Wednesday, June 7, 2006

There'll be a road - just build it already
The only thing I have to say to Tim Whiting is "Thank you." That's one of the best letters I have read addressing the road out of Juneau ("Opponents were against road when it went 'somewhere,' " May 31).

Opposing ANWR supports outsourcing
Those who oppose development of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and any similar developments in Alaska have a simple mantra: protection of the environment and wildlife.

The overused phrase of the month
As an avid reader of the Letters to the Editor section of the Empire, I find myself somewhat confused by some recent submissions.

Bush links war on terror to Cold War
The only similarity I see between the Cold War and this one is the amount of money being wasted by the federal government - money that could be used here at home to benefit our own people.

We do well to pay attention to AIDS
Thank you for printing a front page story about AIDS, the deadliest pandemic in history, which the world has been much too slow to recognize as a global emergency. Its spread was hastened by gross ignorance, prejudice, denial and poverty.

Pickets are on the wrong side
I felt sorry for the dozen Culture of Corruption pickets at the Howard Dean dinner on May 31 in Anchorage. I suppose it's especially tough to get generally overworked, financially troubled folks to show up to picket when they're on the wrong side.

Murkowski doesn't listen to the people
We are innkeepers in Haines and have been in the lodging business for 26 years. Gov. Murkowski and Robin Taylor, in their eternal quest for economic development and more jobs for Alaskans, are destroying our economic future by purposely cutting off access to transportation in Southeast Alaska.

Auke Lake and personal watercraft
As a resident on Auke Lake, I've been blessed to enjoy all its beauty, from calm quiet waters, to wildlife, to - personal watercraft. I have never skied on Auke Lake, nor will I necessarily ever have the opportunity to do so.

City will support road to Skagway
The city of Juneau will support a road north toward Skagway when it submits comments at the state's deadline this week, city officials say.

Photo: Running for fun
Runners advance up Main Street during the five-kilometer KTOO Fun Run.

City OKs new school funds
The Juneau Assembly unanimously approved on Monday night pulling money from its sales tax budget reserve to make up for the Mendenhall Valley high school's funding shortfall.

School Board approves $500K in new textbooks
The Juneau School District has turned the page on its old math books and is ready to open a new chapter of math curriculum.

Photo: Bringing color to a gray day
Nicole Nelson works on her dynamic pastel of a storm cloud on a rainy Monday afternoon at the Juneau Fine Arts camp at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

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

KTOO looking to buy two additional stations
KTOO won approval from the Juneau Assembly on Monday night for a loan that could lead to Juneau's National Public Radio station acquiring two more FM outlets.

KTOO aims to triple airtime with new stations
It didn't take long for the idea of "K-3" to seem an unoriginal pun.

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

Study: Swallows serve as canaries
A t first glance, the motionless bird appeared dead as biologist Deb Rudis used a mirror to peek into the nest of grass and feathers.

Photo: Prowling for salmon
A charter fishing boat trolls Tuesday for king salmon in Fritz Cover near the North Douglas boat ramp.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you Capital City Fire and Rescue

Kelley wins top honor
Juneau resident Mark Kelley received the Benjamin Franklin Award on May 17 in Washington, D.C. for his book, "Alaska's Tracy Arm and Sawyer Glaciers."

Neighbors Digest
Helm talks science, health and scripture

Robb and Long to wed
Jennie Long, of Juneau, and David Robb, of Cassel, Calif., will be married at 11 a.m., June 17, in Cassel.

Rose Druxman
Former Juneau resident Rose Olive King Druxman, 86, died April 7, 2006, while visiting her sister in Phoenix, Ariz.

Rose Olive King Druxman
Former Juneau resident Rose Olive King Druxman, 86, died April 7, 2006, while visiting her sister Pat in Phoenix, Ariz.

Genevieve 'Gina' Janet (Hanlon) Squartsoff
Juneau resident Genevieve "Gina" Janet (Hanlon) Squartsoff, 69, died June 2, 2006, after a brief illness at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

Eileen Houlihan
Juneau resident Eileen Frances Houlihan, 75, died June 4, 2006, in Juneau.

Alaska editorial: Learn to be fire-wise before you get burned
Blue skies, warm steady breezes and occasional dark gray clouds in the distance.

My turn: It's not too late to stop road
Even though work on the Juneau access road has begun, it's not too late for those of us who live here to try again to make our voices heard.

A grill rises from the ashes
Juneau residents who were here two years ago may remember how hot the summer was, with numerous long sunny days and gentle breezy evenings. We should be so lucky to have a little of that this year.

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
From Alaska's Department of Fish and Game

Dodgers draft former Juneau athlete
The Los Angeles Dodgers selected former Juneau resident Justin Fuller in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball draft Tuesday.

KTOO Fun Run results
KTOO Fun Run

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.

Sitka celebrates 2nd title
The atmosphere may have been a little different, but victory tasted just as sweet for the Sitka High School baseball team last Saturday.

Northwest Digest
Wildlife managers in the Yukon-Delta National Wildlife Refuge are again killing arctic foxes to protect a small goose that travels north from Mexico to breed.

House OKs 23.5 percent oil tax rate
Backers of a 23.5 percent tax rate on oil company profits held strong on Tuesday during the Alaska House's final vote on the bill.

Pogo Mine marks official opening after winter start-up
Gov. Frank Murkowski and about 100 guests celebrated the official opening of the Pogo Mine.

ACLU sues state on marijuana law
The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday sued the state of Alaska over a new law penalizing marijuana possession for personal use in the home.

Photo: Keeping foxes out of the nest
A Pacific black brant goose protects her nest near the mouth of the Tutakoke River in Alaska's Yukon-Delta National Wildlife Refuge.

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

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

A long recovery for Fairbanks solider
Ian Wagner had a rapid introduction to the dangers of patrolling the streets in Iraq's Abu Ghraib sector last year.

LeConte changing course on Friday
The state ferry LeConte will shed its longtime around-the-clock schedule and turn into a day boat serving Haines, Hoonah and Angoon on Friday.

Alaska Digest
The grand jury has handed down an indictment against a 28-year-old man accused of manufacturing methamphetamine in an airport area hotel in February.

Forest fire season off to slow start in the Interior
Alaska's forest fire season is off to a slow start, especially in the Interior, according to managers who have overseen the response to record-setting blazes the last two years.

Senate approves oil and gas tax freeze
The Alaska Senate on Tuesday voted to give Gov. Frank Murkowski the authority to freeze the oil and gas taxes of the three companies in negotiations to build a North Slope natural gas pipeline.

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