Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Commissioner Menge should know better
In his recent My Turn article ("Pebble Mine critics should keep their powder dry," April 3), Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Michael L. Menge stated that there was "no clear target" at which to direct criticism of the proposed Pebble Mine. Baloney.

Same arguments have been heard before
Recent comments in the Empire remind me of all the obstacles the Greens Creek Mine had to overcome to begin operations. I remember similar rhetoric: "Young Bay will be ruined."

City doesn't care about back sales tax
When is the city going to realize that there is a limit to taxation?

Move the airport? Come on, get real!
In response to Mr. Schofield's letter about moving the Juneau airport somewhere else (April 12), if I recall, we live in a valley surrounded by 2,500- to 3,500-feet-tall mountains.

History will judge Bush a moron
Andy Pope's view of President Bush and Iraq ("Bush doctrine will prevail with an iron will," April 3) is myopic and misguided.

Around Town
Around town is a listiing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Bunny and bonnet
Willette Janes visits with the Easter Bunny while viewing the Easter Bonnet contest at the Eaglecrest Ski Area on Sunday. Janes won for Most Flirtatious. Sunday was the last day of the season for Eaglecrest.

City to boost security with $50K grant
The city may bolster its waterfront defenses against crime and terrorism this tourist season with bomb-detection devices and yet another camera to capture suspicious activity at the cruise ship docks.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Mount Everest climber to launch '06 Pillars series
The 14th annual Pillars of American Freedom series will kick off Wednesday with a woman who went from a life-threatening heart condition to climbing to the top of the world.

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

Photo: In search of a home
Sarah Jordan, an animal care technician at Gastineau Humane Society, watches Rico, one of 16 cats up for adoption at the animal shelter.

Photo: Keeping out the weather
Mark Millea of Admiralty Construction builds supports for a canopy Monday on Seward Street.

Christians find mission in new radio station
It was no joke on April 1 when Juneau's newest radio station went on the air at the stroke of midnight.

Emma Horton
Juneau resident Emma Horton, 86, died March 15, 2006, in Juneau.

My Turn: Competition hasn't led to lower medical care costs
In the April 10 edition of the Juneau Empire, Rep. Bob Lynn, R-Anchorage, argued for the repeal of the "Certificate of Need." He has sponsored House Bill 287 and co-sponsored an initiative that would repeal the requirement.

A sarcastic suggestion for consideration
Recently there has been discussion about city ordinance 42.20.050 and the exemption for shotgun discharge in the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge.

My Turn: Governor's oil tax revenue plan cuts Alaska short
Alaska's Legislature hired one of the world's top oil consultants to advise its members. Unfortunately, they don't appear to have heard a word he said.

My Turn: Consider the contributions made by Juneau seniors
When the longevity bonus was eliminated, it was a huge blow to those seniors who were the recipients.

Juneau junior varsity softball takes four of five from the Wolves
The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity softball team swept a Saturday triple-header and won four of five games against host Sitka over the weekend.

Crimson Bears go 3-0 in series with Kayhi, West Valley
The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity boys soccer team racked up three convincing wins over the weekend against Ketchikan and West Valley.

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 hockey league finishes 3rd season
With hockey games running from 4 p.m. until midnight, the Juneau Adult Hockey Association ended its third season Sunday with championship contests at Treadwell Arena.

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.

Ex-Alaskan crafts presidential platform on anti-war stance
No limousines or motorcades for Mike Gravel. Short on campaign cash and barely known, the former Democratic senator from Alaska and his wife, Whitney, took public transportation Monday to a news conference announcing his long-shot bid for president.

Report: Flaws in timber sales
A first-ever field examination by nonagency biologists is fueling concerns that the biodiversity of the Tongass National Forest is threatened by too much logging of its largest, most valuable trees.

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

Politics plug up pipeline
A new photograph hangs in the governor's conference room in the Capitol.

SE gillnetters mull over proposed tax
The Panhandle's gillnetters will decide May 1 whether to tax themselves to fund regional projects that could increase the selling price of their fish.

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

Former Nome officer faces 99 years for teen's murder
A former Nome police officer was sentenced Monday to 99 years in prison for the execution-style killing of a 19-year-old woman.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Photo: Carrying tradition
Residents of Metlakatla and dignitaries from around Alaska and the lower 48 carry a totem pole to the front of the new 31,000 square foot Annette Island Service Unit where it was raised during a dedication ceremony for the medical facility April 8 in Metlakatla.

Congressman Don Young seeks re-election after 33 years in D.C.
Alaska's only congressman for the last 33 years signed up Monday to seek another term.

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