Thursday, June 16, 2005

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.

Good reasons to stop bad developments
As we near the 25th anniversary of ANILCA in July, a recent letter published by the Empire comes to mind.

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.

Thought for the day about flagging
How is it on Saturday we have three flag people directing traffic near the Douglas roundabout, but during the work week, especially from 7 to 8 a.m., there is not one flag person directing traffic during the "rush hour?"

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.

Gasoline price gouging in Juneau
An item of interest published in the Juneau Empire regarding the price of gasoline nationwide caught my eye this morning.

Quality of life is good for business
Kudos to the Empire for their fantastic coverage on May 1 of the explosion of wildlife in Berners Bay.

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.

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

Photo: Green thumb
Kathy Hays plants flowers Wednesday in front of the Cathedral of the Nativity. Hays says she enjoys working in the garden with the spring weather.

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

Program is 'nest' for Native languages
Learning Tlingit has changed the lives of the 10 or so young adults in Juneau who have dedicated themselves to the language, one student says.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

599 property owners appeal city's assessments
Some property owners appealing their high tax assessments on Wednesday told the Juneau Board of Equalization that the assessor overlooked defects including leaking basements and plumbing problems.

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

Commission halts plans for Lena Point
Point Lena Way resident Peter Page said he sees a bright side to the water that began flowing onto his beach-side property late last summer, turning his garden into a mud hole.

Photo: A new sanctuary
The SeaFari, on the right, was sunk by the Alaska Artificial Reef Society on Wednesday at Auke Village Recreation Area.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Rebecca Braun: It's time to pay our legislators better
Is it true that the governor gave himself a $50,000 raise?"

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).

My turn: Preserve Merchants Wharf for its history
I want to thank the Juneau Empire for raising public awareness of the city's waterfront plan.

Gastineau Channel Little League Standings
As of June 12

Juneau team wins state tennis title
In only their second year of competition, The Alaska Club's Juneau Women's 3.0 tennis team captured the United States Tennis Association Alaska State Championships on June 6 in Anchorage.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Fossils may reveal tsunami warnings
Tuesday's tsunami warning served as a reminder that the potential for a destructive wave to hit California is real.

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

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around 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.

Judge orders feds to come up with right whale proposal
A judge has ordered a federal agency to come up with its proposal for providing critical habitat protection for North Pacific right whales, considered the world's most endangered whales.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Forest Service OKs Kensington mine plan
The U.S. Forest Service approved the Kensington Mine's operating plan Wednesday, leaving three more administrative obstacles for the proposed gold mine to clear this summer.

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.

Alaska Airlines to buy 35 jets
A huge order for a new fleet of planes could mean fewer flight delays and roomier baggage cabins for Juneau passengers, Alaska Airlines officials said Wednesday.

PFD checks could drop below $900
Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks could drop below $900 this year, according to preliminary figures from the fund's managers.

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

Cinema Guide
What's playing on the silver screen

Movie producer returns to Silverbow with short film
New York film producer Jen Small has felt a connection to the Silverbow Inn since she visited Juneau two years ago. She and her husband stayed at the Second Street bed and breakfast, and he proposed to her during the trip.

The tale of 'The Golden Spruce'
On a 10-day paddling trip through the south part of the Queen Charlotte Islands in 2000, an assignment for Outside Magazine, writer John Vaillant decided to visit "The Golden Spruce," a 165-foot-tall Sitka spruce marked on old tourist maps at the end of a remote logging road.

In a league of her own
Dolphina is a northern California native and a belly-dancing teacher, whose conviction that every woman can embrace their inner goddess has landed her spots in dozens of newspapers, magazines and television shows.

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