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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

We don't have to listen to anti-road whiners
Same old rhetoric over and over again. Gov. Frank Murkowski and administration including transportation department, realize the importance of the access road.

Palin's supporters don't know much about Binkley
Supporters of Sara Palin in her bid for governor persistently emphasize in the Anchorage Daily News that her opponent, John Binkley, made his fortune as a businessman...

Discouraged by Juneau's trash
I moved to Juneau just about a year ago. My first visit was in December, and I thought the area was some of the most beautiful and breathtaking I had ever seen. I now realize how mistaken I was, and I am writing to ask the residents a few questions.

When the out-go exceeds the in-go
Mr. Sandy Williams is accurate in his expressed opinion about a new road from Juneau to Skagway ("Road alternative costs travelers less than ferry system," June 11).

Why endanger eagle nests?
The Juneau Planning Commission has on its agenda tonight two items from the Alaska Department of Transportation.

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

Lemon Creek fire leaves 6 people without a home
While firefighters sprayed her burned-out Lemon Creek mobile home Tuesday afternoon, Maria Javier said she had no idea what she would do next.

School district to chew on soda, candy sales ban
The Juneau School District is hoping students will go bananas for healthy foods next year, instead of for candy.

Photos: Kite boarding
Tim Gray kite-boards, in Gastineau Channel near Sandy Beach on Monday.

Photo: Dandelion fine
A dandelion seed head is ready to disperse itself in the wind Sunday as the sun sets at Eagle Beach.

Photo: On the grid
Joe Ross and his daughter Cate paint the hull of their fishing boat Tuesday on the grid at Harris Harbor.

Photo: Celebrating the Filipino Community's 50 years
The Wah-Wah Wee Senior Dancers, from left, Norma Andes, Julia Carrillo, Dominga Ferrer, Isidra Lazo, Norma Villasis and Fely Elizarde, perform Monday during the opening night of the weeklong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Filipino Community Inc.

Cab driver who jumped off bridge faced cancer
A 55-year-old Juneau man who died Monday evening after leaping from the Douglas Bridge was facing cancer and didn't have the money to learn if surgery could help, according to the office manager at the cab company for which he drove.

Worries about eagle nests delay city decision on road-ferry link
Eagles may slow the path for a road out of Juneau.

Correction
A front page story Sunday about a fatal Friday night accident on Mendenhall Loop Road and Montana Creek roads misidentified the father of the woman killed and the place where a pickup struck the Geo Storm she was driving.

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

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

Man dies after bridge jump
A man in his 50s died Monday evening after he jumped off the Douglas Bridge in what police are calling a suicide.

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

Burke Riley, signer of AK constitution, dead at 92
Burke Riley, one of the signers of the Alaska Constitution, died Tuesday in Kirkland, Wash. He was 92.

Photo: Birth of a parking garage, 1984
The city's waterfront parking garage, under construction here, was completed in 1984.

Photo: It's tan-tastic
Mary Rehfeld reads her book in the sunshine on the Juneau cruise ship dock Monday.

Recognitions
Riley Hall, Evan Thibodeau and Matt Callahan, 2006 Juneau-Douglas High School graduates, won Discovery Southeast's first naturalist scholarships.

Photos: Graduates then and now

Loverink and Sattler to wed
Alexandra Sattler, of Fort Collins, Colo., and Jacob Loverink, of Juneau, will be married at 4:30 p.m. June 17 at Centennial Hall. A reception will follow at 5:30 p.m. Friends and relatives are invited to the wedding and reception.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you for Otnes memorial, condolences

McFall and Nichols wedded
Kayla Ann Nichols, of Eagle Point, Ore., and Brett "BJ" McFall, of Eagle Point and Juneau, were married on April 30, at their home in Eagle Point. The Rev. Larry Baker officiated, while friends and family gathered for the joyous union.

Neighbors Digest
Proceeds from tea fundraiser to help rebuild Holy Trinity Church

Geraldine 'Geri' Dewart Goodwin
Former Juneau resident Geraldine "Geri" Dewart Goodwin, 70, died in her sleep March 20, 2006, in Raymond, Wash., after a brief illness.

Addison Marie McFall
Addison Marie McFall was stillborn May 23, 2006, at Rogue Valley Medical Center in Eagle Point, Ore

Barbara Jane Fuller
Former Juneau resident Barbara Jane (Alter) Fuller, 53, died May 23, 2006, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Mo., of recurrent cancer.

Alaska editorial: Praising move to restore dividend eligibility for Peace Corps service
n the legislative world of oil taxes, a natural gas pipeline, school funding and construction spending, it isn't a big deal.

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.

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.

Fantasy baseball: Finding gems on the wire
Millions of fans across the country spend hours poring over their fantasy baseball teams, trying to win that imaginary ring that will let them take trash to their buddies all winter long.

Little League: A's break out the bats in a win over the Reds
Jackson Lehnhart went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and was a single shy of hitting for the cycle in the Athletics' 20-11 win over the Reds in Gastineau Channel Little League Major Baseball action.

Jambaars ready for regional tourney
As the World Cup rages on halfway around the world, a group of Juneau youths will be embarking on its own soccer odyssey starting Friday.

Alaska Digest
Police on Monday arrested a 27-year-old Juneau man who was recently indicted on charges accusing him of setting up a small laboratory to manufacture methamphetamine.

Nenana-area evacuees returning to homes
Willie Lord was packing up his things Monday and getting ready to go home. He was at the high school in Nenana where he sought refuge days earlier from a wildfire that grew to over 41,000 acres.

Two firms in Southeast pay sizable environmental fines
Ocean Beauty seafood processor and Greens Creek Mine are paying hefty federal fines for dumping waste into waters near Juneau two years ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday.

Hunters bag 850-pound bear
A brown bear killed in defense of life and property by two Soldotna hunters last weekend turned out to be a big one.

This Day in History
In Alaska and In the nation

Volunteerism rises in U.S.; Utah top state
When 583 evacuees from Hurricane Katrina arrived in Utah last year, there were so many people here eager to help that the assistance hot lines had to be shut down after getting 7,000 calls the first day.

Feds deny BP's call to delay pipeline tests on North Slope
Federal regulators have denied a request by BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. to postpone testing of North Slope low-pressure transit pipelines with internal devices that clean lines and detect physical problems.

Bush nominates Pearce to be pipeline coordinator
Former state Senate President Drue Pearce has been nominated by President George W. Bush to be federal coordinator of an Alaska natural gas pipeline project.

ACLU fights tax break
The Alaska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and two Anchorage residents are trying to stop a bill that would allow property tax exemptions on housing for teachers of religious schools.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the Nation

Villagers side with SEACC on mine suit
Due to their fears about open-pit mining near Lake Iliamna, some Bristol Bay Native communities have rallied behind the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council's lawsuit to block the Kensington Mine from dumping its rock waste into a lake.

Anchorage honors policeman shot and paralyzed in 1953 chase
When police officer William Pfalmer was shot while chasing a car thief in 1953, the city of Anchorage did not even pay him his full day's wage.

Cannibalism among stressed polar bears?
Polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea may be turning to cannibalism in response to nutritional stresses related to longer ice-free seasons, American and Canadian scientists have concluded.

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