Tuesday, July 3, 2007

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.

Loosen the chains that bind freedom
Congratulations to the organizers of this year's Independence Day activities. They have rightly selected "Freedom is Not Free" as the theme for the parade. Indeed, freedom is not free.

State must provide care for orphans
On "Gavel to Gavel," I watched Rep. Les Gara and the other House Finance Committee members discuss the need for increased funding for the Office of Children's Services and foster care services in the state budget.

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.

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.

SEACC does well by Alaska Natives
I have noted recent letters calling into question the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and its position on defending lands.

No more excuses, Republicans
I am responding to Marc Ormsby's letter on June 26 that attempts to blame the Iraq War on Democrats.

Learn to protect kids from TV content
In reference to Wendall Bishop's letter ("GCI Cable should drop Spike, TRIO channels," June 26): Just a reminder, as parents we should learn how to protect our children from unsuitable television content.

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.

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

Photo: Filling in the gaps
Volunteers Paul Ascher, left, and Zack Williams fill potholes Monday in the Gastineau Humane Society parking lot. "Cars could be lost in our potholes; Jimmy Hoffa could have been lost in one of those potholes,"

Around Town

Photo: Celebrating 1987
Members of the Juneau-Douglas High School graduating class of 1987 are jubilant after commencement ceremonies.Scarlett Didier (Adams) stars in a scene from the 1987 Juneau-Douglas High School production of "Li'l Abner."

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

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

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.

Lawmakers fear precedent set by session
Juneau's legislative delegation is back in town after the first session ever held outside the capital, and they're not happy about what happened.

Around Town

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

Photo: Garden-variety bubbles
Jayden West, 5, blows bubbles Monday as his mother, Christy Long, tends carrots in her garden plot at Juneau Community Gardens. Leah Neyhart, 6, looks on. Long said her garden's progress is "good so far."

Correction
Due to a computer problem, wrong names were printed for the grand marshals of the downtown Juneau and Douglas parades in a special section Sunday.

Office Depot plans Juneau store
Just as Home Depot opened its doors in Juneau, another big box retailer, Office Depot is aiming to build a store nearby.

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Peter Trivette
Juneau resident Peter Jonathan Trivette died June 28, 2007, in Juneau. He was 22.

Josephine Guertin
Former Juneau resident Josephine Zook Guertin died June 25, 2007. She was 92.

Peter Trivette
Juneau resident Peter Jonathan Trivette died June 28, 2007, in Juneau. He was 22.

My turn: Americans wanted to invade Iraq
I have had just about enough of the slings and arrows thrown against President George W. Bush regarding the war in the Middle East. It is about time the general population owned up to its own part in the war.

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.

Alaska editorial: Mat Maid living on state's borrowed time
Alaska's dairy industry has a long history of people working hard in the face of major obstacles. Such effort is what's needed now to see if the state-owned Matanuska Maid dairy can be kept operating in a viable manner.

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.

Outside editorial: The little engine that could kill
Few products are more common in a toddler's home than Thomas the Tank Engine toys. Ask any 3-year-old about Percy, James, Henry or Clarabel and you'll likely get a discourse on each little train's personalities, antics and adventures.

24 Hours of Light bike Race results
24 Hours of Light bike Race results

Juneau cyclists shine in Light
Juneau bike riders won three of the nine categories in the 24 Hours of Light mountain bike festival race in Whitehorse on June 23-24.

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

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.

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

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.

Land swap could settle rustic fish camp dispute
The National Park Service is nearing completion of a deal to swap a rustic fish camp for acreage along the Lake Clark shoreline, making the Cook Inlet Region Inc. a private landowner within Lake Clark National Park.

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.

Stevens to fly over wildfire
Two wildfires in Alaska are winding down, including one on the Kenai Peninsula that destroyed dozens of recreational cabins and homes.

Congress probes safety issues at Prudhoe Bay
Congress is investigating allegations that a natural gas processing center operated by BP PLC at the Prudhoe Bay field is holding nearly double its safe capacity, putting workers' safety at risk.

Alaska Digest
Military invited to building for fireworks, Third U.S. soldier charged with murder, Two teenagers killed when car hits moose

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.

Two Alaska-based soldiers killed in boating incidents
Two Alaska-based soldiers died in separate boating incidents over the weekend, an official said Monday.

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

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.

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.

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.

Anderson defense questions informant's motives
Government informer Frank Prewitt had plenty of chances to call off a scheme to funnel payments to former state Rep. Tom Anderson but did not, Anderson's attorney contended in federal court Monday.

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