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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Road opponents part of the problem
To the writers who protest that the Juneau road project fails because it will still be necessary to use a shuttle ferry between Katzehin and Haines and Skagway: Stop the spin. The very people who protest this are, in fact, responsible for the situation.

More war needed - only on poverty
President Bush has repeatedly said that people in other countries hate us because they hate freedom. This statement needs to be qualified a little bit.

Coeur Alaska needs a better solution
I am not opposed to mining or the Kensington Mine, however, I believe Coeur Alaska needs to come up with another alternative for the mine waste.

On gas, PERS and a living wage
This letter is in regard to three items in last week's papers. First was the article regarding the gas line port authority, where the governor's spokesman said, "We have an agreement with the people who own the gas."

President Bush's policy isn't a success
There are two points where I believe Mr. Harben is mistaken in his letter of July 7. First, he offers the lack of a terrorist attack on the U.S. since 9/11 as proof that the president's War on Terror is a success.

Overlooking the facts in WMD debate
I can't believe Mr. Lie-Nielsen (July 9) is still hanging on to the WMD rhetoric. What Mr. Lie-Nielsen failed to include in his letter are the facts.

Setting the record clear on Bush
In response to Erik Lie-Nielsen's blathering rehash of typical liberal Bush bashing ("Our war president never served," July 9), I'd like to correct a few of the flat-out lies that he spouted off.

City panel OKs eagle nest buffer variance
After heated discussion Tuesday night, the Juneau Planning Commission approved a variance to build the Juneau access highway near three eagle nests.

Photo: Training for oil spills
The state ferry Kennicott made an impromptu visit to Gastineau Channel on Tuesday for training exercises to deal with potential oil spills.

Task force delivers mixed verdict on fluoridation
The Juneau Assembly won't get a clear recommendation on whether to continue fluoridating municipal water from a task force appointed in 2004.

The jet-set life
Shannon Schneider does what most people only dream about - flying up to Mach 2 in a U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet for a living.

Businesswoman recovering after being hit by car
Foggy Mountain Shop co-owner Betsy Fischer is recovering at Bartlett Regional Hospital after colliding with a 1994 Oldsmobile that turned in front of her bicycle Monday evening on Glacier Highway.

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

UAS hires new dean for School of Education
A new piece of the leadership puzzle has been added at the University of Alaska Southeast.

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

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

Photo: Images from another time: Charles Jurasz, 1983
Former Juneau-Douglas High School biology teacher Charles Jurasz holds a vertebra from a humpback whale skeleton he was studying in 1983.

Planning Commission rejects state's road plan
The Juneau Planning Commission has recommended against the state's plan to build a road out of Juneau.

Photo: Ready to go in after it
Tanya Lata battles a king salmon Monday at Fish Creek Pond.

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

Photo: Picture-perfect
A humpback whale dives Monday near a whale-watching boat near Point Couverden.

Neighbors Digest
The Widowed Persons program is having an ice cream social at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Fireweed Place, 415 Willoughby Ave.

Photo: Going to market
Juneau resident Jan Van Slyke, one of the regular volunteers for the Mustard Seed, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church's collectibles and thrift store, sorts through artwork to be sold during the Saturday Market.

T-shirt, dove are easy on the eyes
T-shirt, above, is a handsome tan and white hamster with a friendly attitude. You can visit him at the Gastineau Humane Society.

Senior News: Meal program needs support
Juneau's senior meal program is a critical piece in the continuum of care that helps older citizens remain healthy and independent.

Recognitions
Bill Heard, of Auke Bay, was named the 2006 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Employee of the Year.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you for helping with this year's Celebration

Jason Morrow Sr.
Juneau resident Jason Andrew Morrow Sr., 34, died July 7, 2006, at the University of Washington Hospital in Seattle, Wash., after a long battle with Hodgkin's disease.

Zachary Warwick
Fairbanks resident Zachary Miller Warwick, 29, died July 8, 2006, in Fairbanks from an allergic reaction to bee stings.

My turn: Clean water for Coeur Alaska
I had to laugh at the flimsy scare tactics used by the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council in a recent full-page ad in the Juneau Empire.

Alaska editorial: Options for legislators in the special session
This editorial appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

My turn: Don't subsidize Tongass destruction
L ast May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that removed funding for building logging roads in inventoried roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest.

Fantasy baseball: Young guns starting to emerge at season's halfway mark
We're just halfway through the 2006 season, but you can already sense there is a changing of the guard.

Simpson repeats as state champ
As the wind began to gain pace during the Alaska Disc Golf Association's state championship in Anchorage, Juneau's Johnny Simpson knew he had the edge.

Runners' corner: A week's worth of running in 4 days
Our lives are so busy that it is often hard to make time for the things we love to do.

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.

Juneau's Baseball All-Stars
Junior and senior teams start tournament play Monday and majors start Saturday, while the minors finish the first round on Friday. The softball teams will appear later next week.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

Northwest Digest
A Fort Wainwright soldier was killed Wednesday in Iraq, a military spokesman said.

Panhandle wildlife gets new scrutiny on state coastal trail
Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage is now a precedent-setting wildlife viewing trail.

Accident rate garners road dubious distinction
Thirty-one people died in traffic accidents on the Sterling Highway between Sterling and Soldotna from 1977 to 2005.

Jehovah's Witness convention to focus on 'Day of Reckoning'
The world is coming to an end sooner than you might think, say local members of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Lawmakers to float new oil-tax alternative
Two Anchorage lawmakers aim to break a stalemate over the rewrite of Alaska's oil production taxes with an alternative version of a proposal to tax oil companies' profits.

Northwest Digest
Dozens of earthquakes have struck the western Aleutian Islands in the past several weeks in what earthquake experts have said is not an uncommon event.

Tongass enemies put heads together to resolve conflicts
This summer, all of the major players in the decades-long battle over the Tongass National Forest and its sagging timber industry have decided to call a détente.

Village votes on liquor store proposal
Nulato voters were deciding Tuesday whether the Western Alaska village should run a liquor store.

Anchorage woman attacked by wolf
FAIRBANKS - An Anchorage woman is recovering from an attack by a wolf that chased her down then bit her twice.

Law would limit access to MySpace.com
MySpace.com and other immensely popular social networking sites on the Internet were portrayed Tuesday as emerging playgrounds for sexual predators as lawmakers considered a measure to restrict their access in publicly funded schools and libraries.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation and the world

Lawmakers again review oil taxes
State lawmakers convened their second special session of the year on Wednesday, with Gov. Frank Murkowski filing two familiar bills related to his natural gas pipeline deal with three oil giants.

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