Wednesday, April 12, 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.

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.

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?

12-hour police shifts should be reinstated
I would like to reply to a letter written by Donna Goutermont ("Not pleased with police work, living in fear," March 26) that the Empire had the bad taste to publish.

Wolves make the caribou strong
Rick Kaufman's letter (April 2) about the wolf massacre being perpetrated under the guise of wildlife management was amazingly misleading.

Why not move the Juneau airport?
The March 30 edition of the Empire said the Juneau Airport Board has proposed spending $76 million on renovation and expansion of our airport.

Move forward with Kensington Mine
Finally, a move that makes sense in the development of the Kensington Mine. After listening to months of environmental misinformation and often heated debate, I am pleased that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has stood behind its permit to develop Kensington.

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.

Photo: Going for Blood
Tiana Skinner, left, an employee of the Blood Bank of Alaska, draws blood Tuesday from donor Gaye Willis at the Alaska Electric Light and Power offices.

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.

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

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.

Burglary suspect appears in court
Bail will remain at $25,000 for a 19-year-old Juneau man charged with burglarizing two Mendenhall Valley homes in March, while another suspect remained at large Tuesday.

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

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: Youthful energy
Jessica Hardy leaps over her Juneau-Douglas High School track and field teammates on Tuesday.

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

Coastal residents speak out for winter fast ferry runs
A legislative proposal to restore winter fast ferry runs in Lynn Canal and the Prince William Sound received enthusiastic support from most who testified during a House Transportation Committee hearing Tuesday.

The yellow roses of Rotary
With the help of his daughter, Hannah Rose, Glacier Valley Rotarian Dan Dawson, center, bought roses at the boat show.

The role and responsibility of Passover
Every year, on the 15th of the Hebrew month of Nisan, Jews the world over gather with family and friends to celebrate Passover.

Neighbors Digest
News of local residents

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you Capital City Fire and Rescue

Thomas F. McBrien
Juneau resident Thomas F. McBrien, 60, died April 3, 2006, at Swedish Hospital in Seattle.

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.

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: Now not time to drop tax break
The Juneau Assembly should not eliminate the senior citizen sales tax exemption.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Coastal residents speak out for winter fast ferry runs
A legislative proposal to restore winter fast ferry runs in Lynn Canal and the Prince William Sound received enthusiastic support from most who testified during a House Transportation Committee hearing Tuesday.

Gov. gone for 12 days
Gov. Frank Murkowski is touring Europe during the next two weeks to promote Alaska seafood and meet with oil executives.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

No-bid deals ripe for waste
From Iraq reconstruction to Hurricane Katrina, poor contracting oversight enables Alaska Native corporations to capitalize on multimillion-dollar no-bid deals at a potential cost to taxpayers and small businesses, a federal audit says.

Recruiters in the schools?
A state senator wants to make sure recruiters from the military, CIA and FBI have the same access to Alaska's public schools as other recruiters.

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

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Providence plans to open cancer center
Providence Alaska Medical Center is building a cancer treatment center in a move that means patients will not have to look outside Alaska for comprehensive care.

Federal case stalls in Katmai bear killing
The case against two teenagers who admitted killing six brown bears in Katmai National Preserve is stalled on the federal level.

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