Thursday, March 15, 2007

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.

Juneau drivers are being set up
Finally, some clarity in the Juneau winter road driving chaos.

Plant trees but not at expense of old growth
There were valid reasons to preserve old-growth areas of the Tongass National Forest, including watershed, biodiversity, recreation and tourism.

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.

Murkowski's comment says it all
This is in response to the article titled "Murkowski may have misused jet" in Monday's Juneau Empire.

SEACC, Outside money having a negative effect
I find it hard to believe the effect the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and the large sum of money being funneled into Juneau from Outside has on our residents.

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.

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

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

Business Digest
New owners take over Willie's Marine, Chamber announces new chairwoman, UFA reaches all-time high membership, The new officers begin their new positions June 15., Architects group buys medical office & Commission OKs ACS expansion plans

Around Town

Around Town

High school principal candidates to take part in public interviews
The Juneau School District has whittled its list of candidates for principal of Thunder Mountain High School to five people and is looking for public feedback for the final selection, Superintendent Peggy Cowan said.

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.

Fair to highlight budding scientists
Most high school students don't get to study glaciology or bears, at least not personally. In Juneau, it's almost a requirement.

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.

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

Boat show offers tips, prizes
Besides the latest array of boats and water sports equipment, this year's Glacier Valley Rotary Boat and Sports show features some new educational and safety programs.

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.

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

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.

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

Irene Marie Greany
Former Juneau resident Irene Marie Greany died March 1, 2007, at her home in Hood River, Ore., with family by her side. She was 90.

John 'Jack' Oullis
Juneau resident John "Jack" Oullis died March 11, 2007, in Juneau. He was 55.

My turn: Tales from the Twilight Zone
When I awoke on March 5, I sensed something was wrong.

Alaska editorial: Message to lawmakers - Work the days you're paid
Members of the Alaska Legislature are now grappling with the unintended consequences of what one lawmaker, with the support of many others, asked Alaska voters to do in the last election - approve a reduction in the length of the Legislature's second session from 120 to 90 days.

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

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.

Outside editorial: The attorney general relents
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' backtracking on the appointment process for federal prosecutors in effect admits that the Bush administration was playing politics in firing eight U.S. attorneys.

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.

High marks for JDHS
The boys and girls basketball teams weren't the only ones competing for a trip to the state championships last weekend in Sitka.

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.

Pipeline plan at odds with constitution?
To make Alaska more welcoming for companies to develop a natural gas pipeline, Gov. Sarah Palin is proposing to freeze tax rates for 10 years.

Alaska Digest
Conference looks into reproductive justice, City wants bridge to be a top priority & House OKs bill to cut back cruise ship law

Halibut season begins
Todd Bayne watches Tuesday as a load of halibut is hauled out of the hold of the Archangel to the Sitka Sound Seafoods dock in Sitka.

First Judicial District presiding judge appointed
Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins of Juneau will become the presiding judge of the trial courts in the First Judicial District this summer, Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Dana Fabe said Wednesday.

This Day in History
In Alaska

Senior bonus no longer part of Palin budget
One high-profile item in Gov. Sarah Palin's spending plan is conspicuously absent from the version of the operating budget that will be introduced in the House Finance Committee on Thursday.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

Senate OKs $35 million for gas line
The Alaska Senate unanimously passed a $35 million supplemental request Wednesday, largely to help Gov. Sarah Palin's efforts in getting a multibillion dollar gas line built.

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