Thursday, February 15, 2007

Governor promises cooperation with AFN
Gov. Sarah Palin told Alaska Native leaders her administration will listen to their concerns and work cooperatively to find solutions to problems that have long plagued the Native community.

Palin seeks more money for budget
Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday submitted an $82 million supplemental budget for the current fiscal year, including an additional $20 million for the state ferry system.

Bush's budget is fiscally irresponsible
If I were to make $30,000 a year to support my family, and I spent $13,200, or 44 percent of my budget on guns and other weaponry to protect them...

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.

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

Help save Romeo
I've lived in Juneau for nine years. Since then, I've seen pictures of the white bear, heard stories of a white moose and now Juneau's very own celebrity, Romeo.

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.

Lew brings up a good point on war in Iraq
Lew Williams hit a home run with his column in Sunday's Juneau Empire ("One question remains: Who killed Alaska-based troops?").

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).

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.

Say no to a bridge on Gravina Island
According to Mal Menzies, the Alaska Department of Transportation's Southeast regional director, the estimated cost of bridges to Gravina Island via Pennock Island has increased by $67 million.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Correction

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.

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

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.

Concrete created for cold-weather building projects
A cold-weather concrete invented for the military could help construction companies in Juneau lengthen their work seasons.

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.

Two women arrested after assault in downtown Juneau
Police arrested two women Wednesday afternoon on felony charges after one brandished a knife and stole a woman's purse.

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

Business Digest
Marketing, business finance classes slated, Volunteers needed for Board of Equalization, Local executive earns credential

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.

City eyes improving public transit
City officials are beginning to look at improving public transportation as bus ridership continues to increase - to more than a million passenger trips a year.

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.

Juneau Digest
Special election registration open & Planning commission approves office park

Around Town

Photo: A lot of love for Tongass
U.S. Forest Service officials from left, Pete Griffin, Forrest Cole, and Dennis Neill accept a Valentine's Day card Wednesday from Beth Peluso, media coordinator for Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor center.

Peratrovich legacy continues to grow
When ANS Camp 2 President Micalyne Kunz McGhee was growing up, her grandmother, Cecelia Kunz, would often talk about Feb. 8, 1945, the day Native rights activist Elizabeth Peratrovich testified before the Territorial Senate.

Home Depot to open June 28
Construction of Home Depot in Lemon Creek has been delayed mostly due to the weather, a spokeswoman for the retail store said Wednesday.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Robin S. Lingle
Juneau resident Robin Sue Lingle died Jan. 31, 2007, in Juneau after a long bout with diabetes. She was surrounded by her family. She was 58.

Alaska editorial: Military base changes worked well for state
Over the years, we have been very leery about what might come from actions by the various reports from the Base Realignment and Closure Commission...

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

My turn: Put a stop to the revolving door
We've got a revolving door in Juneau. Top government officials who make decisions worth millions to corporations such as Exxon resign or get fired, and, before their executive chair has reached room temperature, the official lands a lobbying job with Exxon or some other big corporation.

Outside editorial: Addressing global warming requires change on all fronts
Getting everyone on the same page as to the cause of global warming - or even its existence - is no small feat.

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).

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.

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.

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

Palin seeks more money for budget
Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday submitted an $82 million supplemental budget for the current fiscal year, including an additional $20 million for the state ferry system.

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

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

Governor promises cooperation with AFN
Gov. Sarah Palin told Alaska Native leaders her administration will listen to their concerns and work cooperatively to find solutions to problems that have long plagued the Native community.

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

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

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.

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