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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Ridiculous road, rude representatives
Today I write this letter not to preach to the choir (the majority of Haines, Skagway and Juneau residents who have repeatedly voted and testified against a road out of Juneau).

Big Oil has writer convinced he's wrong
Well, after getting my third or fourth anonymous recorded phone call urging me to call my legislator and ask him to support a 10 to 15 percent petroleum production tax, after getting a flyer in the mail from Alaska's Future (whoever they may be) asking me to do the same thing, after seeing countless pleas in the newspaper and on TV to the same effect (from the oil companies and their supporters), I've decided that Big Oil must be right!

Juneau access road is clearly pork
Funding of a dead-end road to nowhere is a waste of state money that could be used for better purposes.

We need to break the Big Oil cycle
People from all over Alaska have been groaning under the burden of higher gas prices.

If it's about access, move the Capitol
One of the reasons stated for the $285 million road to Katzehin is to gain improved access to the state Capitol.

We should focus on funding ferry system
It is clear that the proposed Juneau road extension is near and dear to the governor's heart, just as it is to columnist Ben Brown's.

Photo: Talent aloft
Timothy Brown practices with his juggling sticks Monday in front of Centennial Hall. Brown was taking a break from a communications class at the convention center to practice juggling, a hobby he has had for the past nine years.

Photo: Sounds like a duck
A surf scoter flies Monday just over the surface of Gastineau Channel near Douglas.

Photo: Off the road again
Secon Construction heavy equipment operator Brent Belardi drives an Ingersoll-Rand milling machine Monday on Douglas Highway.

Photo: Gone fishing
Andres Soriano walks to his car Tuesday from False Outer Point with his 11th king salmon of the season. The master sports fisherman is in first place of the 10th annual Spring King Salmon Derby with a 34.6-pound fish he caught on May 6.

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

Juneau bikers pedal rather than pay at the pump
At Glacier Cycles in the Airport Mini Mall, owner Dennis Travis said more people are biking, but Juneau was big on biking before the latest surge in gas prices.

Glacier Bay whale population growing
More humpback whales than ever recorded are showing up to feed in Glacier Bay and nearby Icy Strait, federal scientists reported this week.

Photo: Rooftop revival
Rob Maus, owner of RM Roofing & Construction, strips cedar shingles from the roof of the historic St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church on Tuesday.

Rally supports immigrants
After President Bush finished a Monday immigration address in Washington, D.C., participants in a Juneau rally prayed for laws that don't punish people for seeking the American dream.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

State funds let district restore jobs
The Juneau School Board on Tuesday night revised next year's school budget and restored staff positions created to curb the high student dropout rate.

Assembly decides to sell land at Lena
Juneau can proceed with the sale of its south Lena Point subdivision, despite claims that an ordinance bans selling it without water and sewer hookups, according to the city attorney.

Photo: Flights for a cause
From left, Jennifer Deston, James Deston, Mary Bartholomew, of Juneau, and Barbara McIlroy, of New Hampshire, stand near the Herbert Glacier on May 6 after taking a helicopter ride.

Long-haired orange female cats hard to find, genetically speaking
The woman was buying greeting cards, all featuring orange cats. "I have two of them," she explained. They're brother and sister."

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from around the community

Sandors celebrate 50 years
Juneau residents John and Lee Sandor will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday in the Glacier Room at Mi Casa Restaurant in Juneau. Friends and family are welcome to join in this celebration.

Meek and Varness to wed
Bobbi Ann Varness, of Juneau, and Mathew James Meek, of Shelby, Mont., will be married at 4 p.m., May 20 at St. Brendan's Episcopal Church.

Oyloe and Hood to wed
Juneau resident Jessica Oyloe and Jermie Hood, of Durango, Colo., will be married July 1 at Glacier Gardens in Juneau. A reception will follow at the Juneau Yacht Club

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks, neighbor!

Mariano Caluza Soriano Sr.
Juneau resident Mariano Caluza Soriano Sr., 86, died May 12, 2006, in Juneau.

Lila Lois Hubbard
Hoonah resident Lila Lois Hubbard, T'deintaan Kaagwaantaan Yadi (Raven Nest House), 68, died May 14, 2006, in the Anchorage Native Medical Hospital.

Frank 'Rick' Buckner
Juneau resident Frank "Rick" Buckner, 56, died April 19, 2006, while on vacation in Las Vegas.

My turn: Safety is primary, if we build the road
This column centers around snow and land-mass avalanche problems that pertain to the much debated road from Juneau to the Katzehin River, an area which is loaded with both.

My Turn: Time to bust the myths about domestic violence
Last month hundreds of Juneau residents joined with AWARE in a Take Back the Night March and Rally to bring awareness to the issue of violence against women.

My turn: Truth about recruiters
I am writing in response to Karl Schoeppe's April 10 My Turn (Truth in recruiting? Don't you count on it).

My Turn: Do we have the money to build a dead-end road?
The push to build the East Lynn Canal road is on. Gov. Frank Murkowski, the Department of Transportation and some legislators seem determined to build the road no matter what costs, hazards and impracticalities lay ahead.

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.

Crimson Bears take five in weekend series
The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity softball team captured five games over the weekend against Prince of Wales, Lathrop's JV and the Ketchikan JV.

Runners' Corner: Getting ready for the Yukon
For the Juneau running community, an annual rite of passage and a sure sign of fall is the Klondike Trail of '98 International Road Relay.

The sports section must always strive for accuracy
Covering state championships, watching athletes strive to their best, experiencing riveting drama unfolding in front me are among the most enjoyable parts of my job as Juneau Empire sports editor.

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.

Lawmakers take up oil tax bill
Just over a dozen House lawmakers restarted the debate on a new tax on oil companies' profits in an informal work session at the state Capitol Tuesday evening.

Study to decide if state highway contracts are fair
The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will study whether there is discrimination in contracting for state-funded highway projects.

Natives file brief in greenhouse lawsuit
Three Alaska Native groups filed a U.S. Supreme Court brief Monday in support of a lawsuit that would require the federal Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases as pollutants contributing to global warming.

Study: Oil lingering from Exxon spill
Oil spilled from the Exxon Valdez 17 years ago extends farther into Alaska tidal waters than previously thought and could be causing long-term harm to wildlife, according to a paper published Tuesday.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Pipeline route sets gas value
Liquefied natural gas shipped down a Prudhoe Bay-to-Valdez pipeline would be worth less than the gas of Gov. Frank Murkowski's favored Alaskan Highway pipeline route, state administration officials said Tuesday.

Philadelphia's old Liberty Bell pavilion on its way to Alaska
With the deafening blast of its air horn, a tractor trailer carrying the remains of the 30-year-old Liberty Bell pavilion left Independence Mall for its new home in Alaska.

Businesses fight paving roads in Tongass forest
Seventy-nine Panhandle tourism-dependent businesses are petitioning Congress this week to stop paving roads to Tongass National Forest timber sales with federal tax money.

This Day in History
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Contract could lock state into taxes for 30 years
Alaska must suspend its authority to alter oil and gas tax rates for 30 and 45 years, respectively, if oil producers sign a natural gas pipeline contract that includes such a provision.

More Americans biking to avoid paying gas prices
Fed up with sitting in traffic and paying more than $50 to fill his tank, Scott Morrison ditched his gas-guzzling pickup and started biking to work.

Alaska's Stryker Brigade halfway through its Iraq mission
The largest Alaska-based Army unit since Vietnam to spend time in a war zone is more than halfway through its yearlong deployment to Iraq.

Expert: Don't set gas-line deadline
Gov. Frank Murkowski's top energy consultant on Tuesday said the state's proposed gas pipeline contract should not specify a construction start date or a deadline, as such a schedule could lead to the $20 billion to $25 billion project growing over budget.

Lazy elephant avoids custom treadmill
So far, it's the trainers at the Alaska Zoo who are breaking a sweat trying to coax Maggie the elephant onto the world's first treadmill for a pachyderm.

This Day in History
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Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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