Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Coeur Alaska has lived up to its end of bargain
In the mid-1990s, Kake Tribal, Klukwan and Goldbelt - all Alaska Native corporations in the region - formed the Berners Bay Consortium for the purpose of training and placing shareholders in jobs with Coeur Alaska's Kensington Mine.

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.

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.

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.

Don't let big business mute agencies on Taku
There has been a lot of controversy about the role the Habitat Division (now part of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources) and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game have in permitting large mine proposals. It is no small issue.

Study fluoride before signing ballot petition
Several dentists and public health workers are attempting, with American Dental Association funding, to gather the 2,000 signatures needed to put the fluoride issue on a ballot in October.

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.

Natives protect state's nature, property
In response to Steve Reeses' Thursday letter, he suggests we go to a Web site to see who these people are from the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council.

Canadian mine company to begin barging up Taku
Three ocean and river barges are headed toward Southeast Alaska this week as part of a plan to haul construction supplies up the Taku River to the Tulsequah Chief Mine.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

'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."

Lawmakers to weigh in on container fees
Two Southeast Alaska state representatives have been appointed to a Washington state committee looking at ways of paying for improvements to Puget Sound container ports.

Around Town

Free HIV testing offered in Juneau
Five Juneau clinics will offer free HIV testing today, as part of the 15-year-old National HIV Testing Day.

Around Town

Home Depot to open Thursday
With doors slated to open at 6 a.m. Thursday, Home Depot employees are busy unloading freight and cleaning up for the first customers, said Juneau store manager Troy Wolfinbarger.

Photo: What's in a name?
John Marston, a crew member of the purse seiner Pamela Rae takes advantage of the sunny weather to paint on the lettering on the fishing vessel. The weather forecast calls for increasing clouds with rain by tonight.

Photo: Digging for gold
Eric Schumacher, 7, left, and his sister, Claire Schumacher, 4, play Tuesday on the banks of Gold Creek in Cope Park. The siblings were not sure what they were going to build out of the pile of sand, but they said they were keeping an eye out for gold.

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

Durand and Kreft-Lama to wed
Tawnya Durand, of Juneau, and Zachary Kreft-Lama, of Salem, Ore., will marry at 6 p.m. on July 3, 2007, at Chapel by the Lake. A reception will follow at Chapel by the Lake.

Fine arts Finale
The summer Fine Arts Camp, sponsored by Juneau Dance Unlimited, will have its finale performance at 6 p.m. Friday in the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium.

Recognitions
Kids borrowing items from the Juneau Public Libraries this summer can enter a contest and be rewarded by local businesses. Each Tuesday a drawing will be held from the names of kids who have participated. Prizes will be given each week.

Breedlove and Watson to wed
Natalie Watson, of Juneau, and Allan Breedlove, of Stillwater, Okla., will marry on June 30, 2007, in Cambridge, Mass. A reception will be July 7 in Juneau.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks, Allen Marine, for donating a wildlife cruise, Thanks for participating in our hunger banquet, Thanks, Vikings, for helping build the Plastic Poison, Thanks for supporting our eighth-grade dance

Rongstad and Shima to wed
Nancy E. Rongstad and Noel J. Shima, both of Juneau, will marry at 4:30 p.m. on June 30, 2007, at Chapel by the Lake in Juneau. Friends and family are invited to the wedding and following reception at 6 p.m. at Glacier Gardens.

Taylors celebrate 25 years
Jim and Denise Taylor, of Vancouver, Wash., will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on June 26 while on vacation in Juneau.

Photo: 'Going away' run
embers of the 3rd Battalion 297th Infantry, from left, Staff Sgt. Derek Rabago, Capt. Wayne Mitchell, Captain Josh Shrader, Sgt. 1st Class Morris Carrillo, Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Roeber and Maj. Joel Gilbert, pose for a photo before running 12.34 miles from the Windfall Lake trailhead to the Montana Creek trailhead on June 14.

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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.

Outside editorial: Bong goes the court in free-speech ruling
The U.S. Supreme Court needlessly chipped away at First Amendment free-speech guarantees with a ruling elevating a high-school prank to a dangerous promotion of drug use.

Outside editorial: Public wants one reliable assessment for education
U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings might think things are all hunky-dory with the No Child Left Behind education reform act. But the public isn't buying it.

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.

My Turn: Thank you for the opportunity
On June 19 at a Wasilla Chamber of Commerce luncheon, I announced my resignation from the state House of Representatives, a body I served in for more than 12 years.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Alaska Digest
U.S. Army Alaska gets new commander, Kenai fire victims to receive federal aid

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.

Anchorage School Board OKs new cell phone rules
New cell phone rules will be in place when Anchorage students return to the classroom this fall.

Volunteers use sonar in search for missing boaters
Volunteers with a Georgia-based foundation are using sonar to look for the bodies of two boaters missing for a month and presumed drowned in Harding Lake, 45 miles south of Fairbanks.

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

Legislature OKs senior aid
Alaska lawmakers on Tuesday approved an increase in benefit payments for low-income seniors during the first session of the state Legislature held outside Juneau.

State sports group rejects Yom Kippur exception
A state school sports group has denied a request to move a cross-country track meet to the Sunday after the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

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