Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Empress of the North photo collection

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.

The ends do not justify the means
I could not in good conscience read Ralph Swap's letter in the May 8 Juneau Empire, which says "Rebecca Braun has come out of hibernation to express her liberal views," and not respond.

Haines could have capitalized on eagles
Sure it's too bad the town of Haines died trying to save the eagles, but aren't there more towns, more people?

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.

Statesmen have not vanished completely
This is in response to Michael Lavering's May 4 letter, "Where have all the statesmen gone?"

Around Town
Today

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.

Around Town

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.

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

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: 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.

Cruise ship runs aground
The 360-foot Empress of the North started listing when it ran aground near Icy Strait on Monday, but passengers Linda and Jack Starn kept calm.

Capitol awaits education funding
The House Finance Committee adopted an education plan late Sunday night, though they waited all day before going into session after 11:30 p.m.

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

Gov. Palin appoints new ferry advisers
Gov. Sarah Palin on Monday appointed new membership for the Marine Transportation Advisory Board, with strong representation for Juneau and Southeast business interests.

Jury deliberates in Coday murder trial
Moments after court began Monday, defense attorney David Seid rested his case in the Jason Coday murder trial without calling a witness or offering evidence.

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Thomas Jon Dreyer
Former Juneau resident Thomas Jon Dreyer died May 10, 2007, in Atascadero, Calif. He was 66.

Alaska editorial: Alaska can do more to promote tourism
Ketchikan's tourism is just as fragile as the timber industry if we don't do our part to maintain it.

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?"

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.

Palin's troubling choice
Gov. Sarah Palin made a troubling choice when she chose economic development over democracy in her top-priority gas pipeline legislation.

My Turn: It's all about powder anyway
The comments I've read from Eaglecrest Ski Area supporters make me feel as if I'm reading arguments by mudslinging politicians or perhaps middle school students. Do we really need another issue in Juneau to divide our community?

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.

Nugget Alaskan Outfitters Lena Loop Race results

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.

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.

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.

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.

Legislative roundup

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.

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

Photo: Elephant assistance
Maggie the elephant pushes a ball Monday in her enclosure at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage.

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.

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.

Wells justify keeping Point Thomson, oil companies say
Major oil companies hope seven old wells drilled on the Point Thomson oil and gas field will allow them to keep leases the state is trying to take back because of a lack of development.

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

Photo: Lord guilty in sons' deaths
Kacie Carlson, right, who was the girlfriend of Michael Lord, is hugged by her mother, Laura Carlson, on Monday in an Anchorage courtroom after Cynthia Lord was found guilty but mentally ill in the shooting deaths of her sons.

Alaska Digest
Elephant's ordeal renews zoo criticism, $1.78 billion capital budget passes House & Pipeline maintenance legislation stalls

This Day in History
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