Thursday, February 8, 2007

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.

Forest Service goes in wrong direction with Tongass plan
I live on Icy Strait. I know how precious the Tongass can be.

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.

Letter included outdated information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.

Rebuttal is not the same as harassment
This letter is in response to Alfredo Velazquez' letter in Friday's Juneau Empire. Velazquez should re-read Erik Lie-Nielsen's letter (Jan. 28), which was respectful and complimentary to Kelsey Stark (Jan. 24).

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).

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.

Wrong message sent to capital movers
According to the Juneau Empire's front-page story about the Alaska Committee (Jan. 26), our mayor and former mayor are unhappy with the volunteer group that has been successful in promoting Juneau as Alaska's capital.

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.

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.

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

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.

UA regents to request budget increases
The president of the University of Alaska is requesting nearly $352 million from the Legislature to cover increases in contributions to the state retirement system and the expansion of academic programs, he said Wednesday.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Correction

Photo: HIV awareness
Dolly England walks Wednesday in front of the Capitol while wearing a sandwich board in honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

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.

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

Business Digest
Sealaska announces new venture officer, New board member joins travel group, Timber corporation names new director & Networking event slated next week

Officials fear for Romeo
Romeo, Juneau's favorite lone wolf, has been having close encounters with people and their dogs, causing game experts to worry about his well-being - not to mention that of the pets.

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

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.

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

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...

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

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

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

My turn: Where does SEACC's money come from?
For those of us trying to make a living in the real world on working people's wages, democracy and justice seem accessible to only to those who have money.

Alaska editorial: We need measures to protect tourism
It would be economically terrifying if Ketchikan lost its tourism industry.

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.

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.

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.

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 Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll

Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network Prep Basketball Poll

Sports brief: Powers wins Southeast Masters tournament
Kathy Powers captured the fourth annual Allyn Hayes Southeast Masters Tournament on Jan. 28 at the Juneau Bowling Center.

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

Sports brief: Zabel rolls first perfect game of the season
Bob Zabel of Juneau rolled the first perfect 300 game of the season on Jan. 28 at the Juneau Bowling Center.

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.

Photos: A little extra practice
Juneau-Douglas High School basketball players Dominique Brinson and Kayla Harrison, shoot during exhibition games against the Kenai Central Kardinals on Wednesday at the JDHS gym.

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.

Lawmakers push ahead with vote on same-sex benefits
Some Alaska lawmakers on Wednesday decided to push forward with a $1.2 million election that would ask voters if they would support a constitutional amendment next year to overturn court-ordered benefits for the partners of gay public employees.

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.

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

Lawmakers demand tax answers from BP
Democratic critics of the controversial petroleum profits tax approved last year by the Alaska Legislature are calling upon BP to say whether it will ask the state to pick up the cost for repairs to its deteriorated North Slope oil pipelines.

Men suing priest for back child support
A Jesuit priest who impregnated two woman decades ago while working in rural Alaska is being sued by his two grown sons for child support and damages.

BP looks into watchdog's allegations
BP is looking into allegations by a longtime oil industry watchdog, including a claim that a company employee substituted water for more expensive chemical agents used to prevent corrosion in its Prudhoe Bay pipelines.

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

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.

Northwest Digest
Electric company to drill 2 test holes & B.C. mining minister resigns over e-mail

Legislators begin push to restore longevity bonus
Lawmakers began hearings Wednesday to discuss restoring the state's longevity bonus, a system that made cash payments to Alaska senior citizens.

Missile interceptor field being built at Fort Greely
The military is adding a third missile interceptor field to Fort Greely as part of an expansion of the nation's anti-ballistic missile program.

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