Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Forest supervisor not standing up
Shame on you, Forrest Cole. Just a few weeks after your widely circulated editorial praising the Tongass as "one of the 'crown jewels' of public lands" and stating that the Forest Service "intends to keep it that way," the agency has gone ahead and approved Coeur's operating permit for the Kensington Mine.

Planned Parenthood is not needed
There really is no need for services from Planned Parenthood.

Government for the government
I realize that this letter is not very timely; however, I was taught to count to 10 before I said anything about something that irritates me. And this irritates me.

Marijuana is more than a drug
Every day the U.S. government is wasting away too much money trying to keep marijuana illegal.

Sen. Stevens' bill deserves support
Residents of Alaska should be grateful to Sen. Ted Stevens for his co-sponsorship of a bill that could help prevent tragic cases of poisoning across the country.

In support of a Montessori school
I would like to respond to recent letters and articles concerning Montessori Borealis as a future public charter school.

Act is to allow more spying on people
The Alaska Legislature passed a resolution by a majority of 56-1.

Mine shouldn't depend on handouts
Coeur Alaska, the company hoping to develop the Kensington Gold Mine project, has been working the political system like a champ.

Taxes driving out Juneau's youth
There's just not enough opportunity for young people here in Juneau.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Groups contest gold mine permit
Two environmental groups have requested a hearing in which they would ask the state to retract its certification of a federal permit allowing Coeur Alaska to dump mine tailings in Lower Slate Lake.

AroundTown
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Water junkies
Jennifer Jillson, front, and Arial Engelman enjoy their day off from work Monday as they kayak through Don Statter Boat Harbor at Auke Bay.

Alaska's first ladies gather for documentary
When Alaska became a state more than 45 years ago, keeping house and home at the Governor's Mansion was a work in progress.

Sealaska board members re-elected
Shareholders of Sealaska Corp. chose to re-elect members of the board of directors at the company's annual meeting in Ketchikan on Saturday.

Board saves five bus routes
The Juneau School Board voted unanimously to keep the five school bus routes slated for elimination for another year.

Photo: Swingin' in the rain
Zeeba Sanchez returns a serve from her friend Sam Steele while playing tennis Monday at the courts near Floyd Dryden Middle School.

City's quarry draws criticism
Owners of Glacier Lands say they will go out of business if the city doesn't stop selling rock to the private sector.

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

Juneau man arrested after alleged bomb threat
A 31-year-old Juneau resident is in jail after allegedly claiming he had a bomb in his Super 8 motel room early Monday morning.

State could add 2 ferries
The Alaska Marine Highway System is considering purchasing two new ferries to operate as day boats for the cities of Juneau, Haines and Skagway.

Repairs renew shrine
During the Liturgy rededicating the chapel at the Shrine of St. Therese on Tuesday night, Bishop Michael Warfel found it easier to read.

Paulick, Riemer to perform in Europe
Helen Riemer, daughter of Doug and Kathi Riemer of Juneau and Petersburg, and Kristina Paulick, daughter of Bill and Karen Paulick of Juneau, have been selected to perform with the Sound of America Honor Band and Chorus in Europe this July.

Sealife observers
Through the generosity of Allen Marine Tours and the captain and crew of the St. Maria, Cub Scouts from Pack 6 and their families enjoyed a whale-watching cruise on May 15.

Fortin, Bischoff to wed
Juneau residents Sarah Elizabeth Fortin and Kyle William Bischoff will be married at 6 p.m., July 23, 2005, at the Mendenhall Glacier.

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Preventing falls is the key to independence for the elderly
Do you know someone who fell and broke an arm or a hip?

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Robert Loren Peel
Juneau resident Robert (Bob) Loren Peel, 73, died June 17, 2005, at his home.

Alaska editorial: Senator wrong in wanting to limit access to weather data
In Alaska, watching the weather is not an idle pastime.

My turn: Assembly should side with voters on road issue
Our country was founded on the principle of a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

Alaska editorial: More questions need to be answered on state retirement system
The special session of the Alaska Legislature last month did produce a bill that aims to help stabilize the finances of the state-run Public Employees' Retirement System and the Teachers' Retirement System.

My turn: Merchants' Wharf requires millions to remain standing
There have been several opinion columns published in the Juneau Empire regarding the future of Merchants' Wharf.

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.

Smoltz blanks Marlins
John Smoltz never forgot how the Florida Marlins battered him in the season opener.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world

Union aims to cut class size
The state's largest teachers' union wants to present a ballot initiative to reduce classroom sizes to 15 students for primary grades.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world

Photo: A chip off the ol' block
Tlingit master carver Israel Shotridge carves the 40-foot Ketchikan Indian Community Totem at his studio in Vashon Island, Wash.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Cook Inlet sockeye fishery opens early with unprecedented return
Commercial salmon fishermen were busy getting nets mended and engines tuned up for what was shaping up to be a solid season opener in the eastern Cook Inlet.

Lawyer: Throw out teen's comment in murder case
Rachelle Waterman's attorney is asking a judge to throw out his 16-year-old client's alleged confession about her role in her mother's death.

Alaska Natives seek explanation for recent rise in cancer rates
Alaska Natives have seen runny bone marrow in moose and caribou, and lesions and parasites in fish - and that makes Shawna Larson wonder if toxic chemicals in these traditional foods are making people sick, too.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Biologist accused of tagging young Stellers
A Texas biologist violated federal law by capturing underage Steller sea lions he was studying in Resurrection Bay and Prince William Sound, federal officials said.

Fire near Fort Yukon spreads toward the community of 600
Fire crews are burning out vegetation ahead of a 62,000-acre blaze to keep it from spreading further south to Fort Yukon

Public TV stations divvy up funding cuts
The Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission approved a plan last week for Alaska's four public television stations to evenly split a state funding cut of $127,500 for 2006.

Seafood plants offering jobs on land and at sea
The state is putting out a plea to Alaskans to join the slime line at seafood plants or work on at-sea processors from Ketchikan to the Bering Sea.

Center to cover more costs of SE blood drive
Puget Sound Blood Center in Seattle will cover the cost of processing blood samples donated by 321 Caucasians in a recent drive Southeast Alaska, center officials said.

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