Thursday, May 31, 2007

Assault on South Franklin Street

Why not an exemption in Clean Water Act?
The Kensington Mine finds itself between a rock and a hard spot, no pun intended. Politics make things really complicated sometimes.

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.

Time to end the war, start a new political party
The Democratic Party has failed us, and I wish I could say it was for the last time.

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.

A student concerned about our new high school
Our new high school was originally estimated to be $35.96 million. It then grew to an estimation of $38.25 million, and then to $46.97 million, and then to $54 million! A few months ago, they asked for $21.6 million more!

Correction

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Photo: Closing moments
Buddy Soriano, last year's Spring King Salmon Derby winner, shows a friend how to thread a herring.

Around Town
Today

Around Town

Photo: Cleaning up
Rakoen Castro gets the finishing touches on his haircut with the aid of a vacuum.

State funds aid passage of the school budget
With a boost in state education funding, the Juneau Assembly quickly and unanimously passed a $78.9 million school district budget at its special meeting Wednesday evening.

Business Digest
Hoonah businesswins national award, Sitka's hospitals earn Level IV trauma rating & SE Alaska groupsreceive federal money

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

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

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...

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.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for participating in the food drive

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

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.

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.

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James A. Ruotsala
Longtime Juneau resident James "Jim" A. Ruotsala died May 27, 2007, at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Effie Harvey (Lynch)
A family gravesite ceremony for longtime Douglas resident Effie Harvey (Lynch), who died on Dec. 22, 2006, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home, will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Fleek family plot at Evergreen Cemetery in Juneau.

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: Rachel Carson was a visionary with critics
On her ceremonial 100th birthday celebration, Rachel Carson, mother of modern environmentalism, stands accused of genocide.

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.

It takes a socialist village ...
Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has unveiled her economic vision. Should she be given the power to implement it, we can say goodbye to the prosperity and opportunity we have enjoyed since the Reagan years.

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.

Alaska editorial: Task force must have statewide representation
Five members from the House, five from the Senate and one person named by the governor.

Unique system by JDHS keeps the ball moving
When the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team takes control of the ball, it often looks like complete chaos.

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.

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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.

Stingy Bears aim to stay tough at state tournament
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team enters today's state tournament first-round game with one of the best defenses in Alaska.

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

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.

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

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

Empress of the North must sail south for repairs
The cruise ship Empress of the North must head south for repairs after it hit a charted rock near Juneau earlier this month.

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 & the Nation

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.

Alaska Digest
Police arrest manin alleged assault, One dead, 2 missing at Interior lake, Minor crimes can now be reported online, Zoo delays decision on elephant's future, City wants to move against rogue cabs, Wisconsin men fined for illegal Alaska hunt & Forest Oil announces sale of Alaska assets

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

Court OKs Tongass settlement
The Alaska District Court approved a settlement Wednesday in a series of lawsuits over timber sales on the Tongass National Forest.

Japan argues during conference for right to hunt minke whales
A sometimes contentious debate on whether four small Japanese coastal communities should be allowed to hunt minke whales is scheduled to be decided Thursday by the International Whaling Commission.

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.

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