Sunday, May 6, 2007

Building a new road, ferry terminal is irresponsible
I had a good laugh listening to the pro-road/retired Department of Transportation engineer group mucking it up about getting out of Juneau at a moment's notice.

There's better solution to problem than the grocery bag tax
The proposed grocery bag tax is nothing more then another way to get into everyone's wallet. The money collected will not go to cleaning up the problem.

Juneau should be proud of its fire training center
For the past several days, I have been in a marine fire-fighting class at the Hagevig Fire Training Center to complete the basic safety training required to work on Alaska Marine Highway System vessels.

Juneau merchants await first cruise ships of season
Today when the first cruise ship is sighted in Gastineau Channel, the merchants of South Franklin Street expect to be ready. They are excited for the first wave of an expected million passengers arrive in the state this season.

Ships in port today
Vision of the Seas, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Around Town

2006 Shopping center slaying: Trial set for 1st murder in 5 years
The man accused in 2006 of Juneau's first slaying in five years was a loner-type on the run from a similar gun crime near Las Vegas, according to court records.

Rolling it away
SAGA employees Natasha Heale and Wes Miller remove trash from a pond Saturday at Floyd Dryden Middle School as part of a Litter Free event.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials, and state police reports.

Faye Nell P. Forrest
Faye Nell P. Forrest died Feb. 17, 2007, at the Cordova Community Medical Center in Cordova. She was 80.

Joel Wayne Johnson
Juneau resident Joel Wayne Johnson died May 4, 2007, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home, where he had been living for almost four years. He was 97.

Toe Toon

My Turn: Auke Lake doesn't need a ban
Recently, the city's Lands Committee voted to ban motorized watercraft from Auke Lake on Sundays and Mondays until October. On Monday, the proposal will go before the Juneau Assembly.

My Turn: What's wrong with plastic?
The following are facts from Algalita Marine Research Foundation and other scientific organizations that study the effects of plastics on the marine environment:

Empire editorial: Eaglecrest is not the place for snowmobilers
The city should listen to snowmobilers' call for action. More than 90 snowmobilers have joined together and drawn up a proposal to gain access to more snowy slopes on Douglas Island.

Hunters learn tips for safe bear baiting at clinic
While some big game hunters may be satisfied to wait for fall to stalk quarry such as moose and caribou, an ever-increasing number of hunters are taking part in spring hunts for black bears.

Out & About
Today: Audubon Society Berners Bay cruise, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Don D. Statter Harbor below DeHart's. Boarding begins at 8:15 a.m. Tickets $40 for adults, $5 children under 12 at Hearthside Books.

Early spring on The Rock
Rain and wind were forecast, and the snow was still deep on parts of West Glacier Trail (along with way too many piles of digested dog dinners).

Fairbanks naturalist unsuccessful in search for ivory-billed woodpecker
This time, it was a cormorant that got Mark Ross' hopes up.

Outsiders: Tom Milliron
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

Sweet sound of fly fishing makes for music
Fly fishing may claim endless praises, but one aspect calls for a little more.I'm talking about the sound of it. It's a sport with its own music. Go on your own in silence to one of our local creeks, any of our smaller waters, and you can hear what I hear.

Off the hook, onto the plate
Trying to find a new way to serve your fresh-caught white king? Searching for new ideas on what to do with all those coho fillets you've stashed in the freezer?In the interest of creativity, the Empire rounded up a few recipes from Juneau's top fishermen and chefs.

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 Invitational Track and Field Meet Scores

Photo: Opening Day
Zyrian Lambe, 12, stays busy tossing a baseball as teams gather at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park for Little League Opening Day ceremonies on Saturday. Lambe plays for the Angels in the 10-12 age group.

Juneau defeats West Valley 10-0
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball varsity squad devastated West Valley High School 10-0 on Friday, scoring 5 runs in the second inning alone.

No Small Feat
The old adage states that records are made to be broken - rewriting the books seemed to be the theme for the 2007 Juneau Invitational Track and Field meet at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park in Juneau.

Judge releases current, former lawmakers on bail
With hands cuffed behind their backs, two former lawmakers and an acting representative were escorted into the courtroom on the ninth floor of the Federal Building in downtown Juneau over the course of Friday afternoon.

'A black day for the House'
A federal grand jury has indicted three current and former Alaska legislators, including former Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, R-Juneau, in connection with allegations of taking bribes from oil companies trying to influence the state's oil tax rates and development of a natural gas pipeline.

Indictment: Weyhrauch sought work with VECO
While the Alaska Legislature was discussing an oil tax bill worth billions to the state, federal prosecutors allege former Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, R-Juneau, called Bill Allen, CEO of VECO Corp., an oil field services company and influential player in state politics.

Legislative roundup

Unwanted sled dogs get dumped
Every year, as the snow begins to melt, the Fairbanks North Star Borough Animal Shelter experiences what has come to be known as the "the spring husky dump."

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