Thursday, June 22, 2006

If we build a road, let's do it right
On June 5, Rich Poor's My Turn painted an idyllic picture of the Juneau access road with all sorts of expanded recreational opportunities such as new campsites, cabins, trails and beach access. It sounds nice.

Comparing ferries to the road
The Environmental Protection Agency's overview of the road project out of Juneau made statements about possible travel time using the road/shuttle that "the worst case scenario would result in 1 1/2 to 2 1/2-hour delays" ...

Wake up and smell the gas
The My Turn in Friday's paper ("Time machine could inform gas debate," June 16) just confirmed that this state and its people are being sold down the pipeline.

Bush has opened up a can of worms
I've given this matter some serious thought and have come to the conclusion that the Bush administration has opened a can of worms that should have been left closed. If we were to pull out of Iraq now, it would be perceived by the insurgents that they defeated America.

Let's not discard the mass-transit option
Although the current road debate has been interesting and sometimes even informative, I think there has been one foundational issue that has been overlooked.

Harbor maintenance is underfunded
Aurora Harbor maintenance staffing is inadequate and under funded to accomplish basic harbor repair and maintenance.

Illegals may actually appreciate voting
I read in the paper that illegals might have voted in primary elections, and oh, what an outcry. But judging from the record-low turnouts at the polls, I say let 'em.

Juneau forum on Iraq was productive
As many of your readers know, I recently participated in a town hall forum regarding the war in Iraq. Hosted by the Juneau People for Peace, the event offered a valuable opportunity for me to hear first hand the thoughts of Juneauites regarding our involvement in Iraq.

District putting new junk-food rules on the table
After nearly two years the Juneau School District has a nutrition policy on its plate.

Federal Bldg. lifts ban on anti-war views
The Juneau Federal Building's bulletin board is open for anti-war messages, now that a government agency has acknowledged its mistake in barring such posters from the property.

Photo: Images from another time: Blues performance, July 1983
Legendary bluesman Elvin Bishop performs July 26, 1983, at Centennial Hall.

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

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

Business Digest
The Juneau Economic Development Council's Knowledge Industry Network hopes to encourage new businesses by bringing young Alaskans together to network and exchange ideas.

Photo: Wave maker
Hoonah artist Duane Bosch cleans his totem called "Wave" on Monday next to the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool.

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

Rickshaw company brings new pace to downtown traffic
Paulee Offerson and Morgan Deering have been talking about starting a bicycle rickshaw operation in town for the last two years.

Building futures with COMPUTERS
Thirty-six students are building educational foundations in math and science this week by learning how to build and use computers.

Photo: Colorful variety
Master gardener Ginger Johnson tends her garden Tuesday in front of her Douglas home.

Grocers get mixed reviews for their mercury warnings
Because Safeway put up placards about methylmercury contamination in seafood at its stores around the country - including in Juneau - the grocer was one of three major U.S. chains that received kudos this week from the international environmental group Oceana.

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

Higdon and Plumb to wed
Pauline Ann Higdon and Robert Jay Plumb will marry at 5 p.m. June 24 at Eaglecrest Ski Area in Juneau. Friends and family are welcome in celebration.

Carte and Menlove to wed
Kate Menlove of Issaquah, Wash., and Rick Carte, formerly of Juneau, will marry on July 15 at the DAR House in Seattle. A Juneau reception will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Aug. 19 at Sandy Beach.

Photo: McNeil donates to new endowment fund
McNeil and his wife, Mary, have donated $100,000 to the institute to endow a new scholarship fund, named in honor of the late Tlingit leader Judson Lawrence Brown.

Living & Growing: Celebrate change this summer solstice
American educator and management consultant W. Edwards Deming was quoted as saying, "The two basic rules of life are: ...

Day and Mitchell to wed
Stephany Mitchell and Robert Day, of Juneau, will marry at 4 p.m., June 24 at Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. A reception will follow at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Recognitions
Laraine Derr and Charlotte Richards of Juneau were awarded the First Lady's Volunteer Award at a luncheon on April 24 in Anchorage.

Hammonds celebrate 50 years
Dave and Claudine Hammonds, formerly of Juneau, will celebrate of their 50th wedding anniversary on June 23. They were married in 1956 in Carson City, Nev.

Neighbors mailbox
Glacier Valley Elementary School's Art is Elementary program provides weekly arts-integrated instruction to all of our Glacier Valley students.

Guy A. Russo
Former Douglas resident Guy A. Russo, 84, died in the early hours June 20, 2006, at his home in Anchorage.

Jodine May Meacock
Juneau resident Jodine May Meacock, 41, died June 17 at Wildflower Court in Juneau, after a courageous fight with multiple sclerosis.

Allyn Richard Moore Jr.
Juneau resident Allyn Richard Moore Jr., 38, died June 15, 2006, at his home in Hoonah.

Nancy Lee Wentzel Burns
Juneau resident Nancy Lee Wentzel Burns, 66, died Jan. 31, 2006, in Juneau.

Alaska Editorial: We don't need the Wetlands Act in Southeast Alaska
Ketchikan has its share of wetlands. The North American Wetlands Conservation Act isn't needed here. Nor is it necessary in most of Alaska. Alaska is largely undeveloped with wide open spaces and untapped natural resources.

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.

A bevy of pitchers helps the Mariners defeat the Athletics
Brenden Winters went 3-for-3 as the Mariners defeated the Athletics 14-4 in the Major Baseball division of the Gastineau Channel Little League last week.

Juneau Jambaars drop first two games at region tourney
The Juneau Soccer Club Jambaars dropped their first two games in the United States Youth Soccer Region IV championships for Under-13 teams in Boise, Idaho.

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.

Shopping for some hardball bargains
In this week's fantasy baseball installment, we'll check in with some under-the-radar position players who could be the difference between winning and losing your fantasy matchup.

Court appeal seeks to block Long Island spraying
Six Southeast Alaska groups have gone to court to block a permit authorizing Klukwan Inc. to conduct aerial herbicide spraying on Long Island this summer.

Advance party of Stryker soldiers returns from Iraq
When Melissa Harmon asked her husband by phone last week if there was anything special he wanted when he returned from a year in Iraq, he had one request.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the Nation

Former UAS student president drowns while fishing
A 28-year-old former Juneau man drowned Tuesday evening while attempting to stretch a fishing net across the Thorne River on Prince of Wales Island.

Alaska's governor traveling to Afghanistan
A press information officer at the American embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, confirmed Tuesday that Gov. Frank Murkowski will visit the country.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the Nation

Athabaskan storyteller, author of 'Two Old Women' dies at 78
A woman whose tales of life in a remote Interior Alaska village were the inspiration for a best-selling book has died.

Alaska Digest
A shootout that police suspect involved gang members left a young driver dead near East High School.

Alaska Digest
A 31-year-old woman and her 13-month old son were treated for minor injuries after a single-vehicle accident Tuesday morning on Egan Drive near Yandukin Drive, police reported.

Murkowski visits troops in Iraq
Gov. Frank Murkowski is meeting with policymakers and Alaska troops in Iraq and Afghanistan this week.

Conservationists challenge Haines jet boats in court
Conservation groups are going to court to restrict large jet boats in "sensitive habitat" areas of the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve near Haines.

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