Monday, May 28, 2007

Remember soldiers' spiritual sacrifices
One thing we never hear, but which needs to be said, is an apology to our soldiers for sending them to kill, die or be disabled in a misguided war in Iraq.

Resource depletion as resource management
The prevailing political ideology of Alaska has its roots in resource depletion disguised as resource management - from gold mining in the Klondike to fish traps in Southeast Alaska to oil and gas drilling on the North Slope...

Why can't lawmakers get job done in time?
Why should we pay incompetent politicians another dime when they cannot get their job done in a timely manner?

Insulting the governor doesn't help cause
David Fremming's letter to the editor on Wednesday was insulting and uncalled for ("Special-session move is not a bright idea").

People should quit misquoting the Bible
Kevin Nye's interpretation of John 8:2 is correct as stated in his May 18 letter to the editor. This verse has been used by men to defend their immoral actions for as long as I can remember.

Only so much room at popular fishing spot
I am the captain of the Sophia K and would like to tell Roger Jack (who wrote Thursday's letter, "Tale of fish denied by a charter boat") that I'm sorry he lost his fish.

Columbia deserved recognition for help
I was pleased to see the letter by Roy W. King (Wednesday's Empire) regarding the part the Alaska Marine Highway System's Columbia played in the rescue of the Empress of the North's passengers and crew.

Ethics law targets Juneau lobbyist
Trying to improve ethical standards in the Capitol, lawmakers have banned Geoffrey Bullock from working as a lobbyist next year.

Around Town

Photo: Restaurant off to a blazing start
Oz Yoo sets a mountain of onions ablaze after spinning spatulas, juggling eggs and hurling chopped vegetables across the grill during the opening weekend of the Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse in the Mendenhall Valley.

Magazine recognizes free-spirited Juneau girl for her inner beauty
Caitlin Chalmers dyes her hair blue. The Juneau 14-year-old and her friends wear a restaurant's take-out boxes on their heads and mimic Storm Troopers from Star Wars. In short, she's unconventional.

Juneau veteran honored after illness
As an infantry sergeant during the Vietnam War, Dennis DeBolt earned two Bronze Stars, two Army Commendation Medals, and a Purple Heart. After the Juneau resident died of pancreatic cancer in 2000, he received another award, the Order of the Silver Rose.

Photo: Dress rehearsal
Wearing a oyster-tone gossamer blouse, Jessica Thompson practices playing "Puttin' on the Ritz" on her viola Saturday before a performance at University of Alaska Southeast's Egan Lecture Hall.

Thousands of volunteers at Twin Lakes prove that it takes a community to build a playground
After 10 days of construction, thousands of volunteer-hours and years of planning, Project Playground was 99 percent complete on Saturday.

Around Town

Photo: Sailing a wave of sound
Dr. Lonnie Smith waves his hands Friday as he directs the audience at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium through his musical trio's soulful sound waves. The performance was part of Juneau Jazz and Classics, which ends today.

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

Photo: Slim pickin's
Shortly after landing in Juneau, Wisconsin Slim performs Friday before a full crowd at the Alaskan Hotel and Bar. He jammed on his electric guitar and an improvised drum set, which he made out of two garbage cans.

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

Donna Likins
Private graveside services for family members of former Juneau resident Donna Bernice Likins, who died Jan. 18, 2007, in Fairbanks, will be held June 2 at the Alaskan Memorial Park. She was 77.

Toe Toon

Empire editorial: Can't we just get along?
It's inevitable. It's understandable. People who live in tourist towns sometimes get irritated when the local livelihood disrupts local lifestyles.

What's the price of liberty? Eternal vigilance - cash
Imagine an election season in which no one asked you to contribute more than $5. No fundraisers, no dialing for dollars, no direct-mail pleas for cash.

Alaska editorial: Suspension was the right call
Given the evidence at hand, the Iditarod's directors had to make the decision to ban musher Ramy Brooks from the race for abusing his dogs. Two years out, three years on probation seems fair enough.

Alaska editorial: Putting DUI 'scarlet letters' on drivers' licenses a good idea
As the Legislature wrapped up its work, one particularly noteworthy bill made its way to the governor's desk, and she should sign it.

Alaska editorial: Congress sheds light on big oil operations
"People no longer challenge and think." That was the startling word the other week from Bob Malone, chief executive officer of BP America, at a hearing of a U.S. House subcommittee investigating last year's spill of about 200,000 gallons of oil from a corroded feeder line...

My turn: Does Petrarca advocate rebellion?
Does Albert Petrarca (Tuesday's My Turn) really advocate rebellion within our military ranks?

Spring King Derby: Big ones are waiting, so are the fishermen
It looks like prize-winning salmon may be trying anglers' patience during this year's 11th annual Spring King Derby.

Outsiders: Kerin Wilson
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

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

Adventuring sideways in a vertical world
Mike Miller lives for the world of three-dimensional adventure sports that thrive on ups and downs. Recently he decided to go sideways and walk from Juneau to Skagway along the shoreline of Lynn Canal.

Commuting by bike means cleaner air, clearer heads
Joanna Roth does it to "blow out the cobwebs" in the morning. Tim Cater does it because he's cheap. Rick Johnson does it for the exercise. Amy Turner does it for all the above.

Hello, Dolly: Don't ever go away again
Ghostly and silvery green, the Dolly Varden swam around my legs with a clouser fly hooked in its cheek.

Eagle Harbor Trail to be dedicated June 2
For a few years in the early part of the 1900s, the quiet little cove of Eagle Harbor was a busy place. It was the start of a pioneer road and tram system that served the tiny settlement of Amalga and the Eagle River mine, not far from Eagle Glacier.

Alaska birds on their flights of fancy
If you happen to see a slender-billed Hudsonian godwit hopping along Westchester Lagoon sporting a red flag on one leg and a yellow ring on the other, you've hit the jackpot.

ASAA State Track and Field Championships Results

Leah Francis wins pair of state titles
Juneau-Douglas High School freshman Leah Francis concluded her amazing first year with two state championships at the Alaska School Activities Association State Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday at West Valley High School in Fairbanks.

Photo: Dancing in the street
Runner Tim Powers choreographs a sprightly twist as he passes by the Grateful Celtics, left to right, Steve Winker, Beth Leibowitz, and Chris Pane, as they serenade the participants of the Seacoast Relay on Saturday.

Sports in Juneau

17th Annual Seacoast Relay results

Juneau athletes qualify for national competition
Headed for nationals: Juneau Aurora Knights synchronized swimmers Addie Gonwa-Ramonda, left, and Dana Bogatko celebrate last week after competing...

Juneau-Douglas boys draw East, girls get Homer in state soccer tournament
Both the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer teams will open play in the state tournament Thursday in Anchorage.

JDHS baseball wraps up top seed
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team sealed the Southeast Conference regular-season championship Saturday at Ketchikan High School.

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

2 grizzlies killed near Fairbanks
Alaska wildlife biologists are hustling to keep up with numerous grizzly bear sightings in the interior, including two that led to the animals being shot and killed in defense of life and property.

Radiologist sues state over health care regulations
An Alaska radiologist is suing the state Department of Health and Social Services, arguing that the program regulating health care facilities violates some physicians' rights under the Alaska Constitution.

Alaska Digest
Rabid fox killed after it attacks two dogs, Study looks at plunge in sockeye returns, Troopers unit targets drunken drivers, Woman believed dead in fish camp fire & Jury convicts man of drug conspiracy

Astronaut caught in strange love triangle to leave NASA
NASA is cutting ties with former Alaskan Bill Oefelein, the astronaut at the center of a love triangle that turned violent earlier this year.

Alaska, Russia work to improve walrus count
Alaskan researchers are joining their Russian counterparts in the most exhaustive effort yet to answer a simple question: How many walrus are there?

Alaska Digest
Absentee voting to open Tuesday, Marine Park Parking Garage to open June 1, Hospital announces tobacco-free grounds, Department assists in gravesite visitation, Petition to limit jewelry stores OK'd

Car vanity plates up 45 percent in 5 years
No one's ever been able to guess commuter Melinda Jacobson's license plate: VLYCLS.

Prudhoe Bay is poised to return to full production
Oil company BP said it expects the nation's largest oil field to be back in full production sometime this weekend after a water pipe leak led to the second partial shutdown in a year.

Large gold rush collection will take some sorting out
Unlatching the padlock on the old telephone company building, Debra Sanders swings open the door to reveal a dark and dusty room packed high - a jumble of boxes, steamer trunks, a roulette wheel, wicker furniture, phonographs...

U.S. missile defense test aborted when target rocket fails after Alaska launch
A test of the nation's long-range missile defense system was aborted Friday when a target rocket launched from Alaska failed and its dummy warhead fell into the Pacific Ocean before an interceptor missile could be launched from California, officials said.

Supporters of whaling ban set to keep control
Japan says it does not have enough support to overturn a 21-year moratorium on commercial whaling, but environmentalists still plan to closely monitor the annual International Whaling Commission meeting that starts here Monday.

Woman offers to donate kidney to friend's 12-year-old daughter
By mid-evening every night, 12-year-old Brandie Williams and her mother thoroughly wash their hands and don surgical masks.

Cow moose shot after charging boy
A female moose was shot and killed in an Anchorage neighborhood after it tried to trample an 8-year-old boy that got near the animal's newborn twins.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation.

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