Saturday, April 15, 2006

Money talks at Berners Bay's expense
Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, has announced its May 9 annual shareholders meeting.

Ferry leaders overlook options
It appears that the "leadership" of the Alaska Marine Highway System may now try to use a recent U.S. Coast Guard directive to kill ferry service by the LeConte.

Encouraged by Corps' decision on permits
It is welcome news that the Army Corps of Engineers has reinstated permits allowing construction at the Kensington Mine to continue.

Faith in mining co. shouldn't be blind
I enjoy reading the letters to the editor, as it gives me a real insight as to what is going on up there in my former home of Juneau.

Follow the elections and not polls
Even though I voted for the bond issue for the airport last October, I am disturbed by the decision of the airport board to proceed with the expansion anyway less than six months after the public voted no.

Empire question should have been clearer
On April 2, the Juneau Empire ran the results of its "What do you think?" poll on the Opinion page.

Wants a tax-exempt card for seniors
Even though I live in Houston, I read your Web site every day. I was lucky to have spent four days in Juneau last summer.

It's Spring Derby Time Again
It's each man, woman and child for themselves starting May 1 in the race to get the largest fish in the Spring King Salmon Derby.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

USCG safety equipment regulations
The Coast Guard sets minimum standards for recreational boats and associated safety equipment. To meet these standards some of the equipment must be Coast Guard approved. "Coast Guard Approved Equip-ment" meets Coast Guard specifications and regulations for performance, construction or materials.

SE Alaska king salmon regs OK'd; more liberal limits await
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced that the sport fishing bag and possession limits for king salmon in Southeast Alaska and Yakutat will remain in effect through spring. These regulations are:

Planners propose parking fee
City planners are drafting an ordinance that would allow developers to pay up to $10,000 in place of each parking space that they would otherwise have to provide.

Be prepared
• Have the correct number and type of personal floatation device and other required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment on board your vessel for you and each of your passengers before heading out.

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

Photo: Preparations
Charles Bouvier, an independent carpenter, builds an awning Thursday in front of Venetian Jewelers on South Franklin Street.

Photo: Getting ready
Stuart Cohen, owner of Invisible World, folds sweaters from South America on Thursday at his South Franklin Street store.

Photo: Showtime
Members of the Juneau-Douglas High School Drill Team perform during Showtime 2006 on Thursday at the JDHS gym.

Group fears cuts to school programs
With gas and oil dominating the majority of conversations this legislative session, some parents say the Alaska Legislature is bordering on child neglect when it comes to funding education.

Tactics for spring kings
The first rule about fishing for spring kings is to forget all the other rules!

2006 Derby rules and regulations
Tickets & Entry Fees

Fishing Family on the Rock
L eslie Rae Isturis grew up in a fishing family. Her father raised his children to be comfortable on the water and to have good fishing skills.

Spring king derby winner 1998
Marion Ezrre was not only the winner of the 1998 Tlingit & Haida Spring Salmon Derby but she is also the first and only female to win thus far.

Welcome the King of spring
What makes spring king salmon so special? Is it the size, up to a world record 97 pounder from the Kenai River, which is only slightly larger that the 90-pounder caught in Juneau waters?

HANS CHESTER: Scholarship recipient
H ans Chester wanted to go to college. He wanted to be a teacher and help pass on his culture to other Native children in the community.

Photo: Shooting funds
National Rifle Association State Area Representative Brad Kruger, left, and NRA Banquet Chairman Kathy McCasland, center left, present a check to 4-H Shooter members Bruce Bowler, center right, and Tammy Kramer, right, on April 12, for 4-H use of the Juneau Indoor Shooting Range.

Eggs wrongly convicted
When I think of Easter, I think of eggs. This age-old symbol of regeneration has been associated with the Easter holiday for hundreds of years.

Bell and Coate wed
Emily Bell of Paris, Ill. and Toby Coate of Juneau were married Jan. 8, in Coffman Cove, Alaska.

Photo: A magic touch
Jo Paddock styles the hair of Wildflower Court resident Harriet Chilton. Every Wednesday for the last few years, Paddock, owner of Little Mermaid Beauty Salon, brings her skills to the Wildflower Court.

A tale of two local gentlemen
Here is a present day tale of the men who live on South Franklin Street.

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks, neighbor

Student artist in the spotlight: Andrea Francisco
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Neighbors helping neighbors: The Glory Hole
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

FYI
News about the people you know

Alaska editorial: Bemoaning the cost of substance abuse
The dollar amount in a recent report about the economic cost to Alaska caused by drug and alcohol abuse is staggering - $738 million.

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.

Juneau girls roll in openers
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team stormed out of the gates, opening the season with two dominating wins Thursday.

JDHS players on to college
Juneau-Douglas High School senior shortstop Victoria Powers signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play softball for Western Illinois University

Crimson Bears on the hunt
It's time to see what the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team can do for an encore.

Juneau-Douglas boys soccer team takes a pair
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team made a successful home debut with two shutout victories Thursday.

JDHS baseball team seeks a return to glory
Despite losing a strong senior class which included the state player of the year, the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team figures to be in the hunt for a Southeast Conference title and possibly more this season.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Running dispute keeps lawmakers' parking lot empty
A parking lot reserved for state lawmakers sits vacant during off hours because of a long-running dispute between the Legislature and the owners of the downtown Anchorage lot.

Gustavus residents fight vessel permits
For years, Bartlett Cove has been a contentious spot.

Officials warn against flu panic
Patricia Cochran says her mother always remembered the year 1918 like it was yesterday.

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

House votes to create commission on climate change
The state House on Thursday endorsed creating a commission that would advise how Alaska communities can deal with the erosion, floods and thawing permafrost brought by global climate change.

Voters give go-ahead to port renovation
After four years of effort, the city of Ketchikan has a port renovation project.

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