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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Lessons to learn from our ancestors
Recently, while attending yet another hearing on the revision for the Tongass land management plan, I was given cause to ponder the source of my own love of the Earth.

D.C. writer doesn't understand Alaska
I take issue with Friday's letter to the editor from Michael A. McIntosh Sr. in which he states Alaska has a double standard on taxing.

Jesus wouldn't condone homosexual lifestyle
It was with frustration that I read the letters from Paul Grant, Wayne Gill and Jamison Paul last Wednesday bringing John Mielke (March 11) to task for his Victorian and fundamentalist-based views.

Ask questions; it is empowering
Fellow citizens, to question is to empower your mind with understandings made more accurate. This makes your ability to pursue happiness greater. Consider these questions:

Opposing homosexuality on religious grounds
Homosexuals recently attempted (unsuccessfully) to force everyone to accept their behavior through the courts.

Children are our greatest asset
I understand our Legislature believes that Alaska classroom sizes should be smaller to provide quality education for our children.

Turn permanent fund into a mutual fund?
In regards to liquidating the Alaska Permanent Fund, let me offer some suggestions and remedies to the perceived problems.

Honor our forebears; vote for inclusion
Thank you, Dr. Soboleff. Your eloquence and succinctness regarding the pending resolutions before Sealaska stockholders (Tuesday's Juneau Empire) was profound.

Bone marrow donor, recipient's family connect in Juneau
Leonard Begaii was driving to work about six weeks ago in New Mexico when he got a phone call that changed his life.

Correction

Some ethics reform bills cast wide net
While Gov. Sarah Palin, the state House of Representatives and the Senate work on major ethics reform, some lawmakers are pushing to fix situations that few knew were broken.

Correction

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

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

Juneau-Douglas High School artist wins Best of Show
The sophomore at Juneau-Douglas High School arrives early and lets her creativity run rampant. One day, she streaks her canvass with charcoal. The next day, she dabs in colors. It's a morning routine that's fun but personal.

Photo: March for peace
Led by Veterans for Peace, about 200 people march along Egan Drive on Sunday during an anti-war protest to mark the fourth anniversary of the beginning of the war in Iraq.

Around Town

Coeur, environmentalists may try to negotiate
An appeals court announcement could bring together a mine company and the environmental groups who filed suit against a critical part of the company's Kensington Mine plan.

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

Winter causes nearly 800 accidents
Police said Monday they had responded to 796 accidents since mid-November, during one of the snowiest winters in Juneau history.

City wants extra $21.6 million for school
The Juneau Assembly hammered out details of the June 12 special election during a special meeting Monday night and debated how to ask voters to approve more spending for the $54 million-and-rising Thunder Mountain High School.

Clarifications
In the Neighbor's Digest on Friday, March 16, the names of the daylong courses offered at the Alaska Miners Association Spring Conference held Monday through Thursday this week were not listed.

Pilot, city activist Musarra dies at 52
Larry Musarra, a lifesaving pilot, respected community activist and director of the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, has died in Washington state after a battle with cancer. He was 52.

Photo: Fake fish, reel struggle
Hunter Kickok, 9, left, reels hard while fishing against a fish simulator as his sister, Skylar, 6, center, and brother, Dawson, 4, wait their turn Sunday during the Glacier Valley Rotary 28th Annual Boat and Sports Show at Centennial Hall.

John E. Feero
Former Juneau resident John E. Feero died March 13, 2007, while coming home from his Hawaiian vacation. He was 76.

Marilyn Freymueller
Longtime Juneau resident Marilyn Freymueller died at home on March 19, 2007, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was 76.

Alaska editorial: Kudos for lawmakers' work on ethics reform
The Senate has passed two ethics bills and is working on more. The House is working on a single super-ethics bill, started by the governor. Either approach works, as long as the details are good.

Alaska editorial: Proposed state budget cuts are not so easy
Gov. Sarah Palin said in announcing $150 million in proposed budget cuts: "I am committed to working with the Legislature and the public to craft a budget that provides the services Alaskans expect and that is sustainable in the future."

My turn: Thank you, professor Life
I walked into the college classroom, hesitated as I looked around at the other students, then chose a desk in the front row.

My Turn: Vote 'Yes' on April 3 ballot
The Alaska Constitution clearly states that "all political power is inherent in the people."

The race is on
The excessive snowfall in Juneau this month has caused both middle schools to cancel their track seasons because there is no place to run.

JDIA Pee Wees win a game at tourney
The Juneau Douglas Ice Association's Pee Wee Tier IV team finished 1-3 this weekend at the Alaska State Pee Wee Tier IV Tournament in North Pole.

Musher won't face charges
As the last dog teams trickle across the finish line of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, organizers are working to quell the bad publicity generated by the disqualification of a top musher for dog abuse.

Crimson Bears pay attention to free throws
Two dribbles, a spin in the hands, followed by the swishing sound of a basketball dropping through a hoop and hitting nothing but twine.

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.

Scientists launch Arctic expedition
Matthew Sturm knows that science doesn't always get kids revved up. But snowmachines can usually do the trick.

Stevens urges lawmakers to move on gas line
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens on Monday urged Alaska lawmakers to act this year on Gov. Sarah Palin's plan for a natural gas pipeline.

Court probes student free speech limits
The Supreme Court dissected a Juneau teenager's sign Monday and tried to divine whether its "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" message was advocating drug use or just talking nonsense.

Stevens: Federal help is waning
Alaskans, facing the prospect of less federal funding, may have to pick up more of the costs of running the state, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens told the state Legislature on Monday.

Senator weighs in on Gonzales
Embattled U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will soon be gone, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens predicted Monday.

Sea lion decline linked to 'junk food' fish
Three decades after a change in ocean climate began creeping into the North Pacific, a team of scientists asserts with unprecedented vigor in a new report that the change is the central culprit in the crash of Alaska's western sea lion population.

Disappearance of Kodiak king crab still a mystery
Once the king crab capital of the world, Kodiak remains mystified at the loss of its crown.

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

War protester disrupts senator during speech
A war protester shouted down U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens when the Republican spoke of the war in Iraq during his annual address to Alaska lawmakers.

Alaska Digest
Jury subpoenaes oil company's records, Probe into soldier's death is delayed, Attorney general may become elected job & Votors mull borough in Delta Junction

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

Tiny Alaska town gives away land
A tiny town in Alaska's interior has no gas station, no grocery store or traffic lights, but it does have plenty of woodsy land - and it's free to folks willing to put down roots there.

Musher disqualified for hitting dogs
Two-time runner-up Ramy Brooks was disqualified from the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race for abusing his dogs.

Photo: Vying for free land
Sharon Warner, a recent transplant to Anderson from Boise, Idaho, signs her name to a plot of land Monday as Andy Archer, deputy mayor of Anderson, watches in city hall.

Northwest Digest
Absentee voting period announced, Wildfire claims exceed $14 million, Fort Richardson soldier killed in Iraq & Feds open up another probe into Troha

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