Friday, July 28, 2006

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

A response to a letter about scholarships
I am writing in response to the letter to the editor, "Why aren't there more scholarships, grants?" published July 26. Well if the student has $1,600 to pay for rent, that means she or he is living a well-to-do lifestyle.

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."

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.

Move west if you don't want a road
I'm happy that Ella Bentley (July 23 letter to the editor) has enjoyed her 50-year sojourn in Juneau, without the use of an adequate road.

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.

He's voting yes on Ballot Measure 2
Mr. Epperly claimed in his recent letter (July 19) that Ballot Measure 2 is unconstitutional because it dedicates funds, violates the single-subject rule and creates special legislation.

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.

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.

Governor is out of touch with Alaskans
I find it amusing that the governor is reviewing wildlife enforcement in the state when he agrees to allow the Board of Game to enact aerial wolf hunting that the people of Alaska voted not to allow three times.

On aging advocacy and tourism
May I take a risk and write on two subjects at once? First, I attended a conference on future Alaska aging advocacy.

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.

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

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

Officials: Failure to renew sales levy would tax city
Property taxes could rise, and schools and public safety programs would feel the pinch if voters choose not to renew a 3 percent tax levy in the October municipal election, officials say.

Photo: Teaching teachers
Ossie Kairaiuak of Chefarnrmute helps Paula McManus, right, of Tununak, with her Yupik drum during a class for 28 teachers from Alaska on Thursday at the University of Alaska Southeast.

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

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

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.

Corrections
There was a typo in the headline to Scott Sloane's July 21 My Turn. The headline should read "Reasons to vote 'Yes' on 2."

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

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

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.

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.

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.

FYI
Births, marriage licenses and courts

Neighbors mailbox
During the month of June, senior citizens throughout Juneau and Douglas benefited from a special program, which took place at the Juneau and Douglas senior centers.

Pebbles and Bingo have big hearts
Pebbles, above, is a 6-year-old female torti with a sweet personality. You can visit her at the Gastineau Humane Society.

Neighbors Digest
Master Gardeners hold Juneau gardens tours and Sequence Board shop holds competition

Neighbors helping neighbors: St. Vincent de Paul
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Spring break road trip teaches college kid about Spanish heritage
If you want to take a vacation to Mexico today, you would most likely go all the way by a comfortable jet airline, probably with the logo of Alaska Airlines on the side.

Becker and Hansen wed
Angela Becker and Dean Hansen were married on June 30 at the Anchorage Courthouse, by civil ceremony.

Larson and Ross to wed
Julie J. Larson, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Jesse B. Ross, of Juneau, will marry on July 30 at the First Baptist Church in Idaho Falls, with a reception to follow.

Photo: Holding up a whale
The youth are members of the Juneau Recycle Club/Torch Club, a program of the Boys & Girls Club of Juneau.

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.

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: What has happened to free enterprise?
I read with interest the various opinions, comments and "the well laid plans" regarding rationalization of Alaska crab and, now, Gulf of Alaska groundfish.

Alaska editorial: Governor shouldn't sign gas pipeline contract
There's word going round that Gov. Frank Murkowski might do the unthinkable with the draft agreement for a North Slope natural gas pipeline.

Alaska editorial: Drunken drivers need harsher punishments
It's difficult to know what to say about drunken drivers who almost routinely kill our fellow citizens.

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.

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

Juneau Reign wins a pair of games at Dana Cup in Denmark
After dropping their first three games, the Juneau Soccer Club Reign rallied to win two matches Thursday at the Dana Cup in Hjorring, Denmark.

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.

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.

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.

Juneau juniors off to region tourney
The players and coaches of the Juneau Junior Baseball All-Stars will remember Thursday's state championship win for a long time.

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.

Plug pulled on Anchorage's Fur Rondy
Organizers of Anchorage's Fur Rendezvous are pulling the plug on the 72-year-old winter festival.

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

John Binkley makes ethics an issue
Republican John Binkley staked out the ethical high ground Thursday in his party's race for governor, claiming he will introduce reforms to restore Alaskans' faith in government lost under the administration of incumbent Frank Murkowski.

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.

Fort Wainwright Stryker Brigade to remain in Iraq
The Alaska-based 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team will remain in Iraq with the likelihood that some of the soldiers already returned to Fort Wainwright will be sent back into war, a military commander said Thursday.

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.

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

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.

Alaska Digest
A bear that had a death sentence after its capture in downtown Juneau this week won a temporary reprieve for science, state biologists say

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

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