Monday, July 9, 2007

Highway with ferries serves public safety
Stephanie's June 28, 2007 My Turn opinion piece about the need for emergency access from Haines to Juneau missed an important element of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities' proposed Lynn Canal Highway with Katzehin shuttle ferries.

Oil price has jumped since Iraq invasion
I write in response to Ken Dunker's My Turn column ("Americans wanted to invade Iraq," July 3) to say I take no responsibility for the occupation of Iraq. To a large extent, the conditions in Iraq are due to Great Britain's meddling in this region since right after World War I. Great Britain created Iraq to solve a problem it had in Mesopotamia, just as it created Saudi Arabia.

Juneau should wake up to capital creep
Wake up, Juneau! Each special session held outside Juneau is just one more step toward moving the capital.

What is the big deal about leopard hunts?
This is in response to Anita Martin's letter, "Empire's coverage of leopard hunt was tasteless," posted July 2.

Stupid laws turn off voters, waste money
As someone who enjoys riding in the Dredge Lake area, I see these little bags of dog poop adding up alongside the trails. The people who passed this law need to get out there and pick them up. Dog poop is biodegradable; plastic is not. All the years I've ridden, I have not had problems with dog poop. But the plastic bags are an eyesore.

Disinformation on Iraq war's origins
Marc Ormsby's June 26 Letter to the Editor assigning blame to Democrats for the war begins with misinformation in the first sentence and goes on to build its case on that false foundation.

All should have access to sessions in Alaska
The special session in Anchorage has come and gone, and Gov. Sarah Palin now says that because of its success, she plans to call a special session to revisit the Petroleum Profits Tax on the road system. She says that the past special session has confirmed her belief that holding the session outside Juneau increases access for Alaskans.

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

Woman arrested in hotel knifing
A woman was cut with a kitchen knife Sunday morning at a hotel in downtown Juneau after trying to make another woman leave, Juneau police said.

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

Photo: Net returns
Cesar Alvarado, above, lets out a gillnet Sunday afternoon on the 37-foot Alyeska, a boat he operates with his wife and daughter in Lynn Canal.

Photo: New Mexican restaurant is open for business
Gloria Orozco brings out her tortilla press to make an order of chicken mole. Orozco has specialized in tamales and authentic Mexican cooking in Juneau for the past decade. She now has opened a restaurant of her own, El Zarape, on Anka Street.

Assembly to address speeding fines, sales tax and smoking
The Juneau Assembly will decide Monday night if smoking should be banned in city bus shelters.

Riding the Web
Alaska's former U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel, 77, is making waves in the race for the presidency, employing the most modern of campaign strategies. With little money to get his message out, Gravel is using YouTube and an imaginative corps of volunteers on the Internet to develop and distribute his videos. "The whole Internet crowd has really latched on," Gravel said this week in an interview with the Juneau Empire.

Allegations fly in School Board recall process
Following months of educational turmoil in the rural villages of Angoon and Tenakee, sponsors have filed paperwork to recall three members of the Chatham School Board.

Crab fishery to shut down early
Juneau's personal-use fishing season for red and blue king crabs will close early - at 6 p.m. Saturday - due to steep declines in their numbers.

Magazine seeks 'truth' about Tongass
"A strange, soft storm of white flakes is floating out of the summer sky, drifting past tall mountainside evergreens onto the nets of golden lichens hung from their boughs, onto the bushes colored by salmonberries and blueberries, onto the bear-tracked shores."

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Artist's work spans the alphabet
A zeal of zebras. A flutter of butterflies. A scourge of mosquitoes. Juneau artist and graphic designer Sarah Asper-Smith can name a collective noun for an entire alphabet's worth of animals.

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Hazel May Clark
Former Juneau resident Hazel May Clark died July 6, 2007, in Soldotna. She was 95.

Alaska editorial: What will Big Oil do after pipeline bids?
Oct. 1. That's the date on which Alaskans will know the final list of companies, or consortium of companies, that want to build and operate a North Slope natural gas pipeline under terms laid out by Gov. Sarah Palin and her team.

My Turn: Why can't we all bribe a politician?
Accused by federal prosecutors of taking bribes in return for official action as a legislator, Rep. Vic Kohring received a standing ovation from a portion of the audience at a Wasilla Chamber of Commerce luncheon last month, while protesters outside decried the disgrace they said the representative had brought to their community.

Ocean litter is everyone's problem My turn
When I was out in the Bering Sea last summer I learned an Aleut saying: "Ayagagnax Anagix Ukudax" or "One who walks usually finds something."

My turn: A vow to fix 'plywood palace'
No one should have to work under the conditions that have existed for some time at the Department of Labor & Workforce Development building - the so-called plywood palace.

Alaska editorial: Failing schools still need state's attention
A state court decision last week delivered two thoroughly considered, well-reasoned judgments about Alaska schools. Yes, Judge Sharon Gleason said, funding for Alaska's public education system is adequate to meet constitutional requirements.

Outsiders: Wilbur Knudson
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

Biologists learn ins and outs of bear nursing
If you're bottle-feeding a bear cub, be very careful when you run out of milk.

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

Sports Digest
The Juneau Jumpers jump rope team competed at the USA Jump Rope 2007 National Championship at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., on June 22-24.

Midnight Suns take second place at West Linn Tournament in Oregon
The Juneau Midnight Suns 14-under softball team reached the finals of the West Linn Tournament on June 23-24 in West Linn, Ore.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

JDHS swim team gets 7 honors
The Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team made a big national splash on July 1.

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. It runs when space is available and event notices should arrive at least one week before they are scheduled to take place.

Gastineau Channel Little League All Stars
Every year, a group of young Juneau athletes are selected to represent their community on the diamond.

Photo: Moose play
Three moose are seen Thursday in a small pond at the edge of Russian Jack Springs Park in Anchorage.

Republicans seek to replace Kohring
A handful of Republicans have stepped forward to offer themselves as replacements for Rep. Vic Kohring.

Bikes sent to villages to fight diabetes
Health officials concerned with high rates of diabetes in the Bristol Bay region are sending bicycles to area children in hopes of reducing their risk.

Sportfishing group pans Kenai River Classic
While national power brokers partied and trolled for king salmon in the annual fundraising and educational Kenai River Classic on Friday, local anglers complained they've lost the river to outsiders.

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

Alaska Digest
The 299-foot cruise ship that was evacuated after striking the shoals of Rocky Island in May was scheduled to resume operations Saturday in Southeast Alaska, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Photo: Picking grapes
Richard Casciano brings in his net full of sockeye salmon Thursday during an opener at the Main Bay Hatchery on the western shore of Prince William Sound.

Alaska Digest
Fairbanks post office tries realignment, Alaska corruption trial sent to jury, Ag Board seeks disaster declaration, Ex-trooper describes scene in old murder

New state law requires drivers to move over
A new highway safety bill requires Alaska drivers to give parked emergency vehicles wide berth or face a fine.

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