Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Time to broaden talk about the future
John Sandor, in his My Turn, "Free up More Land for Juneau," on Aug. 31, suggested that restoring prosperity in Juneau can be achieved by continuing forest management practices and policies put in place 100 years ago. But, a lot can change in a century.

Wal-Mart is bad growth for Juneau
On Sept. 12, with its grand opening, we will have grown a "Mal-Wart." Here's a few reasons for this statement:

All ATV riders pay for bad choices of a few
My family and I enjoy a sport that, unfortunately, has come under great scrutiny lately. We are ATV enthusiasts and go riding whenever we get the chance.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Juneau needs to take responsibility for trash
I applaud the Juneau Empire for endorsing expansion of the recycling program in Juneau to extend the life of the landfill. I was disappointed, however, that the editors didn't mention or endorse the key portion of the recommendations submitted by the waste consultants at the Aug. 29 public meeting.

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

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

City moves ahead with $50 million dock plan
Juneau leaders on Monday continued to move forward with plans for a $50 million cruise ship dock improvement plan that would allow two modern ships to dock at the same time by 2010.

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

Around Town

Photo: Emergency landing in Sitka
Sitka fireman Robert Dennard walks back to a fire truck Sunday after looking at the damage to a Guardian Flight King Air aircraft that landed at the Sitka airport without a front landing gear.

Wal-Mart to open doors Wednesday
Business and community representatives gathered for a sneak preview of the first Wal-Mart superstore in Alaska on Monday night, getting a glimpse of merchandise and prices ahead of the store's Wednesday opening.

African Children's Choir will perform in Juneau
Some of the 25 Ugandan children touring with the African Children's Choir had seen large buildings before, but most of them had never seen a washer and dryer, or even a microwave, before embarking on their current 14-month jaunt through the United States.

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

Photo: Taking center stage, 1979 Images from another time
Patricia Hull, center, playing Eliza Doolittle, sings "Wouldn't It Be Lovely" in Juneau-Douglas High School's 1979 production of the musical "My Fair Lady." The Cockneys, from left, are Ron Ciraulo, Greg Peck, Jon Lutterman and Gordon Mikesell.

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

Online video of encounter with endangered seal may lead to fine
A man who posted an online video that appears to show him harassing an endangered monk seal may be in trouble with the law.

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LaVerne G. LeBlanc
Longtime Juneau resident LaVerne G. LeBlanc died Sept. 7, 2007, at Wildflower Court in Juneau. She was 98.

Creston Faver
Former Juneau resident Creston Faver died Aug. 28, 2007, in Amarillo, Texas. At the time of his death, he was a resident at the Clairmont retirement community in Amarillo. He was 74.

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.

My turn: Fluoridation: Why Europe matters
Europe largely does not fluoridate its water. For two reasons, this matters to us in Juneau as we decide whether to put fluoride back in city water.

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?"

Outside editorial: Save standards of U.S. schools
The debate on No Child Left Behind begins in earnest this week, and the outcome will be determined by one fundamental question: Does this country want to make schools better - or just make schools look better?

Midnight Suns take fifth place at Washington state 12-and-under tournament
The Juneau Midnight Suns 12-and-under baseball team took fifth place at an Amateur Athletic Union regional qualifier tournament in Lacey, Wash., over Labor Day weekend.

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.

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.

Sports Digest
JDHS grad Ryan Gorle earns academic honor, Bills' Kevin Everett likely to be paralyzed, Russell, Raiders finally agree to contract

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.

JDHS moves up to No. 1
A big road win by the Juneau-Douglas High School football team and an upset in Anchorage led to a shake-up in the latest Alaska Sports Broadcasters Network poll, released Monday.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Makah seek to distance tribe from whale killing
The Makah Indian Tribe said Monday it was flying some of its members to Washington, D.C., to assure the state's congressional delegation the tribe did not authorize the killing of a gray whale over the weekend.

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

Alaska Digest
Tlingit artist crafts canoe for exhibit at Smithsonian museum, University of Alaska Foundation reports good financial year, minimum bid for Matanuska Maid dairy is $3.3 million, Alaska Strykersoldiers to trainwith Indian army, shareholder may challenge resultsof board election

Contrasting portraits kick off Kott trial
Former state Rep. Pete Kott was a willing puppet dancing to strings pulled by officials for an oil field services company that stood to be enriched if a natural gas pipeline was built, a federal prosecutor said Monday at the opening of Kott's corruption trial.

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.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

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.

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.

Study: Gray whale comeback may be based on miscalculation
One of the great success stories of the ocean, the return of the Pacific gray whale, may have been based on a miscalculation, scientists reported Monday in a study based on whale genetics.

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