Wednesday, April 19, 2006

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."

Disappointed in Sen. Kookesh
On March 29, state Sen. Albert Kookesh made this statement through the Juneau Empire in reference to the elimination of the A Bracket in the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament:

City needs a Planned Parenthood office
It seems that another battle of morals has begun in our fair capital, and Planned Parenthood is the target.

Oil companies' ads mislead public
In their advertising in Alaska's newspapers, the major oil producers and other groups deliberately try to mislead the public.

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.

Photo: Shocking science
Austin Badger explains his science project, "Shocking Fruits," in Janet Conniff' middle school science class at the Juneau Christian school on Tuesday.

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

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

Homeless definition may grow
Juneau advocates hope a recent city resolution expanding the definition of homelessness will lead to increased awareness and potential benefits for hundreds falling between the cracks.

Photo: Little bag, big world
Christy Long holds a garbage bag as her 4-year-old son, Jayden West, fills it up with litter near Twin Lakes. Long and members of her day care center, Little Prints, held the cleanup in recognition of Earth Day, which will be Saturday.

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.

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.

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

Bill could keep gas contract out of court
Bills scheduled to be heard Wednesday in Alaska House and Senate committees are meant to bar a court from halting or delaying a legislative review of a natural gas deal by Gov. Frank Murkowski and the state's three largest oil producers.

Photo: All fired up
Andrew Heist stacks vases, jars and other ceramics on a table while the rest of his University of Alaska Southeast ceramics classmates peer at items coming out of the new wood kiln.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

It's easy to donate valuable time
This I Believe: A forum for everyday Americans from all walks of life to share values that guide their lives

Exploring culture in our community
Wearing a felt eagle hat, fifth-grader Tony Khmelev waves his hand across the crowd and says, "Welcome to the home of the eagles. Yak'éi yeey xwasateeni. It's good to see you all. Ch' ak' naax xat sitee. I am Eagle. I am of this clan."

Skinner celebrates 100 years
Former Juneau resident Pauline Skinner celebrated her 100th birthday with a surprise party on Feb.3 in Portland, Ore.

Kenneth Natkong
Juneau resident Kenneth David Natkong, 42, died April 16, 2006, in Juneau.

Robert Butler
Juneau resident Robert Thomas Butler, 51, died April 14, 2006, on Good Friday in Juneau from heart failure.

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

Steward Miller
Longtime Alaska resident Steward "Sam" Miller, 75, died Sept. 27, 2005, in Portland.

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.

My Turn: High cost of oil affects education
Oil revenue in Alaska accounted for about 87 percent of the state general fund revenue in fiscal year 2004.

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: No deal on tax, gas line is better than a bad deal
Gov. Murkowski is stumping his "deal-or-no-deal" oil tax proposal promising tons of money, more jobs and the trans-Canada gas line.

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.

Photo: Tops behind the plate
The Gastineau Channel Little League recently named Dylan Baker its 2006 Youth Umpire of the Year.

Crimson Bears ready to burn up the track
For the Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team, success may not be measured in gold medals and championship ribbons

Bush chooses attorney with Alaska ties for economic and business affairs job
An attorney with Alaska ties is the choice of President Bush to be assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs.

Reservists bring free glasses, eye exams to Bush villages
A military program has brought new eyeglasses to more than 700 residents of Norton Sound villages in rural Alaska.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Retirement board tells state 'pay now'
The state must not delay paying back a $6.9 billion unfunded liability in its state retirement systems or it will risk paying much more in the future, representatives of the Alaska Retirement Management Board said Tuesday.

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

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

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Second Tongass timber sale rejected
A second timber sale in the Tongass National Forest's Petersburg District is now on hold due to a deficiency in environmental plans.

A grand year for permanent fund?
This fall's permanent fund dividend could be close to $1,000, the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. estimated Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

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 dairies in jeopardy
Dairy farmer Wayne Brost is used to seeing dairy farms come and go, but not so many at once.

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