Wednesday, February 21, 2007

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.

We need to live in harmony with nature
This is in response to Michael Morgan's Feb. 16 letter to the editor suggesting the relocation or killing of the black wolf at the Mendenhall Glacier.

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.

Lisa a 'no show' on Iraq resolution
I've been noticing for some time that the Empire has been increasingly lax regarding localizing wire service copy.

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

Consider making ATVs street legal
Ron Berg (Jan. 30 Juneau Empire), wrote of all-terrain vehicles being incompatible with long-established trail use.

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

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

Governor signs bill restricting pardon power
Gov. Sarah Palin on Tuesday signed the first bill from the 25th Alaska Legislature to become law, limiting on the governor's constitutional power to grant pardons.

Finding Their Voice
Fairbanks jazz musician Barney McClure has visited Juneau for the last five Februaries to host his six-day Winter Cabaret workshops for Juneau Jazz & Classics. And still, he appreciates it every time.

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

School Board optimistic about funding
The Juneau School Board is optimistic the Alaska Legislature will increase education funding so the district is not forced to cut staff and increase class sizes.

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.

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:

How controversial pardon made it through
Before Gov. Frank Murkowski decided to pardon Whitewater Engineering for criminally negligent homicide in the waning days of his administration, he heard from only two Alaskans in favor of the pardon.

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

Kid Safe event
The annual Kid Safe event was held Feb. 17 at Centennial Hall.

Neighbors Digest
JCCC sponsors Lenten Lunch Lectures, UAS hosts production of 'Vagina Monologues', Applications due for Public Health Fair, Railroad Corp. seeks poster submissions & Reading Rainbow calls for young writers

Recognitions
The University of Alaska Southeast announced its honor students for the 2006 fall semester.

Mouse trap science
Students and teachers from Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School's Shooting Star House pose after their Mousetrap science project competition on Feb. 13 in the Dzantik'i Heeni commons.

John Hawkins Sr.
Lifelong Juneau resident John Henry Hawkins Sr. died Feb. 13, 2007, at home in Juneau. He was 62.

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

Alaska editorial: Palin transition team's findings are unsettling
This editorial appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:

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

My Turn: Racism rears its head in Juneau
I look forward to every February, as a time to reflect on the progress that black Americans have made.

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).

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: We all use products that come from mines
With the hullabaloo over mining these days, we ought to go back to basics for a moment.

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.

Glacier Swim Club rolls to SE regional title
Juneau's Glacier Swim Club won the Mike Smithers Southeast Regional Swimming Championships on Sunday in Sitka.

Alaska Sports Broadcacasting Network Prep Basketball Poll

Short-handed Wrangell bounces back to beat Petersburg girls
Dressing only five players and playing without star sophomore Michelle Villarma, Southeast Conference-leading Wrangell secured a series sweep of Petersburg on Saturday with a 35-32 win in Class 3A girls basketball.

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.

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

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.

Northwest Digest
Congressional field hearing explores doctor shortage, Alaska-based soldier to receive award, Court overturns award against Weyerhaeuser, Idaho Senate OKs wolf-hunting bill & Organizers break ground for memorial

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

Avalanche releases powder cloud over downtown Juneau
An avalanche of windblown snow swept down Mount Juneau toward the north side of downtown early Tuesday. No damage or injuries were reported.

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.

Lawmakers launch debate on money for education
As state lawmakers begin debate over funding K-12 education, they are not asking whether funding should be raised for Alaska schools. They are asking how high.

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

BP shuts down oil field after gas leak detected
BP has shut down an offshore oil field in the Arctic Ocean after a small leak was discovered in a gas line, a company official said Tuesday.

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