Tuesday, June 26, 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.

Machines help people with disabilities vote
Regarding the June 15 article, "Voting machine use questioned," Southeast Alaska Independent Living would like to offer several comments.

GCI should reconsider its Hallmark decision
I wish GCI would reconsider keeping the Hallmark Channel. This is the only reason I subscribe to its cable service. I watch 95 percent of my programs on the Hallmark Channel.

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.

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

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.

VECO workers gave money to Kerttula
A recent report on KTOO about VECO contributions to Southeast lawmakers caught my attention. I was curious to find out what my own representative, Beth Kerttula, had collected.

GCI Cable should drop Spike, TRIO channels
I have written GCI Cable to reconsider its decision to cancel the Hallmark Channel from its Juneau cable television lineup, and I encourage other family-minded readers to do the same. GCI's e-mail address is complaints_praise@gci.net.

U.S. wouldn't be in Iraq if not for Dems
This is in response to Kimberly L. Metcalfe's letter on June 15 blaming everyone but the Democrats for the Iraq war.

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

City picks Vanderbilt for crossing
The Juneau Assembly approved a resolution at its regular meeting Monday night identifying Vanderbilt Hill Road as the preferred community alternative for a second crossing of Gastineau Channel.

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

'Bong hits' ruling sides with district
In a 5-4 decision, the U.S Supreme Court ruled that former Juneau-Douglas High School Principal Deborah Morse was within her rights to suspend a student and suppress a banner that said "Bong Hits 4 Jesus."

Yakutat opts against hiring ex-lawmaker
Concerned about scandal and divisiveness, Yakutat Assembly members changed their minds - several times - and finally refused to hire as borough manager Scott Ogan, a former Republican senator who left office in 2004 amid accusations of corruption.

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.

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.

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.

Anderson records show debt
Former Rep. Tom Anderson, R-Anchorage, is asking a federal judge to exclude his financial records and those of his wife, Sen. Lesil McGuire, from evidence at his federal corruption trial.

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.

Photo: Colorful dancing
Andrea Ebona-Michel leads the Yaaw Tei Yi Dancers as she sings and drums Sunday during a performance for the Right Rev. Nikolai, bishop of the Russian Orthodox Diocese of Alaska, and other visiting clergy at the Tlingit and Haida Community Council building.

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Melinda 'Mindi' Pusich McCarron
Former Juneau resident Melinda "Mindi" Pusich McCarron died June 3, 2007, at her home in Anchorage. She was 53.

Elvin 'Al' Sahlinger
Juneau resident Elvin "Al" Sahlinger died June 22, 2006, at his niece's home in Kentfield, Calif. He was 79.

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.

Alaska editorial: Extra session taxes public's resources
Even when the Alaska Legislature meets in its regular session day in and day out from mid-January to mid-May, its actions can be difficult for the not-so-politically inclined to follow.

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.

My Turn: Road would benefit fishermen, too
The completion of a Lynn Canal highway linking Juneau to Haines, Skagway and the rest of Alaska will prove extremely beneficial to Juneau's healthy and growing fishing industry.

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.

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.

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.

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

Northwest Digest
Crewman is accused of passing bad checks, Fishing boat collides with cruise ship, Family honors man's rescuers in Fairbanks, Icebreaker Healy returns to Seattle

Police identify 2 killed in plane crash
Police in Wasilla released the names Monday of a flight instructor and student who were killed over the weekend in a small plane crash near the airport in Wasilla.

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.

Weather helps stall wildfire
Damp, cooler weather on Monday helped slow a wildfire on the Kenai Peninsula that is burning in a popular recreation area and has destroyed about 70 homes and cabins, and is threatening more.

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

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

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.

BP looking to emerge from rough few years
Lowry Brott briefly closes his eyes as if he were listening to the first sounds of oil flowing 30 years ago from Alaska's North Slope into a pipeline that weaves 800 miles through several mountain ranges and hundreds of rivers and streams to Valdez.

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