Monday, July 16, 2007

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."

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."

Cost increases not just the result of shipping
Price gouging does happen in Juneau. For example, gasoline at the cheapest place has been $3.35 per gallon, but according to news reports in the Lower 48, prices have dropped to $2.78 per gallon.

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.

Touch-screen voting a concern for democracy
I was the first in the state of Alaska to telephone my senator about this issue, and this was before the Help America Vote Act of 2002 was passed. I was stunned that nobody had even contemplated the dangers of touch-screen voting; our state wasn't exactly squeaky clean in terms of vote counting.

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

Campground a refuge to Juneau's homeless
A recent article in the Juneau Empire about Thane Campground ("In Juneau, a community finds comfort living outside," June 17) provides a disturbingly unbalanced view of life at the site.

National Geographic article got it right
National Geographic's recent Tongass story, mentioned by Brittany Retherford ("Magazine seeks 'truth' about Tongass," July 8) may not have quoted Forest Service or timber industry representatives, but it presented a balanced and accurate picture of the economic realities that shape people's lives and livelihoods in Southeast Alaska.

Voters care about more than property value
I routinely listen to KINY news on my way to work. Today I heard District 2 Assembly member Randy Wanamaker talking about his desire to remain in office and the important issues that he wants to take care of.

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.

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.

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

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

Woman works to turn fry bread into dough for Woosh.ji.een Dance Group
Atricia Makaily has a pretty simple list of ingredients for her fry bread: flour, sugar, water, milk, eggs, yeast, butter, salt.

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.

Photo: Wait to skate
Cory Chrisman waits for a friend Sunday at the Pipeline Skate Park on Mendenhall Loop Road.

Around Town

Photo: Laser shot
Derek Isturis takes Wal-Mart up on its offer of free laser tag Saturday at the Party Zone. The retailer advertised free laser tag to anyone who played on Saturday.

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.

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

Around Town

District sets Tlingit curriculum
Sealaska Heritage Institute and the Juneau School District have co-produced what they say is the first broad-scale Tlingit language and culture curriculum that meets state academic and cultural standards.

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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.

Outside editorial: Only one major league
It's no secret that Major League ballplayers are better than their minor league counterparts. That's why they're in "the Show." It's also why there's no annual All-Star game between best of the majors and the best of Triple A. No one wants to see an obvious mismatch between the best and the not-quite-so-good.

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.

Alaska editorial: Anchorage should host second special session
The Legislature's special session to restore SeniorCare was a swift and efficient exercise, held within easy reach of half the state's population. Meeting away from the Capitol in Juneau was cheaper than doomsayers warned.

My Turn: Litigation fixed so all losers pay
Alaska is well known for being unique. Even in the state's court system, Alaska has demonstrated a break from the Lower 48 by early on adopting a "loser pays" system for attorneys' fees as a check and balance against unnecessary litigation.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ketchikan wins 14-under title
Hard hitting, a pair of strong pitchers and solid defense lifted Ketchikan to the Southeast Alaska Junior Olympic Fast-pitch 14-under Championship on Sunday at Melvin Park.

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

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

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

Poll shows new low in Steven's popularity
A poll conducted this month by Ivan Moore shows that popular perception of 83-year-old Sen. Ted Stevens is near an all-time low among Anchorage voters.

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.

Mat-Su Republicans narrow down list for Kohring replacements
Republicans in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley have passed a short list of three finalists to replace Rep. Vic Kohring on to Gov. Sarah Palin.

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.

Kenai Peninsula dubbed 'Alaska's playground'
Before two years is out, the phrase "Alaska's playground" will be synonymous with the Kenai Peninsula - at least that's what the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council hopes.

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

Human jawbone found on solstice tour near Barrow
A group of tourists taking the midnight run out to Point Barrow hoped to see polar bears. It was foggy on June 21, the summer solstice, and what the group ended up seeing was not exactly what they had anticipated.

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.

Northwest Digest
A soldier who died in the Iraq war was remembered this weekend as a single mother who struggled to provide a better life for her two young sons, and a woman who found a sense of direction in the Army.

Survival shows capture public interest
Few sane people want to visit a storm-tossed Bering Sea, the sizzling Sahara Desert and Canada's Northwest Territories in January. Experiencing them from a comfortable chair in front of a flat-screen television, however, is all the rage.

For bull-riding Wilsons, rodeo is in the genes
Watch a bull-riding rodeo this summer in Alaska, and don't be surprised if a boy named John David Wilson takes home the win.

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