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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Environmental vigilance is needed
An article by Jim Jansen, chief executive officer of Lynden Inc., (Aug. 24) wants the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council to move on to something else. Not in this lifetime.

School board tilts at the windmills
"Bong Hits 4 Jesus," a schoolboy prank appealed to the Supreme Court in care of the infamous Kenneth Starr, is unbelievable.

Residents adapting to altered way of life
With her Alaska cruise complete, Rosemary Nehls arrived at Juneau International Airport on Saturday afternoon to fly back to Tucson.

Cannery reunion
Eunice Akagi, 86, back, sings with the Yaaw Tei Yi Dancers during the third annual Cannery Reunion on Friday.

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

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

Even in the rain, parents rave about Juneau's new playground
Saturday morning's steady rain didn't stop 21/2-year-old Owen Costello from having a good time.

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

Pro-road advocates form group to counter opponents
"Citizens Pro-Road" sounds more professional than the "Road Gang," admits Juneau residents Dick Knapp and Rich Poor.

Toe Toon

My Turn: Cruise industry has plenty of fight left
Congratulations to Responsible Cruising in Alaska, the sponsors of Ballot Measure 2, for a terrific win in the recent primary election. Alaskans agreed that the time has come to impose a state passenger fee on cruise ship tourists, and the majority voted for the ballot measure.

Alaska Editorial: Big spending doesn't always assure victory
One of the things Alaska voters proved last month is that money isn't always everything in an election. The biggest spenders in the Republican gubernatorial primary didn't win.

Alaska Editorial: Some musings about the upcoming general election
Now that the primary election is behind us, the stage is set for the ultimate act in this year's long period of political campaigning.

My Turn: Juneau should reconsider buying Scottish Rite Temple
The Juneau Empire's Sunday Aug. 27 edition had a very interesting My Turn column by Steve Wolf. In it he focused on all the dream projects this city has and the high taxes imposed on a handful of those property owners expected to carry the burden.

While tourism fades at lower 48's national sites, Alaska draws crowds
From Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park in Southeast to Denali National Park and Preserve in the Interior, Alaska appears to be bucking a National Park Service trend.

Researchers say snowy owl population is thriving
Snowy owls are having their most productive summer in at least 15 years and researchers say their vigor is tied to a boom in the population of lemmings.

Outdoors Digest
Walk-in public shooting hours resume at Hunter Education range

A choice faces hikers using Dan Moller trail routes
Hikers have the choice of two trailheads on the Dan Moller Trail.

Insects altering Alaska forests
Destructive insects in unprecedented numbers are finding Alaska forests to be a congenial home, said University of Alaska forestry professor Glenn Juday, and climate change could be the welcome mat.

Gearing up to take off
Even people who know how to prepare for Alaska wilderness have found themselves unprepared for the airport this summer.

Low tides offer high adventure for kayakers
The last low tide cycle of the summer is just around the bend, and many a beachcomber may be eying up that clam shovel. But if your freezer is stocked with razor clams and you're looking for a new way to exploit the next low tide, you may want to dig up a sea kayak instead of a pile of sand.

Outsiders: Dani Barr
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Gun aficionado turns tinkering into a business
Gary Junk hunched over a Browning automatic rifle owned by a doctor, who had dropped the weapon during a hunt, shattering the pistol grip.

Burning question: Are stoves OK?
The camp stove is an essential piece of gear for hunters, backpackers, rafters and virtually anyone spending the night outdoors. But chances are good that a Transportation Safety Officer will confiscate a stove at the airport.

JDHS survives tough Wasilla
Exhaustion painted the face of Juneau-Douglas High School quarterback Chris Hinkley after Friday's 16-13 victory over Wasilla at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Juneau girls win two swim meets
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams overcame a slow start to post impressive showings at Petersburg's new pool over the weekend.

Adidas/Lynx Invitational Cross Country Results

Petersburg Swimming and Diving Invitational Results

Crimson Bears' Leah Francis wins her third consecutive race
After winning her first two 5-kilometer cross country races in Southeast Alaska, local fans and competitors know what Juneau-Douglas High School freshman Leah Francis can do.

Friday's JDHS box score

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.

BP more optimistic about Prudhoe Bay production
BP has increased Prudhoe Bay production to 250,000 barrels a day, and officials on Friday said they are increasingly optimistic the oil field can be returned to full production before it replaces corroded transit lines next year.

Murkowski revives possibility of a gas contract session
Gov. Frank Murkowski says he returned from a duck hunting trip to the surprising news that he was simply going to hand off two years' worth of natural gas pipeline negotiations to his successor.

Alaska Digest
Juneau police are investigating a burglary at DeHarts alleged to have occurred while the Auke Bay store was open for business Thursday night.

Candidates return VECO contributions
With the general election less than two months away, incumbents and challengers alike are assessing how to handle campaign donations from oil services company Veco Corp., which the FBI is investigating for its longtime role as a heavyweight in Alaska politics.

BP audit: Corrosion expert job vacant for months before spill
By the time a massive oil-pipeline spill was discovered in March on the North Slope, the job of BP's senior corrosion engineer had been left unfilled for more than a year, according to an internal company audit.

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