Thursday, February 1, 2007

Serving all Alaskans
Thank you for the Empire's very professional coverage of ethics reform (Pat Forgey and Brian Wallace) of Alaska's public "servants."

Highlight the experts, not the ordinary
Lately I have noticed that instead of highlighting a downhill skier, cross-country skier or other outdoor enthusiast in your Outdoor section "Outsiders" column you have concentrated on average people with little skill to share.

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.

Not the fault of environmentalists
Recently Coeur Alaska placed an ad falsely blaming the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council for the stoppage of work at the Kensington Mine.

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.

Photo: Fresh catch
A pile of spot prawn heads sit discarded Wednesday on a cleaning table at the Don Statter Boat Harbor in Auke Bay.

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

Correction

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.

Correction

Photo: Falling in love all over again
Chelsie Harris enjoys a walk in the sunshine Wednesday along the Alaska Steamship Dock.

Cartoonist celebrates decade of laughs
When Gov. Sarah Palin defeated Tony Knowles in the November election, the political satirist inside Juneau resident Tony "Toe" Newman couldn't help being pleased.

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.

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

Business Digest
Marketing series relaunches Friday, Business owners asked for input & amp; Local couple opens dental office

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

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

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

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

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."

Recognitions

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."

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

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.

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

James Donner Jr.
Gustavus resident James Edward Donner Jr., 60, died peacefully Jan. 21, 2007, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage surrounded by his family.

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 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 editorial: Time to follow through on ethics promises
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised the "most ethical Congress in history."

Alaska editorial: Governor's ethics bill is a good start
Gov. Sarah Palin has released her idea for an ethics bill to the Alaska Legislature. She said in her State of the State address earlier this month that it didn't matter who wrote the final bill, as long as good ethics legislation results.

My turn: Surge or denial: Contradictions between president's war strategy and follow-through
President Bush calls it a surge. Some in Congress and the majority of Americans oppose this new strategy, seen as an escalation of the war.

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

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

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.

Photo: Blonde ambition
Juneau-Douglas High School wrestler Dante Santos hoists teammate Matt Barry in the air during the Crimson Bears' final practice...

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

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

Stranded governor drops in on elementary students
Gov. Sarah Palin had planned to meet with Exxon Tuesday in Juneau but instead found herself in Ketchikan, where she sought out an invitation to read aloud to children at Houghtaling Elementary School.

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

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.

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.

BP continues its probe of corroded oil pipeline
Oil company BP plans to remove a 40-foot section from a major Prudhoe Bay pipeline to learn more about leaks that led to the partial shutdown of the nation's largest oil field last summer.

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.

Alaska Digest
Man sentenced in old murder case, House passes bill to honor Susan Butcher, Stevens proposes Web traffic limits & Village of Anderson faces winter flooding

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

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.

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.

New study shows Exxon Valdez oil persists off coast
Lingering crude from the nation's largest oil spill has weathered only slightly in some places almost 18 years after the tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground and fouled hundreds of miles of Alaska shoreline, a new federal study released Wednesday concludes.

Cystic fibrosis screening added to tests done on Alaska babies
Starting today, babies in Alaska will be tested shortly after birth for cystic fibrosis, an inherited disease that attacks the lungs and intestines and can lead to an early death.

Judge refuses to stop wolf-killing program
A judge denied a request Wednesday to put an immediate stop to an Alaska program that allows wolves to be shot from the air.

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