Monday, June 11, 2007

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.

Juneau will need luck with Wal-Mart in town
I agree with Doug Cooper (Wednesday's Empire) to the extent that an 8-year-old is not likely informed or educated enough to write an opinion letter to the editor.

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.

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.

The first shot has been fired
Perhaps the first shot has been fired in the next battle to keep the state Capitol in Juneau.

Some questions to ponder about Wal-Mart
I was very pleased to see that 8-year-old Gabriella Hebert had written to the Empire to express her opinion (June 1). And I hope she continues to share her views with the public.

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

Gabriella's comments reflect own beliefs
The sad thing is that there are people who apparently believe children ought not to learn values from their parents. That is where kids learn most of their values, and that is just the way I would want it to be.

Where did 8-year-old get information?
This is in response to "Why is the city letting Wal-Mart into town?" (June 1 Juneau Empire).

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

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

Around Town

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

Opening date set for Home Depot
With a grand opening just weeks away, Home Depot is still looking to fill jobs at the new 100,000 square-foot building.

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

Juneau cyclist balances the world on two wheels
In 1995, the cyclist who's now vice president of racing for the Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club embarked on the tour of a lifetime with his wife.

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.

Photo: Marching for cancer survivors
Robert Cesar and his son, Alex Cesar, pause Sunday to examine a replica of the Liberty Bell outside the Capitol. Alex recently won a battle against leukemia. They marched from Centennial Hall to honor National Cancer Survivors Day.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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."

'And another thing ... '
A couple more points need to be made about the idea of holding a special session in Anchorage rather than in Juneau, where it should be held.

Alaska editorials: Keep special legislative session where it belongs
What's the price of legislative convenience? On the issue of SeniorCare, the price could be as high as $172,000.

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.

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: Quality teachers were forced out
We thank the Juneau Empire for its May 11 article on the Angoon student walkout, an unprecedented and deeply moving event for this community.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Sports in Juneau

Local cycling

Photo: Off in a flash
Janice Sheufelt pedals hard during a Juneau Freewheelers' North Douglas time trial race on Friday. Log on to spotted.juneauempire.com for more photos of the race.

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.

Ayers drafted by the D-Backs
Juneau-Douglas High School graduate and Boston College senior Joe Ayers realized a dream on Friday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
Bear cub spotted in tree near high school, Berth III cruise ship dock nearly done, Kohring to announce his plans June 19, Fort Lewis welcomes new commander, Fairbanks entities earn exporters honors

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.

Panel votes to ban bottom trawling in north Bering Sea
An advisory fisheries panel voted Sunday to put 180,000 square miles of the northern Bering Sea off-limits to bottom trawling, a form of fishing that conservation groups say is destructive to vulnerable habitat for numerous species.

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.

Proposed coal-fired power plant in Mat-Su draws protest
Hit the switch and the lights go on. That simple act is such a habit that few think about where their power comes from.

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.

Democrats optimistic about '08 election
For 27 years, Republicans have had a lock on all three seats in Alaska's congressional delegation. Could their long monopoly be coming to an end?

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

Photo: Coping with war loss
Jessica Brevard, right, and other children who lost loved ones in the war in Iraq clip photos from magazines representing what they feel to put inside into a brown lunch bag Wednesday during the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors at Fort Richardson in Anchorage.

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