Wednesday, February 28, 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?

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.

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.

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.

W. Douglas workgroup members exaggerate
West Douglas Development Workgroup members dismiss criticisms of the second crossing and the West Douglas project (My Turn columns on Feb. 9 and in Monday's Juneau Empire).

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.

SEACC only wants laws to be honored
I read Edwin E. Johnson's well-written letter in the Juneau Empire (Feb. 19) with interest. He rails against "schools and universities all over the country turning out SEACC types."

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

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

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

Home and Garden Show slated
In the midst of a long, cold winter, local businesses are looking forward to spring projects as they gear up for the 28th annual Home and Garden Show this weekend.

Around Town

Juneau police search for suspects in sex assault
Juneau police searched Tuesday for two men after a 37-year-old woman reported being sexually assaulted Monday before dawn.

Correction

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.

Crowd encourages focus on reduced logging in Tongass National Forest
Juneau residents at Centennial Hall on Tuesday night said they want forest officials to consider the benefits of less logging when choosing a blueprint for future use of the Tongass National Forest.

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

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

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.

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.

90-day session advocates short on ideas
Alaska voters told the Legislature last year they wanted the body to complete its work in 90 days, but legislative advocates of the shorter sessions still haven't persuaded colleagues it's a good idea.

Photo: Youthful decor
Mike Meehan, an employee of Little Mountain Productions from Tulsa, Okla., installs a mural in one of the rooms under construction at the HUB youth center Tuesday at the Juneau Christian Center.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks to all who contributed to UAS's College Goal Sunday

Photo: Math counts
Members of the winning team at the Southeast Regional MATHCOUNTS Competition on Feb. 10 are Dzantik'I Heeni Middle School students, from left: Colter Hanna (first place individual), Ryan McCusker (second place individual), Ryan Doogan (fourth place individual), and Maya Rieselbach (fifth place individual).

Recognitions
Brian Smith, son of Kirk and Deniece Smith, made the dean's list at Colorado State University. He was also accepted into the National Honor Society at Colorado State University. He is a second-year mechanical engineering student.

'Into the Woods' is a bonafide Broadway show
If you think fairy tales are just for little kids, think again! "Into the Woods," which premiered in San Diego in 1986, and shortly afterwards on Broadway, is a revved-up musical frolic through a dozen or so familiar stories, currently on stage at Juneau-Douglas High School through March.

Herrera and Coté to wed
Jesse D. Coté, of Juneau, and Anthony Herrera, of Palmdale, Calif., will marry on Aug. 4, 2007, in Lancaster, Calif.

Why showing up for dinner unannounced is a good thing - in Ghana
Perhaps it is rash to claim that five months ago I was a different person. Yet prior to joining the Peace Corps and moving to Ghana, it was definitely reasonable to assume certain skills had not yet made their way into my repertoire of general knowledge.

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.

Pauline Rose Case
Haines resident Pauline Rose Case died Feb. 25, 2007, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau after a lengthy illness. She was 63.

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

June G. Jones
Former longtime Juneau resident June G. Jones died Feb. 20, 2007, at Olympic Memorial Hospital in Port Angeles, Wash. She was 86 and a resident of Sequim, Wash.

Outside editorial: Future cars may be prone to rage, too
In the annals of road-rage incidents, Jessica Hall's infraction seemed minor. The 25-year-old North Carolina woman was driving with three kids and a pregnant sister when traffic slowed to a crawl. A car cut in front of her - twice. Incensed, she flung a large McDonald's cup filled with ice into the other car.

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.

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.

My Turn: Shipping natural gas from the North Slope?
A transportation route that has fascinated visionaries in the far north for centuries deserves practical study: shipping natural gas directly from the North Slope to market in tankers until a pipeline is operational.

My Turn: Fish more precious than gold
As a commercial seafood processor who has lived and worked in Bristol Bay for 31 years, I know wild salmon are the bay's real gold.

Juneau Parks and Recreation Co-Ed Volleyball Standings
As of Feb. 25

Photo: Eyes on the puck
Capital Embroidery goaltender Jodie Pessolano eyes the puck while D.K. Mining Co.'s Val Martinez tries to shoot during a game last week at Treadwell Arena.

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.

SE roundup: Yakutat boys win season finale
Defending Class 2A boys basketball state champion Yakutat finished the regular season on a high note after routing Thorne Bay 91-50 on Thursday.

Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network Prep Basketball Poll
As of Feb. 25

Baseden's hat trick lifts Island Pub
Christy Baseden scored a hat trick to lead the Island Pub past Jaded 4-2 on Sunday in Juneau Adult Hockey Association Women's Tier A action at Treadwell Arena.

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

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.

Group sues Anchorage over public smoking ban
A group that opposes a possible public smoking ban filed a lawsuit against the city on Monday.

Northwest Digest
Man sentenced to 20 years for murder, Corps of Engineers reissues mine permit, Official kills moose wounded by arrow, Airport job fair to be held Saturday & Airport in N. Dakota named for Eielson

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

Cow forced interstate landing
Jerry Scudero didn't intend to land the 1952 DeHavilland Beaver on Interstate 84 near the Oregon-Idaho border.

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

Students go fishing in name of science
High school science projects have come a long way from baking soda volcanoes and potato-powered clocks, as was evident to those who took part in a recent weekend ice fishing derby in Nikiski.

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