Sunday, August 7, 2005

Greenpeace prosecution was unjustified
On Aug. 1, Alaska judge Kevin Miller overturned a Ketchikan jury and acquitted Greenpeace and the captain of the Arctic Sunrise from the state's charges that they operated the ship without filing an oil spill contingency plan.

Other union news
There was a recent news item about unions breaking away from the AFL-CIO. The following action deserves equal reporting: AFL-CIO says "Bring the troops home!"

And now, Bush's latest con game
Once again, President Bush is trying to rush the Senate and the American people into approving a catastrophically risky proposal while releasing only sketchy information.

Please oppose pesticide initiative
With misleading and inflammatory language, Alaska Community Action on Toxics recently announced its ballot initiative drive to burden all Alaska school districts and every licensed day care in the state with expensive new requirements on chemical usage.

Put Alaskans first in ferry schedules
It is about time that the Alaska Marine Highway realizes the real reason it is in business - to provide transportation for the residents of the state of Alaska first and for tourists, second.

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

Scouts back from jamboree
During the 10 days they attended the 2005 National Scout Jamboree, nine of Juneau's Scouts saw President Bush, traded badges with Scouts from all over the world, and participated in activities ranging from shooting an air rifle to designing a lunar base.

Southeast Boy Scouts Council looks at merger
The Southeast Alaska Council of the Boy Scouts of America is looking to provide better service by merging with another council, said Jerry Wells, its interim scouting executive.

29-pound king leads the derby
Anglers enjoyed good weather Saturday for the second day of the 59th Annual Golden North Salmon Derby, which ends today.

Institute prompts teachers to improve students' writing
Some Alaska teachers preparing for the upcoming school year left a three-week institute in Juneau on Friday determined to practice what they teach.

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

A Cartoon by Toe
Local cartoon

We've not forgotten love of the land
I once had a friend from Sitka who liked to tell the old story of a man who left Sheetka in his canoe and was gone for so long that he and his crew were presumed dead. Some years later, the man and his crew returned to Sheetka, carrying coconuts.

Empire editorial: Sales-tax projects: Let the voters decide
How to spend some $64.5 million in sales tax revenue is triggering angst, indecision and even some nastiness among Juneau Assembly members.

My Turn: How ethical was it to find Blatchford ASMI job?
It's time once again for a conversation on the pages of our state newspapers about ethics. On July 27, a reporter from the Anchorage Daily News called me to ask if I had any thoughts on the hiring of Edgar Blatchford at the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

Discovering dragonflies results in a new book
From a lunch cooler, Bob Armstrong gently pulled out a live dragonfly from a plastic bag and put in on a shore pine. The emerald dragonfly didn't move for two minutes.

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

In Humpy Heaven
"So how do you like Alaska so far, John?" My longtime friend curled a wide grin behind a magnificent set of silver whiskers, holding a bucking 8-weight bent deep under the weight of a determined salmon's runs.

Frank Maier Marathon and Douglas Island Half-Marathon Results
Scores

Miller wins the half-marathon
Juneau's Shawn Miller erased the 9-year-old course record in the Douglas Island Half-Marathon on Saturday.

Cleary, Metzgar best field to win marathon
Seattle's Peter Cleary and Jodi Metzgar of Fort Collins, Colo., ran in the same race Saturday, but took different routes to victory in the annual Frank Maier Marathon.

Tour of Juneau Results
Scores

McConnochie holds lead in Tour of Juneau
Juneau's John McConnochie holds a two-and-a-half minute lead over Chris Scholes and more than a three minutes lead over Gary Smith after two stages of the Tour of Juneau bike race.

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.

Photo: Roughin' it
Cate Buley putts on the 7th green at the Mendenhall Golf Course Saturday at the 2nd annual SEARHC Juneau Medical Center Chairty Golf Tournament.

Federal report ranks Alaska last in the nation for on-time arrivals
Alaska Airlines posted the nation's weakest on-time arrival rate for the third month in a row, with about half its flights arriving on schedule in June, according to a report released Thursday.

Court: Tongass land plan is in need of fixing
A federal appeals court on Friday ruled that errors in the U.S. Forest Service's land management plan for the Tongass National Forest make it "arbitrary and capricious," and kept a temporary ban on building a logging road near Ketchikan.

Man grieves for his wife, stands by accused daughter
Doc Waterman still heads for the garage when he wants a smoke. It's been nine months since the death of his wife, Lauri, but it's one of the little rules he abides by. Sort of tribute to her as he tamps down his grief and stands by their teenage daughter - who is accused of plotting to kill her.

Blatchford abandons fish marketing job after a week
Edgar Blatchford, who stepped down last month from posts as state commerce commissioner and director of a Native corporation, resigned one week after starting a state job marketing Alaska seafood to Asia.

Photo: Visiting Russian Orthodox clerics
Alaska Russian Orthodox Diocese Bishop Nikolai, right, leads visiting church dignitaries on a tour of St. Michael's Cathedral on Wednesday in Sitka.

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