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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

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 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.

Iraq a test tube for corporate globalization
1953 - A CIA coup overthrew the democratically elected leader of Iran, President Mohammed Mossadegh, installing the repressive regime of the shah. Mossadegh's crime was to want to nationalize more of Iran's oil from British and American oil companies.

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.

Cartoon an insult to the American soldier
The editorial page cartoon that ran in the May 30 Juneau Empire is an insult to the American soldier!

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.

SEARHC President Brewer dies at 56
Ken Brewer, president of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and a Juneau resident since 1992, died unexpectedly on Saturday. He was 56.

Photo: The wrong kind of food chain
Marcus Eriksen shows off a string of plastic lighters, discarded toothbrushes, small pumice stones and even a leg from a toy doll that he found in the stomachs of dead albatross in the Pacific Ocean.

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

Around Town

Yakutat mayor objects to Ogan job offer
The mayor of Yakutat plans to veto a local assembly decision to hire as borough manager Scott Ogan, a former Republican senator who left office in 2004 facing recall amid accusations of corruption.

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: 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.

Around Town

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.

Photo: Highway beautification
Burke Bonjack, right, and Evan Sobe of Juneau Parks and Recreation plant safety orange-colored flowers Monday afternoon in the median on Egan Drive as cars flare past. Warm temperatures are expected to taper off a bit, with highs today around 59.

Police & Fire

Windfall saves Juneau from budget cuts
A one-time windfall of money from the state allowed the Juneau Assembly to pass a city operational budget that did not require cutting city services or a noticeable raise in property taxes, officials said.

State may be winning fight for gas field
BP has written off its stake in the Point Thomson oil and gas field, and some state officials see the move as progress in Alaska's fight for control of the vast reserve.

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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.

My Turn: Resolving senior benefits
The status of state benefits for Alaska's seniors must be resolved. Both the original Longevity Bonus and the current SeniorCare program require new legislation to continue.

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."

Alaska editorial: State should take closer look at future of its ferry system
The Legislature was generous with the Alaska Marine Highway system. There is money to cover operating costs not covered by ferry fares. There is more than $13 million for upgrades of ships and terminals.

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.

My Turn: One school system does not fit all
Our community and the Juneau School Board deserve more information than the one-sided front-page story in Monday's Juneau Empire and Superintendent Peggy Cowan's My Turn supporting the Next Generation committee's recommendation to radically restructure how all Juneau high school students learn.

2007 Alaska High School All-Tournament Soccer Teams

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.

Northwest Digest
Interim CEO to take over at VECO Corp., Federal funds to boost state vaccine program, Diesel fuel spills in Prince William Sound, Officials say renegade bison are cooperating, Wyoming will wait to control wolves

Palin OKs cruise line disclosure
Cruise lines are required to disclose that Alaska tour operators pay to advertise their tours on board under a bill that became law Monday.

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

Police identify victim in fatal Chugiak blaze
Alaska State Troopers have identified musher Barry MacAlpine as the man who died in an early morning house fire in Chugiak.

Washington governor explores economic opportunity in Alaska
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire on Monday confronted concerns raised by Alaska's shipping and fishing sectors during a two-day trade mission, her first to the state.

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

Churches join effort against global warming
Alaska churches have joined a group that aims to slow global warming. An Alaska chapter of Interfaith Power and Light was officially launched over the weekend.

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.

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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