Wednesday, March 28, 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.

Alaska tanker's record is exemplary
A number of letters and commentary in the Empire and other media outlets have called into question the safety record at BP.

The $150 wolf bounty is intolerable
I am appalled that a $150 bounty on wolves has been proposed. Nature took its course and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Gov. Sarah Palin nor anyone else should intervene.

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.

There is little love in Bible-based bigotry
Intolerant religion has certainly been rearing its ugly head lately. On Monday we had Mike Shakespeare's rant. Shakespeare has apparently inherited little of his famous namesake's humanity.

Tongass plan - let's choose green
The U.S. Forest Service is providing the public with the opportunity to comment on its draft environmental impact statement for the Tongass National Forest.

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

To understand the Bible is to fear the Lord
I fully concur with Mr. Marlin Bricker's letter stating why the Bible is preeminent in history and literature. It is easy to make the Bible seem laughable and ridiculous by taking portions out of context.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Vote may cut off existing benefits
Alaska legislators, upset about being told by the courts to provide employment benefits to same-sex partners of state employees, upped the ante by holding next Tuesday's advisory election.

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.

Around Town

Around Town

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.

Photo: No blood, no foul
Juneau Custom Electric player Anya Carlson-Vandort, center, struggles to keep the ball from Metlakatla players Sally King, left, and Talia Marsden...

Correction

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: A full court
The Floyd Dryden Middle School dance team performs between games Tuesday at the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

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

City looks to reshape education
Parents, educators and students, trying to draw a comprehensive picture of Juneau with two major high schools, face a lot more work at the drawing board.

Pets of the week
Snow-white Smudge, fabulous finches seek new homes

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you for: A peaceful end to our meeting - sorry for my anger, Supporting the Alaska Outdoor Council's fundraiser & Helping us host the first state youth hockey tourney

Neighbors Digest
Project Playground needs 30 volunteers certified in first aid/CPR and Fifth annual Juneau Travel Fair held Saturday at Nugget Mall

Nurses from Juneau's past: Gone but not forgotten
In observance of Women's History Month, the Alaska State Museum, the Gastineau Channel Historical Society and The Friends of the Alaska State Museum will host a presentation on women nurses from Juneau's past.

TATU celebrates Kick Butts Day
Kids from Juneau will join thousands of young people in a nationwide rally against tobacco today in celebration of the 12th annual Kick Butts Day.

Romano and Menefee to wed
Sondra Romano, of Portage, Mich., and Nathan Menefee, of Montesano, Wash., will be married in August in the Lower 48.

Stewardship of the earth should be our priority
When this column was scheduled, I had planned on writing about the vernal equinox and its importance to the world's religions.

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Richard McMullen
Juneau resident Richard "Richie" McMullen, died March 22, 2007, in his home, following a long illness. He was 63.

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.

Robert 'Jim' Pegues
Former Juneau resident Robert James "Jim" Pegues died peacefully of cancer on March 15, 2007, at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif., with his two daughters by his side. He was 90.

Outside editorial: Adams, Paisley are Extreme statesmen
A meeting in Northern Ireland on Monday was so dramatic that it makes President Nixon's visit to China look like a neighborly stroll.

My turn: Constitution should protect rights, not take them away
On April 3, the state will hold a special election soliciting the public's opinion on amending Alaska's Constitution to prohibit the same-sex partners of public employees from receiving health benefits.

Outside editorial: Bush digs in heels; Congress needs answers
The president is digging in his heels again. After being fed erroneous information, Congress wants clarification about the firing of U.S. attorneys, and Bush wants to sprinkle the answers like salt - to his taste.

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

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: 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.

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.

Tuesday's schedule

Juneau women top Metlakatla in semifinals
Juneau Custom Electric allowed Metlakatla Git' Taquan to hang around until the last 10 minutes of the game before running away with an 82-58 victory Tuesday in the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament women's bracket championship semifinals.

Wednesday's schedule
Wednesday's schedule

Corrections

Six HoopTime teams win in Sitka Shootout
HoopTime, Juneau's Amateur Athletic Union youth basketball organization, enjoyed a successful weekend at the Sitka Shootout Tournament from March 22-24.

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.

Rhea wins Gatorade player of the year award
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Talisa Rhea was named the Gatorade Alaska Girls Player of the Year on March 22.

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.

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.

Monday's Box Scores

Gold Medal trivia
Today's question: In 1947, this team sailed through its season undefeated and won its first two games in the inaugural Gold Medal tournament before falling to the Ketchikan All-Stars 39-38. Name the team and three of its five starters.

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?

Metlakatla moves on in B bracket with win over Yakutat
Willie Hayward scored a game-high 34 points and Juneau-Douglas High School senior Cameron Cook tallied 21 points to lead Metlakatla past Yakutat 91-62 in a Mighty B bracket elimination game Tuesday.

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.

Juneau Green Team in Masters final after upending Angoon by 30 points
The Juneau Green Team won a spot in Saturday's Masters Bracket championship on Tuesday, beating Angoon 84-54 in Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament action at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Tuesday's box scores

Hoonah moves on in B bracket
It may have been a Tuesday night Mighty B Bracket elimination game at the 61st annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament, but the contest had the atmosphere of a championship showdown.

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

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.

Fishermen struggle to stay afloat
Don Yost, harbormaster in Coos Bay for the past 18 years, was handed a list of seven salmon fishermen and instructed to seize their boats because they had fallen months behind in paying their mooring fees.

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.

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

Exxon receives gas field extension
Exxon Mobil Corp. has an extra month to complete its appeal of potential lease termination in the North Slope's Point Thomson oil and gas field, the Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday.

Groups move to stop Alaska wolf 'bounty'
Alaska's offer of $150 for each wolf killed under its predator control program is nothing more than an illegal bounty and should be stopped immediately, conservation groups said Tuesday in court filings.

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

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

Northwest Digest
Juneau man named Kootznoowoo trustee,Coast Guard officer killed by propeller & UAF drops free parking for visitors

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.

Murder prosecution wraps up cold case
Prosecutors this week plan to wrap up their case against John Carlin III, who is accused of killing his roommate a decade ago at the urging of an Anchorage stripper who had promised marriage to both men.

Photo: Big day for fishing
The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Anacapa sits Monday by the entrance of Deep Inlet during the first opening of the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery.

Operating budget headed for Senate
The Alaska House on Tuesday passed a spending plan for state agencies over the protests of some Democrats who said it does little to resolve the state's looming fiscal problems.

Washington container tax nixed for now

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