Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Alaskans need to get rid of Rep. Young
We've allowed the worst in us to destroy the decency of our beloved country: flag-wrapped egocentrics, who criminally ignore the deadly danger of global warming...

Murkowski has a vision for Alaska
As a small-business owner who has lived in Alaska for the last 30 years, I am very troubled by Alaska's current business environment.

Road debate leaves writer disgusted
Disgusted. That is what I am with the Alaska Marine Highway System. They canceled regular ferry service to Pelican but promised to have "contract" service with Allen Marine.

Getting creative around the house
I get creative when it's quiet around the house. I don't turn the radio on, and I don't take the newspaper out of its plastic bag.

Governor should meet a higher standard
Upon reading the July 23 front page article, "Murkowski's jet use raises questions," my initial reaction was outrage.

Palin will move the capital from Juneau
Once again, the capital move became the most important issue for residents of Southeast Alaska during an ongoing election year.

Sanford's My Turn criticized unfairly
In his letter of July 25, Mark Rorick of the Sierra Club picked apart a My Turn article about the Kensington Mine project written by the Juneau Assemblyman Merrill Sanford.

Measure 2 is bad for state's economy
Many small businesses have a tough time getting by, just think how bad it would get if we allow Measure 2 to pass.

'Tubes' wasn't far off the industry jargon
In response to several letters to the editor about my recent remarks on "Net neutrality," it is important to note that Ed Felton, a well-regarded expert on technology and a professor from Princeton University, has stated that my use of the word "tubes" was not far off from the common industry jargon, "pipes."

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

Clarification
A story in Monday's paper, "Juneauite among Capitol Hill's most beautiful," quoted both Sara Parsons and her father, former Juneau Mayor Jamie Parsons.

Sales tax goes on ballot
The Juneau Assembly decided Monday night to let citizens vote in October on whether to extend a 3 percent sales tax.

Fluoride back in water
Fluoride will be added back into the city water system today after a six-week hiatus due to mechanical problems, officials said.

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

Time again for new and old fish tales
It isn't his free ticket that has 84-year-old Dick Garrison excited about this weekend's Golden North Salmon Derby.

Photo: Hydrant hygiene
City utilities worker Paul Puustinen scrubs a water hydrant Monday along the 3600 block of North Douglas Highway.

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

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

Photo: Feeding time
A 3-year-old black bear nibbles on some greens Tuesday on the banks of Steep Creek near the Mendenhall Glacier.

Glacier melt rate a surprise
The glaciers of Southeast Alaska are shrinking twice as quickly as scientists had previously estimated, according to a new study.

No serious injuries in Berners Bay crash
Seven people scrambled out of a Ward Air floatplane that crashed Monday morning into Berners Bay, escaping without major injuries, according to state and federal officials.

Digital makeup makes anyone look attractive
One of my gadget-freak friends stopped me in the airport recently, ecstatic, doing the dance that only geeks can do after seeing something techno-wonderful.

Neighbors mailbox
The Gastineau Humane Society would like to acknowledge the Douglas Fourth of July Committee, for organizing the Annual Super Dog Frisbee Contest, not Gerald Dorscher and the Juneau Fourth of July Parade Committee.

Photo: Exlporing for gold
Campers from last year's Juneau Explorer's Week - a week of activities and adventures for children 8 and older, sponsored by the Juneau-Douglas City Museum - pan for gold along Gold Creek.

Johnson and Galvin to wed
Amy Lorene Johnson, of Juneau, and Blake MacDonald Galvin, of Utica, NY., will marry on Aug. 2 at a private ceremony in Kauai, Hawaii.

Hospice volunteer plans for death and learns about terminal illness
Etienne de Grellet said, "I shall pass through this world but once. Any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."

Neighbors Digest
The Juneau Court Appointed Special Advocate program is recruiting volunteers to be the voice of hope for abused, neglected or abandoned children in our community.

Kenwood A. Youmans
Gustavus resident Kenwood A. Youmans, 96, died July 26, 2006, in his home.

Patricia Jane Lupro Howey
Juneau resident Patricia Jane Lupro Howey, 54, died July 18, 2006, in McMinnville, Ore., after a four-year battle with cancer.

My turn: Smarter choices for the city
Any business owner knows how challenging it can be to create a budget. With limited funding, you have to make trade-offs and tough choices while bringing your organization closer to a future vision.

My turn: 'A liberal is what I am'
Charles Campbell's recent My Turn, titled "America should embrace liberalism," was a call to add my own personal historic perspective to his case.

Sports in Juneau
Listing of local sports.

Sports in Juneau
Listing of local sport events, meetings, clinics and announcements.

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

Governor cuts communication with reporter
A veteran freelance journalist will be cut off from communications from Gov. Frank Murkowski's office because he hasn't shown the governor the proper respect, a Murkowski spokesman said Tuesday.

Ship salvage worker dies in fall
A member of a salvage team looking at how to stabilize a listing ship in the Aleutian Islands died when he lost his footing, slid down the ship's deck and hit his head, the Coast Guard said Monday.

Alaska Digest
The Alaska state medical examiner said he must wait for a toxicology report before he can determine what caused the death of a 42-year-old Juneau woman found dead in her car Friday morning.

New subdivisions blocking access to Chugach State Park
Public access to Chugach State Park is being diminished because of development on private land that is blocking trails leading to the park.

Governor: Public will back gas line
Alaskans will vote for a North Slope pipeline deal if given the chance, Gov. Frank Murkowski said Monday.

Search continues for missing plane
The search for a missing plane with three people on board intensified Tuesday after people aboard a fishing vessel reported seeing the plane in the area where it was last heard from Friday night.

Alaska Digest
Athabascan leader Franklin Madros Sr. has died after a two-year battle with prostate cancer.

University sponsors sessions for state political candidates
The University of Alaska is holding a series of meetings for state candidates in August at campuses around the state.

This Day in History
In Alaska

Tent camping halted after bear encounter
Tents are banned from a popular campground in the Kenai Peninsula after a man's painful encounter with a bear.

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