Sunday, June 10, 2007

Juneau won't be sorry
"Coming Together for the Sake of Our Kids Part I" was Project Playground. "Part II" is to vote yes Tuesday on the school bond propositions.

We have enough space
Do we need a new high school? No.

Homework's incomplete
I am having some problems with the homework that went into preparing Tuesday's school bond election.

Vote yes on Tuesday
In all of the discussion about Tuesday's bond election, one essential fact strikes me: If Proposition 1 passes, Juneau will pay less. There will be a lesser tax burden (nearly $5 million less) for more project, and the new high school gets an auditorium. Proposition 1 authorizes Juneau to get back 70 percent of the cost from the state.

Voting no is illogical
I support the three school bond issues on Tuesday's ballot. Regardless of what did or did not happen with respect to cost increases (mostly beyond the control of the Juneau School Board), it would make no fiscal sense for the voters to add to their future tax burden by not taking advantage of state funding for bond interest reimbursement.

Photo: Bright outlook for the future
Norman Flood of the Woosh.ji.een Dance Group, right, ushers out graduates Friday evening from the GED ceremony at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Les Chilton, left, plans to become a Blackhawk helicopter mechanic in the National Guard and would eventually like to be a pilot.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, Alaska State Troopers, and fire department personnel reported.

Growing Strains
The Alaska Legislature didn't just expand the state budget last year. It's also looking to expand its own quarters. The growth is taking place as Gov. Sarah Palin tries to rein in the size of government.

Yakutat overrides mayor's Ogan veto
The Yakutat Assembly has voted to override the mayor's veto of a decision to hire Scot Ogan as borough manager.

Photo: Night at the prom
Edna Leamer, a nurse at the Juneau Pioneer's Home, and her husband, Patrick Leamer, right, exchange greetings Friday with Alma Penrose, seated in a wheelchair, and Martha Penrose, a relative who came for the Senior Prom, an annual event at the home.

Police ID man found in channel
Juneau police have released the name of a man found dead in Gastineau Channel last week.

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

Empire editorial: Kudos to civility, city's armory proposal; shame on Don Young
The Thursday decision by the Eaglecrest Ski Area Board of Directors prohibiting the use of snowmobiles on parts of the city-owned facility came as no surprise to the Juneau Snowmobile Club, but the club's proposal still could lead to the opening of one or more other areas for its use.

My turn: We need to finish the school
Members of the Juneau Board of Education have heard from people in our community who are concerned about Tuesday's bond election and the costs associated with Thunder Mountain High School. The tone in our community is "not another election on this high school."

Toe Toon

Scandal shaped session
When news broke early last month that federal investigators had conducted electronic surveillance of a suite at Juneau's Baranof Hotel rented by two executives of VECO, an Anchorage-based company with close ties to the oil industry, there were just two kinds of people in the Capitol, those who said, "It's about time," and those whose reaction was unprintable in this newspaper.

There's plenty of life around and under the rocks
It's sometimes hard to find a good place for a walk during mud season.

Learning to cast the fly 100 feet
Renowned fly fishing instructor George Cook dropped by last week to give a lesson in distance-casting.

Sci-fi tools track bears from outer space
The bears are being tracked by government satellites. Self-release collars with microchips supply data on their movement and location. Some emit radio signals by the second.

Alaska's 'strangest' town strives to remake itself
When the town's lone museum opened two years ago, no one knew how long it would last. After all, Whittier, with a population the size of a large wedding reception, had gone without a movie theater since 1986. The library had closed in 1993.

Outsiders: Archie Cavanaugh
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

Origin of fish disease a mystery for Alaska biologists
How the dangerous pathogen Myxobolus cerebralis got into Alaska's fisheries is something scientists may never know.

Outdoors Digest
Juneau resident completes78-day Baja wilderness course

Out & About
Today: Juneau Freewheelers mountain bike endurance ride, 24 hours of light warmup. Details: Glacier Cycles, 789-7050.

Sports in Juneau

Boys settle for second at state
After giving up three runs to the Sitka High School Wolves in the top half of the first inning, the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears tried until their last at-bat to claw their way back into the Alaska School Activities Association State Baseball Championship on Friday night at Growden Park in Fairbanks.

State title for JDHS softball
Teams tested and tried the Juneau-Douglas High School softball players, but no one or nothing could break the Crimson Bears' indomitable spirit.

Legislators unhappy about session
Aid to Alaska's low-income senior citizens should have been approved during the regular legislative session, some members of the state House said, expressing their displeasure over the prospect of a special session.

Alaska Digest
An unattended 9-year-old girl accidentally shot in the neck by an older boy was recovering Friday at an Anchorage hospital, Alaska State Troopers said.

United Airlines to cut 45 jobs
United Airlines is cutting 45 permanent jobs in Anchorage and will end year-round nonstop service to Denver in a bid to save money and boost efficiency, the airline said.

Council addresses growing halibut charter fleet
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council issued its decision Friday on how the growing halibut charter fleet in southeast Alaska should be managed.

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

Palin vows vetoes in public works projects
Gov. Sarah Palin will trim Alaska's public works budget with line-item vetoes and seek an overhaul of the budgeting process, she said.

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