Juneauites please stop running red lights
I don't know if this is a reflection of the summer's influx of young and temporary workers or a dangerous trend in the Juneau ethic, but I have noticed more than a few drivers running red lights in Juneau over the last weeks.

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

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?

Fewer grammar lessons, more news
I've sure enjoyed following the ongoing debate over the wharf apostrophe issue!

Bowling without second-hand smoke
I agree with Darell Braman's assertion in Monday's Juneau Empire that, "If someone wants to harm themselves by smoking, that's their God-given right."

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

Use permanent fund to make us millionaires
The Alaska Permanent Fund reached a milestone of $70 billion this year. If the state wants or needs this fund for Alaska infrastructure and general fund, why not offer a buyout of the fund to the people of Alaska again?

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.

Road funding is an expensive shell game
I find it quite interesting that the state Department of Transportation commissioner has recommended dumping the Gravina bridge, in part claiming that the costs of construction have risen 20 percent per year in the last several years. Nevertheless, the road north from Juneau, estimated at about $260 million 25 years ago, still comes in at under $300 million (former governor Frank Murkowski's numbers). Why is that? Why have the costs of one large project risen so drastically while the costs of the other have barely risen at all?

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

Photo: Capital move battleground, 1982 Images from another time
A hiker walks along railroad tracks in Willow during the spring of 1982. After a 1974 vote to move the state capital from Juneau to a yet-to-be-selected location, Willow was chosen as the site to build the new state capital. The vote to fund the capital move was defeated in 1982.

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

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

Around Town

Photos: Gearing up for new semester
Sarah Shewell, above, shops for school supplies Monday at the University of Alaska Southeast. "Oh Boy!" Shewell said, when asked how she felt about about the upcoming school year.

Judge links Ben Stevens to FBI probe
A federal judge has for the first time publicly linked former Alaska Senate President Ben Stevens, son of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, to the corruption investigation that has been underway since 2004.

Man flees into Mendenhall River to escape police
A fleeing suspect jumped into the Mendenhall River on Sunday evening while trying to escape a Juneau police officer who was chasing him.

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

Small fire breaks out at Airport Shopping Center
Smoke filled much of the Airport Shopping Center early Monday morning after a small fire started in a pile of clothes.

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.

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.

Photos: Preparing for groundbreaking surgery
Troy Kahklen talks with Ray Vidic on Monday as Kahklen receives kidney dialysis treatment at the Reifenstein Dialysis Center. The men are filmed by videographer David Smith of part 2 pictures in New York City, on assignment for National Geographic.







Matthew Garcia
Former Juneau resident Matthew Charles Garcia died Aug. 25, 2007, surrounded by his immediate family at home in Wasilla, from recurrent retroperitoneal liposarcoma, a rare form of cancer. He was 49.

Alice Marie Tauscher
Former Juneau resident Alice Marie (Shaw) Tauscher died Aug. 8, 2007, at Elvie's Homecare in Wasilla, after a long struggle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was 72.

J. Wayne Erickson
Former Juneau resident J. Wayne Erickson died Aug. 9, 2007, in Montana. He was 79.

Edward 'Jim' Funk
Former Juneau resident Edward James "Jim" Funk died Aug. 23, 2007, in Lacey, Wash. He was 88.

My turn: We should weigh-in all the aspects of tourism
"Juneau happy with tourism as it is" was the lead story Dec. 27. The article published results of the Juneau Tourism Community Opinion Survey that was conducted over 10 days in October. I'd like to ask a few questions about the survey while we're all here in town.

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.

Outside editorial: Putting politics above the law
President Bush on Monday stubbornly lamented the "unfair treatment" that forced the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Alaska editorial: Raising doubts about the hunting, fishing numbers
I t comes as little surprise that the percentage of Americans who hunt and fish is declining. That's what you'd expect in a society that has steadily become less rural and more urban and suburban for several generations.

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.

Don't let Gonzales' record taint all Bush appointees
T his isn't a popular thing to admit these days, but I thought President Bush had made a good pick when he selected Alberto Gonzales as attorney general.

JDHS football leaps to second
And then there were five. With Chugiak upending Service 14-13 on Friday, just five undefeated large-school teams remain in the state.

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

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.

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

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.

Candidate Gravel returns to Alaska
Former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel, who hasn't been seen much in Alaska in the past quarter century, brought his presidential hopes to Anchorage on Monday along with a call for changes in how America is governed.

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

Alaska Digest
Forester affirms Traitors Cove project, soldier helps Iraqi girl with vision problems

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

Palin makes legislative appointments
Gov. Sarah Palin has appointed two people to replace former Legislative Director John Bitney, who now works for the Alaska Legislature.

Students face housing crunch in Fairbanks
Many students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are thinking about more than the start of classes in another week. They are frantically trying to find an affordable place to live.

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.

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.

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