Thursday, May 3, 2007

Vegetarian's comments naive, shortsighted
Holly Adams' April 24 letter, "Stop eating meat for a better Earth," was interesting and made some good points; however, it was a bit shortsighted and naive in my opinion.

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.

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?

Gun control laws empower criminals
In response to Linda Cohen's April 25 letter, I would like to contradict a few of her statements.

Consider sales tax before revenue sharing
It blows me away that Anchorage, in anticipating municipal revenue sharing, would promise to give its residents "tax relief" payments.

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.

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.

We can't just drill our problems away
Alaska can't keep drilling away its oil problems, which are no longer a concern but a reality. It's not just the leaks or the fuss, but the constant "need" and striving for petroleum.

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.

NOAA moves into new research center
National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration officials were handed the keys to their new $51 million building at Lena Point this week and have begun moving in.

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.

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.

Around Town

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

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.

Business Digest
Resource Dataannounces new staff, Rainbow Foods' egg stance recognized, Airlift Northwestto be honored, New ferry service opens in Glacier Bay & $11 million available to small businesses

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.

Photo: Images from another time: 'The High Plains Drifter'
Former Democratic Gov. Steve Cowper poses in front of the Capitol for a cover photo for the Juneau Empire's 1987 legislative guide.

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

Around Town

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state police reported:

Photo: Cramming in the sunlight
Corin Hughes, a student from West Virginia, studies lines in a play Wednesday for his acting class under the watchful eye of a raven sculpture in the Egan Library courtyard at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Pets of the week
Pets with personality look for homes

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for delivering daffodils to Southeast

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

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

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

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: 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.

Alaska editorial: College-bound Alaskans should consider UA schools first
University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton makes a compelling pitch that when students are considering where to go to college they should take a look at the UA system.

Don't reject snowmachine use outright
Just when I thought our wonderful little community had fully focused all of its abilities and attentions on the panoply of controversial issues near and dear to us...

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.

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.

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.

Crimson Bears defeat Kayhi and West Valley
For a team with a grand total of two outdoor practices under its belt, the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team acquitted itself quite well Wednesday at Melvin Park.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Superior judge denies Exxon's appeal stay
A superior court judge on Tuesday denied Exxon Mobil Corp.'s request to delay the outcome of its appeal to regain leases from the Point Thomson fields.

Taku River barge information meeting today
A public information meeting is scheduled tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. on a mining company's proposal for hoverbarge transport of mineral concentrate and supplies on the Taku River, with transshipment through Juneau.

Alaska to review its oil and 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.

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
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This Day in History
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Alaska Digest
Governor travels to Fairbanks and Barrow, Glacier center open for summer hours, Selawik remainsa dry village & Charges dismissed in floatplane fatality

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.

State may use subpoena in fight over gas
Alaska state oil regulators say they want to work cooperatively with Exxon Mobil Corp. to determine how much natural gas can be taken from the disputed Point Thomson field on the North Slope.

BP admits to withholding documents
A top BP executive has acknowledged that the company withheld key documents last year from lawmakers who were investigating whether cost-cutting measures were a factor in the pipeline corrosion that caused Alaska's largest onshore oil spill.

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