Saturday, May 30, 2009

Goldbelt squandered its own resources
In his May 17 "My Turn" piece in the Empire, Gary Droubay, the president and CEO of Goldbelt, Inc., blamed the $50 per passenger cruise ship tax for the demise of a proposed $200 million development on the corporation's property in Hobart Bay. There have been stories in the Empire for years about the company's dream for this property. And certainly the proposal sounds good on paper. It's a remote Alaskan bay, completely owned and controlled by one company, with good docking potential. What could be wrong with that?

Flight problems not the norm in Juneau
This letter is in response to the letter from the unhappy traveler who experienced misfortunes at our little international airport due to mechanical and flight delays.

Keep to the right up for interpretation
I might have written before about speeding on Egan Dr. or thought about it many times. Everytime I see a letter of criticism for slow drivers in the left lane, I am tempted. The one by Clay Cummins in the April 23 Empire is an example. He suggests riding the bus and I heartily encourage him to do so.

Alaskan Brewing expands
Two shiny, giant tanks for brewing beer rolled through town yesterday to the Alaskan Brewing Co. The brewers have gone from turning out 1,500 barrels in 1987 to more than 100,000 barrels a year since 2005 - all on the same property. Finding the room for this latest expansion was something of a magic trick - and a little bit European, according to plant manager Curtis Holmes.

Police seek answers in old killing
Daniel Brux was a well-known figure in the downtown area at the time of his death 9 years ago this month, but his murder has remained a mystery to this day.

Elementary school club takes to fishing: hook, line and sinker
The rain fell in sideways sheets. Whitecaps rolled down Gastineau Channel near the base of the Douglas Island bridge. It was a typical Southeast Alaska day. But members of Dirk Miller's Gastineau Elementary fishing club stood fast on the water's edge in the inclement weather. Each student clutched a fishing pole, wore safety glasses, a neon life jacket and was eagerly tossing their line into the fray - again and again.

Roadless rule change could affect Tongass
Environmentalists are hoping Thursday's Obama administration announcement will mean a time-out for road-building for timber sales in roadless parts of the Tongass National Forest, and many news outlets reported it as such.

Juneau Empire to publish pictorial history book
In observance of the golden anniversary of Alaska statehood and Juneau as Alaska's capital city, the Juneau Empire is publishing a pictorial history book featuring historic photos submitted by the newspaper's readers.

Photo: Survival of the driest
Abigail Maloney, left, tries to lift her arms in a survival suit as Chloe Varner and Laura Coleman each look through the face opening of a suit. The three are part of Dave Ringle's sixth grade class at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, which took a field trip to Echo Ranch for an outdoor survival camp Wednesday and Thursday.

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

Around Town
Today, May 29

Nancy E.M. Shanley
Lifetime Juneau resident Nancy E.M. (Niemi) Shanley died peacefully April 27, 2009, in her home. She was 77.

Steven Jones
Longtime Juneau resident Steven Jones died Jan. 31, 2009, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was 61.

Outside editorial: Tougher sanctions needed to halt North Korea's nuclear efforts
It has become clear that Japan must take a leading role in discussions at the U.N. Security Council to ensure a new resolution against North Korea for conducting a nuclear test Monday produces results.

Seeing the future of affirmative action
Tuesday's nomination of Judge Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court was a historic moment that all Americans should appreciate. Her life story represents the great promise of the American dream - Sotomayor has lived in both a public housing project in the Bronx and in the dorm rooms of Princeton and Yale.

My Turn: Working to acheive snowmobile access
Two years ago I attended a public meeting at Centennial Hall regarding an application from the Juneau Snowmobile Club for the use of certain lands at Eaglecrest after the ski season ended. What started out as an informative discussion soon became a controversial and overwhelming public expression that there should be no snowmobile use permitted at Eaglecrest. Consequently, the club's application was denied.

Ketchikan's Johansen to seek re-election to Legislature
KETCHIKAN - State Rep. Kyle Johansen wants a third term.

Anchorage man killed in home
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a man was shot and killed at a home on the east side of the city.

Two high-profile Democrats signal interest in gov's race
ANCHORAGE - Two high-profile Anchorage Democrats are signaling interest in a possible run for Alaska governor next year.

Weimar moves from prison to halfway house in Montana
ANCHORAGE - A man convicted of illegally funneling money to help a state legislative candidate is out of federal prison and into a halfway house.

Wildlife troopers cite illegal clammers over Memorial weekend
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited at least 22 people for illegal clam digging on the Kenai Peninsula.

Defense secretary to visit Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Defense Secretary Robert Gates will tour military sites in Alaska.

JDHS a win away from state
The wet, muddy Crimson Bears are one more victorious trip into the slop trough away from earning a berth to the State Baseball Championships.

South clips JDHS in opener
The Crimson Bears finally found their consistency in yet another State Championships game against South. Unfortunately, they were consistently a hair off.

Girls hand Kenai first loss of year
The sixth-ranked Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team upset third-ranked Kenai Central 2-0 late Thursday night in their opening game of the State Soccer Championships in Anchorage, pushing them into a 4 p.m. semifinal matchup against a short-handed and second-ranked Chugiak squad today.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

State's first swine flu case confirmed in Fairbanks
Alaska has its first official case of swine flu, also known as H1N1, state health officials announced Thursday. The victim is a Fairbanks woman who since being diagnosed has fully recovered.

Alaska suicide rate increases yet again
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's suicide rate is showing no signs of subsiding.

Wildfire near McGrath grows to 21,760 acres
McGRATH - A wildfire burning near McGrath has grown to 21,760 acres and additional help was being dispatched to the Interior Alaska fire, a Division of Forestry official said Thursday.

Natural gas in Arctic mostly Russian owned
WASHINGTON - Nearly one-third of the natural gas yet to be discovered in the world is north of the Arctic Circle and most of it is in Russian territory, according to a new analysis led by researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey.

Experts testify in Fairbanks DUI manslaughter trial
FAIRBANKS - Traffic accident experts gave conflicting opinions in the trial of a Fairbanks woman charged with manslaughter.

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