Friday, March 2, 2007

Kudos to Juneau Public Works
I was driving on Mendenhall Boulevard the other day, and I had to stop to let two snowplow drivers do their thing and then let me pass.

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

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.

Talks with Iran, Syria a positive step
Calling a conference of Iraq's neighboring states in Baghdad is a positive step towards stability. I commend the Iraqi government for inviting the governments of Iran and Syria to the table.

A reminder about SEACC ownership
I'd like to submit a reminder to Bradley Fluetsch who finds fault with SEACC receiving "Outside" money (Feb. 8 Juneau Empire). The Tongass National Forest belongs to every U.S. citizen, not just residents of Southeast Alaska.

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.

The English language is on its own
The correction published in the Feb. 23 Juneau Empire stated that "the town of Bellevue, Wash., was misspelled."

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.

Vast doesn't necessarily last
Visitors come to Alaska for its pure, authentic, untouched beauty. It's true, Alaska is a vast land, but vast doesn't necessarily last.

Around Town
Today

March winds create miserable conditions
Wind and snow fouled up plans for ferry passengers to college actors Thursday as Juneau braced for worse under its first blizzard warning in recent memory.

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.

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

Correction

Photo: What a pane
ason Karasch, right, and Doug Maller of Speedy Glass bring window panels Thursday into Centennial Hall as they set up for this weekend's Home and Garden Show, which runs through Sunday.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Photo: A work in progress
Emily Barnak paints the words "In His Eyes" on the window Thursday of the Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery on Seward Street in preparation for artist Erik Behnke's art show.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Bartlett Regional Hospital
Volunteer coordinator: Dana Haff, coordinator, Volunteer Services and Community Partnerships

Photo: Women of distinction
Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies will honor the four Juneau winners of the Women of Distinction award - from back left, Joyanne Bloom and Ann Lockhart; from front left, Connie Munro and Doloresa Cadiente...

FYI
Births and Marriage licenses

Of all citrus fruits, blood oranges are most dramatic
One of the bright spots in the produce aisle during the winter months are the citrus fruits. Oranges, lemons and grapefruit are plentiful, delicious and inexpensive right now.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Alex Soboleff
"I like dancing with everyone. It's fun. It's comfortable to dance at school because everyone is doing the same thing. I practice at home and sometimes at recess. I've been dancing about one year."

Shedding season is here
Tumbleweeds of cat fur are rolling across the floors in even the best kept homes. It's shedding season, prompted by the lengthening hours of daylight.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for: Helping with BIG Campaign, Making our hoe down a success, The first Murder Mystery benefit, Contributing to our performances & Celebrating Elizabeth Peratrovich

Recognitions
Poetry Omnibus Winners Announced The Arts & Humanities Council, with Poetry Omnibus coordinator Kristan Hutchison, is pleased to announce this year's winners of the Poetry Omnibus contest. The submissions were judged by distinguished Alaska poets Jerah Chadwick, of Unalaska and Anne Hanley, of Fairbanks.

Photo: Paving a way
Members of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Tobacco Team pose with their "Paving the Way" award presented during the Alaska Tobacco Summit held Feb. 5-6 in Juneau.

My turn: Go with the original sewer phasing plan
Please consider my opinions in response to those expressed by Ronald G. Clarke in his Feb. 26 My Turn.

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: An extra driving test is not necessary
Young Alaskans go through several steps to graduate to a "regular" driver's license when they're 18 or, with signed parental permission, prior to becoming 18.

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.

Outside editorial: Inconvenient truths for repressive regime
Whatever changes have happened in Cuba with Raul Castro at the helm, the repressive fundamentals remain the same. The dictatorship is compelled to control all media because it is threatened by the truth.

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

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.

JDHS, Kayhi boys to play for big stakes
When the Juneau-Douglas and Ketchikan boys basketball teams face off, it's one of the season's most anticipated and intense games.

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.

Bears look to finish strong
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team's younger players may get a chance to show their stuff this weekend at Sitka.

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.

Ayers strong as BC falls to No. 1 Vandy in baseball
Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Joe Ayers nearly helped Boston College upset the nation's top-ranked college baseball team, Vanderbilt, on Sunday in Nashville, Tenn.

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.

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

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.

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.

Palin set to announce gas pipeline plan
Lawmakers are eager to see Gov. Sarah Palin's plan, which she hopes will spur the construction of a multibillion dollar natural gas pipeline.

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.

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

State budget ready for lawmakers' consideration
Gov. Sarah Palin's staff on Thursday rolled out changes to the proposed state budget that fell short of targeted spending cuts, but did not stray far from the basic goals outlined in a spending plan last December, two weeks into Palin's term.

Northwest Digest
Ulmer named interim UAA chancellor, Anchorage goes cop shopping in Montana, Wyden vows vote on timber payments & 83-year-old stabbed his wife 100 times

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.

Juneau voters differed with state on sessions
A ballot measure requiring 90-day legislative sessions did poorly in Juneau, where many staff members live and where many business owners worried that it would be bad for business.

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.

Effect of 90-day sessions may hit staff paychecks
Alaska voters last year cut the Legislature's work days by a quarter, but didn't cut lawmakers' pay. Legislative staffers, however, may be seeing smaller paychecks.

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.

Veteran mushers prepare for 2007 Iditarod
Defending champion Jeff King shot back with one word when asked to describe his team for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race set to start Saturday.

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

Fund to adopt new strategies
The Alaska Permanent Fund will adopt some new investment styles, trying some profitable but potentially risky new strategies to make money, its board of trustees decided Thursday,

ConocoPhillips posts $2.3 billion profit
Buoyed by high oil prices, ConocoPhillips posted a $2.3 billion profit on its Alaska oil production last year, according to an annual report the company filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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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