Thursday, April 26, 2007

Business Digest
Healing Touch Alaska nursing office moves, Goldbelt consolidates offices and relocates, Princess expands its cruise options, O'Neal promoted to director of operations & Education association director named

Board not against liveaboard option
Nonna Shtipelman's April 12 letter suggested liveaboard housing as an affordable option in Juneau, one that has been available for many years. Liveaboard housing is not for everyone, but for some, it is an excellent choice.

Let the partisan bickering begin
In the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings, there will undoubtedly be a call for discussion of sorely needed comprehensive gun control in our country. It goes without saying that conservative supporters of gun rights will oppose any efforts to inject a little bit of sanity regarding gun control.

End segregation of same-sex partners
I live no differently from the way my neighbors live. I eat, I sleep, I work to provide; yet because of my sexuality I am segregated, stereotyped and treated as though I'm not a citizen in my own country or a resident of the state I was born in.

Words are cheap in face of tragedy
It almost takes a conscious effort to keep breathing in the face of the carnage at Virginia Tech. Words seem so cheap.

Juneau schools need to be safe for kids
What is happening to Juneau, our schools, our neighborhoods? Are our children acting out what they hear and see at home and on television?

Palin urges revenue sharing
David Sheakley / Juneau Empire

Alaska police, FBI team up to combat child prostitution
Prostitution has long been a hidden problem in Alaska, and law enforcement officials are asking for more tools to protect children lured into the trade.

Photo: Intersection closed
Dorothy Gould, a traffic control supervisor for Secon, sets out traffic cones and signs Monday at the Sunny Point intersection on Egan Drive.

Photo: Hop to it
From left, Abby Maloney, Rylee Landen and Sarah Landen practice part of their routine for the Juneau Jumpers End of the Year Show on Tuesday at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Business Digest
Healing Touch Alaska nursing office moves, Goldbelt consolidates offices and relocates, Princess expands its cruise options, O'Neal promoted to director of operations & Education association director named

Weyhrauch expresses gratitude after ordeal
Former Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch survived more than just cold water when he fell off his boat and spent the night lost on Coghlan Island.

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

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

Students look to trades
Joe Eller, 17, and Alexis Ehlers, 18, both have bright prospects and clear plans for their future, and neither plan involves college.

Correction

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

Around Town

Nationally recognized
The teachers and staff at Glacier Valley Elementary hold arts education in high esteem, and they're not the only ones who do.

Let's experience our community senior centers
Close your eyes and recall your fondest memories of holiday mealtime. Smell the freshly baked biscuits, view the colorful variety of foods, hear the telling of jokes and stories, join in the laughter of friends and family.

Living, growing involves change
Living and growing involves change. For some, change is seen as very threatening, while for others change is a welcomed reality as they live and grow.

Photos: Governor's Prayer Lunch
Over 400 people attended the annual Governor's Prayer Lunch, sponsored by the Juneau Governor's Prayer Breakfast Committee, on Sunday at Centennial Hall.

Photo: Appreciating fire heroes
From left, Fire Chief Eric Mohrmann and city Assembly members applaud Sam Thorp, Kevin Walker, Brandon Dutson, Brett McCurley, Rocky Deyette and Billy Ray in an Assembly meeting on Monday...

Neighbors Digest
Foundation accepts grant applications

David Ackerman
Juneau resident David A. Ackerman died April 18, 2007, in Juneau. He was 54.

My Turn: Coeur, you did it wrong
In response to Rick Richins' My Turn of April 16, I would like to set the facts straight. Coeur Alaska has not done it right. Here is why:

Outside editorials: Remembering Yeltsin
He loved his people, He did all he could, Remember his reforms & Yeltsin's highs and lows

My Turn: Legislature shouldn't confirm Bob Bell to the Board of Game
While answering a question about Ron Somerville's presence on the Board of Game during last fall's gubernatorial campaign, Gov. Sarah Palin noted that he brought balance to the board.

My Turn: Throwing good money after bad
Everybody knows that throwing good money after bad isn't smart, but state bureaucracy seems to operate on different rules.

My Turn: Time to act against climate change
With the latest report from the International Panel on Climate Change, there is no more pussy-footing around it; greenhouse gas emissions from human activity are creating ecological, economic and social challenges...

Alaska editorial: Legislators should scrutinize Palin's pipeline proposal
This editorial appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

Juneau boarders catch Big Air
The 12th Annual Big Air snowboarding contest in Haines drew one of its largest-ever crowds of participants and fans Sunday - and a Juneau boarder took top honors.

Juneau Parks and Recreation CoEd Volleyball Postseason Tournament Results
Final

Sports Digest
Joe Ayers leads B.C. past Wake Forest, Kids' Rotary Park Run canceled, Menzies wins first rifle match of the year, Sonics fire coach Hill, general manager Sund, FBI seeks author of threatening letters about cheer coverage & Manchester United wins in Champions League

2007 Track and Field State
Bests As of April 21

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.

Defending champs ahead for bears
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team's season kicks into high gear this weekend with a pair of big doubleheaders.

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

Native women face high sex assault rates
Sexual violence against indigenous women in the U.S. has reached stunningly high rates, in part because a lack of funding for law enforcement and health care workers allows perpetrators to "rape with impunity,"...

Cruise ship tax bill could cut $10 million from state revenue
A bill crafted to credit cruise ship passengers for local head taxes could subtract at least $10 million in rebates from an anticipated $46 million collected from Measure 2, which Alaska voters passed in August 2006.

Fairbanks area survey finds higher population
A survey counted nearly 97,000 people in the Fairbanks North Star Borough - a population about 10 percent higher than previously estimated.

Former aide to U.S. Rep. Don Young pleads guilty to accepting bribes
A former aide to U.S. Rep. Don Young pleaded guilty Tuesday to accepting tens of thousands of dollars in gifts from lobbyist Jack Abramoff in an influence-peddling scandal that has touched the White House, Interior Department and congressional Republicans.

Alaska Digest
Juneau man arrested in alleged burglary, Prosecutors: Mother knew she killed sons, Dillingham guide gets seven-year sentence

Iditarod awaits dog abuse report
Stan Hooley, dressed in a stylish chameleon green windbreaker, appeared tanned and relaxed in his office at the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race headquarters building.

Alaska Digest
Fuel-laden barge nearly runs aground, Airport environmental impact statement meeting scheduled, Mother begins trial for murder of sons & Man found guilty in tourist's death

Boy dies in Anchorage fire
One boy died and another was seriously injured Wednesday morning in a fire at a Fort Richardson four-plex, post officials said.

Lawmakers look over respective ethics bills
Judiciary Committee chairmen from the House and Senate met Tuesday and discussed how to proceed with respective ethics reform bills.

Friends rally to aid Nome representative
In 1991, the state representative from Nome was facing trial on federal gun charges. Six unregistered machines guns and a 50mm Soviet mortar were among the items found in Richard Foster's possession.

Russian, U.S. backers push tunnel across Bering Strait
For more than a century, entrepreneurs and engineers have dreamed of building a tunnel connecting the eastern and western hemispheres under the Bering Strait - only to be brought up short by war, revolution and politics.

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

Exxon ratchets up the heat in gas field fight
Exxon Mobil Corp. has ended cooperation with the state of Alaska on studying how much natural gas can be taken from a disputed North Slope gas field, upping the stakes in a battle that could help or hurt Gov. Sara Palin's ability to get the state a gas line.

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