Sunday, August 6, 2006

Cruise ship fee would be a positive move
On July 14, the Empire reprinted an editorial from the Ketchikan Daily News against the proposed cruise ship passenger fee, which appears as Ballot Measure 2 in the Aug. 22 primary election.

What's next? A war on prosperity?
So, I was thinking about this new targeted tax proposition and a couple of things came to mind - namely DDT and laser-guided bombs.

City wants to make sales tax permanent
I'm getting just a little bit tired of the "temporary" sales tax issue. Every few years, it shows up on the ballot. This time, the city is using scare tactics to try to get the voters to approve its being renewed.

Standing by original statement
In attacking my recent letter to the editor supporting the Kensington Mine, Mark Rorick of the Juneau Sierra Club made sly use of a selective quote. In particular, he used the familiar, and by-now, tired tactic of taking a statement out of context and using it to endorse his view of the mine.

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

Utah man charged in local murder
Less than three hours after a 26-year-old Anchorage man was fatally shot Friday afternoon, police found the person they believe killed him hiding in the brush near the scene of the assault.

Alaska Digest
An 18-year-old man was arrested on multiple charges Thursday afternoon after allegedly rolling a stolen truck with five juvenile passengers riding in it.

Wyoming couple buckles up as fishers head out
Pat and Patty Lynch haven't fished in the Golden North Salmon Derby for years, but they've played a critical role in the past 28 tournaments.

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

Ashby's 29-pound king leads derby
The 26-year-old co-owner of Alaska Plumbing & Heating led the 60th annual Golden North Salmon Derby as of 6 p.m. Saturday with a 29.1-pound king salmon he caught that morning and turned in to the official weigh-in packer.

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

Edward Clarence Brekhus
Former Juneau resident Edward Clarence Brekhus, 96, died peacefully at 7 p.m. on July 6, 2006, of complications of Parkinson's Disease at Forest Manor Nursing Home in Covington, La.

Jacqueline Vanderveldt Flory
Longtime Juneau resident Jacqueline Vanderveldt Flory, 79, died July 24, 2006.

Idea for gas line stocks and bonds is premature
Gov. Frank Murkowski likes the idea of making it easy for individual Alaskans to invest some of their Permanent Fund dividend in the proposed North Slope natural gas pipeline project.

If North Slope production ceases, Seattle will miss us
The Seattle Times editorial page editor, James Vesely, wrote on July 30:

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Reeling in the Lottery
While anglers have a great chance to catch fish this weekend in the 60th annual Golden North Salmon Derby, catching the one worth $100,000 is a long shot.

Outsiders: Libby Parker
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Outdoors section.

Alaska's vibrant biodiversity displayed along Eagle River
The long walk to the Eagle Glacier cabin is rewarded - on a clear day - by stunning views of towering, stream-laced rock walls across the lake. A couple more miles brings one close to the retreating glacier itself.

Juneau Rapids advance to semifinals of the Zane Cup
The Juneau Soccer Club Rapids, an Under-12 boys team, advanced to the semifinals of the Zane Cup in Anchorage on Saturday by winning two of its first three games.

Correction

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.

Frank Maier Marathon and Douglas Island Half Marathon Results

Taking running to the extreme
There are marathoners and then there are the special and slightly insane athletes who competed in Saturday's Frank Maier Marathon.

Engle, Krehlik overcome the elements
Miserable weather couldn't dampen the spirits of 159 adventurous athletes who competed in the 15th annual Frank Maier Marathon and Douglas Island Half Marathon on Saturday.

Cycling: Tour of Juneau results

Susan Butcher, 51, champion musher, dies after bone marrow transplant
Four-time Iditarod champion Susan Butcher died Saturday in a Seattle hospital of a reoccurrence of leukemia after a recent stem-cell transplant, her doctor said. She was 51.

Stripped-down gas bill passes Senate committee
A Senate committee on Friday took a big step toward dooming a bill that would have legitimized Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposed natural gas pipeline contract.

Photo: Kings of the road
Two caribou pause Friday as they walk down a road at the Prudhoe Bay oil field on Alaska's North Slope.

House approves production tax bill
The Alaska House on Saturday approved a bill that would tax oil companies based on how much they invest in future oil and gas development.

Cleanup begins in Hooper Bay
Elvena Smart was asleep when her sister jolted her awake with the news that the old elementary school was on fire. Soon village police were knocking on the door, telling them it was too dangerous to stay.

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