Friday, August 4, 2006

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.

The road to nowhere
Regarding the public's response to the question of whether or not the state should build a road from Juneau to the Katzehin Flats (the road to nowhere), I wonder which part of "No" the governor and the Department of Transportation do not understand.

A road out of here
I am a proponent for the road out of Juneau. I don't care what access route is chosen, but we need a road to keep the capital in Juneau.

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.

Little rec options
In her column, "Support Juneau growth - build the road now," on July 30, Leasa Davis emphasizes the road's potential to be one of the most beautiful highways on the West Coast, providing road accessible areas to take children and potential for recreation, parks, camping areas and memorials for Native heritage sites.

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

Photo: Meeting the people
Senate District B candidate Mac Meiners shakes hands with one of his supporters as he talks with Shirley Kohls, right, and others during a meet-the-candidate party Thursday at Sandy Beach.

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

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

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.

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.

Mayor's, two Assembly seats on Oct. 3 ballot
City races begin to heat up today with the opening of the filing period for the Oct. 3 general election.

Windows shot out of Riverside houses
Police are investigating a slew of damaged windows along North Riverside Drive in the Mendenhall Valley, after two juveniles in a white vehicle shot at homes Wednesday night with a BB gun.

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

Photo: Preparing for the derby
Bob Cartmill, facilities coordinator for the Golden North Salmon Derby, installs water hoses Thursday at the official checking station at the Auke Bay harbor.

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

Onions are essential ingredient in many dishes
Onions are one of those foods it is easy to take for granted. Yet they are an essential ingredient in a variety of dishes. Anybody who does much cooking probably uses onions several times a week.

Recognitions
Davin Savikko was placed on the chancellor's list for a 4.0 grade-point average for the spring 2006 semester at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Merrells celebrate 60 years
Theodore and Doreen Merrell recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family reunion in Juneau, where they have lived for almost 50 years.

Photo: Brothers and sisters on board
Big Brothers Big Sisters shows the plaque given them aboard the Celebrity Cruises M/V Summit on July 25.

Neighbors Digest
The Mobile Mammogram Van will visit Hoonah starting at 2 p.m. on Aug. 22, with appointments running through the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 25.

Sotomayor and Oleksa to wed
Ekatrina Maria Oleksa and Ryan Adam Sotomayor, of Juneau, will marry at 4 p.m. Aug. 5, at the Eagle Valley Center, 24.5-mile off of Amalga Harbor Road.

Larmon and DeMuth wed
Rebecca Larmon, of Darien, N.Y., and Christopher DeMuth were married July 28 at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center in Juneau. The Rev. Daniel Wanders performed the ceremony.

Neighbors helping Neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Yakobi Island possesses unique archeological features, mysteries
There is a real mystery on the outer coast, on the island of Yakobi, just a short distance from Pelican.

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

Rosenda 'Rudy' A. Govina
Juneau resident Rosenda "Rudy" A. Govina, 95, died Aug. 1, 2006, in Juneau.

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

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

Alaska editorial: Stevens still has what it takes to be a leader
Take those claims that Sen. Ted Stevens' power is somehow diminished in Washington with a grain of salt - make that two grains.

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

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: When is enough, enough?
Scott Sloane's July 21 My Turn rehashed an old story of pollution concerns but provided no evidence of new problems with cruise ship pollution in Alaska.

Juneau drops two in Oregon
The Juneau Junior Baseball All-Stars dropped their first two game at the Western Regional Tournament in Beaverton, Ore.

Juneau softball finishes 1-3 in Washington
The Juneau Major Softball All-Stars finished the Western Regional Tournament with a 1-3 record in Vancouver, Wash.

Fantasy Baseball: Deadline deals can have many repercussions
The non-waiver trade deadline passed on Monday, and as usual there was plenty of action involving some of baseball's big names. Bobby Abreu and Greg Maddux were a few of the players who were traded to contenders in exchange for prospects.

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.

Photo: Rapid-Fire Soccer
The Juneau Soccer Club Riptides, an under-12 team, will compete in the Zane Cup this weekend in Anchorage.

Record-breaking performances for Glacier Swim Club
Glacier Swim Club members Kristin Jones and Kyle O'Brien competed in 12 different events at the Speedo Champions Series Western Regional Long Course Senior Sectionals from July 18-22 in Federal Way, Wash.

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.

Sports in Juneau
List of local sport events.

Federal judge OKs Kensington disposal method
A federal judge ruled Thursday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers properly issued a permit allowing the Kensington Mine to put its rock waste in a subalpine lake.

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.

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 health officials investigate norovirus deaths
State health officials investigated the norovirus deaths of three residents of a long-term care facility in Southeast Alaska.

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

Anti-abortion group protests phone limits
An Alaska anti-abortion organization is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to negate state rules the group says have prevented it from conducting telephone campaigns within 30 days of elections.

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.

Port Authority pitches all-Alaska gas line proposal
Architects of a North-Slope-to-Valdez natural gas pipeline proposal spent Thursday trying to convince legislators that theirs is the best choice for Alaska, but lawmakers tried to blow holes in the project.

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.

Proposal: Pipeline companies pay $1.5B
A Senate committee heard a new idea Thursday meant to make the state's three largest oil producers move quickly in planning a natural gas pipeline to Canada.

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.

Murkowski, Binkley face off
Boxing gloves should be brought to the next debate between Gov. Frank Murkowski and challenger John Binkley, quipped one person who watched the two battle vigorously over the North Slope gas line and other issues Thursday at the Moose Lodge.

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

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

Alaska Digest
An old school in the Western Alaska village of Hooper Bay caught fire Thursday, creating a blaze that raced through the remote Eskimo community, engulfing homes and buildings in its path, forcing dozens of people to flee.

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