Monday, August 6, 2007

Rider outraged at anti-ATV letter
I found Bob Hunsick's Aug. 1 letter to the editor insulting and infuriating. Does he realizes how ignorant his letter is? He makes so many generalizations about "these people" that I take offense to the entire letter.

The Elders provide hope amid darkness
At last a light is glimmering through the dense murk of greed, gunpowder and criminal uncaring which is killing life on Earth.

What is the real cause of terror in America?
For years, I've been reading interviews with highway and bridge engineers who are concerned that thousands of American bridges have been left go into dangerous disrepair. The bridge in Minneapolis is only one of many.

Too much mud and dirt on Juneau roads
Am I the only Juneau citizen who is outraged at all the mud and dirt on the roads around the Lemon Creek area? Why are we all being forced to drive on muddy, dirty public roads?

State contributes to Juneau housing ills
I believe the state of Alaska has contributed more to the lack of affordable housing in Juneau than any other factor. The state of Alaska is the largest employer in Juneau and the state as a whole.

Don't let the misdeeds of a few hurt all riders
This is in response to Bob Hunsick's letter to the editor ("For the public good, please don't let ATVs have North Douglas," Aug. 1). In my opinion, he is being quite stereotypical.

Correction
A story on page A3 in Friday's Juneau Empire incorrectly presented longtime Juneau School Board member Mary Becker's plans for involvement with Juneau's education system when she leaves the School Board in October. Becker's work with education will not end after she leaves office.

Derby Kings
Steve Mielke thought he hooked a halibut when his line started zinging with the king salmon that appears to be the champion fish of the 61st Annual Golden North Salmon Derby.

Around Town

Photo: A painter's perch
Amid the traffic motoring around downtown Friday morning, Doug Trappen finds a serene place to perch and paint the blooming flowers next to the Sealaska Building.

Juneau chosen for new Internet service launch
There is a new option in Juneau's Internet offerings. It's called WiMAX, and it offers unbundled, unlimited highspeed Internet access without cable or DSL.

Photo: The early bear catches the fish
A young black bear snaps up a sockeye salmon for breakfast Sunday in Steep Creek near the Mendenhall Glacier.

Wanamaker, Kendziorek file for city election
Two people were certified Friday afternoon for the Oct. 2 municipal election on the opening day of the candidate filing period.

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

Change in command aboard the Cutter Liberty
The departing U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jason Brennell, left, and the incoming Lt. Jon M. Kreischer congratulate one another after the Change of Command Ceremony on Friday in Juneau. Brennell spent two years aboard the Cutter Liberty. He will be moving with his family to a post in Boston.

Around Town

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

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My Turn: Representing all sides in water fluoridation debate
I'm not sure whether or not this has been touched upon yet, but I would like to discuss the fluoridation of the city's water. I hear arguments from two out of the three sides to the issue.

Outside Editorial: Terror and foreign policy rattle normally sure-footed Obama
Sen. Barack Obama remarkably out-Bushed and out-Cheneyed Sen. Hillary Clinton when he veered from willingness to picnic with despots to declaring he would launch a strike in Pakistan.

Legislative move no answer to corruption
Where you sit pretty well determines where you stand on the question of moving the Alaska Legislature.

Alaska editorial: Public safety officer program needs boost
Alaska is having a rough time recruiting Village Public Safety Officers. Little wonder, when you consider the conditions: Remote villages, family ties that can trump the law, unforgiving wilderness at the doorstep, high rates of alcohol abuse with all the violence and misery it causes, Alaska State Troopers sometimes a day or more away.

Toe Toon
Carfoon by local artist Toe.

Alaska Editorial: Alaska can't afford weakened U.S. reps
Having two-thirds of Alaska's congressional delegation associated with the words "criminal inquiry" is without question unsettling.

Striving for universal health care
Since almost everyone in Washington knows that members of Congress and their staffs have some of the best health insurance in town, you can imagine the surprise that greeted freshman Rep. Steve Kagen when he said he didn't want any.

Photo: Out on a limb
A chestnut-backed chickadee sits Wednesday on a tree branch on Main Street, downtown.

Improved Chugach Forest trail an alpine adventure
Positively Alpine is probably the best way to describe the new Chugach National Forest trail that climbs into this high-mountain notch south and east of Girdwood.

A trip to bear country
As the float plane cleared the top of Admiralty Island, we entered a strange, new country.

Humpback buffet
Humpback whales have to eat too. One of the unique feeding behaviors of this marine mammal is bubblenetting. The whales create a net of bubbles, about 65 feet across and 45 feet deep, of rising air bubbles from their blowholes.

Out & About

Salmon in migration
The sockeye are returning to Steep Creek near the Mendenhall Glacier. Hatchery chum salmon are appearing in Salmon Creek, Sheep Creek and elsewhere.

Underwater snag decorated with $400 worth of tackle
Mindy Webster, of Mindy's Outdoor Adventure Guide Service in Soldotna, likes nothing more than having a rod bend while backtrolling the Kenai River for king salmon, but early last month, seeing a pole pulse downward in the "Honeymoon Cove" area wasn't an indication of anything good.

Juneau splits 2 games in Ariz.
The Juneau All Stars earned a memorable win and were shut out in two games at the West Region Junior Softball Little League Tournament on Friday and Saturday in Tucson, Ariz.

Frank Maier Marathon and Douglas Island Half Marathon Results
Frank Maier Marathon and Douglas Island Half Marathon Results

Mastering the marathon
Two records fell as more than 150 athletes turned out for the Southeast Road Runners' biggest even of the year - the 16th annual Frank Maier Marathon and Douglas Island Half Marathon.

Bursell wins Tour de Juneau
The Tour de Juneau gave cycling fans a reason to cheer this weekend.

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. It runs when space is available and event notices should arrive at least one week before they are scheduled to take place.

Pilot was living Alaska dream before crash
Joseph Campbell lived in Ketchikan for only a short time before he died here July 24, but his family says the Taquan Air pilot was living his dream by flying in Alaska.

Chatham School Board recall attempt may proceed
The state Division of Elections announced Friday that petitioners seeking to remove three members of the Chatham School Board may enter the next phase of their attempt to recall.

Alaska Digest
22-year-old lands $1,000 salmon, Police search for man accused of firing gun, 2 Fort Richardson soldiers killed in Iraq, Ketchikan rejects cell phone ban, DNR commissioner names ag director

Judge denies trial move for Weyhrauch
The corruption trial for former Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, R-Juneau, will remain in Anchorage, a federal judge has ruled.

Palin leaves session location decision to the Legislature
Gov. Sarah Palin said Friday in Juneau she'll call a special session of the Legislature on Alaska Day, but will leave it up to legislators to decide where to meet.

Eagle refuses to leave wildlife center
A golden eagle who was nursed back to health after suffering a concussion and severe starvation refused to leave her temporary home at the Alaska Wildbird Rehabilitation Center on Saturday.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Wolves may become Alaska Zoo's ambassador animals
It's not easy being an animal celebrity, as six teenage wolves now auditioning for the role of Alaska Zoo public ambassador might well attest.

Photo: Gliding by
A Pacific white-sided dolphin is seen reflecting against the unusually smooth water surface of the Hecate Straits, south of Ketchikan, while bow-riding alongside the Ocean Liner Volendam on Thursday.

Governor: 'Undue influence' pushed controversial tax
Gov. Sarah Palin announced Friday she wants Alaska's controversial Petroleum Profits Tax revamped and promised to have a proposal ready for review by Sept. 4.

Scores of Alaska bridges deemed 'deficient'
Like the Minnesota bridge that collapsed Wednesday, more than 100 bridges in Alaska are designated as structurally deficient - including the Mendenhall River bridge along Glacier Highway in Juneau.

State senator's boat burns, sinks
A boat owned by state Sen. John Cowdery caught fire near Whittier, and he and three passengers were rescued by a Good Samaritan vessel.

Oil magnate sowed political clout
The former head of the oil field services company VECO Corp. was once a model of political clout.

Doyon Foundation awards 320 scholarships to Natives
The Doyon Foundation has awarded almost $377,000 in scholarships to 320 Alaska Native students attending universities across the country.

Stealthy fighter jet's arrival meets criticism
The U.S. Air Force's most technologically advanced - and expensive - fighter jet, the F-22 Raptor, is designed to be a stealthy killer capable of downing bogies at supersonic speeds.

Northwest Digest
Teens accused offiring gun in village, residents blamed for bear's death at Tahoe, Reno coyotes prompt pet owner warnings

This Day in History
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