Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Fighting for our special places
Seal Bay, Long Bay and Goose Flats have been our stomping grounds for the three decades that my husband, Jed, and I have lived in Tenakee Inlet.

A different take on the moose story
How about changing the perspective on Tuesday's "Moose charges hovering helicopter" story and report how the brave moose gave its life for its fellow moose by doing what every red-blooded American would do - fight to the death for freedom from terrorism?

Vote 'No' to ban on same-sex benefits
It was heartening to see Tuesday's Juneau Empire story about the unanimous Juneau Assembly vote to oppose amending the Alaska Constitution to discriminate against same-sex couples.

What happened with the winter weather?
I recall reading an article in the Juneau Empire sometime last year in which the National Weather Service in Juneau predicted we would have a drier than normal winter during the 2006-07 season.

A message to an arrogant city
On March 5, I was listening to the radio and finding out what was closed due to the weather. They had a gentleman on who was in charge of snow plowing.

Native values and ownership of land
I have heard a lot of discussion recently about whether our young people should become part of our corporation, Sealaska. It is very important for young people to be part of Sealaska, and I say without hesitation it is their traditional right.

Seafood depends on healthy watersheds
The health of our Southeast Alaska seafood industry depends on the health of Tongass watersheds. Our company is one of those businesses.

People need to stand up to injustice
I'm not surprised by recent developments concerning poor quality health care and substandard facilities at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Small businesses depend on the forest
I own a fledgling charter-guide business on Prince of Wales Island, and I can tell you firsthand, my clients are looking to experience the fishing, marine life, wildlife and scenery that places such as Eleven Mile near Klawock and other wild Southeast Alaska areas offer.

Photo: Spring dreams
Mark Hieronymus practices casting Saturday in front of his North Douglas home.

Snowmobiler aids in rescues
The next time you're lost on a snowy mountain, help might come from Ray Howard and a team from the Juneau Snowmobile Club.

Around Town

DUI law to get closer look
City officials are considering expanding the ordinance that prohibits driving under the influence, but the Juneau Assembly's Human Resources Committee decided Monday that it needs more information before acting.

Photo: Clearing a way
Vance Kendall shovels a walkway Monday in front of a house he owns on Second Street in Douglas.

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

Photos: Congregation marks one-year anniversary of church fire
The cathedral has allowed the Holy Trinity congregation to use the St. Ann's Parish Hall for services since the fire destroyed their church.

Photo: Slippery commute
A van is stuck Monday after sliding into a snow-covered ditch off Egan Drive near the Vanderbilt Hill Road.

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

Around Town

Session not likely to wrap up in 90 days
When the 25th Alaska Legislature began Jan. 15, the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives said they were going to try to complete their work in 90 days.

Barbara Jean Gildow
Former Juneau resident Barbara Jean Gildow died March 2, 2007, at the Evergreen Convalescent Center in Olympia, Wash., after a brief bout with pancreatic cancer. She was 78.

Kathleen Barnes
Former Juneau teacher and librarian Kathleen Barnes died Feb. 3, 2007, in Batesville, Ark., her former home.

Donald Montgomery
Former Juneau resident Donald T. Montgomery, 80, died Feb. 21, 2007, of natural causes at a local care center in Brookings, Ore.

Tom O'Donnell
Former Juneau resident Tom Anthony O'Donnell died March 8, 2007. He was 80.

Alaska editorial: University Alaska of Anchorage isn't treated equally by system
The statewide university system past its prime? The university of Alaska Anchorage has twice the student enrollment of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Outside editorial: Red tape exposed in care of vets
The appointment of University of Miami President Donna Shalala and former Sen. Bob Dole to head the inquiry into military health care is the best news to come out of this shameful scandal so far.

My Turn: Boroughs plan unconstitutional
Alaskans are very fortunate to have a great state constitution. It is written in plain, easy-to-understand language.

My turn: Tongass draft plan needs work
The Forest Service is amending the 1997 Tongass land-use management plan. The Forest Service was forced into this action after it was found guilty of doubling its own experts' projections for Tongass timber to create a market that didn't exist.

Alaska editorial: Sunshine in government is essential for accountability
The inexcusably squalid care for veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center went on for years, safely out of public sight. Media and dignitaries were carefully shepherded to a gleaming ward with satisfied patients.

Mackey looking for a historic finish
KOYUK, Alaska - Defending champion Jeff King figures a fifth win in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race isn't realistic unless Lance Mackey slows down.

Peel leads the Juneau Ski Club at the state alpine championships
Juneau Ski Club member Peter Peel finished second in the state over the weekend at the Youth Ski League State Championships for alpine skiers at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

JDHS boys, girls basketball teams both seeded second for state tournament
Selection Sunday wasn't limited to NCAA men's basketball teams as Alaska's high school basketball teams found out who they will play at the state tournament.

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.

Four-time champ King pushes the pace
Paul Gebhardt took the lead of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday night.

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.

2007 Southeast Conference Awards

Palmer holds off Juneau in title game
The Juneau Capitals rolled through the round-robin portion of the Alaska State Bantam D Hockey Tournament but fell just short in the title game Sunday at Treadwell Arena.

Palin wants to shift social service funds
Under a proposal by Gov. Sarah Palin, social service grants that normally go to the three largest urban areas would be withheld, and instead, a state agency would distribute the money to communities around Alaska.

Global warming could cost Alaska billions
As temperatures rise in Alaska, so will damage to roads, runways, public buildings and utility lines, according to a new study.

Northwest Digest
Police: Teen steals vehicle from driveway, Household income to determine hunt, Anchorage man says son should get life, Anchorage has lowest gas prices in nation & Aleutian geese make California comeback

Task force looks at future of university in Fairbanks
A task force has some recommendations on what the University of Alaska Fairbanks should look like in 2017, the campus' 100th anniversary.

National park tourism up
Southeast Alaska national parks attracted record numbers of visitors in 2006, with the largest surge happening in the icy waters of Glacier Bay, the park nearest Juneau.

Anthropologist, author Lydia Black dies at 81
Anthropologist Lydia Black, who wrote several books on Alaska native culture and Alaska history, died Monday of liver failure at her home in Kodiak. She was 81.

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

Alaska Digest
Icy roads cause four more accidents, Anchorage teen gets 99 years for murder & Group finds errors in dam-removal analysis

Murkowski may have misused jet
Former Gov. Frank Murkowski may have misused his much-maligned state jet by using it for trips dominated by campaigning and by failing to reimburse the state for dozens of trips by his wife, according to a review of state records.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

Totem pole to be raised at museum in Chicago
Nathan and Stephen Jackson have totem poles around the country, and the newest, a 14-footer, will be raised at the Field Museum in Chicago.

Fishermen group opposes proposal
A Juneau-based commercial fishermen advocacy group staunchly opposes the latest Bush administration-backed proposal to further fish farming.

'Attu Boy' tells his tale in book
Nick L. Golodoff has finally agreed to write a book. At 72, Golodoff still remembers many tales about his original home on the island of Attu.

Bush administration plan seeks to allow deep-sea fish farms
The Bush administration wants to allow ocean farming for shellfish, salmon and saltwater species in federal waters for the first time, hoping to grab a greater share of the $70 billion aquaculture market.

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