Thursday, June 14, 2007

War resisters are the true heroes
As a former Juneau resident, I still enjoy reading the Juneau Empire online, even though I now reside in Pittsburgh. I felt compelled to weigh in on the comments made by David Chandler in his My Turn "Does Petrarca Advocate Rebellion?" on May 28.

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.

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.

Media is shutting out one sane candidate
Shamefully, but predictably, the mainstream media is trying to shut out from public discussion the one sane Republican candidate for president - the only one giving millions of people a real sense of hope, Ron Paul.

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

Pebble answers Palin's call for bush jobs
I was pleased to see that Gov. Sarah Palin is calling for more job growth in bush communities, where unemployment is high and economic opportunity is sparse.

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

Comment about teens was unprofessional
I want to thank Connie Riley for her letter (June 7) regarding the Juneau Empire's story about planning for the new high school (June 4).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Around Town

Around Town

Business Digest
Marna Schwartz joins medical center staff, Patriot Express Loan initiative launched, Forest Service makes timber sale decision, Seafood exports up in Eastern Europe

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
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reports.

Precinct results tallied for city election

Photo: Just a trim
Judy McAllister trims her honeysuckle plant Wednesday in her yard on Capital Avenue. Dry weather allowed for pleasant gardening. Today's forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies and a high of 60.

Teachers learning on the EDGE
Holding an ice ax and wearing crampons, Cathy Connor stood near a small blue stream that cut deeply through ice before disappearing into the Mendenhall Glacier.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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

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.

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.

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.

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Carl Larsen Sr.
Former Juneau resident Carl "Kereil" Arthur Larsen Sr., died June 2, 2007, at Mount Edgecumbe Hospital. He was 75.

Barbara Craig
Former Juneau resident Barbara Sheridan Craig died on June 2 in Portland, Ore. She was 87.

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?

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.

State ferry system should replace Prince Rupert port with Hyder
The Ketchikan Daily News' editorial "State should take a closer look at future of its ferry systems" (June 5, Juneau Empire) hits the nail on the head and hopefully was read by Gov. Sarah Palin, the Alaska Legislature and the top management of the Alaska Department of Transportation.

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.

Alaska editorial: Some in Anchorage tend to forget about the rest of the state
Unlike sports megastars, we won't say, "It's not about the money." Because when public dollars are involved, it's always about the money.

KTOO Fun Run 5K results

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.

Photo: Playing Up a Storm
The Juneau Soccer Club Storm Under-14 team poses in Fort Collins, Colo., after a game last week at Arsenal Shootout Tournament. The Storm finished 1-2 in the tournament, defeating the Casper Blades from Casper, Wyo., 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.

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.

Macaulay competes with pride, purpose
For Juneau's Susan Macaulay, joy and pride can be derived from competing and watching others achieve on the athletic fields.

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.

New stamp features Five Fingers Lighthouse
Five Fingers Lighthouse is extending its visibility. The historic navigational aid south of Juneau was selected as one of five Pacific lighthouses commemorated on a U.S. Postal Service stamp set to be released next week.

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

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

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

Alaska Digest
Sitka looks to gain bike-friendly status, Hollywood studio seeks tribal youth, Officials break ground for state virology lab, Cause of school fire can't be determined

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

Schools may muzzle student cell phone use
Inconsistent cell phone use policies across the Anchorage School District have prompted the school board to consider a uniform policy for students.

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.

State milk company shuts out governor
State-owned dairy company Matanuska Maid denied Gov. Sarah Palin access to its Anchorage facility Wednesday, citing Homeland Security regulations.

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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