Thursday, June 28, 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.

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.

As Ketchikan turns, so do our lives
Ketchikan is one big soap opera. The same politicians who wanted the bridge to nowhere now want a Gravina Island road to nowhere that will cost the American taxpayers $25.7 million for 3.2 miles.

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.

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.

The best place for capital is Juneau
At a recent meeting I attended, a person noted that many state capitals are not in their state's population center. I became fascinated by this information, so I had to go to the Web and check it out.

Healthy environment essential to economy
There have been a number of dueling letters to the editor over the past several days regarding SEACC's proper role in our local economy.

Don't boycott a great family gathering place
I am writing in response to the letter to the editor, "Boycotting pizza chain affects others," dated June 22. I agree with this statement; we should not boycott such a great restaurant chain as Bullwinkle's Pizza Parlor.

Does no insurance mean no medical care?
I am a heart patient. I had a heart attack a little more than a year ago, with no insurance, so keeping one doctor is vital to my life - one doctor who knows everything that is going on with me. I have found a good doctor and trust him with my life.

There are other options than GCI
I read that GCI decided to drop The Hallmark Channel as a business matter. Typical of Juneau, letters to the editor lambasting GCI for their decision began to pour in.

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.

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: 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.

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

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.

Business Digest
Downtown salon under new ownership, KIN helps Lego teams organize, Sealaska increases company ownership

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.

Around Town

Correction
Dolly England of the Alaskan Aids Assistance Association was misquoted in a June 27 story about free HIV testing. England's quote should have read, "Hopefully we'll run out of tests, and we'll have no positives, but people will know their status. That would be the ultimate goal."

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.

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

Images from another time : Wickersham joins ferry fleet, 1968
The Alaska Marine Highway ferry Wickersham cruises through the Inside Passage in 1968. The vessel began its inaugural cruise from Prince Rupert, British Columbia, to Haines this week in 1968. The ship was in the state's fleet from 1968-74.

Juneau's Gold Rush Days celebrate more than a century of mining history
Gold Rush Days offer a weekend of events that celebrate what this town was built on."We say the streets are paved with gold," said Gold Rush Commission President Jerry Harmon.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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.

Alaska editorial: Global Food Alaska event a brilliant idea
Nothing like this has ever happened in Alaska before - but it should.The Global Food Alaska 2007 event put producers, harvesters, packagers and transporters all together under one roof to see how they can better connect the food chain in the state.

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.

My Turn: Not just a ferry link, but a lifeline
I am an unabashed supporter of Lynn Canal ferries. To me, it's a health and safety issue.

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.

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.

Pitcher's duel marks final weekend of regular season
The A's Jackson Lehnhart and the Cardinals' Dylan Johnson engaged in a pitcher's duel in the Gastineau Channel Little League Major Baseball regular-season finale for both teams on Saturday.

Talisa Rhea named ADN girls high school athlete of the year
Dorena Bingham thinks it's a slam dunk that Juneau basketball player Talisa Rhea was voted as the Anchorage Daily News Girls Prep Athlete of the Year.

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.

Alaska Digest
Anchorage approves wireless Internet, Fort Richardson soldier killed in Iraq, Tip line set up to catch bootleggers

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

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.

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.

Prosecutor, defense paint different pictures of Anderson
Tom Anderson was either a debt-ridden politician willing to sell his influence or the victim of a corrupt former state bureaucrat trying to avoid his own prosecution by handing over a sitting legislator to overeager federal investigators.

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.

North Slope oil worker lands 340-pound halibut
A North Slope oil worker is in the lead to win the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby after hauling in a monster fish weighing more than 340 pounds.

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.

Wedding gift led to Caribou Hills blaze
The Caribou Hills fire, which has burned 86 square miles on the Kenai Peninsula, began on land being developed for a wedding gift, fire officials said.

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

Bald eagle recovers after years on brink
The American bald eagle, a national symbol once almost wiped out by hunters and DDT poisoning, has not only survived but is thriving.

House blocks funding for Tongass roads
The U.S. House of Representatives has limited federal spending on logging roads in the Tongass National Forest.

Study estimates warming will add to Alaska public structure costs
Climate change could add up to 20 percent to the cost of building and maintaining Alaskas public structures over the next 23 years, a university study has concluded.

Tennessee airman helps save drowning Alaskan
Tennessean John Rogers helped saved a drowning man a long way from home - in Alaska.

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