Thursday, May 24, 2007

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?

Bike lanes in Juneau are a win-win for all
I am encouraged by recent letters to the editor that advocate for motorists and bicyclists to be considerate of each other and share the road.

Iraq invasion created terrorist training camp
President George W. Bush's speech to Coast Guard Academy graduates reminded me of an arsonist I prosecuted some 40 years ago.

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."

Tale of a fish denied by a charter boat
On May 18, my brother and I were fishing near the rocks at north Douglas. The tide was high and the boat traffic was light-to-medium as the fishing was slow.

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.

House members misled Sen. Hoffman
The funding level for the ocean rangers program is no fault of Sen. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel. Hoffman told me he was misled by House Finance members and their budget staff in the free-conference committee.

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.

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:

Palin extends senior benefits through July
Gov. Sarah Palin announced Wednesday that she would use her emergency powers to keep the state's SeniorCare program running for at least one month or until a long-term solution can be found.

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.

Around Town

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

Photo: Feeling right at home
Hatti Langsford and her daughter, Emma, 5, feed crows Wednesday at Marine Park.

School Board OKs $64 million budget
Closing out a second night of wrangling, the Juneau School Board voted to accept the $64.4 million operating budget for the 2008 school year. The new budget is $10 million more than last year's funding.

Photo: Doing the 'cedar bark twist'
Percy Kunz pulls red cedar bark back and forth around a post the porch of her Village Street home.

Supporters seek $17.1 million for school
Parents, students and community members worked Wednesday on a voter pamphlet for a special election requesting $17.1 million additional funding for Thunder Mountain High School.

Business Digest
Japanese steakhouse to open on Friday, Mortgage company expands its team, New salon and spa opens in Juneau, U-Haul reveals new goshawk design & Alaska engineering firms earn spot among nation's tops

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.

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...

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Norman Woinowsky
Longtime Juneau resident Norman Wayne Woinowsky died May 18, 2007, at home. He was 60.

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.

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.

Dwayne Brown
Former longtime Juneau resident Dwayne L. Brown died May 19, 2007, at Northwest Hospital in Seattle. He was 76.

Outside editorial: Jimmy Carter should not be calling the kettle black
Those too young to recall the Carter years got a revealing glimpse of Jimmy Carter, the president, Saturday.

My turn: House needed time to review bill
T he Anchorage Daily News editorial crew continues to get it wrong.

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.

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.

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.

Alaska editorial: Move the Legislature closer to the people
If Gov. Sarah Palin convenes a special session of the Legislature in the fall, we hope she does so in the Anchorage area, as she has suggested doing. And she should consider it a trial run for a full-scale relocation of the Legislature.

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.

SPRING KING SALMON DERBY STANDINGS

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 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.

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

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

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

Northwest Digest
Four Alaska-based paratroopers killed and Bear injures Montana man at Yellowstone

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.

New Alaska oversight team investigates leak
A state oil and gas industry oversight agency is making its debut by investigating a leak that forced BP to cut production by a fourth from the nation's largest oil field.

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

Anchorage Assembly votes to ban felons from lobbying city
Convicted felons will be banned from lobbying city officials under new rules passed by the Anchorage Assembly. The assembly Tuesday night voted unanimously to tighten its lobbying rules.

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.

Anchorage Assembly calls for decision on Maggie the elephant
The Anchorage Assembly has stepped up pressure on the Alaska Zoo to make a decision on the future of Maggie the elephant.

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.

Court won't reconsider Exxon ruling
A federal appeals court on Wednesday declined to reconsider its earlier decision to cut by nearly half a $4.5 billion award punishing Exxon Mobil Corp. for the 1989 Valdez oil spill that fouled 1,500 miles of Alaskan coastline.

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

Plan for special session outside Juneau questioned
Gov. Sarah Palin wants to hold a planned legislative special session next fall in the Anchorage area, presumably to save money since a majority of lawmakers live in or near the state's largest city.

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.

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