Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Recent drunk-driving sentences beg questions
I wonder if anyone else is as disturbed as I was when reading the FYI column on Feb. 2.

A different route for second crossing
I was very interested in Ben Brown's column in Wednesday's paper. He favors a second crossing, and itemized why it is so important to Juneau's future.

SEACC money comes from inside and out
Bradley Fluetsch wants to know where the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council's money comes from. I can help with the answer to that question.

Please read founding fathers' own words
I also commend Kelsey Stark for her convictions in her Jan. 24 letter ("Bible doesn't sanction same sex marriage"). I also was interested in the response by Erik Lie-Nielsen. I respect his opinion, too.

Put a moratorium on logging the Tongass
Climate change is here. Alaska is being strongly affected by global warming. Old-growth forests help slow the global-warming process.

Is Alaska predator control all rubbish?
Isn't it quite amazing that the Connecticut-based Friends of Animals, headed by Priscilla Feral, can be awarded $95,000 in attorney fees from the State of Alaska?

Murkowski ordered jet; he should pay for it
The governor's office seems to be having a problem with former Gov. Frank Murkowski's executive jet.

Is Coeur suggesting people eat lake fish?
Perhaps Errol Champion (Tuesday's Juneau Empire) will clear up a couple of my questions about this "viable" fishery that Coeur Alaska is proposing for Lower Slate Lake.

Photo: Here comes the sun
Nicole Lantz, right, and Jenna O'Fontanellla add a little wearable art to their ice-skating outing Sunday at Twin Lakes.

Photo: Why I otter ...
A river otter comes up through an opening in the ice Saturday at Twin Lakes.

City votes to support road project
A divisive resolution supporting the construction of a road up the east side of Lynn Canal passed the Juneau Assembly by a 5-4 vote after more than two hours of public comments Monday night.

Photo: Discovering the spirit of homecoming
Juneau-Douglas High School freshman Lydia Kline buys a soft drink Monday from a vending machine decorated with an Egyptian motif poster.

Group empowers teens to fight violence, abuse
Though only 16, Ami McRae says she knows of far too many girls who have been physically or sexually assaulted in some way.

Police & Fire
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Police & Fire
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Correction

Governor to review Division of Habitat
Gov. Sarah Palin will decide whether to restore the Division of Habitat to the Department of Fish and Game following a review of the program, Palin's legislative liaison said on Monday.

AroundTown

Author helps keep Juneau on its toes
Mary Lou King was coordinating children's beach walks when she decided to write a book that made the outdoors a little more accessible for thousands of Juneau residents.

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Access road issue back before Assembly
The Assembly is scheduled to hear public comment tonight on a resolution that would continue Juneau's official endorsement of a northbound highway.

Juneau vies for more time on coastal plans
Facing an end-of-month deadline, coastal cities and boroughs throughout Alaska are asking the Legislature to give them more time to finish new management plans.

Details emerge in Taku barge plan
A trio of officials from a Canadian mining company met with Juneau interest groups last week to answer questions about a proposal to operate a "hoverbarge" on the Taku River, with a base in Juneau.

Southeast judge plans to retire
Juneau Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks, longtime presiding judge for Southeast Alaska, the state's First Judicial District, has announced his intention to retire in June.

Juneau's Lifeline
Juneau dispatch operator Jennie Vinson speaks calmly with a woman on the phone. The caller is describing problems with a companion who's acting awkward and unresponsive.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Former Empire editor dies at 91
Darwin S. Lambert, a former editor of the Daily Alaska Empire, died Feb. 11, 2007, at Page Memorial Hospital in Luray, Va., after a long illness.

Alaska editorial: Housing, access key to keeping the capital
The answer is: Housing and access. The question: What does Juneau need in its effort to retain the capital?

Outside editorial: North Korean nukes: Try diplomatic weapons first
You may need to read this twice: U.S. diplomats are optimistic that what has become known as the "six-party talks" could lead to North Korea's agreeing to end nuclear arms production in exchange for security, economic and energy perks.

My turn: New act needed to realize gas line
I was encouraged to hear the Legislature's enthusiasm after I reiterated in my State of the State address that the primary focus of my long-term energy plan is the natural gas pipeline.

My Turn: SE commercial fishermen don't need tracking device
I have recently written to Gov. Sarah Palin to urge that her representative on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council take a strong stand opposing a new federal government effort to require vessel management systems for commercial fishermen.

Alaska editorial: There must be standards for appointees who face charges
Gov. Sarah Palin doesn't have a lot of leverage to deal with indicted University of Alaska regent Jim Hayes. Her own attorney general says she doesn't have undisputed power to fire a regent.

Outside editorial: Don't let kids grow up 'red'; anti-tax ideology hurts health
That's the compelling conclusion of author Michael R. Petit, whose new book, "Homeland Insecurity," makes a strong case that children in red states are more likely to suffer from poor prenatal care, early death, child abuse and teen incarceration than children in "blue" states.

My Turn: Group fights back against anti-Pebble campaign
Recently, a group of Alaskans helped found a group called Truth About Pebble because it was time for another voice beside the negative and misleading campaign being waged by those against this project.

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.

League Bowling Standings 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.

Juneau Parks and Recreation Ordway Basketball Postseason Tournament Results
Tournament Results

Skaters take the spotlight at competition
More than 20 of Juneau's best young figure skaters took the Treadwell Arena ice Sunday for the Juneau Skating Club's second annual skills competition.

Sports Brief: Potdevin earns ECAC swimming honor
Colby College sophomore and 2005 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Kelsey Potdevin was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III swimmer of the week for the week ending Feb. 4.

Alaska Digest
Man dies, three hurt in Angoon house fire, Renter arrested after homeowner assault, Vending machines burgled at school, Men survive crash night in wilderness, Village faces bridge vote a third time, Physician sentenced in drug possession & Driver indicted in dragging death

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Northwest Digest
Community honors man killed in combat, Fort Richardson paratrooper killed, Hugh Neff has lead in Yukon Quest, Moon church to pay for shark poaching & Oregon to review shipbreaking rules

Lawmakers enhance push for oil tax change
First, the Senate called for a change in the state's Petroleum Production Tax. Then on Monday, it was the House's turn.

Fairbanks crime numbers fall overall
The number of overall crimes in Fairbanks has fallen despite a rise in sexual assaults and burglaries.

Photo: Iron Dogs start their engines
Gov. Sarah Palin drops the starting flag Sunday for Todd and Kyle Malamute of Fairbanks, the first team out in the 2,000-mile Iron Dog snowmobile race, which began in Big Lake.

Sen. Ted Stevens pays lodge bills to resolve questions
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens acknowledged he did not pay for stays at a Bristol Bay fishing lodge at a time Cook Inlet Region Inc. used it as an entertainment destination.

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