Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Tee Harbor residents won't sit still for this
I was shocked by the Empire's article about the Tee Harbor vehicle-boat ramp access being in jeopardy (March 23). While it is nice and also convenient for people to launch their boats there, what was overlooked is the provided access to the homes just to the north and east of this access road.

Say no to Seekins' all terrain vehicle bill
I would like to let your readers know about a very dangerous precedent that Alaska state Sen. Ralph Seekins, R-Fairbanks, is trying to set. Seekins has introduced the same bill in the Senate, for the last three years in a row.

Time, thought and money spent on mine
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stood by its 404 Wetlands permit that it previously issued to Coeur Alaska. The Kensington project upheld the requirements of all state entities, the U.S. Forest Service, the Environmental Protection Agency and two reviews by the Army Corps of Engineers.

City should collect taxes already owed
On the front page of the April 3 Empire I noted that the city is inviting input into the issue of the senior's sales tax exemption.

Ketchikan should vote no on dock expansion
The number one reason to vote no on the proposed dock expansion and renovations in Ketchikan is the $38.5 million bond debt on city residents. Who is going to benefit the most and pay the least?

Delighted with Corps' decision on mine
Hurray! It was great to see that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has returned Coeur Alaska's 404 permit after a second look. By doing so, the Corps addressed any questions regarding Kensington's tailing management plan.

Tire deadline
It isn't just accountants working to meet their April 15 deadline.

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

Wandering musician
A bass player walks into downtown Juneau on Sunday. The Alaska Folk Festival finished their weeklong music celebration on Sunday.

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

Poetry out Loud
Juneau-Douglas High School junior Sakara Dunlap hadn't read much poetry outside of class until she discovered she had a knack for reciting it on a stage.

Changes in longitudes
Alaska legislative intern Yelena Bakulina is a long way from home, but not as out of place as some may think.

Free festival pays bills
The fiddling, piping and strumming heard throughout downtown Juneau during the Alaska Folk Festival last week was music to the ears of many business owners.

Teen told cops he burgled 17 homes
A Juneau teenager arrested on burglary charges at a party Friday night told police he and an accomplice had broken into 17 to 20 Mendenhall Valley homes, according to court records.

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

Businesses settle case over asbestos after '04 fire
Three Juneau business operators have settled a federal case against them involving 2004 asbestos violations at Juneau's demolished downtown Skinner building.

Photo: Spring cleaning
Tim Wright, an employee of VanPool Painting, power-washes Savikko Park shelter No. 1 Monday in preparation to paint it.

Photo: Survivors
A crocus blooms Monday next to the charred ruins of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, which burned down March 12. Crocus are the first flowers to emerge in the spring in Juneau.

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

My Turn: Truth in recruiting? Don't you count on it
Any reasoning adult knows that advertisements are often lies, most often through omission of truths.

Alaska editorial: Bush deserves credit on mileage standards
Where are the news releases and positive comments from conservation organizations praising the new vehicle mileage standards announced last week by the Bush administration?

My Turn: State attacks bill with inflated cost estimates
Want to open a health care business in Alaska? Under current law, you'll have to go hat-in-hand to the governor and his minions to beg for a "Certificate of Need." That's why I've sponsored House Bill 287, and co-sponsored an initiative to repeal the Alaska Certificate of Need law.

My turn: Alyeska's continued culture of falsification
The revelation that a water laboratory technician at the trans-Alaska oil pipeline terminal in Valdez confessed in federal court to falsifying ship ballast water-quality data follows a dreary but well-established pattern in the pipeline company's corporate culture that subtly encourages falsification of official records.

My turn: Alaska's pipeline should come first
It was widely reported on April 4 that Gov. Frank Murkowski had endorsed sequential construction of Canada and Alaska natural gas pipelines, with the Canada line being built first. Alaska must not play second fiddle in deciding what is best for Alaska and should not be forced to wager on a mere second-place finish in the race to enter the Lower 48 natural gas market.

Alaska editorial : Senate did right thing on budget
The state Senate has taken its share of knocks in recent legislative sessions for stubbornly insisting on its own way, often in the face of overwhelming public opposition. So it was refreshing last week to see the chamber take a stand against House amendments to the supplemental budget bill.

Juneau's Post, Ashe lauded as state's best
When the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer teams make their home debuts Thursday, fans will be able to see not one, but two, Alaska players of the year.

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.

Stars shine at Southeast Shootout
While the adults competed at the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament, the youth took to the court for the 2006 Princess Cruises/HoopTime Southeast Shootout from March 28-April 1.

Egolf's first-team all-state selection is the Crimson Bears' first since Boozer
Juneau-Douglas High School junior Will Egolf joined a select club of Crimson Bears basketball players on Wednesday.

Seablazers capture state championship
The Juneau Capital City Seablazers captured the Fools on Ice Alaska Women's State Hockey Tournament intermediate title in an exciting shootout win over the Anchorage Modern Monkeys in Anchorage on April 2.

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.

Correction
In Monday's sports section, there were two errors in the women's hockey story.

Alaskans rally for immigrant rights
A small but spunky group of Alaskans took part in nationwide protests on Monday urging lawmakers to help illegal immigrants settle legally in the U.S.

Study shows drug, alcohol abuse cost Alaska employers
Alcohol and drug abuse in Alaska resulted in roughly $367 million in productivity losses during 2003, according to a recently released McDowell Group report.

Speaker: Bipartisan vote needed to pass oil tax
Alaska House Speaker John Harris says some within the Republican majority probably won't support a proposed oil tax, and Democratic votes will likely be needed to get the bill passed.

Spill still riles Alaskans
Oil from the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker grounding still lingers on and just below Alaska's surface. So does the resentment.

Alyeska technician sentenced
A former laboratory technician for Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. has been placed on three years probation and fined $1,000 for falsifying wastewater test data.

When it's springtime in Barrow...
It's 30 below: An Arctic Slope Telephone Association Cooperative truck with a papier mache bowhead whale on the front and a skin boat on top is shown during a parade in Barrow Saturday.

Politics still ticking
The Alaska Legislature over the weekend passed the 90-day mark, when some lawmakers would like sessions to end.

Whales soon safer on both sides of Bering Sea
A guide widely used by Alaska fishermen to help them avoid the world's most endangered whale will soon be available in Russian

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