Thursday, July 27, 2006

Business Digest
Diners are returning to Willoughby Avenue to check out the Sand Piper Cafe, which is replacing the Fiddlehead Restaurant and Bakery.

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.

Murkowski seems to do as he pleases
I wonder how many seniors would have gotten a check with all the money Gov. Murkowski has spent on "his airline."

Commission was right to reject road
I support the Juneau Planning Commission's recent action rejecting the Department of Transportation's proposal to extend "The Road" across Berners Bay wetlands.

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.

You forgot to add the cost of the car
The letter-writer of "Build the road for cheaper costs," July 24, compares the terrible cost for ferry travel for two adults and a 19-foot vehicle to various communities in Southeast Alaska and to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, and Bellingham, Wash., with the cost to fly Alaska Airlines to Anchorage and Seattle for two adults.

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.

We need to have fiscal responsibility
The fiscal year is over and I expect that the unfunded pension obligation to have grown $500 million to $1 billion over the year, and now it totals nearly $8 billion.

State has opportunity with pipeline contract
In this campaign season, there has been much discussion of a natural gas pipeline to bring gas from the North Slope to market.

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.

Why limit the travel in and out of city?
I've been reading all of the letters to the editor, and I am all for the road in and out of Juneau. Juneau is my home, but now I live in Anchorage.

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

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.

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

Residents: Costs drive people away
Residents planning to leave Juneau say the city is too expensive and they can find better jobs elsewhere, according to a report from the Juneau Economic Development Council.

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.

Tidal energy pursued in channel
Outside firms are speculating that Alaska's coastline might reap green power in the form of tidal energy.

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.

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

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

Correction&Clarification
A story in Wednesday's Empire incorrectly stated that the Juneau Assembly would accept written public comment through Friday regarding the Glacier Highway extension.

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.

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.

Correction&Clarification
A story in Wednesday's Empire incorrectly stated that the Juneau Assembly would accept written public comment through Friday regarding the Glacier Highway extension.

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.

Heroes in practice
Capital City Fire Rescue paramedic Trevor Richards, right, uses a chain saw to cut a ventilation hole Wednesday during a fire fighting exercise on the building formerly occupied by Alaska USA Credit Union. He is assisted by CCFR Capt. Beth Weldon. Western Construction, Secon and Fred Meyer's is allowing CCFR to use the building, which is scheduled for demolition soon to make room for Fred Meyer's expansion, for fire training today and tomorrow. Fire fighters will practice horizontal and vertical ventilation, emergency egress and other firefighting training on the building.

Photo: Juneau's Busker
Buddy Jack plays classic rock on his guitar and sings for tips Wednesday on South Franklin Street.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Elliot Wetzler
Former Juneau resident Elliot S. Wetzler, 67, died June 17, 2006, in Groton, S.D., at the home of his longtime friend and caretaker, Betty Breck, who is also formerly of Juneau.

Salustiana Untalasco
Salustiana

Alaska editorial: Governor shouldn't promise property tax rebate to pass oil tax
Gov. Frank Murkowski is right about the need to reform Alaska's oil and gas production tax structure.

My turn: Just how blind will we be?
As a nation, we are facing a huge deficit, while the oil and defense industries are reaping huge financial profits and the gap between rich and poor gets bigger.

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.

Fantasy baseball: July proves either a cruel or kind month for players
As the Major League Baseball trading deadline rapidly approaches, here's a look at who's heating up in July or settling into the dog days.

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.

Photo: Ready to play
The Juneau Junior Softball All-Stars.

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 to play for state crown
Juneau and Dimond West split the first two games of the Alaska Little League Junior Baseball best-of-three state championship series in Eagle River.

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.

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

Alaska Digest
Police say a poor berry crop in the hills around Juneau may be contributing to bear troubles in town.

$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.

Appeals court affirms decision on leases in petroleum reserve
A federal appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a decision that clears the way for oil exploration in part of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

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.

Stryker soldier grateful to be back home in the U.S.
Capt. Seth Smallwood is relieved to be back in Alaska going camping and enjoying time with his wife and three children, but he hasn't forgotten his fellow Stryker Brigade soldiers still in Iraq.

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.

Insufficient stability is blamed for turning ship
The Cougar Ace was thrown sideways when the massive ship's ballast tank was adjusted in the open seas of the North Pacific, a representative of the vessel owner said Wednesday.

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.

Oil tax debate shifts
A new phrase is being heard in the corridors and committee rooms of the Alaska Capitol this week.

Natural phenomena drives gallery
When the next big earthquake hits, John Luther Adams jokes, he'll be running into the University of Alaska Museum of the North while everyone else runs out.

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