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Friday, June 23, 2006

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.

It's about affordable transportation
According to a recent article by Bluewater Network, an environmental hybrid branch of the Sierra Club, there are major environmental pollution campaigns being waged in New York City harbors and San Francisco Bay against ferry systems. Future environmental pollution campaigns against ferry expansions in the ports of Seattle and Miami are planned to deal with the host of environmental pollution problems that come with ferries. The issue of massive amounts of toxic diesel exhaust from dirty ferry and fast ferry engines spewing cancer-causing soot has caused these environmental groups to act.

Keys to solving problems at Auke Lake
The keys to solving the problems at Auke Lake are the establishment of clear boundaries of usage and the education of the user groups, so that they know where these boundaries are and what is expected of them.

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" ...

Voicing support for military personnel
I've been reading the articles about the two young men who were brutally killed in Iraq recently, Pvt. 1st Class Kristian Menchaca and Pvt. 1st Class Thomas Tucker. As a mother and grandmother, my heart reaches out to the families of these two very brave and heroic young men.

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.

There's no good outcome in Iraq
There are three certain things about the outcome of the war in Iraq: First, if we leave, there will be a bloody civil war. Second, if we stay, there will be a bloody civil war, only we get to have our kids killed, too. Third, there is already a bloody civil war going on. Staying hasn't prevented it.

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.

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

Cabbies ask for 30-cent fare hike
Taxicab companies in Juneau are trying to convince the city the current fare rate isn't fair for their drivers.

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

Invasive critters
Bob Pierkowski, the invasive species program coordinator for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, holds up a stock of Japanese knotweed during a talk on invasive species Thursday at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Barton and Sturdevant to wed
Blythe Sturdevant, of Juneau, and Robert Barton, of Canyon Lake, Calif., will marry on June 24 at Northern Light United Church in Juneau. A reception will follow at Mount Roberts Tramway.

FYI
Statistics of Juneau this week.

Martin and Carlson wedded
Tina Carlson and Josh Martin, of Juneau, were married May 28 on an Allen Marine Catamaran, St. Gregory, in Juneau. A reception followed on the catamaran.

Employees of the year
Standing are, from left, Juneau Federal Executive Association President Tom Ainsworth, Greg Bledsoe, David Ackley...

Modern medicines miraculous in saving lives, parental heartache
We live in an age when modern drugs are often used to prevent disease and cure sickness. This, of course, is a recent phenomena. Prior to the discovery of penicillin and the sulfa drugs in the 1930s and '40s, it was so easy to succumb to the infection of a small cut on the arm or leg, or to the rubbed abrasion on an ankle

Thibodeaus celebrate 60 years
Robert "Bob" and Aurelia "Ril" Thibodeau will celebrate 60 years of marriage with a potluck reception beginning at 6 p.m. June 29 at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Juneau.

Pets of the week: Licorice, Libby make lovable pets
Licorice, above, is a female black-and-white, long-haired Newfoundland. She is approximately 6 years old and is very friendly.

Neighbors helping Neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Terry and Mazon to wed
Shelly Ann-Marie Mazon and Lindsay Denton Terry, of Juneau, will marry at 6 p.m. June 24 at Glacier Gardens in Juneau. All friends and family are invited to attend a potluck reception to follow at 8 p.m. at Centennial Hall. Guests are encouraged to contribute a dish.

Neighbors Digest
Alternative high school offers free correspondence classes

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

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

Jean L. Crosby
Juneau resident Jean L. Crosby, 84, died June 21, 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.

Alaska editorial: Administration's finally seeing some pipeline realities
This editorial appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

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.

Little League stung by fire
When the concession stand at Melvin Park burned down early Monday morning, the flames touched more than just a building.

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.

The Jambaars upend Wyoming state champs to finish tourney
Though the Juneau Soccer Club Jambaars were eliminated from the United States Youth Association Region IV Under-13 tournament on Wednesday, they did leave with some satisfaction.

Alaska's Missile Mood
The Alaskan coastal village of Hooper Bay is about 3,200 miles from North Korea's intercontinental missile. For some in the Bering Sea town, that's a bit too close for comfort.

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

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.

Lawmakers will head back to Juneau for special session
Lawmakers will head back to Juneau next month to once again take up bills relating to oil taxes and a gas pipeline.

Native preference program criticized
A federal program that allows Alaska Native corporations to obtain expensive no-bid government contracts came under fire by members of Congress.

Coeur reports on its efforts to open mine
Sending a biologist decked out in diving gear to float face down in a stream for three hours counting fish fry doesn't seem like hard-rock mining activity.

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, the nation and the world

This Day in History
In Alaska and the Nation

Alaska Digest
AMHS, unions agree on 15 for ferry crew

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

Unions file lawsuit in attempt to stop retirement plan
Three state labor unions filed legal papers on Thursday to stop the July 1 implementation of the new state retirement system because they claim the plan may not be tax-exempt.

Pipeline planning costs reach $25 million
The state has spent more than $25 million buying advice on how best to bring about a proposed natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to Canada or the Lower 48 states.

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