Wednesday, May 16, 2007

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

Motorists, cyclists, be careful out there
The Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club would like to remind riders and motorists alike that we would like to have a safe, responsible, friendly and fun cycling year.

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.

Whatever happened to customer service?
On a recent Friday, I realized we needed electrical wiring work done at our home. After consulting the Yellow Pages, I called four businesses.

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?

Time to revisit oil production tax, ethics
The unfolding VECO scandal deeply troubles me. Although I have always tried to live by the biblical injunction to "judge not" and by our constitutional right of the presumption of innocence, the more I read, the more troubled I become.

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.

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.

'Major' probe begins on ship grounding
The 360-foot cruise ship that ran aground near Icy Strait on Monday was equipped with an electronic chart and a voyage data recorder that will reveal her location, speed, course, and conversations of the crew at the time of the accident, federal officials said Tuesday.

Juneau Digest
Miners Mercantile issued temporary permit to stay open, Lawmakers inching toward adjournment & Palin announces new transportation board

Around Town

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

Photo: Project Playground under way
Corinne Conlon uses a router Tuesday to build steps for the Twin Lakes playground. The volunteer project to build a community playground began this week.

Around Town

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.

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.

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

Oil companies likely to get tax deductions for pipeline corrosion
Alaska's powerful oil companies hoped to kill a bill denying them the right to tax deductions for the costs of repairing negligently maintained infrastructure on the North Slope.

Coday found guilty, attacks his attorney
Jason Coday, convicted of first-degree murder Tuesday in the shooting of Anchorage contractor Simone Kim, attacked his own attorney after the verdict was read.

New ferry study in the works
Gov. Sarah Palin's new transportation commissioner is studying what needs to be done to improve the state ferry system, but legislators want their own study.

Meeting launches hearings on city's comprehensive plan
Juneau residents touched on topics ranging from affordable housing to the Juneau access road and preservation of Montana Creek during the first public hearing Tuesday on the city's new comprehensive plan.

Schools unlikely to see long-term plan
Work on a school funding plan continued behind closed doors Tuesday at the Capitol, with just one day to go before the end of the regular session today.

Bartolaba and Smith to wed
Danielle Nicole Bartolaba, of Haines, and Jeffry Glenn Smith, of Wrangell, will marry at 5 p.m. on May 19, 2007, at Northern Lights United Church. A reception will follow at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for helping our caregiver conference

Pets of the week
Kenai & Cool Cat

Neighbors Digest
Juneau celebrates WalkAmerica Saturday, Tlingit singspirational held at Northern Light & State Farm hosts Child Safety Day

Photos: Dipsticks car show
The Juneau Dipsticks' seventh annual Classic, Custom and Antique Auto and Cycle Show, held May 11-13 at Centennial Hall, featured a plethora of cars and motorcycles, from a 1963 Porsche 1600 and 1930 Ford Model 'A', to a 2002 Subaru WRX and 2006 Chevy Kodiak.

The gifts, challenges of children later in life
I am a very lucky man, lucky because of the tremendous opportunity of staying at home with my young children.

Recognitions
In observance of national Hospital Week, May 6-12, Bartlett Regional Hospital recognized 48 employees for terms of service ranging from 5 to 25 years.

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

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.

Alaska editorial: Let's think through the benefits of tax breaks
There's nothing sweeter to an elected official than lowering property taxes. So it's no surprise that the House voted 33-4 earlier this month to exempt private colleges and universities from municipal property taxes.

My Turn: Favors and payoffs are the norm in politics
The spate of indictments against current and former lawmakers is no doubt saddening to most Alaskans.

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.

Protecting us to death
I honestly can't figure out which is worse: the massacre of 32 innocent people at Virginia Tech by a lunatic or the shrill keening of the anti-gun mob to create even more "gun free zones."

Outside editorial: It's time to stabilize Somalia
Since the collapse of its government 16 years ago, Somalia has been sliding into an abyss.

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?

Gastineau Channel Little League
GASTINEAU CHANNEL LITTLE LEAGUE STANDINGS

JDHS senior O'Brien to swim for Northwestern
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Kyle O'Brien recently has signed a letter of intent and accepted a scholarship offer to attend Northwestern University.

King salmon become more plentiful as fishing season heats up around local waters
The king salmon have arrived, according to the latest Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Sport Fishing report.

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

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

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

Photo: Freshly caught
Marcus Donner / The Associated Press

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

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.

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.

Development planning ends in part of petroleum reserve
The Bureau of Land Management has halted planning efforts for oil and gas development in one section of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

Lobbyist charged in bribery scandal
A prominent lobbyist has been charged with conspiracy related to a scheme to bribe former state Rep. Tom Anderson.

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