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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Flight attendants fight for fairness
Millions of working families across the nation are safeguarded and provided job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. Unfortunately, flight attendants have been excluded from these legal protections due to a technical oversight in the law.

Thanks for all the Web coverage
I want to express my appreciation to the Juneau Empire for your outstanding Web site.

Data: Juneau road won't save money
State transportation officials and their private sector allies advocating for a road north from Juneau toward Skagway have been presenting misleading financial arguments to the public and to the Legislature to justify the $374 million project.

Going Green: Juneau drivers think up inventive ways to save gas
More than a decade ago, Paul Simpson promised that he'd drive an electric car before paying $5 for a gallon of gas.

Photo: Close-up look at ocean life
Gabriel Cheng looks at a Sea Star in the touch tanks of the Auke BayLaboratories on Saturday during the Southeast Alaska World Ocean Day Celebration. Differentorganizations provided oceanawarenessand sea life conservation information during theevent.

Photos: Family Day at the lakes
First, Larry West, left, watches as his son Jayden, center, fishes from the bank of Twin Lakes onSaturday during Family Day, sponsored by the Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club. Ronan Davies fishes in the background. Second, a group takes a courtesy rowboat out on the lake. Families participated in fishing, boating, making fish prints, playing games and eating food.

Around Town
Today

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

Herbert Lawson
Former Hoonah resident Herbert Lawson, of Sitka, died peacefully in his sleep on June 7, 2008, at SEARHC Mount Edgecumbe Hospital. He was 94.

My turn: Vote no on "clean water" Measure 4
On June 16, the Alaska Supreme Court will consider whether a mining and "clean water" initiative known as Ballot Measure 4 should be on the Aug. 29 ballot.

Alaska editorial: People probably won't heed PETA call to stop eating meat
A recent mailing from the national animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals is titled, "Please Save the Planet."

Alaska editorial: Alaska should know what Russian company's interest really means
The timing of the news about a Russian natural gas monopoly's interest in the Alaska natural gas pipeline is curious, coming as it does during the Legislature's special session about whether to give Canadian firm TransCanada a license to build the line.

Consumer spending, inflation data provide grounds for anxiety
a professional economist, I'm an outlier. In January I wrote here that the infusions of tax rebate money and the stimulus of interest rate cuts would provide only a temporary prop to the economy. I predicted that the inflows of foreign money that have provided essential support for our economy would dry up; within a year Americans would be in for some serious belt tightening.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Smoke on the water
This weekend's Juneau Cup race will be as much a shakedown run as a race for the crew of Smoke while they prepare for July's 200-mile Spirit of Adventure sailboat race around Admiralty Island.

Where goats roam
It took me a long time to shake the romantic image of mountain goats as noble sentinels atop majestic mountain cliffs.

Fish and birds host show on Mendenhall flats
A brisk and chilly wind was sweeping over the tideflats near the airport dike trail.

Out & About
Today: Juneau Alpine Club hike, 8 a.m., Mount Jumbo. Call to confirm hike is a go. Details: Steve,790-1900.

Authorities suspect arson in two fires
JUNEAU - Two small fires that occurred Friday near downtown are under investigation by the local police and fire department for arson.

State looks into road to western Alaska
FAIRBANKS - The state is looking into western Alaska road access.

Anchorage airport director resigns
ANCHORAGE - The longtime director of the Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport has resigned.

Fugitive arrested in Los Angeles
ANCHORAGE - Police in Los Angeles have arrested a man who has been on the lam from Alaska authorities for more than year.

NOAA mothballs research vessel
JUNEAU - A research vessel that has been in service for 58 years has made its last federal research expedition.

Man arrested in fight aboard fishing boat
ANCHORAGE - A 33-year-old Washington state man is charged with attempted murder and assault in a double stabbing aboard a fishing boat in Izhut Bay southeast of Afognak Island.

Seven stories from one banner year
In the May 26 edition of Sports Illustrated, the magazine listed Juneau as the top high school sports program in Alaska. Of course, the good people at SI called the school "Douglas" but it's the thought that counts here.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Companies allowed to annoy polar bears
WASHINGTON - Less than a month after declaring polar bears a threatened species because of global warming, the Bush administration is giving oil companies permission to annoy and potentially harm them in the pursuit of oil and natural gas.

Green cites poll results for ending campaign
ANCHORAGE - State Senate President Lyda Green says she decided to end her political career after polls showed problems with her re-election campaign amid differences with Gov. Sarah Palin.

Legal bills add up for Stevens
Legal bills are nibbling at U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' finances.

Hundreds protest high energy prices at Fairbanks rally
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks area residents are sick of out-of-control energy prices and they're expressing their views with signs and loud voices.

Charging bear shot, killed
FAIRBANKS - A black bear that charged a man and a girl in the Yukon River village of Galena has been shot and killed.

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