Monday, June 4, 2007

Alaska editorial: Credit for Point Thomson dissolution is due ex-Gov.
There's been much in the news about state leaders being pleased with recent court rulings supporting the state's dissolution of the Point Thomson unit on the North Slope and the many leases that constituted it.

Erickson is on solid ground with criticism
Elton Engstrom attacked Gregg Erickson's logic on May 18. In the 40 years or so that I have known Gregg, I have found his logic to be solid. If anything, he's a bit too conservative. If Gregg sticks his neck out to say there is problem, you had better listen.

Session to be held in Anchorage
The Alaska Legislature has decided to call itself into special session in Anchorage to keep the SeniorCare program going.

Palin's fall session a wake-up call for city
This is in response to Gov. Sarah Palin's idea to hold a special session outside Juneau this fall and Juneau Rep. Andrea Doll's outcry that the governor should not consider this.

Empire editorial: Moving special session adds insult to injury
When building contractors don't complete a job on time, they're forced to suck up the extra costs.

Palin says rural Alaska needs more economic support
Gov. Sarah Palin told residents in the village of New Stuyahok over the weekend that she hopes to create a permanent municipal aid program.

Immigration bill shouldn't become law
Improbable as it may sound, the immigration bill currently before the U.S. Senate makes it illegal for any employer in the United States to hire any person, including U.S. citizens, without obtaining the permission of the federal government.

Alaskans can help save Civil War sites
I wish to encourage your historically oriented readers to think about contributing to save Civil War sites. The Civil War Preservation Trust notes that suburban sprawl is destroying one acre of these sites every hour.

We need to take back our government
It is time to take our government back from those who seek to use lies and deceptions for the purpose of keeping our nation in a perpetual state of war.

Erickson is on solid ground with criticism
Elton Engstrom attacked Gregg Erickson's logic on May 18. In the 40 years or so that I have known Gregg, I have found his logic to be solid. If anything, he's a bit too conservative. If Gregg sticks his neck out to say there is problem, you had better listen.

Palin's fall session a wake-up call for city
This is in response to Gov. Sarah Palin's idea to hold a special session outside Juneau this fall and Juneau Rep. Andrea Doll's outcry that the governor should not consider this.

Iditarod board just as guilty for incident
The Iditarod's board of directors has given one of its mushers a two-year ban for spanking his dogs multiple times. The board should have given itself a two-year ban as well because they are just as guilty of the violation.

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

Session to be held in Anchorage
The Alaska Legislature has decided to call itself into special session in Anchorage to keep the SeniorCare program going.

Drug bust at airport finds meth and cocaine
Authorities last weekend arrested two Juneau residents and confiscated hundreds of grams of methamphetamine and other drugs at Juneau International Airport.

Wounded veteran keeps promise to his family
U.S. Army Sgt. Paul Gregory will receive a Purple Heart on Tuesday, about nine months after a catastrophic explosion in Baghdad almost killed him.

Big changes in store for new school
Odds are looking good that the high school experience in Juneau will change after Tuesday night - several Juneau School Board members said they expect to vote in favor of an alternative to the arcane educational structure in place for the last 100 years.

Photo: Stepping into the future
Jenni Sambei adjusts Kayla Wilke's cap and tassel Sunday before the Juneau-Douglas High School graduation ceremony. Wearing a strand of lucky dollar bill pinwheels, NicoSaldivar waits for the graduation ceremony.

Around Town

Photo: Hip-hop movement
Dancers, from left, Nicole Solanoy, Ashley Troutt, Trisha Elizarde, Brittany Troutt, Ashley Gundersen, Amanda Endicott and Ashley Troupin harness the power of hip-hop in Brittany Troutt's dance clinic Saturday at the Valley JRC.

Recyclers plan to build 'viking' ship
Armed with discarded fishing rods, nets and about 5,000 thousand plastic drink bottles, community members today begin construction of a 20-foot flat-bottom "Viking" boat to be rowed from Douglas Island to Juneau on July 4.

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

Around Town

Photo: Summer concert series begins
Bruce Simeonson, front, and Debbie Mass of the Thunder Mountain Band perform Friday in downtown Juneau during the summer's first Concert in the Park.

Darlene Higgins
Juneau resident Darlene Martha Higgins died May 30, 2007, in her home. She was 61.

Roscoe H. Van Pool
Former Juneau resident Roscoe Van Pool died the morning of May 31, 2007, at Mercy Hospital in Janesville, Wis. He was 70.

Katherine Waller
Juneau resident Katherine Marie "Kathy" Waller died May 12, 2007, at her home. She was 48.

Alaska editorial: Endless appeals show flaw in justice system
Here's the judicial understatement of the decade. In turning aside Exxon's latest appeal of the multi-billion judgment imposed for its 1989 Alaska oil spill, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday, "It is time for this protracted litigation to end."

Toe Toon

Empire editorial: Moving special session adds insult to injury
When building contractors don't complete a job on time, they're forced to suck up the extra costs.

A tunnel to peace?
Times have changed for the better. We still have radical terrorists waging war against civilized people, but at least the major nations, whose militaries can do some real damage, are seriously talking and doing business with each other in a peaceful, cooperative manner.

Outside editorial: 'Fast-track' process is essential
At the end of next month, a law streamlining the process for approval of international trade deals will expire. Congress should renew it quickly.

Alaska editorial: Credit for Point Thomson dissolution is due ex-Gov.
There's been much in the news about state leaders being pleased with recent court rulings supporting the state's dissolution of the Point Thomson unit on the North Slope and the many leases that constituted it.

District is thinking 'outside of the box'
"Think outside the box." That's what a recent writer to the Juneau Empire urged in her letter regarding the proposal to restructure high school education when Thunder Mountain High School opens in 15 months.

Photo: Spring King derby winner
The winner: Joseph Castillo poses with the winning, 38.2-pound catch he reeled in May 12.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities. To have your group included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Photos: Small fry, big fish
12-year-old Coltin Lanz poses with the 11.35-pound king he caught May 18. Six-year-old Andrew Dilley poses with the 24.9-pound king he caught May 1. 6-year-old Tristan Alexander poses with the 12.9-pound king he caught May 28.

Wild beasts loose on Mount Juneau
I saw my first bears last week, a fat mamma black bear with a roly poly cub.They looked about as dangerous as a couple of warm pillows.

Sailing hooks fans in Seward and beyond
SEWARD - Bobbing on the water at seemingly precarious angles, the sailboats tacked and jibed in unison, following the wind's patterns on Resurrection Bay.

Pike limits reduced in Minto Flats area this year
Pike fishermen in Minto Flats will pay the price this summer for what was a record subsistence pike harvest this winter in the Chatanika River.

The rise of Juneau's trail King
After years of making trails in Juneau, James King is taking a new path.King stepped down from his position as executive director of the nonprofit organization Trail Mix and on Friday began a new job: director of the Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation.

JDHS boys can't stop 3-peat
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team scored in the first half, but the second half, and ultimately the state championship, belonged to South Anchorage High School.

2007 Alaska High School All-Tournament Soccer Teams

Girls finish third
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer players exhibited on Saturday what made them so successful all season long.

Sports In Juneau

Bears heading to state as No. 1 seed
The Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears baseball team defeated Sitka High School 5-1 on Friday, and 4-3 on Saturday, securing them a number one seed at the State Championships next week in Fairbanks.

Pair of JDHS teams off to state
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball and softball teams discovered who they will take on in their respective state tournaments on Sunday.

Alaska Digest
Woman found in Gustavus after search, Woman found guilty in Houston homicide

Search continues for missing campers
The search for two campers at Harding Lake will continue this weekend, several days after their companion was found drowned, authorities said Friday.

Report: Texas leads U.S. in carbon emissions
America may spew more greenhouse gases than any other country, but some states are astonishingly more prolific polluters than others - and it's not always the ones you might expect.

Alaska Zoo founder torn about elephant's relocation
The founder of the Alaska Zoo said she's torn over the question facing the zoo's board of directors: should Maggie stay or should she go?

Man nabbed on child porn charges
An airman based at Elmendorf Air Force Base was arrested on charges of child pornography, with 15,000 images found on his computer.

Feds urge new rules to protect bald eagles
The Fish and Wildlife Service wants to replace four decades of federal protections for the American bald eagle with new rules against disturbing it.

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

Australian official says Japan had a tantrum over whaling
Australia's environment minister on Sunday likened Japan to a toddler having a tantrum in its response to international condemnation of commercial whaling.

Fairbanks man shoots grizzly
Another grizzly bear has been shot outside Fairbanks. It was the third killed in defense of property in eight days.

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

Center for climate change research opens in Barrow
A new facility for studying climate change opened in Barrow on Friday to a warm reception and cold temperatures.

Palin says rural Alaska needs more economic support
Gov. Sarah Palin told residents in the village of New Stuyahok over the weekend that she hopes to create a permanent municipal aid program.

Towns feel loss of sternwheeler's visits
Olga Norris has seen a lot of ups and downs in the 37 years she has been selling jewelry and fine housewares at the Norris Gift Shop on Wrangell's Main Street, but this summer looked promising.

Alaska Digest
Historic orphanage to undergo repairs, Child raising money to repair school roof, Road plan frustrates McCarthy residents

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