Tuesday, September 19, 2006

A new chair lift for Eaglecrest? Not really
I agree almost completely with Steve Wolf's recent My Turn, "Feeling Squeezed?" (Aug. 27), but one example he used to illustrate reckless city spending is just plain wrong.

Empire's shirking its civic responsibility
I recently noticed that the Juneau Empire was no longer publishing the names of those arrested for driving under the influence, as well as the court report.

Juneau road is both costly and dangerous
Sure, a toll road may be cheaper to the vehicle traveler, if one doesn't add up all the costs. Though the state has argued that roads are cheaper to maintain than ferries...

Fluoride is all around us; why add more?
Reading David Ottoson's My Turn (Sept. 11) makes me think of several points that his otherwise well-written article left out, and I thought I should finish the job of informing the public about this wrongful practice of adding fluoride to everyone's drinking water.

Boycott the sponsors of 9/11 miniseries
It is important that our remaining free press be aware that there are many of us who recognize the bought and paid for intentions of ABC to air "The Path to 9/11" represent not just a betrayal of all principles of journalism, but a reckless, dangerous and destructive act.

Don't sacrifice the Clean Water Act
It's not hard to understand why officials at Coeur d'Alene Mine Corp. might be upset that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to take a closer look at Kensington's lake-based tailings disposal plan.

Board should foot bill for 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus'
I agree with Erik Lie-Nielsen's Sept. 10 letter 100 percent.

Letter little more than liberal talking points
Lowell Barrick's attack (Sept. 12) on Gregory Acres opinion (Aug. 22) was nothing more than Howard Dean talking points and bumper sticker slogans mixed with yadda-yadda-yadda...

Photo: Learning to grow
Eight-year-old Dawson June, 41/2 feet tall, is dwarfed on Sunday by his 8-foot-tall sunflower...

Photo: Any catnip around here?
Marian Koelsch works in her garden Monday next to her house on Evergreen Avenue.

Around Town

Judge finds same-sex benefits too restrictive
An Anchorage judge has found the state's proposed rules on benefits for same-sex couples too stringent.

Photo: Playful group
About 25 Stellar sea lions swim and play Wednesday with a pair of humpback whales in the Favorite Channel just outside Juneau.

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

Man hit in parking lot in critical condition
A 72-year-old Juneau was flown to an Anchorage hospital in critical condition Sunday after he was hit by a side-view mirror of a slow-moving Jeep in the Nugget Mall parking lot Saturday morning.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation & the world

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation & the world

Juneau cable service will switch to digital next month
Juneau is one of the many communities across the nation getting a jump on the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television in 2009.

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

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

Photo: Singling out Spinach
Ted Heslin, produce manger for Rainbow Foods, holds spinach Monday at the health-food store.

Leona Koschmann
Longtime Alaska resident Leona Virginia Koschmann, 92, died Aug. 29, 2006, in Seattle.

Elizabeth Katasse
Juneau resident Elizabeth "Queenie" Nelsen Katasse, 89, died Sept. 15, 2006, in Juneau with her family at her bedside.

Adoracion Roldan Ramos
Adoracion Roldan Ramos

One way to tick off a dictator
Did you hear the one about the Kazakh comedian?

My turn: Road will help solve problems
The issues in the upcoming city and state elections are the cost of living, the availability of low-income housing, the inability to retain our youth and access to Juneau.

Railbelt Conference Standings
Standings

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: Tennis anyone?
The Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team members pose with their first-place ribbons after winning the Alyeska Invitational in Fairbanks on Aug. 26.

Sharp focus and execution propel JDHS
It didn't matter that Colony's offensive and defensive lines outweighed their Juneau-Douglas High School counterparts by roughly 50 pounds per player Friday.

Football
Juneau-Douglas 22, Colony 13

Sharp focus and execution propel JDHS
It didn't matter that Colony's offensive and defensive lines outweighed their Juneau-Douglas High School counterparts by roughly 50 pounds per player Friday.

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.

Native artists enjoying new opportunities
Not long ago, the Alaska Native Arts Foundation found a home at the corner of E Street and Sixth Avenue.

Alaska Digest
Plane delayed four hours by bomb threat, Young pushes to let Natives select land & Officials announce anti-meth campaign

Photo: Tearful hello
Leslie Burdick, left, welcomes her husband, Tech Sgt. Kelly Burdick, back from Afghanistan on Friday as he is embraced by their children...

Mayor charged with game violations
The Northwest Arctic Borough mayor, who has strongly advocated for tough enforcement of hunting laws in his region, has been charged with several game violations.

Lunar cycle creates noon moon
Something lunar is happening, although with all these clouds looming about, who would know it.

Alaska Digest
Salmon Creek trail closed for repairs & Fort Wainwright soldier killed in Iraq & Ashford Hospitality buys Anchorage hotel

Mushers working to preserve trails
A trail plan recently adopted by the Willow Area Community Organization is setting the stage for what many Willow residents hope will be the preservation of a way of life in Alaska.

Paralyzed veterans take part in specialized moose hunt
Ron Hoskins looked pretty much like any other moose hunter in Alaska.

Moses comes out ahead in recount
Veteran Alaska lawmaker Carl Moses came out one vote ahead in a recount of a tight Democratic primary in state House District 37.

Mayors gather to discuss cities' response to global warming
Mayors from 32 U.S cities were urged Sunday to take leadership roles in slowing global warming by taking steps in their communities.

Riverboat company owners dispute back-rent decision
An ongoing dispute between a Fairbanks tourist attraction and the state is no closer to being settled after the company appealed a new fee proposal from the state.

Plane crash in Denali National Park kills 2
nvestigators on Monday navigated a treacherous gorge that holds the remains of a plane crash that killed two people on the western edge of Denali National Park and Preserve last week.

Pipeline delays too costly, officials say
Proposed natural gas pipelines from Alaska's North Slope and Canada's MacKenzie Valley have been stymied by chronic setbacks and both projects risk missing a crucial window of time to materialize, officials said Monday.

Mayors eye ways to curb climate change
Vanta Shafer says it used to be a shorter walk to see Exit Glacier 14 years ago when she was a mother entertaining her children and not the mayor of nearby Seward.

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