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.

No guarantee bonds would cover costs
I am disappointed in the Juneau Empire's recent, post-bond election coverage of Thunder Mountain High School.

Playground letter dripped with venom
Some of the words that came to mind after reading Lauren M. Swift's June 8 letter ("Unhappy with Twin Lakes playground") were: huh, ridiculous, mean, poison pen and dripping with venom.

Is Rep. Doogan an accessibility expert?
In Pat Forgey's article on Thursday, "$1.7 million voting system gets little use," he and Rep. Mike Doogan, D-Anchorage, concentrate on money and the amount of use these machines get rather than people's needs.

Boycott Bullwinkle's, services of Dr. Death
(Regarding Sunday's Outdoors article about Juneau surgeon David Miller and Bullwinkle's Pizza Parlor owner Bill Adair's hunting trip in Zimbabwe.)

Experience renewed woman's faith in people
What a happy experience I had on June 7; I lost my purse.

Grand marshals set for July 4 parades
Juneau Fourth of July parade grand marshals George and Jean Rogers have glamorous shoes to fill - past luminaries in local parades have included George Kennedy, Patty Duke and Shirley Temple.

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

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

Around Town

Kohring bribe allegations have an unusual twist
State Rep. Vic Kohring, R-Wasilla, under fire because of corruption allegations, may respond as soon as today to calls for his resignation from the House of Representatives.

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.

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.

Around Town

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

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.

Photo: Roaring views
Will Maner, left, and his family, Suzanne, Caroline and Doug, lounge Sunday at the misty foot of a waterfall as it gushes into Mendenhall Lake. The Maners were visiting from Oakdale, Calif.



Melinda McCarron
Former Juneau resident Melinda "Mindi" Pusich McCarron died June 3, 2007, at her home in Anchorage. She was 53.

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."

Alaska editorial: Marking 30 years of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline
The trans-Alaska pipeline reaches a milestone later this month when the calendar reads June 20, the date 30 years ago on which a controller at Prudhoe Bay pushed a button to allow the first oil to flow into the pipeline for the 800-mile journey south to the port of Valdez.

My Turn: Facts rather than road myths
The Juneau Empire's Opinions page is a great place for people to espouse their opinions on the many and varied issues of concern to Southeast Alaska residents.

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: 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.

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.

Outside editorial: A strong will, a faithful heart
Don't be fooled into thinking Ruth Bell Graham, the admired wife of evangelist Billy Graham, played second string to her iconic husband. This strong, independent, gracious woman lived a life in her own right.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Palin fires all 7 members of state agriculture board
All seven members of the Alaska Board of Agriculture and Conservation were dismissed as Gov. Sarah Palin took steps to keep the troubled Matanuska Maid dairy in business.

Police charge woman in boyfriend's death
A woman accused of running over her boyfriend and dragging him 100 feet after a night of heavy drinking has been charged with manslaughter.

Subsistence hunters object to land opening
A decision by the Federal Subsistence Board to open up thousands of square miles along the Yukon River drainage and delta in southwest Alaska has drawn strong objections from subsistence hunters.

Alaska Digest
Pedestrian injured in highway pileup, Shishmaref searches Web for moving help, Discovery in rubble strikes happy chord

Stealth fighter jets headed to Alaska
The top U.S. Air Force commander in the Pacific said the service will likely deploy the world's most advanced fighter jet, the F-22, to Guam or another location in the region next year after it sets up a squadron of the new planes in Alaska.

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

Photo: Open-water adventure
Bob Cita of Juneau kayaks Saturday near Whale Point during the Sitka Sound Ocean Adventure Race in Sitka. Cita, who used a kayak he built himself, finished sixth overall and second among solo kayakers in the 12.3-mile short-course race.

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.

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.

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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