Tuesday, February 20, 2007

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.

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.

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.

My Turn author should get a life
This is in rebuttal to Gregg Erickson's My Turn about state officials who land lucrative lobbying jobs after leaving government in Thursday's Juneau Empire.

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.

Doubting studies of secondhand smoke
I read in Wednesday's Juneau Empire that Juneau bars have 10 months before a smoking ban takes effect.

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...

Mining benefits everyone - period
I suggest Eric Lee of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (Wednesday's Juneau Empire) look around and see just how his life is enriched by mining.

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?

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

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.

Avalanche center launches urban forecasting system
For the next two months, Juneau residents will be able to log onto the nation's first Web site of its kind to check the day's urban avalanche danger.

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

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

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

Eaglecrest ranked No. 1 for deepest snow
Local skiers and snowboarders have more to celebrate this year than Eaglecrest's 30th anniversary - Juneau's ski area has a deeper snowpack than any other in the world.

Photo: Floor work
Nelz Barnett, an employee for Rainbow Builders, cleans the floor Monday at the Alaska State Museum, after removing the carpet.

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

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

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."

Marie S. Devon
Juneau resident Marie S. Devon, 85, died Feb. 15, 2007, at the Pioneers Home in Juneau.

Outside editorial: Rolling dice in a war gone awry
This editorial appeared in the Seattle Times:

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

Alaska editorial: Lawmakers should rethink April election
This editorial appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

My Turn: Leave politics of hate off ballot
As a health-care worker, I am appalled that people are working so hard to exclude working families from health-care coverage.

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.

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

My Turn: Poverty, not race, counts in fetal alcohol disorders
It is necessary to clarify a part of the Juneau Empire's front-page article, "Alcohol's effect on fetus discussed" (Jan. 29).

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
Israeli peace activist at World Affairs Council, Ethics reform to go to full committee, Russian partners to study strategies & Soldotna ice damage tallied at $1.6 million

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

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.

Stevens proposes opening ANWR up for Stragetic Petroleum Reserve
Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge could provide a viable alternative to boosting supplies for the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens said Monday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

High tobacco use found among Yukon Delta kids
Children in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta chew or smoke tobacco at rates that far exceed state and national averages, according to a recent study.

Indicted Alaska regent missed 44 percent of board meetings
An indicted University of Alaska regent who has refused to resign missed 44 percent of meetings last year and both full board meetings this year.

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