Thursday, March 8, 2007

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.

How about building a railroad out of town?
Speaking about a road out of Juneau, yes, I'm for it. I feel this is a very good plan. We need it for our community.

A valid idea whose time hasn't come yet
I am among those who think a second channel crossing is superfluous at this time, but I disagree with Stuart Cohen (Feb. 16) and Andy Grossman (Feb. 28) about the viability of the concept.

Welcome to halibut allocation chaos
After reading the Feb. 28 Sitka Sentinel article about rejecting the one-a-day halibut rule for guided charter fishermen...

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).

Please publish more Empire editorials
I agree with managing editor Lori Thomson's statement in Sunday's Juneau Empire, soliciting volunteer columnists. The editorial page should be thoughtful and thought-provoking on issues of local and state politics, community issues and social trends that affect Alaskans.

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.

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.

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.

Photo: Mountains of snow
A dump truck unloads snow Wednesday as a front-end loader pushes the snow on to a beach near the Douglas Boat ramp.

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.

Around Town

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.

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

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

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

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.

Clarification

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

Business Digest
Voice chatline for singles launched, Business owners receive dividend, KIN Pub Night slated for next Thursday, Juneau business group sets goals, Travel company names new vice president, Juneau Empire sales manager honored & 'Starting a Business' offered this month

New school on schedule but over budget
Thunder Mountain High School is on schedule for completion in 2008 but will cost more than initially expected, officials say.

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...

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for helping our breakfast program

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.

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.

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

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."

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.

Alaska editorial: Feds were right to reject halibut rule
To folks in Washington, D.C., it may not seem like there's much difference between halibut charter clients on Alaska fishing trips being allowed to catch one fish a day or two.

Alaskans already aware of energy issues
We Alaskans know we have gas issues. We're still paying historically high prices for fuel for our cars, boats and aircraft, especially in the landlocked enclaves of Southeast Alaska.

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.

Takotna treats mushers to a family dinner
While the front-runners in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race were battling for the lead Wednesday, more than a dozen mushers were getting spoiled at the Takotna checkpoint.

Auke Bay musher in 68th place
While four more mushers scratched from the 35th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Auke Bay's Deborah Molburg-Bicknell kept chugging along Wednesday.

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.

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.

Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network Prep Basketball Poll

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.

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

Hotch wins middle school state title
Juneau's Floyd Dryden Middle School wrestling team wrapped up a successful season on Saturday at the Tanana Middle School Invitational - the unofficial state championships for seventh and eighth grade athletes.

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.

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

Alaska Digest
Anchorage sues motel under nuisance law & Star Trek's voyage thwarted near Kodiak

Exploring Cultural Ties
Battles are waged to the beat of drums, witches slink across the stage as land otters, and Banquo's ghost dons a raven mask in a Tlingit language adaptation of Shakespeare's brutal and bloody tale of a murderous Scottish lord.

AK seeks big payday in tax case
A highly confidential claim of unpaid income taxes could result in a windfall for the state of Alaska, but apparently it's one the state should have collected years ago.

This Day in History
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Ketchikan ready to race in the Louisiana Derby
Saturday is a big day for Ketchikan in New Orleans.

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.

Former air service owner pleads guilty to 15 federal counts
The former owner of an Anchorage air charter service pleaded guilty in federal court to charges he participated in a scheme to swindle an elderly widow and her trust fund out of more than $52 million.

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