Monday, June 18, 2007

SEACC is made up of regular people
It is popular around Juneau to bash Southeast Alaska Conservation Council for "opposing development." The latest is the effort by some members of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce to throw SEACC out of the chamber because of the Kensington Mine lawsuit. But they will serve the community better if they take a good hard look at reality.

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.

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?"

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Biologist fills retirement with music
On Sundays at the Baranof Hotel, Dan Hopson plays classical guitar for the guests as they dine. They could request Bach or Brahms, or insights into the reproductive habits of Dolly Varden char. It's all within the repertoire of the 61-year-old musician and retired biologist.

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.

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.

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

State mining profits surge
Old-timers may tell you Alaska's mining heyday is long gone. Tax collectors are telling a different story.

Around Town

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.

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

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.

Photo: Catch of the day
Dan Guimont of Milwaukee, Ore., carries his catch Saturday on a mud spit as fly fishermen cast for sockeye salmon in a river near the trail to Windfall Lake.

Around Town

Photo: Receiving Purple Heart
U.S. Army Sgt. Paul Gregory, right, receives a Purple Heart this month in California from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Gregory, a former Juneau resident, has been undergoing treatment at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto for injuries he suffered in September 2006 while on duty in Baghdad.

Juneau firm aims to cash in on Alaska salmon waste
A salmon protein recovery venture, rooted in a fish processor's passion for fully utilizing the resource, plans to have a pure salmon oil soft gel for human consumption on the market by autumn.

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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.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist toe.

Outside editorial: Are you an 'enemy combatant'?
A federal appeals court panel has rebuked the abuse of executive power in the detentions of a terrorist suspect on U.S. soil - and rightly so. The 2-1 court majority said that the president cannot put a U.S. legal immigrant in indefinite military imprisonment simply by labeling the person an "enemy combatant."

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.

My turn: Valley intersection doesn't need 4-way stop
The decision to add a four-way stop at Gail and Tongass, though well-meaning, is uninformed and, worse, appears to be unilateral.

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.

Alaska editorial: Mentality behind new passport rules is discouraging
Alaskans are getting a temporary break from one of the more disruptive counterterrorism measures set in motion after the attacks of 9/11.

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.

My turn: A mother responds to letter flap
I have read with interest the numerous letters responding to my daughter Gabriella Hebert's (June 1) letter to the editor criticizing the new Wal-Mart coming to Juneau.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Birchell records Juneau's 1st ace of season
Winning $26 is pretty sweet. Winning $26 by making a hole-in-one on Father's Day is a memory for a lifetime.

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 Brief: Juneau Riptide soccer team off to Las Vegas
The Juneau Soccer Club Riptide Under-17 boys soccer team will represent Alaska this week at the U.S. Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships in Las Vegas.

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.

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.

Teen arrested after stolen van crashes into pump house
An 18-year-old Juneau man was arrested Sunday after crashing a stolen van into a pump house and trying to flee on foot, Juneau Police said.

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

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.

Fairbanks mining employment drops
Mining employment in Fairbanks slipped the first three months of the year, the result of the end of construction at the Pogo gold mine near Delta Junction, officials said.

Alaska Digest
Man dies in Yukon boating accident, Head trauma likely caused camel's death, Man charged with rape, kidnapping, Estimated cost for fish hatchery soars, Fairbanks to review box store regulations

Kohring may delay decision
Embattled lawmaker Vic Kohring, who faces federal extortion and bribery charges, said Sunday that health problems might delay his announcement on plans to step down from public office.

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

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.

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.

Grand jury looks into Sen. Stevens' Veco connections
A federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., has heard evidence about a remodeling project at veteran U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' home as part of a burgeoning investigation into corruption in Alaska, the Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday.

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