Thursday, June 29, 2006

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.

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.

JYFL respects memory of officers
In response to Mr. Lea's letter to the editor dated June 26, the Juneau Youth Football League Board of Directors would like to clarify one point:

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.

August GOP primary critical; get involved
What strikes me most about John Binkley and the reason why I will be voting for him, is his sincere interest in listening and doing what's right by Alaskans.

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.

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

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

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.

Juneau man cited for second tidelands violation
Former Juneau planning commissioner Jody Vick is a repeat offender of the federal Clean Water Act, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

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

School Board alters student privacy policy
As a mother of two teenagers, Carol Prentice believes balanced information should be provided to students and parents about the military when it attempts to recruit high school students.

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

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

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.

Business Digest
Business briefs are compiled by Juneau Empire reporter Andrew Petty.

Photo: Look ma, no hands
Quincy Gregg shows off a flounder he caught Wednesday from the old Douglas Cold Storage dock.

Eagles rip up blue herons again
Nature red in beak and claw is once against causing trauma in the heron colony on Goldbelt Avenue.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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

Ronald Herrick
Former Juneau resident Ronald Dale Herrick, 70, died May 31, 2006, of natural causes in Williams, Ariz.

Charles Hardin
Former Juneau resident Charles A. "Chuck" Hardin, 52, of Boise, Idaho, died June 24, 2006, at home after a battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

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: 'All-Alaska' gas line economics don't add up
Testimony against the economics of the so-called all-Alaska natural gas project keeps building, and it's time that Alaskans - and candidates in this year's elections - pay more attention to the financial facts of life.

Alaska needs 90-day Legislature
It has appeared many times in the form of proposed bills before the Alaska Legislature. It has been alternately praised and condemned by politicians and the press and has never made it to a final vote. I

Fools getting ready for midnight run
They come dressed as dragons, brides and six-packs of beer.

Fantasy Baseball: Despite high hopes, some players aren't panning out
Every year baseball reminds us there is no such thing as a sure thing.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Port Authority denounces ads
A group promoting an all-Alaska natural gas pipeline denounced recent ads questioning its ability to bring gas to market and said the media campaign is nothing more than lies and dirty politics.

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.

Parts of Aleutians closed to trawling
The National Marine Fisheries Service on Wednesday closed 279,114 square nautical miles in the Aleutian Islands to trawling, intending to protect sensitive deep-sea corals and sponges.

Prisoner from Fairbanks dies after struggle with jail guards
A Fairbanks man who suffered a broken neck during a struggle with jail guards in Anchorage died of his injuries, according to authorities.

Alaska Digest
An Anchorage man piloting a small plane was killed and his passenger seriously injured when the plane they were riding in crashed in the Chugach National Forest near Seward.

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