Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Remember problem of the Midas touch
Proponents of the Kensington Mine would do well to remember the tale of King Midas, who lost everything he held dear in his lust for gold.

Activist is not a transportation expert
Malcolm Menzies' editorial the other day about a road out of Juneau and SEACC's involvement was right on.

People need to make roundabout work
I am writing because I am a Douglas citizen concerned about the new roundabout. I am glad the Juneau Empire published the article on the roundabout.

Day care trumps water park
As a single working mother of a 2-year-old, I find it incredibly stressful and difficult to find adequate child care in Juneau.

We live in a more dangerous country
When pressed by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for a response on the Hurricane Katrina disaster in the gulf, and Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown's culpability in the national tragedy, our commander in disbelief, George W. Bush, had this to say: "What didn't go right?"

Mine threatens healthy fisheries
I remember about 15 years ago the Kensington Mine project started to rear its ugly head and several fishermen went and testified.

Army Corps shirks responsibility
The decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to allow Kensington gold mine to dump millions of chemically treated mine tailings into a pristine lake is immoral.

Waivers should be first step to free ed
The university's attack on tuition waivers for senior Alaskans continues unabated.

Stand up for clean water
It's good to see the conservation community standing up against Coeur Alaska's plan to dump mine tailings into a Juneau lake.

SEACC sues to block Kensington
Two Southeast Alaska environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit Monday to try to prevent Coeur Alaska from dumping rock waste from the Kensington Mine into a subalpine lake north of Juneau.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Grace at Treadwell
Figure skaters Sarah McDermott, left, and Lynzey Culver, both 11 years old, practice a move called a spiral Monday during the freestyle skate at the Treadwell Arena.

School counselors' positions extended
The Juneau School District has extended the contracts of three problem solvers to address the district's dropout rate.

Photo: While the running's good
Sherry Roundtree runs southbound Monday near Mile 15 of the Glacier Highway during a 10-mile run.

Gas cost up; Oil industry: Katrina did it
Every time Joyce Simons drives to Haines from her home near the Canadian border, gasoline prices go up.

Business leaders head to state show
This week Juneau business leaders will have a chance to hear and chat with other Alaska executives, as well as the state's congressional delegation and a variety of other company representatives interested in the state's economy.

Experts monitor tangled whale calf
Whale biologists are monitoring a humpback whale calf tangled in crab pot gear near Juneau this week.

Photo: New firefighting tool
From left, Capital City Fire and Rescue firefighter-emergency medical technician Mark Fuette, firefighter-paramedic Marilyn DeVilbiss and firefighter-paramedic Todd Cameron practice using a new firefighting tool called the piercing nozzle Tuesday at the Juneau fire station.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Unprecedented numbers leave for Katrina relief
Juneau resident Dale Kelley is packed and ready to go help Hurricane Katrina victims for a few weeks.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Photo: Removing temptation
J.J. Johnson picks some pretty-ripe Braeburn apples last week off her backyard tree in Switzer Creek.

Steps to a healthier SE Alaska
When I was a kid, I used to walk three miles in the snow to get to school."

Campaign contributions right now are on the back burner
With the present concern for hurricane Katrina, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, Social Security reform and other issues, the whole question of campaign contributions to political candidates is on the back burner. But the back burner is turned off.

Mary Anita Abbott Aspinwall
Juneau resident Mary Anita Abbott Aspinwall, 66, died Sept. 10, 2005, in Seattle.

Daniel Lawrence Jackson
Kake resident Daniel "Dan" Lawrence Jackson died Sept. 9, 2005, in Anchorage.

My Turn: State uses misleading rhetoric in road debate
Nothing pains me more than seeing large organizations play the role of David in an effort to make their opponents seem the Goliath.

My Turn: Get real on potential gas line
As Alaskans consider our options for a North Slope gas project, we'll do well to remember that wishful thinking is no substitute for actual thought.

Damian's TD late pass lifts Bruins to thrilling win
Beau Damian completed a touchdown pass to Franklin Hotch in the game's waning seconds as the Bruins earned a stunning 18-12 victory in the Juneau Youth Football League's Senior Division.

Juneau rocks the Klondike relays
On the surface, it's just a 108-mile stretch of land that connects Skagway to Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory.

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
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Fish Report: Coho anglers still find success
Here is the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Juneau area fishing report for the week that ended Sunday:

ADN/ALASKA State Coaches Football Poll
Here are the Anchorage Daily News/Alaska State Coaches Football Polls, as voted on by high school coaches and compiled by the Anchorage Daily News.

Katrina fuels calls for more oil exploration
Hurricane Katrina has reopened a national debate on energy policy, generating new congressional support for more stringent automobile fuel economy requirements and a fresh push by the oil industry for drilling in areas now off-limits.

Missouri firm plans Anchorage fabrication plant
The president of a company that makes an environmentally friendly wall- and roof-building system plans to build a manufacturing plant in Anchorage that could employ up to 100 Alaskans.

Peninsula residents rethink bridge
Support for a bridge across the Kenai River that would open up Funny River country has grown somewhat muted after Kenai Peninsula residents discovered they may have to pay a significant chunk of the bridge's cost.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Soldier from Palmer in Iraq roadside blast
Army Sgt. Kurtis Arcala had joined the military in hopes of paying his way through college and becoming a teacher.

Teacher strives for highest elevations in each U.S. county
Dick Ellsworth gets high in a natural County Highpointers kind of way.

Anchorage zoo installs treadmill for its elephant
A 16,000-pound treadmill specifically built to exercise Maggie the elephant arrived at the Alaska Zoo, but the question remains: Just how do you get a more than 4-ton animal fighting the battle of the bulge to use a treadmill?

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