Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Best Sellers

Sit down! Was that performance worth it?
Recently, when I attended some cultural events around Juneau, something again was brought to my attention: standing ovations. Many, or even most, Juneau cultural event-goers seem to be big fans of the standing ovation.

Truncated story ends on a biased remark
I am a resident of both Juneau and Jerusalem. I would like to comment on The Associated Press story about Gillian Laub's book of photographs, published in the April 20 Juneau Empire.

Recent votes send a negative message
If the vote to have our Legislature review and possibly rewrite some of the Alaska Constitution was not one geared toward showing extreme bias and disgust to those in same-sex relationships, then what was it?

A good excuse to buy a Mustang
Regarding snow machines at Eaglecrest Ski Area, I say go for it. After all, the city felt it was OK to turn one of Juneau's placid, gem-like lakes into a circus field for jet skis, right?

New playground is designed for everyone
I want to clarify any questions people may have regarding the blurb in the Neighbors section on April 18. It was stated in the article about the Nylan family art auction that we have a disabled children's section at the new playground that is being built at Twin Lakes.

Some legislators need a civics lesson
We live in a democratic republic. That means we regularly elect representatives to do the day-to-day business of passing laws and legislation on our behalf.

A joy to work under talented conductors
Your April 23 front-page photo of Juneau Symphony conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett and Bruce Simonson identifies Simonson as a member of the Juneau Symphony Chorus, which indeed he is...

People need to step up and be heroes
I am writing in response to the article, "Gunman kills 32 at Virginia campus," dated April 17. I believe people are just not being brave enough.

Return of the Kings
The 11th Annual Spring King Salmon Derby kicks off today with $14,000 in cash prize money and thousands more in gifts.

Juneau man indicted on child pornography charges
A Juneau man was indicted last week on charges of transportation, distribution, attempted receipt and possession of child pornography.

Around Town

Photo: A day to honor wounded veterans
Gov. Sarah Palin speaks Tuesday on the steps of the Capitol after signing a proclamation to declare Silver Star Day.

House committee supports Coeur's Kensington plan
The House Resources Committee passed a resolution Monday supporting Coeur Alaska's tailings plan for the Kensington Mine north of Juneau, encouraging an appeal to the nation's highest court if need be.

Report: Juneau will get warmer, wetter
Juneau's climate will become warmer and wetter in years to come, according to a report presented Monday to the city's Committee of the Whole.

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

Conoco joins in rejection of gas plan
One of Alaska's major oil companies told a Senate committee Monday that it won't be participating in Gov. Sarah Palin's competitive gas pipeline process.

Photo: Taking flight
A bald eagle takes flight Monday from a tree near Thane Road.

Around Town

Photo: Spring cleaning for summer tourism
Joe Nava III, a harbor officer, power washes steps on Monday near the downtown Juneau Library parking garage.

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

Snowmobile plan sparks fierce debate
Impassioned opponents of a proposal to create snowmachine corridors at Eaglecrest Ski Area heavily outnumbered supporters during a Tuesday public hearing that had a last-minute change of venue to accommodate interest.

Photo: Flurry of support
Rep. Richard Foster, D-Nome, answers questions during an interview April 3 in his office in Juneau.

Alaska gas pipeline battle heats up
Alaska's third major oil company appeared before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday and joined in panning Gov. Sarah Palin's Alaska Gasline Inducement Act.

Photo: Finishing touches
Juneau artist Dan DeRoux touches up Bill Ray's mural "Raven Discovering Mankind in a Clam Shell" on Tuesday at City Hall.

School District prepares for budget shortfall
If the current state education funding proposal passes the Alaska Legislature, the Juneau School District will face a $1.4 million budget shortfall during the 2008 school year.

Photo: Miss Tlingit Haida
Markel Wallace, of Saxman, poses on April 20 after winning the Miss Tlingit and Haida pageant at the Nolan Center in Wrangell.

Recognitions
Floyd Dryden Middle School announces its third-quarter honor roll students.

Neighbors Digest
Tabachnick starts five-day healing, meditation workshop Thursday

Cat talk: Start with 'Prrrp'
Cats talk. What's more, they are bilingual, speaking one language among themselves and another to us.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for delivering daffodils to Southeast

Hulk celebrates 90th birthday
Juneau pioneer Barbara (Grove) Hulk celebrated her 90th birthday on April 29 by treating family and friends from far and near to a sightseeing tour on the Four Seasons Marine MV Admiralty Wind from Auke Bay.

Pets of the week
Pets with personality look for homes

Brooks and Lilly to wed
Beatrice Brooks, of Juneau, and Joe Lilly, of Murphys, Calif., will marry around 5 p.m. on May 5, 2007, at Eaglecrest Lodge.

Dennis Charles Clark
Former Juneau resident Dennis Charles Clark died April 26, 2007, in Eugene, Ore. He was 46.

Clara Davies
Longtime Juneau resident Clara E. Davies died March 5, 2007. She was 87.

Patricia Ann Erfurt
Juneau resident Patricia Ann (Nauska) Erfurt died April 23, 2007, in Juneau. She was 36.

Rosemary Weller
Juneau resident Rosemary Weller died April 28, 2007, in Juneau. She was 65.

Joe Glenn Shaw
Former Juneau resident Joe Glenn Shaw, of Waynesboro, Tenn., died April 29, 2007, at his residence. He was 72.

Outside editorial: FDA needs more inspectors
The recent pet food recalls have put the Food and Drug Administration squarely in the spotlight. Oversight covers products not just consumed by pets, but which end up on our dinner tables.

Don Young should go
As far as I'm concerned, the day we dump Don Young can't come soon enough.

Outside editorial: Strong laws could help ensure there's fair pay
Four decades after the women's liberation movement demanded equal pay for equal work, a new report has found that gender still largely determines what people get paid.

Outside editorial: Battle over war funding rightly takes center stage
Just months after taking control of Congress on a surge of antiwar feeling, Democrats have forced a showdown with President Bush over the Iraq War.

My Turn: $1 billion for K-12 schools begins the journey to adequate funding
The old adage says you don't look a gift horse in the mouth. Days ago the Alaska Legislature passed Senate Bill 61, putting $1 billion (that's with a B) of excess revenues into the Public Education Fund.

My Turn: Wish me luck
This week marks a special anniversary for me: It has been one year since I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and had to have my prostate gland removed.

My Turn: Qualified to serve
I read Bill Sherwonit's My Turn in Thursday's Juneau Empire, regarding my service on the Alaska Board of Game. Once again, he attacks me with misinformation and outright falsehoods.

Juneau to host state soccer tournament
Juneau is slated to host a high school state championship for the first time since the 1980s.

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.

Alaska Digest
Fire alarm triggered at Governor's Mansion, City seeks planning comment in survey, Rally to recognize wounded soldiers, Rally for National Day of Prayer set, Carbon limits bond measure fails & Army identifies soldier killed in Iraq

Congress looks into BP foul-ups on pipeline
Congressional leaders are looking for answers to e-mails and other documents that suggest concerns about BP's costs might have led to pipeline corrosion and leaks last year at the Prudhoe Bay oil field.

Mining company seeks gold permits
A Canadian mining company is seeking state permits for a two-year underground exploration program for gold and other minerals at Moira Sound on Prince of Wales Island.

Alaska to review condition of oil, gas facilities
Gov. Sarah Palin said Tuesday the state will spend the next three years assessing the condition of Alaska's oil and gas facilities.

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

House balks at later start date
The Alaska House on Tuesday questioned the wisdom of changes that were made in the Senate to the 90-day session bill.

Ex-soldier charged in murder case
A grand jury has indicted a former Fort Richardson soldier in the death of a woman 14 years ago, authorities said Monday.

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

Government expands offshore drilling
The Interior Department announced a major expansion of offshore oil and gas development Monday with proposed lease sales covering 48 million new acres off Alaska, in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and in the central Atlantic off Virginia.

Alaska Digest
No injuries reported in Juneau trailer fire, Woman shoots self at Auke Village, Governor approves trust for housing, Ice game brings in 22 correct guesses & New regent to come from Fairbanks

BP chief resigns amid allegations
BP's Chief Executive John Browne resigned Tuesday, hours after a judge allowed a newspaper to publish allegations from a former boyfriend that the executive misused company resources.

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