Sunday, May 13, 2007

Bruce Weyhrauch is innocent
The U.S. Attorney has it all wrong. Bruce Weyhrauch is innocent. Juneau is fortunate to have him as a neighbor. He gives more to this community than anyone would ever know. He is an honest caring man with a wonderful family.

Thanks to all the road users
Spring is springing, and I would like to offer a simple "thank you" to those who use our local roads, notably motorists and cyclists, but also roadside residents. I drive an automobile, as well as ride a bike, and have the following thanks to offer the groups.

Adjust attitudes before casting stones
This is in response to Mr. Shakespeare's May 8 "My Turn." The Bible states let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Why are you trying remove a splinter from your neighbors eye when you have a log in your own?

State conflicts data difficult to track down
One of Alaska's checks on conflict of interest among legislators is disclosure, both before they vote and in filings with the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

Photo: Food drive
Demetrio Abad, a Juneau letter carrier, unloads food he and other carriers collected Saturday during the 'Stamp Out Hunger' food drive. Letter carriers around the country participated in the 15th annual mailbox food drive.

Coday prosecution reveals DNA evidence
The prosecution in the Jason Coday murder trial rested its case Friday after posing a final question to an expert witness: What are the odds that DNA from the trigger of the murder weapon wrongfully identifies Coday?

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

Around Town

Photo: Polished presentation
Tim Smith of Florence, Ore., cleans a tire on his 1932 Roadster, which has been customized to hold two 454 Big Block Chevy engines. The seventh annual Custom, Classic and Antique Auto and Cycle show was held Friday through today at Centennial Hall.

Photo: Discovering Museum Day
Ashleigh Barney, left, and Katie Boerem look at the bald eagle exhibit Saturday at the Alaska State Museum during Museum Day.

Conflicts of interest
Numerous Legislators are tied to businesses that are impacted by legislation. When questioned about it, many of them say they can do what's best for the state despite what they acknowledge as conflicts of interest.

Lawmakers disclose conflicts of interest, but vote anyway
A funny thing happened to Rep. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, one day on the floor of the House of Representatives. The subject of taxing the oil industry came up during discussion of a program that taxes the oil industry for spill response and prevention.

Furman Marshall
A graveside service for Juneau residents Furman Thomas Marshall, who died Dec. 6, 2006, and Lillian Marshall, who died June 4, 2006, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Alaska Memorial Park.

Luisa Stoughton
Longtime Juneau resident Luisa Stoughton lost a 15-year struggle with breast cancer on May 4, 2007, at her oceanside home in Juneau, surrounded by family, friends and her dog Killik. She was 60.

John C. Hawk
Kake resident John C. Hawk died May 7, 2007, in Seattle, Wash. He was 51.

Empire editorial: Mother's Day: It's not just cards and flowers
Contrary to current, cynical wisdom, Mother's Day wasn't invented by greeting card companies looking to make a buck.

My turn: The Big BOPPER vs. Alaska
The Big BOPPER (Bellicose Oil Producers Publicizing Exaggerated Rhetoric) is back, cranking out the same old tune - a tune that flopped during the Murkowski Administration and the 2006 legislature.

Toe Toon

Outsiders: Sharon Burns
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

A day in the life of a moose
Biologist Stacy Crouse stood a few dozen yards from the big cow moose and her calf, scrutinizing their activity through binoculars. Without taking her eyes off her subject, she repeated one word over and over.

Exploring Chugach National Forest just got easier
For nearly 100 years, the Chugach National Forest has remained a dramatic backdrop in Southcentral Alaska - the stepping-off point for boating Prince William Sound or hiking the Kenai Peninsula.

Wild times at Berners Bay
Berners Bay looked like a circus last weekend.Instead of a big top and grandstands, we had mist-shrouded mountains and sunlight cutting through rain. Our fireworks were streaks of black and white: dive-bombing arctic terns, mew gulls, squadrons of scoters.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities. To have your group included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Southeast rumble
Willie Hayward from Metlakatla, left, lands a left hook on Julio Paulino from Anchorage in the Southeast Showdown on Friday at Marlintini's Lounge. Look in Monday's edition for a rundown of the boxing action.

Juneau-Douglas picks up one win in four games
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team played strong defense but came up with just one win during its four-game series in Anchorage.

JDHS softball off to state
After playing eight games in four days in three different cities, the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team headed home Saturday evening with a state tournament berth in tow.

SPRING KING SALMON DERBY STANDINGS
SPRING KING SALMON DERBY STANDINGS

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 wins final regular season meet
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls track and field teams each won their final meet of the season prior to next weekend's Region V championships.

Crimson Bears boys soccer closes Anchorage trip with two shutouts
Despite winning three games in four days in Anchorage, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team still has plenty of work to do.

Omnibus crime bill on the move
Police in Alaska would be required to collect a DNA sample from adults arrested for a felony or a crime against another person in a bill that is being hurried through the Alaska Legislature in the last days of session.

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

School funding measure pops up in state Senate
A proposal to fund Alaska's public schools appeared late Saturday in the Senate Finance Committee just four days shy of the end of the legislative session.

Legislature OKs Palin's gas line act
Both houses of the Alaska Legislature worked through the weekend, finalizing legislation to adopt the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act after nearly unanimous votes Friday in the Senate and House of Representatives in favor of the bill designed to bring a natural gas pipeline to Alaska.

Ethics law passes Legislature
A broad-ranging ethics reform package is ready for Gov. Sarah Palin's signature.

Day care teacher sent to jail for spanking
A former child care provider who spanked a 4-year-old girl and left bruises was sentenced to three days in jail.

Senate passes capital budget
The Alaska Senate on Friday tentatively approved spending $1.6 billion on capital projects in the next budget year, including about $460 million from the state treasury.

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