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Monday, April 30, 2007

'Suicide road' would be a boost to Haines
I rode the ferry between Haines and Juneau back in December and counted seven major avalanches that had struck the beach on Lynn Canal between the Katzehin River and Berners Bay.

Weyhrauch integrity wrongfully impugned
The Juneau Empire is a disgrace. How dare the Empire allow one of Juneau's best and brightest public figures to have his integrity called into question in a leading story (April 23) about his disappearance and possible death?

No affordable housing sends youth packing
In an April 6 letter to the editor, Gordon Jackson points out the irony of developing a 7.5-acre piece of flat, dry land near public transit for storage units instead of housing.

Bible 'foibles' are not the whole story
Kray Van Kirk's treatise (My Turn on April 18) on the human foibles of the Bible was a cowardly cheap shot. Were Van Kirk intellectually honest, we should see follow-up essays on the inconsistencies of the Quran, Bhagavad Gita and the Book of Mormon.

All Juneau lawmakers care about is money
Did you read the paper on April 18? Did you get all warm and fuzzy when you read the sales pitch from Juneau lawmakers about how environmentally conscious they were regarding the harm caused by photo-degradable plastic bags?

Terrible deeds and Christianity
In his April 19 My Turn, "Christianity Is Not Hate Filled," the Rev. Tom Matthews writes about what he sees are sad misrepresentations of Christianity.

JDHS programs thank Parks and Recreation
The Juneau-Douglas High School Track and Field program and the JDHS Soccer program would like to thank city employee Jonathan Mollick and all of the other Parks and Recreation field maintenance employees who helped liberate the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park track and field from a record late-season snowpack.

Around Town

Second Season
Feeding off the best snow year on record, local skiers and boarders strive to keep the season going and going and going. Some folks talk as if winter had just arrived.

Legislative roundup

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

Senate passes February start for Legislature
The Alaska Senate Friday passed a package of regulations implementing a 90-day Legislative session, including a controversial change to convene in mid-February.

Around Town

Photo: Casting for Dollies
Chatham Miller, right, and his friend, Patrick Millay, both 12, fish for Dolly Varden on Sunday at the Douglas Boat Harbor.

Photo: Filling needs
George Briggs, executive director of The Glory Hole, creates a display of handmade bowls for the fundraising dinner "Empty Bowls," held Sunday night at Centennial Hall.

Police & Fire
Juneau fire and police official and state troopers reports.

State honors Juneau volunteers
Two Juneau residents were honored this month by Gov. Sarah Palin, winning awards for being among the state's Outstanding Volunteers of the Year.

Making beautiful music
Kate Guillemette plays the tuba Friday during rehearsal for the Hoonah High School Concert Band under the direction of Bob Hutton.

Photo: Springtime congregation
Thousands of surf scoters flock and feed together Sunday in the Gastineau Channel.

James Griffin
Former Juneau resident James William Griffin died on April 22, 2007 in Austin, Texas. He was 84.

Toe Toon

My turn: Give snowmobilers a chance to explain
Whether you currently support or oppose the Juneau Snowmobile Club's proposal for access at Eaglecrest Ski Area, I would encourage you to read our proposal before making a decision.

My turn: Turn the private sector loose
It astonishes me that Alaska's political pundits think it is up to the state to get a gasline. Government doesn't make private sector projects happen, the private sector does.

Alaska editorial: We should take seriously the promise of a loss in federal dollars
The state's congressional delegation has told Alaskans we'll have to be more self-reliant.

Earlier session makes sense for Alaskans
For many, summers in Alaska are about making money. The multimillion-dollar tourism and commercial fishing industries, which flourish in the summertime, are two big reasons legislators need to get to work sooner rather than later.

Elephant seal spotted in Homer
An elephant seal was recently spotted in Homer, the third consecutive year the animal has made an appearance at a Kenai Peninsula harbor. The latest seal has been named Sandy by her rescuers at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.

Guess who's coming to dinner
Bears stir from hibernation in mid-April, and they're already starting to prowl beaches, avalanche slopes and garbage cans search of food. They'll probably be coming soon to a neighborhood near you.

Deals offered to lure potential tourists to Alaska in spring
Two-for-one deals and other discounts are being offered at two of Alaska's most popular national parks in a pitch to get visitors to consider the land of the midnight sun in springtime.

About the birds and the fish - bees are another story
The robins are back. Soon they'll be nesting up in Sheep Creek valley, on the moraines near the Mendenhall Glacier, and in our backyards.

Outdoors Digest
Grateful Dogs of Juneau host study, New grant cycle given to snowmobile program

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities. To have your group included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

The early bird wants my breakfast
I woke up Friday morning to find a Steller's Jay staring at its own reflection in my living room window.

Outsiders: Bruce Bowler
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

King Salmon Classic closes season
The hockey season in Juneau came to a close Sunday as Fairbanks defeated Juneau's Island Pub 5-4 in the King Salmon Classic final at Treadwell Arena.

JDHS baseball strong in Sitka
Buoyed by a number of strong pitching performances, the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team won three of four games over the weekend at Sitka High School.

Crimson Bears girls team wins meet at the Palmer Relays
Bringing only 12 boys and 12 girls to the Palmer Relays over the weekend, the Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team planned to just have fun at the unique event.

Palmer Relays results

JDHS boys attack the flanks in pair of victories over East
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team shared the wealth over the weekend in two wins over East Anchorage High School.

Juneau Ski Club concludes its season with Eaglecrest Challenge
The Juneau Ski Club closed out its season on April 7-8 with the Eaglecrest Challenge.

JDHS softball team stays perfect with 13-1 win at Ketchikan High School
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team exploded for 10 runs in the fifth inning to defeat Ketchikan High School 13-1 on Friday.

Crimson Bears use defense to top West girls
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team continued to play shutdown defense with a pair of victories over the weekend.

Hoonah totem dedicated
Harry Sharclane, left, president of Alaska Native Brotherhood camp 12, stands with Herb Sheakley Sr., who carved the eagle and raven totem poles with his son, Sam Sheakley. The poles were dedicated Friday at the ANB Memorial Hall in Hoonah in memory of the ancestors' spirit guardian.

Anchorage residents work to clean up trashy remnants
The moldy mattresses must go. Ditto for the worn tires, dented hubcaps, used coffee cups, fast-food containers and plastic grocery bags. While Anchorage is postcard pretty in the summer, it's trashy in early spring when the snow melts to reveal a bad case of the uglies in Alaska's biggest city.

Alaska Digest
Serial Anchorage rapist sentenced, Tripod moves, Nenana Ice Classic ends, Robert Hale wants to change his plea.

BP speaks out against Palin gas line plan
Oil company BP PLC on Saturday made a strong public statement against Gov. Sarah Palin's gasline legislation in a hearing before state lawmakers.

Palin OKs maximum sentence for cops who kill
Gov. Sarah Palin signed into law Friday a mandated sentence for peace officers convicted of first-degree murder.

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

This Day in History
In Alaska, In the Nation, and In the World

Alaska Digest
Fort Richardson soldier killed in Iraq, Judge nixes permit for herbicide plan, Ex-UAF player gets 8-month sentence & Trial begins in manslaughter case

Politicians question polar bear protection
A proposal to list polar bears as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act has Alaska politicians seeing green, as in the color of money that could be lost if a bear recovery plan hinders the state's resource development.

'Jeopardy!' seeks trivia expertise in Alaska
This quiz show rolled through Anchorage in a gaudy blue bus this weekend, stumping hundreds of test-takers.

Fed plan proposes expansion of oil and gas drilling in Alaska, elsewhere
The Interior Department has put the final touches on a five-year plan to expand oil and gas drilling offshore from Alaska and Virginia and in the Gulf of Mexico.

Author creates alternate Southeast Alaska reality in new book
A wartime proposal to turn Southeast Alaska into a sanctuary for Jews fleeing the rising Nazi menace failed.

Replacement sought for indicted regent
The process already was under way to replace University of Alaska Regent Jim Hayes by the time he announced his resignation, a spokeswoman for Gov. Sarah Palin said Friday.

North Pole toddler calls 911 after his mother collapses
A toddler knew to call 911 when his mother collapsed and lost consciousness, thanks to a children's book his grandmother had sent several months earlier.

Firm seeks new way to fly in Southeast
A company proposing to launch a new type of transportation service in Southeast Alaska is back on track with a new vehicle.

Climbing partner says knot may have prevented death
A safety knot might have prevented the death of a woman rappelling down a mountain in Denali National Park and Preserve, her climbing partner said.

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