Monday, July 2, 2007

Ride into Haines too steep for some
My wife and I visited Haines some years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. We now live in Juneau and took some folks who were visiting us on a ferry trip to Haines last week for a day tour.

Session gives capital move issue longevity
Way to go, Alaska Legislature! It took just seven hours to solve all their problems at Tuesday's special session? Why didn't they just call each other?

The other side of the fluoridation story
There is an abundance of information on the hazards of fluoridation. Two good Web sites are www.fluoridation.com and www.fluoridealert.org.

Hood was right for appealing permit
Thank you for publishing the story ("Land Use Code violations pile up for the city," June 24) on Dixie Hood's appeal of the city manager's "friendly policy" to work with people when they are in violation instead of enforcing the code. City Manager Rod Swope apparently doesn't support code enforcement because it is too "pricey."

Judicial activists are now conservatives
I wonder whether the conservatives who have been railing for years against activist judges will voice the same refrain now that judicial activists are conservatives.

Time put an end to Gravina construction
It is the beginning of a new era for Gravina Island, now that the Gravina Highway construction project has started.

Empire's coverage of hunt was tasteless
I hadn't read more than a paragraph of Korry Keeker's vacuous piece of puffery, "Skinning a cat the hard way," (Outdoors, June 17) before deciding I would no longer buy Bullwinkle's pizza.

AroundTown

For rowing club leader, sport more than competition
Rowing shells flew across the surface of the Gastineau Channel this weekend.

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

Photo: Far-reaching expression
Xela Pasteris performs a modern dance Friday night at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium during the grand finale of Juneau Fine Arts Camp. The dance was dedicated to U.S. troops all over the world.

Having a Blast
Gary Stambaugh's community service job is a blast. Lots of blasts, actually.

Commission faces criticism from all sides
The job of the Alaska Public Offices Commission is to ensure Alaskans have access to information about their leaders' finances, including personal financial interests, campaign contributions and lobbying activity.

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

Fall moose hunt in Berners Bay canceled
Hunters looking forward to a fall moose hunt in Berners Bay will have to change their plans.

Federal probe has critics asking why state didn't act first
With three state agencies charged with being watchdogs of Alaska government, the recent federal investigation into bribery and corruption in the Legislature raises questions about whether these groups are able to do their job.

Around Town

As good as gold
The shout of "Gold" was heard in Juneau over the weekend as the 18th annual Gold Rush Days got underway at Dimond Park.

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Alaska editorial: A friendly reminder, we live in bear country
If local residents weren't convinced they live in bear country before this summer, they should be now. We should all know by now, too, that bears don't always pass by invisibly, or naturally shy away from populated areas.

The secret world of Dick Cheney
I want to spend a few moments talking about someone you may have heard of, a fella by the name of "Dick" Cheney - assuming that's his real name. When it comes to our cloak-and-dagger veep, one can never be too sure.

Toe Toon

Alaska editorial: State should restore the Jesse Lee Home
The Jesse Lee Home in Seward needs a lot more help than this year's Legislature gave it. Not that lawmakers were being cheapskates. The $1 million appropriation, awaiting Gov. Sarah Palin's approval in the capital budget, is plenty welcome.

Will environmental lobby curb interest in gas line?
Gov. Sarah Palin has signed her Alaska Gasline Inducement Act. Alaska is home free for more revenue, right?

What makes Southeast fishermen go bananas?
As Southeast Alaska fishermen shopped in preparation for today's king salmon opener, what did their grocery carts look like?

Out & About
Today: Community work service project, 9 a.m. every Sunday, Juneau Youth Services, 2075 Jordan Ave. Come dressed for the weather. Details: Charles, 796-4149.

Outsiders: Gerard Helgeson
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

Alaskans eagerly line up for Copper River sockeyes
The line to Mother Nature's grocery forms here sometime before 5 a.m.

Tiglax vessel celebrates 20 years of Alaska research, opens doors to town
Celebrating 20 years of research, the research vessel Tiglax opened its doors to the community of Unalaska during a stop on its way out to the Aleutians.

Photo: Plump pup
This photo released by the Alaska SeaLife Center shows Chloe the harbor seal with her newborn pup Wednesday at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. The 12-year-old harbor seal from the Alaska Zoo, who is currently housed at the center, gave birth on June 23.

Landing sockeye at a creek out the road
The sockeye salmon burst out of the water with a sparkling back flip.

Clam Gulch man spooks brown bear, cubs
In Alaska bears can be anywhere, as a Clam Gulch man found out when he was bitten on the hand last week.

Photo: Only fools run at midnight
Fairy blessings: Janae Reese brought the blessings of the tooth fairy to Only Fools Run at Midnight. Running prey: Chuck, the dinosaur, and his prey, Bryce Mecum, stand registered and ready for Only Fools Run at Midnight

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.

Photo: Slow Burn
The periemeter of the Woodchopper Creek fire burns Thursday along the banks of the Yukon River, 45 miles southeast of Circle. According to the National Park Service, the fire started naturally on June 6, and has burned more than 15,000 acres in the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.

Fall session may bypass Juneau
A special legislative session confirmed Gov. Sarah Palin's belief that having legislators gather on the road system would increase access for Alaskans, her spokeswoman said.

PFD checks could jump to $1,575
Alaskans will be eligible for a state government dividend of $1,575 under recent calculations by the media.

Northwest Digest
Juneau police identified a man whose body was found in May at the southern end of Douglas Island.

Crews resume excavation at Aleutian archaeological site
In May, an archaeology crew that began work last summer resumed digging at the South Channel Bridge site on Bunker Hill.

Two injured when small plane crashes
Two people were injured when the small plane they were in landed nose-down in a birch grove beside a pond surrounded by houses.

Photo: Scottish strength
Jason Kepler spins to throw a 28-pound weight Saturday during the weights for distance event in the Alaskan Scottish Highland Games in Eagle River.

Palin budget cuts dismay legislators
Gov. Sarah Palin announced Friday she was cutting nearly a quarter billion dollars from the state's budget with the use of her line-item veto, including more than $3.2 million in Juneau projects.

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

Attorney General's role as appointee questioned
Alaska's attorney general is one of only five in the nation appointed by a governor, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Alaska Digest
Volunteers recover second body in lake, Mushers sign up for Iditarod at picnic, Biking graffiti-buster paints away trash

Sheldon Jackson to close for a year
Alaska's oldest educational institution announced a year-long closure late Friday.

Committee's secrecy mandate makes assessing effectiveness difficult
It's no surprise to many that the Select Committee on Legislative Ethics hasn't pursued the corruption allegations now under federal investigation.

Trial reveals commissioner as informant
A former deputy commissioner of the Department of Corrections was revealed as a government informant during the corruption trial of former state Rep. Tom Anderson.

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

First Fairbanks Day a success
Four-year old MacKenzie Sleeman's face and eyes lit up with a huge smile as a purple balloon was tied to her wrist. Her 2-year-old brother, Tristan James, was similarly entranced with his first balloon ever.

AT&T plans would allow iPhone use in Alaska
AT&T Inc.'s plans to acquire a major Alaska cellular phone provider, Dobson Communications Corp., would allow Alaskans to take advantage of a popular new Apple Inc. product, the iPhone.

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