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Saturday, June 24, 2006

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

FYI
Statistics of Juneau this week.

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.

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.

Neighbors Digest
Alternative high school offers free correspondence classes

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.

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

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.

Jean L. Crosby
Juneau resident Jean L. Crosby, 84, died June 21, 2006, in Juneau.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Alaska Digest
AMHS, unions agree on 15 for ferry crew

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