Sunday, August 20, 2006

Tourism industry has bred resentment
I would love to answer Mark Kaelke's question as to why the tourism industry is under fiscal attack by the ballot measures ... and hopefully the voters. Juneau is my home. I was born and raised right here and love my home.

Move Binkley to November ballot
Juneau residents have an obligation, a responsibility, to vote on Tuesday. No excuses like "I forgot." Write it on the calendar - Tuesday, Aug. 22. "I don't know enough about the candidates or issues." Read the paper; listen to the radio; talk to people about it.

Who's in charge here?
I find it rather curious that BP, not having gotten legislative approval of Gov. Murkowski's sweetheart oil tax deal, suddenly finds corrosion significant enough to shut down their entire Prudhoe Bay operation.

Go save some other Lower 48 state
After the Anchorage judge recently dismissed the lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Kensington mine permit, the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council now says it is going to appeal to a higher court.

Palin lacks experience to lead the state
Although Sarah Palin claims to have the experience needed to run this great state, I am afraid that's not the case. While she was elected by a population of 6,000, we're talking about being the CEO of state with more than 600,000 people.

Cruise lines making billions in profits
The central issue underlying Ballot Measure 2 is whether taxpayers or the industry should pay for cruise line's impacts on public services and infrastructure.

Brochures aim to mislead voters
I was only home for a few days from my time commercial fishing and, in that time, my mailbox was bombarded by daily, obviously expensive, shiny cards opposing Ballot Measure 2.

Mine's footprint tiny
I had the privilege to tour the Kensington mine site recently, and I have to say I was shocked. Shocked to see what all the fuss is about. For starters, the mine is virtually invisible as you approach it across Berners Bay.

Casualty of mine
While the battle over Coeur Alaska's plans for the spoils from their Kensington Mine rages on in the courts, the fight to protect our rivers and lakes from mine waste has produced its first casualty: Lower Slate Lake in Berners Bay.

Palin talks from both sides of her mouth
In a recent advertisement in the Juneau Empire of Aug. 16, Sarah Palin offers "Straight Talk on Alaska's Capital," in which she says, "I support keeping the star on the map in Juneau, designating it as our capital city."

Mind-boggling superlatives
Juneau - the largest city on the continent not connected to the North American highway system, the only city in the nation that is under constant threat of losing its status as the state's capital, and, the only city in the world whose mayor does not want to improve access to the city he represents. Unbelievable.

Toilet story a new low
I read your meant-to-be clever article on men's toilets and was moved to say it sank to a new high in bad taste. Yes, I know you want to attract the young cools who drink themselves blotto at the drop of the proverbial s'ouwester...

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

This Day in History
In Alaska, the Nation, and the World

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

Alaska Digest
A man suspected of starting five fires near Ketchikan in 2003 and 2004 has been charged with burning down a home in July.

Photo: Planning ahead?

Photo: Hometown harvest
A carrot - or two - grown by Nan and Ron Schonenbach won first prize in the unusual vegetable division during the fair.

Empire editorial: Cruise ship initiative a measure of fairness
Ballot Measure 2, which Alaska voters will decide on Tuesday, has come to be known as the bill that has it all, kitchen sink included.

My turn: Will every vote be counted correctly?
Whether your vote will be counted properly is an open question. Alaska's vote-counting system has flaws that could threaten the integrity of upcoming elections, according to voting technology experts.

My turn: Cruise ship disclosure a harmful intrusion into business
Is there anything wrong with cruise lines advertising shops, tours, or other services on the ships? Is there anything wrong with selling those services to their passengers before they disembark?

Toe Toon

My turn: Puff goes the magic on Measure 2
In trying to decipher the logic of this "all-or-nothing-at-all" bill - it's important so I repeat, "all-or-nothing-at-all" bill - Jerry Lee Lewis leaps to mind with a whole lot more going on here than protecting the environment.

Photo: No so-so coho

Alpine beauty to be seen on Lost Lake Trail
Alaska offers countless opportunities to escape civilization and quietly gaze down on the world below from above the tree line. But getting those views often requires a dauntingly steep climb.

A Family Affair
Fifth-generation Alaskan Dylan "Hawk" Kubley 14, downed his first deer at the age of six. When he was 8 years old, he got his first moose under extreme conditions. The following year he bagged his first bear.

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

Safe waterfowl hunting on the Mendenhall wetlands
Wildlife biologist Ryan Scott grew up in Juneau hunting on the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge.

Outsiders: Rachel Fredholm & Matt DeSpain
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

JDHS box score
Juneau-Douglas 69, Lathrop 6

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.

Bartlett Cross Country Relays results
Bartlett Relay

JDHS coasts past Lathrop
Juneau-Douglas took care of visiting Lathrop quickly and efficiently Friday night with a 69-6 victory at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

JDHS runners open the season
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls cross country teams opened the season Saturday in Anchorage with the Bartlett Relays.

From the Sidelines
Growing up, I played on perhaps the worst youth soccer team in Delaware history. Our team didn't win a game for three whole years. Teams from throughout northern Delaware and the east coast would take out their week of frustration on us.

Democrats disagree about future of oil, fish and ships
The two Democrats vying to be the next governor of Alaska disagreed Friday night in Juneau over cruise lines, political partisanship, oil industry incentives and how to deal with a troubled Bering Sea crab fishery.

Unlawful voting sites investigated
The Alaska Division of Elections has intervened in what was being reported as three unauthorized absentee voting sites in Denali National Park and Healy.

Gubernatorial candidates argue 'carrots and sticks' for Big Oil
Whether Big Oil should be handled with a big carrot or a big stick depends on which gubernatorial candidate you're talking to.

Murkowski may be unseated in primary
Alaska incumbent Gov. Frank Murkowski may not escape Tuesday's Republican primary. If Murkowski is unseated, his deal to smooth the way for a $25 billion natural gas pipeline to Canada will likely go down with him.

BP: Half of Prudhoe Bay production restored
BP on Friday said it had restored more than half of the production from Prudhoe Bay, nearly two weeks after threatening to shut the entire field down because of leaks from corroded pipelines.

Search underway for future home of Mat-Su prison
A $330 million prison construction project that could potentially add millions of dollars in steady income to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough economy is now set for groundbreaking next spring, with completion anticipated by 2010.

Allstate cuts Alaska earthquake coverage
Nearly 7,000 Alaskans will lose their earthquake insurance as their policies come up for renewal in the coming months.

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