Thursday, June 8, 2006

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.

If road is built, almost everyone loses
King Frank (Murkowski) may get the initial segment of his totally unnecessary and environmentally disastrous road North, despite the fact that a majority of his constituents in northern Southeast Alaska are against it.

Languishing project shakes confidence
I wonder what impression Juneau's visitors from London, Texas and elsewhere, involved in the legislative debate over the natural gas pipeline, are getting from the Fourth Street fancification immediately in front of the state Capitol.

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.

Open the gates, let the waters roll
From Dorothy Lake in the south to the Kensington Mine in the north, and to all the activity in between, we have cracked open the throttle on the engines that power the wheels of progress.

A frightening trend about government
From reading the news over the last several months, I have noticed a trend developing, getting more prevalent and frightening.

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.

What happened to common sense?
I have visited friends in Juneau every year for the past six years and have heard a lot about the "road to nowhere." I did not understand the reason for that name until just this year.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

Photo: Rub-a-dub-dub, kings in a tub
A tote full of Taku River king salmon unloaded Wednesday from a fishing vessel at the Taku Smokeries dock awaits processing.

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.

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

Troublesome bear banned from Juneau
A bad-news bear is banished from Juneau after being captured near Basin Road Wednesday afternoon.

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

Filipino organization marks 50 years
Fifty years ago this February, as the delegates to the original Alaska Constitutional Convention were wrapping up their business in Fairbanks, a group of Filipinos in Juneau was drafting its own framework.

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

Business Digest
Juneau State Farm agent Reuben Willis was one of 25 Alaska company agents last month receiving a national award for achievement.

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 mailbox
Thank you Capital City Fire and Rescue

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.

Neighbors Digest
Helm talks science, health and scripture

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

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

Paul Stoll
Juneau resident Paul Otto Stoll, 98, died May 28, 2006, at Wildflower Court in Juneau.

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.

Alaska editorial: Alaskans need to take a good look at gas pipeline risks
Alaskans need to take a good look at gas pipeline risks

My turn: Do people's votes really count?
The debate over the Juneau road is far from over, unless voters want to set precedence where elections do not count. The simple fact is that Juneau voted down the road - not once, but twice.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
A search Wednesday failed to find a young humpback whale tangled in the lines of a crab pot in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

Troopers look for leads in trumpeter swan shooting
Alaska State Troopers are investigating the shooting death of a male trumpeter swan that had been nesting in a pond next to the Haines Highway, about 11 miles northwest of Haines.

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

House plays hookey in conference
Two Alaska senators sat idly for 40 minutes in front of live cameras during a Wednesday night conference committee, then shrugged their shoulders and recessed the meeting.

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.

What is Hooligan, anyway?
It used to be that the journalism we spat at readers of all ages conformed to the simple rule called five W's: who, what, where, when, why. If reporters were feeling especially spunky, they might throw in "how" for dessert.

Cinema Guide

Briefly
Thunder Mountain Big Band will play this summer's first of nine Concerts in the Park, 7 p.m. Friday, June 9 at Marine Park.

Farewell, This Week
How different our lives were way back on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001.

The Wilders take on Juneau
Guitarist Ike Sheldon and his bandmates in the four-piece Kansas City bluegrass/country/old-time band The Wilders have partied with Alaskans on numerous occasions.

What's Happening
Concerts

Stoll Returns:
Juneau painter John Stoll finds it fitting that the first two paintings he sold - back in his early 20s - were bought by psychiatrists.

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