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Friday, July 14, 2006

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.

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.

None of Alaska's lakes is expendable
Coeur Alaska's psyops campaign rages on. Its recent advertisement farcically titled, "Protecting Alaska's Water" (Juneau Empire, July 7) is packed with sham propaganda about its plans for the fill material.

We need to replace the Board of Game
Regarding the impasse created when the Alaska Board of Game authorizes ever expanding airborne wolf killing. This comes after Alaskans have twice voted to ground the aerial cowboys.

Let's deal with the homeless problem
The two articles in Sunday's paper were informative regarding the changes as to where the homeless or vagrants go to drink now. I can tell you from firsthand experience exactly where a group of four to seven hold "happy hour."

No need to change party affiliation
With respect to Arthur Almon's letter on July 5 ("Voicing disgust at the ballot box"), I would like to clarify the requirements for voting a closed party ballot for the primary election on Aug. 22.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Photo: Party hat
Weston Holland laughs with Shari Kemp and Kenneth Woodbury as they celebrate his 18th birthday.

Photo: Wet trek
Flip Warringa, a tourist from Tilburg, Netherlands, walks Thursday on Glacier Highway to the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery from his downtown hotel. Warringa and his family are touring the Southeast Panhandle on the Alaska Marine Highway.

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

Juneau mayor to run again
Mayor Bruce Botelho announced Thursday he will seek re-election in the October municipal election. "There are a lot of major issues in front of the Assembly today, and issues I expect to be in front of the Assembly, that I would like to be part of," he said.

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.

Neighbors Digest
Under a grant from the National Science Foundation, DragonflyTV - an all-science PBS television show for middle-school kids - is expanding is producing a series of seven new episodes featuring middle-school children "Going Places in Science."

Recognitions
Avatar International Inc., an international research and consulting group based in Orlando, Fla., has recognized Bartlett Regional Hospital for the fourth year in a row as a national award winner in healthcare service quality for exceeding patient expectations.

Neighbors helping neighbors: SEADOGS
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Port and Painter wed
Liana Wild Painter, of Juneau, and Andrew Port, of Twisp, Wash., were married on July 8 at the Juneau Yacht Club. A reception followed the ceremony.

War was the answer for slave girl Mariah
One of the most interesting and rapidly growing field of book collecting is in an area called "Black History" and "Black Memorabilia."

Foreman and Hosey to wed
Lindsay Foreman and Joseph Hosey, of Juneau, will marry on July 21 in a private ceremony at Skaters Cabin in Juneau. Family and friends are invited to a reception at 6 p.m. in the Glacier Room at the Travelodge Hotel.

FYI
Births, marriage licenses and court information

Neighbors mailbox
I wanted to tell you about a wonderful store here in town. Alaskan and Proud has the best customer service of any store in town.

Photo: Patch works
Ian Harrison, of Auckland, New Zealand, enjoys a spot of lunch and some sunshine in downtown Juneau.

Ruth Margaret Kasko
Klukwan resident Ruth Margaret Kasko, 77, died July 8, 2006, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau, surrounded by her family and friends following a lengthy illness.

Charles Abbott Sr.
Juneau resident Charles Abbott Sr., K'ei xoots ki', 75, died July 7, 2006, in Anchorage, from failure to recover from hip surgery.

Steven Hunt Rice
Former Juneau resident Steven Hunt Rice, 53, died July 10 at home in Anchorage.

Alaska editorial: Vote no on cruise tax
Ballot Initiative 2 on the Aug. 22 ballot is un-Alaskan. Under the initiative, commercial passenger ships would be charged $46 per passenger if they provide overnight accommodations while in Alaska water.

No, Pebble Mine isn't my neighbor
Is the proposed Pebble Mine my neighbor? No, my neighbors are New Stuyahok, Ekwok, Portage Creek and other surrounding villages. I have a lot of respect for my neighbors my neighbors respect me. We respect each other's traditional and ancestral land-use rights. These lands are primarily used for subsistence by me and my neighbors. Isn't the proposed Pebble Mine on traditional and ancestral lands?

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

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.

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.

Midsummer Night 10K and 1-mile results
Midsummer Night 10K and 1-mile run results from Tuesday.

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.

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.

Juneau's Olympic champion
The Athletes' Creed of the Special Olympics reads, "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Northwest Trekkers
Roman Dial wanted to know how far he could hike across the Alaska wilderness carrying all his own food, gear and supplies.

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.

Cook Inlet fish thought to be an Atlantic salmon
A fish caught near Kasilof could become the first documented Atlantic salmon discovered in Cook Inlet, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

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

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

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.

Alaska Digest
Allen Marine ordered to draft safety plan

Gov. Murkowski wants lawmakers to vote on gas contract this session
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Thursday said he will ask state lawmakers within the next month to approve his natural gas pipeline contract with three oil companies.

Police seize, return images from newspaper, station
Anchorage police investigating a shooting at a football stadium used a search warrant to seize hundreds of unpublished newspaper photographs and a videotape shot at the scene.

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