Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Letter included outdated information
I know I speak for many Juneau citizens in thanking our city leaders for removing an unnecessary and potentially toxic waste product from our wonderful, sparkling clean Alaska mountain water. Thanks so much.

U.S. is a Christian nation, part II
I am writing in response to the letter dated Feb. 5, "You Proved your own point wrong," by Casey Loofbourrow. Excuse me, but Loofbourrow, and not Alfredo Velazquez (Feb. 2), is wrong.

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.

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?

ATV users should be allowed to ride
I would like to take the time to respond to Ron Berg's letter in the Jan. 30 Juneau Empire.

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.

Legislative lawyer wrong on regent
I think the opinion by legislative attorney Jean Mischel is incorrect ("Lawyer: Governor may remove university regent," Sunday's Juneau Empire).

A capital move of a different sort
I strongly support changing the capital - that is, its name. Instead of "Juneau," we should change it to "Fish Camp" because this area was originally a fish camp for the indigenous Tlingit Indians.

It was wise to separate church from state
Mr. Velazquez' letter of Feb. 2 was just another attempt by the "Christian Right" to make America a wholly Christian country by saying that this is what our founding fathers had in mind.

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.

Around Town

State lays down law on carbon monoxide alarms
You can't see it. You can't smell it. But potentially fatal carbon monoxide may be seeping out of the appliances that keep many Juneau residents warm.

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.

New wing at Bartlett complete
The completion of a new $25.2 million wing at Bartlett Regional Hospital means more medical services in town and fewer people who will have to leave town for medical care.

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

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

When kitchens open, campuses may close
When Juneau-Douglas High School junior Peter Nave becomes a senior next year, he hopes he'll have the freedom that students have now.

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.

Popular trailhead not included in land sale
A popular Juneau trailhead was one of 242 parcels and 27,000 acres to be removed from the U.S. Forest Service's proposed for-sale list to help pay for rural schools and roads.

Robin Taylor out as ferry system head
Controversial ferry system head Robin Taylor is out, Gov. Sarah Palin's office revealed Tuesday.

Photo: Good day to be a gull
A flock of seagulls takes flight Tuesday at Eagle Beach as the Chilkat Mountains tower in the background.

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.

Perkins and Foster to wed
Shelley Perkins and Michael Foster are engaged to be married in an August wedding in Garden Grove, Calif.

Ivanowicz and Mickelson to wed
Katrina Elizabeth Ivanowicz and Norman Steven Mickelson, both of Juneau, are engaged to marry in July 2007 in Ohio.

Photo: Riverbend's crazy hair
From left, third-grader James Rumph, Student Council Advisor Nancy Hakari and first-grader Brennan Rumph pose on Friday with their "crazy hair" in celebration of Crazy Hair Day at Riverbend Elementary School.

The shalom of God takes root in all of us
To be human is to be in relationship. The powerful sense of shalom, the well-being and wholeness that we experience grows out of an appreciation of our connectedness and interconnectedness with our creator...

Neighbors Digest
Community Schools still has class openings for the spring, The Learning Connection hosts iPod drawing, free classes, AARP sponsors two two-day workshops at Centennial Hall. Glacier Swim Club begins annual Aqualaps fundraiser, High school preparation event to be held Sunday, 'Lips, Fingers and Chords' recital takes place Feb. 16-17

Photos: Arts For Kids celebration
Arts for Kids, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing art to Juneau elementary schools, hosted the third annual Community Arts Celebration Feb. 3 in the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School commons.

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

Thomas Smalley Jr.
Lifelong resident Thomas Elbert Smalley Jr. died Feb. 4, 2007, in Juneau. He was 31.

John McKelvey
Former Juneau resident John McKelvey died Jan. 31, 2007, at Letterkenny Hospital in Ireland after a short illness. He was 80.

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.

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: On your mark, Rudy, set, go
Rudy Giuliani is not yet in it to win it, but he's getting there. And that's good.

Building a bridge to progress
Improving Juneau is a goal shared by many in this community.

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.

Outside editorial: Super Bowl suspicions
We forgot what the five stages of grief are, but denial is probably the one that best describes the mood around here. The drubbing the Chicago Bears took is just beginning to sink in. Instead of receiving champagne and adulation, the Bears trudged off the soaked Miami field and into the glum certainty of a super loss.

JAHA Roundup: Fabrello fabulous as the Ice Dogs top the Island Pub
Dan Fabrello's second goal with 46 seconds left in the game boosted the Ice Dogs to a 3-2 win over the Island Pub on Sunday at Treadwell Arena in Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier B action.

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.

Juneau teams win tournaments in Yukon Territory
Two of the Juneau Douglas Ice Associations' travel teams captured tournaments in Yukon Territory.

Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network Prep Basketball 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.

Mount Edgecumbe upsets Wrangell in Class 3A girls series
The Mount Edgecumbe High School girls basketball team handed visiting Wrangell its first loss of the season on Saturday in Class 3A, winning 43-39.

Snowsports corner: Better balance, better gliding
The joy of classic skiing comes from its rhythmic, gliding, flowing motion.

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.

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.

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.

Northwest Digest
State Medicaid report recommends reform, Alaskans fear coal project could affect subsistence habitat, Three accused in large check-fraud ring & House subcommittee approves meth bill

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

Cruise ship companies form new Alaska association
Major cruise ship companies that operate in Alaska have formed a new association aimed at improving relations with Alaskans.

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.

Sanctuary bears face increased threat of hunting
For decades, Larry Aumiller led small groups of people into the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary to watch as the largest congregation of brown bears in the world feast on salmon in the summer.

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."

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

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.

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

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

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