Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Wharf has apostrophe in the right place
The apostrophe in Peoples' Wharf is in the right place (Joe Karson's Aug. 10 letter, "Put the apostrophe in the right place").

Decision to release recording in bad taste
I know that the Aug. 10 shooting death of Randall Clevenger has been traumatic to your community. As a cousin of Randy, I can say it has been traumatic to our family as well.

State's clerical staff needs a raise, not just commissioners
As a long-term state of Alaska employee, I've heard that the average person feels that we who work for the state are rich, well-off and have no worries.

FBI has a reason to investigate Stevens, Rep. Don Young
This is a response to Lew Williams Jr.'s tirade in the Empire on Aug. 13 ("Be wary of Alaska reps' 'show' trials").

Hatch deserves full community support
From September 2000 to November 2006, I was a proud member of the Juneau Police Department, serving as a captain and briefly as the assistant chief of police until my retirement.

New kayak ramp is ruining the serenity of Eagle Beach
When I was little, I spent countless hours fishing with my family out just past Eagle Beach. I have camped there countless nights every year I have lived in Juneau.

Why aren't Alaska's U.S. representatives presumed innocent?
Why are Alaska's U.S. senators and congressional representative not being given the basic rights of citizens of the United States? Are they guilty before any investigation is complete?

Should we vote for a 'loser' candidate?
People keep telling me about favorite candidates they won't vote for if they think those candidates can't win. They're afraid to waste their vote. I'm guilty of the same, but I don't buy it anymore.

Bear watchers need to be considerate
The Juneau Empire's Aug. 16 story, "Bear activity shuts down glacier trail," while informative and entertaining, missed a more important issue than Steep Creek Trail being closed.

U.S. reps stand for America, not just constituents
I was living in Alaska when Sen. Ted Stevens was a neophyte in Washington, D.C. I now live in New Mexico, a state with a population not much larger than Alaska's.

Photo: Going back to school
More than 400 incoming freshmen and a few upperclassmen who served as tour guides gather during freshmen orientation at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym. Wednesday is the first day of classes for the 2007-08 school year.

Photo: Lift off
An eagle takes off from a log Sunday in Gastineau Channel, where the cruise ship Vision of the Seas is docked in the background.

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

Marine Research Institute to open doors Tuesday
With its state-of-the-art laboratories and rooms for researching small mammals and fish of all sizes, the $51 million Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute is poised to help meet the region's growing research needs.

Photo: Joy of sailing
The sailboat Joy Spring heads south Sunday in Gastineau Channel.

Photo: Everybody now
Juneau Student Symphony conductor Rick Trostel, center, directs the audience in a sing-a-long Monday during the symphony's Pops Concert on the eighth-floor atrium of the State Office Building.

Corrections
A 15-year-old girl who bought an Alaska Airlines ticket without her parents' permission did not use a false name, a story on A1 Sunday incorrectly described the results of a search for two Gustavus hunters in the Brooks Range.

Lawmakers say ethics ruling won't affect them
Although the House Ethics Committee ruled it was "improper" for one House committee chairman to have introduced a bill on a topic in which he had a personal financial stake, other committee chairmen in similar circumstances say the ruling shouldn't affect them.

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

Photo: Class of '67 reunites
Virginia Lockhart, left, and her daughter, Darcy Richards, center, talk with Walter Soboleff Jr. during the Juneau-Douglas High School Class of '67 reunion Sunday at Sandy Beach.

Corrections
Due to incorrect information from the Juneau Police Department, an item in the police blotter on Page A2 Sunday incorrectly indicated an arrest, a photo caption on Page A2 in the Sunday paper misidentified one person and included incorrect spellings

SEACC urges cooperation on mine
Contesting the 9th U.S. District Court of Appeals ruling on mine tailings disposal will only further delay gold production at Kensington Mine in Berners Bay, environmentalists told the Juneau Assembly on Monday night.

Assembly OKs bond propositions for fall election
The Juneau Assembly approved three bond propositions for the Oct. 2 municipal election at its regular meeting Monday night.

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Steve Ray Wilson
Longtime Gustavus resident Steve Ray Wilson died Aug. 13, 2007, in a plane crash 40 miles north of Arctic Village in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, while hunting Dahl sheep. He was 41.

Outside editorial: Russia regresses
In the former Soviet Union, psychiatrists invented definitions of mental illness so warped that they came to include people guilty of nothing more than pursuing truth and justice.

Outside editorial: Padilla verdict shows the lie behind 'Gitmo'
The conviction of Jose Padilla by a jury of his peers demonstrates that accused terrorists can be tried in civilian courts offering a panoply of protections for the defendant.

Even a creep has a right to free speech
Meet Jack McClellan. You might want to shower afterward. Nobody in the greater Los Angeles area will have to ask what I mean.

Outside editorial: Hugo Chavez's despotic designs
The Venezuelan businessman told inspectors there was nothing but books and papers in his suitcase. So imagine everyone's surprise when Argentine customs officers opened the suitcase - and found $800,000 in cash.

My Turn: At what price affordability?
For the past several years, many in Juneau have pleaded for affordable housing. It's finally coming, but not because of public meetings or money.

McFarlin wins the Dirty Tour
Dale McFarlin won all three stages of the Dirty Tour mountain bicycle race to capture the Juneau Freewheelers event on Sunday.

JDHS football stays at No. 3
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team stayed put in the latest Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network large-school prep poll.

Quarterly report shows 'A' grade for JDHS
Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears

Weyhrauch seeks to have trial separated from Kott
Former Republican Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch of Juneau wants his upcoming trial on corruption charges severed from former fellow Republican lawmaker Rep. Pete Kott.

Don Young helps fund ferry office purchase
U.S. Rep. Don Young helped obtain $1.5 million this summer so the Alaska Marine Highway System could buy its office building in Ketchikan, supporting the controversial move of the ferry system headquarters out of Juneau.

Man proposes after girlfriend saves him following mauling
A man mauled by a grizzly bear last month married his longtime girlfriend, a health aide who help keep him alive when he was rushed to her clinic in Shaktoolik.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Feds hope new report will lead to Arctic drilling
Under orders from a federal judge, the Interior Department on Monday released a revised report of how oil and gas exploration would affect one of the most important habitats for calving caribou and migratory birds in northern Alaska.

Attempts to recover hunters unsuccessful
An attempt to recover the bodies of two Gustavus hunters whose plane crashed last week in the Brooks Range was unsuccessful, police in the North Slope Borough said Saturday.

Northwest Digest
Armed man attempts to rob service station, man charged with attempted murder, Canadians end large Arctic exercise, Idaho governororders evacuation

Alaska Digest
Low-level eruptions continue at volcano, Russian River bears, anglers getting along, Anchorage considers new rules for pets

Su Valley School prepares to welcome back students
Less than three months after fire destroyed their school, students at Su Valley Junior-Senior High School were preparing to return Monday for classes in temporary facilities.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the World

Home Turf
Cathy Parker finally saw the fruit of her labor.

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