Monday, August 27, 2007

This practice must stop
Question: What is the difference between one U.S. senator paying $130,000 for a $230,000 remodel and another senator paying $179,000 for a $279,000 home site?

Let politicians work
Along with the privilege of serving as the Speaker of the House in the Alaska Legislature, I also work as a Teamster in the construction industry.

Don't assume kayak ramp ruined beach
This is in response to Wade Hoek's recent letter, "Kayak ramp is ruining Eagle Beach."

Little squiggly thing
The debate over the apostrophe reassures me that there still are a few people - not to be confused with "peoples" - who know what one is.

One for the good guys: Six lives saved
First of all, my family and I would like to thank Sgt. Paul Hatch and his fellow Juneau Police Department officers for keeping our community safe.

Thanks to DOT
I sent a letter to the editor on Aug. 10 noting road hazards on the bike/fog lanes in Lemon Creek. This letter was published on Aug. 23 as "Lemon Creek bike route needs cleaning."

Let me smoke inside a warm bar
This letter is in regards to the "No Smoking Policy."

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

Is Juneau's labor pool drying up?
Juneau workers, name your price. Juneau employers, get ready to pay - if you can.

Juneau to lose another top-level state official
The state is transferring the director of Senior and Disabilities Services from Juneau to Anchorage. The move will bring the director, Rod Moline, closer to the bulk of the division's employees, but it continues what some fear is the slow attrition of top-level state employees out of the capital.

Photo: A whale of a tale
Ed Lyman with the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary gives a talk titled "Disentangling large whales: How it's done and what we have learned" on Wednesday at the new Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute.

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

District hires three new principals
The school year started fresh last week for about 5,200 children and hundreds of teachers throughout the Juneau School District. Amid the administrative melee, three new principals worked their way through the halls and culture of the city's schools.

City looks for garbage solutions
Juneau's landfill is just getting bigger and smellier, and city leaders are trying to figure out what to do about it.

Correction
In a story on A1 in Friday's Juneau Empire about an Alaska ferry possibly replacing plans for a controversial bridge in Ketchikan, The Associated Press erroneously reported the increase in the cost estimate for the bridge. Cost estimates have gone up 20 percent per year since 2003.

Homegrown Challenge
It just seemed appropriate that lots of rain fell on Saturday's harvest celebration at the Juneau Community Garden - the climate of a temperate rain forest makes growing vegetables difficult in the Southeast.

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

Southeast loses longtime leader Liv Gray
Liv Gray thought about others. She volunteered, she was elected, she was active and she educated her community for decades.

Photo: Yum, chum
A black bear snags a chum salmon Sunday on a bank of Eagle River in Juneau.

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

Photos: Smooth move at dog agility trials
The Capital Kennel Club of Juneau sponsored the annual dog agility trials, which is sanctioned by the North American Dog Agility Council.

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Heather Lee Eversmeyer Haynes
Juneau resident Heather Lee Eversmeyer Haynes died July 14, 2007, in Wenatchee, Wash., after a nine-month battle with cancer. She was 47.

Christine Felipe
Juneau resident Christine Marie Felipe died peacefully Aug. 21, 2007, in her sleep at home. She was 41.

Charmain Gross
Former Juneau resident Charmain Jacquette Gross died July 11, 2007. She was 89.

Karl Ludvic Loveid
Juneau resident Karl Ludvic Loveid died Aug. 23, 2007, at home after a brave battle with mesothelioma. He was surrounded by his family. He was 66.

Rachel Jade Grimes
Juneau baby Rachel Jade Grimes died in the early morning of Aug. 12, 2007, at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Will opposition pose a problem for gas line?
The executive director of the Alaska Wilderness League says a statement printed in this column last month is incorrect. AWL doesn't oppose all development in Alaska, especially oil and gas production.

My turn: It is time to move forward
Time is flying by. Coeur has known for almost half a year that its proposal to dump tailings from the Kensington Mine into Lower Slate Lake is illegal, yet it still has not told the people of Juneau how it plans to move the mine forward.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Empire Editorial: Teens shouldn't fly without permission
Brian and Elise Pringle knew they were looking at a recipe for disaster: a runway child, the lure of an Internet boyfriend in another state and an airline that allowed their teenage daughter to board a plane to the Lower 48 without their consent.

Alaska Editorial: Remembering plane crash victims and their families
We're glad the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are taking an especially close look at the causes of two flightseeing crashes that shocked our community.

Outside editorial: Rule ends a terrible Medicare practice
Nobody wants the wrong leg amputated. Such an event is known to hospitals as a "never event": a preventable event that should never, ever happen in medicine.

Putting the spotlight on sockeye salmon
T here are five species of Pacific salmon, plus the closely related cutthroats and steelhead, and an interesting story could be told about any of them.

A local classic Mount Jumbo's summer couloir
The topography of the Juneau borough is full of natural wonders that support a growing community of climbers and mountaineers. One of the best climbs available is on Douglas Island's prominent Mount Bradley, locally known as Mount Jumbo.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities. To have your group included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Birdwatching hobby takes flight across America
DEAL ISLAND, Md. - Jim Rapp has one hand on the wheel and the other holding a pair of binoculars as he drives his truck slowly down a gravel drive on the banks of a Chesapeake Bay marsh.

Region V Swimming and Diving results

JUNEAU INVITATIONAL Cross Country Results

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.

Staying defensive
Another game, another stellar performance by the Juneau-Douglas High School defense.

Staying the course
The 2007 cross country season started much the same way last year ended - with Juneau-Douglas High School's Leah Francis winning the race.

Photo: Stretch play
Juneau-Douglas High School senior varsity volleyball players Cortney Wagner, left, and Amanda Leamer, right, simultaneously dive for a ball on Friday in the squad's second game against Ketchikan in the JDHS main gym.

Fast start for JDHS swimmers
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams successfully opened the season with wins over the weekend in Ketchikan.

Crimson Bears stay perfect in Fairbanks
Andy Musgrove entered Saturday's game wanting to prove a point.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation

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

Mother gets 175 years in sons' execution deaths
An Anchorage woman will spend the rest of her life in prison for the shooting deaths of her three teenage sons.

Investigators look into tour plane crashes
Nancy Mills stood eager to board a Wings Airways seaplane that would eventually take her on a tour of glaciers - signature sights throughout Southeast Alaska.

Alaska Digest
Critic: Oil pipeline update has problems, Eielson squadron gets new name, mission, mother awarded $1.8 million in son's death

Fairbanks hotel buys land to create a wildlife sanctuary
Commercial real estate developing companies don't typically buy land to turn it into a wildlife sanctuary, but that's precisely what Fairbanks' biggest hotelier is doing.

Public to vote on limits for Ketchikan jewelry stores
Ketchikan voters in October will determine whether the location of future jewelry stores should be limited.

California center offers to take, pay for Maggie
A proposal is on the table to get Alaska's only elephant out of the state, and for the first time this summer, the Alaska Zoo and animal rights groups may have something to agree on.

State to pay $400,000 to educate residents on wolf killing
Alaska will spend $400,000 to educate residents about its predator control program, but opponents say the money will be used to counter a citizens' initiative aimed at halting the killing of animals from the air.

Alaskans prepare for mustache contest
George Haskins' remarkable handlebar mustache will be taking him to England.

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