Thursday, March 1, 2007

Secondhand smoke kills - that's a fact
In his letter of Feb. 20, "Doubting studies of secondhand smoke," Bart Williams of Fairbanks was very critical of our agency's efforts to reduce the damaging consequences of secondhand smoke in Juneau.

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).

SEACC was right in its legal actions
Coeur Alaska's actions and ad campaign regarding its Kensington Mine are arrogant, misleading and irresponsible.

Writer still chuckling at Condi's latest con
I got a sick chuckle out of Condoleezza Rice the other day. Apparently, a Russian general complained about the United States wanting to build missile bases in Poland and the Czech Republic.

Letter writer missed point of complaints
I agree with Otto Florschutz's letter in Monday's Juneau Empire. It is silly for a charter operator to keep a client's fish.

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."

City staff to look at financing for new downtown cruise ship dock
The city got a green light Wednesday night to find a way to pay for a proposed $48 million cruise ship dock project downtown.

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.

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

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

Photo: Saying goodbye
Charolette Anderson, left, folds a "dispatcho" on Wednesday as her daughter, Tabitha Anderson, watches at the end of a ceremony at Bartlett Regional Hospital to retire the former Critical Care Unit, and to honor patients who died there.

There's nothing square about this square foot
Five of Jeanette Lackey's art students in the Boys & Girls Club's SMART Moves program will attend their first art opening Friday as some of the guests of honor.

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.

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:

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.

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Business Digest
Goldbelt CEO plans to resign in April, Seventh Heaven has new ownership, Jennings assumes district ranger job & Somerville named engineer of the year

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.

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.

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.

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).

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

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.

'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.

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.

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.

My turn: Wrong priorities for Gravina Island
As an Alaskan, I am very concerned with the growing number of projects on Gravina Island, within the Tongass National Forest.

Alaska editorial: Unemployment pay rates should be increased
A recent study by the state's economic number crunchers focused on Alaska's unemployment benefits, and revealed some interesting figures that ought to be examined by state lawmakers.

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.

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.

Sports Digest
Mary Rehfeld earns conference honors, Park Myers bowls a perfect game, Central Valley Conference lauds Lexi Garvey, Franklin, Fujioka win Cabin Fever tourney & JDIA teams prepare for state tourneys

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.

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

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.

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.

Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll
Here is this week's Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll with records through Feb. 27, first place votes in parentheses and total poll points on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis.

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.

JDHS teams remain on top
For the fourth consecutive week, Juneau-Douglas High School sits on top of both the girls and boys Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball polls.

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

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.

Gov. Palin cancels materials contract for Lynn Canal road
Gov. Sarah Palin announced Wednesday she has canceled an $11 million contract to purchase construction material for the 51-mile Lynn Canal highway project envisioned north of Juneau.

Whale-sized showdown headed for Anchorage
Japan could try to end Alaska Native hunting rights during the International Whaling Commission meeting in Anchorage if coastal villagers in that nation are not allowed similar privileges, one American official said.

Photo: Iditarod check-up
Lance Mackey of Fairbanks, right, watches Wednesday as veterinarian Bill Sampson of Burnsville, N.C., checks one of Mackey's dogs during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race vet check in Wasilla.

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.

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

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

Permanent fund takes hit in plunge
The day after the Alaska Permanent Fund lost $630 million - in what may have been the largest one-day loss in the fund's history - members of its board met in Juneau to discuss taking even more risk with fund investments.

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

Fisheries protection proposal generates spirited testimony
A House subcommittee heard more than two hours of testimony Wednesday on a bill designed to protect Bristol Bay fisheries - possibly at the expense the prospective Pebble Mine project.

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

Palin plans to offer $500 million gas-pipeline incentive
Whoever wins the right to build Alaska's multi-billion natural gas pipeline will get as much as a $500 million jump start from state coffers, Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday.

Alaska Digest
Garage closed for maintenance & repair, Talis Colberg defends opinion on regent and BP hopes to open Northstar field

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

Fisheries Service: Charter anglers can bag 2 halibut a day
The director of the National Marine Fisheries Service says charter boat anglers can keep two halibut a day instead of the one proposed by international regulators.

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