Saturday, July 29, 2006

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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."

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

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

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.

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.

FYI
Births, marriage licenses and courts

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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