Wednesday, June 6, 2007

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!

Coeur Alaska can go back to drawing board
It's great to live in a community where people are willing to stand up for the law. The Clean Water Act has been around since the 1970s. It has served our nation well in cleaning up and preserving our water.

Grateful for some common sense
I would like to thank Reecia Wilson for the letter she wrote to the Juneau Empire that was printed Thursday ("Why not an exemption in Clean Water Act?"). It was full of common sense, something this town seems to be seriously lacking in any more.

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.

On Wal-Mart, kids and terrorists
Gabriella Hebert's letter on Friday was sad - having an 8-year-old listen to her parents badmouth Wal-Mart and then using her to write something she has no clue about. It's kind of like the terrorists using kids as suicide bombers.

Remember, the new speed limits for boats
As the new boating season progresses, it is apparent that many boaters are unaware of the new speed limit and no-wake regulations approved by the Juneau Assembly, which took effect on May 1.

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

City in final stages of buying old armory
A new - well, slightly used - performing arts center in Juneau may become a reality in the near future.

Board OKs education overhaul
The Juneau School Board unanimously agreed Tuesday to accept a recommended overhaul of high school education in Juneau.

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.

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.

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.

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

Board accepts 'opt-out' plan
The Juneau School District and School Board reached agreement Tuesday with final wording of a regulation allowing parents to remove their children from instruction on topics deemed "sensitive."

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SEARHC names interim president
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium on Tuesday announced the selection of Mark Gorman to lead the Native health care system through transition following the weekend death of President and CEO Ken Brewer.

Photo: Triple cruise
A sailboat and floatplane are framed Tuesday against the paint scheme of the cruise ship Norwegian Pearl in Juneau Harbor.

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.

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.

Palin to sign gas pipeline plan today
Gov. Sarah Palin is scheduled to sign the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act in Fairbanks today after pushing the keystone of her young administration into place through months of legislative debate.

Photos: Rigging for rescue
Juneau Mountain Rescue hosted a custom Rigging for Rescue four-day seminar April 1-4 in Juneau. Rigging for Rescue provides technical ropework consulting and inquiry based rope rescue seminars.

Messing and Harris to wed
Stephanie Messing and Kyle Harris, of Juneau, will be married at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2007, at Auke Recreation Village Area. A reception will follow at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Recognitions
The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council is proud to announce the winners of the annual student scholarships.

Photo: Rotary student of the month
Karen Brewer Tarver, left, audit manager/CPA for Elgee Rehfeld Mertz LLC, presents the Glacier Valley Rotary Club Student of the Month award to Kayley Nauska, Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School student, at a Glacier Valley Rotary meeting on April 18, with principal Laury Scandling looking on.

Dennis and Milasich wed
Julie Dennis, of Juneau, and Michael Milasich, of Tacoma, Wash., were married on Feb. 18, 2007, in Kilworth Chapel at the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma.

Family caregivers need a break
Over 30 million families in the U.S. provide care for an adult over the age of 50 and that number is expected to double as the baby boomers become seniors.

Patzke and Dick wed
Brittany Dick, of Juneau, and Marc Patzke, of Eagle River, were married on May 11, 2007, at Gray Gables Estate, in Portland, Ore. A reception followed.

Neighbors Digest
Fine Arts Camp, Academy to continue through June, The Learning Connection is seeking volunteers,

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Kenneth A. Brewer
Juneau resident Kenneth A. Brewer died June 2, 2007. He was 56.

Outside editorial: NASA administrator flubs an essential truth
Last week, NASA administrator Michael Griffin, interviewed by Steve Inskeep on National Public Radio, allowed as to how global warming, caused by human activity, is a real phenomenon, but added that he questions whether it "is a problem we must wrestle with."

Empire editorial: Coming together for the sake of our kids
So many issues have divided our community - the road out of town, the Kensington Mine, the second high school - at times it seems there's nothing we agree on.

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.

My Turn: You can't blame it all on cost increases
In 1999, we authorized $49.9 million to build a school for a projected 1,200 students, including an auditorium for 600, gym for 1,750, vocational training labs and a 400-meter track and athletic field.

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.

School bond vote raises the big-picture questions
Next Tuesday, Juneau will vote on three questions related to construction and equipment costs of the Mendenhall Valley high school.

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.

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. It runs when space is available and event notices should arrive at least one week before they are scheduled to take place.

Strong pitching marks Padres' win over the Rockies
The Padres scored twice with two outs in the seventh inning to nip the Rockies 2-1 on Saturday in the Gastineau Channel Little League Junior Baseball division.

Photo: Eyes on the ball
The Athletics' Jackson Lehnhart makes contact during a game against the Mariners in Gastineau Channel Little League Major Baseball action on Thursday.

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.

Alaska Digest
Empress to return to service in July, Airline plans daily flights to Fairbanks, Thermal column blamed in plane crash, Bisson to become Alaska affairs adviser

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

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.

Longtime musher dies in blaze
Barry MacAlpine lived life exactly the way he wanted to, and at the center of his world were 35 dogs.

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.

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

House leaders call for Kohring to step down
State House leaders have joined growing calls for state Rep. Vic Kohring to resign.

Blaze destroys top-floor units at four-story Anchorage condo
Most of the top-floor units of a four-story, downtown condo building were destroyed Tuesday in a fire that sent a billowing cloud of smoke visible throughout much of the Anchorage basin.

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