Wednesday, June 13, 2007

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.

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.

City's spending habits don't make fiscal sense
I On one hand, we have articles in the Juneau Empire talking about the city expanding its empire by purchasing the old armory for a performing arts center, about how grand our new high school will be for only another $20 million, and how the city wants to spend a couple of million renovating dilapidated shacks from the Gold Rush days.

A little uneasy in Juneau taxis
Does Juneau have minimum requirements for vehicles that service the public, such as taxi cabs?

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.

An example of the closed-minded right
Art Chance ("Cartoon an insult to the American soldier," June 5) is the perfect example of the closed-minded right that believes in free speech as long as it agrees with them.

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.

Concerned about the future of mining
Alaska is facing an uncertain economic future.

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?

Murdoch's a purveyor of fear, pessimism
The Democrats refused to debate on Rupert Murdoch's Fox News (the hen house of Western media) because he has chosen to convey through all his news outlets a cynical, demeaning, pessimistic, fear-based reality. Such a reality has nothing in store for humanity but a dying future.

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.

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: Along for the ride
Bailey Kitka gives her dog, Stromile, a ride Tuesday along Glacier Highway. Kitka was returning to town after taking her dog on an outing at Twin Lakes.

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.

Juneau voters OK school bonds
Yes, yes and yes. All three propositions to fund an auditorium, track and field, and equipment for Thunder Mountain High School won voter approval in preliminary election results Tuesday.

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.

Education task force faces tight timeline
The Alaska Legislature failed in four months of closed-door battles to find a way to divide education money among schools so everyone would be happy.

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

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.

Around Town

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.

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

Chamber says SEACC can stay
Southeast Alaska Conservation Council will be allowed to keep membership in the Juneau Chamber of Commerce, which has an "open door policy," chamber board President Jim Becker said Tuesday.

Couple credits courageous pilot in fiery rescue in Kake
The new pastors for the Kake Assembly of God are feeling extra prayerful after being pulled from a Cherokee Six airplane that caught fire Monday in Kake.

Olson celebrates 90th birthday
Jerry Olson turns 90 today, June 13. His dauthers, his daughters, Kari and Jette, will host a birthday celebration open house in early August at Resurrection Lutheran Church.

Mixson and Lewis to wed
Gina Mixson, of Juneau, and Jeffery Lewis, of Tillamook, Ore., will marry on Aug. 8, 2008, in Las Vagas. They will mail out wedding invitations to friends and family at a future date.

Parkin and George to wed
Sophie George and Thomas Parkin, of Angoon, will marry at 4 p.m. on June 22, 2007, at Chapel By the Lake in Juneau. A reception will follow at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

What matters is process
The rhododendron skeleton in my yard reminds me what is important. We dug the hole together, one year ago, on one of our few sunny, warm summer days.

Fishing friends find Northern pike
Christmas morning 1972 was bitter cold in Duluth, Minn., but fishing buddies Jerome Prahl, 11, and Gene Pappas, 12, donned their warm clothing and headed out on the story that they were going to church.

After all, I'm only human
Why is it that we always use the fact of our being human as an excuse for our weaknesses, our mistakes, our undesirable actions? Our frailty, or our downright meanness and crookedness?

Murphy and Heckman to wed
Anita Murphy, of Eagle Grove, Iowa, and Douglas Heckman, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, will marry at 7 p.m. on June 30, 2007, Mendenhall Glacier Pavillion in Juneau. A reception will follow at 8 p.m. at Juneau Hotel.

Neighbors Digest
Landscape architects host design workshop, Sound Ocean Adventure Race in Sitka Saturday, Turf field now available for community use, Nancy Watters concert tonight at Perseverance

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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.

Outside editorial: 'Sopranos finale' debate gives glimpse into the series' appeal
A lot of viewers thought the ending to "The Sopranos" was whacked. Perhaps they were expecting Tony Soprano to scream Mommy! while the cops took him away?

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.

Alaska editorial: Tax credit for education donations is a good idea
Alaska business already can take hefty tax credits for donations to colleges and universities. When the Legislature adjourned, it was working on a bill to allow the same tax incentives for gifts to school district- and state-run vocational education.

Is the war in Iraq illegal?
On June 22, 2006, Lt. Ehren Watada became the first commissioned military officer to refuse to deploy to Iraq when he failed to board his unit's plane at Fort Lewis, Wash.

Outside editorial: A noble filly beats the boys
Rags to Riches stumbled out of the gate Saturday, then steadied herself and showed the boys how it's done. She became the first filly in 102 years to win the Belmont Stakes. Just 10 fillies have outraced the field of colts at one of horse racing's Triple Crown races.

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

Padres slip past Dodgers in Junior Baseball
The Padres scored in the bottom of the seventh to win a hard-fought game over a determined Dodgers team 13-12 on Thursday in Gastineau Channel Little League Junior Baseball action.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Pilots picket outside Alaska Air Group's shareholder meeting
Dozens of pilots dressed in dark blue uniforms and caps formed picket lines Tuesday outside Alaska Air Group's annual shareholder meeting, being held this year in Anchorage to mark the company's 75th anniversary.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Federal government eases education rules in Alaska
New rules approved by the federal government for Alaska will give the state flexibility in judging how schools perform under the No Child Left Behind Act.

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

Alaska Digest
State education commissioner resigns, Judge OKs delays in ex-legislators' trials, U.S. Army identifies soldier killed in Iraq, Department accepts vending applications, Fairbanks hospital halts surgeries

Harris expects Kohring to resign
House Speaker John Harris said Tuesday he expects am embattled lawmaker facing federal extortion and bribery charges to resign.

Weapon fragment reveals whale was more than a century old
A 50-ton bowhead whale caught off the Alaskan coast last month had a weapon fragment embedded in its neck that showed it survived a similar hunt - more than a century ago.

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