Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Natives versus native Alaskans
In response to Don Hoff Jr.'s letter of July 10: He is correct in stating that it is the commercial fishing industry that has over harvested our fish. And I agree with his statement that the Native people of Alaska need to learn their language and history, and should harvest for subsistence purposes.

Brotherhood Bridge needs work as well
The editorial Sunday about the need for a design for the Douglas Bridge roundabout reminded me that the Brotherhood Bridge needs painting too.

Vote should be by original shareholders
Within a year, Sealaska will ask shareholders to vote on whether post-Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act dependents will be allowed to join Sealaska.

Urge our senators to support Net neutrality
Thank you for pointing out recently that our own Sen. Ted Stevens has no idea how the Internet works - the very system he is trying to serve up to money-hungry companies like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T.

Bush's talk about ethics hypocritical
In regard to Bush and Cheney admonishing the New York Times about "ethics" - the National Catholic Reporter caught the irony of this administration's sudden ethical obsession.

Coeur's dubious environmental record
Merrill Stanford made several statements about the Kensington Gold Mine in his opinion of July 13.

Why aren't there more scholarships, grants?
My daughter, a lifelong Alaskan, is a student at the University of Alaska Southeast. Unfortunately, I cannot help her with tuition, so last year, her first year, she borrowed money from the federal government and the Alaska Advantage Program to the tune of almost $10,000.

Bush concerned about death, torture?
In Thursday's Empire, President Bush was quoted as saying, "If this bill (to lift funding restrictions on embryonic stem cell research) were to become law, American taxpayers would for the first time in our history be compelled to fund the deliberate destruction of human embryos."

28% of Juneau stores, bars fail alcohol checks
A 15-year-old girl found it entirely too easy to buy alcohol in Juneau earlier this month, a Juneau-based investigator for the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board said Tuesday.

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

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

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

Company submits competing plan for Berners hydropower
Federal energy regulators will decide soon whether to allow a firm to move forward with preliminary studies on hydroelectric power to supply the Kensington Mine in Berners Bay.

Candidates for governor weigh in on Juneau projects
Candidates seeking their parties' nominations for governor have various ideas for capital-spending projects in Juneau.

Report of second valley dog attack upsets neighborhood
Animal control officers are investigating an alleged attack on Sunday night by a dog that lunged at a 5-year-old boy in January.

Christian school launched
Christian education in Juneau has been resurrected since the disbanding of the Juneau Christian School at the end of the past school year.

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

Photos: Too close for comfort
A yearling black bear enjoys a meal of watermelon berries Tuesday next to a private home across the street from the Juneau-Douglas City Museum on Calhoun Avenue.

Images from another time: Juneau icon, 1989
The late Isamu "Sam" Taguchi poses for a photo in front of his South Franklin Street restaurant Taguchi's Fine Chow in 1989.

Denial of road plan linked to public will
Discussing the proposed road out of town one last time before sending it to the Juneau Assembly, the Planning Commission passed a resolution Tuesday citing aesthetics and the will of the people among its reasons for giving the project a thumbs down.

Russian cycling through Southeast
Vladislav Ketov's business card identifies him as "artist, traveler, man." The Russian cyclist, 57, pedaled the roads of Juneau on Monday on a heavily loaded Marin touring bicycle.

Photo: Meeting and greeting in Iraq
Gov. Frank Murkowski, left, meets with U.S. Army Reservist, Sgt. Donald Chapman, of Juneau, a Blackhawk helicopter crew chief from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment out of Anchorage, during a recent trip to meet deployed troops.

May and Rackley to wed
Erin Rackley, of Juneau, and Darrin May, of Elmira Heights, N.Y., will marry at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6, at Glacier Gardens, with David Tracy officiating. A reception will follow at the home of the bride's parents.

Neighbors Digest
The Alaska State Council on the Arts is now accepting nominations for the 2006 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities.

Neighbors mailbox
I would like to personally thank everyone who helped by supporting me in my efforts to put together Beers and Brats to Save the Breasts.

Recognitions
Gregory Gendrom, of Juneau, qualified for the 2006 winter quarter dean's honor list at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash. To be listed, a student must carry at least 12 credits and achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or above.

Shrine offers Love Labyrinth
Juneau offers many beautiful outdoor gathering scenes that inspire residents and visitors alike. These specific places require attentive maintenance and care.

George and Morgan wed
Susanna Rie George, formerly of Juneau, and Ross H. Morgan, of Fort Collins, Colo., were married June 3 at Orca Point Lodge on Horse Island near Juneau. The groom's father, Jack Morgan, performed the ceremony. The reception was held immediately after the ceremony and was followed with a two-hour whale watching trip.

Leona Marilyn DeSmet
Former Juneau resident Leona Marilyn DeSmet, 82, died July 18, 2006, in Santa Clara, Calif.

Lahja 'Ike' Puustinen
Juneau resident Lahja "Ike" Puustinen, 98, died July 22, 2006, at Wildflower Court.

Salustiana Untalasco
Salustiana

Alaska editorial: 'Tubular Ted' and slips of the tongue
So, Sen. Ted Stevens says the Internet is "a series of tubes." And, says the senator, these tubes get filled up with lots of stuff. And trying to shove all that stuff through those tubes real fast means that, on the other end, nothing is really going to come out very fast at all.

Alaska editorial: Safety should come first on state highways
The opening sentence in last week's lead story in the Clarion says it all: "Thirty-one people died in traffic accidents on the Sterling Highway between Sterling and Soldotna from 1977 to 2005."

My turn: Pipeline contract is worrisome
Some girls have math anxiety. Their brains just shut down around math, so they can't use their full intelligence.

My turn: Playing fast, loose with rules
Legislators who play fast and loose with their rules are likely to do the same with your rights and resources. Reps. Mike Hawker, Kevin Meyer and Mike Chenault have played fast and loose with the governing rules of the Legislature.

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.

Runners' Corner: Books on running can help enlighten
Over the years I have collected a variety of books on running, from technical training advice to inspirational stories.

Northwest Digest
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Tuesday added bills to the Legislature's special session agenda to allow police to detain unwilling crime witnesses and to appropriate $4 million to study a natural gas pipeline from Fairbanks to Wasilla.

SOS: Save our (senior) ship
One of the first U.S. vessels to penetrate the Northwest Passage and circumnavigate North America may be headed for the scrap heap, sunk as an artificial reef or used by the military for target practice.

Rescued crew from listing cargo ship happy to be alive
The crew members were cut and bruised, thirsty and ravenous when they arrived on the Alaska island, their muscles deeply strained from hours and hours spent clinging to a ship that abruptly leaned into the North Pacific.

Pipeline contract question still open
Gov. Frank Murkowski's top aide on Monday assured a legislative committee that the governor will not sign a natural gas pipeline fiscal contract without first putting it to a vote by state lawmakers.

Campaign disclosure reports show Knowles building sizable war chest
Tony Knowles has collected $269,432 in campaign contributions since announcing his candidacy for governor less than two months ago.

Subsistence lawsuit pits urban hunters, fishermen against rural counterparts
A panel of federal judges quizzed lawyers Tuesday in a lawsuit that pits hunting and fishing rights of all Alaskans against federal regulations restricting subsistence hunting and fishing to rural residents.

$260,700 in governor's campaign coffers
Gov. Frank Murkowski has collected more than $260,700 in his bid for re-election, $50,000 of which the Republican incumbent donated to his own campaign.

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Poll shows continuing split over ferry link
A poll conducted by Anchorage firm Hays Research Group showed Juneau residents almost evenly split on whether they support or oppose the road.

Crew bails out on listing ship
The rescue of crew members of an Asian ship listing on its side in the Pacific Ocean began late Monday, officials said. "The first helicopter is on the scene, and starting hoist operations," said Alaska National Guard spokesman Maj. Mike Haller.

Alaska Digest
About 10 Juneau residents pooled together funds for a $3,000 reward for information about the illegal killing of a black wolf last weekend.

Coast Guard suspends search for research vessel crew
The Coast Guard on Monday afternoon suspended a search for a crew member missing from a vessel under research contract to the International Pacific Halibut Commission off a distant Bering Sea island, once called Alaska's most remote point.

Photo: Knocked off the bull
Hannibull, right, throws rider Kenny Hackett, of Wasilla, as he tries to ride the 1,250-pound bull Saturday for the $600 prize at the rodeo during the Progress Days celebration in Soldotna.

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