Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Gov. Sarah Palin should uphold law
Regarding Coeur Alaska's proposed use of Lower Slate Lake as a tailings disposal site, Governor Palin should uphold the law and the Alaska Constitution.

It's time to end the apostrophe debate
It is hard to believe that an apostrophe on someone else's sign could be so important to people. Is it people's, or is it peoples'? Who really cares?

Katzehin River Delta plan is a boondoggle
We moved from Anchorage to Haines in 1957, and around that time, the Lutak Road started being surveyed every summer in preparation for the road to Juneau.

Smoking outside helps social life
I admit it, I like to frequent the Juneau bars and blow off some steam, every so often. A beer now and then, some friends to visit.

New TV series shines light on plein air
Alaska filmmaker Greg Bombeck and his wife visited Santa Catalina Island, Calif., in 2000 and had the chance to attend the annual Plein Air Painters of America exhibition.

Weyhrauch plans defense strategy
Former state Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, R-Juneau, supported an oil tax bill because he believes in responsible development of the state resource - not because of any bribes, according to defense attorney Douglas Pope.

Around Town

Probe into Clevenger shooting continues
The Juneau Police Department investigation into the shooting death of Randall Clevenger is not complete.

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

Photos: Building life-saving skills
Students participate in a swift water rescue certification course in the Mendenhall River Sunday. The course is a part of the Outdoor Studies Program at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Photos: Last vacation day of the summer
Alaska String Band plays a medley of bluegrass, old time, gospel, swing and blues during the Labor Day picnic on Monday at Sandy Beach and Ezekiel Bailey, 3, swings and misses at a ball pitched to him by his father, Ibn Bailey.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire, and state troopers reported

Photo: Just in time for Labor Day
After an early morning fog, Juneau skies cleared Sunday in time for walkers to enjoy a stroll on the Mendenhall River wetlands. Today's weather forecast calls for partly cloudy conditions and a high of 64.

Photo: Spiking trash
Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball players Kassi Allred, left, and Amanda Leamer, both 17, pick up garbage Monday next to Egan Drive.

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

Photo: Creating a new sound
Susan Telford, left, and Virginia Dziekonski, both members of the Seattle-based music group Quake Ensemble, perform "Living Room Music" by playing living room objects and furniture at Northern Light United Church.

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Having a silent conversation with God
I was sitting on the deck in a chaise lounge. God was floating on His back in the pool.

Alaska editorial: State should not fund campaign on predator control
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game didn't ask for the money. That should tell us something.

Labor Day marks bad news for laborers
Americans used to take pride in our shared prosperity and strong middle class. For the first 30 years after World War II, the United States benefited from a balanced economy that brought about a tremendous increase in national wealth and living standards.

My turn: Solving the Kensington dilemma
Various Southeast Alaska Conservation Council board members have been writing to suggest that all Coeur has to do to get the Kensington Mine going is kiss SEAAC's ring and move the tailings to a dry stack on Lynn Canal. Well, it's not so simple.

Outside editorial: Rookie Fed leader moves to reassure without bailing out
What does it mean for the Federal Reserve Board to show leadership in a crisis? Judging by Wall Street's recent clamor for lower interest rates, it would appear that it can mean only one thing: The Fed should come to the rescue, no matter how much the disaster is of Wall Street's own making.

My turn: ATV noise is the worst
I find the argument that the noise, fumes and destruction caused by an all-terrain vehicle can somehow be likened to a jet flying out of our airport or a truck driving on our streets somewhat thoughtless.

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.

Fine-tuning the machine
Football games aren't generally won by just one particular play. It's about the culmination of actions, reactions, discoveries and adjustments.

Bears remain second in poll
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team remained ranked second behind Chugiak in the latest Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network prep poll, which was released Monday.

Researchers seek an explanation for underweight whales
Researchers off Mexico's Pacific coast have observed what might be a case of global warming's effects in the far north: gray whales returning to calving grounds malnourished.

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

Authorities investigate missing bear claws in collision death
A grizzly bear killed by a vehicle on the Sterling Highway had its claws illegally harvested, federal wildlife authorities said.

Anchorage police arrest man in case of missing nurse
A man sought for questioning in the disappearance of an Anchorage psychiatric nurse was taken into custody Sunday morning.

Northwest Digest
Elderly rape suspect arrested in Alaska, Oregon workers sue agency for back pay, researchers test for renewable electricity, group considers food drops to help bears

Railroad service opens doors to Chugach trails
Whistle stop railroad service is now up and running in Chugach National Forest, part of a multi-million dollar effort to make Alaska's great outdoors more accessible to everyone.

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

Number of hunters steadily declines
Hunters remain a powerful force in American society, as evidenced by the presidential candidates who routinely pay them homage, but their ranks are shrinking dramatically and wildlife agencies worry increasingly about the loss of sorely needed license-fee revenue.

Palin to convey plans for fall special session
Gov. Sarah Palin will announce plans for a special session on oil taxes today, ending speculation of where she'll hold it and what she wants lawmakers to do.

Alaska Digest
Neighbors protest waste disposal plant, Subway restaurants robbed in Fairbanks, man dies of injuries in wreck with moose, Alaskans compete in facial hair contest

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