Monday, May 21, 2007

'Sally' should no longer go forth
It's time to wrap up the comic strip "Sally Forth" and put her in the recycle bin.

Body language, nor tapes, do not lie
(This is in response to Phil and Linda Chandler's May 11 letter, "We know Kohring; he couldn't have done this.")

Vocal minority hides bigotry behind Christ
I will clip and snail-mail Michael Shakespeare's most recent My Turn (May 8) to my homosexually raised heterosexual children.

Kudos to governor for tackling housing
I am happy to hear that Gov. Sarah Palin has decided to tackle the complicated issue of affordable housing by developing the idea of an Alaska Housing Trust.

Potential calamity was made an adventure
We want to commend and thank all the people who helped us after the grounding of the Empress of the North on May 14.

Most groundings are caused by human error
In the last few years, with the dramatic increase in cruise ships of every size, grounding incidents have increased.

Ocean rangers to work ships despite cuts
Money to implement the voter-approved cruise ship initiative took a major cut in the closing days of the Alaska Legislature, but Gov. Sarah Palin said she'll implement the program anyway.

SeniorCare program a legislative casualty
A state program that provides cash and help with prescription drug costs for about 7,000 elderly Alaskans will end next month after legislation to extend it fizzled in the House of Representatives.

Coordinator keeps Project Playground builders well-fed
From heaps of fried chicken to a Polynesian feast, volunteers at Project Playground have been fed well after toiling on what will be Alaska's largest playground.

Around Town

Legislative roundup

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

Photos: Jazzed up

Costs to move session may trump savings
Last year, when the Alaska Legislature had three special sessions, Legislative Affairs Agency Director Pam Varni looked into whether it would be cheaper to hold the session in a more central location.

Photo: Saluting fallen comrades
Police Chief Greg Browning salutes Friday as the Civil Air Patrol carries away the flags at the end of the Police Officers Memorial in front of the Alaska State Museum. The ceremony is held annually to honor police officers who have died while serving their community.

Around Town

Specialists such as Oldak hard to find
Dr. Stan Oldak will be missed not only as a friend, but also for his eagerness to fill a hard-to-fill niche.

Photo: Dancing the night away
Hal and Leslie Daugherty grace the dance floor Friday night during a performance by Too Slim & The Taildraggers at ANB Hall...

Alex pleads guilty in traffic death
Five days before his trial was to start, David Alex pleaded guilty for his role in the August 2005 traffic death of University of Alaska student Jody Watson.

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

School district funding increases
The legislature's last minute closed-door education funding package is being met with open arms at the Juneau School District.

Filling a Void
On a clear day from his dental office at the Kake Health Center, Dr. Stan Oldak would gaze across Chatham Strait to Baranof Island. On his left was Keku Strait and Kuiu Island. To his right, lay Frederick Sound.

My turn: Bag tax offers an opportunity
Congratulations to Juneau legislators Sen. Kim Elton and Rep. Andrea Doll, along with the Alaska-based nonprofit Turning the Tides, for proposing a 15-cent tax on plastic grocery bags.

Toe Toon

Congress renews assault on Alaska's development
Earlier this month, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., introduced legislation to permanently prohibit oil and gas drilling in Bristol Bay. Prior to this, the Bush administration had announced plans to begin drilling there in July.

Empire editorial: It's time for real checks on lawmakers
What's wrong with this picture? A lawmaker, who also happens to be an employee of an oil company, introduces a bill regarding the state's oil spill prevention and response account.

Alaska editorial: Legislative leaders pick the wrong way to oppose gambling
In fighting the Eklutna Natives' Indian gambling proposal, House Speaker John Harris and Sen. President Lyda Green have reopened an old wound.

Browsing for answers to moose populations
Walking through the woods off the Steese Highway about 20 miles north of Fairbanks, Tom Paragi and Don Young were glad they weren't moose.

Tipping the fish scales
Halfway through the month, things are looking up for this year's Annual Spring King Salmon Derby.

Outsiders: Jean Jasmine
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

Don't bat an eye or you might miss Southeast's rarer winged wonders
If you're out on the trails in the evening this spring, you might catch a glimpse of bat; but you actually don't need to venture far from town. One can see bats occasionally flying about in the glow of street lights.

Outdoors Digest
New zipline said to be North America's highest, longest, Liberty Media takes controlling stake of Backcountry.com

Photo: A quick sip
A Juneau hummingbird pauses for a snack at a feeder.

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

Photo: Salmon Derby Keepers
From left, Mike Gabel with his 34.85-pound king caught on Thursday, May 3. Paul Moreno holds his 34.05-pound king he caught Monday, May 7. Ian Cryan next to his 33.1-pound king he caught Friday.

Bearing with fear, bearing without spray
I almost bought some bear spray last week. After one too many warnings about attacks on lonely hikers, I figured it was time to protect myself. I thought I'd buy a can and carry it with me next time I trespass in bear neighborhoods.

Records fall as JDHS wins Region V championships
Two days of warm, sunny weather led to a number of shattered records over the weekend at the Region V Track and Field Championships at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Eaglecrest Road Race Results

SPRING KING SALMON DERBY STANDINGS
As of Sunday, 11:19 a.m.

Sports in Juneau

SPRING KING SALMON DERBY STANDINGS

JDHS boys soccer junior varsity team finishes with a flurry
The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity boys soccer team wrapped up complete a perfect season against Alaska competition on Saturday.

Juneau-Douglas closes out regular season with wins
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team closed out the regular season with an impressive sweep of Ketchikan High School at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

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.

Region V Track and Field Results

Crimson Bears fight back in key SE series
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team honored its seniors Saturday, but the whole team contributed to its 4-3 comeback win over Ketchikan High School.

Alaska Digest
Man's body found on Douglas Island beach, Bartlett hospital names new CEO, Survey finds more adults unwilling to buy alcohol for teens, Suspect in shooting turns himself in

Iditarod suspends musher
One of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race's most popular mushers was handed a two-year suspension Friday and placed on three years' probation for abusing his dogs during this year's race.

Tariff ruling may lead to higher state oil revenues
An administrative law judge's ruling that rates have been too high for shipping oil through the trans-Alaska oil pipeline could mean higher earnings for state coffers.

Alaska Digest
Anglers cited for violations near Sitka, Agency issues new requirements to BP & Wounded warriors plan return to Kodiak

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

Fort Wainwright aviation unit headed to Iraq
An aviation unit from Fort Wainwright is being deployed to Iraq.

Zoo officials say elephant had colic
Results from a second round of blood tests are back on Maggie the elephant who twice this week lay down at the Alaska Zoo and could not get back up.

Tourist influx brings crowds to Fairbanks
The Princess Tours buses stopped in front of the Log Cabin Visitor Information Center and about 250 people stepped off, turning sleepy downtown Fairbanks into a beehive of activity on Saturday.

2 climbers die on Mount McKinley
Two climbers from Washington died after falling 1,900 feet while descending Mount McKinley, a spokesman for the National Park Service said.

Problem bears to get bright new colors
It's hard to identify a problem bear unless it's rifling through your backpack or charging you on the trail.

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

Five dead in first month of Denali climbing season
Five mountaineers have died on the treacherous peaks of Denali National Park this season, with four of those deaths occurring over the past week, park officials said Sunday.

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