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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Why waste space on Washington tax?
About that Associated Press story regarding the proposed Washington state tax on containers with goods bound for Alaska (Feb. 22), doesn't the U.S. Constitution still prohibit states from taxing interstate commerce?

Docks-harbors board did the right thing
Let's clarify the issue discussed at Thursday night's Docks and Harbors meeting regarding cruise ship lightering fees.

Weyhrauch, others should be ashamed
I am the director of business development with Channel Construction, which subcontracted with Whitewater Engineering to work on a Forest Service project in 2005.

Assembly's opinion doesn't match city's
A public hearing on Feb. 12 addressed, among other subjects, a proposed resolution by the Juneau Assembly to endorse the proposed Department of Transportation project to build a road to the Katzehin River on Lynn Canal.

U.S. should leave Iraq, fight terrorism
I'm amused to read the "Chicken Little Hawks" letters advocating the war in Iraq and the writers who think "we" need to find these bad guys.

Bush continues to go in the wrong direction
The obscene budget proposed by President Bush is a truer portrait of our primitive leader and his priorities than we usually see.

Charter operators need to reel in greed
If I take a taxi to a store, the driver doesn't come in and shop with me.

Photo: Ready-made dog toys
David Gomez throws ice chunks while exercising his dog Sunday along the Douglas waterfront.

City hopes to turn rain into energy
City and power planners hope Juneau's rain and snow will someday be worth their weight in oil.

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

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

State conservationists focus legislative goals
Alaska's conservation community has narrowed its legislative focus this year to three top priorities, all of which have been introduced in bills before the Legislature, as of Monday.

Photo: Cold-weather camouflage
Lauren Swift is bundled up to stay warm as she walks Monday along Douglas Highway.

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

Police aren't laughing at funny money in Juneau
Juneau Police Investigator Russ Haight rubbed the counterfeit $100 bill between his gloved fingers.

Photo: Icing on the lake
Zach Mickelson sprays water into the air Sunday morning as Michael Svensson, center, and Marc Scholten prepare to push it around as they resurface a couple of hockey-playing areas at Twin Lakes.

Proposal targets students who skip school
Schools would get more leeway to punish truants and their parents under a bill being considered by the Alaska Legislature.

Around Town

N. Douglas sewer plan to go ahead
After years of waiting to connect to the Juneau sewer system, some residents of North Douglas believe they are being pushed aside for the sake of future residents.

Sen. Stevens may be more techno-savvy than one of his critics
How much does 84-year old Sen. Ted Stevens know about the Internet? More than a Washingtonpost.com blogger, it may turn out.

Photo: Working up to it
Eric Triezenberg, owner of Towers Custom, reroofs the turret of the Alaska Steam Laundry Building with decorative cedar shakes Sunday on Franklin Street.

Rick Stevens
Former Juneau resident Rick I. Stevens of Dickinson, N.D., died Feb. 18, 2007, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn. He was 53.

Susan Roberts
Former Juneau resident Susan Pomeroy Roberts died of heart disease Feb. 8, 2007, in Tucson, Ariz. She was 74.

My Turn: Opposing a legal slush fund
Gov. Sarah Palin has proposed using $12 million in retirement trust money related to an investigation and litigation on behalf of those funds.

My turn: Choose a practical crossing corridor
The community of Juneau needs to reach consensus on a preferred route for the North Douglas crossing that is practical and has a chance of successful completion.

Outside editorial: Rule change threatens health care safety net
Hospitals in Florida and other states with large poor and uninsured populations face a devastating loss of federal funding if a rule change proposed by Medicaid administrators is adopted.

Alaska editorial: Palin should stop spending on airport bridge in Ketchikan
The proposed Ketchikan airport bridge was a doubtful project back when its construction cost was estimated around $250 million. It looked worse when the price tag grew to $320 million.

My turn: City's sewer plan for North Douglas stinks
Apparently, it's acceptable to have human excrement on North Douglas beaches as long as a California land developer gets what he wants.

Outside editorial: Dems mind the mogul
There are two things to be said about the first major intramural spat of the 2008 Democratic primary season.

All dancers welcome
Floyd Dryden dance team

Floyd Dryden captures regional tournament
Host Floyd Dryden Middle School edged Craig to win the Southeast Regional Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.

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

Anchorage to make another attempt at recycling plan
Recycling in Anchorage isn't easy.

Company hopes to introduce tidal power to Mat-Su valley
A Florida company hopes to generate power from tides in Knik Arm but so far has not attracted interest from the local electric utility, Matanuska Electric Association.

Man arrested after party shooting kills 1
An Anchorage man shot and killed another man during a fight at a motel that occurred during a cocaine-fueled party, according to court documents filed by state prosecutors.

Alaska Digest
Group accepting grant applications, Lemon Creek Trail slated to open in July, Alaska pilot makes emergency landing & Woman charged in death of her infant

Sea-ice changes threaten walrus habits
Biologist Carin Ashjian is not a walrus researcher, but she knew something was wrong as she stood on the deck of the Coast Guard icebreaker Healy off Alaska's northern coast.

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

Iditarod restart moved to Willow
Poor trail conditions again this year have forced the restart of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to be held in Willow, about 30 miles up the Parks Highway from Wasilla, dubbed Home of the Iditarod.

Alaska Digest
Rapper sentenced for dealing cocaine, possessing weapons, BP settles lawsuits from refinery blast that injured 170, Palmer police seize the computer of man using free wireless & Hydroelectric project in Hatcher Pass could provide new power

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