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Monday, June 25, 2007

SEACC a roadblock to development
This is in reference to the Juneau Empire letter to the editor of June 18, in which Erik Lie-Nielsen comments on Southeast Alaska Conservation Council members being just regular people - blah, blah, blah.

Hunter has good bedside manner
Has Dr. Miller ever been your surgeon?

Cyclist photo, story left out importance of wearing a helmet
I was very sorry to see that the Juneau Empire chose to run a photo of a bicyclist who was not wearing a helmet for its story about community values in Wednesday's newspaper.

Foundation's goal isn't to stop logging
Bradley Fluetsch's letter in Thursday's Juneau Empire slamming Erik Lie-Nielsen and the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council is disingenuous at best and, at worst, deliberately misleading.

Time to ban smoking at Twin Lakes park
I am writing about a smoking ban at the new kids' park at Twin Lakes. I took my children ages 3, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 11 to the park. I noticed there were cigarette butts on the ground, and that is disgusting.

Give politicians no pity; they rake in under-the-table profits
As the muck continues to ooze from the hole that the FBI dug in Alaska's political money pit, I am amazed at the community support of the accused, as well as those currently in the cross hairs. What are we as taxpayers thinking? Are we thinking?

Photos: Celebrating Filipino heritage
Game face: Nicole Roldan prepares for the "Banga" dance backstage Saturday night at Juneau-Douglas High School. "Banga," translates to pot, and the performers carry pots on their heads.

Land Use Code violations pile up for the city
A $70,000 truck scale built and operated without proper permits 28 feet from Lemon Creek is a recent example of what city officials described as their difficulty managing enforcement of the complicated Land Use Code.

Photo: A blessed cross
Bishop Nikolai of the Russian Orthodox Church blesses a new cross Saturday at the Russian Cemetery. The cross replaces a previous one that was destroyed by vandals and marks a revived interest in restoring and looking after the cemetery.

Police withhold body's identity, looking for kin
One month after recovering a body from the tide line on Marmian Island, Juneau police cannot locate the next of kin, said Sgt. Steve Hernandez.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state police reported:

Photos:Celebrating 113 years
Blessing: His Grace, the Right Rev. Nikolai, bishop of Sitka, Anchorage and Alaska, blesses the congregation Sunday at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church. Bishop Nikolai was in Juneau to celebrate the 113th anniversary of the consecration of the historic church, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Sealaska shareholders vote: Descendants and 'Leftouts' OK'd to receive shares
In a historic move Saturday, Sealaska shareholders voted to issue shares to two new groups of Natives - those that are "descendants" and "Leftouts."

Who We Are: JDHS grad guides visitors at local salmon hatchery
By mid-afternoon on Sunday, Cordova Lewis and the other guides at the Ladd Macaulay Visitor Center had seen only 18 bus loads of tourists - a few hundred people to entertain and inform.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events. To be included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events. To be included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Photo: 'Priceless' moment
Jim Voskovitch adorns himself with furs and poses for a picture Sunday at Memeluck Eskimo Factory to score 80 points for his scavenger hunt team while its cruise ship was docked. "That was priceless," Laura Voskovitch exclaimed after she finished laughing.

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

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My Turn: If there's smoke, look for fire
Lew Williams Jr., former publisher of the Ketchikan Daily News, recently attacked the news media in general and the Democratic Party in particular for the scandals troubling Alaska's two senior elected Republicans in Washington, D.C.

Outside editorial: Rosa Parks Act realizes that laws change, has brave convictions
This editorial appeared in the Washington Post:

Alaska editorial: Kudos to new federal rule to help measure school performance
One of the more troublesome features of the federal No Child Left Behind Act will be less onerous in Alaska, thanks to a change blessed by the feds last week.

Empire editorial: An ATV park is fine if riders act responsibly
It's time to give all-terrain vehicle users a safe place to play, and a proposed 15-acre park at Fish Creek Quarry on Douglas Island is a good place to start.

Battle of wills led to senior assistance special session
I'm annoyed about Tuesday's special session.

State officials want wood bison to roam in Alaska again
State game officials want to reintroduce wood bison to Western or Interior Alaska and hope to import dozens in late winter to prepare them for the wild.

Outsiders: Diane Pearson
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

Lost and found
"I was just out for a short hike." More often than not, a lot of fatal and near-fatal stories start out with that phrase.

Lichen: Team workers of the woods
I am a slow learner. At the beginning of my career in biology, I found animals to be fascinating, and plants were just those green things that made perches for birds and whose leaves use up carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. Midway along this career, I belatedly discovered, rather suddenly, that plants are actually fascinating too.

Outdoor Digest
The Tongass National Forest Juneau Ranger District is proposing to construct a fully accessible trail to the base of Nugget Falls within the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area. The trail will be located on National Forest system lands and will begin at the Photo Point Trail and continue for 4,000 feet to the base of the falls.

Seething, humming, they want your blood
I confronted pure terror this week.I was walking through a mossy spruce forest when I felt the fear. It started as a crazy, zinging noise, one high note blending into the wilds behind me. Against my better judgment, I stopped.

Leaving the nest: 'Orphaned' birds don't need a helping hand
If you can't barf up a bug every 20 or 30 minutes, you can't take care of a baby bird.

Shoup Bay serenity broken only by seabirds' conversation
The first thing we noticed as we motored into Shoup Bay State Marine Park was the noise. The cacophony of black-legged kittiwake chatter was so loud we had to yell to each other, just an arm's length away, to be heard.

Out & About
Today: 24 Hours of Light Mountain Bike Race, Whitehorse, YT. Details: http://www.velonorth.cal.

Alive and kicking
Over the last few weeks, pick-up soccer games sparked the anticipation of one of the town's foremost adult sport seasons.

Sports Briefs
Stick Melton recorded his fourth hole-in-one on Saturday at Mendenhall Golf Course.

Ben Blackgoat Run results

Mahan's Loaa Nalu captures 23rd annual Spirit of Adventure
Skipper Jim Mahan and his boat, Loaa Nalu, captured the 2007 Spirit of Adventure sailboat race on Saturday.

Juneau's Susan Macaulay captures three gold medals
Juneau's Susan Macaulay racked up three gold medals and one bronze at the 27th annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games, which lasted Tuesday through Saturday in Milwaukee.

Bursell, Rivera conquer Ironman
Juneau's Tracy Rivera and John Bursell used teamwork and a year of hard training to post top-10 times at the Ironman Coeur d'Alene triathlon Sunday in Coeur d'Alene, 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. It runs when space is available and event notices should arrive at least one week before they are scheduled to take place.

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.

Photo: Tuning up the skills
Nick Stewart catches the ball while Travis Duvernay echoes his movement to the left at the final day of 2007 Juneau Baseball Camp on Friday at Miller Field. Reuben Macnaughton, Brian Millke and Thomas Hazel line up for their chance to throw the ball around the horn.

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

Japanese bombing of Dutch Harbor remembered
In honor of the 65th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Unalaska/Dutch Harbor, historian and high school history teacher Jeff Dickrell gave a presentation of the events.

Mercury Rises
Far from industrialized, pollution-producing cities and in the pristine environment of Glacier Bay, mercury has more than doubled during the past 15 years, researchers say.

More kids kept in state for mental health treatment
The state is sending fewer children out of the state for mental health treatment than a year ago, an improvement health officials are crediting to increased aid to families and more mental health professionals in local hospitals.

Southcentral fires burn out of control
Forest fires reached homes and cabins near Ninilchik as wild land burning spread across Southcentral Alaska, state fire officials said Friday.

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

Alaska Digest
Juneau firefighters battled two vehicle fires Friday.

Alaska Digest
Instructor, student killed in plane crash, Fires continue to rage in Southcentral, Search goes on for bodies of campers

Man's fake tales of woe dupe hundreds
A man who allegedly conned an untold number of good Samaritans with his hard-luck tall tales was arrested this week, Anchorage police said.

Payments to seniors may now increase
A special session of the Legislature is to meet Tuesday in Anchorage with plans to save the SeniorCare program for needy elders from its scheduled demise.

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