Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Voicing disgust at the ballot box
After 35-plus years of being a nonpartisan voter, I've decided to register as a Republican. I've done this for the sole purpose of enabling me to vote in the August primary which, for non-Republican voters, is a closed election.

Vote yes on cruise ship measure
The stories on the cruise ship ballot measure in Sunday's Empire were very enlightening. The first story leads off with a doom and gloom prediction from a local store employee afraid the $50 tax will hurt her business.

Coeur Alaska should find another way
Coeur Alaska has been generous to Juneau in many ways, but its plan to dump mine tailings from the Kensington Mine into Lower Slate Lake is a bad one.

State wages haven't kept up with inflation
Last week there was an interesting confluence of news items. CNN's Lou Dobbs wrote a column which contrasted Congress' annual gift to itself in the form of yet another salary increase with the fact that the Republican-controlled Congress has...

Counting on the road's real success
I can't understand the concern about the possible "real success" of the road to Katzehin. If it succeeds to the point of having long waiting-lines for the ferry, it will only mean that it is a transportation system that provides what Juneau has needed...

Alaska Airlines has no competition
The one factor Mr. Wolf seems to have missed ("High cost of Juneau flights not justified," Monday), and that in all probability is the controlling factor in the high air fares, is the simple fact there is no competition.

A cruise ship isn't a church or embassy
After reading your Sunday article on the proposed cruise ship passenger fee, I realized that the cruise companies want to continue their tax-exempt status, similar to that of a church or a foreign embassy.

Barring one type of recruiter reveals bias
I read with interest the story in this Sunday's paper from the peace activist (her description, when she mentioned her affiliations) who thought that military recruiters should be barred from offering yet another career option to students.

Pair indicted on charges from '05 bridge collision
Ten months after college student Jody Watson died when her car collided head-on with a van on Brotherhood Bridge, the grand jury has indicted the van's driver and passenger on manslaughter charges.

Photo: Wildlife viewing
A crewman named Luchian from the cruise ship Zuiderdam looks for mountain goats with the aid of powerful mounted binoculars in Marine Park.

Photo: Images from another time: Cast from the past, 1987
The cast of the Juneau-Douglas High School production "Li'l Abner"

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

Police identify teenager in fatal Friday accident
Police on Monday identified a 17-year-old girl killed Friday night on the back of Mendenhall Loop Road as Hatty Eddy.

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

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

Juneau shows its colors in Fourth of July festivities
After returning from Baghdad in January, a number of Juneau residents have a whole new appreciation for the Fourth of July.

Photo: Remembering war heroes on the Fourth
Rick Willard of the Southeast Alaska Native Veterans decorates the organization's float Monday behind the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

NASA grant enhances scientific research at UAS
Parts of the Alaska wilderness will be going wireless for science.

Photo: Sundial touch-up
Juneau artist Hillary Buck repaints the Juneau Community Sundial on Sunday near the Mount Roberts Tramway.

Photo: Dancing before the fireworks
Contra dancers hold a pre-fireworks dance Monday night at Centennial Hall.

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

Pebbles, Tinker are sweet and friendly
Pebbles, above, is a 6-year-old female torti with a sweet personality. You can visit her at the Gastineau Humane Society.

O'Briens celebrate 60 years
Jerry and Gladys O'Brien, of Juneau, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 28. They were married in 1946 in Santa Ana, Calif. Jerry served in the United States Marine Air Force during World War II.

Taking the Highland
Juneau Scottish Highland dancers competed in the 12-and-over beginner class at the 25th Annual Highland Games and Gathering of the Clans on June 23 and 24 in Eagle River.

Neighbors mailbox
The Juneau Adult Education Center, a program of SERRC - Alaska's Educational Resource Center, would like to thank the following business, organizations and individuals...

Allison and Huston wed
Miranda Dianne Allison, of Juneau, and Matthew John Huston, of Wilmington, Ill., were married on March 25 at Island City Baptist Church in Wilmington. A reception followed at First Baptist Church in Coal City, Ill.

Fresh figs are something special
Like most Americans, my first experience with figs was in the form of a cookie. Fig Newtons were one of the first "mass-produced" cookies, first made in 1891 and still popular today.

Recognitions
Brian Yadao, of Juneau, was named to Seattle University's president's list for the 2006 spring semester.

Costantino and Conway to wed
Danielle Costantino, of Carlsbad, Calif., and Robert Conway, of Juneau, are engaged to be married on Oct. 28 in Newport Beach, Calif.

Earl David Spencer
Former Juneau resident Earl David Spencer, 74, died June 22, 2006, in Chandler, Ariz.

Hatty Emma Eddy
Juneau resident Hatty Emma Eddy, 17, died July 1, 2006, in Juneau.

Frances Betts Cropley
Juneau resident Frances Betts Cropley, 87, died June 29, 2006, in Juneau.

Guy A. Russo
Longtime Alaska resident Guy A. Russo, 84, died June 20, 2006, at his home in Anchorage, after a long illness of Leukemia.

This nation needs fewer secrets
T he U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) turned 40 Tuesday, the day we celebrated our independence. But this anniversary was not a day of celebration for the right to information in our country.

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.

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.

Stars snubbed
Some alternative statistics shed light on worthy and unworthy All-Star candidates.

Groups sue to ban four-wheelers in park
Conservation organizations are suing to ban recreational four-wheelers from Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, saying the National Park Service didn't follow its own rules in allowing the vehicles in the 1980s.

Northwest Digest
The Inuit Circumpolar Conference is expected to bring hundreds of visitors to Barrow next week.

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

Boom brings opportunities for miners, dilemmas for mines
Wayne Haskell, a 51-year-old underground miner from South Dakota, gave up a job in Montana to work at the Pogo gold mine outside Delta Junction. He said the pay is better and the mine treats him well.

Alaska Digest
Record-high crude oil prices sent $2.6 billion from Alaska oil production into BP's coffers last year, according to the energy giant's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Judge won't stop state's benefits plan
An Alaska judge on Monday said he would not stop the implementation of a new state retirement plan that started this week, after three state labor unions sought an injunction last month.

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