Wednesday, April 5, 2006

All Americans should be treated equally
After reading John Mielke's letter (March 27) I have been overcome with feelings of frustration, disappointment and sorrow.

Slate Lake should be used for tailings
I believe the economic outlook in Alaska is improving, thanks to projects like the Kensington Mine.

Why spoil a good thing with a road?
I am one of the many people who come from all over the world to touch the edges of the Alaska wilderness.

Planned Parenthood is a great benefit
Regarding Mr. Wood's letter on March 22, I have to say wow!

How could ferries be set for success?
I see that there are some people who feel I am blaming the wrong administration for the planned failure of the fast ferries.

'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' is offensive
I would suggest Douglas Mertz and the court's decision are wrong. It is a stretch to think the phrase "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" is simply meant as "nonsense."

Don't submit to government excrement
It has been said that "excrement rolls downhill." The current issue regarding the Alaska Senior Tax Exemption is a good example.

Majority behind improving ferry service
The majority of people in northern Southeast Alaska (Juneau, Skagway and Haines) have voted and testified for improving the current ferry service, not extending our dead end to a new ferry terminal - one which won't even take reservations.

Miners Association's support misplaced
The Alaska Miners Association's support for the proposed Pebble Mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay is misplaced and could hurt legitimate mining projects across the state.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

City asked to gauge views on second Douglas bridge
About $135,000 in unallocated sales tax money may go to a firm charged with conducting meetings to evaluate public response to three proposed Gastineau Channel crossings.

Photo: First night folk
Scott Miller of Juneau plays solo on the first night of the Alaska Folk Festival at Centennial Hall Monday.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Sibling chivalry
Eight-year-old Jamie Yaletchko insists she will never again walk on ice, even if her brother is there to protect her.

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

Photo: Signs of spring
Cousins Chariece Sarabia, 14, left, and Davlyn Sarabia, 10, stop to admire the crocuses blooming outside Centennial Hall on Sunday. Highs in the mid-40's with a chance of rain are forecast for the week.

Helipad may be built atop hospital
City leaders want to put a helipad back atop Bartlett Regional Hospital, potentially saving critical minutes for those injured in remote areas.

Juneau's new no-bid system set to start
Juneau Assembly member Jonathan Anderson on Monday dropped his opposition to a voter-approved amendment avoiding competitive bidding on some projects, after the city's attorney fine-tuned the rule.

Folk Fest Schedule
at Centennial Hall

Photo: Good day for ducklings
A flock of ducks waddle around the pond at Rotary Park in the Mendenhall Valley on Tuesday afternoon.

Art behind the music
Nicole Lantz's design of a stand-up bass flying over snow-capped mountains wasn't selected as this year's Alaska Folk Festival poster, but it did win a nice runner-up prize.

Folk Fest Schedule
for Wednesday, April 5th.

Gold street Blaze
A green lighter, a box of condoms and prescription burn cream are among the evidence assembled against Robert Huber, accused of starting the March 12 Gold Street fire that destroyed the historic Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and a nearby house.

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

Teachers' 3-year contract approved
The Juneau School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to ratify a three-year contract for teachers.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from around the community

This I Believe: Embracing her American identity
I believe in being proud of where I come from. In spring of 2004, I applied for an exchange program to study in Ireland for five months.

Crimson Bears take bite out of the BIG APPLE
There is no curtain at Carnegie Hall, so audience members are privy to watching the musicians walk on stage, set up their instruments, move their chairs around and arrange their music on the stands.

Richardson, Herrin to wed
Ashley Suzanne Herrin of Juneau and Matthew Scott Richardson of Eugene, Ore., will be married in a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22, 2006, in Juneau. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Danny E. Kalen
Former Skagway resident Danny E. Kalen, 58, died, March 31, 2006, at home peacefully in his sleep after a long battle with cancer.

Dorothy Sweeney-Vill
Juneau resident Dorothy Sweeney-Vill, 91, died March 3, 2006, at the Juneau Pioneer's Home.

Ida T. James
Juneau resident Ida T. James, 91, died March 30, 2006, in Juneau.

Dorothy Wallace
Dorothy Wanamaker Wallace, whose Tlingit name was Natstklaa of the Kaagwaaantaan clan, died April 2, 2006, surrounded by family and friends at her north Douglas home. She died three weeks after suffering a stroke.

Alaska editorial: Will enough people use the Knik Arm bridge to pay for it?
Backers of the proposed Knik Arm toll bridge have some pretty healthy projections for traffic flow on the span.

My turn: On oil taxes, beware 'deep ponds'
There is an old proverb about a cute puppy carrying a yummy bone past a calm, deep pond. He stops to peer into the water. It is so calm that it reflects his face, holding the bone, perfectly.

My turn: Think long term
Much has been written about the proposed Kensington Mine project.

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's synchronized duo head to Nationals
The Juneau Aurora Knights synchronized swimming team of Koko Urata and Sarah Felix will travel to Minneapolis to participate in the U.S. Junior Nationals on Thursday.

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

Glacier Bay hydro plans move forward
Construction began this week on a new hydroelectric project for Gustavus just days after the land under it was removed from Glacier Bay wilderness protection.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Wolf control hits kill target
For the first time since Alaska's aerial wolf control program began three years ago, it has reached one of its target goals, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said Monday.

Murkowski mum about re-election
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Tuesday said he's well aware of the approaching deadline to enter the governor's race, but wants to nudge negotiations on a gas pipeline further along before committing to run for re-election.

Canadian pipeline casts some doubts on Alaska project
Oil producers' commitment to building a Canadian natural gas pipeline has Alaska legislators asking whether they will follow through with this state's gas pipeline next.

Gas pipelines provide little price relief
The natural gas that would flow from two proposed Arctic pipelines would likely mean just a temporary price break for consumers, Alaska's natural resources chief said Monday.

ANWR money stays in state spending bill
Without debate, a legislative conference committee on Monday left $3.7 million in a spending bill for lobbying to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

Photo: Slime and brine
Eva Medalen works the line at the Icicle Seafoods plant in Petersburg Thursday as herring from the Sitka Sound fishery are pumped into the plant where they will frozen and boxed for market.

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

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

'Meth-ijuana' bill to change
An Alaska Legislature conference committee this week will discuss changes to a bill that aims to curb home methamphetamine labs and make any possession of marijuana illegal.

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