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Thursday, June 9, 2005

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

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:"

City should fund Juneau harbors
The Juneau Assembly Finance Committee is proposing renewal of the 4 percent sales tax for seven years with the majority of the funds dedicated to a Valley recreation center.

DNR fails to protect eagle preserve
Thanks to the Juneau Empire for the article on the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, bringing public attention to the threat caused by large-scale jet boat tours through key salmon-rearing habitat.

Giving a life should not be a dishonor
As I read Frank Schaeffer's commentary on June 3 called "The military most people don't see," I thought to myself, how refreshing to see someone take both sides of a story and then decide what is the truth rather than take one side of a story and decide that is the truth.

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.

Road to Skagway is a waste of money
For about $285 million, our elected officials want to pave 68 miles of asphalt through the Tongass National Forest from Juneau to Skagway, cut it right through one of the most outstanding resources in Southeast Alaska (Berners Bay), and dispense our current ferry to some other route so those who want a cheaper vacation to Canada can have it.

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

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.

Tulsequah should clean up its mess
My momma always told me I must clean up one mess before I got make another. It sure looks like Redfern, the company that wants to open the Tulsequah Chief Mine up the Taku, isn't listening to its momma.

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.

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.

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

Parents make appeal to save buses
The pictures showed a girl, 8, and her sister, 5, standing in ditches along the route to their community school - a route their mother says is treacherous and needs continued bus service.

Shapely Head
Kris Baastrup, left, practices contour drawing without looking at the paper Wednesday by sketching art teacher Heidi Reifenstein at the Juneau Fine Arts Camp at Juneau-Douglas High School.

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

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: 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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Man pleads guilty in Craig killing
The man investigators allege killed 48-year-old Lauri Waterman on Prince of Wales Island last November agreed Wednesday to plead guilty to first-degree murder and testify against two people charged with conspiracy.

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.

Finance panel approves a lower property-tax rate
The Juneau Assembly Finance Committee on Wednesday proposed reducing the city's property tax rate almost 7 percent after learning that next year's projected budget surplus had grown by $1.8 million.

Finding treasure in the Loire Valley
In 1994, I participated in a teacher exchange that involved educators from Alaska and East Sussex, England.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Shipshape
Kodrat Nuryono, left, and Agus Gimilang clean stateroom windows Wednesday on the Holland America cruise ship Amsterdam while it was in port in Juneau.

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

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.

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.

David Victor McCullough
Juneau resident David Victor McCullough, 60, died June 2, 2005, in Juneau.

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

Gerald M. Reid
Former Juneau resident Gerald M. Reid, 75, died June 3, from leukemia in Brookings, Ore.

My Turn: No call for endangering soldiers in war on Iraq
On Memorial Day, I called my father-in-law Paul at the Veterans Administration rehab center to thank him for all he did for our country in World War II.

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

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.

Gastineau Channel Little League Standings
As of June 5

Juneau league searching for women golfers
Molly Wheeler wants the women of Juneau to know that if they ever wanted to play golf, the Juneau Women's Golf League is ready to welcome them.

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.

Party time in Sitka following state titles
According to Sitka High School athletic director Lyle Sparrowgrove, the last time the Wolves brought home a state title was 1954.

Juneau Freewheelers 6-hour Endurance Mountain Bike Race
From 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.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

A day boat to Glacier Bay
The state ferry LeConte pulled into Bartlett Cove on Wednesday in what state officials hailed as a return to affordable public transportation to Glacier Bay National Park.

Alaska gets money and controversy in transportation bill
A bridge nearly as long as San Francisco's Golden Gate may one day grace Ketchikan's skyline, thanks to a tenacious lawmaker who is making his state a major beneficiary of federal highway money.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

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.

Ohio State's marching band steps into Juneau
The Ohio State University Marching Band Alumni has a Web site, www.tbdbitl.org, www.tbdbitl.org, that stands for "The Best Damn Band in The Land."

Humor and hypnosis
According to Alexander the Hypnotist, there's an easy way to tell the difference between a person who's hypnotized and a person who's faking it.

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Juneau Symphony pops up in Wrangell
W ith a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, about 65 members of the Juneau Symphony will board a state ferry Saturday morning for a 7:30 p.m. pops concert at Wrangell's brand-new Nolan Center.

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