Thursday, August 24, 2006

Alaska owes the rest of the country
The 300 million Americans who live in the Lower 48 own 60 percent of Alaska's land.

BP pipeline outage tip of the iceberg
It's interesting how easy it is to focus on one small aspect of a very big problem.

It's time for SEACC to move on
Coeur Alaska's Kensington Mine is an excellent project with a responsible environmental plan.

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...

State wastes money on travel agency
Everyone knows how easy it is today to book travel online, right?

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

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

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.

Documenting Aurora Harbor's boondoggle
The current Juneau port director and Harbor Board completed a total electrical upgrade in Aurora Harbor, receiving more than $7 million from the state for maintenance.

Don't place blame; fix the problem
Lt. Gov. Loren Leman's "My Turn" (Aug. 16) is a classic case of blaming the messenger.

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

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

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

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

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

Dozens attempt world record by mass reading
Untold dozens will join a mass reading of "The Little Engine That Could" at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Douglas Library, as part of a nationwide effort to set a world record for the number of children reading a book with an adult in the same day.

School enrollment looks solid
Schools across town opened their doors Wednesday morning to nearly 5,000 Juneau students.

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.

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.

Neighbors Digest
Alaska Youth Choir holds auditions

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

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.

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.

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

Douglas T. Wahto
Douglas resident Douglas T. Wahto, 85, died Aug. 19 from a lengthy illness at the home of his son, Dennis Wahto.

Harry T. Brensdal
Juneau resident Harry T. Brensdal, 75, died Aug. 22, 2006, in Juneau.

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

Joseph Michael Millard
Former Juneau resident Joseph Michael Millard, 63, died Aug. 19, 2006, unexpectedly of natural causes at his home in Port Angeles, Wash.

Gloria Breiling
Former Juneau resident Gloria Breiling, 78, died Aug. 20, 2006, in Vacaville, Calif.

My turn: What are we willing to do for the world?
I'm normally an optimistic person, but I recently saw a film that left me with a feeling of despair that I've been unable to shake.

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

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.

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

Cross country kicks off Saturday
After a rainy weekend in Anchorage competing in the Bartlett Relays, the cross country regular-season kicks off Saturday in Ketchikan for Juneau-Douglas High School.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Northwest Digest
Two Anchorage men were being sought Wednesday in connection with a shooting in which two people were injured, including a man working for the Frank Murkowski campaign during the primary election, police said.

Precinct results for contested races in primary election

Compressor problem cuts Prudhoe Bay production
Production at the Prudhoe Bay oil field was further reduced Wednesday when a mechanical problem was discovered in a compressor, according to a spokesman for BP, operator of the country's largest oil field.

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.

Murkowski to still push for pipeline
Gov. Frank Murkowski, who lost the Republican primary Tuesday, intends to get a contract signed to build a $25 billion natural gas pipeline before he leaves office.

Rain returns to deluged Mat-Su Valley
A respite from rain was short-lived as showers returned on Tuesday to the heavily flooded Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Touchscreen voting machine problems slow election count in 7 precincts
Problems with Alaska's new touchscreen voting machines slowed election returns Tuesday and caused elections officials to hand count and manually upload vote totals from several precincts across the state.

Election results
Primary elections and ballot mearsures.

Approval close for cruise ship tax
With the vote count nearly concluded, Alaska voters appeared to ignore a $2 million advertising campaign and approve a $50 per head tax on cruise ship passengers who throng the state's southeast coast each summer.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska

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.

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.

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

Images from another time: Young Frank Murkowski, 1982
Gov. Frank Murkowski, then a U.S. senator, exits the House of Representatives chambers after giving one of the first of many annual addresses to the Alaska Legislature.

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