Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Murkowski should try a head transplant
From the very start of his administration, Gov. Murkowski has restricted the press. At first, all press inquiries, no matter how small or obscure, were directed to John Manly.

Grateful for additions to juneauempire.com
Recently, the letters to the editor have been complex, as Juneau and the State of Alaska face major issues with no right or wrong answers.

Look at some of the facts regarding Bush
I would like to point out some facts for Mr. Gregory Acres, who seems to have a convenient memory ("Overlooking the facts in WMD debate," July 12).

Binkley the obvious choice for governor
Experience and Integrity. Two words that have been thrown around in positive and negative ways a bit too loosely this election season. Because the gas line is the most important issue that will affect generations to come, let's apply these two words to this subject.

Vote with an open, informed mind
I received my copy of the state's primary election voter pamphlet, and as a liberal, I cherish the fact that I am a nonpartisan. I don't have to vote any party line or candidate.

We need in-state resource processing
This is in response to Rep. Coghill's Anchorage Daily News article, "Add value to Alaska oil with tax incentives," of July 31.

Legacy of Exxon Valdez alive and well
The reality of the Exxon Valdez oil spill is alive and well.

Pro-roaders: Please explain argument
I read and read about the new road and the deteriorating ferry system. You can get volumes supporting either side.

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

Police: Killing a 'random act of violence'
An Anchorage man fatally shot behind Fred Meyer apparently was a victim of "a random act of violence," Juneau Police Chief Greg Browning said Monday.

Photo: Soggy summerfolk
Audrey Prather, 5, spins rain off her umbrella Tuesday as her brother, Zach Prather, 12, fishes in Fritz Cove.

Scientist working on local climate change report
The annual average temperature in Juneau has risen 4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1943, according to a meteorologist with the Juneau Weather Forecast Office.

Fluoridation of city water still up in the air
The Fluoride Study Commission's presentation to city leaders Monday night didn't bring them any closer to deciding whether to continue adding the controversial substance to the city's water supply.

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

11 hurt in bus crash
Eleven cruise ship passengers were injured Tuesday morning when a Gastineau Guiding tour bus rolled in the rain over an embankment near Last Chance Basin.

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

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

Bail remains at $1 million for Utah man in murder case
A man charged with first-degree murder in Friday's fatal shooting of a 26-year-old man left a Juneau courtroom for the Lemon Creek Correctional Center on Tuesday with his bail still set at $1 million cash.

Photo: Pounding sand
Jarrett Thomas, 16, catches about eight feet of air off a jump Monday at the softball field at Savikko Park.

O'Briens celebrate 60 years
In celebration of Jerry and Gladys O'Brien's 60th wedding anniversary, which took place on June 28, the couple's family has planned a reception in their honor from 7 to 10 p.m. on Aug. 12, in the Aspen Suites conference room.

Barbosa and Giblin to wed
Deyanira Barbosa, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Mark C. Giblin, formerly of Juneau, will marry at 2 p.m. on Aug. 12, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Las Vegas.

Photo: Young at heart
Former longtime Juneau resident Katherine "Katy" Young shows that she is proud to be from Alaska at the retirement community where she lives in Chehalis, Wash.

Recognitions
Every Tuesday this summer, kids borrowing items from the Juneau Public Libraries entered their names in a drawing and were rewarded with prizes by local businesses.

Neighbors Digest
Amber Tingey, of Juneau, will provide 145 kits to Cornerstone Home Health for distribution to homebound seniors in Juneau and Haines for National Senior Smiles Day.

Photo: Another master
Tilli Greenewald Abbott, formerly of Hoonah, earned a master's degree in education in counseling and human services on May 7 from the University of Idaho.

Wilds celebrate 60 years
Warren and Margaret Wild will be celebrating 60 years together. There were married on Aug. 17, 1946, in Shelton, Wash., and have made their home in Alaska since 1960.

Shackelford and Fagnant to wed
Amy Shackelford, of Burlington, N.D., and Daniel Fagnant, of Juneau, were married at 1 p.m. Aug. 5, at The Shrine of St. Therese. A reception will follow at the Cathedral of the Nativity Parish Hall.

Neighbors mailbox
The teachers, parents and students of Auke Bay Co-op Preschool would like to thank Gray Line of Alaska for their generous donation of their bus for our annual beach day at Point Louisa.

Freda Marie Meili
Former Juneau resident and longtime Alaskan Freda Marie Meili, 44, died July 26, 2006, at Oregon Health Science University in Portland, Ore., after a short battle with cancer.

Alexander A. Lukshin
Juneau resident Alexander A. Lukshin, 72, died Aug. 2, 2006, at Swedish Hospital in Seattle after battling cancer for almost three years.

Sylvia Dahl Watkins
Former Juneau resident Sylvia Dahl Watkins, 83, died Aug. 2, 2006, at Rosario Assisted Living in Anacortes, Wash.

Alaska editorial: Why consider Cuban oil when we've got our own?
Some things are just plain outrageously frustrating.

My Turn: A conscience of a conservative
Recently two of Juneau's eminent seniors published My Turn columns extolling the virtues of liberalism.

My Turn: Facing the truth in the Middle East
We are into the third week of violence between Israel and Hezbollah, the militant wing of the largest political party in Lebanon's freely elected government.

Alaska editorial: Gas line deal should be decided by voters
It's up to Alaskans to act. The Alaska Legislature won't.

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.

Simple steps can keep injuries at bay
August is here and many of you may be happily in the middle of your summer training program. Others may be in a panic with only four weeks to go until the Klondike Trail of '98 International Road Relay with good intentions your only claim.

Riptides win in a shootout
The Juneau Soccer Club Riptides, an under-17 boys team, opened play Tuesday in the Alaska State Cup in Wasilla with a 11-5 victory over the Fairbanks Flaming Lizards.

Sports in Juneau
Listing of local sport events.

State mulls shutdown options
Alaska has a cushion of two to four months, state officials estimate, before it faces major financial setbacks from a Prudhoe Bay oil supply shutdown.

Closure threatens BP's image
In an industry known for butting heads with environmentalists, British oil company BP has long managed to convince Americans that it is a responsible "green" corporation.

Shutdown likely means big rise in gasoline prices
Gasoline prices are expected to rise at least 5 cents a gallon in the next few days - and maybe double that in coming weeks - following an announcement Monday by BP that it has shut down Alaska's Prudhoe Bay oil field, the largest in the United States, because of pipeline corrosion and a leak.

Binkley goes on the attack
If there is any rust on John Binkley, it doesn't show.

Northwest Digest
The Alaska Senate on Monday approved without debate a bill to give Gov. Frank Murkowski's administration more time to summarize public comments on a proposed natural gas pipeline contract and negotiate changes to the deal.

Yakutat protests reopening land to mining, drilling
The Yakutat borough and environmental groups are protesting the federal Bureau of Land Management's plan to open a large swath of land to possible mining and drilling.

Murkowski struggles in battle for re-election
Gov. Frank Murkowski threaded his way through rows of empty chairs and the handful of people who had gathered at the convention center, joining his natural gas pipeline team at the center of the circle.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

Doctored photos caught by Reuters
The Reuters news agency said Monday it has cut its ties with a Beirut-based freelance photographer who it found had manipulated two photographs from the ongoing fighting in Lebanon. It also removed all 920 pictures by the photographer from its database.

Northwest Digest
One of Juneau's most historic homes was hit by vandals Tuesday morning.

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

Critics: Prudhoe's problems insulated by remote location
Perched at the edge of Alaska's north coast, Prudhoe Bay is a vast industrial hub so remote that oil workers are flown in for rotating two-week shifts.

Lawmakers fear state will pay
A planned shutdown of Prudhoe Bay pipelines for repairs had lawmakers on Monday asking if the state will be picking up the tab through tax credits.

BP seeking repair help
Oil giant BP searched for skilled workers and steel pipe Tuesday to replace badly corroded transit lines that this week forced the shutdown of operations at the largest oil field in the U.S.

Senate likely to reject oil production tax plan
The "produce or pay" production tax plan that passed the Alaska House this weekend looked unlikely to survive the Senate after Gov. Frank Murkowski's petroleum consultant gave it a thorough drubbing Tuesday.

Governor declares Hooper Bay a disaster area in wake of fire
Gov. Frank Murkowski declared fire-ravaged Hooper Bay a state disaster area after visiting the Western Alaska village with other state officials, he said Monday.

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