Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Juneau needs to fight to keep the capital from moving
I wrote the city of Juneau a letter about a year or so ago, detailing what would happen if Sarah Palin were elected governor. I said she would start moving the government out of Juneau, one office at a time.

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.

'Bong' banner belongs in the garbage, not in a museum
The "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" banner should go into the landfill. It's garbage - a teenager's immature prank that does not belong in a museum (See "Where will famed 'Bong' banner go?" Friday's Juneau Empire).

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.

Well-managed hunting actually helps Africa's wild cat populations
We read with interest the recent letters criticizing the article about a leopard hunt in Zimbabwe ("Skinning a cat the hard way," June 17). The authors of those letters have every right to express their personal opposition to hunting.

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.

Veterans for Peace knows the realities of warfare
Hooray for Veterans for Peace and the 250 who joined their peace flotilla during this year's Fourth of July parade. They know what war is about, unlike the hawks-who-never-served in the current administration. My congratulations to the people of Juneau. Peace to all of us.

Conservation groups ready to be partners in gas pipeline project
I am writing in response to Lew Williams' column ("Will environmental lobby curb interest in gas line?" July 1) that suggests the environmental community is lying in wait to kill the gas pipeline.

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.

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.

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

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.

Around Town

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events. To be included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Juneau Assembly bans smoking in city bus shelters
Score another victory for the anti-smoking advocates and the Juneau Clean Air Coalition. The Juneau Assembly ruled unanimously Monday night to add bus shelters to list of areas where smoking is prohibited.

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.

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

Jury finds Anderson guilty
A former Alaska lawmaker accused of getting thousands of dollars out of a corrections-company consultant in exchange for his help in the Legislature was convicted of bribery Monday.

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Peter Charles Warner
Former Juneau resident Peter Charles Warner died July 8, 2007, in Delray Beach, Fla.

Nicole Johnson
Juneau resident Nicole Danielle Johnson died July 6, 2007, in Juneau. She was 16.

Jerome Prahl
Juneau resident Jerome B. Prahl died July 6, 2007, in Auke Bay. He was 46.

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.

Empire Editorial: Electing attorney general would serve all Alaskans
A recent federal bribery and corruption investigation has thrown light on a state legislature that has lost its ethical bearings. Yet it was not one of the three state agencies charged with being government watchdogs that flipped the switch.

Outside editorial: Enough: Congress needs to pass lobbying reform
Today's lesson in how a bill doesn't become law involves lobbying reform. Given the Jack Abramoff scandal and the November election results, you might have thought that this would be one of the few things Congress could actually get done.

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."

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.

Faith, politics and Hillary Clinton
Some unknown author once said, "Everybody should believe in something; I believe I'll have another drink."

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
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.

Photo: Looking for the call
What's the call: West Juneau runner Jacob Bicknell and Ketchikan's third baseman Alex Pihl look to the ump for the call. Bicknell was called out. Look for complete game coverage Wednesday.

Governor approves ethics bill
Just minutes after former Rep. Tom Anderson, R-Anchorage, was convicted in his corruption trial, Gov. Sarah Palin gathered with legislative leaders in Anchorage to sign into law a new ethics bill.

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.

In Alaska, the nation, and the world
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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

Stevens concerned corruption investigation will affect election
Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican senator and once the chief power broker for dispensing federal dollars, says he's worried that a corruption investigation "could cause me some trouble" in running for re-election next year.

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

Support group stresses laughter to fight disease
Jennifer Fielder's rosy cheeks bloomed like begonias as she led AhLAFska Club members through exercises designed to incite mirth.

BP freezes $4 million in severance payments to former chief executive
BP PLC said Monday it has temporarily frozen severance payments worth around $4 million owed to former Chief Executive John Browne and former refining chief John Manzoni.

Images from another time Deadly blast destroys pump station in 1977
A bus burns July 8, 1977, in front of the charred ruins of the main building at the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.'s pump station No. 8 after a major explosion.

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

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.

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

BLM may go ahead with drilling in sensitive area
The Bureau of Land Management could go ahead with plans to allow drilling in a sensitive area near Teshekpuk Lake on the North Slope, an agency spokeswoman said.

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.

Alaska Digest
New emergency call system launched, 11-year-old killed in Marshall shooting, Village holds funeral for drowned brothers

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