Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Don't be deterred from learning what is written
Flawed indeed. Raymond Paddock III certainly touched on several great topics in his expression of frustration with acts in the name of religion (Thursday's Juneau Empire).

Salmon runs more important than mine
The Taku River is one of the most important watersheds in Southeast Alaska. It is often the largest salmon producer in the region with as many as two million salmon returning annually.

Bigotry has no place in state constitution
The results of the April 3 election saddened me greatly. I'm appalled that Alaskans are willing to open the door to institutionalized discrimination.

Union workers need help to support families
I want to share with you what members of my union (Alaska and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees/Alaska State Employees Association Local 52) face on a day-to-day basis.

More should be eligible for Denali KidCare
Too many Alaska working families do not have health insurance. For those with children, coverage under Denali KidCare was reduced in 2002.

State workers need fair compensation
I recently received two e-mails and heard a KTOO report that collectively did not make sense.

Being a good Samaritan isn't bad for business
I've never owned a hotel before but in light of the potential for extreme disaster, specifically for the Juneau residents that reside in the avalanche runout zones, especially around Behrends Avenue...

Corrections

Alaska tops nation in per-capita federal largesse
Alaska's powerful congressional delegation has been bringing home the pork for their home state, according to a new federal database recently made available.

Photo: 'Outrageous' Easter bonnets
Nick Steele hoists his chocolate lab, Cookie, as they enter the Easter bonnet contest Sunday at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Around Town

Around Town

Woman credits dog for saving her life during apartment fire
The fire may have taken her home and most of her belongings last week, but thanks to Coco, Jacqueline Cropley escaped with her life.

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

Snow record just short of 200 inches
Claire Fordyce was at the Learning Center on Douglas Island on Monday morning when she and her co-workers heard what they thought was a storm.

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

Manager accused of stealing $57,500
The office manager of the Alaska Council of School Administrators was arrested on a charge of first-degree theft Monday, accused of stealing $57,500 from her employer.

City closes in on crossing possibilities
A consulting firm might have helped city officials select a single plan for a second crossing over the Gastineau Channel, but a decision is far from final.

Photos: Show stoppers
Haley Nelson, above, of the group Nelson, Nelson & Nelson, sings a jazzy version of "Alaska's Flag" on Monday during opening night of the 33rd Alaska Folk Festival at Centennial Hall.

Photo: Going for a ride
Nick Corcoran, 15, enjoys the ride as Wes Bowman, 15, drives a lawnmower Saturday next to Glacier Highway.

Paul Hilbelink
Former Juneau resident Paul Allan Hilbelink died suddenly on April 3, 2007, at his home in Pleasanton, Calif. He was 57.

Luella Kasten
Former Juneau resident Luella Mae Tucker Kasten died March 28, 2007, in Riverside, Calif., after a lengthy illness. She was 86.

Katherine Bertha Stevens-Miyasato
Lifelong Juneau resident Katherine "Kitty" Bertha Stevens-Miyasato died on April 5, 2007, after a brief illness. She was 79.

Outside editorial: Mammograms and risk
n a society dominated by high-tech medicine, it's big news when computer power fails to make much of a difference. That's the surprising result of the first comprehensive study of a popular technique used in mammograms.

Alaska editorial: Senate does right by voters, restores rangers
A Senate budget subcommittee has decided to heed the voters and restore part of the cruise ship initiative the House stripped out.

My turn: Clearing confusion on ramp fees
We appreciate the public concerns about harbor operations, however, there may be some misunderstanding about funding and maintenance of city boat launch ramps.

My turn: Negatives of high herbivore density
Predator control programs are often desired by hunters in hopes of increasing densities of large herbivores, such as deer and moose.

Alaska editorial: Tobacco law should be fixed, not overhauled
Let's not totally abandon an effective law. State law sanctions stores caught selling tobacco to minors or Alaskans younger than 19, unless the person is a prisoner in an adult correctional facility.

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.

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.

Legislative roundup

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

Senate deletes state wastewater effort
The Senate version of the state operating budget eliminates funding that would allow Alaska to take over federal control of wastewater discharge permitting in the state.

Polar bear proposal generates comments
More than 500,000 people have commented on a proposal to list polar bears as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act.

Alaska to offer cancer vaccine to young females
The state health department said Monday it will offer cervical cancer vaccine for females between the ages of 9 and 18.

Police arrest killer, partner in robbery
Police arrested a convicted killer out on parole and a woman believed to be his accomplice in what began as a minor shoplifting offense at a sporting goods store.

Northwest Digest
Lost contact lens leads to Prudhoe spill, Two Alaska-based paratroopers killed, Geese signal spring in Delta Junction & White House appeals roadless forest ruling

Sea ice forces otters inland
An unbudging sheath of sea ice has blocked off the waters where the Alaska Peninsula's sea otters forage, forcing the starving animals inland on a search for food and making them easy prey for wolves and humans.

66% of released felons return to jail, study shows
An Alaska Judicial Council study of almost 1,800 criminal offenders showed that two-thirds were back in jail within three years of their release.

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

Alaska Digest
Alaskan wins big money on game show, Native village applies for gambling license & Alaska-based troops go on the offensive

Photo: Easter prayers
Members of the Utqiagvik Presbyterian Church in Barrow join the Rev. Ian MacInnes-Green, standing underneath the mileage pole, for an outdoor prayer Sunday at the conclusion of the church's Easter sunrise service.

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