Thursday, March 29, 2007

Vote no on benefits advisory ballot
On April 3 the State of Alaska is spending $1.2 million just to find out if we want a measure to appear on the 2008 ballot.

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.

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.

Commercial fleet has faced hard quotas before
It is interesting to hear from the editor of a major Alaskan newspaper calling for a solution to the problem of the unregulated growth and over harvest by the charter halibut sector.

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.

Bong Hits 4 Jesus and Joseph Frederick
Members of the Juneau District School Board have succeeded in making Juneau the official laughingstock of the entire world for the Bong Hits 4 Jesus court case.

Christianity misrepresented
In response to Robbi Woltring's letter condemning Christianity and the Christian perspective that homosexuality is morally wrong, I would like to point out that she has completely misrepresented Christianity.

Don't be ruled by fundamentalism
Here may be some good news for our dear Mike Shakespeare, who wrote urging everyone to vote for the proposal to amend the Alaska Constitution to forbid any level of state or local government from providing equal benefits for same-sex couples.

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.

Rejecting additional school funding hurts only ourselves
If you wish to save taxes or "punish" our Juneau Assembly, city and new high school supporters by not approving the bond measures at the June special election, recognize you'll be hurting yourself.

Sick of the secret agenda yammering
I want to say I find it utterly appalling that certain adults take every event, every class, every article and every conversation about teaching children to treat other children with basic human kindness, civility and, oh yeah, Christian charity...

Remembering what constitution is all about
Rep. John Coghill's annoying My Turn column is so full of distortions and twisted logic that it cries out for a response.

Pet airfare is far from fair
Alaska Airlines has once again used it's monopoly in Southeast Alaska to tighten the financial noose around the necks of those who can afford it least.

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.

Correction

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.

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.

UAS forum attracts award-winning poet
Robert Bly, controversial poet and a founder of the men's movement, is the keynote speaker of a three-day gathering at University of Alaska Southeast on "Sustaining Culture, Community and the Environment."

Washington nixes tax on shipping containers for now
Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday signed a resolution opposing a Washington state tax on shipping containers, even though the legislature in Olympia had already changed its mind and its proposed legislation.

Around Town

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...

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

Palin brings back ferry advisor panel
Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday resurrected the Marine Transportation Advisory Board and promised to treat it differently than did former Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Business Digest
Discussion focuses on market research, Juneau Travel Fair slated for Saturday, Shee Atik announces fund distribution & Senators introduce 'telework' legislation

Senate OKs extension of timber payments
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a plan to extend payments to rural communities hurt by cutbacks in federal logging, including those in Alaska.

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

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.

Around Town

Photo: A king of kings
Jose Garcia sorts golden king crab Wednesday on the Alaska Glacier Seafood dock in Auke Bay.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Lawrence Musarra
Lawrence Musarra of Juneau died March 17, 2007 in Tacoma, Wash., after a short battle with cancer. He was 52.

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.

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.

Elaine Knudson
Lifelong Juneau resident Elaine Esther Knudson died March 27, 2007, in Juneau.

My turn: Protect the children with a 'no' vote
When I was 10 years old riding my bike home from school along a narrow wooded road, I glanced over my shoulder and saw a car coming. I'm not sure whether the car hit me, or just forced a crash. I regained consciousness lying on the road.

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.

My turn: When Alaska towns lose their reason to be
I would like to see a special committee, comprised of members of both chambers of the Alaska Legislature, formed to asses the economic viability of every city, town and village within the boundaries of the state.

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.

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.

Alaska editorial: On impeaching University of Alaska Regent Jim Hayes
The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

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.

Wednesday's schedule
Wednesday's schedule

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.

Thursday's schedule

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.

Wednesday's Box scores

Sports in Juneau
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Gold Medal trivia
Today's trivia question: In 1986, this team was initially passed over for an invitation into the "A" bracket. It jumped in when another team couldn't make it, and eventually beat Metlakatla 91-89 for the title. Name the squad and the team it replaced.

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.

Gold Medal roundup: Petersburg women stay alive
Petersburg's Jen Thomassen scored 25 points to lead her team to a 65-41 victory over Sitka in the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament women's bracket elimination game on Wednesday.

Tuesday's box scores

Metlakatla moves on in Mighty B
In a do-or-die Mighty B Bracket match-up, Metlakatla employed an eager Willie Hayward to help beat Sitka 98-77 in a Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament elimination game on Wednesday.

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.

Yakutat holds off Kake rally to win in I-Bracket
Yakutat started Wednesday's Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament Intermediate Bracket matchup blazing hot and survived a late rally by Kake to win the opener.

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.

Loss doesn't dampen special homecoming
Defending Intermediate Bracket champion Angoon played Juneau tough on Wednesday morning considering it didn't have last year's tournament MVP, Bailey Johnson, until midway through the second half.

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.

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.

Ginter's goal lifts Island Pub
Jason Ginter scored off Tim Bristol's assist with 5:40 left in regulation to give the Island Pub a 3-2 win over the division-leading Kensington Goldminers on Monday in the Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier B.

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

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
Anchorage teachers to vote on contract & Army hunts for troop housing in Fairbanks

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

Sperm whale caught pilfering fish
The thief moved with supreme delicacy in the dim light, boldly attempting a quick heist before retreating into the watery shadows, but not before tape from a nearby camera captured the culprit's massive flippers and capsule-shaped head.

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.

Lawmakers consider possible amendments to Palin's gas line bill
As lawmakers wrap up testimony from Gov. Sarah Palin's administration and the oil and gas industry this week, potential amendments to Palin's gas line bill have emerged.

Ocean rangers may be placed on ships
The state is moving forward with plans to place ocean rangers on board cruise ships this season, and not just when the ships are in port but while they are under way, Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday.

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.

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.

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.

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

Washington container tax nixed for now

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