Monday, August 8, 2005

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!"

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.

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.

Alaska Airlines cares
Before we bash Alaska Airlines for its ranking in on-time arrivals, stop and think.

Old pal remembers Jay Hammond
As I look across my lake this morning I am thinking of my old pal Jay Hammond, and imagining that wherever he is, he is softly chuckling to himself, enjoying the fact that, after all he had done, and all he had been through, he died in his home, in his own bed, in his sleep, with his boots off.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

32.9 pounder aces derby
Debbie White and her cohorts aboard the 34-foot Popeye turned in 22 scholarship fish Saturday in the 59th Golden North Salmon Derby, but their thoughts were elsewhere.

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

Photo : Clowning in the city
Bubbles the Clown hands Emily Su a balloon flower downtown on Sunday afternoon during National Clowns Week, which ran Aug. 1 to 7.

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Getting educated outside classrooms
When Tessina Davidson was caring for cheetahs in Africa this year and her sister, Jessica, was salsa dancing in Cuba last year, both were earning college credits.

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.

Effort aims at using more of the fish
Juneau resident Sandro Lane has been tinkering with an idea that could create a new money generator for Alaska's salmon industry.

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

Energy bill misses some opportunities
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman speaks for many critics when he says the energy bill that recently passed in Congress is "simply an exercise in corporate welfare, full of subsidies and targeted tax breaks."

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.

Economic development plan should include finance plan
A laskans have talked for years about a financing plan for Alaska. What's needed is an economic development plan that includes a finance plan.

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.

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.

A Cartoon by Toe
Local cartoon

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

Tour of Juneau Results
Sunday's Third Stage Results

Juneau-Douglas looks to have fun on the tennis court
For the Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team, this season isn't solely about winning and losing.

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.

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.

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.

McConnochie wins the Tour of Juneau
John McConnochie overcame an early breakaway, some strategic moves by Sitka riders and a corner that seemed to munch half the field's tires to claim his third straight Tour of Juneau bicycle race on Sunday.

Tour of Juneau Results
Scores

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
Headlines from around the state

Cowgirls, cowboys just want to ride
Sandra Barker looks like something straight out of an Old West movie.

Shooting erupts outside busy Anchorage mall
A woman was wounded and a car shot up in a dispute that started at one of Anchorage's busiest shopping malls and escalated into wild gunfire down a busy street jammed with midday traffic.

Dog days of summer make for brisk hotdog sales
With five vendors in sight, hot dog lovers standing at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and G Street in downtown Anchorage have a smorgasbord of choices.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation.

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

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

Fight for ANWR isn't over
Conspicuous by its absence in the sweeping energy bill that President Bush has championed and will sign today is his top energy priority: opening an Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling.

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.

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