Sunday, July 23, 2006

Move south if you want a road
I have lived in Juneau for more than half a century and have survived just fine without a road out of town.

The bigger issue is Net neutrality
On July 15, you ran a story concerning Sen. Stevens' ineptness when discussing the Internet. It was good for a chuckle as it was in the New York Times article and on Jon Stewart.

A message too long for a bumper sticker
Last Tuesday, a vehicle with the following bumper stickers was observed: "Stop logging our National Forests," "Let's stop mining and petroleum development" and "Wilderness puts the 'Wild' in Alaskan Salmon."

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

Vehicles at store fill up with wrong gas
Drivers who filled up a tank of gas at the Mendenhall Valley Safeway on Tuesday around 5 p.m. soon realized they couldn't get very far because they had the wrong fuel.

Photo: The show goes on
Local jazz band Fleet Street performs Friday at the City Hall Assembly Chambers.

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

Photo: Blooming attraction
Clare Boily, 6, mans the punch bowl as her father, Sean, acts as cashier for their farmers' market at their home at Sixth and Main streets Saturday.

Juneau police win labor grievance over overtime
Requiring police officers to work an extra 15 minutes a day will cost the Juneau Police Department thousands of dollars, a labor arbiter ruled last week.

City seeking help on second bridge
City officials are hoping a second crossing over Gastineau Channel can help bridge the gap between affordable housing in the community by opening up more land on north Douglas Island.

Larry Ernest Fankhauser
Former Juneau resident Larry Ernest Fankhauser, 57, died peacefully July 18, 2006, at his home in Shoreline, Wash., after a long illness.

Michael Patrick Longworth Sanchez
Michael Patrick Longworth Sanchez, a 2-month-old resident of Stafford, Va., died July 3, 2006, in Richmond, Va., following a battle with leukemia during the last three weeks of his life.

This is the 21st century
The last time this writer looked at a calendar this is 2006, not 1906. It was in April 1906 that Wilford Hoggatt had to take a mail boat from Juneau to the isolated town of Sitka to be sworn in as governor of Alaska.

Outside editorial: Georgia voters send the nation a message with Reed's defeat
It was a sudden fall from grace for former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, once a sure bet to win the Republican nomination for Georgia lieutenant governor.

Empire editorial: A year later, roundabout remains a blank canvas
A shadowy band of guerrilla artists is onto something in Juneau, and its nighttime antics should be a wake-up call to road officials.

Toe Toon

Out & About
Community work service project, 9 a.m. every Sunday, Juneau Youth Services, 2075 Jordan Ave. Come dressed for the weather. Details: Charles, 796-4149.

Outsiders: Courtney Webster
Outsiders is a weekly feature of the Juneau Empire.

Wild Delight
Like an eye-popping painting or a magical mosaic, the wildflowers of Southeast Alaska provide a plethora of visual stimulation in the summer months.

Outdoors Digest
SAGA to lead Chilkoot youth hike

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.

Photos: Running among the trees
Robert Sowers runs out of the treeline during the Mount Roberts Tram Run on Saturday.

Local Running & Cycling Results

Juneau softball closes in on state
Juneau kicked off the Alaska Little League State Softball Tournament on Saturday at Melvin Park with a 12-2 victory over three-time District 1 champs Nunaka Valley in four innings.

Juneau wins Junior title
Juneau captured the District 2 Little League Junior Baseball title the hard way on Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Juneau West qualifies for District 2 title game
Colin Gozelski mowed down 12 batters in six innings to lead undefeated Juneau West to a 9-1 win over Ketchikan in the District 2 Little League Major Baseball semifinals Saturday in Craig.

Pelican avoids hefty increase in utility rates
Last year, residents of Pelican balked at a Kake Tribal Corp. utility bid to raise their electric rates by more than 60 percent.

Alaska Baseball League a pipeline to the majors
There were so few fans in Mulcahy Stadium that a heckler's game-long monologue carried clear to the pitcher's mound.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the Nation

Murkowski's jet use raises questions
Gov. Frank Murkowski recently combined flights taken on a state jet for official business with campaigning and personal trips. He maintains there was no conflict of interest or abuse of his powers.

In-state company can now certify fisheries products
A company in Alaska can now certify that processed fish is coming from a sustainable fishery, such as black cod and halibut.

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