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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

In support of a 'Capitol Highway'
I am writing this letter in support of the Juneau Access Road. This road has been dubbed the "Capitol Highway" by our neighbors up north, not the "road to nowhere," as the hometown critics love to say.

Opponents were against road when it went 'somewhere'
Those against the road use the following arguments: It is a "road to nowhere"; recreation vehicles will flood Juneau; the road will be closed for parts of the year due to weather conditions; and, environmentalists say, Berners Bay is more valuable as a tourist destination without roads.

Salmon survived without regulations
Coeur Alaska plans to use Lower Slate Lake for the temporary storage of mining tailings. This plan has been and will continue to be monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency very closely.

Public shouldn't do Forest Service's job regarding cabins
The U.S. Forest Service cabins are indeed important, but the answer is not for the public to do the job that the Forest Service is tasked.

A few examples in support of Bush
Lisle Hebert's letter to the editor ("Suggestions for Bush," May 3) kindly asked a Bush supporter to send in a letter listing the positive achievements of the Bush administration over the last six years.

New-road dollars can't be used for maintenance
Rayda L. Renshaw's letter, "Maintaining roads vs. building new roads," (May 21) displays a common ignorance by the public.

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

Foundation trying to bring more to Alaska
Juneau Jazz & Classics knows about the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. So does Perseverance Theatre and Juneau Family Birth Center.

Debris becomes eyesore for some
Neighborhood debris has been pilling up in Juneau without relief, says a Ninth Street resident.

Veterans nervous about IDs
Juneau's veterans are on guard for signs of identity theft after a breach of vital information for millions of their comrades.

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

Photo: Fuzzy Wuzzy riders
Bonnie Fitzjarrald, riding Charlie at left, and Mark Fitzjarrald, on Cross E Gills, participate in the Ribbon Race on Monday during the Fuzzy Wuzzy Playday at the Fairweather Equestrian Center. Bonnie won the day's overall championship.

Photo: Memorial moments
Cecily Goertzen, above, stands framed by a wreath in Evergreen Cemetery on Monday afternoon, shortly after the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Memorial Day ceremony.

Doll to run for House in valley
Juneau Democrat Andrea Doll will follow in her husband's footsteps and run for Republican Rep. Bruce Wey- hrauch's seat in the Alaska House of Representatives.

UAS students digging for clues of past
A trail of the future has led a University of Alaska Southeast archaeology class on a trail to the past.

Photo: Barn fire destroys home
A Capital City Fire and Rescue firefighter extinguishes hot spots Tuesday from a barn fire on the back side of Mendenhall Loop Road.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Actions in Iraq criticized
Calls for the president's impeachment drew applause in the crowd of about 200 Tuesday night at Centennial Hall, and Alaska's junior U.S. senator heard almost no support for the war in Iraq.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from around the community

Gelstons celebrate 40th
Mike and Bev Gelston were married June 4, 1966, in Oakland, Calif.

Juneau makes the map
Juneau residents, tourists and seasonal workers have the opportunity to brush up on geography by following the nails in the boards of the cruise ship terminal. The downtown dock closest to the tram is home to a United States map constructed to scale using more than 50,000 nails.

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks, neighbor

Recognitions
Recognizing outstanding achievements from around the community

Alaska editorial: Tongass vote shows patience running out
The American public has been very generous to us here in Alaska. Year after year, the state ranks first or close to it in the amount of federal money per resident hauled back home from the federal treasury.

My Turn: A better alternative to spraying
The more I learn about Klukwan Inc.'s proposal to spray pesticides from a helicopter over their cut over lands on Long Island, the more I hear the voice of my forestry professor: "You can modify, cajole and improve on Mother Nature, but you never want to kick her in the face."

My turn: Are Alaska's resources a curse?
Alaska's resources blind many politicians. Too many politicians keep Alaska an economic colony, exporting raw materials and importing finished goods.

Fish Report
King salmon continued their return to the area last week, and anglers caught fish in a numerous locations.

Runners' Corner: Juneau is full of ideal places to run
Juneau boasts endless scenic places to run, from numerous wilderness trails to many roads with little or no traffic, as well as bike paths and parks.

Jack and Jill Time Trial Race
Friday, False Outer Point.

Speedy Bears look for 3rd straight title
Speed may be the key for the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team this weekend.

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.

GCLL: Home runs lift Astros past Devil Rays in Minor Baseball action
Three inside-the-park home runs helped push the Astros to a 12-8 win over the Devil Rays in Minor Baseball over the week at Miller Field in the Gastineau Channel Little League.

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

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Exxon Valdez damages deadline approaching
The deadline for government lawyers to file broad new damage claims against Exxon Mobil in the Prince William Sound oil spill is fast approaching.

Judge: Sea lion studies violate protection laws
A judge has ruled the federal government must halt studies of threatened and endangered Steller sea lions because it did not properly assess how certain research techniques might harm the animals.

Knowles seeks return to governor's office
Former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles said Monday that he will run for a new term.

Leman: No second term
Republican Lt. Gov. Loren Leman announced on Tuesday he will not run for governor or seek re-election to his office.

High gold prices sparking a new kind of gold fever
High gold prices have produced a rush, at least at mining supply stores.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world

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