Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Respect the will of our citizens
Regarding the March 11 editorial: "A 'No' vote on April 3 supports family values," also printed in the Mat-Su Frontiersman, Sunday March 18.

Jesus likely wouldn't take away benefits
The letter to the editor titled "Jesus wouldn't condone homosexual lifestyle" raises an interesting premise.

Why we have the right to lobby Congress
In response to the gentleman from Wasilla, I agree that questions must always be asked to ascertain situations and gain knowledge about a great many things.

Why cruise ships need observers
While negotiating with the cruise ship industry over delinquent head taxes, the people of Yakutat discovered that cruise ships were discharging sewage from the 480,000 passengers and crew that visit each year into our bay.

PFLAG says vote 'No' on April 3
PFLAG chapters across Alaska oppose any effort to single out one segment of Alaskans for discrimination, as represented by the April 3 advisory vote, for the following reasons:

Keep the mix of local, state, national opinion
A letter to the editor on March 8 expressing no interest in Empire editorials from out-of-town newspapers is off base, in my opinion.

Vote 'Yes' in support of marriage, family
It is incredible that we need to revisit the issue of benefits for same-sex couples after the overwhelming passage of the marriage amendment to the Alaska Constitution in 1998, which defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Sealaska OKs record payout
The Sealaska Corp. board of directors has approved the highest spring distribution ever to its 174,000 shareholders.

Miners hear support for Pebble
Former House Speaker and mining advocate Gail Phillips called attacks on the Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay "so unfair that I think it is un-American and un-Alaskan."

Photo: Skiing for all
U.S. Ski Team member Joe Tompkins of Juneau skis down a slope with his nephew, Owen Mendoza, 7, while demonstrating his monoski Sunday during Ski for All 2007 at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Droubay to stay on as head of Goldbelt
Gary Droubay, who helped guide Juneau's urban Native corporation from losses to profits, said Monday he will remain as Goldbelt's president and CEO for another three years.

Sex abuse victims ask for justice
Victims of childhood sexual abuse testified before the Alaska Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, urging lawmakers to create a one-year window for lawsuits against perpetrators of decades-old sex crimes.

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

Photo: Half-time show
The Juneau-Douglas High School dance team performs Saturday during the half-time show at the girls 4A state championship basketball game in the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Mine industry prepares for new 'battles'
Following a year of record mineral production levels, Alaska miners are preparing for what many of them see as an attack on the industry by an expanding conservation community.

Hydrometeorologist helps make sense of Juneau's colorful weather
Outside the National Weather Service office near the Mendenhall Glacier, the winter weather takes many forms. Cold rain. Light powder. Wet snow.

Around Town

Police suspect arson in car fires
Police and fire authorities Monday were trying to find out who set two vehicle fires in separate downtown parking lots over the weekend.

Charter school funding in danger
Alaska's handful of small charter schools stand to lose a quarter of a million dollars in crucial funding next year.

Photo: Color guard
Alaska National Guardsmen walk off the Juneau-Douglas High School court Monday evening at the start of a Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Basketball Tournament game.

Around Town

Police & Fire
Rep[orts from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers:

John Feero
Lifelong Alaska resident John E. Feero of Sterling died March 13, 2007, on a flight home from Hawaii. He was 76.

Darrell Burnett
Former Juneau resident Darrell W. "Skip" Burnett, 68, died March 14, 2007, in Derry, N.H. He was 68.

Outside editorials: Good neighbors?
After years of rooting for the United States to fail in Iraq, Iran and Syria are now afraid of precisely that outcome.

My turn: The ultimate judge is God, not us
I find little weight in people's prejudices against anyone - based on values, morals, theology, race or hatred.

Alaska editorial: Support a modified assistance program for state's seniors
Call it what you like - Longevity Bonus, Alaska Senior Assistance Program or some other moniker.

My turn: There are good reasons for a no vote on April 3
It seems so clear to me as I approach retirement next month: All employees should receive equal compensation for equal work.

Alaska editorial: Don't weaken ocean ranger provision in initiative
Alaska voters approved a citizens' cruise ship initiative last August that included a provision to put ocean rangers aboard ships while in state waters.

My turn: Kensington has a golden opportunity
Just about everyone I know in Alaska expects responsible behavior from our neighbors and fellow citizens.

My turn: Universal health care can work for us
A wave is beginning to build in state capitols across the country. In the face of inaction by the federal government, Maine, Massachusetts, Oregon, Vermont and now California are leading the effort to promote universal health care coverage among their citizens.

Outside editorials: Shinzo Abe's double talk
The toughest player in the "six-party" talks on North Korea last week was not the Bush administration, but Japan.

Juneau Squirts win first state title in town history
A group of 9- and 10-year old players made Juneau hockey history Monday in Soldotna.

Gold Medal roundup: Klukwan slips past Tlingit-Haida 75-71
Klukwan got 24 points from Joe Parnell in a 75-71 win over Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority in the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament Legendary C Bracket on Sunday.

Monday's Schedule

Metlakatla stays perfect in C bracket
Steve Leask hasn't played in a Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament since 1993.

Metlakatla women top Sitka
The Metlakatla women started defending their bracket title in the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament on Monday with a 41-38 win over Sitka.

Angoon wins inaugural Masters contest
Angoon and Klawock made a little history on Monday, playing the inaugural Masters Bracket game of the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal 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.

Juneau Pee Wee team hangs tough with top competition
The Juneau Douglas Ice Association youth hockey program broke new ground this weekend in Anchorage.

Gold Medal trivia

Corrections

Big second half lifts Haines Merchants
For the first half of the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament game Sunday between the Haines Merchants and Yakutat, the Mighty B Bracket teams treated spectators to a neck-and-neck battle.

Monday's Box Scores

Tuesday's schedule

Gold Medal roundup: Juneau women defeat Petersburg in first round
Juneau led 39-31 and rolled in the second half to advance in the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament women's bracket Monday by a final score of 75-55.

Gold Medal trivia
Today's question: In the first year of the Legendary C bracket, this 73-year-old man sank a 12-foot loft-shot from between his knees. Who was he, and what team was he playing for?

Juneau Delta tops Hoonah in C bracket
For one half, Juneau Delta and Hoonah played their first game in the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament Legendary C Bracket contest Sunday like a track meet.

Lane propels Angoon in B opener
The Metlakatla Merchants lost a close game to Angoon ANB in the Juneau Lions Club Gold Metal Tournament Mighty B bracket opener Saturday, though the score of 85-73 doesn't tell the whole story.

Sunday's Box Scores

Shame pole targets Exxon Mobil on spill anniversary
The toughest part about creating a totem pole designed to mock Exxon Mobil on the anniversary of the largest oil spill in U.S. history wasn't carving the details of dying animals.

Alaska Digest
Fort Richardson soldier killed in Iraq, Eagle River looks at building regulations, Homer condo to be auctioned for charity, Angler trail put on hold near cultural site & Substance abuse shelter shut down

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

Alaska Digest
Elmendorf C-130 fleet takes final flight and SE Alaska schools get health grants

Teen takes brother's place in marathon
Logan Marre wanted to run a marathon.

City officials say business license process in Fairbanks is too slow
Fairbanks officials were hoping for a better response to the city's new business license system.

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

House panel trims $150 million off Palin's budget plan
Efforts by minority Democrats to add money to the state operating budget for the university, a preschool program and seniors failed Monday as lawmakers in the Alaska House began debate on a $3.45 billion operating budget for the next fiscal year.

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