Thursday, June 1, 2006

Business Digest
Staff reports from the business community

Bush's action reminds writer of a joke
The Bush administration coddled and rewarded their buddies in the oil industry until the voters finally showed signs of rebellion.

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.

Amazed road hasn't been built sooner
I have been reading quite a number of letters in the paper from people who definitely appear opposed to the road north out of Juneau.

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.

Thane path valuable to all residents
Bike path, pedestrian way, sea walk, coastal trail - whatever term is used, a separated route for walkers, joggers and bikers, from downtown to the Sheep Creek bridge, would contribute dramatically to the safety of all Thane Road users - in and out of vehicles - and would be a valuable amenity for all Juneau residents and visitors.

Two presidents' track records
I'd like to thank Jeremiah Crockroft for replying to my question of what positive achievements President Bush has made over the last six years.

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.

Speakers on Iraq war were inspiring
I attended the forum on Iraq with Sen. Lisa Murkowski and had the privilege of hearing many community members speak about the war.

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.

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

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.

Goldbelt Inc. elects new leaders
Juneau's urban Native corporation, Goldbelt Inc., anticipates that the design and permitting on its long-awaited Hobart Bay cruise ship destination will be accomplished this year.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

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.

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.

City looks at property tax rate reduction
The Juneau Assembly Finance Committee on Wednesday advanced proposals that would funnel more than $400,000 in new state money to school programs next year and cut the property tax rate to nearly offset homeowners' skyrocketing tax assessments.

Welcoming the Celebration
A few minutes after 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, four canoes swung around the hulking hull of the Veendam and came into view of Marine Park, passing the boat ramp before circling wide to their left.

Soriano captures spring derby title
Andres "Buddy" Soriano earned a big paycheck for taking the month of May off from his postal service job.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Special showing
Artist Fausto Paulo exhibits his beadwork Wednesday during the Northwest Coast Artists gathering at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. This is the first time Paulo has shown his art in public.

Recognitions
Recognizing outstanding achievements from around the community

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks, neighbor

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 Digest
Staff reports from around the community

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

Steve Hole
Former Juneau resident Steve Hole, 60, died of esophageal cancer May 25, 2006, at his home in Roseburg, Ore.

My Turn: Don't let Planned Parenthood come
It has recently come to my attention that, once again, Planned Parenthood is digging in for another stronghold here in Alaska.

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.

Alaska editorial: Face unknowns and choose gas tax system
When legislators return to work after their Memorial Day break, it's time they make the decision and adopt a new oil and gas production tax.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Study says Arctic was once a lot like Miami
Scientists have found something about the North Pole that could send a shiver down Santa's spine: It used to be downright balmy.

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

Gubernatorial race may attract national money
The past two statewide campaign seasons have been flush with money from outside Alaska but political consultants disagree on the outlook for the gubernatorial race this year.

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

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

Alaska man recounts weekend bear mauling
Mike Mungoven had two thoughts as he stumbled into a large grizzly on his morning run Sunday.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

Photo: To the rescue
U.S. Coast Guard crewmen from the cutter Anacapa help a whale biologist free a humpback whale from a salmon gillnet Tuesday in Frederick Sound outside Petersburg.

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.

Food challenge VII- From sea to tree, ground to grill
For Food Challenge VII, we turn to Ernesta Ballard, creator of "Rockfish Mascarpone" and the only chef to submit a recipe for all six Food Challenges so far.

Parchment showdown
The sun was shining for the first time in weeks, the cruise-ship traffic was dissipating at the end of a high-traffic Saturday afternoon and Lynda Giguere and Marcia Day were prepared for conquest.

briefly
news of local arts

First Friday: Ravenstail, blueclay, 'soaking,' a touch of evil
Juneau weaver Kay Field Parker has been obsessed with Ravenstail weaving since 1990 but has not shown much of her work publicly until this year.

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

Sharing Raven tales for Beyond Heritage
With all the differences in language, movement and storytelling between the vast number of Alaska indigenous groups, Raven stories are one major commonality.

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