Monday, May 7, 2007

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.

Not the bags' fault; litterers are problem
I appreciated Graham G. Storey's arguments against the 15-cent bag tax (April 27 Juneau Empire). The problem with plastic shopping bags is not the bags themselves but the litterers, and isn't littering in general a problem?

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.

Measure would ban personal watercraft
I object when a small, elitist group makes decisions that will ultimately effect everyone in our community. This might happen at tonight's Assembly meeting.

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.

Shopping center slaying: Defense claims man's arrest 'illegal'
When police searched the hills behind Fred Meyer following the shooting death of Simone Yung Kim in 2006, they found a man in a black jacket.

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.

Who we Are: Angler gains mystique after winning salmon derby
Longtime king salmon fisherman Buddy Soriano looked over the rocks and into the waters of False Outer Point on Friday as an angler approached him.

Around Town

Navy officer pleads guilty in abuse case
A U.S. Navy commander stationed in Juneau is headed for prison after pleading guilty to attempted sexual abuse of a minor.

Photo: 'George Rogers Appreciation Day'
George Rogers, seated, talks with Dave Hunsaker during Rogers' 90th birthday party Saturday at the Cathedral Parish Hall.

Photo: Another face in the crowd
Sandra Galeana shows off her love for "Star Wars" on Sunday during the University of Alaska Southeast's 36th Commencement Ceremony at the Gamble-Sperl Recreation Center.

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

Around Town

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.

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

Photo: First visitors of the season
Passengers from the Vision of the Seas line up for tours Sunday, the first day of the cruise ship season, in front of the Mount Roberts Tramway.

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

Ships in port today
Oosterdam, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

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.

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.

My Turn: Thwarted by eagles
It's been nearly three decades since a dinky little sawmill in a dinky little town was forced out of business, taking with it most of the town's jobs.

Alaska editorial: Young should answer questions about aide
The scandal at Rep. Don Young's House Transportation Committee has crept closer to his feet, but he continues to stonewall questions about his role in it.

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:

Toe Toon

Alaska editorial: Subsistence priority shouldn't be based on Alaska ZIP codes
One of the great weaknesses of the subsistence rules laid out in Title VIII of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act is the idea of a "rural" subsistence priority.

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.

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: Article misses the point of snowmobile meeting
Brittany Retherford has written some great articles in the past for the Juneau Empire, but she totally missed the point of the snowmobile meeting on May 1.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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 Invitational Track and Field Meet Scores

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.

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.

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.

Postal changes worry residents of tiny village near Denali park
A retired postmaster and a soon to be retired post office building in Lake Minchumina have led the United States Postal Service to re-examine mail operations in the tiny village near Denali National Park and Preserve.

Legislative roundup

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

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

Lawmakers OK retirement help for cities
The state Senate has passed legislation to help municipalities and school districts pay their retirement costs while assigning the burden of tackling a multibillion dollar unfunded liability in the retirement system to the state.

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.

State falls short of kills in wolf control program
The state is far from meeting its goal in its aerial wolf-kill program that ended April 30.

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.

'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.

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."

Northwest Digest
Palin calls indictments 'a sad day for Alaska', Trooper arrested on sexual assault charge, Mount Rainier park reopens after floods & Greens take new poke at public-lands grazing

Tour operators sue state over ship initiative
A group of Alaska tour operators have filed suit against the state of Alaska claiming a provision in the cruise ship initiative passed by voters last year violates their rights.

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