai River
A lake dammed by Skilak Glacier broke free this month and has raised water levels in the lower Kenai River, threatening low-lying homes.

State mulls new oil tax administration
The Alaska Department of Revenue is figuring out how to administer a new oil production tax passed by the Legislature and the details will decide how much money flows into state coffers or stays in the pockets of producers.

Photo: Soldiers receive purple hearts
Major Gen. Charles Jacoby Jr., commander of U.S. Army Alaska, right, pins a Purple Heart on Staff Sgt. Pierce Williams of Sturgis, S.D., second from left, during a ceremony Friday at Fort Richardson in Anchorage.

Photo: Fallen soldiers honored
Plaques and photos of five paratroopers who died in Iraq sit on a table Friday as Army Sgt. Eric Bitzen looks over the display honoring his fellow soldiers before a memorial service at Fort Richardson.

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Communities rush to draw up coastal plans
Coastal communities struggling to meet a March 1 deadline to draw up new plans for environmental oversight of development along their coastline could be granted a temporary reprieve under a proposal before the Alaska Legislature.

Alaska Digest
nterior lawmakers call for more regents, Warm weather raises avalanche dangers & Eviction flier worries Fairbanks residents

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