Wednesday, February 9, 2005

A crime against subsistence
This letter is in response to the recent decision by the Alaska Federal Subsistence Board that will not only have a profound effect on steelhead populations in Southeast Alaska, but also on sport fishing opportunities in the region.

We must not sin against nature
In a January issue of the Juneau Empire, Mr. Richins, a key employee in the proposed Kensington Mine, spent many words extolling the virtues of gold mining in Berners Bay.

Salmon more precious than gold
As long as the sky is blue, and grass is green, and salmon run free, men of low principle will trade what feeds us for gold and toxic waste. Trade the Mother that nurtures us all for pennies on the dollar.

Ask questions of Coeur
Any reasonable person should ask a few questions about the proposed Kensington Mine project in Berners Bay. I respect an informed decision even if I disagree with it. So let's ask some questions and you decide.

There's a double standard on torture
Let's see. We invaded Iraq, killed thousands of people and laid waste to the country because Saddam was an evil guy who tortured and killed his people.

Speak out for Berners Bay
I was disappointed but not surprised to learn when I came home from college for the winter break that the Forest Service had approved the ill conceived plan to build the new Kensington Mine site inside Berners Bay.

Our funding priorities wrong
You know, all these grand ideas of building a new road out of Juneau and a new bridge in Ketchikan and whatever else is in mind are swell.

Draw the circle wider to include all
I was glad to see the Empire's coverage of the recent controversy over the PBS children's show, "Postcards from Buster."

Veneer plant jobs suspect
The Alaska Journal of Commerce published an article titled "New life breathed into veneer plant" (Jan. 24)), but I don't expect to see long lines at our real estate offices or the new car dealerships any time soon.

Who is going to pay for the road?
I could not believe the simplicity with which the Juneau Access Improvements project newsletter made its case for a road out of and into Juneau.

Lawmakers drink in the office
Drinking on the job. Can you? Most of us cannot drink on the job or even go to work if we have been drinking.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Winter conditions
Police responded at 2:45 p.m. Monday to a two-vehicle collision on Industrial Boulevard near Crazy Horse Drive. A 1983 Ford truck, driven by a 68-year-old man, collided with a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by a 17-year-old boy.

Judge sentences man to four years for abuse of two preteen girls
A man who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two preteen girls was sentenced Monday to spend four years in prison.

Photo: Renewal at the shrine
Roofer Josh Houston removes shingles Tuesday from the roof of the chapel at the Shrine of St. Therese.

Assembly upholds Breeze In ruling
The Juneau Assembly stood by the Planning Commission's decision to restrict the Breeze In's expansion to 5,000 square feet, instead of 10,000 square feet.

Alaska's schools seek more money
Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposed increases in education funding aren't enough to stave off cuts, school officials from around the state told the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

Photo: Sailing on skis
Grant Oliphant sets up his kite-ski Monday at Twin Lakes. It was the third time Oliphant has tried the sport.

Images from another time: Back after years away
A Western Airlines 727 lands in Juneau in the winter of 1983. The flight was the first for Western after an absence of some years.

Photo: Just another day in paradise
Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night stays L.J. Francisco from the swift completion Monday of his appointed rounds.

AroundTown
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: As cod is my witness
Pat Harris watches a Pacific cod swim in an aquarium last week at the National Marine Fisheries Service Auke Bay lab.

Tulsequah forum packs Centennial
Canadian and U.S. officials spent more than an hour on Monday night describing regulatory hurdles for the Tulsequah Chief mine, but a large number of Juneau residents and tribal representatives told the officials they are still worried about the mine's impacts on the Taku River.

Alaska Club ponders building community pool in the Valley
For about 20 years, city officials have been talking about building a swimming pool in the Mendenhall Valley, and now the city may get one with a new high school at Dimond Park.

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

Abuser of minor settles for 15 years
A man facing 45 counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor has agreed to serve 15 years in prison, according to a document filed by his attorney.

Planning Commission says industrial park needs traffic lights
If an industrial park is developed at the longtime home of Juneau Ready Mix in the Lemon Creek area, city planning commissioners want to see more traffic signals going up on Glacier Highway.

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

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Student recognition
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth.

Thank you
Messages of thanks from the community, to the community.

Miller and Piukala to wed
Juneau resident Jessica Lynn Miller and Maika Piukala of Haalalo, Tongatapu, will marry at 3 p.m., Feb. 19, 2005, at the Moose Lodge in Juneau.

P.E.O. raises money for school breakfasts
P.E.O. Chapter G's holiday 2004 fund-raising effort raised $1,000 for local school breakfast programs.

Woods and Sohl to wed
Brooke N. Woods of Juneau and Walter F. Sohl of Port Aransas, Texas, are engaged to be married.

'Swingin' in the Rain'
Juneau Jazz and Classics hosted "Swingin' in the Rain", a winter cabaret gala, Friday at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Undertake a free, responsible search for truth and meaning
A friend had a poster that stated, "This life is only a test. It is only a test. If it were a real life, you would have been given instructions and told what to do."

Sister Ann Marie Doogan
Sister Ann Marie Doogan, a member of St. Ann's Parish in Juneau, died Feb. 6. She had been in the convent more than 70 years.

My Turn: Solve the health crisis before worrying about Social Security
President Bush has declared Social Security is in crisis and will be bankrupt by 2042, and his solution is to take income away from the Social Security trust fund and put it into private retirement accounts.

My Turn: Oil tax decision is part of state duty
By now most readers are aware of the administrative action I took in January to aggregate Prudhoe Bay and its satellite fields under a single taxation formula. I have tried to remind all of those concerned with my decision that as chief executive of Alaska under our constitution I have a very broad responsibility to all the people of Alaska. While I have always considered the oil industry a valued "partner" with our state, it is important to be ever mindful of the fact that industry and government owe allegiance to very different bodies. Industry has a responsibility to serve the best interests of its shareholders, and government has a responsibility to serve the best interests of its citizens.

Alaska editorial: Attorney general's resignation is a relief
Saturday's announcement that Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes has resigned will likely be met with relief and dismay in the capital.

Seniors return to lift Hoonah girls to crown
Seniors Cassandra Peters and Kristi Skaflestad returned from injuries just in time to lead the Hoonah girls to the title at last weekend's Icy Straits Invitational in Hoonah.

Knicks beat Jazz in OT
Stephon Marbury told his New York teammates to keep their heads up and give him the ball.

Scenes and Results from State
Final results from the Class 4A state wrestling meet held Friday and Saturday at Chugiak High School.

Hoonah boys stay perfect this season
Balanced scoring trumped individual efforts as the undefeated Hoonah High School boys basketball team won the sixth annual Icy Straits Invitational last weekend in Hoonah.

Local Sports Standings
Standing from your local sports teams

Denver holds Utah starters to just 19 points
The Utah Jazz have been frustrated all season, but their despondence reached a new low after their starters combined for just 19 points.

ASBN STATE PREP BASKETBALL POLL
The Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network high school basketball poll for the week ending Jan. 29.

State Wrestling Team Champions
Championship wrestling teams from the past.

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.

Ordway League Playoff Results
Results from the postseason playoffs for the 2004-05 Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation's Ordway Adult Basketball Leagues. The regular-season final standings ran in the Jan. 25 Juneau Empire sports section.

Alaska State Meet Outstanding Wrestlers
The Alaska state tournament outstanding wrestlers since the 1974-75 school year.

Renkes' departure put on hold
Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes on Monday submitted a formal letter of resignation to Gov. Frank Murkowski but agreed to stay on the job until a replacement takes over.

Bill rebukes slavers, but business will go on
The state could cut financial relationships with companies that do business in countries that support slavery and human trafficking, under a bill heard by a Senate committee Tuesday.

Longtime Ketchikan residents leave state
As a kid growing up in Ketchikan during Prohibition, Charles "Chuck" Lester Cloudy collected whiskey bottles to sell to local bootleggers.

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

Groups appeal mine approval
Four Southeast environmental groups on Monday appealed the U.S. Forest Service's decision to approve the Kensington gold mine.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

Experts baffled by die-off of Interior's red-capped finches
An increasing number of redpolls are dying off in the Fairbanks area this winter, baffling wildlife biologists.

AlaskaDigest
Staff reports from around the state

State relies on stores to enforce new voucher rule
State officials will rely on stores and cashiers to enforce a directive that requires women and children who receive government vouchers for food staples to pick the cheapest brand of milk and cheese.

Geoduck divers report strong prices
Geoduck clams are commanding strong prices in a season that's gone well in Southeast Alaska despite several interruptions.

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