Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Yes, Mr. Fisk, we do need the road
In response to Mr. Fisk and the road (Sept. 13), you seem to forget that Alaska Airlines charges $150 per animal (one-way) and the expense of an airline-approved crate ($100 for dogs, $55 for cats) for the trip.

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

Why are gas prices so high in town?
Oil is down 18.5 percent from its July highs, gas futures are down 34.6 percent and the national average retail price at the pump has fallen 15 percent to $2.58 a gallon.

Complainers make this a great city
I just wanted to say something about this Hooligan war going on right now.

Check the dictionary for sarcasm, please
This is regarding Alana Marquardt's Sept. 15 response to Josh Carter's Sept. 8 Letter to the Editor.

Road won't save much in travel costs
Mr. Fisk's comments (Sept. 13) oversimplify the ground-travel situation in Juneau.

Who profits from marijuana prohibition
Drugs and alcohol have been targeted as a home wrecker in Alaskan communities by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Apparent neglect at Aurora Harbor
The table for cleaning fish at Aurora Harbor's main float, between the L and N floats, has not had water for a long time.

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.

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.

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.

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

Around Town

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

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.

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

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

Artist leaves a cultural legacy
Juneau lost more than a world-renowned bead artist when Emma Frances Marks, 93, died early Monday.

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.

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

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

Photo: Images from another time
Juneau Empiure File Photo

Weddings: Seguin and Preecs wed
Sandlin Preecs and Mathew Seguin, of Juneau, were married Aug. 5 at the Mendenhall Glacier outdoor viewing platform.

Neighbors Digest
Fil-Am hosts annual fundraising dinner & Jewish Community has weekend services

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks to Eaglecrest staff for continuing Blueberry Festival & Thanks for supporting the Juneau Community Garden's Harvest Fair

Photo: Recycling fundraiser
Each week for the last several years, two Princess ships have sorted their trash and donated the crushed aluminum cans to the scouts.

Photo: Going to market
Mustard Seed volunteer Jan Van Slyke sorts through a quilt and other items donated for the Saturday Market, from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the St. Ann's Parish Hall...

Pets of the week
Linus, Slick look for loving families

Living and Growing: Right relationships are keys to peace
Sept. 21 is the International Day of Peace. Look at the headlines in the newspaper or spend 5 minutes watching TV news and you quickly realize how badly our world needs a day of peace.

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.

Emma Frances Marks
Emma Frances Marks (Seigeigéi), 93, died Sept. 18, 2006, peacefully at home, surrounded by family at Marks Trail in Juneau, the Marks family homesite for six generations.

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

My turn: Palin no moderate when it comes to abortion
Many people think of Sarah Palin, the Republican nominee for governor, as a moderate but, as you consider how you'll cast your vote in November, look closely at some of her views on reproductive health and education - they aren't moderate at all.

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.

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: In pursuit
A Hawkeyes ball carrier tries to slip past a member of the Huskies during their Juneau Youth Football League matchup last 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.

Four Red Raiders find the end zone in abbreviated victory over Sitka
The Juneau Youth Football League's Red Raiders spread the wealth in a 27-0 shutout of the Sitka Storm last weekend in a senior division battle.

Haines High School Cross Country Meet results
Sept. 8, 5 kilometers

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.

Alaska Digest
School district buys 150-plus computers, Oil giant wins stay in whale requirements & Homer mulls boost in summer sales tax

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.

Edgmon asks court to review election
A candidate for a southwestern Alaska House seat wants the state Supreme Court to review the results of the Democratic primary election he lost by a single vote.

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

Managers cancel grizzly-bear hunt
State game managers have halted plans for hunting grizzly bears on the Kenai Peninsula next month because too many already have been killed this year.

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.

Alaska group calls for Rumsfeld's resignation
Six family members of soldiers assigned to Alaska have called for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, claiming he misled them during a trip to the state last month.

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.

BP means business in global warming
Skeptics doubt that the nation should respond to global warming, but don't count petroleum giant BP among them.

State faults hospital for radiation use
Radiology technicians illegally and routinely exposed patients to needlessly high radiation levels at Juneau's Bartlett Regional Hospital, state and federal health regulators discovered during a recent investigation.

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