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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Don't punish people for visiting Alaska
Thirty-seven years have passed since I first worked in the tourism industry as a waiter on the Alaska Marine Highway, and I still feel fortunate to work in an environment where I continually hear the wonderment expressed by visitors to our state.

No fact or reason here
I see that Southeast Alaska Conservation Council intends to appeal the dismissal of its lawsuit against the Kensington mine.

Thanks to BP for a wonderful idea
I drive a very old worn out 1974 Ford Pick-up truck. It is often said "never put more money into a car than it is worth," but I blow that adage every time I put gas in the tank.

Tell us how to improve the ferries
This is an open letter to those who oppose the Juneau Access Project.

Bathroom humor in the morning
Eating cornflakes will never be the same. This morning I read Korry Keeker and Eric Morrison's "Quest for the Throne" over breakfast and laughed until the tears rolled down my face.

Measure 2 is fair
If you really believe all the propaganda coming from the No-on-2 machine then call me, because I have a "bridge to nowhere" to sell you.

Photo: Gathering of gulls
A flock of several hundred seagulls gather on the derelict fuel dock Monday next to the Coast Guard dock downtown.

Poor salmon returns shut down seiners
Southeast Alaska seiners are handling empty nets this summer after a decade of plentiful pink salmon returns to the region.

Juneau School Board seeking money for defense in 'Bong Hits' lawsuit
The Juneau School Board is requesting money to defend its position in the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" legal case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Man indicted on first-degree murder and weapons misconduct charges
A 28-year-old man accused of committing Juneau's first murder in more than six years was indicted Monday on two felony counts.

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

Access road lawsuit to be announced Wednesday
Southeast Alaska Conservation Council will announce Wednesday the details of a lawsuit challenging the Juneau access road.

Use of Jet Skis on Auke Lake to get more study
The wakes left by personal watercraft on Auke Lake are still rippling through city government.

Ten candidates file for six city seats in fall election
The filing period for the October municipal election ended Monday with three new candidates entering the race.

KTOO's Fitzgerald signs off
If you've hosted an art event, performed a concert or given a speech of some sort in Juneau in the last 20 years, you've likely been interviewed by KTOO-FM personality Susan Fitzgerald.

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

Measure seeks to cut campaign donations
Steve Cleary would prefer Alaska politicians get $50 contributions from 1,000 people, rather than $1,000 contributions from 50 people.

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

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

Photo: Tender reunion
Four U.S. Coast Guard buoy tenders are tied up Monday at the Coast Guard dock downtown.

Photo: Light touch
Water droplets rest on a feather sitting on top of a fern Tuesday next to Juneau's Boy Scout Trail.

Land sales off the table
The trailhead for Juneau's popular Boy Scout Trail has a year's reprieve from a planned U.S. Forest Service land sale.

Powers and Jones wed
Kathleen A. Jones and Timothy P. Powers Jr., of Juneau, were married on May 20 in Juneau. A reception followed at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Recognitions
Juneau University of Alaska Southeast students placed on the spring 2006 dean's list were: Angela M. Anderson, Erik D. Anderson, Harmony R. Armstrong...

Carte and Menlove wed
Kate Menlove, of Redmond, Wash., and Rick Carte, of Juneau, were married on July 15 at the D.A.R. House in Seattle.

All Nations' Children
The original idea of Vicki Soboleff and the Yun Shu Kaa Dancers of Juneau, All Nations' Children, Lda Kut Naax Sati' Yatx'i, was started in 1995.

Gruening and Vines wed
Caroline Beatrice Gruening, of Juneau, and Jack Douglas Vines III, of Spokane, Wash., were married on June 23 at The Woodmark on Lake Washington in Kirkland, Wash. A reception followed at the same location.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you for making the Moving Wall possible in Juneau

Christina L. Hanlon
Juneau resident Christina L. Hanlon, 54, died Aug. 12, 2006, at home peacefully in her sleep surrounded by family and friends.

My Turn: Voting for fair taxation, environment
Alaska's voters have been the target of a well-financed, professional public relations and advertising campaign against Ballot Measure 2, which taxes cruise ship passengers and provides regulation on some elements of the industry.

My Turn: We shouldn't have to pay for BP's mess
BP shutting down the Prudhoe Bay field is not a product of unanticipated corrosion from caustics carried by Prudhoe crude.

My turn: $100 in taxes per person in each port isn't stopping this traveler
My mailbox has been stuffed lately with slick campaign flyers exhorting me to vote no next week on the cruise ship tax initiative.

My turn: Election facts and fiction
I am disappointed with the allegations leveled by Kay Brown, the communications director of the Alaska Democratic Party, in her Aug. 11 article published by the Anchorage Daily News.

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
Listing of local sport events.

Knowles builds war chest for election
Tony Knowles knew he picked a tough crowd to test his message.

Shareholders sue BP over Prudhoe Bay maintenance
Senior executives at BP face a lawsuit filed by shareholders who claim the oil giant's poor maintenance practices at Prudhoe Bay led to the partial shutdown of the nation's largest oil field.

Alaska Digest
Most permits have been approved for two mines in the Nome area.

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

Fire blamed on children playing with matches
A runaway fire that caused an estimated $35 million in damage and left dozens homeless in a remote Alaska community was sparked by children playing with matches, state authorities said Monday.

Congress to look at BP's field management
A congressional committee has scheduled a Sept. 7 hearing to examine the management of the nation's largest oil field by British operator BP.

Army recalls 300 troops back to Iraq
About 300 Alaska-based soldiers sent home from Iraq just before their unit's deployment was extended last month must now go back, the Army said Monday, setting up a wrenching departure for troops and families who thought their service there was finished.

Will 'beyond our control' argument have legal merit?
Exxon Mobil Corp. and ConocoPhillips Co. are notifying customers they cannot meet contract obligations to supply crude oil from Alaska's Prudhoe Bay oil field because of unavoidable events beyond their control.

Northwest Digest
A safe injection site for drug addicts to shoot up under medical supervision has not brought more crime or attracted drug dealers or users from other jurisdictions, according to a police-commissioned study.

Knowles raises $100k in less than a month
Cash continues to flow to former Gov. Tony Knowles as he tries to reclaim the governor's office from incumbent Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Probing promotional pay
Some businessmen, such as Mike Windred, see Ballot Measure 2 as an attack on competitive business practices, while initiative supporters say it's about arming consumers with more information.

Palmer soldier dies in Iraq blast
Mae Woods sat up tall Monday in a chair inside St. John's Lutheran Church, both hands gripping a silver-colored thermal coffee mug.

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