Monday, September 10, 2007

A response to eagle needing a new home
The Juneau Raptor Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the treatment, rehabilitation and release of injured or sick birds in Southeast Alaska. The Juneau Raptor Center is a volunteer organization serving Southeast Alaska since 1987.

Why was Stevens protest silenced?
I have been traveling, so this is a bit late. Upon reading back issues of the paper, I see Sen. Ted Stevens quite rightly came down to help open the new Lena Point Lab, which is a fine addition to the community.

A long shot
The Alaska-based anti-missile system raises disturbing questions about how this is to make us safer. In reality, it only triggers world fears that come at the price of other countries ramping up their offensive weapons.

Where do old boats die?
Kudos to the city for setting up the dead car roundup. It had to be done for the same reasons that a dead boat roundup is desperately needed next.

Misdemeanors can bar you from Canada
Paul McCarthy's Aug. 31 letter addressing criminal records stemming from expired vehicle tags brings to mind international travel restrictions. I know from personal experience that local misdemeanors (illegal camping) may prevent entry into Canada for 10 years. The probationary period was two months away.

Environmentalists, Coeur come to table
Now that all petitions for a rehearing before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' full panel of judges have been submitted. While this is no indication that the results will change, it does mean that the conflict rages on.

Photo: Riding the waves
A harbor seal hauls out on wave-control logs Sunday at Douglas Harbor.

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

Subport parking lot to close Monday
The Subport parking lot across from Centennial Hall on the corner of Egan Drive and Whittier Street will close Monday as demolition crews move in to create a staging area.

Disaster teams try out new tools
It took a group of Southeast Alaska disaster responders just eight minutes to put up a 20-foot vinyl octagon capable of housing a mobile surgical unit inside Centennial Hall on Thursday. It was their first try.

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

Around Town

Photo: Swing away
Sean Rielly plays with his son, Keegan, 4, on Sunday at Sandy Beach.

Photo: Everything's duckie
Eric Forst, president of the Glacier Valley Rotary Club, plucks a plastic duck out of the pond Sunday at Rotary Park during the club's fundraiser. The club offered 5,500 ducks for "adoption" at $5 a piece.

Photo: True responsibility
Jamie Criss hugs her three-year-old pug, Zoe, while taking a break Saturday at the Responsible Dog Ownership Day celebration at the Nugget Mall.

Photo: Waiting on the wind
Tim Gray turns over his kiteboarding kite while waiting for a breeze strong enough to take off Sunday at Sandy Beach.

Around Town

Teacher incentives draw criticism
The tiny Port Protection School, isolated on the northern tip of Prince of Wales Island, did the best job of any school in Southeast Alaska last year, according to the state. The school, with 12 students, was one of only 10 rated "outstanding" by state education officials last year.

Official says plan provides path for improvement in schools
To qualify for State Performance Incentive Program awards, schools must either show significant improvement or maintain exceptional performance, said Eric Fry, spokesman for the Department of Education and Early Development.

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Dennis Heatley
Douglas resident Dennis George Heatley died Sept. 2, 2007, of cancer at his home. He was 57.

My turn: Road opponents use fear
Those opposed to Juneau road access have a constant theme: fear, characterized by "What if there is an avalanche? A snow slide? The wind blows?" and the corker, "What if a sea lion hears a car?"

Anti-Alaskan Democrats pose a threat to the future of the Southeast economy
Campaigning gets rougher before the state primary election next August 28. It also can be tough in the nonpartisan municipal elections in October as some environmentalists seek local office.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

National ID card proposal a bad idea
t's hard to believe Alaskans will stand for it. By the end of 2009, the federal government says Alaska and every other state must produce drivers licenses that effectively function as a national ID card.

Empire Editorial: SEACC's true colors about to come out on Kensington gold mine
Juneau residents are about to see Southeast Alaska Conservation Council's true intentions for the Kensington gold mine.

Hikers get Rabbit Lake trail legalized but problems persist
The sun is peeking behind morning clouds, and a handful of vehicles line a narrow stretch of gravel that passes for a road beyond Upper DeArmoun Road.

Into Juneau's azure ice caves
A small, unseen stream tumbles down the slopes of Mt. McGinnis. As it peters out, it disappears under the icy border of the Mendenhall Glacier. The water tunnels its way underneath the glacier, assisted only by the movement of air, forming the "ice caves."

The time is ripe for red raspberries
While summer still has a few weeks left, fall colors are already starting to show, the first of which are the ripening fruits of the various species of raspberry plants found around the Kenai Peninsula.

A damp late-summer hike on the Yankee Basin trail
One damp day in August, a small group of hikers set off on the Yankee Basin trail.

25 years strong for Klondike
For 24 years the Klondike Trail of '98 International Road Relay had been providing challenging conditions, entertaining team camaraderie and even more interesting stories.

Skagway Open Cross Country Results

Larson's arm proves to be the difference
t was only a matter of time before the Juneau-Douglas High School football team needed to prove it could throw to win.

Spirited Bears win meets at home
For the Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team, showing team energy is nearly as important as times and wins.

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.

Maake preserves Juneau-Douglas football team's perfect record with key tackle
If Juneau-Douglas High School's Silver Maake makes a big play, more often than not, it's on the offensive side of the ball.

Palmer Cross Country Invitational results

JDHS girls finish 2nd in Palmer
Racing against Alaska's top teams, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls cross country teams acquitted themselves well at the Palmer Invitational on Saturday.

Crimson Bears split with the Kings
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team dropped its first game of the season over the weekend but learned some valuable lessons in the process.

Photo: Are you down with ODP?
Juneau's Max Lyons makes a save during tryouts for Alaska youth soccer's Olympic Development Program on Sunday in Juneau. The ODP is a system developed by US Youth Soccer to target top young talent around the nation.

NOAA researchers confirm predictions of Arctic sea ice loss
Computer predictions of a dramatic decline of sea ice in regions of the Arctic are confirmed by actual observations, according to scientists for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Alaska Digest
CH2M HILL finalizes sale of VECO Corp., Opening statements to begin in Kott trial, Bread overdose kills Alaska prison cows, Alaska man charged in child porn case

Fairbanks considers group climate change response
The Fairbanks North Star Borough will consider joining other Alaska communities reacting to climate change and taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Opponents campaign against Ketchikan jewelry store initiative
Opponents of a ballot initiative to limit jewelry stores in Ketchikan have formed a political action committee and plan to campaign against the measure.

Alaska's wet towns draw heavy drinkers
Villagers from far-flung Eskimo communities where alcohol is banned regularly pour into this old Gold Rush town and its many bars and liquor stores - not just to drink, but to get plastered.

Man donates vintage warplane to Commemorative Air Force
At Lake Hood, with a north wind blowing just nippy enough to remind us what's coming, Howard "Mike" Hunt climbed into the cockpit of a blazing-yellow AT-6 Harvard warbird.

Vibrations hit oil pipeline at pump station
Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. is taking steps to address potentially dangerous vibrations in a newly rebuilt pump station of the trans-Alaska pipeline.

Alaska Digest
Juneau police win technology award, Eaglecrest raises lift ticket prices, State drops homicide case against driver

This Day in History
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This Day in History
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Era Helicopters to expand La. training center
Era Helicopters, an international aviation company based in Lake Charles, will use a $2.1 million Louisiana Economic Development Rapid Response Fund grant to expand its local training facility.

Angoon mayor resigns
After months of community financial turmoil and consistent requests for Angoon Mayor Walter Jack to step down, he offered his resignation.

Scientists say polar bears will disappear from Alaska by 2050
Two-thirds of the world's polar bears will be killed off by 2050 - and the entire population gone from Alaska - because of thinning sea ice from global warming in the Arctic, government scientists forecast Friday.

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