Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Think outside the box with new high school
A proposal has been put before the school board that would add a new comprehensive high school. I am dismayed by this proposal. I attended two of the brainstorming sessions for the new school, and what I heard was:

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.

Consider energy for remote, rural areas
If there is to be a special session, I hope that the governor, lieutenant governor, Chief of Staff Mike Tibbles, senators and representatives will consider near-term solutions to our increasing costs of fuel and electricity in our rural and remote communities of Alaska.

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.

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...

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.

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?

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.

Veteran, well-known aviator Ruotsala dies
Longtime Juneau resident Jim Ruotsala died Sunday night at Bartlett Regional Hospital after complications related to diabetes. He was 73.

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.

Photo: Memorial ride
Members of the Southeast Alaska Tongass Chapter of the Harley Owners Group ride Monday down Calhoun Avenue during their Tongass Memorial Run, held to honor the memory of the fallen U.S. military personnel.

Around Town

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

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.

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

Two people knifed at campground near Thane
A man at a Thane Road campground was accused of attacking two people Sunday evening, cutting one man under his chin and cutting a woman on her left hand.

Juneau residents honor fallen soldiers on Memorial Day
After attending a Memorial Day ceremony that drew scores of people to Evergreen Cemetery on Monday, Charles and Margaret Gamble lingered by their son's grave.

Photo: Honoring Native veterans
Members of the color guard for the Southeast Alaska Native Veterans' Memorial Day ceremony march at the beginning of the event, held at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Around Town

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.

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: Mat-Su wants Juneau's economy
This is in response to The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman editorial published in the Juneau Empire on May 24.

Alaska editorial: Kudos to bipartisan effort
Sen. Con Bunde had it right when he said the Omnibus Anti-Crime Bill was "an example of when the legislative process really works ... so something good can happen for the people of Alaska."

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

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.

Outside editorial: Showdown in Odessa, Texas
When the newly elected school board in Odessa, Texas, announced that it would require public schools to offer a Bible course elective, many townspeople cried hallelujah.

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.

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...

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...

International Whaling Commission opens four-day meeting in Alaska
Subsistence whaling has sustained entire Alaska native communities for centuries and renewal of their five-year bowhead whale quota is crucial, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens said Monday at the opening of the International Whaling Commission meeting.

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

7-year-old autistic boy found in lake dies
An autistic boy found unconscious and floating in a lake has died, Anchorage police said.

Northwest Digest
Sleeping suspect charged with theft, Search continues for Selawik woman, Friend: Man had no time for pepper spray & Agents target illegal immigrants in jail

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?

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

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

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

Rural villages welcome public works projects
The $1.8 billion state capital budget has municipal officials in rural Alaska excited about the prospects of adding or repairing infrastructure in their communities.

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