Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Questioning the accuracy of statement
I am a casual reader, reading articles that catch my eye. I stumbled across Pat Forgey's May 13 article, "Connections and conflicts: Lawmakers disclose conflicts of Interest, but vote anyway."

A possible attraction: a floating casino
I think Alaska could do well to have a floating casino out at sea. This could bring a lot of jobs and revenue for the state.

Alaskans make state the top vacation spot
As one of the passengers on the cruise ship Empress of the North, I would like to extend my gratitude to the kind people of Alaska who came to our aid after our ship ran aground on May 14.

Bikes are an efficient mode of transport
Rather than taxing bicyclists for using the roads (Robert Tonkin's Friday letter), we should all be thanking those who ride bicycles to work or on errands.

Special-session move is not a bright idea
Our new governor may be pretty, but she is demonstrating, once again, that she has the brains of a moron.

Motorists should pay attention to cyclists
Of all the wonderful things that living in Juneau has to offer, bicycling is not one of them. Every day that I ride my mountain bike to work, or anywhere for that matter, I am almost hit by a car.

Appreciating Empire columnist's honesty
About Kevin Reeves' "opinion" ("Protecting us to death: Virginia Tech was the direct result of gun control campaigns," Wednesday's Juneau Empire), I appreciate the honesty in his first sentence.

More patrols needed on Nowell Road
For the past week or so, I have been reading the police and fire report in the newspaper. Is it just me, or is there a huge increase of vandalism and car rifling?

Cruise ship heads for repairs in Ketchikan
A small cruise ship that hit a charted rock in Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage last week is headed to Ketchikan for repairs.

Ships in port today

Juneau teacher receives national award
Gastineau Elementary School teacher Jennifer Thompson won $10,000 and was recognized by President George W. Bush as one of the nation's top teachers. Then she got a bonus.

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

Around Town

Photo: Dog-day afternoon
A yellow dog suns itself Monday in the middle of quiet, sleepy Fifth Street in Douglas.

Authorities hope to ID Douglas Island body
Juneau police Monday were awaiting autopsy results in their investigation of a body found over the weekend at the southern end of Douglas Island.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Photo: Look out!
Carson Cummins, 2, climbs a rock Monday as he watches his father and siblings play near Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Court denies Kensington use of lake
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned an Alaska court's decision and prohibited Kensington gold mine from dumping tailings into Lower Slate Lake north of Juneau.

Legislators say short sessions' days numbered
Voter-adopted initiatives can't be changed until two years after passage, and that may mean just two years of 90-day legislative sessions for the Alaska Legislature.

Photo: Lunchtime music
David Brown plays double bass Tuesday during a free lunchtime performance at the State Office Building as part of Juneau Jazz & Classics festival.

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

Juneau School District stuck on the numbers
It took three hours Tuesday night, but the Juneau School Board set the most important number for the 2008 school year: student enrollment.

Morgan, Stuart to wed
Michele Stuart and Greg Morgan, of Juneau, will be married at 6 p.m. on June 23, 2007, at Skaters Cabin. Ben Kreigmont will officiate. Friends are invited to attend the reception, which will follow at the Buoy Deck.

Neighbors Digest
Green gives one-day workshop on May 30, Humanities Council sponsors Quick Draw & Performers needed for concerts in the park

Pets of the week
Scooter, The Ferrets are darling, cuddly

Humans are made for relationship
Years ago, my work required that I drive through Yellowstone National Park occasionally. One time I had seven of my colleagues with me in my Suburban.

Photo: Swimming the ROPES
Katy Goodell, as part of her eighth grade Rights Of Passage Experience project at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, swam from the avalanche area on Thane Road across the Gastineau Channel to Sandy Beach...

Rehbein, Gee to wed
Robyn Raye Gee, of Juneau, and Michael Lee Rehbein, of Tulsa, Okla., will marry at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2007, at Glacier Gardens in Juneau. A reception will immediately follow at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Photo: Run for the Son
Faith Community School students hold a banner at a fundraiser, "Run for the Son," on April 27 at Rotary Park.

Ruth Reilly Bauer
Longtime Juneau resident Ruth Reilly Bauer died May 18, 2007, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home of pneumonia due to emphysema from years of smoking. She was 84.

Richard, Ardith Eakins
Former Juneau residents Richard and Ardith Eakins died on May 18, 2007, in an automobile accident in Idaho. Richard was 75. Ardith was 69.

Anna, Alfred Bloomquist
Longtime Juneau resident Anna Viola Bloomquist died on Feb. 13, 2007, and was followed soon thereafter by her husband Alvin Alfred Bloomquist Sr., who died March 25, 2007, at home. Anna was 93. Alvin was 92.

Joseph 'Dale' Gowen
Former longtime Juneau resident Joseph "Dale" Gowen died May 19, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Kan. He was 42.

Lenvil 'Len' Riley
Former Juneau resident Alaskan Lenvil "Len" M. Riley died May 10, 2007, of heart failure while visiting the Great Wall of China. He was 53.

Outside editorial: What's gumming up progress
We'll use the lull in the attempt to drag a kicking and screaming Senate into modernity - by requiring Senate candidates to file their campaign finance reports electronically - to explain what's gumming up the wheels of progress and how to fix the problem.

Alaska editorial: Independent look needed at new oil production tax
The corruption investigation makes clear what many suspected: Alaska's new petroleum production tax was born in sin. Two key lobbyists have pleaded guilty to buying support and votes on the issue.

Outside editorial: Is Lute Gen. Fix-it or Gen. Exit?
Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute takes on the oddest job in Washington. Ostensibly, he is President Bush's war czar to oversee fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, but he really has been promoted to a hopeless, futile position.

My Turn: Taking action on their own
Following President George W. Bush's recent veto of the war funding bill, Democratic Party leaders opted for political comfort by backtracking on a nonbinding withdrawal timeline in favor of even vaguer benchmarks.

Alaska editorial: A silver cruise-ship lining emerges from Capitol cloud
Illegal bribes and their effects have been in the headlines lately. Their toll on Alaskans, sad as it is immediately, may not be known fully for some time to come.

My Turn: The rest of the Empress story
The Juneau Empire published a very interesting story on May 15 about the rescue of passengers and crew from the cruise ship Empress of the North.

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.

Dodgers go deep to nip the Padres in Junior Baseball action
Ryan Baldwin broke a 7-7 tie in the top of the seventh with a grand slam as the Dodgers held on to beat the Padres 11-9 in Gastineau Channel Little League Junior Baseball action last week.

SPRING KING SALMON DERBY STANDINGS

Photo: Coming home in the nick of time
Athletics catcher Zachary Miller awaits the throw as the Braves' Aquino Brinson slides safely into home during a Gastineau Channel Little League Major Baseball game on Saturday.

Anchorage man faces charges in shooting
An Anchorage man has been charged with killing his girlfriend's cousin at a family barbecue.

Woman dies after tree hits power line
A Salcha woman was electrocuted when a tree she was cutting fell on a power line, Alaska State Troopers said.

Alaska Digest
False fire alarm atDimond Courthouse, Anchorage man charged in death & 5 Fort Richardson paratroopers killed

Finding Common Ground
The Barrow High football team traveled a great distance to be a part of Bartram Trail High School's spring practice.

Move to overturn whaling ban falters
The fate of the 21-year-old moratorium on commercial whaling is a numbers' game played at the annual International Whaling Commission meeting - and this year Japan is still short of votes in its drive to overturn the ban.

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

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

Photo: Last-minute rush
Herring press against the seine net of Petersburg fisherman Eric Rosvold's vessel Adversity on Sunday during final fishing day in the 2007 Togiak herring fishery near Nunavachak.

Competitor protests state money for sports dome
Owners of a private indoor sports complex have objected to a $1.5 million state grant that will bail out a competing facility, an inflatable dome owned by a nonprofit group.

Alaska Digest
Arctic development conference planned, Fireworks suspected in park brush fire & UAF men's basketball coach steps down

Protests mount for harnessed elephant
Animal advocates demonstrated to step up pressure on the Alaska Zoo to send Alaska's only elephant south to a sanctuary with other animals.

Steller sea lion recovery plan out for public review, revision
A federal agency is seeking additional public comment on a revised Steller sea lion draft recovery plan.

BP shuts down part of oil field
BP officials said Tuesday it was too early to determine what caused a water pipe leak that led to the second partial shutdown in 10 months of the nation's largest producing oil field.

Outdoor program offered to children
Students from New York to Alaska will be exploring forests and wetlands this year as part of an effort by the U.S. Forest Service to get kids out of the classroom and into the woods.

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