Thursday, August 3, 2006

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.

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.

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.

Binkley's the one to bring GOP victory
On Aug. 22, Republicans and nonpartisans throughout the state will go to the polls to decide the future of the party itself.

Hoping we can live together safely
The incident with the children and dog in Kanat'a Street in Juneau is a sad reflection of just how bad things can go wrong.

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...

Road proponents miss the point
I have been following the letters to the editor about the road, and I think the proponents for the road are missing the point.

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.

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

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

Companies post record profits
The owners of Juneau's Kensington and Greens Creek mines reported record-setting corporate earnings this week.

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.

Berners plane crash still under investigation
Jessica Ludwig received the kind of phone call Monday morning that turns one's stomach. She was told the father of her child had been in a plane crash.

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

Photo: Who will stop the rain?
Antoinette Schwinghammer, a crossing guard, stops traffic Wednesday for pedestrians on South Franklin Street.

Hip-hop dance instructor leads 2 separate lives
Some people seem to have multiple personalities. Emory Oldaker has two distinct lives.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Agnes Dietzel
Former Juneau resident Agnes Dietzel, 74, died at 3 a.m. July 24, 2006, in McMinnville, Ore.

Sione Tu'avao Ma'ake
Juneau resident Sione Tu'avao Ma'ake, 82, died July 29, 2006, at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Freda Marie Meili
Juneau resident Freda Marie Meili, 44, died July 26, 2006, in Portland, Ore., after a short illness.

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

My Turn: Give credit where credit is due
Just this week, I returned from the beautiful Hawaiian Islands where there also is a race for governor. underway.

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.

Alaska editorial: A good oil tax bill will help Alaska
Don't do it because constituents read about oil company profits and want revenge.

Sports in Juneau
List of local sport events.

Bursell Sheufelt win Tour de Whitehorse
John Bursell and Janice Sheufelt won the Tour de Whitehorse last weekend in the men's and women's expert divisions around the Yukon capital.

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

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.

Red Dog Mine violates the Clean Water Act
The Red Dog Mine violated the Clean Water Act more than 600 times, a federal judge found in a lawsuit filed by Kivalina residents.

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

Discovery of projectile triggers evacuation
Residents were ordered out of their homes in a quiet Anchorage neighborhood after authorities learned that a young man was keeping an unexploded artillery projectile as a souvenir in his home.

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.

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.

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

Alaska Digest
A baby porpoise found by setnetters on a beach near Nikiski is recuperating at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.

U.S. District Court judge says HUD improperly used his decision to freeze Native grants
A judge has lifted a funding freeze that had blocked Indian housing authorities, including some in Alaska, from receiving federal grants.

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

Worker's tips at issue in wage bill
Tip money earned by waitresses in Las Vegas, manicurists in Hollywood and bartenders in Seattle is on the table in the nation's capital as lawmakers scrap over an election-year minimum wage bill.

State-regulated plans must now cover colon tests
A bill to make sure state-regulated insurance plans cover tests for colon cancer, the nation's second most lethal form of cancer, was signed on Wednesday by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

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