Thursday, May 18, 2006

Banana Republican in our midst
Most people would not be surprised to hear that a politician in a small, unsophisticated developing country south of the border had cut a secret deal to give away its energy resources to hugely profitable multi-national corporations at bargain-basement prices.

Defending motorized craft on Auke Lake
I've been very disturbed lately to see what is going on in Juneau in regards to the recreational use of Auke Lake.

Cruise ship visitors willing to pay more
In the coming weeks and months, Alaskans will hear lots of rhetoric about the citizens' cruise ship initiative - you will hear how the addition of a $50 head tax will dissuade tourists from joining an Alaska cruise.

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.

Parading in the wrong place
Recently on television, I saw people demonstrating against the United States and our immigration policies.

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).

Valley sports facility is a bad idea
Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch is floating a $4 million appropriation, resulting from tobacco settlement decisions to build a Zach Gordon-type facility in the valley.

State should listen to public on pesticides
A thank-you goes to Gov. Murkowski for his recent proclamation of Toxic Awareness and Education Month.

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

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.

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.

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

Business Digest
Staff reports from the business community

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

Perseverance Theatre nears grant goal
With 14 days left in its three-year, $1 million endowment project, Perseverance Theatre is $25,000 from completing a challenge grant by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to raise half the money.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Residents share suggestions about Juneau's future
Imagine a Juneau light-rail system stretching from the Auke Bay ferry terminal to downtown, a city-mandated living wage and no-frills starter homes.

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.

It was a bloody week for Juneau road-kill
Juneau's "Road Kill Café" is open for a new season, and an apparent rise in the deer population could make it a busy one.

Photo: Young buskers
Floyd Dryden Middle School students, from left, James San Miguel, 13, Myles Kiefer, 12, and Gabe Roybal, 12, practice playing their instruments Wednesday in front of the school after hours.

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.

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

Former Libertarian exec files for Juneau Assembly
A former vice chairwoman of the Alaska Libertarian Party and candidate for Congress in 2000 announced her bid Tuesday for the Juneau Assembly.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from around the community

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.

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks, neighbor!

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."

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.

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

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: 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.

Alaska editorial: What happened to ethics reform?
Two regular legislative sessions have come and gone since Gregg Renkes resigned amid an ethics scandal brought about by a conflict of interest that put the former attorney general in position to profit personally from business he was conducting for the state.

Alaska editorial: Self-defense law does not mean fire at will
Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly this session to expand and clarify Alaskans' right to defend themselves, including the right to use deadly force.

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.

My turn: Jet Ski use is hurting Auke Lake
The current debate over the fate of Auke Lake isn't new.

My turn: Change how and when to fund education
I know our legislators care for Alaska's children. I appreciate their work this spring to improve educational funding, however, one issue is yet to be addressed.

My turn: Alaska needs help opening ANWR
Our democracy is protected by media that proclaim to provide readers and listeners with accurate and reliable information.

My turn: Fiscal certainty on steroids
Bill Murray's movie "Groundhog Day" reflects what it's like waking up the day after the end of the 24th legislative session, finding the petroleum profit tax has gone from thunder to blunder, and a chalkboard outside the speaker's office says: Day 1 of 250 days before the next Session.

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.

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.

Alaska State Track and Field Best Performances
through Saturday

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.

Running down a dream
With a mix of speedy youth and determined veterans, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls track and field teams will look for a successful end to the season.

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.

Sports Digest
Staff reports of local sporting news

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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.

Governor, 3 Dems spar over gas tax
Gov. Frank Murkowski argued against a gas reserves tax during a Wednesday debate, but later said he would not oppose a ballot initiative imposing one if the Alaska Legislature first signs on to a pipeline contract.

Speaker: Oil tax to return on Monday
Alaska House Speaker John Harris says an oil-tax bill the Legislature failed to pass at the end of the regular session will be back before lawmakers on Monday.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the Northwest

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.

Passengers complain when cruise ship skips ports
Passengers on board a Celerity Cruises vessel say they are dissatisfied with compensation offered by the company when mechanical problems forced them to skip two port stops.

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.

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.

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.

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news of local arts

Jazz & Classics turns 20
With her red-brown hair, her low blues voice and her affinity for rhythm and blues and unpredictable stage antics, Portland singer Duffy Bishop is used to fans comparing her to Janis Joplin.

Cinema Guide
what's playing at the box office

Hitting the Mark
For a guy who rose to notoriety in the early 1980s by smashing watermelons with a giant mallet, the 58-year-old comedian Gallagher could have a little more love for the oblong fruit.

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

Crazy things happen when misfits go to camp
Perseverance Theatre's Young Co. - entrenched in Shakespeare and international classics for years - will present its first original play this weekend in the theater's Phoenix Room.

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