Wednesday, March 7, 2007

SEACC, Sealaska share a commitment to SE
Recent letters to the editor have expressed some strong opinions about tough issues facing Juneau. Sometimes those letters miss the mark.

A higher price to pay at Juneau pumps
While I had heard on the national news that gasoline prices across the country had risen lately, I still think it is time to point out Juneau's absurdly high gasoline prices.

To heal, we need to communicate as equals
I've just read Gerry Bigelow's Feb. 21 My Turn, "Racism rears its head in Juneau," and I find it astonishing that there appears to be no response to his call for the good people of Juneau...

Secondhand smoke doesn't kill outright
Matt Felix would have everyone believe that doctors' journals and surgeon general reports are all true (Thursday's Juneau Empire).

Shocked that people didn't intervene
I was not only shocked, but horrified, by what I read in Korry Keeker's recent column, "Reflections of love, dogs and inner demons," published in the Feb. 15 Hooligan.

Congress, give our troops what they need
A plan is being pushed in Congress that would prohibit sending troops that are underequipped or exhausted from multiple tours into battle in Iraq.

Build gas pipeline and provide free health care
I am writing in response to Sunday's Associated Press article, "Palin unveils gas line plan." I agree with Gov. Sarah Palin's decision on the gas pipeline project.

The hidden virtues of global warming
Recently, both in the media and in the scientific world, there has been much attention paid to the "reality" of global warming.

Sealaska Corp. needs new directors
I applaud Virgil Ward for his well-written letter regarding the gifting of Sealaska shares (Jan. 31). I also believe Sealaska needs new directors who will fairly represent the interests of original shareholders.

Assembly to support gay benefits plan
Members of Juneau's gay and lesbian community hope Alaskans will come out and oppose the Legislature's attempt to amend the state constitution to limit benefits for same-sex couples in a special election next month.

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

Correction

Legislature looks at larger building in Anchorage
The Alaska Legislature is looking at a new legislative building in Anchorage, potentially making it easier for legislative committees or the Legislature itself to work outside Juneau.

Photo: Car excavation
Alla Kirsanova and her brother, Tom Kirsanov, dig out their car Monday near Douglas Highway.

Photo: Neither snow nor rain ...
U.S. Post Office letter carrier John Castillo delivers mail Tuesday as snow falls on 12th street.

Travel agent sues DMV over Real ID plan
An Anchorage travel agent is suing the state Division of Motor Vehicles in Juneau Superior Court, claiming that the agency has breached privacy rights by illegally implementing stricter requirements for new Alaskans to acquire driver's licenses.

High snowfall leads to budget shortfall
This winter's heavy snowfall will likely lead to a budget shortfall for the city's streets division, officials say.

Photo: An extra dose of winter
Mikayla May, left, and Ali Witt sled down a hill Monday near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center in Juneau.

Photo: Big Sister of the Year
Gov. Sarah Palin, left, awards Karen West, second from right, "Big Sister of the Year" during a ceremony Tuesday at the Governor's Mansion.

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

Lawmakers worried about gas line tariffs
Federal regulators are questioning how oil flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline is charged, prompting some Alaska lawmakers to say this could serve as a warning for a producer-owned natural gas pipeline.

City considers revising DUI law to cover drugs that aren't controlled
The city is considering revisions to its driving-under-the-influence ordinance to include substances that are not controlled or illegal.

Around Town

Alaskans miss $510,000 in tax refunds
Nearly 17,000 Alaskan taxpayers failed to take advantage of a one-time "luxury" tax refund when they filed their federal income tax returns this year.

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

Neighbors Digest
High school journalists sought for contest, Six-week chronic illness class starts March 22, Registration deadline for ACT test is Friday & Black History Month celebration held Friday

Photo: French masters
Pictured are French language winners in the 2007 Southeast Alaska Regional World Language Competition, held on Feb. 24 at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for helping our breakfast program

Martin, Kunz; Kunz, McGhee wed
From left, Priscilla Martin, Edward Kunz Jr., Micalyne Kunz and Dale McGhee partake in a double wedding on Feb. 2 at the family home of Cecilia Kunz (deceased), Micalyne's grandmother and Edward's mother.

Helms, Butler-Wright wed
William Richard "Rick" Helms Jr., of Juneau, and Krista Butler-Wright, of Corning, N.Y., were married Dec. 20, 2006, in Marietta, Ga. The ceremony was held at the bride's brother's home.

Photos: Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!
The Juneau Education Association and Juneau-Haines Reading Council's Dr. Seuss birthday party celebration, held on March 2 at Mendenhall River Community School...

Michael Perry
Former Juneau resident Michael "Uncle Mike" T. Perry died Feb. 26, 2007, at the veterans hospital in White City, Ore., after a long illness. He was 65.

Donald Montgomery
Former Juneau resident Donald T. Montgomery died Feb. 21, 2007, in Brookings, Ore. He was 80.

Chuck Bratton
Former Juneau resident Chuck Bratton died March 1, 2007, at home in Sammamish, Wash. He was 54.

David Capp
Former Juneau resident David "Red" Jonas Capp died Feb. 22, 2007, in Hayward, Calif., after a short battle with cancer. He was 55.

Outside editorial: FCC reality check: Agency should drop outdated rule
The Federal Communications Commission had good intentions in levying a $24 million fine against Univision for not complying with a federal rule mandating children's programming on broadcast-television networks.

Alaska editorial: Villages should be heated without Venezuelan help
Alaska can afford heating fuel for its villages. The State of Alaska didn't need to depend on Hugo Chavez of Venezuela to pick up the village home heating tab this winter.

My Turn: Shakespeare, Iraq and Sen. Biden
I have had William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" on my mind a lot lately after seeing Theatre in the Rough's compelling production last month.

Outside editorial: It's time for serious immigration reform
Recent round-ups in California's farm country have put the whole illegal immigration issue back on the front page. It's likely to keep showing up there until our elected leaders get serious about a solution - but don't hold your breath waiting for that to happen.

My Turn: Affordable housing can be remedied
I am taken back by the My Turn comments made by Gary Tigar of Tigar Properties (tigarproperties.com) on March 2. He wrote, "I believe the demand for affordable housing is greater than the demand to fix existing sewer systems."

Four goals by Pennington lifts Ice Dogs
The Ice Dogs got four goals from Matt Pennington to upset the division-leading Kensington Goldminers 5-1 on Sunday in a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier B battle at Treadwell Arena.

SE Alaska team enters big event with high hopes
The swimming season for Southeast Alaska's athletes sometimes seems like a non-stop cycle of competitions in and out of the state.

Auke Bay musher in 63rd
Auke Bay musher Deborah Molburg-Bicknell survived the opening stages of the race to get to the Rainy Pass checkpoint at 5:08 a.m. Tuesday.

Swingley out of Iditarod
The 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is living up to its reputation as a tough, bruising race.

Mackey takes Iditarod lead
Lance Mackey pulled into Nikolai on Tuesday with a full team of 16 dogs, a grin on his face and a busted runner on his sled.

Commercial fishing group wants salmon standards repealed
A commercial fishing group has proposed repeal of the state's sustainable salmon fisheries regulation, claiming that the policy will attract lawsuits and result in judges dictating fishery management decisions.

Southwest Alaska asks for help with unsolved homicides
Southwest Alaska leaders have appealed to Gov. Sarah Palin for help in investigating unsolved homicides.

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

Alaska Digest
Eaglecrest buses on regular schedule, Game board rejects bear hunt proposal, Pipeline operator launches inspection, BP outgoing CEO's 2006 bonus slashed & Man brandishing torch robs bank

Moose charges hovering helicopter
A moose tagged with a tranquilizer dart charged a hovering helicopter and damaged its tail rotor, forcing the aircraft to the ground.

Palin, French discuss ethics reform differences
One day after criticizing the Senate's ethics reform efforts, Gov. Sarah Palin said Tuesday she's been told more work will get done.

Senate OKs ethics bills
Two ethics bills were debated and passed on the Senate floor Monday, while the House also pressed forward with its own legislation.

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

Alaska Digest
Two avalanches slide down Mount Juneau, Minor quake hits north of Juneau, Kenai River towns may push for cleanup, Kodiak hiker saved from fall by a tree & Blast at home injures North Pole woman

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