Thursday, June 21, 2007

There's no Lew like an old Lew
There's a cliche that goes, "There's no fool like an old fool."

Anti-road arguments appear a bit strange
I couldn't help but giggle to myself after reading Steve Vick's column in Friday's Juneau Empire.

Leopard photographs were sad, disgusting
It has been nearly 40 years since the Beatles sang, "Hey, Bungalow Bill, what did you kill?"

SEACC does not support development
Erik Lie-Nielsen's attack in Monday's Empire on Juneau Chamber of Commerce members who bravely decried Southeast Alaska Conservation Council's membership in a pro-development organization is a clear example of a tyrannical minority in action.

Renters belong in assessor's database
I would like to point out to Skip Lundstrom (Sunday's Juneau Empire) that thousands of Juneau residents do not show up in the assessor's database.

Legislative Affairs head gave good advice
Pam Varni, executive director of the Legislative Affairs Agency, provided advice to her bosses, the Legislature. This advice consisted of a cost comparison between holding a legislative session in Juneau, Alaska's capital, or in Anchorage.

SEACC deserves thanks for efforts
It amazes me that any media outlet would carry the ads that were run after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Corps of Engineers' permit for the Kensington Mine was illegal.

Summer school heads outdoors
It's not your typical summer school - long days on a wild beach scrounging through tide pools, nights at camp, fireside storytelling, running a biological GPS transect, cataloging a "bio-band," recording whale songs, identifying genus and species.

Juneau sets community values
Having a hard time paying the rent? Want to bike to work or take the bus instead of cranking up the car? How about curbside recycling?

Photo: Listening to Alaska's 'economic lifeline'
Spectators listen for the sound of flowing crude oil passing through the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline. Oil officially began flowing at 10:06 a.m. June 20, 1977, for it's 30-day, nearly 800 mile journey to Valdez.

Around Town

Mat-Su residents warm to coal bed methane plan
A proposal to drill for coal bed methane in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough is getting a warmer reception than a plan three years ago that cost a Palmer state senator his job.

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

Hallmark Channel to end Juneau run
At a time when sex and violence rule television programming, many Alaska homes are losing one of America's family stations.

Dog sled tours operate under different standards
A Skagway company is wheeling tourists on dog sled tours through the woods on Douglas Island.

Juneau projects in Legislature-approved budget

Business Digest
Spencer joins Angoon Health Center staff, Tim Vig named new president of USKH, Kitchen designer honored in contest, Network group offers enterprise seminar

Emergency regulations give seniors another month of aid
The state's lowest-income seniors will continue to get cash assistance checks from the state in July under emergency regulations signed by Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell on Monday evening, Gov. Sarah Palin announced Tuesday.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reports.

Photo: Summer stroll
Michelle Blackwell and her daughters, Jade, 3, and Valery, who is almost 2, look at daisies along Glacier Highway as they walk to the new playground at Twin Lakes.

Around Town

Correction
A story in Tuesday's Empire gave an incorrect spelling of the name of KTUU-TV Juneau Bureau Chief Bill McAllister.

City projects await Palin's final approval
Juneau is poised to do well with the state's capital budget, its legislative team says.

Bellemare and Greene to wed
Dee Bellemare and Mike Greene, both of Juneau, will marry in a private ceremony on June 30, 2007, at the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. Friends and relatives are invited to a reception to follow at 7 p.m. at Squires Rest.

Neighbors Digest
Class of 1997 to celebrate10-year reunion July 6-8, Filipino Community hosts'Obra Maestra' performance

Standerwicks celebrate 50 years
Donna Chadbourne and John Standerwick celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 8, 2007. Their family and friends will celebrate with them in July at the family cottage at Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada.

Photo: Softball champs
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls softball team competed June 8 and 9 for the state championship in Anchorage, where they took top honors.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you for sponsoring Juneau-Douglas softball, Thanks, Sealaska, for donating to Glacier Valley Elementary

Photo: Getting the gardens ready
Mary Jane Tenney works in her North Douglas garden, one of five featured in the Summer Solstice Garden Tour and Plant Sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at Cathedral Park, on the corner of Fifth and Gold streets, downtown.

Wyatt and Moats wed
Dana Lynn Moats and Geoffrey Kent Wyatt, both of Juneau, were married on June 9, 2007, at the Church of Christ in Juneau. The minister was Jon D. Paden.

A dad stays home for his kids
Stay-at-home dads are becoming more commonplace in our society, and more accepted too, but it still strikes many people as being just a little odd.

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Nancy Jane Adams
Juneau resident Nancy Jane Adams died June 19, 2007, in Juneau. She was 70.

Jo Ann O'Connor
Juneau resident Jo Ann O'Connor died June 13, 2007, at Harbarview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash. She was 70.

Virginia Shadduck
Former Juneau resident Virginia Shadduck died June 18, 2007, at the Sun Bridge Care and Rehab facility in McCall, Idaho. She was best known to her friends and family as "Ginger." She was 69.

Outside editorials: Time to talk peace
The idea was laudable. No direct U.S. or international aid should go to any Palestinian government that sanctions terrorism and that does not recognize Israel's right to exist.

The world is watching ... what?
One night 10 years ago, I found myself in a crazy place. It was only the parking lot of a courthouse in Santa Monica, but craziness had come to that place on the wings of a jury verdict in the civil trial against O.J. Simpson.

Outside editorial: Time for officials to talk
Whether or not Alberto R. Gonzales maintains his Rasputin-like survival in high office, Congress is rightly determined to find out how much of his responsibility was abdicated to the White House in the matter of eight fired U.S. attorneys.

Bloomberg: Unaffiliated in name only?
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was never really a Republican; neither was he really a Democrat, the political party he previously left. From DINO (Democrat in name only), he became a RINO (Republican in name only) and now I guess one might call him, what, an UNO (unaffiliated in name only)?

Alaska editorial: Washington governor's Alaska visit encouraging
Washington's Gov. Chris Gregoire visited Alaska earlier this month and was hosted at dinner in Anchorage by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

The West banks on Abbas
Contrary to the grandiose and grotesque assertions of that Hamas gunman who was all over the news photos the other day, posing with a Gaza telephone and pretending he was talking to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice - "Condi, you have to deal with me now!" he chortled - no, actually, Condi doesn't.

A moment of truth
Like a violence addict waking from a final binge, the Palestinian leadership has reached that rock-bottom moment of clarity. Hamas, the Islamist movement, now sits victorious but isolated in the Gaza Strip, while secular-minded Fatah retains its government seat in the West Bank.

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. It runs when space is available and event notices should arrive at least one week before they are scheduled to take place.

Rears on Gears captures women's title at Kluane Chilkat bike relay
Nearly 30 Juneau, Douglas and Auke Bay teams mounted their bikes and conquered the 15th annual Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay on June 16-17.

GCLL roundup: A's top Mariners to gain first-place tie in Major Baseball
The A's defeated the Mariners 6-2 on Monday to force a first-place tie in the Gastineau Channel Little League Major Baseball division.

Photo: Here comes the heat
The Dodgers' James San Miguel pitches to the Diamondbacks during a Gastineau Channel Little League Junior Baseball game on Saturday.

Alaska Digest
Anderson's mayor killed in accident, Hydroelectric project meetings scheduled, Four injured in plane crash near Homer, Motorcyclists raise funds for charity

Fire near Homer spreads
A forest fire burning in the Caribou Hills northeast of Homer continued to grow Wednesday despite efforts by 30 firefighters to stifle it, Department of Natural Resources officials.

Board OKs contract for charter schools
The Juneau School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved the renewal of the Juneau Community Charter School contract.

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

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

Alaska Digest
Police: Man stabbed in liver while drinking, City unveils art for convention center, Two people injured in dune buggy crash

Rep. Kohring to step down
State Rep. Vic Kohring said Tuesday that he will resign from the Legislature so that he can concentrate on proving he's innocent of federal bribery and extortion charges.

Tranqilizer kills Kenai bear slated to be painted with dots
A grizzly bear tranquilized so it could be painted with pink dots has died.

Skagway Air to shut down after 43 years
For Mike O'Daniel, there's never been a dull moment atSkagway Air Service, the airline his parents founded in 1964 and which he now owns.

Board takes action to keep dairy open
Alaska's state-owned dairy dodged closure when Gov. Sarah Palin's new Board of Agriculture and Conservation voted to keep it open.

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