Thursday, April 12, 2007

Setting the record straight for projects
I was left rather perplexed after reading Gordon Jackson's letter, titled "Affordable Housing," in Friday's Juneau Empire.

Juneau has solution to affordable housing
As we think about affordable housing here in Juneau, let's take a good look at our harbors, which are already a real and viable affordable housing option for many of us.

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).

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.

Don't meddle with cruise ship initiative
The citizens' cruise ship initiative should be sacred and followed to the letter of the initiative.

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

Let's see how 'open season' works out
We think the Palin administration and the Legislature have spent too much time with the North Slope producers over the proposed gas pipeline project.

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.

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.

'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.

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

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

Author turns hobby into picturesque Juneau books
Bob Armstrong was shooting pictures near the Mendenhall Glacier in July when a man asked if he was working on a book.

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

Overflowing with art
Juneau-Douglas High School is overflowing with sketch pads this week, as 140 students from all over the panhandle have converged for the annual four-day Southeast Arts Fest.

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.

Corrections

Business Digest
Rain Tree Quilting has new owner, Palin seeks Exporter of the Year nominees, Local businesswomen featured in newspaper, KIN to host panel on tourism businesses & Coeur announces progress on mine

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

Photo: 'Tommy' cast plays a mean Folk Fest
The cast and band of Perseverance Theatre's production of "The Who's Tommy" perform a selection of songs Tuesday at Centennial Hall during their appearance at the Alaska Folk Festival.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Pets of the week
Lovely pets seek homes

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.

Ederlina Abella Abad
Juneau resident Ederlina Abella Abad died April 6, 2007, in Juneau. She was 54.

Daniel P. Fay Jr.
Longtime Kake resident Daniel P. Fay Jr. died April 9, 2007, at his home. He was 64.

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

Alaska editorial: Alaska's constitution should be rewritten to be gender neutral
OK, now here's a proposed amendment to the Alaska Constitution that really shouldn't engender much controversy.

My turn: Southeast avalanche center is Juneau's new best friend
The Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center, a nonprofit agency, provides an important service for those of us who live in, travel through or work in areas around Juneau that are subject to potential avalanche dangers.

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.

My Turn: Eschew the holy books
Recently (March 21), Marlin Bricker wrote a My Turn regarding how the "Bible is a book to be honored" and that the "Holy Scriptures (are) still relevant in today's world."

Outside editorial: Fix the broken tax
It's time to reform the federal alternative minimum tax, which no longer limits its reach to millionaires who use loopholes to skip out on their fair share of taxes.

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.

Photo: Time to play ball
Volunteers clean up the last bit of snow Sunday from Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

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.

Hickok's overtime goal lifts Les Schwab
Karn Hickok's goal with three seconds left in overtime boosted Les Schwab past Alaskan Dames 2-1 on Sunday in a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Women's Tier B game at Treadwell Arena.

Juneau Parks and Recreation Co-Ed Volleyball Standings

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

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

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.

Small charter schools get a reprieve
Special funding for small charter schools, rejected earlier by the House of Representatives, has been resurrected in the Senate.

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

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

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.

Northwest Digest
Anchorage scofflaws face seizure of cars, Teen charged as adult sentenced to prison, Racehorse Ketchikan won't run in derby & Grizzly Bear attacks man near Idaho home

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.

Fewer cod vessels will take to sea this year
Alaska's cod fleet is about to shrink.

Lawmakers review legalities of Palin's gas line bill
A Senate committee continued its legal analysis of Gov. Sarah Palin's gas line bill, starting Wednesday with the most divisive subject: Can the state provide long-term economic incentives to North Slope producers without violating its own constitution?

Fairbanks voters postpone tax cuts
Fairbanks voters have approved a delay in implementing a property tax reduction they passed last fall.

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