Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Building the road won't have dire effects
Time and time again we continue to hear the dire predictions of road opponents regarding the Juneau access project. Gone, they say, will be the marine and wildlife. No more salmon, whales or seals in Berners Bay.

Seeing is believing with Al Gore's film
Al Gore's film, currently playing at the Gold Town Nickelodeon, is graphic and convincing. It is hard to argue, with the evidence of one's own eyes, as "The Inconvenient Truth" makes its points with comparative photos from all over the world.

Separate the oil tax from gas line contract
Before the Legislature approves the gas line contract, they should be looking at separating the oil tax from the gas line contract to see if the state can get a better deal on both of these issues.

Concerned about a possible conflict
It has come to my attention that Mr. MacKinnon may have a conflict of interest with his position as deputy commissioner of Highways and Facilities.

Deputy commissioner careful about conflicts
When I assumed the position of deputy commissioner for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities in 2003, I immediately resigned my position as both an officer and director of Hyak Mining Co.

Legislative session needs to be longer
Shortening the legislative session will hurt the average citizen trying to improve rights given to Alaskans.

Fishing line possible cause of death
This spring, a pair of robins made a nest in the maple tree in my front yard. Over the past week or two, I watched a young female robin travel to and from my gardens as she worked tirelessly to feed her brood.

Coeur's campaign sleight-of-hand
I applaud Mr. Steve Reese's letter to the editor of July 14, "None of our Lakes are Expendable." There is one rule that has never changed since gold was first discovered - where there is gold, there is greed.

Initiative will not cut it in court
Commenting on your cruise ship head tax article that appeared in the Sunday newspaper, July 2, it appears that the cruise ship initiative (Proposition No. 2) is repugnant to the Alaska Constitution and must be ruled so by the courts.

Lawmakers need to correct legislation
Where is Frank Murkowski's constituency? With his persistent pressure on the state of Alaska to acquiesce to his, and the Big Three's, petroleum production tax, it's become evident for whom he bargains.

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

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

A bear of a barrier on Glacier Highway
Garbage bears already were causing more mischief this summer. Now they're apparently putting up roadblocks.

PBS seeks Juneau kids for show
A nationally televised children's show is looking to cast a couple of Juneau kids to star in an episode to be filmed in the area at the end of the month.

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

AARP questions Greens Creek deal
A deal by Alaska Electric Power and Light to extend electricity to the Greens Creek Mine on Admiralty Island is facing opposition from the nation's largest advocacy group for people 50 and older.

District will block myspace
After months of consideration, the Juneau School District has agreed to block four social networking sites on school property.

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

Photo: Building a pyramid
Glacier Swim Team members attempt to make a human pyramid Tuesday at the new Juneau-Douglas High School field.

Photo: Nothing but net
Weston Carroll repairs webbing Monday on the purse seiner Centurion at Auke Bay.

Orsborn and Clauder to wed
Sara Elizabeth Clauder, of Juneau, and Timothy Ryder Orsborn, of Sequim, Wash., will marry at 5 p.m. July 22 at Eaglecrest Ski Area lodge. A reception will follow immediately after the ceremony. Friends and family are welcome to join them in their celebration.

Photo: Bronze Star awarded
U.S. Army Chaplain Capt. Albert Wall, right, a 1988 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, received the Bronze Star on July 10, for "exemplary service above and beyond the call of duty while serving deployed in combat in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom."

Catnip can cause catatonic cats
A gentleman cat of my acquaintance was nicknamed Stoner the night he got a snootful of truly fine catnip. He sat just a bubble off upright, eyes closed and swaying to music only he could hear.

Neighbors mailbox
Seth W. McBride, a 2001 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, made the dean's list for the winter term at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Sawyer and Greany to wed
Erica Sawyer, of Harvard, Mass., and Matt Greany, of Juneau, will be married at 4 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor in Boothbay Harbor, Mass. A reception will follow at The Spruce Point Inn.

Neighbors Digest
Due to ACTS Retreat, the Shrine of St. Therese will be closed to the Public from 4 p.m. on July 20 until noon on July 23.

Sivertsen and Sooter to wed
Brittney Renae Sivertsen, of Juneau, and Shem James Sooter, of Fairmont, Minn., will marry at 2 p.m. July 22 at the Church of Christ in Juneau. A reception will follow at 4 p.m. at the Hangar Ballroom.

Alaska editorial: Alaska can do better for welfare of its youth
A recently released report confirms that when it comes to kids, Alaska can do better.

My Turn: Let's be done with it
Assembly disapproval of the road plan will make it official: Juneau does not want to be associated with Alaska.

Alaska Editorial: There's a lesson in Interior city tax revolt
We've said it before, so we'll say it again. The mayor's office, Anchorage Assembly members, the governor and state legislators had better take seriously Alaskans' frustration with property taxes.

My turn: Gas tax, contract make-believe
There is an old adage, "Follow the money ... connect the dots." Common sense and simple finance tell you that whatever the gas tax, it will not eventually be paid by the oil companies.

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.

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.

Caucuses offer lawmakers private way to schmooze at special interest expense
On a sunny Tuesday, House members who belong to the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus left suits and ties behind, grabbed shotguns and headed for the firing range.

'Eye in sky' on SE fishermen next?
Increasingly, commercial fishing boat movements in Alaska's federal waters are being tracked by satellite on a daily basis by federal law enforcement. The goal: to monitor compliance with fishing closures and no-entry zones designed to protect critical habitat.

House agrees to support Russian treaty to protect polar bears
The House gave its approval Monday to a U.S.-Russia treaty to help protect polar bears from overhunting and other threats to their survival.

Gold mine plans ore processing facility
Few people testified during a public hearing this week on a proposed project at the Fort Knox mine.

Web cam brings thousands closer to protected McNeil brown bears
Only a lucky few are allowed each summer to get up close and personal with the McNeil River bears, but now they have a much bigger audience, thanks to a remote camera trained on their every move.

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

Returning to a civil war nightmare
A week ago Beirut was humming: Chic restaurants flowed with champagne and caviar, Europeans thronged the beaches and mountain resorts, and famous singers planned to jet in for concerts in ancient ruins.

Photo: Senator's big catch
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, hugs a 63-pound king salmon she caught along the Kenai River during the annual Kenai River Classic.

BP shuts down 12 oil wells on the North Slope
British oil company BP will close 12 oil wells on the North Slope as a precaution after whistleblowers alleged more than 50 were leaking.

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

Northwest Digest
An outbreak of a common stomach bug at the Juneau Pioneers' Home doesn't seem to have spread into the community, but it should remind people of things they can do to avoid getting sick, a state health official said Tuesday.

Northwest Digest
The Air Force plans to launch an unarmed ballistic missile Wednesday in a test of the weapon's reliability.

Fairbanks psychiatric treatment center approved
The state has cleared the way for a youth psychiatric treatment center to be built in Fairbanks.

Scout camp gets major upgrade
Chuck Mailander, the waterfront director at the Lost Lake Boy Scout Camp, kept a close eye on the boys swimming and boating in the crystal blue water on an early July day.

New boat harbor launched to revitalize False Pass
Construction of a new boat harbor in False Pass, an Aleut fishing village on one of the most important marine links between the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea, began this July, officials said.

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