Monday, May 29, 2006

Old Southeasterner doesn't like road
I am happy to see that a road to the world has not happened as of yet. I grew up in Alaska, and there is not a day that goes by that I don't think about what it was like on Prince of Wales Island.

Some express prudish attitude about war
Jamison Paul (who last wrote May 5) continues to misunderstand my opinions, whether it's former President Bill Clinton turning a United Nations relief program into a combat mission that costs some of our finest their lives, or President Bush and Congress taking us to war in Iraq.

Juneau road project not a good idea
The Juneau access road that would connect Juneau, Alaska's capital, to Haines and Skagway is a waste of taxpayer's money and the end of Berners Bay forever.

Can Gov. Murkowski walk on water?
After reading Lew Williams article in the May 21 paper entitled "Who wants to vote out Santa Claus," I never realized that Gov. Murkowski could walk on water.

Photo: Feeling blues
Guitarist Phil Campbell, singer Denise Brown and bass player Malcolm Kirby of The Campbell Brothers bring their high-energy gospel sound to the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium for the finale of the 20th annual Juneau Jazz & Classics Festival on Saturday.

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

High king salmon prices, demand causing concern
Regionally caught king salmon fillets showing up at Juneau's seafood counters look luscious enough, but the prices they are fetching down South are making Panhandle fishermen a little jumpy.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Wedding gets extreme
A Florida couple looking to get married on an Alaska glacier found themselves smiling through their tears, kissing and clutching each on ice in Juneau on Saturday.

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

Photo: Dandelion time
Colter Polley, 3, decorates Torsten Heavner, 2, in a dandelion patch at Mendenhall River Community School...

The suds of summer
Hundreds of beer enthusiasts gathered from around the region Saturday to sample suds at one of Southeast Alaska's premier festivals.

UAS linking graduates with paychecks
Filling in the blanks: Former UAS student Kirsten Longmeier works on a painting Thursday at her housesitting location near Lena Point.

Teens recover after being hit by truck
Koren Bosworth said she always told her daughter to be especially careful walking home at night. But it was a bright Saturday afternoon when her daughter and two friends were hit while walking on a sidewalk.

Local ceremonies honor fallen today
Memorial Day is a set aside to remember those who have died while serving in war

Arbitrator rules in favor of police union
The Juneau Police Department owes some current and former officers some money.

Carol Baham Mazzei
Juneau resident Carol Baham Mazzei, 66, died May 21, 2006, in Juneau.

William 'Bill' Robert Weir
Longtime Juneau resident William "Bill" Robert Weir, 84, died in his sleep May 18, 2006, from complications of a stroke, initially occurring on Oct. 30, 2005.

Alaska editorial: Governor deserves praise for his efforts
Yes, the headline may surprise some people, especially the governor who probably is more accustomed to being criticized in print.

Empire Editorial: City should create bike path for Thane Road
The people of Thane Road have a point: The road isn't safe for recreation, and the city should do something about it.

Outside Editorial: Congress appears soft on the NSA's warrantless wiretapping
Congressional leaders have shown little backbone in response to President Bush's warrantless wiretapping. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., has been an exception.

My Turn: House should pass a better oil tax
Seven hundred million dollars is a lot of money, at least where we come from.

Standing tall, together
Since the war on terrorism began, it seems that an increasing number of us have been attending annual Memorial Day events that are offered across Alaska. It's the right thing to do.

Out & About
Today: Juneau Cup round two. Sponsored by the Juneau Yacht Club. Details: Jim, 723-9003.

Smooth trailing
Hard work has paved the way for more activities and users at the Herbert Glacier Trail, where recreationists increasingly ply the softened ice gateway with bikes, dogs and running shoes.

Bringing the tropics to Alaska
Three people have asked me in this week about "these bright yellow birds" they're seeing this spring.

Outdoors Digest
The Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership and the Gastineau Channel Historical Society are sponsoring an Arbor Day celebration at 10 a.m., June 10 at the grave of Joe Juneau in Evergreen Cemetery. Everyone is welcome.

Outsiders: Cisco Ramos
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

Barril named state's best
For Juneau-Douglas High School senior Hannah Barril, softball isn't just a springtime activity.

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.

Competition and fun mark Sea Coast Relay
The course had to be changed two days prior to Saturday's Sea Coast Relay, and only two teams signed up a week before the start, but everything turned out just fine.

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.

Sea Coast Relay Results
Saturday, 21.39 miles in Auke Bay

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

This Day in History
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Anchorage 911 calls stacking up, causing delays
Anchorage police and 911 operators estimate that 30 to 40 calls stack up on most nights as people in non-emergency situations wait to see an officer.

Forest Service grants Tongass road access to state
The U.S. Forest Service has approved land through the Tongass National Forest for the Juneau access road project.

Locals to enforce new marijuana law
As Gov. Frank Murkowski gets closer to signing a bill aimed at criminalizing small amounts of marijuana possession, Alaskans are wondering what may happen next.

Stevens' attack may help Democratic colleague
When Alaska's senior U.S. senator, 82-year-old Ted Stevens, came here on a speaking swing last month, the seven-term Republican issued what sounded like an extraordinary jeremiad against his Washington state colleague Maria Cantwell, a first-term Democrat who was all of 10 years old when Stevens started serving in the Senate.

Murkowski seeking four more years
America's oldest governor says that he's ready to take on four more years. Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski said Friday he and his wife Nancy decided together to finish the job he left the U.S. Senate four years ago to do.

Alaska Digest
A man survived a 2,600-foot fall off Mount McKinley while attempting to ski down a treacherous gully nicknamed the "Orient Express," according to officials at Denali National Park and Preserve.

Ruling halts forest road repairs
The government must stop repairs on two logging roads in the Tongass National Forest because it has not done the proper studies on how the construction is affecting the environment, a federal judge ruled Friday.

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