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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Wishing Alaskans luck with vote on same-sex benefits
I read the report in your newspaper about the $1.2 million advisory election on same-sex benefits (Thursday's Juneau Empire) and shook my head.

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.

Dogs should always be on a leash at glacier
I don't think any dog should be off a leash at the Mendenhall Glacier. I have a 14-month-old German shepherd, and I never have her off the leash.

We need dependable ferry service now
I think it is about time people living in Hoonah, Tenakee Springs, Angoon, Sitka and Kake should be able to depend on a stable ferry schedule.

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.

One solution to the wolf problem - bean the lamebrains
Adverse conditioning is definitely the answer to solving the wolf problem at the Mendenhall Glacier.

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.

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.

SEACC board member explains his perspective
I am one of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council board members addressed in the letter-ad placed in the Juneau Empire by a group of Kensington Mine workers.

Autism not an illness
I was very disappointed to read a brief article in Friday's Juneau Empire that referred to autism as a "poorly understood illness" and a "disease" (page A5).

SEACC is not an enemy of Southeast workers
It's preposterous to think of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council as an enemy of the working residents of Southeast Alaska.

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

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.

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.

Groups sue to protect marine mammals
Two conservation groups sued the federal government Tuesday claiming marine mammal regulators are not doing enough to protect polar bears and walruses against the combined threat of oil and gas exploration and global warming.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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.

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.

Palin seeks retirement battle funds
Gov. Sarah Palin is asking the Alaska Legislature to spend $12 million to finance a lawsuit against a consulting firm whose work contributed to a multibillion-dollar deficit in state retirement funds.

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.

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

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

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.

Smoking days numbered
Time is running short for the smoky days - and nights - of Juneau's saloons. This is the final year for legal smoking in bars.

Woman dies from injuries in Angoon fire
A longtime community health aide who was seriously injured in a fire in Angoon over the weekend has died in a Seattle hospital, officials said Tuesday.

More boys than girls struggling in school, group finds
Male, Native and poor - those are the three groups of students the Juneau School District is failing, according to members of a secondary education advisory committee.

Photo: Love is in bloom
Tamar Green, co-owner of Miss Scarlett's floral shop, arranges a Valentine's Day bouquet Tuesday at the store.

Photo: Home for Valentine's Day
U.S. Army Spc. David Bonham, left, and his wife, Ashlee Bonham, pose for a photo Tuesday at El Sombrero.

Sanders-Rouget, Oropeza wed
Clare Sanders-Rouget, of Juneau, and Julio Meda Oropeza, of Mazatlan, Mexico, were married at sunset on Jan. 14, 2007, at Sheraton Hacienda del Mar in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Rotary hosts winetasting, auction
Start with vandalism and a tight budget, stir in some local ingenuity and what do you get?

Neighbors Digest
Harborview presents 'Stone Soup' Thursday, Forestry Partnership holds annual meeting, Celebrations planned for Black History Month & Native Indian speaks about prayer, spirituality

Photo: Rainbow Girls donate handmade blankets
The Rainbow Girls, a nonprofit organization for girls ages 11 to 20, made and donated fleece blankets to the Glory Hole.

Metzgar and Deacon to wed
Cori Sue Metzgar, of Juneau, and Brady Deacon, of Denver, will marry on May 19, 2007, in Orcas Island, Wash. A reception will follow at Rosario Resort.

Soldier Stories: Spc. Brent Clancy
Spc. Brent Clancy grew up in Ketchikan and moved to Juneau in August 2000 to take a job with the Juneau Fire Department.

Vivian Renshaw
Juneau resident Vivian Renshaw died Feb. 8, 2007, in Juneau. She was 97.

Outside editorial: Begin a new chapter
The anti-immigration forces have gained an especially nefarious ally: white supremacists.

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.

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.

Alaska editorial: Same-sex partner benefits advisory vote a waste of money
Sometimes when the bill for services arrives you stare at that piece of paper for awhile, wondering just what you were thinking when you made the purchase.

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: City should revamp its services
Before the October election, the city's Finance Director Craig Duncan said the sales tax was needed to "continue the level of services" (Sept. 7, 2006, Juneau Empire).

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?

JAHA roundup: Travis Wells' late heroics lift Flying Prunes to win
Travis Wells broke a 2-2 tie midway through the third period to give the Flying Prunes a 3-2 win over Air Excursions on Monday at Treadwell Arena in a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier D tilt.

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.

Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network Prep Basketball Poll
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.

SE Roundup: Long-distance shooting propels Yakutat boys past Skagway in Class 2A action
Keith Ivers knocked down seven 3-pointers for Yakutat in the top-ranked Eagles' 90-38 win over Skagway in Class 2A boys basketball Saturday.

Sex criminals least likely to re-offend, study shows
A new report shows that in Alaska, sex offenders are the least likely of all convicts to repeat their crimes after being released from prison, but legislators who back tough sex crime laws said the study in unconvincing.

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

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.

Ferry service could link Kenai, Anchorage
A ferry service linking Port Mackenzie and Anchorage is scheduled to start in about two years.

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

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

Northwest Digest
Kids Safe fair to be held this weekend, Rocket launched to study aurora, Army high-tech gear could be on way out & Soldier killed in Iraq explosion, family says

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