Wednesday, January 31, 2007

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

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.

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.

More money for forest restoration
Ten years go, when the last Tongass Land Management Plan was assembled, the U.S. Forest Service TLMP planning team carefully determined a projected timber demand over the next period, and then, purely as an accident, doubled it.

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.

Please don't make recruiting for state jobs impossible
What an interesting story in the Sunday Empire regarding PERS and TRS unfunded liability and Gov. Sarah Palin proposing spending $207 million to pick up school districts' extra costs this year, and $77 million to help local governments deal with the increase.

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.

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.

Corrections

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.

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.

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

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.

Photo: Foggy morning
Downtown Juneau emerges Tuesday from a blanket of fog.

Sunny Point upgrade includes underpass
The state's $27 million upgrade at the Sunny Point intersection will create the city's first underpass and make it quicker to drive downtown from the Fred Meyer area.

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

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.

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.

Correction

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.

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

City may face Tulsequah barge traffic
A hoverbarge on the Taku River?

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

Gull Control
As flying gulls searched for a snack at the Juneau landfill Tuesday, Tony Silva stepped out of his bulldozer and fired a "screamer" into the air.

Alaska Commission on Aging comes to Juneau
Denise Daniello, executive director of the Alaska Commission on Aging, explained, "By 2025 the population of older Alaskans, age 60 and older, will more than double."

Photo: Community Art Celebration
Ceramics artist Joe Buck, right, assists a student on the wheel at the first Community Arts Celebration in January 2005.

Anderson and Etheridge to wed
Kimbee Anderson and Carl Etheridge, of Juneau, will marry at 2 p.m. July 28, 2007, at Centennial Hall, with a reception to immediately follow.

Neighbors Digest
Cancer Society begins annual Daffodil Days fundraiser Feb. 5, WISEWOMAN program celebrates National Heart Month in February & Green Building Council sponsors presentation today at Centennial Hall

Hospice patient shows selflessness in the midst of her suffering
The first time I met Rebecca she asked me, "Do you play Scrabble? Because if you do, you have to come play with my mom and auntie."

Recognitions

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

Outside editorials: Is the Irish political conflict now over?
In a once-unthinkable concession, the political wing of the Irish Republican Army voted Sunday to recognize the authority of the new Police Service of Northern Ireland.

My turn: Gifting Sealaska shares kills need to dilute stock
I agree with Edith McHenry's recent Jan. 15th My Turn concerning the Sealaska Corp. Board of Directors' misguided intent to pass a single resolution is right on target.

Outside editorials: Anti-satellite weapon a threat to the heavens
Chinese officials waited nearly two weeks before acknowledging the recent test of an anti-satellite weapon. The delay raises concerns about Beijing's motives and Washington should make it clear the test has undermined U.S.-China relations.

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.

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.

JAHA roundup: Wimmer's hat trick lifts Yellow in Tier C
Todd Wimmer scored a hat trick as the Yellow team routed D.K. Mining Co. 6-1 on Monday at Treadwell Arena in a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier C game.

ASBN poll
Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network poll

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.

SE roundup: Wolves topple Glacier Bears
Wrangell stayed undefeated Saturday with a 62-44 win over Haines on Saturday in Class 3A girls basketball.

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.

Drifting vessel makes repairs
A disabled cargo ship that was drifting in the North Pacific on Tuesday with two injured crew members on board made repairs and was continuing on its way to California, the Coast Guard said Tuesday.

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.

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.

Legislators rush to rein in pardons
The Alaska House of Representatives passed its first bill Tuesday, putting new restrictions on a governor's powers to issue pardons.

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

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

State pays $20 million into canceled project
The state paid $20 million for material to build a gravel access road north of Juneau even though Gov. Sarah Palin canceled the project.

Governor asks for $12 million to sue former consultants
Gov. Sarah Palin is seeking $12 million from the Legislature to sue a consulting firm whose advice the state claims contributed to a multibillion dollar pension shortfall.

Photo: Leftovers again?
A moose pauses while eating a leftover Halloween pumpkin sitting on a porch last week at an Anchorage home.

Northwest Digest
Woman accused in board group theft to plead not guilty, Official mourning slated for legislator, SEARHC publicity earns top awards, Services planned for soldier killed in Iraq & Stryker meeting draws complaints

Palin asks Hayes to resign
Jim Hayes, who was indicted this month on federal charges including theft and money laundering, has been asked by Gov. Sarah Palin to give up his position on the University of Alaska Board of Regents.

Rio Tinto increases its share in Pebble project company
Rio Tinto, one of the world's largest mining companies, has more than doubled its stake in a company exploring vast gold and copper deposits in southwest Alaska.

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