Sunday, July 15, 2007

Palin's promotion of outside session saps Juneau morale
Gov. Sarah Palin has set in motion a concerning trend by being sworn in office in Fairbanks and by promoting a legislative session outside Juneau.

Kake depends on the Alaska Marine Highway System
I am writing in response to the My Turn in the June 28 edition titled, "Not just a ferry link, but a lifeline."

Thinking before you buy will help prevent more ocean litter
I am writing to applaud Bob King's article ("Ocean litter is everyone's problem," July 9. He wrote about the volume of trash from home and abroad, both fishing and nonfishing related, that's clogging our oceans and littering our shores. He also included steps we can take to keep trash out of the ocean.

When it comes to signatures, no hired guns, please
Signature gatherers should be Juneau volunteers.

Churches have more to be concerned about than driving
While visiting your awesome state, I had the opportunity to read an article in your June 5 edition, "Churches join effort against global warming."

Logging industry doesn't care about environment
(Regarding Brittany Retherford's article "Magazine seeks 'truth' about Tongass" in Sunday's Juneau Empire.)

Photo: Halloween in July
Miranda Wilson joins in the Rendezvous Bar's midsummer Halloween festivities Friday night, donning a pirate hat and a ravenous grin.

Images from the 3rd Battalion
Another war, another time: As he awaits a mission near the Kuwait-Iraq border, Cpl. James "Jad" Starnes reads about World War II in the book "Army at Dawn." Starnes is stationed in Kuwait with Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 297th Infantry, Alaska Army National Guard. Starnes lives in Juneau and is employed by Alaska Seaplanes as a pilot.

Juneau man dies in single vehicle crash
A Juneau man was killed Saturday in an early morning single-car accident out the road.

Around Town

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

City's largest taxpayer parlays big tax cut
The most valuable property in the Juneau borough, the Greens Creek Mine, is getting a huge property tax cut next year, according to Juneau Assessor Jim Canary.

Cecelia Carlson
Former Juneau resident Cecelia M. Carlson died July 4, 2007, in Glendale, Ariz., after a long illness. She was 81. A full obituary with Juneau service details will follow at a later date.

Katherine 'Jo' Shipes
Former Juneau resident Katherine "Jo" (Mixson) Shipes died July 5, 2007, following a brief battle with cancer, in Rincon, Ga. She was 48.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Alaska editorial: We don't need special session on oil tax
Alaska's legislators should stay home for the rest of the year. There doesn't seem to be a compelling need just yet for them to reconvene this fall in a full special session to talk about the new oil tax system, which some legislators want to undo, overhaul or otherwise adjust before it's even had much chance to escape puberty. :

Newspapers must serve readership
Suppose the Internet, TV, radio and magazines were available as they are today, but there were no printed newspapers.

Outsiders: Phillip Gray
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities. To have your group included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Outdoors Digest
Treadwell Arena to open for season Aug. 1, WeWhoWalk Tour Comes to Juneau

Glaciers, icebergs, waterfalls make Tracy Arm astounding
Pencil-thin waterfalls tumbled down bare cliffs above us in Tracy Arm fjord. Harbor seals relaxed on iceberg chunks.

Photos: Snag Time
With masses of salmon returning to spawn, the snaggers on the shores of Gastineau Channel are reeling in huge numbers of fish. Using weighted treble hooks that sell for less than a dollar a piece, the fishermen land king and dog salmon off the dock near the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.

State rejects plan to move orphaned moose to Bush
The state of Alaska has denied a conservation group's request to move orphaned moose to rural Alaska.

Juneau hosts SE Alaska Junior Olympic Fast-pitch Softball Championships at Melvin Park
The Southeast Alaska Junior Olympic Fast-pitch Softball Championships kicked off Saturday.The American Softball Association youth tournament features players from Ketchikan, Sitka and the Midnight Suns from Juneau.

Miller wins his 7th straight Governor's Cup
Shawn Miller gutted through the last half-mile Saturday to win his seventh consecutive McDowell Group Governor's Cup 5K race.

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.

McDowell Group Governor's Cup results

Juneau Freewheelers 40K Team Time Trial results

Sitka wins district Minor Baseball championship
Sitka captured the Alaska District 2 Little League Minor Baseball championship on Friday with an 11-0 victory over Juneau West at Miller Field.

Permanent Fund tops $40 billion
The Alaska Permanent Fund has topped $40 billion in value for the first time, state officials said.

Anchorage cancels Wi-Fi Internet deal
A contract that would have paved the way for free wireless access in downtown Anchorage has been canceled because the company demanded a fee that was not a part of the original deal, Mayor Mark Begich said Friday.

Man says defendant boasted about killing Fairbanks clerk
A man accused of killing a Fairbanks convenience store clerk bragged about the crime, according to testimony at his trial.

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

Ancient methods supplement health care for Native veterans
Ancient Alaska Native healing techniques will soon supplement modern-day treatments for mental health ailments afflicting Alaskans returning from service in the Middle East.

Alaska Digest
Seven rescued after charter boat sinks and New Alaska Native dictionary published

Deformed humpback whale found dead
A humpback whale with a hugely bloated tongue washed up dead on the west side of Admiralty Island in Southeast Alaska, officials said.

Stebbins council may oust gravel project foe
A Stebbins woman is accused of undermining the village's economy in her efforts against two proposed gravel projects.

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