Thursday, April 19, 2007

Say 'No' to cutting old-growth trees
It is time, once again, for Sitkans to help make decisions about the management of the Tongass National Forest.

Carle should be cheered for taking stand against officials
Not many people from Juneau booed Matt Carle during the Gold Medal championship game. Here are my thoughts:

Forest Service plan should support SE commercial fishermen
Since 1984, Southeast commercial salmon fishermen have earned approximately $1.6 billion in ex-vessel value for their fish, an average of about $69 million per year, according to the U.S. Forest Service and Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Understanding small charter schools
Thank you for the March 27 article outlining the financial plight of small charter schools in our state.

Sen. McCain sticks with his beliefs
I was sitting in Heritage Coffee, reading the Juneau Empire, and I was liking what I had been reading so far.

And now it's time for the rest of the story
Why would Radhika Sarin (April 3) from Washington, D.C., care about Juneau? Maybe because whatever he says does not affect him, but rather Juneau.

Journalist to join Palin's office in Washington, D.C.
Anchorage Daily News editorial page editor Larry Persily has been named to Gov. Sarah Palin's Washington, D.C., team.

A second generation celebrates Earth Day
Irene Morris' passion about Earth Day hasn't waned since the first one in 1970.

District tightens bullying rules
The Juneau School Board has approved a new policy that would result in a full investigation of any sort of bullying, with the possibility of expulsion for offenders.

Controversial health ed OK'd
Parents will be able to pull children out of classes teaching controversial material under the Juneau School District's new health curriculum - even though that means some kids won't hear important lessons on child abuse.

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

Lawmakers propose placing 15-cent fee on shopping bags
Juneau lawmakers, hoping to change people's habits and point out the dangers of plastic trash, have sponsored a bill that would put a 15-cent fee on plastic shopping bags.

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

Around Town

Juneau man injured in boating mishap
A mate on the ferry LeConte was scanning the far shore of Lynn Canal for mountain goats last week when he spotted a white speck against a white shoreline.

Photo: Nap in the sun
Keri Edwards sunbathes Tuesday in Marine Park.

Photo: Sweeping effort
Missy Tyson of the state Department of Transportation sweeps a sidewalk Tuesday near Third Street in Douglas.

Harassment gets the silent treatment at high school
A day of silence to protest school bullies came to a screaming halt Wednesday in the commons of Juneau-Douglas High School.

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

What's legal this season?
Note to sportsmen as they prepare the fishing gear: Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials say the job isn't quite complete without a check of this year's regulations.

Car chase ends in crash, felony charges
A 22-year-old fleeing an assault complaint drove against traffic without lights on Egan Drive and led police on a high-speed chase that ended Tuesday night when he crashed into cars parked in a Switzer Village driveway.

Business Digest
KeyCorp announces first-quarter earnings, Forest Service names engineering director, Bank names first business specialist, 'Smart Staffing' class to be held April 27, Business now includes framing consultations & Knowledge Industry Network event tonight

Weddings: Pavlik and Derr wed
Mellissa Anne Pavlik and Garrett Ralston Derr were married on April 8, 2007, in a private ceremony at Montana Creek in Juneau.

Photos: 'How Music Came to the World'
The Auke Bay Aztecas from Auke Bay Elementary School will show a production of the Aztec Nahuatl legend, "How Music Came to the World," at 6:30 p.m. tonight and Thursday in the Auke Bay Elementary School gym.

Anniversary: Sachs celebrate 65 years
Glenn and Florence Sachs were married April 25, 1942, in Gettysburg, Pa.

Neighbors Digest

Recognitions
Three Juneau businesses will be honored with a Family Friendly Employer Award on Thursday during a Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Hangar Ballroom.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for participating in the Native Youth Olympics Competition

Alaska editorial: Palin needs to commit to wolf-control methods
It's time for Gov. Sarah Palin to make a policy decision about Alaska's wolf control programs.

My Turn: Bible imbued with human foible
Amidst all the debate over the current social and legal relevance of the Bible, I find it telling that nobody has addressed the origins and development of that particular collection of texts.

My Turn: No 'sweetheart deals' here
My wife and I take offense with the statement in the Juneau Empire's April 5 editorial that shore excursion operators who have contracts with cruise lines have a "sweetheart deal."

Alaska editorial: Taking a closer look at the bear hunt issue
Headlines that focus on numbers and killing are understandable when it comes to a no bag limit bear hunt in Alaska, but Alaskans should know to take a closer look when they see such stories.

My Turn: Christianity is not hate-filled
I hesitate to write in recognition that the Juneau Empire uses letters and My Turns simply as tools to raise circulation.

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.

Glacier Swim Club continues assault on the record books
The Southeast Alaska Swim Club, which features members of Juneau's Glacier Swim Club, completed a sweep of every major swimming competition Sunday in Anchorage.

Juneau Parks and Recreation Co-Ed Volleyball Standings

20 years of Bears in motion
For 20 years, the Juneau-Douglas High School dance team has thrilled audiences with its athleticism and rhythm.

Competitions await Knights
With competitions on the horizon, the Juneau Aurora Knights Synchronized Swimming Team has logged plenty of hours in the pool to get ready.

Sports Digest
JSC Gale Force wins indoor soccer title, Hospice Run 10K postponed & Warriors claim final NBA playoff spot

Photo: Championship focus
Island Pub goaltender Jessica Parks focuses on the action during Tuesdays Juneau Adult Hockey Association Womens Tier A championship game at Treadwell Arena.

Northwest Digest
Man sentenced in Admiralty bear killing, Body of missing man found in Chena River, Northwest states ask Congress for go-ahead to kill sea lions, U.S. House approves Wild Sky wilderness & Federal government defends decision not to list Oregon coho

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

Young hires lawyer after feds launch investigation
Republican Congressman Don Young has put a Washington, D.C., law firm on retainer, but an official said the move was not directly connected to a campaign contribution from a trucking executive under federal investigation.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

Group says Chuitna River endangered
A river that produces some of the largest king salmon in Alaska made this year's list of the 10 most endangered rivers in the United States.

State sets up new office to monitor oil infrastructure
Alaska on Wednesday established a new office to provide oversight of its oil field infrastructure, just months after corrosion was blamed for the partial shutdown of Prudhoe Bay.

Hunter survives bear attack
An Anchorage bear hunter waited five hours for a small brown bear to leave a den, finally shot it and carefully made sure it was dead. Then the excitement began.

Senate OKs $9.82 billion state operating budget
The Alaska Senate passed a $9.82 billion state operating budget Wednesday, an amount that was called both staggering and inadequate in debate on the floor.

Push to overturn benefits continues
The push to overturn court-ordered benefits for the partners of same-sex couples does not appear to have abated in the Alaska House despite a tepid response to the proposal from voters earlier this month.

UA campus trains for a massacre scenario
The two largest campuses in the University of Alaska system are giving procedures and emergency training a fresh look after this week's shooting rampage at Virginia Tech.

Alaska Digest
Barge runs aground, sinks near Kenai River, Offshore lease sale generates $42 million, Coast Guard responds to vessel in distress & Anchorage accountant charged with thefts

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