Sunday, July 9, 2006

Our war president never served
Geoff Harben can be counted on to blindly attack anyone who dares criticize George W. Bush (et al "An unthoughtful abuse of speech rights," July 7). He impugns the intellect of those who do - without knowing them at all.

Remove political predators from office
As an Alaskan who has recently returned after many years in the Lower 48, I am appalled at the current administration's arrogance and complete lack of regard for the will of the majority of Alaskans.

Don't repeat Mexican scenario
I will vote for Ballot Measure 2. Why? I was listening on the radio the other day and heard a representative who said this ballot measure would hurt the cruise ship industries and the local shops here in town. What a farce.

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

More suits filed against jet boats in Chilkat River
Southeast Alaska salmon gillnetters and Juneau's Audubon Society chapter filed a second lawsuit last week to prevent a Haines tour company from operating 35-passenger jet boats on the upper Chilkat River during salmon spawning, emergence and rearing.

New Pocket Park reactions mixed
Fewer people are starting fights, urinating in public, vandalizing property and passing out in the downtown concrete square known as Pocket Park since the city changed its look, according to the Juneau Police Department.

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

Empire editorial: New Pocket Park look gets mixed results
It's nice that fewer people are peeing, puking and just generally lurking at downtown Juneau's Pocket Park. It shouldn't have taken the destruction of a bus shelter to do it, though.

My turn: Alaska shouldn't be a source of dirty gold
Gold mining is an industry in urgent need of reform. Even the world's leading jewelry firms have called for cleaning up gold mining - which is noteworthy, given that roughly 80 percent of the gold produced worldwide is used to make jewelry.

Professional kayakers run on vegetable oil
The messengers: Two professional kayakers. Their vehicle: A converted fire engine.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Outsiders: Scott Donaldson
Outsiders is a weekly feature of the Juneau Empire.

Outdoors Digest
The U.S. Forest Service on Friday temporarily closed all bridges and other wood structures spanning streams and ravines along the Treadwell Ditch Trail.

In Touch With Nature
"Is it a bear, or just a black rock?" asked Pam Garcia, last week while pointing to a spot on Mount Juneau and guiding a group of 7- to 9-year-olds on a quest to reach Granite Creek.

Dying musk oxen on Slope remain a mystery
Musk oxen, the shaggy ice age relics that once vanished from Alaska, are dying in big numbers on the North Slope.

Many variables play into dipnetting
As millions of sockeye salmon prepare to storm the rivers in an attempt to make the long journey up to their spawning grounds, a seemingly equal number of people are preparing for their own pilgrimage to catch them - all part of the uniquely Alaska activity known as dipnetting.

Local Roundup
Juneau's Midnight Suns Under-12 softball team recently made it to the semifinal round of the Starfire Sports 12U Softball Tournament in Seattle last weekend.

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.

Only Fools Run at Midnight Results
Though more than 600 people participated in the race, this list is of those who chose to have their times recorded officially.

Feds to permit delayed testing of Prudhoe Bay transit lines
Too much sediment had built up inside two Prudhoe Bay transit pipelines for BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. to safely run sensors to detect corrosion levels within an ordered timeline, the head of the federal agency demanding the tests said Friday.

Croft seeks 'super-primary' voters
Former two-term Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles, seeking the Democratic Party nomination for the office this fall, views state Rep. Eric Croft more like a relative, rather than his opponent.

Alaska Digest
The pilot in a plane crash that led to a teenager's drowning death was charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, an unprecedented move in aviation-dependent Alaska.

Anchorage leaders tackle gang violence
Anchorage city leaders met with members of the Polynesian community to hammer out plans to calm gun violence among youths in the city.

Air cargo still under radar despite deaths
At 24, Nicholas Hibberd already was teaching others to fly, and with the hours he logged ferrying freight, this pilot's son was chasing his own dream of passenger flight.

Stevens: Decide on pipeline
Alaska's senior U.S. senator told state lawmakers Friday they need to stop the bickering and pass legislation this year for a natural gas pipeline before a ready consumer market is filled by imported liquefied natural gas.

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