Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Mining has sustained Atlin's economy
Please check out current Northwest British Columbia mineral claim maps, specifically the Taku area.

Supervisor repeats Tongass half-truths
In his recent My Turn, Forrest Cole, Tongass forest supervisor, did a good job of repeating the same half-truths about the forest that we have been hearing for the last 20 years. Here's the other half of some of his "facts:"

Disputing Wal-Mart manager's argument
In response to Tim Scott's letter to the editor on June 2, I must acknowledge the amount of people he says currently have health care.

A bureaucratic fee for Eagle Beach
Once more the evil nuisance fee is popping up. This time it is Juneau's popular Eagle Beach that succumbed to the bureaucracy-minded people in charge of parks and recreation.

Tulsequah is toxic, not beneficial
I used to think that the Canadian Tulsequah Chief Mine wouldn't provide any economic benefits to Juneau.

Assembly has duty to support road
On May 23, I supported Assembly member Wanamaker's resolution in support of the road to Skagway.

Elton, Kerttula lauded for past session
I am writing to express my appreciation to Sen. Kim Elton and Rep. Beth Kerttula for voting in favor of a funding proposal that would have reduced classroom sizes in Juneau's schools.

Don't belittle seriousness of crimes
When I think of young people "doing something stupid" I think of shooting road signs, spray paint and throwing eggs at cars, maybe even stealing a radio.

Pebble Mine poses world-class problems
Northern Dynasty wants us to "wait and see" before we oppose Pebble Mine. They want a smooth ride with no opposition so potential investors will buy into the project.

A clarifying word on home-school program
Thank you to reporter Eric Fry for his coverage of education in Juneau and, in particular, for the June 6 story on the changes in the district's home-school program, now called HomeBRIDGE (Bringing Resources to Independent Development, Growth, and Education), which allows students to access local classes, teachers, and activities.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Building a purse seine
Barb Monoian, left, and Wylie Gui build a purse seine Monday on the Douglas Cold Storage Dock.

Study: City's economy is going nowhere
Facing population decline and stagnant growth, Juneau needs a plan to foster new businesses, according to a report released by the Juneau Economic Development Council.

Photo: Busy port
A Wings of Alaska DeHavilland Beaver departs with its load of flightseeing passengers Monday as two turboprop DeHavilland Otters arrive at the Wings float at Merchants Wharf.

Officials tour world of the needy
Karen Brian waited patiently with empty plastic bags when a delegation including Juneau's mayor showed up outside Helping Hands, which provides food to people in need.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

School Board reduces classes, spares some middle-school electives
The Juneau School District will reduce class sizes in the lower grades, save some of the middle school electives that were on the chopping block, and add a high school teacher.

Radar to monitor traffic near schools
The city of Juneau has installed two radar stations on Riverside Drive to make motorists think as they pass Riverbend Elementary School.

Dimond Park high school overrun climbs to $2.7 million
The latest estimate for construction of the Dimond Park high school is $2.7 million over budget.

Photo: An early harvest
Micalyne Kunz picks salmonberries Tuesday along Thane Road. The salmon berries fooled everybody and came out early, she said. Kunz and family members were harvesting the bounty to make preserves to give away at grandmother Cecelia Kunzs upcoming memorial party.

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

Photo: Over the not-so-bounding main
Juneau Youth Sailing participants, front to back, Jordan Hakala, Martin Woodby and Joe Funk sail Gastineau Channel on Monday aboard their 15-footer.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community.

June is nat'l perennial month
This summer's warmth without the dryness of the previous year has brought the perennial flowers to a peak of performance we've never seen.

Smith, Walters to marry
Juneau residents Pauline N. Smith and John C. Walters will be married at 2:00 p.m., June 25, 2005, at the Glacier Valley Church of God in Juneau.

Edmund Adolph Vogel
Former Juneau resident Edmund Adolph Vogel, 87, died April 28, 2005, at his home in Haines.

Linda Alvina (Furuness) Ecklund
Juneau resident Linda Alvina (Furuness) Ecklund, 87, died June 5, 2005, at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Alaska editorial: Red flags in new workers' comp law
One of Gov. Frank Murkowski's must-pass legislative priorities, the workers' compensation bill, may have enough constitutional holes to sink it.

Alaska editorial: What of their deaths?
A 13-year-old boy, riding his bike in the Goldstream Valley, is plowed under by a vehicle reportedly driven by an alcohol-impaired man.

Airline works hard to make you miserable
Name a business that abuses and even literally humiliates the pants off its customers, yet the customers keep coming back for more.

Alaska editorial: Alaska needs a shorter, sweeter legislative session
With one legislative gathering down and another yet to come, it's time again to say changes are needed in the way Alaska handles its lawmaking needs

Chad Bentz back in the big show
Chad Bentz has been moving up baseball's ladder so fast this year, his wife, Cristy, hasn't been able to keep up with him.

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.

Walkenford delivers key hit as Braves edge Royals
Kevin Walkenford drove in Billy Palmer to lift the Braves past the Royals in a 9-8 nail-biter in Minor League Baseball action last week.

Juneau Freewheelers 6-hour Endurance Mountain Bike Race
From June 5

Gastineau Channel Little League Standings
As of June 5

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Group threatens lawsuit if medical pot is discontinued
A Washington D.C.-based advocacy group says it will sue the states of Alaska and Oregon if they discontinue their medical marijuana registration programs.

Gov. Murkowski predicts pipeline contracts by fall
One or two contracts to extract and transport natural gas from the North Slope are expected by fall, Gov. Frank Murkowski said Monday at a Fairbanks news conference.

AG may suspend medical marijuana registration in Alaska
The state attorney general's office says it may suspend Alaska's medical marijuana registration list in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday allowing the federal government to override state laws allowing medical marijuana.

Conservationists team with Tongass on wildlife, timber
One of the largest environmental conservation groups in the world has begun a partnership with the largest national forest in the country to work on timber and wildlife restoration projects, federal officials announced Tuesday.

Glacier Bay ruling goes against state
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Alaska's claim to submerged and tidal lands of Glacier Bay, ruling Monday they are owned by the federal government.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state, the Northwest

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

Anchorage airport gets quarantine station
A quarantine station at Anchorage's international airport will open in July to screen travelers for infectious diseases.

Federal agency calls for offshore fish farming
Despite recent pleas for a moratorium by Alaskan leaders, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration asked Congress on Tuesday to allow fish farms in federal waters.

Asphalt supply, price worrisome
The price of ingredients in asphalt has nearly doubled over the last year, jacking up the price of the material and taking a bigger bite out of construction budgets.

Sprawling Prudhoe Bay's falling oil production reflect trend across U.S.
Oil keeps flowing through a maze of aging wells, pumps and pipelines that poke through the snow on this desolate North Slope tundra.

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