Monday, February 19, 2007

Communities get more time on coastal plans
Gov. Sarah Palin is expected Tuesday to sign a bill giving Juneau and other coastal communities more time to revise plans for environmental regulation along their coastlines.

Doll, Dems push child health care
Juneau Rep. Andrea Doll is pushing a bill that would allow more poor children to get state-provided health care. She's got bigger goals than that, however.

Governor to introduce gas line bill March 2
Gov. Sarah Palin plans to introduce her natural gas pipeline legislation to the Legislature on March 2, the first step in ultimately delivering trillions of cubic feet of North Slope reserves to market.

House panel continues its work on ethics reform bill
A House panel charged with drafting a comprehensive ethics reform bill hopes to have a comprehensive bill before the full State Affairs Committee on Tuesday.

Being friendly with predators will make them more dangerous
I've just read the Juneau Empire's story about Romeo the wolf (Feb. 8). This is a very interesting story because wolves are so rare in much of their former range.

Capital move will make road opponents happy
In Monday's Juneau Empire, Henry Garcia, an Alaska Marine Highway System employee for 17 years, had it right. Those blocking the road should be happy when the capital moves.

The untold dirty secret
How many people out there have overheard someone saying that they were going to pay for their trip to Alaska by selling some of the halibut they caught charter fishing?

Grownups should leave wild animals alone
There are so many people in Juneau with small minds. Children know to leave wild animals alone, why don't these grownups learn from smart kids for once?

Applying SEACC's point of view
I am one of the workers that signed the advertisement addressed to the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council board members, which was placed in the Juneau Empire.

Leave predator control to nature
To me, state predator control work is a bit like Bush's unsuccessful "Help Iraq" program. Man can't even control business and political predators much less decide which life to take in the wilds.

Nation's universities are creating SEACC types
I thought back to my daughter's college graduation when I read Eric Lee and Clancy DeSmet's letters in defense of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council's attacks on the Kensington Mine project and logging in the Tongass National Forest...

Photo: Kinder-chorus line
Kindergarten and first-grade students sing a song about Elizabeth Peratrovich Friday during the Elizabeth Peratrovich Day Celebration at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Photo: Better late than never
Juneau residents watch the Winter Fireworks Spectacular on the platter slope Sunday evening at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

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

Spring job fair set for 3 p.m. Wednesday at Centennial Hall
The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development's Juneau Job Center, in combination with the Juneau Empire, will host the spring 2007 Juneau Job Fair from 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Centennial Hall.

Photo: Homecoming Hoopla 2007
Juneau Douglas High School sophmore Lawrence Fenumai peforms a Fijan Dance. Members of the JDHS senior class perform their "We got the spirit" cheer Friday during the homecoming pep assembly at the school's gym.

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

Project Playground looks for more donations, volunteers
With spring on the way, Project Playground organizers are making a final push for donations and volunteers to build a virtual fantasyland for kids at Twin Lakes.

Photo: Taking it easy
A balmy day elicits a yawn from a Glaucous-winged gull on Sunday in Juneau.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events. To be included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

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

Progress check: Kensington Mine two-thirds complete, tailings issue still in limbo
On a crisp day in early February, a helicopter lands on a beach 45 miles north of Juneau after a 30-minute flight passing over Berners Bay and national forest land covered in muskeg and scrub forest.

Who we are: Veterinarian to open city's first pet crematory in May
As a veterinarian and pet lover, Rachel Dziuba prizes what she calls "the human-animal bond."

Photo: Keeping kids safe
Russell Terrill of Northland Audiology uses a small camera to show Emilee Watts, 4, the inside of her ear during Kid Safe at Centennial Hall. The event is organized by Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Charles Lee Nelson
Charles Lee Nelson died Feb. 10, 2007, in Angoon. He was 23.

Mary Edith Jordan
Juneau resident Mary Edith Jordan died Feb. 13, 2007, after a severe asthma attack. She was 51.

Empire editorial: Department shuffle comes down to protecting wildlife
The debate over what to do with the state's Division of Habitat is not about shuffling bureaucrats and cubicles.It's about restoring one of the state's vital checks and balances that former-Gov. Frank Murkowski ditched in 2003.

Toe Toon

My turn: Wolf-control programs carried out under the guise of 'science'
Alaska's aerial wolf-killing program now covers five areas equal to about two-thirds the size of Wyoming, and wolf control using snowmachines and other non-aerial methods is effectively underway over additional areas as well.

Outside editorial: Study: Napping is great
Scientists say we need to wake up to the benefits of a good nap.According to a recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, people who napped 30 minutes a day, three times per week, were 37 percent less likely to die of heart disease.

Alaska editorial: Cruise lines make smart move to improve image
This editorial appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Outside editorial: Apply the lessons of Iraq to Iran
This editorial appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

My Turn: Forest Service has a blueprint for disaster
While a worried Congress creates a new committee on global warming, the Forest Service gives sparse attention to the planet's most pressing concern in its plan for the Tongass National Forest and even indicates that cutting old-growth forests will help stem greenhouse gasses.

Porcu-power: chemical warfare
Porcupines have more in common with bees and skunks than most people realize.A bee sting, a stinky blast from an angry skunk, or a swat from a porcupine are memorable experiences.

Outsiders: Cameron Byrnes
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Outdoors section.

Hiker's paradise only yards away
From a point between the end of Crow Hill Drive and the water tower above, the Gastineau Meadows Trail winds gradually upward through scattered shore pines.

Homer supports move to expand bear sanctuary
The Land's End Resort in Homer is just a short flight from some of the best bear-viewing in the world. Homer would like to keep it that way.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities. To have your group included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Valentine and Solomon battle to draw in Friday's main event
The main event of Roughhouse Friday Boxing at Marlintini's Lounge between Al "The Mean Machine" Valentine and Jesse "The Roofer" Solomon proved so evenly matched, the judges declared it a draw.

Crimson Bears stay perfect in conference play
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team made visiting Ketchikan pay for its fouls in two wins this weekend.The Crimson Bears made 51 of 67 free throws in Saturday's 73-54 win and Friday's 57-43 victory.

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.

JDHS boys sweep Wolfpack to extend win streak to 10
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team extended its winning streak to 10 games Saturday by securing a series sweep of West Valley.The top-ranked Crimson Bears topped the Wolfpack 79-44 on Saturday and won Friday 64-26.

Governor to introduce gas line bill March 2
Gov. Sarah Palin plans to introduce her natural gas pipeline legislation to the Legislature on March 2, the first step in ultimately delivering trillions of cubic feet of North Slope reserves to market.

Industries bump up greenhouse gas emissions rates
Alaska puts more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere per person than any other state because of huge industries operating in such a sparsely populated place, according to a report commissioned by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

This Day in History
In Alaska and In the Nation

Governor waves in husband's winning team
Gov. Sarah Palin has taken on an unusual role: waving a checkered flag for the winners of the 1,971-mile Tesoro Iron Dog snowmobile race - a team that includes her husband.

Palmer jury deliberates in Houston homicide
Murder suspect Mario Page would not have settled a drug debt by killing the man who owed him and could have repaid him, his attorney said at the end of Page's trial.

Gillnetter angers dipnetters with proposal
A Ninilchik commercial gillnetter is asking the Alaska Board of Fisheries to restrict personal-use salmon dipnetters to the same bag limits as sport anglers.

The effects of erosion: Fuel can't be delivered to village
One of Alaska's most eroded coastal villages is facing a new crisis: The closest river has gotten so shallow that barges can no longer make regular fuel deliveries to the remote community.

House panel continues its work on ethics reform bill
A House panel charged with drafting a comprehensive ethics reform bill hopes to have a comprehensive bill before the full State Affairs Committee on Tuesday.

Alaska Digest
The Bureau of Land Management is calling for nominations to its statewide 15-member advisory council.

Communities get more time on coastal plans
Gov. Sarah Palin is expected Tuesday to sign a bill giving Juneau and other coastal communities more time to revise plans for environmental regulation along their coastlines.

Doll, Dems push child health care
Juneau Rep. Andrea Doll is pushing a bill that would allow more poor children to get state-provided health care. She's got bigger goals than that, however.

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

Alaska Digest
UAA chancellor takes Illinois job, Sternwheeler to give tours in Ketchikan, Teen shootings lead to talks in Fairbanks & Cruise line hires visitors bureau head

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