Sunday, June 17, 2007

Brown not in the city assessor's database
Letters from Juneau residents, to me, carry more weight on the opinions page. Benjamin Brown, on June 6, advocated passage of the school bond propositions, to be repaid through increased property taxes.

Sick, tired of being gouged at the pump
I remember when I first was able to drive and gas was 25 cents a gallon. Then the price wars would come, and all of the stations would lower their prices to compete with each other. The oil companies still made money and everyone was happy.

Playground a good outlet for Juneau kids
When I read Lauren Swift's letter, I felt as if she almost didn't want kids to have fun. My two little brothers were very excited when the playground was built.

When will voters be told whole truth?
Having been sorely disappointed by the earlier decision to have an auditeria in the new high school, I eagerly rushed out Tuesday to vote in favor of the newly proposed auditorium despite the promised increase in my real-estate tax.

I was unhappy with the Twin Lakes mud-pit
In her June 8 letter to the editor ("Unhappy with Twin Lakes playground"), Lauren Swift wrote: "Why take the one big green area around here and fill it up?"

Photo: A peek at fine arts
Lexi Gross holds up the scrim that she helped design Friday during a Fine Arts Camp performance at Juneau-Douglas High School.

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

School secures funds; timeline still uncertain
Whatever voters believed about a certain completion of Thunder Mountain High School before going to the polls last week, two things are certain. The actual price tags for the completion of the auditorium and the construction of the track and field are unknown, and it's uncertain when they will be ready.

In Juneau, a community finds comfort Living Outside
Don't lecture 22-year-old Karl Wuoti and his neighbors about Juneau's shortage of affordable housing. They have taken matters into their own hands to assemble temporary living quarters at Thane Campground that suit quite nicely, thank you.

Around Town

Young entrepreneurs discover it pays to go green
What are you doing with that plastic?

Teen in hospital after theft of car
After spending the early hours of Friday morning drinking and rifling through cars in the Mendenhall Valley, two juveniles got as far as North Douglas in a stolen car before crashing, Juneau police reported Friday.

Photo: Sliding into Juneau's newest playground
Nick Bursell slides Saturday onto spongy ground made from recycled tires at the new Twin Lakes playground. Hundreds of Juneau children and adults turned out for Project Playground's opening day.

Jeannette Gould
Lifelong Juneau resident Jeannette Elise Hildre Gould died June 8, 2007, after a brief illness at her 12th Street residence. She was 92.

My turn: City dump should be top concern
The Juneau garbage dump on Class A wetlands is more than an embarrassment - it is a sin against the environment.

Empire editorial: School officials' next building project: trust
School Superintendent Peggy Cowan made a jaw-dropping statement Tuesday night after a lackluster special election on the new Mendenhall Valley high school.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist toe.

Florida enviros love Young?
Environmentalists in Florida must love Alaska Congressman Don Young. One of their favorite developers, Collier Enterprises of Naples, contributed $5,000 to his re-election campaign.

Skinning a cat the hard way
Surgeon David Miller and Bullwinkle's Pizza Parlor owner Bill Adair are back in Southeast Alaska, happy to be healthy after surviving the attack of a 200-pound leopard during a late May safari in Zimbabwe.

Sunshine no cause for alarm
I woke up Friday morning with a strange, burning sensation all over my skin.

Juneau's high garden is thawing out, and so is the wildlife
At the top of the tram, on the way to Gold Ridge and Mount Roberts, the snow was still over head-high, with short paths carved through the drifts. Farther up the ridge, bands of snow, at least 15 feet deep in places, alternated with snow-free areas.

Out & About
Today: Community work service project, 9 a.m. every Sunday, Juneau Youth Services, 2075 Jordan Ave. Come dressed for the weather. Details: Charles, 796-4149.

Outsiders: Ray Wilson
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

More time given for Nelchina caribou permit apps.
The Alaska Board of Fish and Game has re-opened the Tier II permit application for the Nelchina caribou hunt.

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.

Arizona sends Ayers to Class A Yakima
Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Joe Ayers and the Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to a contract Thursday, according to the team's official Web site.

Stevens requests ethics review of financial filing
A review by the Senate Ethics Committee of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' annual financial disclosure statement prompted a delay in the filing and public release of the report, according to a statement on Friday from the office of the Alaska Republican.

Northwest Digest
Former Alaska Gov. Bill Sheffield was recovering Friday from a successful surgery to remove an aortic aneurism, a spokeswoman for the Port of Anchorage said.

Florida leaders to proceed with road project
Lee County leaders voted Friday to proceed with a study of an Interstate 75 interchange project that would be funded by a controversial $10 million congressional earmark.

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