Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Newspaper's stance on moving fall session doesn't hold up
It was not a great surprise to read in the Anchorage Daily News that the paper is beating its drum for the fall special session to be held in Anchorage ("Next meeting: Oil Tax session should be within easy reach of Alaskans," published July 5).

Renters' contribution to property taxes are minuscule
I assure Rebecca Smith ("Renters carry as much weight as property owners," June 21) that I had considered renters' indirect contribution to the property tax foundation. But because it's nebulous, it's much harder to identify.

A few of the pitfalls facing major capital projects
The following is prompted by Tim Whiting's My Turn, "Where are Juneau's priorities," published July 6.

A few of the pitfalls facing major capital projects
The following is prompted by Tim Whiting's My Turn, "Where are Juneau's priorities," published July 6.

No one should have to work in Juneau's 'plywood palace'
After reading the My Turn column submitted by Department of Administration Commissioner Annette Kreitzer regarding the Department of Labor building ("A vow to fix 'plywood palace,'" July 9) and hearing other recent media comments by Department of Labor and Workforce Development management, I could not stay silent.

The evidence is in: Republicans to blame for war in Iraq
Stuart Cohen is right to credit Republicans with starting this stupid war in Iraq ("Disinformation on Iraq war's origins," July 9 Juneau Empire). Serious reporters and authors looked into the question.

Newspaper's stance on moving fall session doesn't hold up
It was not a great surprise to read in the Anchorage Daily News that the paper is beating its drum for the fall special session to be held in Anchorage ("Next meeting: Oil Tax session should be within easy reach of Alaskans," published July 5).

The evidence is in: Republicans to blame for war in Iraq
Stuart Cohen is right to credit Republicans with starting this stupid war in Iraq ("Disinformation on Iraq war's origins," July 9 Juneau Empire). Serious reporters and authors looked into the question.

To those against leopard hunt: What about bear hunts?
I have been following the exchange of letters concerning the African hunt recently concluded by Bill Adair and Dr. David Miller ("Skinning a cat the hard way," June 17).

No more Tongass roads: We have enough timber for all our needs
Why should we use our tax dollars to construct more roads in the Tongass National Forest to enable logging that will return only a fraction of that investment in stumpage fees, and will diminish our recreational opportunities and the productivity of our salmon streams in the process?

Governor signs two Elton bills into law
Gov. Sarah Palin on Monday signed into law two bills sponsored by Sen. Kim Elton, D-Juneau.

Photo: Bucking the rain
A man carrying an Ohio State Buckeye umbrella stands Monday at Marine Park, overlooking the Radiance of the Sea cruise ship as it rests in Gastineau Channel.

Around Town

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

Photo: Mansion restoration
Mitch Williams of Van Pool Painting works Monday on a window in the kitchen of the Governor's Mansion. The mansion, built in 1912, is undergoing an extensive window restoration project this summer. Erika Fagerstrom, executive residence manager, said the project is expected to be completed in August.

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

Planning commission member to run for Assembly
Longtime Juneau Planning Commission member Marshal Kendziorek announced he will run for Johan Dybdahl's areawide Assembly seat in the October city election.

Photo: Sittin' on the dock of the bay
Jason Hutchinson plays guitar Tuesday near the Don Statter Harbor ramp in Auke Bay while waiting for a ride. Hutchinson was returning from fishing.

FAA opens door to airport upgrades
After years of work and nearly $4 million, the Federal Aviation Administration has given the Juneau International Airport its blessing to move ahead with expansion of its runway safety area and other projects.

City taxes to climb for Admiralty Island mine
Juneau officials say the Greens Creek Mine will see its assessed value go up this year, not down as the Empire had earlier reported.

Juneau Diocese celebrates 125 years
More than 100 parishioners gathered Tuesday evening near the site of Juneau's first Mass to celebrate 125 years of Catholic life in the city.

Photos: Once a warship, now a tender
Darryl Wallace paints the 90-foot-long fish tender Saturn on Tuesday at Don Statter Memorial Harbor in Auke Bay. The Saturn was built as a submarine chaser for the U.S. military in a California shipyard in 1942.

Around Town

City planners press for affordable housing
City leaders have added to Juneau's comprehensive plan a chapter on one of the community's most pressing issues - the need to provide affordable homes.

Cruise 25th anniversary
Robert and Carrie Cruise celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a small gathering at their Douglas Island home. The couple was married on July 14, 1982, in Juneau. Renewed vows are planned in a topical location at a later date.

Pagenkopf, Rodenberger to marry
Mark and Kathy Rodenberger, of Weatherford, announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Ashley Rodenberger, to Ross James Pagenkopf. The groom is the son of Ron and Donna Pagenkopf of Juneau. Ross and Ashley will be married at Aledo United Methodist Church, Aledo, Texas, on Aug. 4, 2007.

Spotting and treating Alzheimer's
Is it Alzheimer's? Do you have trouble remembering people's names? Do you repeat yourself? Do you get lost easily? Have you lost interest in hobbies and social events? Do you have trouble reading books?

Stay-at-home dad stays social
There is one distinct disadvantage to being a stay-at-home dad: I am not a woman. Being a man means that I mostly avoid inviting my children's friends over for a visit. Why?

Ludeman, Rivera marry
Amelia Rivera, of Juneau, and Robert Ludeman, of Norwalk, Calif., were married on June 10, 2007, at Baby Beach in Lahaina, Maui. The bride arrived on an outrigger canoe and was escorted by her father.

Photo: Bird spotting
A red breasted sap sucker visited a neighbor's tree at noon on July 7 at 15.5-mile just before Lena Loop.

Neighbors Digest
Eagle Scouts build new covered bike shelter for SEARHC, MASST offers job training program for area seniors, SEARHC gives $10,000 in 'mini-grants' for injury prevention

Courtney, Cashen to marry
Nancy Cashen and Doug Courtney, both of Juneau, will marry in a private ceremony at 4 p.m. July 28, 2007, in Juneau. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited to the following reception at 5 p.m. at Zen in the Goldbelt Hotel.

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Joseph Walker
Juneau resident Joseph McCoy Walker died July 14, 2007, in a car accident in Juneau. He was 21.

Jonathan Diebels
Juneau resident Jonathan William Diebels died July 9, 2007, of complications from a bone marrow transplant for acute myelogenous leukemia. He was 5.

Edward Nielsen Sr.
Juneau resident Edward Christian Nielsen Sr. died on July 8, 2007, at his home in Mount Vernon, Wash. He was 84.

Alaska editorial: Anderson conviction a needed housecleaning
Guilty. Former state Rep. Tom Anderson of Anchorage now faces up to 115 years in a prison and a fine of perhaps $1.75 million following a July 9 pronouncement from a federal jury.

My Turn: The joys of a Lynn Canal highway
The song "Highway, Highway," sung by Joe Cocker, will have new meaning for the people of Juneau when the Lynn Canal highway is completed. In his song, Cocker sings "Highway, highway / Where you go I don't know / Maybe closer to my dreams, maybe far away / Take me today."

Outside Editorial: Bush's aid program needs time
When President Bush announced the Millennium Challenge initiative in 2002, it sounded like a promising new approach to foreign aid. The idea was to supply U.S. taxpayer dollars only to governments that could meet strict standards of efficiency and accountability.

Alaska Editorial: U.S. workers deserve paid medical leave
Imagine your mom suddenly had a stroke, and you wanted an extended paid leave to care for her. Or you had a baby but couldn't afford much time off. Or you were simply too sick to work for weeks on end.

My Turn: How can they build a road there?
In lieu of the persistent drive of the Alaska Department of Transportation and its supporters to punch a road up this watery fjord, I think it is important to look at the fundamentals of the terrain they are looking at developing.

Outside Editorial: President must have his trade authority renewed
American trade policy deserves better than the petty political payback it is getting in Congress. So do American consumers.

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 opens Senior Little League tourney with win over Sitka
Three Little League District 2 baseball tournaments got underway this week. District 2 encompasses all the Little League organizations in Southeast Alaska.

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

Artist builds stained-glass window for Little Chapel
The Rev. Gary Barnes and his wife, ordained minister and Ilanka Cultural Director LaRue Barnes, have spent the last 31 years ministering.

After 2-month delay, Stevens releases report on finances
Sen. Ted Stevens filed the annual report on his personal finances with the Senate Ethics Committee on Tuesday after receiving a two-month extension to fix what he called a few simple technical errors.

Collision may have killed deformed whale
The unusually swollen tongue of a dead humpback whale may indicate that it perished after colliding with a blunt object in the waters of Southeast Alaska, scientists said Monday.

Committee gives Stevens financial filing extension
The Senate Ethics Committee has given Sen. Ted Stevens a second extension for filing his annual financial disclosure statement after it asked him to make "a few technical clarifications," the senator's spokesman said Monday.

Lawmaker urges list of dangerous mentally ill
Anchorage Rep. Les Gara is proposing the state start a list of mentally ill people who the courts have said are in danger of hurting themselves or others.

Mine provides economic boon for Eklutna
Gravel mining used to be a sore subject in Eklutna. But times have changed. This spring, large metal crushers began crunching out hundreds of tons of gravel per minute on the outskirts of the Athabascan village on the northeast edge of Anchorage.

Palin announces replacement for Rep. Vic Kohring
Gov. Sarah Palin said Tuesday she has selected a state senator's legislative staffer to fill the seat held by departing Rep. Vic Kohring.

Northwest Digest
Judge: Flawed data used in coho decision, Lightning-caused fires blacken Oregon

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

Northwest Digest
Infant dies when van rolls into river, Brawl begins over a misunderstanding, New rule would make it easier to kill wolves

Group touts public funding for elections
Some Alaskans think the state, rather than private contributors, should pay for election campaigns.

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