Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Remember, Assembly can lower mill rate
Kudos to Brita Shaw (June 1 Juneau Empire). I've looked into California and Oregon property taxes and they both have created more problems.

A more insidious form of exploitation
I can understand Gabriella Hebert's concern for employee exploitation, which is a bad thing, but unfortunately Wal-Mart isn't the only place that does it.

Bicyclists have every right to city's roads
It is bicycling season in Juneau and the bike lane on Mendenhall Back Loop Road has not been painted.

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).

Girl was exercising right to free speech
Doug Cooper's assumption (Wednesday's Empire) that Gabriella Hebert was used by her parents to write a letter to the editor regarding Wal-Mart is a horribly inaccurate misjudgment and characterization of both this remarkably thoughtful, sweet and brilliant 8-year-old as well as her outstanding and loving parents.

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.

Don't move session just for convenience
The idea of holding legislative sessions outside of the capital appears to be confused with convenience. Was there something I missed on the ballot in the last election that said sessions shall be held at the convenience of the members of the Legislature?

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

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.

Many reasons to be thankful for mining
The thousands of people who have enjoyed the use of Sandy Beach over the years should be thankful.

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.

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: 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.

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

Seven vie for Superior Court judge's job
Seven candidates have applied for the position held by Juneau Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks, who plans to retire this month after 17 years of service.

Around Town

Photo: Plane takes tow on Gastineau Channel
A DeHavilland Otter plane is towed Monday evening on Gastineau Channel. The aircraft is registered to Wings Airways, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The company specializes in float plane tours.

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.

Committee urges Vanderbilt crossing
After decades of discussions and deliberations on the city's number one construction priority, the Juneau Committee of the Whole has taken another small step toward making the second Gastineau Channel crossing a reality.

Around Town

Some Chamber members want to evict SEACC
Some members of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce are questioning the membership of Southeast Alaska's major conservation group after its legal victory in the Kensington Mine tailings case.

Photo: The heart of the story
Bob Sam, a revered storyteller from Sitka, models his 75 year-old tunic Saturday at Perseverance Theatre. Sam is in town to coach young storytellers and perform this weekend at the Beyond Heritage Festival.

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

High school bonds go to voters today
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today for a special election to decide whether Juneau will issue bonds to fund an auditorium, a track and field and equipment for Thunder Mountain High School.

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Virginia Rose Hotch
Virginia Rose Hotch died June 8, 2007, in Juneau. She was 81.

Francis 'Bud' Knapp
Former Juneau resident Francis Andrew "Bud" Knapp died June 7, 2007, at his home in Kasilof. He was 73.

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.

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.

Outside Editorial: Big Oil needs to expand nation's refining capacity
Who's to blame for record-high gasoline prices?

'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.

My Turn: What'll it take to end war?
What will it take to end the occupation of Iraq? Before our invasion of Iraq began, millions around the country and the world demonstrated in support of diplomacy and peace, and against the invasion. But that did not prevent the occupation from happening.

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.

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

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.

Local cycling

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.

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

Anchorage police arrest two, seek one in park sex assault
\Anchorage police have charged two men with sexually assaulting a teenage girl at a popular Anchorage park.

Fighter jet crashes after mid-air collision
An F-15 fighter jet crashed Monday after a mid-air collision with another military jet that landed safely, military officials said.

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.

Cigarette tax to go up
If you light up, it's going to cost an extra penny per cigarette starting next month.

Alaska Digest
Empress of the North in Portland for repairs, Fort Richardson paratrooper killed, Tribal leaders unveil new 'meth tool kit', Teen arrested after one killed in shooting

Photo: Plane takes tow on Gastineau Channel
A DeHavilland Otter plane is towed Monday evening on Gastineau Channel. The aircraft is registered to Wings Airways, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The company specializes in float plane tours.

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.

Air taxi president injured in crash
A private airplane piloted by the president of an air taxi company crashed in western Alaska, resulting in minor injuries, officials said Monday.

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.

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

Federal lawsuit filed on behalf of Alaska Native voters
A federal lawsuit was filed Monday on behalf of Native voters in the Bethel area in southwestern Alaska whose primary language is Yup'ik.

Photo: Meth tool kit
A methamphetamine tool kit being offered to tribal communities sits on a table Monday as HeatherDawn Thompson, the National Congress of American Indians director of government affairs, answers questions during a news conference at the National Congress of American Indians Mid-Year Session in Anchorage.

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