Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Too much Lew for one Empire reader
Why does the Juneau Empire provide Lew Williams Jr. with an ongoing political privilege and a platform for his anti-environment, pro-road, subsidize-the-timber-industry pitch?

Back to reality: What SEACC is protesting
I believe everyone needs to clearly understand the Kensington Mine tailings issue that the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council is protesting.

Let's quit fighting and 'get our house in order'
Juneau is a very amusing place. We watch the many factions of the community battle over whether there should be a road out of town, or a second bridge to Douglas, or a new pool or school.

Heart disease: A threat women can fight
Feb. 2 was Go Red for Women Day which is a campaign by the American Heart Association to raise women's awareness of heart disease.

High fares definitely a factor in low air traffic
In the article about Alaska Airlines' disappointing quarterly financial results (Jan. 26 Juneau Empire), an airline representative wondered if higher fares might be a factor in lowering traffic.

Please read between the lines next time
I read Samantha Love and Bill Steen's Jan. 18 letter to the editor. Am I the only person that saw Josh Carter's Jan. 16 letter as satire? For the youthful, Ms. Love, that means "sarcastic," not true, etc. (Junior high school English taught that). His letter agreed with everything the two writers state, just in another way. I love satire, but then I have a sense of humor. Maybe Ms. Love and Mr. Steen need to re-address their lack of insight and return to junior high school for a couple of weeks.

Thank you, Molly Ivins
On July 24, 2003, Molly Ivins wrote an article titled "North to Alaska," and I've been carrying it in my backpack ever since.

Stopping corruption: A text-book strategy
Here are thoughts about the Legislature's ethics bill deliberations.

You proved your own point wrong
John Adams and Benjamin Franklin would roll over in their graves if they heard Alfredo Velazquez' comments in his Feb. 2 letter, "Nation was founded by Christians."

Sealaska newbies
The notion that those born after 1971 of Indian parentage are any less Native because of not being included in Sealaska Corp. is a strike against one's self confidence.

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

Fire and Rescue at Sea
When a blaze broke out on a boat at Harris Harbor on Friday, the Juneau firefighters knew what to do.

For new assistant police chief, on-the-job training never stops
Page Decker was an officer-in-training in Michigan in 1968 when he had his real introduction to law enforcement.

Photo: Preparing for crab season
David Olivit, a deckhand aboard the fishing vessel Star of the Sea owned by Norval Nelson, coils a power cord Monday while the boat was moored at the Intermediate Vessel Float.

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

Women challenge views about careers in science
Any science boys can do, girls can do better, or just as well - that's what two students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology tried to get across last week to Southeast-area girls.

Alleged cat burglar foiled by litter tracks
Tracks left in a pile of used kitty litter led to the weekend arrest of an alleged cat burglar, authorities said Monday.

Around Town

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

Kathleen Moore
Former Juneau resident Kathleen Denise Moore died Jan. 24, 2007, in Mount Vernon, Wash., after a long battle with illness. She was 50.

Michael Caughran
Juneau resident Michael Shahn Caughran died Jan. 22, 2007, in a car crash in Hawaii. He was 51.

Outside editorial: Sen. Clinton and rivals need to let public know their financiers' names
The number alone is breathtaking. As she launches her presidential fund-raising juggernaut, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., is tasking her biggest financial backers to bring in $1 million or more for her campaign, The New York Times reported.

Alaska editorial: Despite its popularity, longevity bonus should not be reinstated
It would be a serious blunder to breathe life into the longevity bonus program that was killed in 2003 as the state faced a rising tide of red ink.

My Turn: Invest now or pay later
"People generally have more feeling for canals and roads than education. However, I hope we can advance them with equal pace." - Thomas Jefferson, 1807.

Outside editorial: Guerrilla marketing at its worst
Duuude! How's this for a really cool concept? Let's promote our TV-show client by putting up dozens of blinking electric thingies in cities all over the country! Doesn't that rock?

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.

Ice Classic organizers hope for hot turnout
As manager of the Nenana Ice Classic, Cherrie Forness wants to get Alaskans fired up about one of the state's coolest events.

Fairbanks professor rewarded for language work
FAIRBANKS - Michael Krauss, professor emeritus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the founder of the Alaska Native Language Center, received the Ken Hale Prize for lifetime achievement from the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas.

Embattled seabird declining in Alaska
The marbled murrelet, a threatened sea bird whose rare trait of nesting in old-growth forests made it a factor in Northwest logging battles, is also declining dramatically in Alaska and Canada, where most of the birds live, a review released Monday by the federal government found.

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

Photo: Whirlwind of activity at inaugural ball
Gov. Sarah Palin thanks students from Sterling Elementary School for singing the Alaska flag song and a special rendition of "I'm a Believer"...

Palin team sees low morale in Southeast
Gov. Sarah Palin must deal with serious morale problems in the Southeast Region of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, according to a report from her transition team.

Palin may be unable to remove Jim Hayes
FAIRBANKS - Gov. Sarah Palin lacks the authority to remove University of Alaska regent Jim Hayes from office, according to Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg.

Alaska Digest
Public can see new hospital wing today & Kenai River ice bill could top $5 million

Sound study explores orca behavior
Marine researcher Kelly Newman wanted to learn if transient killer whales were dining on the fur seals that abound in the waters off Alaska's Pribilof Islands.

Seal pup population decreases
America's northern fur seal pup population continues a marked decline this decade, federal biologists reported Friday.

UA psychology program addresses rural problems
A new doctoral program in clinical-community psychology at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks and Anchorage is aiming to address the state's high rates of suicide, domestic violence and substance abuse, with a focus on rural Alaska.

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

Alaska Digest
High mercury levels found in Alaska fish, Man charged with sexual abuse of minor & Police: Stolen objects posted on MySpace

Salmon boom forecasted
Southeast Alaska commercial salmon fishermen this year could haul in nearly 50 million more fish than in 2006, according to a forecast by the Alaska Department of Fish And Game.

Stevens voices concern about pipeline report
Alaska's senior senator expressed reservations Monday after a federal report said the state's schedule for a natural gas pipeline had "slipped considerably."

Pipeline operator fails to find pig piece
An aggressive cleaning device sent through the trans-Alaska oil pipeline failed to find a 20-inch diameter metal ring that went missing in the line in December, a spokesman for the operator said Sunday.

BP looks to restore reputation
Struggling oil major BP will seek to reassure investors about its battered reputation when it posts annual results and a strategy update Tuesday.

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