Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Assault on South Franklin Street

We're on the fast track to fascism
Members of the Bush administration have been gunning for the republic since day one. They have burned and looted while they drive the country as if it were a stolen car.

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:

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.

Empire photo doesn't tell the whole story
I was surprised the Juneau Empire chose to print such an old photograph of Lower Slate Lake on May 23.

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.

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

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.

Ethics rules may take bite out of dining
For Alaska legislators, there is such a thing as a free lunch. If it costs a lobbyist more than $15, however, it will soon have to be reported.

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.

Historic site running out of chances
A nearly 100 year-old locomotive repair shop in Juneau is one of the state's top 10 endangered historic sites, according to an announcement by the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation.

Around Town

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

Photo: Panning for gold
Gastineau Elementary School teacher Dirk Miller, middle, and his students, Justin Sleppy, 8, and Devin Rinehart, 7, try their hand at gold panning Tuesday near the Last Chance Mining Museum.

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.

Around Town
Today

Leopard attacks Juneau man
A Juneau doctor helped save a friend from an attacking leopard but shot him in the calf during a hunt gone sour last week in Zimbabwe.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for participating in the food drive

Pets of the week
Goofy, charming dogs at GHS seek homes

Ramsdells celebrate 50 years
Lifelong Juneau resident Miles and Shirley Ramsdell will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 1.

Flansaas and Whiteley to wed
Dana Flansaas and Thomas Whiteley, of Juneau, will marry at 2:30 p.m. on June 16, 2007, at the Shrine of St. Therese. A reception will follow at 5 p.m. at The Tlingit and Haida Building.

Neighbors Digest
Class of 1967 plans 40th reunion in August, Troutt to give dance clinic Friday, Saturday & McCloud offers book signing, presentation

Living and Growing: It's never too early to think about Hospice
It's not easy to think about the time when you or a family member may face life-limiting illness or injury. But dealing with end-of-life issues need not be a lonely or confusing process-Hospice and Home Care of Juneau can help.

Myhra and Zimmer to wed
Deirdre Zimmer, of Juneau, and Ryan Myhra, of Clackamas, Ore., will be married at 6 p.m. on June 2, 2007, at Glacier Gardens in Juneau. All family and friendS are invited.

Photos: A day for community
The annual Community Day on Saturday at the University of Alaska Southeast featured performances by Juneau Jazz and Classics bands, the Rowdy Raven Beer Garden, booths, food, the Sea/Coast Relay finish line...

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Effie Harvey (Lynch)
Longtime Douglas resident Effie Harvey (Lynch) died Dec. 22, 2006, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home. A family gravesite ceremony will be held at 10 a.m Saturday at the Fleek Family Plot at Evergreen Cemetery in Juneau.

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.

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: Alaska is losing $400 per minute
Every minute of the day, while high-paid attorneys and accountants pepper each other and regulators with obscure and sometimes ridiculous legal arguments, the state treasury loses another $400 in excess trans-Alaska pipeline system shipping charges, or tariffs.

Outside editorial: Gas prices - Congress ducks harder choices
In the spring of 2006, gasoline prices were approaching $3 per gallon, and Democrats seeking to win back Congress blamed the Republicans in charge.

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.

Photo: Gotcha!
Rockies catcher Eric Verrelli tags out the Padres' Chris Jacobsen during their game Thursday in the Gastineau Channel Little League.

Mariners slip past Cardinals 3-2
Jeff Pusich fanned 10 batters in five innings to lift the Mariners to a 3-2 win over the Cardinals on Saturday in Gastineau Channel Little League Major Baseball action.

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.

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 Digest
Neighbor puts out small fire in Juneau, Group urges public campaign financing, Palin freezes energy advertising contract, Research center loses power after fire, Air Force prepares to turn over buildings & Rep. Kohring's trial delayed until the fall

Investigators probe remodeling at home of Sen. Ted Stevens
Federal investigators have interviewed contractors who worked on an extensive remodeling of the Girdwood home of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens seven years ago.

Regulators review rare loon for protections
A petition seeking Endangered Species Act protection for a rare loon that breeds in Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve has been accepted for review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Caucuses moved to Feb. 5
Alaska Republicans and Democrats have joined at least 20 other states in pushing up their caucuses to the earliest possible date in an effort to gain more influence in the 2008 presidential election.

Panel approves whaling quotas for Alaska Natives
The International Whaling Commission on Tuesday approved extending bowhead whaling quotas for Alaska Eskimos for subsistence hunting.

State continues work to separate wildlife officers from troopers
State officials on Tuesday continued the process of separating wildlife officers from the Alaska State Troopers.

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