Wednesday, March 14, 2007

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.

Learn the difference between sex, lifestyle
John Mielke's diatribe against the homosexual "lifestyle" (Sunday's Juneau Empire) would be funny if it wasn't so ignorant. He needs to be a little more careful in his choice of words.

Mielke's letter was hateful and wrong
In response to John Mielke's letter in Sunday's Juneau Empire, which stated the homosexual lifestyle is extremely harmful, I would suggest the writer actually meet and get to know some same-sex couples before spewing this kind of hate speech.

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.

Go figure, the new high school is over budget
Now who could have guessed the new high school would be over budget? Is this the kind of leadership we get when our "city leader" declares personal bankruptcy?

Freedom of religion is freedom from religion
I read John Mielke's letter in Sunday's Juneau Empire, haranguing the "dangers" of the "homosexual lifestyle" with great interest, noting it as one of several along the same line from him.

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.

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.

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

Photo: Union members rally
Members of Alaska State Employees Association/American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 52 rally Tuesday in front of the Capitol.

Around Town

Juneau minerals museum faces an uncertain future
Nine Juneau staffers at a one-of-a-kind minerals museum face a bleak future, with funding for their program slashed from the federal budget.

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

Around Town

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:

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.

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.

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.

Juneau Digest
Boat catches fire in Auke Bay harbor, Tonight's 'Tommy' preview canceled, Planning Commission asks for suggestions & Man arrested after downtown robbery

Tourism board asks for more funds to market Alaska
Alaska's tourism marketing arm, facing stiff competition, is asking the Legislature for a larger slice of the budget to help draw more visitors to the state.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for: Supporting my business - Seventh Heaven, Helping make our raffle successful

Neighbors Digest
Community Schools seeks contributors for Saturday pancake cookoff, garage sale, Cooperative Extension Service holds free homebuilding workshop Saturday & Glacier Valley hosts HeART & Sole family dance this Saturday

Photos: Elementary Art Show
In celebration of Youth Art Month, the Juneau School District's Elementary Art Program held its annual Elementary Art Show from March 3 to 11 at the Nugget Mall.

The Shalom of God is dependent on our relationships with our neighbors
To be human is to be in relationship. The powerful sense of Shalom, that sense of peace and wholeness that we experience grows out of an appreciation of our connectedness and interconnectedness.

Helping folks go back home
Mr. Jackson was transported from his village to a nursing home in a city, following a devastating stroke.

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.

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

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

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: Don't gamble with Berners Bay
Berners Bay's value goes well beyond Kensington Mine's gold reserves.

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

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.

Alaska editorial: Lawmakers should legislate the big stuff; for rest, just be honest
Nothing like an FBI raid and corruption indictment to put legislators on their toes.

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.

Mackey makes history
Lance Mackey won the 2007 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, becoming the first musher to win major long-distance North American sled dog races back-to-back.

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.

Pessolano stands tall in Northern Keta's win
Jodie Pessolano saved 23 shots to preserve Northern Keta's 4-0 shutout of Jaded on Friday in the Juneau Adult Hockey Association's Women's A tier at Treadwell Arena.

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.

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.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

Fishermen expect high halibut prices
As the season's first halibut arrived at the docks this week, fishermen said they expect to reel in high prices over the coming months due to lower catch limits and increased popularity in upscale eateries.

House quizzes governor on gas line plan
Gov. Sarah Palin's administration gave lawmakers four reasons Tuesday why the state should offer a $500 million incentive to the winning bid for a natural gas pipeline.

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

Palin praised for first 100 days
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin reached her 100th day in office enjoying high praise from both lawmakers and citizens.

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

Photo: Historic finish to the Iditarod
Lance Mackey of Fairbanks sits with his lead dogs Larry, left, and Lippy as he toasts his Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race victory in Nome.

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.

'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.

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.

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