Wednesday, June 28, 2006

How the political process works
Although I enjoyed Jeremiah Crockroft's letter ("A few examples in support of Bush," May 30), I must add something. The task at hand is not providing Lisle Hebert a list of President Bush's accomplishments.

A different outdoors family experience
In response to Jolene Shelton's letter of June 26, my family's experiences at Echo Cove have been quite different.

We need a governor who is loyal to Alaskans
The natural gas pipeline contract is a huge issue for me in the upcoming election. I am very worried that Alaska will elect a governor who has too many ties to the oil companies when his allegiance first needs to be to Alaskans.

Condoms shouldn't be locked up in stores
I loved Korry Keeker's column in the June 22 Hooligan. We at Shanti of Southeast Alaska, HIV, AIDS and sexually transmitted disease educators, couldn't agree more with the need for making condoms more accessible.

State failed to include transition period
Well, chalk up another big blunder for the current state administration. In deciding to switch health plan administrators from Aetna to Blue Cross, the state failed to include any transition period for individuals using the mail order prescription drug service.

Citizen doesn't want his vote canceled
As a legal citizen who votes, I just want to say that I don't want to have my vote canceled out by an illegal. I don't care how many "vigilantes" the alien dodges to get here. Enforce the law, and if anything, make all who show up at the polls show some identification.

Gov. Murkowski's John Wayne moment
So, Gov. Murkowski got his "John Wayne" photo memory from Iraq above the fold in Thursday's paper.

Coeur's meeting held without much notice
I would like to have attended the June 22 public meeting on the Kensington Mine, but Coeur Alaska announced the meeting with only one day's notice.

In support of an all-Alaska gas line
Building a gas line into Canada runs more than just the risk of being subjected to Canadian tariffs and not decreasing America's dependence on foreign energy.

Woman organizes bash to raise money for cancer research
The children that Genevieve McLaughlin watches during the day know walking is healthy and breast cancer isn't, the child-care provider said.

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

Photo: Stars shine during the day
Ricky Schroeder rides in a car July 4, 1984, on Franklin Street.

Promoting a healthy summer
This summer, living healthy will become a local sport.

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

Photo: If you build it ...
Cousins Todd Sliva, Axel Thibodeau and Sage Thibodeau play a pick-up game of soccer Tuesday at the new field at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Photo: Chive dive
Seth Machakos, 6, nibbles on his patch of chives Monday in his family's garden plot in the Juneau Community Garden.

Fairweather scheduled to set sail this weekend
The fast ferry Fairweather - out of service for nearly half a year - is scheduled to begin traveling between Southeast Alaska communities on Saturday.

Assembly approves utility hike
The Juneau Assembly voted Monday evening to increase water and wastewater utility rates by 2 percent.

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

Photo: Bear necessities
A cinnamon-colored black bear cub climbs a cottonwood tree Monday near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

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

Photo: Ready for rapids
Two Alaska Travel Adventures rafts make their way Tuesday across Mendenhall Lake with tourists on their way to ride down the Mendenhall River.

Casidsid and Bolido wed
Marizel Bolido, of Camanzi Norte', Numancia, Aklan, Philippines, and Dell Laurel Casidsid, of Juneau, were married March 21, 2005. A church wedding ceremony will be at 2 p.m. July 1 at the Cathedral of the Navity in Juneau.

Savikko and Abad to wed
Clarabelle Abad, of Juneau, and Davin Savikko, of Douglas, will marry at 2 p.m. July 1 at the Shrine of St. Therese Chapel in Auke Bay. Friends of the couple are welcome at the reception to follow at 3:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

Photo: McAlister Metcalfe reunion
Pictured are the late Helen McAlister, center, and her daughters, from left, Kay Prather, Caroline Gullufsen, Pat Metcalfe (deceased) and Marilyn Kling (deceased).

Neighbors Digest
Young Ones Hawaiian youth choir to perform

How to discourage cats from digging
Digging is something cats do (dogs, too, for that matter). It's instinctive behavior. But this time of year, it's also a problem for gardeners tilling the soil and setting out tender, young plants.

Eagan and Lagerquist to wed
Lisa Christine Eagan and Timothy Joseph Lagerquist, of Juneau, will be married on July 1 at the Thane Ore House. Friends are invited to celebrate with them after 7:30 p.m.

Fresh cherries better than cough drops
I was familiar with the flavor of cherries long before I ever ate one. Whenever I had a cold as a young child, I asked for the cherry flavored cough drops, which I vastly preferred to the licorice flavored ones.

Daniel Gore
Longtime Auke Bay resident Daniel Gore, 76, died June 16, 2006, in Rainier, Ore.

Charles A. 'Chuck' Hardin
Former Juneau resident Charles A. "Chuck" Hardin, 52, died June 24, 2006, at his home in Meridian, Idaho.

My turn: America should embrace liberalism
When I last crossed the Douglas Bridge a bouquet of faded flowers was still tied to the balustrade, marking the place where one of our fellow citizens chose to end his life by dropping into the waters of Gastineau Channel.

Alaska Editorial: The state isn't much help to consumers
If you're applying to get a house loan, you might want to know if the fellow preparing your loan papers got run out of another state for forging mortgage documents.

MyTurn:Who does own this state?
Former Gov. Walter Hickel, tickled my fancy as I read his My Turn titled "Contract: Alaska getting a raw deal" in the June 15 Juneau Empire.

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.

Mariners win preview of division title game
In a matchup of the division's top two teams, the second-place Mariners topped the Braves 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh in Gastineau Channel Little League Major Baseball action last week.

Runners' Corner: Why I chose to run this long race
"Why would anyone in their right mind want to run 26 miles, Mom?" my daughter bluntly asked me last winter when I quietly announced my interest in running a marathon in the spring.

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.

Northwest Digest
The Parks Highway fire continued to be active Monday, fire officials said.

State's flaw upsets Aetna
A mix-up that led to the Alaska Department of Administration picking a new health insurance group has the incumbent, Aetna, disappointed in the process and vowing to recapture the bid in three years.

Fence keeps walruses from cliff
Federal wildlife biologists have erected a 250-foot-long fence to stop walruses from accidentally plummeting off cliffs to their death on a Bristol Bay beach.

Voters to decide on Ketchikan city, borough merger
The Alaska Local Boundary Commission has approved a petition to consolidate the city of Ketchikan and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, leaving the final decision in the hands of voters.

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

Some state cases may go federal
The city of Anchorage hired two new attorneys to work with the federal prosecutor in response to increased gun and drug crimes and gang activity.

Part of Kenai River closed after hunters shoot charging bears
A section of the Kenai River was temporarily closed after two fishermen shot charging bears over the weekend, including a brown bear sow with cubs surprised by two men bushwhacking through the woods.

Man makes threats to family over wildfire
An Anderson man has been arrested for making threatening phone calls to the family that accidentally started the 105,000-acre Parks Highway fire three weeks ago.

Governor can ratify contract
The governor doesn't need the Alaska Legislature to ratify a proposed contract to build a North Slope natural gas pipeline - because he can do it by himself, according to the Legislature's attorneys.

BP joins those questioning timing of special session on oil tax rate
State legislators are heading back into special session July 12, and some lawmakers and at least one oil producer say that cuts too close to the Aug. 22 primary election.

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