Wednesday, May 9, 2007

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Preach until people understand tolerance
This is in response to the Rev. Tom Matthews of Douglas Island Bible Church, who wrote "Christianity is not hate-filled" on April 19.

Garbage report from the roadside
My self-appointed chore for Clean-Up Day was the one-mile stretch of North Douglas Highway before the boat launch. I learned a lot about the buying habits of those who toss or let their garbage blow away.

State should invest in our kids' learning
The school year is nearly over as the Legislature deliberates the funding levels that will affect our children next year.

How about asking a different question?
After the initial hearing on Senate Bill 118, the Juneau Empire published a couple of letters regarding the "idiocy" of the bill.

Let's keep Rep. Don Young in office
Rebecca Braun has come out of hibernation to express her liberal views (May 1 Juneau Empire).

Get serious about affordable housing
I want to thank the dozens of people who called and e-mailed me about the letter I wrote about affordable housing (April 6).

Photo: Exploring Juneau
Cruise ship passengers from the Ryndam disembark at the Alaska Steamship Dock on Tuesday to start their shore excursions in Juneau.

Shopping center slaying: Judge rules that Coday was legally arrested
A judge on Monday denied defense claims that Jason Coday was illegally arrested after the slaying of Simone Kim in 2006.

Around Town

Wetherell named Empire circulation director
Roger Wetherell has been named circulation director and manager of mailroom operations for the Juneau Empire.

Ships in port today

Around Town

Motorized boats to stay on lake
Following three hours of public testimony Monday, the Juneau Assembly voted against restricting motorized boat use Sundays and Mondays on Auke Lake.

Photo: A scene out of Twain
Brenda Petaja, left, and Roz Cruise scrub the white picket fence Tuesday in front of the Governor's Mansion.

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

Police & Fire
State police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Correction

Ships in port today

Shopping center slaying: Jury selection to enter its second day
Jury selection began Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of Jason Coday. Superior Court Judge Michael Thompson called a recess four seats shy of a full jury and ordered screening to continue.

Photo: Taking the pledge
Gov. Sarah Palin speaks to a group of AmeriCorps members after she administered the AmeriCorps pledge Tuesday during a ceremony on the steps of the Capitol.

Recognitions

Thomas and Fillible to wed
Betsy Thomas, formerly of Reading, Pa., and Joshua Fillible, formerly of Sheridan, Ore., will marry in a traditional Indian ceremony at 3 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2007, at the Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau.

Pets of the week
Denni, Scooter: Pets with spunk

Mawr and Snodgrass to wed
Zeela Jae Bryn Mawr, of Battle Creek, Mich., and Jeffry Scott "Scottie" Snodgrass, of Shawnee, Okla., will be married at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2007...

God's truth has higher aspirations
On April 22, my loving mother celebrated her 98th birthday in Birmingham, Ala. Mother can still play much of the piano repertoire she memorized in her earlier years of life. She still plays Beethoven's Sonata Pathetique from memory.

Photo: Fighting for the future
At a recent potluck gathering in Juneau, the staff and board of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council honored Rosa Miller, center, by granting her the Dixie Baade Award and an accompanying gift, a painting of "Spirit Mountain" (Lions Head) by Juneau artist Arnie Weimer.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for: 15 years of support for science, Contributing to our spring concert, The big hearts of Juneau, Southeast, Volunteering for the Girl Scouts, Taking part in Wheels Rolling, 33rd annual Alaska Folk Festival thank..., Congratulations to Thomas on retirement

Photo: Girls' garage sale for Gastineau Humane Society
From left, Torina Olsen, Bethany Carlile, Tessa Smith and Valarie Skelton pose with recently adopted pup, Raven, on April 21 in the Gastineau Humane Society Meet and Greet Room.

Photos: Native graduation
All Nations Children dance group performed Saturday at the annual Wooch.een Native graduation celebration in the University of Alaska Southeast Egan Library.

Neighbors Digest
Foraker Group holds workshop today & School Nurse Daycelebrated today

An indelible tie in the first minute of life
My daughter was born precisely one minute before another woman died.

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Ebba Goodwin
Former Juneau resident Ebba Goodwin died Jan. 1, 2007, peacefully at her home in Seattle. She was 97.

Edna S. Ettinger
Former Juneau resident Edna S. Ettinger (Nauska) died April 27, 2007, in Juneau. She was 33.

Eileen Thelma Milnes
Longtime Juneau resident Eileen Thelma Milnes died April 30 in her home, surrounded by her loving family, after a brief battle with lung cancer. She was 76.

Lotus Jean Pasternak
Juneau resident Lotus Jean Pasternak died May 5, 2007, at the Juneau Pioneer Home. She was 94.

My Turn: Marriage is under attack
People of Alaska are being deceived by the homosexual's family benefits claims. The entire issue of family benefits is in fact a strategy designed to reverse or render mute the amendment we voted into the Alaska Constitution protecting the institution of marriage.

Stick with the facts
A reader supplied us this cynical lead: "It appears we have appointed our worst generals to command forces, and our most gifted and brilliant to edit newspapers," Robert E. Lee, 1863.

Outside editorial: Remebering a man who reached for the skies
Back when space exploration was still a breathtakingly thrilling endeavor in the popular mind and America's astronauts were the most valorous of public heroes - back, we mean, before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon and we all got blase about these things...

Taking the 'usual' out of state politics
The issue of ethics in government seems to live in a never-ending cycle of reform and new transgressions that require more reform.

Alaska editorial: Passing feel-good laws makes no sense
There seemingly is a stampede to fix the law whenever a particularly shocking or heinous crime is committed, even if the new, improved law seems somehow superfluous.

Outside editorial: Bush needs to face reality that compromise must be part of his Iraq War strategy
At least they're talking. After congressional Democrats passed a troop withdrawal timetable for Iraq - which was promptly vetoed by President Bush - both sides have settled into talks, in which the president for once seems open to a deal...

My Turn: No easy solutions with guns
Events such as Virginia Tech always raise the question of more limitations on firearm access.

Eaglecrest Road Race Results

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.

Magnificent Mud Puddle Meet Results

Juneau racks up the medals
The Juneau Tornados Wrestling Club brought back plenty of medals from the Alaska/USA Greco Roman and Freestyle State Championships in Wasilla on May 4-5.

Fishing report: King salmon continue to move through the area, though it might take a while to catch one
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported Monday that king salmon have moved into local waters and are being caught at the traditional fishing spots.

House sticks with ocean ranger program
House lawmakers Tuesday rejected a plan that would have altered the job requirements for ocean rangers on board cruise ships to monitor pollution controls.

Alaska Digest
Communities would share in revenues under Senate bill, SAIL office closes to help with Twin Lakes playground, SEARHC vice president honored by American Hospital Association & Shotgun slug fired through wall injures Anchorage woman

Alaska House fails to move same-sex benefits amendment
The Alaska House on Monday failed to pass a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow voters the chance to deny court-ordered benefits for same-sex partners of public employees.

Legislators want special session
Last year a bitterly divided Alaska Legislature fought through several regular and special sessions to create a new oil production tax plan and develop a natural gas pipeline.

Indicted Wasilla legislator loses chairmanship
The Alaska House of Representatives on Monday removed Rep. Vic Kohring, R-Wasilla, from his chairmanship of the Special Committee on Oil and Gas, which he has held since 2003.

This Day in History
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Senate Finance Committee may review ethics bill today
The Legislature took another step toward sweeping ethics reform on Monday when the Senate Judiciary Committee approved an amended version of the House's bill.

Alaska Digest
Governor to address Native Issues Forum, School in runningfor library makeover, State investigates lead levels of rifle team, & Governor announces regent appointment

VECO papers suggest more to come
The complaints against two top executives of politically powerful VECO Corp., who pleaded guilty to felonies Monday, suggest that further charges may be filed against unidentified public officials.

Kohring rejects calls to step down
State Rep. Vic Kohring, R-Wasilla, Tuesday rejected calls for his resignation from Gov. Sarah Palin and some Democratic legislators.

Photo: House discussion
Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Wasilla, center, holds a copy of an amendment to House Bill 111, a measure to decrease the cost of a business license...

Special gas line 'working group' quickly disbands
A House and Senate "working group" of legislators who met in private to discuss natural gas pipeline legislation was disbanded amid criticism the same day its existence was announced.

VECO execs plead guilty to bribery
Two top officers of an oil services company pleaded guilty Monday to bribing Alaska lawmakers with cash and the promise of jobs, contracts and favors for their backing on bills supported by the multinational firm.

Couple photographs bear killing moose
Odd sounds outside their home woke Gary and Terri Lyon early Sunday morning, so Gary got up to check it out. He thought there might be a bear scavenging their garbage.

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