Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Stance on pot was governor's undoing
Newspapers don't want to mention it, but one reason Gov. Frank Murkowski lost his bid for a second term ("Palin upsets Murkowski," Aug. 23) is because of his personal vendetta against cannabis (marijuana) when so many citizens do not think it is appropriate to cage humans for using the God-given plant.

One roundabout beautification idea
Regarding the roundabout in Douglas, ("A blank slate at the roundabout," July 20-26 Hooligan) simply declare it a tourist attraction. The city will race right over, run up a couple of flags and plant flowers.

Combating warming takes global effort
Ms. Johnson made some good points in her Aug. 25 letter but doesn't seem to recognize the root of the issue.

Can't support article because of the photos
The day after the Hooligan article ran on the home novelty parties in Juneau (Aug. 24), I sent a letter communicating my dismay to the writer who interviewed me.

Photos are worth more than words
In her Aug. 23 Juneau Empire My Turn article, Rosemary Hagevig applauded the environmental protection record of Coeur Alaska's Kensington Mine...

Juneau doesn't need a road out of town
Frank Fink needs to get a life ("Blow up Thane road, move it north," Aug. 14). I would love to be able to live out at the end of Thane Road.

The cruise ship head tax is a con job
We Alaskans have been taken for another ride down "Fleece Street" through misrepresentation by special interest groups located in our own backyard.

Ferry system isn't a very 'reliable link'
Stephanie Scott, Haines Borough Assembly member, brings up the same anti-road drivel in her letter to the editor of Aug. 25.

Kudos from a fellow Colorado resident
A note to Mr. Greg Scott of Evergreen, Colo. ("BP pipeline outage tip of the iceberg," Aug. 24): Way to go, Mr. Scott.

Charter school posts high test scores
Recent articles in the Empire may have given the public the wrong impression of the Juneau Community Charter School.

GOP chairman should resign for non-support
Randy Ruedrich cannot seem to find it within himself to put away his prejudice against Sarah Palin.

Rising construction costs not labor's fault
I'm fed up with the blame of construction costs being focused on Labor.

Thank you, Hooligan, for not being boring
I find it very amusing that people are so offended about the Hooligan's article on sex toys (Aug. 24).

Election day sticker's message was deceitful
I am so proud it wasn't a Democrat who launched the weapon of mass deception stickers on the front page of the Anchorage Daily News on primary election day.

We haven't learned from our mistakes
Mr. Gregory Acres' recent letter on Aug. 22 to the Empire - the Juneau Empire not the American Empire - derided his liberal opponents for adoring "a criminal who lied to the nation for seven months.

Around Town
Listing of local nonprofit events.

Photo: No longer dormant
Brittany Gonzalez, University of Alaska Southeast resident advisor, left, assists second-year UAS student Kari Dammerman on Monday as she moves into student housing.

Two men charged in wolf killing; slain animal likely not 'Romeo'
Two men were charged Sunday for the killing and disposing of a black wolf found on Thane Road last month.

Starr appeals bong hits case in high court
Famed attorney Kenneth Starr filed a petition for the Juneau School District on Monday in the country's highest court to hear the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case.

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

Doing IT their way
While some in Juneau are fighting an exodus of young professionals, five 23-year-olds have launched a local cutting-edge information-technology firm that's thriving.

Photo: Sun berries
Stink currant berries are lit by the afternoon sun Tuesday near the Shrine of St. Therese, at Mile 23 Glacier Highway.

More whales reported entangled in fishing gear
Two more whales entangled in fishing gear have been reported since last week, when a team tried to free a humpback snarled in more than 100 feet of gillnet.

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

Photo: 'It's a miracle'
Ann Peterson walks under clear blue skies Tuesday in the Merciful Love Prayer Labyrinth at the Shrine of St. Therese, 23 miles north of downtown.

Graffiti outrages Jewish community
Only days after celebrating the one-year anniversary of Juneau's lone synagogue, Sheryl Weinberg felt the complete opposite Monday when she first saw a swastika painted on the front door of the Jewish community's place of worship.

Around Town
Listing of local nonprofit events

Filipino American Association hosts Senior Citizens Dinner
Founded in 2003 by Nestor Catli, the Filipino American Association is a nonprofit organization that provides communtiy services and fundraising for various organizations...

Simard and Fox wed
Shar Fox and Jim Simard, of Juneau, were married Aug. 2 at high tide, in the misty rain at Auke Bay.

Ripleys celebrate 50 years
Rudy and Judy Ripley of Juneau will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 1, 2006.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you for the kindness and sympathy during our time of loss

And I will call this eye 'Wisdom'
When you bury four of your children, two sons 40 days apart, you will understand why I thank Hospice & Home Care of Juneau for saving my life.

Jerrold James Wahl
Former Juneau resident Jerrold "Jerry" James Wahl, 67, died Aug. 25, 2006, at the Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville, Tenn.

Hooligan aims to be edgy without forgetting rest of us
In last Thursday's edition of our new Hooligan section, we managed, with some of the content contained within, to offend the sensibilities of a number of our readers. To have done so was never our intent.

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

Juneau Reign wrap up Scandinavian soccer tour
The Juneau Soccer Club Reign, an under-16 boys team, recently completed its Scandinavian adventure with a solid showing at the Norway Cup in Oslo, Norway.

Coho salmon continue their strong run as kings start to fall off
Coho fishing remains great with last week's catch rate at four-rod hours per fish. Last year's rate was at three-rod hours per fish and the five-year average is also at four-rod hours per coho.

Runners' corner: Dealing with the pre-race nerves
With the Klondike Trail of '98 International Road Relay rapidly approaching its Sept. 7 starting date and October being a popular month for marathons, there are several things you can do to maximize all of the hard training you've done and avoid some of the unexpected pitfalls runners experience on race day.

Fairbanks borough files lawsuit over wetlands
The Fairbanks North Star Borough has sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, claiming the corps uses an improper method of identifying wetlands in Alaska.

Photo: Fair air
Mike Laird spins off a halfpipe ramp Sunday during the Keith King BMX Bike/Skate Stunt Show at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer.

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

Lethal wolf-control program facing new legal challenge
Alaska's wolf-killing program to boost moose and caribou numbers is facing a new legal challenge.

Biologists test for bird flu in Alaska
Hundreds of miles above the Arctic Circle, biologists working in the frosty marshes of Alaska's North Slope are keeping a lookout for migratory birds that might bring a deadly avian flu strain to the United States.

Knowles urges groups to drop mine lawsuit
Former governor and gubernatorial candidate Tony Knowles earlier this week urged three environmental groups to drop their lawsuit against the Kensington gold mine.

BP fixes compressor, restores some Prudhoe Bay production
Partial production has been restored to the Prudhoe Bay oil field after BP PLC fixed a compressor that went down last week, a company spokesman said Monday.

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

Alaska Digest
Police are investigating a series of spray-painted swastikas and gang-related graffiti, left sometime Sunday night or Monday morning near Cope Park in downtown Juneau and Cordova and Nowell avenues in Douglas.

Northwest Digest
Members of Juneau's Capital City Fire and Rescue will join fire departments across the country for a "Fill-the-Boot" drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 2 and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sept. 3.

Murkowski may back off plans for gas pipeline session
Gov. Frank Murkowski may be backing off his pledge to call a new legislative session in September to reconsider his contract proposal for a natural gas pipeline to Canada.

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