Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Mines and tailings helped build Juneau
I wrote a letter to the editor not long ago, stating the historical fact that the A-J and Treadwell mines, which were not environmentally regulated at all, did not destroy our fish, wildlife and clean water.

Why Murkowski is closing the deal fast
Gov. Hickel hit the nail on the proverbial head when he asked, "What's the rush," in regard to approving Murkowski's back room gas line deal.

Seniors, take action at election time
I found your Sunday editorial (June 11) highly entertaining and somewhat amusing by encouraging the seniors in Juneau to calm their emotional overflow regarding recent Assembly actions.

Value of convenient travel is incalculable
The first gentleman (Thomas Ely, "Juneau access road is clearly pork") claims the road would only benefit the mining and construction industry, and that's obviously not true.

Government can't create wealth
Sen. Elton asks if "it makes sense to give up the taxing authorities," with reference to the yet-to-be-determined gas line construction agreements. This is a disingenuous comment at best.

Troublesome governor banished
A bad-news governor was banished from Alaska after being tranquilized and captured inside the Governor's Mansion on Thursday morning.

Palin may be ahead with the common folk
A couple of radio talk show hosts locally and in Anchorage have attempted to paint Sarah Palin into a corner over the gas line. Study the link closely for Palin's take on the gas line, fishing and the rest of her stances.

Center should have indoor soccer field
Juneau now has $4 million available to build an indoor recreational center. This letter is to urge that, inside of the center, there should be a soccer arena.

Arson suspected at Melvin Park
A small wooden concession stand at Melvin Park was destroyed early Monday morning in a fire Juneau police say is being investigated as possible arson.

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

New buses hit the town
Capital Transit has acquired four new buses to take over for three that have each driven close to a million miles on the roads of Juneau.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Photo: Balanced Commute
Dr. Taylor Dunn commutes on one wheel from Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium to his home Monday on Douglas Highway.

Gravity has lots of pull for glacier researchers
It's weighty stuff, figuring out the changes going on with the planet.

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

Photo: Patriotic paper
Judith Maier watches as Finn Sinclair, 7, finishes folding his paper crane Sunday at Northern Light United Church.

James Patrick Sullivan
Juneau resident James Patrick Sullivan, 55, died June 12, 2006, in Juneau.

Alaska Editorial: Gas line supporters need public support
L egislators are taking a break from the state capital while Gov. Frank Murkowski will keep pushing for public acceptance of his natural gas line contract negotiated with the major North Slope oil and gas producers.

Take lesson from village corporations
The Empire editorial in Sundays paper on the subject of local reaction to Pebble Mine opponents misses the mark.

Bill Gates sets an example for us hundredaires, too
In the first place, I never knew Bill Gates was a Spider-Man fan.

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: Hocker achieves the first level of black belt
Kathy Hocker was awarded the rank of Shodan, the first level of black belt, last week after successfully passing an examination given by Master Yutaka Yaguchi of the International Shotokan Karate Federation.

Dinnan receives running honor
Though Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Tyler Dinnan is finished running for the Crimson Bears, he picked up one last award on Friday.

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.

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

Many tourists staying longer at Denali park
It's almost a rite of passage. Glitter Gulch, the commercial strip outside the main entrance of Denali National Park, got, not just its first stoplight, but its first two stoplights last year.

State seeking unpaid funds from Kake Foods
The state has filed a civil action against Kake Foods seeking more than $61,000 for unpaid employment security contributions.

Oil antitrust suit dismissed by judge
A federal judge on Monday tossed out an antitrust lawsuit alleging two oil companies that control the vast majority of North Slope natural gas reserves are refusing to sell the gas to a pipeline project other than their own.

Development increasing near national parks
The ice-covered mountaintops are shrouded by fog. A stream gushes against the rocks on a headlong rush to the lake. High above the deserted visitors' parking lot, an elk stares at a lone hiker.

Iraq means unique hardships for Eskimos
Looking to the ends of the Earth: Army National Guard Staff Sgt. William F. Brown sits on a snow berm on the frozen Arctic Ocean off of Barrow on June 6.

Alaska Digest
A Juneau police officer shot a bear that was reported going through garbage in the Switzer Village Mobile Home Park on Saturday night.

Murkowski's approval rating sinks to 20 percent
Gov. Frank Murkowski's approval rating is one percentage point away from tying the nation's least popular governor, according to one of the country's largest pollsters.

Anchorage re-examining train car addition to bar
City officials want to take a second look at a bar owner's plan to attach a rail car to the second floor of his building.

Attitudes of 1001 adults about fees and development
Nearly two-thirds favor the increased entry and visitor fees for national parks.

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

Alaska Digest
An inch-long caterpillar that dines on the tips of spruce trees is creating headaches for homeowners near Fairbanks.

BLM recommends lifting restrictions
The federal Bureau of Land Management is recommending that Congress lift development restrictions on millions of acres of federal land in the state.

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