Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Have we learned from our mistakes?
When I read letters from people like Anne Pennington, Lowell Barrick, Erik Lie-Nielsen, John Meyer, etc., I have to remember that facts seem to anger them and lies placate them.

Empire strikes out with graphic photo
The Juneau Empire has reached a new low in standards for the photographs it prints.

Mayor didn't have all the facts about crossing
I have worked with Mayor Botelho off and on for some time, and I am sure that he didn't have all the facts when, in a recent press conference regarding Juneau access...

BP shutdown a wake up call for state
The shutdown of the BP side of Prudhoe Bay should be a wake up call to all Alaskans.

Any reasonable defense for oil companies' greed?
There are three extremely large oil corporations that want to develop a gas pipeline and are willing to team up to get it.

Honor Hammond at valley school
As soon as I can lay my hands on the requisite form I plan on submitting my suggested name for the new school: "Jay S. Hammond High School."

Crash underscores effects of mining
The plane crash at Slate Creek underscores effects of this mining project over and above the toxic tailings issue.

A minor-league geopolitical player
A while back, I wrote you with my own observations on what Alaska should do regarding its gas.

An alternative to a natural gas pipeline
I am promoting an alternative to the natural gas pipeline here in Alaska.

Hospital's construction costs jump
Bartlett Regional Hospital is dipping into its savings to cover its renovation's second phase, which has jumped in price from $14.3 million to $20.4 million.

Photo: Swing time
Avery Horton, 7, left, and Isabelle Wassilie, 4, play Monday on a swing set at Savikko Park.

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

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

Voter turnout expected to be fair
Republicans are heading to the polls today to settle some hotly contested races while Democrats are urging voters to get out to decide on two ballot initiatives.

Polling places
List of polling places in Juneau. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Body of resident found in channel
The body of longtime Juneau resident Harry Brensdal, 75, was discovered Tuesday morning on the tidal flats near the Douglas Island Pink and Chum hatchery.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events. To be included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Photo: Back to school
Barbara Kreher, a Juneau-Douglas High School librarian, carts a load of books Tuesday through the school commons.

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

Humpback entangled in gillnet near Stephens Passage
A team of rescuers has been chasing a humpback whale through Stephens Passage to free it from more than 100 feet of fishing net.

Catwoman tells the truth about cats
There are myths and "old wives' tales" about cats, but some things you hear are true - or surround a kernel of truth.

Alaskan wins American Book Award
Lifelong Juneau resident Peter Metcalfe takes photos near the Mendenhall Glacier.

Recognitions
For his participation in the Hurricane Katrina relief effort last fall, Lieutenant Howie Martindale, PA-C, was selected as the U.S. Public Health Service Physician Assistant of the Year for 2006.

Biersdorff and Rue wed
Carly Biersdorff, of Eugene, Ore., and Jonathan Rue, of Juneau, were married on Aug. 12 in an evening ceremony at Oak Hill School in Eugene.

Neighbors Digest
Alaska Youth Choir holds auditions

Murphy and Dunne wed
Patty Murphy and Kevin Dunne, of Juneau, were married on July 29 at the University of Alaska Southeast Pavilion.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you for donating prizes for Reading Program

Thomas S. Dooley
Former Juneau resident, Thomas S. Dooley, 87, died Aug. 17, 2006, at home in Anchorage, surrounded by his family.

Obituaries
Juneau resident Edwin Felix Fial, 78, died Aug. 18, 2006, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau.

My turn: Funding Southeast travel
Are there alternatives to the Juneau northern road extension?

Coeur acting responsibly on mine
Longtime residents of the Juneau area know that the Kensington Mine has been many years in the making.

Election day for America's sports fans
With the primary and ballot elections now over after months of hype, it got me thinking.

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.

Cruise ship tax holds lead in early election results
Alaska voters appeared to favor a $50 cruise ship head tax in a tight statewide election Tuesday night.

Berkowitz, Parnell earn lieutenant governor nominations
Gubernatorial candidates from the major parties are likely to have a pair of Anchorage attorneys backing them up in the general election race.

Benson leads Dems in House election
Diane Benson led in early returns Tuesday night in her bid to become the Democratic nominee for Alaska's only seat in the U.S. House.

Experts expect healthy chum salmon run in Yukon this year
The fall run of Yukon River chum salmon should satisfy subsistence smokehouses and commercial fishermen this year, but biologists said the run has not bounced back from a slide in the late 1990s.

Democrats give Knowles another run for governor
Former Gov. Tony Knowles will get a chance for a third term in office, as voters showed strong support for the Democrat over challenger Rep. Eric Croft in Tuesday's primary election.

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

Murkowski volunteer wounded in shooting
A campaign volunteer for Gov. Frank Murkowski was caught in the crossfire of a shooting Tuesday between people in two passing cars, Anchorage police said.

Northwest Digest
A hot springs resort near Fairbanks depends less than ever on diesel fuel, using steamy water welling up from the ground to power lightbulbs, a greenhouse and even an ice museum.

McGuire pushes ahead of Rokeberg in primary
Rep. Lesil McGuire held an early lead Tuesday night against House colleague and veteran lawmaker Norm Rokeberg in a South Anchorage Senate race.

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

Alaska Digest
Rescuers have partially disentangled a curtain of fishing net from the tail of a humpback whale in a waterway southeast of Juneau, officials said Tuesday.

Election results
Primary elections and ballot mearsures.

BP disputes manipulated data allegations
British oil company BP on Monday denied allegations it manipulated data from inspections of Alaska pipelines which were partially shut down earlier this month because of corrosion problems.

Palin upsets Murkowski
Sarah Palin, former Wasilla mayor and mother of four, was the clear choice of Alaska Republican voters, as of press time late Tuesday night, to be their nominee for governor in the November election.

Southcentral gets brief respite from rain
Soggy Southcentral Alaska got a welcome respite Monday from heavy rains that flooded properties and highways, but high waters were slow to drain in some communities warily eyeing yet more rain in the forecast.

Voters approve initiative that limits campaign contributions
A proposal to impose campaign contribution limits was winning approval in the state primary election as of late Tuesday night, with supporters capturing more than 74 percent of the vote.

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