Wednesday, April 11, 2007

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.

'Loser No. 1' actually a winning alternative
With construction of a second high school in the Mendenhall Valley under way, parents are carefully considering the five possible configurations the school district has proposed for Juneau's secondary education curricula.

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

Leave Mother Nature and the Tongass alone
It took Mother Nature a long time to grow the Tongass timber. As we all know, it's not nice to fool with Mother Nature.

Owners should keep pets on leash
I was not surprised to read that Romeo had snatched a pet and ran off with it (April 4 Juneau Empire).

Giving props to pops for rescue work
I'd like to take this opportunity to applaud my heroic father, Pat Vallejo, who was not individually recognized for risking his life to help the residents of the apartment that was destroyed by fire on April 4.

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).

Why just single out Juneau fans for shame?
To whom is Frances Natkong speaking? (See Friday's Juneau Empire.) Who should be ashamed?

Gold Medal is part of our culture
I would like to tip my hat to the Juneau Lions Club for another great Gold Medal Tournament. The club's hard work and dedication were greatly appreciated by all who attended.

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.

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.

Lawmakers work to bring back bonus
Democrats in the state House of Representatives won an unusual floor fight Tuesday as they united to stymie an attempt to kill the state's longevity bonus program.

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: Testing the waters
Capital City Fire and Rescue firefighter Joe Mishler undergoes a training exam Tuesday next to the Juneau Fire Station.

Around Town

Around Town

Coaches aim for soft turf
Juneau-Douglas High School softball coach Dave Massey had to change his coaching style to accommodate his teams' playing surface: glacial silt.

Correction
In an Anchorage Daily News editorial that ran in the Empire on Friday, The Associated Press erroneously described a physician training program.

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

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

Businesses fight cruise ship law
Alaska tour operators on Tuesday blasted part of a cruise ship initiative passed by voters last year, saying it threatens to diminish competition by forcing prices to be revealed on tours sold to passengers.

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.

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.

We must be stewards of the earth
We can argue about the causes of global warming, but it is happening, and we have a responsibility as stewards to do something about it.

Photos: Eggcelent Easter
Eggs and the Easter bunny were bountiful on Sunday at various Easter festivities in Juneau.

Spencer and Spross wed
Julie Spencer and Robert Spross were married on March 30, 2007, in Tucson, Ariz.

Neighbors Digest
Thanks for helping us commemorate Iraq invasion & Thanks for supporting the Hangar basketball team

Bodron and Haines to wed
Nissa B. Bodron, of Juneau, and Charles Haines, of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, will marry on Oct. 20, 2007, in Oranjestad, Aruba. A reception will follow at the Amsterdam Manor Resort.

Pets of the week
Lovely pets seek homes

Felkls celebrate 25 years
Fred and Roxanna Felkl were married April 3, 1982, at Chapel by the Lake in Juneau.

Cason and Strickland to wed
Andrea Cason and Dave Strickland will be married on June 16, 2007, in Colton, Ore.

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.

Daniel Fay
Kake resident Daniel P. Fay died April 9, 2007, in Kake.

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.

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.

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.

My turn: One school, two campuses
In 1970, I was stationed on a ship in Panama City, Fla., a totally segregated community in the Deep South. The city was finally going to have to cease its "separate-but-equal" school approach and compel racial integration.

Alaska editorial: Alaskans have it good with taxes, dividends
There's something a tad ironic about the dual deadlines facing Alaskans.

Outside editorial: Vile remark was racist
"I am not a racist," talker Don Imus declared Monday morning on his CBS Radio show, which MSNBC simulcasts. Yet out of his mouth last week came a shockingly vile, repugnant and racist remark.

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.

High suicide rates still plague Alaska Natives
Suicides among Alaska Natives continue at rates far higher than the national average despite two decades of effort by state and community leaders, a new study shows.

Predator control program takes aim at black bears
Hunters this summer will be allowed to kill as many black bears as they want in an area near Anchorage in an expansion of Alaska's predator control program, aimed mostly at wolves until now.

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

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.

Federal judge sides with contractor
Army officials acted "in a breach of good faith and fair dealing" in a dispute over 400 housing units managed under a program for Fort Wainwright soldiers, a federal judge has ruled.

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

Northwest Digest
Army releases name of soldier killed, Body found near day care identified, Scientists ask why seabirds are dying & Agencies promise salmon-dam plan

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

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.

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.

Officials seek input on Alaska quarter
Polar bears or grizzlies, mushers or goldpanners, snowcapped mountains or massive ice floes?

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