Thursday, August 10, 2006

Measure 2 would burden tour business
There is a general misconception about Ballot Measure 2. It is much more than just a tourism head tax.

Kensington opponents will redouble efforts
Scott Lamb, an official spokesman for Coeur d'Alene's Kensington Mine, was quoted in the Aug. 6 Juneau Empire.

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

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.

Don't fall for this deceptive turkey
I've got a basic question for Alaska voters: Why is there an initiative on the Aug. 22 ballot to start a new tax?

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.

Gov. Murkowski is a proven leader
I'm supporting Gov. Frank Murkowski, because leadership matters. It takes boldness to fix a broken oil tax system and nerves of steel to get oil companies to a negotiating table.

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.

Don't make it harder to live here
After listening to the debate about extending the temporary 3 percent sales tax, I felt the need to make a few points myself.

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).

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.

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

Business Digest
Downtown health club Fitness Essentials is hosting two free programs starting next month for diabetics and those battling cancer.

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.

David Stone files for re-election to Assembly
District One Assembly member David Stone filed for re-election Tuesday. But, otherwise, the candidate filings for the six municipal positions on the October ballot are barely trickling in.

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.

Extreme scooter club captures hair-raising stunts in movie
After two years of filming and eight months of editing, an extreme scooter club is ready to screen its first full stunt-film.

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

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

My Turn: Cruise ship initiative is unfair
I began working as the state's tourism planner several years ago because I wanted to make a difference for tourists and Alaskans.

Alaska editorial: Alaska lost a sister with Susan Butcher's death
Dog mushing doesn't appeal to everyone, even though it's regularly referred to as "Alaska's state sport."

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: Latest oil tax is more of the same
Legislators must think their constituents are too busy to notice what's going on in Juneau.

Correction
Due to the sports editor's error, there were mistakes in Wednesday's youth soccer story regarding the Juneau Soccer Club Jambaars.

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.

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.

Juneau Jambaars unbeaten at AK State Cup after 1-1 draw
The Juneau Soccer Club Jambaars, an under-14 boys team, remained unbeaten at the Alaska State Cup following a 1-1 draw with the Anchorage Youth Soccer Club Reds on Wednesday in Wasilla.

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.

Lawmakers seek to hold BP accountable for shutdown
The Murkowski administration and several lawmakers on Wednesday said they want BP to pay for losses the state will incur as a result of the Prudhoe Bay shutdown.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

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

Geopolitical fears drive high oil prices
This week's announcement that oil giant BP's trans-Alaska pipeline would shut down indefinitely struck a blow to U.S. oil production and sent shudders across global oil markets.

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.

Governor announces hiring freeze
Gov. Frank Murkowski announced a hiring freeze Wednesday as the state braces itself for the possibility of a prolonged oil-pipeline shutdown.

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.

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

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.

Alaska Digest
The University of Alaska Southeast is holding its annual Open Enrollment Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Auke Lake campus.

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

Photo: Limping into Unalaska Bay
The Cougar Ace is shown between Wide Bay and Ider Point on the northern side of Hog Island as it is towed Tuesday into Unalaska Bay.

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.

Biologists worry timber sales cut into deer habitat
A team of nonagency biologists returned this summer to the Tongass National Forest to study proposed timber sales and came out of the woods concerned about wildlife problems such as the loss of deer habitat.

Senate tosses out 'produce or pay' oil tax proposal
A Senate committee on Wednesday dropped what was supposed to be a compromise production tax bill, opting instead for a more familiar plan to tax oil companies' profits.

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