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Monday, May 14, 2007

Empress of the North photo collection

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.

Let's back each other on snowmobile issue
First off, I would like to thank Ray Howard for speaking at the public hearing at Centennial Hall, and to thank the Juneau Snowmobile Club for all the work they have done on trails and building parking lots for all user groups.

Swap's description of Democrats is offensive
I should not rise to Ralph Swap's bait ("Let's Keep Don Young in Office," May 8), but I find his description of the Alaska Democratic Party offensive.

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.

Marriage is under attack; call out guard
Oh my goodness gracious, call out the guard, marriage is under attack. Bleeding traditions everywhere you look and savage demands of equality committed with reckless abandon by homosexuals across the nation.

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?

School nurse honored by state
Gastineau Elementary School Nurse Janet Capito was working after school one day when she was asked to check on a little boy.

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.

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

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?

Education funding stalls in Legislature
With just four days left in a four-month legislative session, no solution is in sight on K-12 education funding.

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.

Around Town

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.

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.

Around Town
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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.

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

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.

Photo: Nice to be appreciated
Deanna Ewing and her 3-year-old daughter, Luna, look at a sea urchin and scallop in a water touch tank Saturday at the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.

Muñoz receives $25,000 art award
Last summer, Juneau artist Rie Muñoz spent a "pile of money" to house-sit and sketch in Dutch Harbor and Unalaska. The next time she decides to take one of her long journeys for ideas, the acclaimed watercolorist won't have to worry about the cost of her ticket.

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

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.

My turn: When is it OK to oppress a minority?
I can't help but notice that whenever people talk about denying others' rights, they often send letters to the paper or talk on TV about how majority rule, or "democracy," is the ideal upon which our country is founded upon.

My turn: Every citizen has a right to the pursuit of happiness
This is in response to the May 8th My Turn article by Michael Shakespeare.

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

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.

Alaska editorial: News-Miner presents four 'must-haves' to a gas line
Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Irwin is right when he says regarding Gov. Sarah Palin's plan to bring about the North Slope natural gas pipeline, "Anyone else have an idea?"

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Spring King Salmon Derby standings

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.

Paulino takes heavyweight title
Roughhouse Friday ended the season this weekend with the 2007 Southeast Showdown at Marlintini's Lounge. The showdown featured 13 fights over two nights with boxers from Anchorage, Sitka, Ketchikan and Juneau taking home the coveted title belts.

Nugget Alaskan Outfitters Lena Loop Race results

SPRING KING SALMON DERBY STANDINGS
SPRING KING SALMON DERBY STANDINGS

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.

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.

Photo: Sunday ride for Mom
Six competitors race Sunday on Douglas Highway during the Mother's Day bike race sponsored by the Juneau Freewheelers.

Juneau baseball splits series
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team sits in second place in the Southeast Conference after going 2-2 in Sitka last weekend.

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 take two from POW
The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity softball team swept a doubleheader from Prince of Wales High School on Sunday at Melvin Park.

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.

Hatchery salmon fed tainted food
Millions of Alaska hatchery salmon were fed food contaminated with the same substance behind a massive pet food recall across the country.

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.

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.

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

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

Legislative roundup

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.

Alaska Digest
BP denies budget pressures led to cuts and Corrections officials downsize prison plan

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.

Alaska lawmakers hit home stretch in final days of session
It's called "hurry up and wait," buzz words circulating the capitol halls Sunday to describe the final push for new laws - and with just three days left in the legislative session.

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.

Fire knocks interior resort's power off-line
The Chena Hot Springs Resort's geothermal power plant was knocked out by a weekend fire ignited by welding sparks.

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

Recall petition to target Kohring
State Rep. Vic Kohring, one of the lawmakers indicted in Alaska's bribery scandal, is the target of a recall effort planned by a Wasilla councilman.

Alaska villagers brace for increase in mail rates
The new U.S. Postal Service rates that go into effect Monday have people living in Alaska's remotest villages worried about more than just paying 2 cents more for a stamp.

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