Saturday, April 10, 2004

Senate changes tactics on gas line incentives
U.S. Senate leaders have switched tactics for providing financial incentives for construction of an Alaska natural gas pipeline.

Share burden equally
I am responding to an article regarding violence against Alaska Natives. Violence against any human is sad and unjust. However, one must look at why violence against Natives occurs, although unjustified.

Senator explains views
I'd like to briefly respond to Ms. Amelia Budd's letter you ran in the Juneau Empire. I'm encouraged by how involved Alaskans are in the public process. Meeting with constituents is not only an important aspect of my job, but something I've really come to enjoy.

Cut fossil fuels
With Murkowski planning to open oil drilling off of our coastlines, I can't help but feel incredibly frustrated with our elected leaders. Time and time again hasn't the public made it clearly known that we want to, as a nation, move away from burning fossil fuels as an energy source?

A flat tax is only fair
I totally agree with Gary Miller's letter. From having worked in the seafood processing industry for 15-plus years I have seen he is right. Seasonal workers do save as much as possible and then leave the state for home.

Spring forward
I am responding to Brandon Loomis' article about why the clocks should go forward one hour in the spring. The reason here in Southeast is an important matter of evening light during the shoulder season when I don't have to turn on the generator, and two hours' separation from our neighbors in Whitehorse and Seattle.

Ferry system's move is costly
The lost dollars to the Juneau economy will be tremendous. Millions of dollars will be a loss to the Juneau area, the ripple effect of this very stupid idea may not be felt in Juneau for years to come, but believe me, it will be felt.

Reduce oil needs
It looks like the perfect time to start looking at Corporate Auto Fuel Efficacy (CAFE) standards to save money. Having a car that is more fuel-efficient is an easy way to save money every time you go to the pump.

Investigation rife with error
Murder in a town of fewer than 150 people. I would think even a less-than-adequate detective would be able to solve the crime. What resulted in the tragically incompetent investigation of Maggie Wigen's murder is far less than adequate.

Juneau has a right to a safe airport
This is in reference to your front page Juneau Color article on the dike trail. The dike trail "nature's theater," a manmade dike, evidently has turned into a very special sanctuary for a few people. It is a great place to walk and exercise your dog, thanks to human development.

Another view
George Haralovich expressed some obviously heartfelt negative views about the Juneau Community Charter School and fourth/fifth/sixth-grade teacher Sheila Keller, in the April 6 Empire. Blessedly, in our country people are free to have their own opinions, and to express them.

School board wrestles with funds for advocacy
A proposed Juneau School District policy that would let it spend public money to take sides on a ballot measure is intended to protect the district from potential claims it has broken state election-spending laws, administrators say.

FYI
Births, judgments and other local legal matters.

Good Friday quake: 'One long terrible night'
When Laury Scandling was 10 years old and living in Anchorage in 1964, schools had the day off for Good Friday, the Friday before Easter. That's why Scandling was at a friend's house and not in school when the second-largest earthquake ever recorded in the world struck Alaska on March 27.

City's deficit may force cuts in bus service
The city would eliminate half-hour morning bus service and increase fare rates - despite ridership increases - as part of budget cutbacks, officials said Thursday.

Photo: Another roadside attraction
Arnie W. Hangar stands on the side of Lena Loop Road while capturing photos of a doe, buck and two young deer Wednesday.

Photo: Signs of spring
Sunny and warm weather allowed Matt Davidson, left, and Drew McDougal to kick off their shoes during the lunch hour on Thursday.

Designers seek comments on Mendenhall Valley rec center
Water slides, fireplaces in the library, an indoor track, a toddler playground - those are some of the amenities a proposed city recreation center at Dimond Park could have, architects say.

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

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

Correction
An editorial in Wednesday's Empire misstated the cost of the fast ferry Fairweather. The state's $67.9 million contract also covers a second ferry, to operate in Prince William Sound.

Young: State could build road to Kensington mine
Alaska might not get enough money to build a road from Juneau to Skagway soon, but U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, said it could get enough to lay pavement out to the proposed Kensington mine.

Madden and Wood to marry
Darla Madden of Huron, S.D., and Karen Wood of Latham, N.Y., will be married on the steps of City Hall in San Francisco, Calif., on April 15, 2004.

... to the Juneau Police
Mothers Against Drunk Driving is grateful for our Juneau Police Department creating the Citizen's Academy.

A beautiful story from Alabama
Since 1963, I've visited Alabama once or twice each year. My wife, Sally, has a farm house there. We think it was built before the Civil War. We learned, as we removed a portion of siding, that it was a log house, built in the same style as nearly all the early colonial homes were built in America, by bringing logs to the building site and then hewing them with a broadax to make long, stout planks.

Doggie Dos: Dogs and wildlife
Kathy Hocker is a naturalist, educator and nature artist who has lived in Juneau for almost 30 years. She has observed and taught about Southeast Alaska wildlife for more than 12 years. Kathy spends many hours each week hiking with her dog, Magpie.

Neighbors Digest
Local community news in brief.

... for supporting JAHC
The wearable art runway show, sponsored by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, is our primary fund-raiser for our grant and scholarship program.

Photo: Entertaining at the Pioneer's Home
University of Alaska Southeast students, staff, faculty and their family members spent the afternoon of March 27 entertaining the residents of the Juneau Pioneer's Home.

Anna R. Hitchcock
Juneau resident Anna R. Hitchcock, 103, died March 28, 2004, in her bed at Wildflower Court in Juneau on the eve of her 104th birthday.

My Turn: Voters must understand POMV plan
For the past six years, the Trustees of the Alaska Permanent Fund have advocated for changes to the fund's management system to modernize the fund and inflation-proof its principal into the future. With these goals in mind, the trustees have requested consideration of a percent of market value system similar to that used by most large trusts and endowments across the nation.

Exxon Mobil hasn't paid up, but maybe this guy can spot them
A guy who makes $16,000 a year gets liquored up on his four-wheeler and shoots the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. He gets 16 years in prison and, this week, is ordered to pay $17 million for causing a 285,000-gallon leak on the tundra. That's an expensive drunk.

Bentz keeps his cool in first outing
If Chad Bentz was nervous before making his major league debut Wednesday, he didn't show it. The 1999 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, a left-handed relief pitcher for the Montreal Expos, entered Wednesday's game against the Florida Marlins with one out in the seventh inning.

Hinkley leads Juneau skiers at Jr. Olympics
Chris Hinkley posted the best finish of any Juneau Ski Club members at the West Region J3/J4 Junior Olympic Alpine Ski Championships held March 18-21 at Sun Valley Resort in Idaho.

2004 Herb Jaenicke Memorial Badmiton Tournament
Results from the 2004 Herb Jaenicke Memorial Badminton Tournament held March 26-28 at the Mendenhall Valley location of JRC/The Alaska Club.

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.

Eaglecrest Challenge
Results from the Juneau Ski Club's Eaglecrest Challenge slalom races held Saturday at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Registration underway for sixth Yukon River Quest
Adventurous Southeast paddlers are invited to register for the sixth annual Yukon River Quest, a 460-mile canoe and kayak river race that begins on Wednesday, June 23, in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

Juneau boys outlast Ferris for 1-0 victory
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer squad got outshot and outplayed in Thursday's game against Ferris High School in Spokane, Wash.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Judge strikes down new 'loser pays' law
A Juneau Superior Court judge struck down a new state law intended to make environmental groups pay legal fees in unsuccessful court challenges against the state.

Feds reject challenge of aerial wolf control plan
The U.S. Department of the Interior has rejected a petition filed by a national wildlife group challenging a program in which Alaska hunters shoot wolves from airplanes.

Where fishing and tourism meet
Some commercial fishermen who traditionally looked askance at tourists now want to invite them on board with support for a bill that would authorize short-term crew licenses.

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