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Saturday, July 8, 2006

An unthoughtful abuse of speech rights
I read with amusement the letter from Michael J. Murray III on June 21, in which he states he has given "this matter some serious thought."

Binkley has background to be the governor
Several letters to the editor recently seem to indicate that a certain candidate for state office is honest. A commendable and worthy consideration for anyone holding public office.

A ferry ride leads to an expensive vacation
I am a single father of limited means, who wanted to take his two daughters and two friends on an overnight trip to Skagway as a small vacation.

Cruise lines don't need headline help
Regarding the cruise ship ballot measure stories in Sunday's Empire: The headline and lead paragraph of the main story make it sound like the whole downtown is against the measure, when your reporter cited as many in favor as opposed.

Monopoly puts squeeze on Alaska residents
I think Steve Wolf's research and letter are most informative.

Air fares aren't killing the demand
Perhaps Mr. Wolf should consider his primary option - that is, refusing to fly on Alaska Airlines at all.

Algae draws 160 experts to Juneau
The sign on the Centennial Hall marquee reads "We Love Algae," and 160 experts on phytoplankton, seaweeds and other organisms are here to prove it.

Staff: Road meets city standards
City staff say the proposed road out of Juneau meets the city's code, even though it will affect wildlife habitat to some degree.

From Rugs to Riches
A fter leaving her job with the federal government, Carol Schriver's co-workers teased that she would become a bag lady.

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

Rebuilding Wetlands
What was once a desolate iron-laden pond has been transformed into a place officials hope will attract wildlife and humans.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Arnoldt and Day to wed
Marcia Day, previously of Des Moines, Iowa, and James Arnoldt, of Juneau, will be married at 3 p.m. July 8 in the backyard of their home, 3500 Meander Way in Juneau. Friends and relatives are welcome at the ceremony and are asked to RSVP to 789-0523.

Fairwell Moser family

Don't blame the button pushers
When I push an elevator button or a button on a soft-drink machine, I expect an automatic response. When someone "pushes my buttons," my response feels automatic.

Neighbors Digest
ATIA holds lunch, Ryndam boat tour

Kickin' it with clifford
Kayla Schauwecker, a Juneau-Douglas High School news intern at KTOO, posed for a photo with Clifford at Juneau's Fourth of July Parade.

Churchgoer is inducted into Tenakee branch of ANB
It is a pleasure to communicate with a revered public figure.

Douglas 4th of July award winners

FYI
Statistics of Juneau this week

March and Scott to wed
Adrienne Emily Scott and Kevin Howard March will marry in a private ceremony on July 15 at Skater's Cabin in Juneau. Family and friends are invited to celebrate at a potluck reception at 4 p.m. following the ceremony at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Genevieve Squartsoff
Former Juneau resident Genevieve "Gina" Janet (Hanlon) Squartsoff, 69, died June 2, 2006, after a brief illness at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

Bette June Harris White
Gustavus resident Bette June Harris White, 65, died June 25, 2006, in Gustavus.

Darla Joy Sutton
Former Juneau resident Darla Joy Sutton, 45, died June 18, 2006, in Sitka.

Alaska editorial: Reality check on the cruise ship tax claims
This editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

My turn: Just because the lawyers OK it doesn't mean it's right
Nothing of significance happens in government these days without lawyers getting involved. Unfortunately, politicians and bureaucrats use ever-present legal issues as a way of dodging decisions about right and wrong.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

World's most endangered whale lands protection
Thousands of square miles off Alaska have been designated as critical habitat for North Pacific right whales, considered the most endangered whale in the world.

Two lawmakers throw support to Binkley oil tax plan
The governor's race and the legislative debate over the details of a North Slope gas pipeline are now firmly entwined.

Learning the course
U.S. Coast Guard veteran and National Veteran Wheelchair Games athlete Gary Pearson, right, helps Gibby Huizenga-Rayos, 8, maneuver his wheelchair through an obstacle course Thursday during the National Veteran Wheelchair Games kids day in Anchorage.

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