Thursday, February 22, 2007

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

Alaskans should get travel incentives
Alyse Galvin should be thanked for her recognition that we in Southeast Alaska are continually taken advantage of (see Friday's Juneau Empire).

Voicing opposition to the Pebble Mine
As an avid Alaska fly fisherman of more than 20 years, I have fished the pristine waters of the Newhalen, smaller Lake Clark streams and the Naknek River for the past decade.

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.

Getting along
This is in response to Bill Connor's letter referring to 50-pound wet lock boxes being flown home with charter and lodge visitors to Alaska.

Same old tune, but with a new excuse
"Crimp pay raises for state employees." This is nothing state employees haven't heard before. The only thing new is the excuse.

Commercial fleet feels pocketbook pain
I find it extremely ironic that an article from the Homer Tribune, dated Feb. 14, states that the charter fleet thinks the decision of the halibut commission to impose a reduced bag limit has caused it heartache, and pain in the pocketbook.

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.

Photo: Snow Bears
Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team members, from left, Eric Schlechter, Hunter Brown, Katie Krehlik and Leah Francis run Wednesday on Glacier Highway.

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.

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

Around Town
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Business Digest
Hecla Mining scores highest-ever profits, Building industry offers reception, Business center hosts bookkeeping class & Sealaska accepting board nominations

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

Clarification

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.

JDHS science team eyes nationals
Juneau-Douglas High School devastated its opponents at this year's "Tsunami Bowl" and swept the top three spots of the regional ocean science competition.

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.

After Mendenhall Mall sale, new plans still under study
The new owners of the Mendenhall Mall want Juneau residents to see the building as a community center, said Larry Bauer, a Realtor who is also now mall manager.

Photo: Powder kick
Alex Wertheimer cross-country skis in fresh powder Wednesday at the Mendenhall Lake campground.

Correction

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.

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.

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.

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

My turn: Time to rethink the 90-day session
Last December, the offices of several state legislators were searched in an FBI probe looking for evidences of corruption.

Alaska editorial: Split 9th Circuit
You begin to wonder how many times Congress will have to get the message before it accepts the reality that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals needs to be split.

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.

Outside editorial: Don't let your kids read this
The best children's book published last year begins with a passage about a rattlesnake that bit a dog named Roy right there on, um, the first page. Right there on ... the passenger's seat of a '62 Cadillac. OK, OK. On the scrotum.

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.

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.

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.

How to skate ski can be as easy as 1, 2, 3
Nordic skate skiing is taking Juneau by storm.

Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketbal Poll
Here is this week's Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll with records through Feb. 18, first place votes in parentheses and total poll points on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis.

Alaska Sports Broadcacasting Network Prep Basketball Poll

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.

British withdrawal from Iraq leaves just an alliance of one?
President Bush's "coalition of the willing," long seen by much of the world as a shell for a largely U.S. operation in Iraq, is quickly becoming a coalition of the unwilling.

Company says Pebble deposit bigger than previously thought
The company that wants to develop a giant copper and gold prospect in southwest Alaska has released new estimates showing the deposit could be much larger than previously thought.

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.

Washington senator's freight proposal raises ire in Alaska
It's been called obnoxious and offensive, even described as "an act of aggression from our southern neighbors."

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

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

Pioneering Alaska lawyer dies at 94
A burial service was arranged Wednesday at the Wasilla homestead of Mahala Ashley Dickerson, the state's first black lawyer, who died this week after a short illness. She was 94 years old.

Northwest Digest
Meth users may buy drug from Outside & Black bears headed for new Portland digs

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

AK saves as dependents go missing
Thousands of people have lost valuable state employment benefits recently, but they're not complaining. That may be because they didn't exist in the first place.

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