Blame it on the white man
Editor's note: The reader is referencing a commentary by Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr.

Q&A canceled
I attended Goldbelt's annual meeting on June 6 and want to make an important correction to the their June 9 report which states, "Goldbelt Board answered all questions from shareholders."

Goldbelt's timeline doesn't match up
I recently wrote a letter to the Empire, questioning Goldbelt, Inc.'s claim that its dream of recreational development in Hobart Bay was actually stymied by the passage of the head tax. My observation was that the total clearcutting of the corporation's land in Hobart Bay left that area void of scenic values.

ExxonMobil backs Palin pipeline plan
After fighting Alaska's natural gas pipeline plans for two years, ExxonMobil Corp. joined the state-sponsored pipeline effort Thursday, handing Gov. Sarah Palin another victory in her efforts to develop the state's huge natural gas reserves.

Around Town
Today, June 12

Photo: 'Raven on my Mind'
Richard Siverly carves out the beginning stage of a Tlingit mask from alder wood on his porch Thursday. Siverly said he is trying to walk in the footsteps of his grandfather, David Williams, who was a master carver. He received the carving tools as a birthday present from his mother. His creation-in-the-works will be called 'Raven on my Mind'.

Photos: A long haul
Haul to the top: Danny Johnson of Outback Construction of Ashland, Ore., prepares a winch Thursday to pull the new mid-mountain chairlift's haul rope to the top. The chairlift could allow the ski area to open earlier in the season and better handle high capacity days.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

A photo caption accompanying a page one story in Thursday's Juneau Empire about a Sealaska shareholder proposal incorrectly stated it was the first ever to make it to a vote. Shareholders have voted on several other resolutions, though none passed.

Local tourism biz feels mixed effects of recession
Dire predictions of a dramatic decrease in tourism and spending is coming true for some this summer, while others are seeing little to no change, local business owners reported.

Local firefighter retires after 30 years of service
Capt. Dave Boddy finished his last 24-hour shift of his 30-year career Thursday with Capital City Fire and Rescue.

Two more alleged Oxy dealers arrested
The final two people in a trio of alleged OxyContin dealers were arrested Wednesday afternoon a few blocks away from the Juneau Police Department’s headquarters.

Burglary investigation leads to counterfeit $20s
While investigating a string of burglaries, Juneau police searched a residence Wednesday and found a dozen counterfeit $20 bills.

Hazardous waste disposal event a waste of time?
Depending on how you look at it, the Hazardous Waste Disposal Day in Lemon Creek on May 31 was either a tremendous success or an utter failure, resident Neil Atkinson told city officials this week.

Judge denies dismissal of OxyContin case
A Juneau man failed Thursday to convince a judge to dismiss his OxyContin-related drug charge on the grounds that police had searched him illegally.

Swine flu case confirmed in Sitka
Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital announced Thursday that tests had confirmed a patient at its urgent care clinic had been confirmed with swine flu, one of 14 cases so far identified in Alaska.

Fighting fire with UAS scholarships
Capital City Fire and Rescue has a new tool for fighting fires: Scholarships.

Photo: Extreme pizza
From right, Laura Seeley, Elizabeth Siefken, Rebecca Scharen, Marlon Pajarillo and Tyler Kotlasz call out, "Welcome to Papa Murphy's Pizza!" while making pizzas Thursday as a customer comes in for an order. The Travel Channel is coming to Juneau to film one of the store's unique delivery methods - by seaplane - for part of an "Extreme Alaska" TV special.

My turn: Rainforest Wild benefits all Southeast fishermen
Have you ever tasted the difference between a Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County and one from Napa Valley? Each region has its own soil structure, geology and weather conditions that create a unique and celebrated wine experience. Bring that idea up to Alaska and you have seafood, which comes with an incredible story for every fisherman, boat and region that harvests from the sea.

Outside editorial: Swine flu's lessons for public health
It doesn't take a severe pandemic - or even much of a disease outbreak - to overwhelm America's public health system.

Outside column: Is solar power dead in the water?
Congress' rush to embrace solar power is having some unintended consequences. It will turn over a large chunk of federal land to private energy companies, and it may involve withdrawing billions of gallons of water from sensitive desert habitat.

Fire at plant will impact electric bills
FAIRBANKS - A Golden Valley Electric Association spokeswoman says electric bills will rise this fall because of the fire last week at the power plant in downtown Fairbanks.

Anchorage cracks down on problem motel
ANCHORAGE - The city of Anchorage is cracking down on a motel that police say is a magnet for trouble.

No signs of rats on Rat Island
ANCHORAGE - There are no signs of rats on Rat Island.

Troopers release names of plane crash victims
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers have released the names of two people who died in a plane crash.

Juvenile charged with vandalism in Kalskag village
LOWER KALSKAG - A juvenile is suspected of causing at least $10,000 in damage to two airplanes, a bus and an elementary school in Lower Kalskag.

KTOO ending analog TV service today
JUNEAU - KTOO-TV will shut off the station's channel 3 analog television transmitter at 11:59 a.m. today as part of the federally mandated conversion to digital television nationwide.

Sitka's Matt Way drafted by Philadelphia
SITKA, Alaska - Sitka southpaw Matt Way was drafted in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Sports in Juneau

Investigators looking into 1982 Haines murder
JUNEAU - Investigators are looking for clues in the 1982 murder of a Haines girl.

Letterman hunts for jokes in Palin feud
NEW YORK - David Letterman joked Thursday that things are now fine between him and Sarah Palin because the Alaska governor called and offered to take him hunting.

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