Thursday, July 20, 2006

Business Digest
Sequence, a homegrown skateboarding shop, has opened a downtown store in the Miner's Mercantile Mall on Front Street.

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

Professor takes pot shots at business
Professor Staack suggests "Less overt hypocrisy by private businesses that also live off government in Alaska would also help."

Who will benefit from a road?
Well, it has begun. A 4-foot-wide swath has been cut from Echo Cove to the Katzehin Flats. And yes, it's true - they plan on paving the beaches.

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.

Mine plan sets unhealthy precedent
Coeur Alaska's plan to dump mine waste into Slate Lake will set a precedent allowing other mines, in particular the Pebble Mine in the Bristol Bay area, to do the same.

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.

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.

Empire, Juneau access and stories
I woke up Sunday morning, picked up the Juneau Empire and got hit with both barrels on Juneau access.

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.

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

Survey: Juneau's expensive
Juneau's cost of living is still among the highest in the state, according to a recent report by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Thieves take $700 in trees
The theft of dozens of foot-tall tree starts from a wetlands restoration project has left Juneau police and city officials baffled.

Photo: Race for the finish
The SEARHC men's canoe team wins the 2004 Challenge of the Chums canoe race at the Kake Dog Salmon Festival.

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

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

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

Photo: Finishing spinner
Dick Garrison took advantage of the sunny afternoon Wednesday to apply finish to a wind spinner that will hang on his Highland Drive home.

Wolf found shot on Thane Road
The discovery of a dead, illegally shot black wolf next to Juneau's Thane Road this week has sparked local outrage and a state wildlife investigation.

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

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.

Honorary groomer
When Treadwell Arena opened in February 2003, it was with the watery machinations of an ice resurfacer that Alice Poor bought from a rink in Calgary, Alberta.

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 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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

My turn: The tree of Alaskan liberty is hungry
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

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.

Alaska Editorial: Murkowski shouldn't sign contract without legislative approval
A nother debate over the governor's proposed North Slope natural gas pipeline deal has become a distraction. But unlike many of the other issues, this one could easily be resolved.

Juneau West upends Haines
Juneau West continued winning in the District 2 Major Baseball Tournament on Tuesday with a 3-1 win over Haines in Craig.

Fantasy baseball: Making the right trade can be the key to a championship
Trade talks are perhaps the most enjoyable part of being an armchair general manager, but in single-season leagues you'll never turn a paperclip into a house.

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.

Juneau advances to Junior Baseball finals
Behind some key hitting and a gutsy pitching performance from Aaron Cohen, the Juneau All-Stars stayed alive Wednesday with a 10-5 win over Ketchikan in the District 2 Junior Baseball Tournament at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

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

'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.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

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.

Norovirus suspected in cruise ship illness
For the second time this summer, a wave of illness believed to be from norovirus has hit a Celebrity Cruise ship along the Alaska coastal route, health officials said.

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.

Man faces jail time in Valdez rock throw
A man charged with felony assault for reportedly throwing rocks at a Coast Guard officer in Valdez is expected to plead Friday to a reduced charge.

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.

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

Alaska Digest
The 12th annual Kake Dog Salmon Festival is Saturday, and a special catamaran sailing will deliver people from Juneau for the event.

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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