Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Governor should not cut off media
Gov. Frank Murkowski, calling certain reporters disrespectful and unprofessional, recently refused to allow them access to his press opportunity.

Why experiment with ferries now?
Mr. Murkowski and Mr. Taylor want to perform an experiment with the state's new fast ferries.

There's no need for Planned Parenthood
All the services provided by Planned Parenthood are already available in Juneau except one; abortion.

Alaska fishermen deserve the favor
No to establishing fish farms. My son-in-law is a commercial fisherman out of Kodiak and this fish farming would greatly encroach on his business.

Second pool should be a top priority
Juneau needs a pool facility in the valley. It is long overdue.

A move to dismantle the ferry system
The Murkowski administration's proposed winter schedule changes to the Alaska Marine Highway are just the newest in a long string of moves designed to slowly dismantle the Alaska Marine Highway and fabricate a need for a road connecting Juneau and Skagway.

Undemocratic actions in the Legislature
Monday's story about Nancy Dahlstrom's being "ostracized" by the Republican Party of Alaska made me want to barf.

Juneau program shouldn't get funds
Public Montessori school advocate, Jeannie Conneen is incorrect that the State Board of Education doesn't have jurisdiction over her elitist group's application to use public funds for a private cause.

Regrettable charter school precedent
Although I no longer have children in the Juneau schools, I was sorry to see that the state Board of Education denied the Montessori charter school application.

ADF&G encourages skate by catch
The article regarding skate fishing in Southeast Alaska, "Korean importer looks for delicacy in Southeast waters," did not accurately reflect my conversation with the Juneau Empire reporter.

Will your child's school bus vanish?
Parents do not think about how their children get to school safely; all we know is they do.

A different view on the gun act
The Washington Post editorial on the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act proves once more that political leanings are more important than truth, and the new Empire is willing to perpetuate misinformation by repetition without facts.

Beating a path
Tim Henricksen, an employee of Alaska Stone and Concrete, constructs an elevated walkway Tuesday near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center parking lot.

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

Officials seek input on Statter expansion
Juneau port officials say an expanded Don Statter Small Boat Harbor would have something for everyone.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: One more time around should do it
A flotilla of sports fishermen trolls for king salmon Monday in Fritz Cove. More than 40 boats were in the cove at noon.

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

Eaglecrest seeks $800K for chairlift
With unpredictable snowfall, Eaglecrest Ski Area needs a mid-mountain lift, according to its supporters.

Photo: Launch-time
Juneau fisherman Keegan McCarthy applies anti-fouling paint Monday to the hull of his 38-foot fishing boat, Ocean Point, near the University of Alaska Southeast Marine Tech Center.

Clinic encourages men not to fear the doctor
If you walk into a Juneau clinic, you are likely to see more women than men, says a team of health promoters at SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Buske and Bledsoe marry
Juneau residents Tamara Buske and Gregory Bledsoe were married June 5, 2005, aboard the M/V St. Nicholas in Tracy Arm.

You will have noticed that fathers are like Sitka roses
It's the middle of the summer, and nothing says summer in the garden like roses.

New to the parish
The Rev. Michael Spainhoward gives a tour Monday of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Spainhoward succeeds the Rev. Andrew Jonah, who has been transferred to Unalaska.

With every cat, you save $283
There is no such thing as a free kitten.

Alaska editorial: Board restores reason to evolution studies
Without much fuss, the Alaska Board of Education put an essential bit of science back into the state science standards last Friday.

My turn: Cole does some fancy work on Kensington EIS
It was with a great sense of irony that I read Tongass National Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole's My Turn send-up of the agency's job on the Tongass this last year (Empire, May 26).

Outside editorial: Building more fish farms is inevitable
The problems associated with fish farming should not dissuade our delegation from supporting the Bush administration's aquaculture bill.

My turn: Make Hyder the getaway for Southeast Alaska
In the tucked-away community of Hyder where the deep waters of the Portland Canal join the paved Cassiar Highway 37A leading to the rest of America, we commend the bold initiative of Robin Taylor to experiment with Alaska's two fast ferries this winter.

Flint's ninth-inning RBI single gives Twins a comeback victory
Keath Flint singled home Andrew Gregovich in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Twins a thrilling 12-11 victory over the Giants in junior baseball league action last week.

Gastineau Channel Little League Schedules
For the week of June 15 to June 21

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.

Gastineau Channel Little League Standings
As of June 12

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.

Ketchikan aquarium moves forward with state help
A proposed tourist aquarium and research center in Ketchikan still needs about $40 million to become a reality, but a contribution of state land and $50,000 in state funding will help push it forward, supporters say

Cemetery concerns could be put to rest with land swap
There are 57 graveyards on the Kenai Peninsula, but not one in Soldotna.

Christian group wins grant to help rescued prostitutes
Transitional housing for women trying to escape prostitution and sexual exploitation could become a reality in Anchorage with a $263,500 appropriation from the state.

Berkowitz to run for governor in 2006
House Minority Leader Ethan Berkowitz, D-Anchorage, has filed to run for governor in the 2006 election.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world

Senate bill seeks to boost reserves of dwindling federal oil-spill fund
A federal oil spill response fund created after the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill will run dry by 2009 unless more money is invested in it, according to the Coast Guard, which administers the fund.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

AK Airlines cuts fish runs
People aren't the only Alaskans having trouble at the airport recently. Fish are too.

Eagle flies through window, drops lunch, leaves
A bald eagle crashed through a window of a Ketchikan home and landed in the living room, scattering broken glass, feathers and a salmon carcass across the floor.

Anchorage builder launches housing project for 250 acres
An Anchorage developer is planning to build houses and condominiums on more than 250 acres - a project that would among the largest residential endeavors in the city, where the demand for housing continues to grow while available land has dwindled.

Forces gather to save Eielson
Lots of people around Fairbanks worry about the economic fallout if the Department of Defense pulls more than 2,800 airmen and 3,300 dependents from Eielson Air Force Base.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state

F&G takes another look at red king crab fishery
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game plans a third-party review of its Southeast Alaska red king crab stock survey this summer to help resolve an impasse with fishermen who criticized the last one.

Korean importer looks for delicacy in Southeast waters
A bottom-feeder fish usually discarded by Southeast Alaska fisherman is a delicacy in Korea that fetches a high price and is served at banquet dinners.

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