Thursday, June 7, 2007

Why can't Legislature think outside the box?
I agree with the Anchorage Daily News editorial reprinted in the June 1 Juneau Empire that stated the voters made a mistake in limiting sessions to 90 days.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Finish the job, keep the change
On Tuesday, Juneau voters will vote on Propositions 1, 2 and 3 to decide whether to finish the school's auditorium - or leave it as an empty, locked shell; whether to have a sports field at the school; and whether to properly equip the school with things such as computers, books, equipment, musical instruments and wrestling mats.

New curriculum makes good sense
Regarding reporter Greg Skinner's article in Monday's Juneau Empire concerning the "big changes in store" at Thunder Mountain High School, it seems common sense and educational research endorsed by scholars and home educators the past 200 years is being heeded.

Why pay 100 percent?
There seems to be some confusion about the coming bond election scheduled for Tuesday: The question is not "Do we want to pay for these projects?"

Article reveals some negative attitudes
After reading Monday's article by Greg Skinner about the new way of thinking about education, I find it very interesting indeed that some committee members consider teens who want to be treated as persons instead of anonymous cogs in a soulless machine to be "pampered" and "self-indulgent."

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

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

Is building a new track and field necessary?
Some people see a need for a new artificial turf field and track at Thunder Mountain High School, while others say it would duplicate an existing facility less than a mile from the construction site.

Body pulled from channel
Within view of docked cruise ships, Juneau police Wednesday pulled the body of a man out of Gastineau Channel.

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.

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.

'Indoor' props ask voters to finish school
Juneau voters decide Tuesday on three funding propositions for completing the new Thunder Mountain High School.

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."

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.

Photo: Net returns
Teal McAlllister, right, mends a net Wednesday on the Douglas cold storage dock. McAllister and fellow crewmembers Jamie Burkart, left, and Henry Webb of the purse seiner Owyhee were mending the net for the boat in preparation for the upcoming season.

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

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reports.

Around Town

Correction
The third paragraph of Benjamin Brown's column on Wednesday's Opinion Page should have read: "An organized group that was devoted to fiscal responsibility succeeded in repealing some of the approved funding, leaving a downsized project."

Former lawmaker responds to Yakutat mayor's job veto
Scott Ogan says he's a good hire as Yakutat's borough manager because his connections to the oil and gas industry might help bring small-town Yakutat an economic boom and alleviate high energy costs.

Around Town

Business Digest
Dealership receives funds for expansion, Mining hall of fame Web site goes online, New cyber cafe to open downtown

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.

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.

Vote yes on high school propositions
Thunder Mountain High School is going to open in August 2008. On Tuesday, Juneau needs to vote yes on all three propositions so the school can be completed.

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: 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.

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."

Alaska editorial: Palin's popularity yet to be tested
Talk about political capital - with approval numbers around 90 percent, it's no surprise Gov. Sarah Palin mostly got her way during the last legislative session. The only way she could lose an election right now is to run against the Permanent Fund dividend.

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.

JDHS ready for return to Fairbanks
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball field was buzzing with activity during the team's final practice in town Tuesday.

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.

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

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.

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.

Fire destroys Mat-Su school
Seventy firefighters and emergency responders tried in vain to save Susitna Valley Junior and Senior High School from flames that destroyed the $13 million building.

Fisheries building under way, approval for funding pending
Lena Point is a busy place these days. As federal scientists and administrators moved plants and office supplies into the new Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute, construction workers Wednesday were laying the foundation for the University of Alaska Fairbanks' ocean sciences facility next door.

NOAA keeps two-fish limit on Southeast Alaska halibut
In an ongoing dispute between commercial fishermen and the growing halibut charter business, a federal agency has issued new regulations keeping the current bag limit for guided trips at two fish a day in southeast Alaska.

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

Kohring avoids voting on gas bill
State Rep. Vic Kohring, who faces bribery and extortion charges, revealed this week that a senior lawmaker asked that he not vote on Gov. Sarah Palin's natural gas pipeline bill.

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

Zoo to move Alaska's only elephant
Following an impassioned public outcry, the Alaska Zoo board has decided to relocate the state's only elephant to another state under certain conditions, the board president said Wednesday.

Weyhrauch seeks trial delay; prosecutors object
Former state Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, R-Juneau, is asking for court delays that could push his trial on federal corruption charges into the fall.

State department plans to phase in ocean ranger program
Ocean rangers probably won't be on board cruise ships sailing through Alaska waters until the end of this year's tourist season.

Palin signs gas line bill
Gov. Sarah Palin traveled to Fairbanks on Wednesday for a ceremonial signing of her gas pipeline legislation, the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act.

Northwest Digest
Judge stops trial for Nenana murder, Oregon sets new energy standards

This Day in History
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