Friday, September 22, 2006

Biologist encourages evangelical Christians
It's hard to picture, if you know him only by his scientific reputation, but E.O. Wilson confesses it freely: He loves watching preachers on television.

In the stacks: Juneau libraries keep young adult fiction
Young Adult fiction is written with high school readers in mind (but other readers often find good reads here, too) and is shelved with adult fiction, but easily spotted by the green stripe on the spine.

BP, Coeur Alaska and pollution
The multi-national oil giant BP has allowed corrosion to eat holes in pipelines at Prudhoe Bay, resulting in an estimated 201,000-gallon crude oil spill.

Raise pay for all state employees
I want to thank the Empire for running the well-written article of Sept. 17 explaining Administration Commissioner Nordstrand's logic and justification for the pay hikes for 74 state agency directors.

Putting the lie in conservatism
I sometimes glance through Lew Williams' Sunday columns, mostly for the laugh value and to keep an eye on his backward-looking and obsolete viewpoints.

'Road gang' is a more appropriate name
I had to laugh when I read about the "road gang's" desperate plan to breathe life into the Juneau road extension (Sept. 10 Juneau Empire).

The road will save a lot in travel costs
I've got to respond to Greg Fisk's Sept. 13 letter, "Road won't save much in travel costs."

Giving up on the police for help
I couldn't agree more with Mr. Marston's letter to the editor on Sept. 17. I am in agreement with him that the police do not protect us.

Giving up on the police for help
I couldn't agree more with Mr. Marston's letter to the editor on Sept. 17. I am in agreement with him that the police do not protect us.

Juneau Duck Derby is a losing bet
I read with interest the Juneau Duck Derby advertisement included with the Sept. 17 Juneau Empire.

A road would be an affordable alternative
I thought I could, but I cannot ignore Mr. Fisk's letter regarding the cost of driving to Bellingham or Seattle as opposed to taking the ferry.

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

Task force considers three amendments
Dogs will be free to roam Auke Lake Trail on a leash, but banned from artificial turf fields and a mile stretch near the Jensen-Olson Arboretum and Amalga Harbor Road...

PFD checks help boost Juneau's economy
Local businesses will launch advertising specials before the first wave of Alaska Permanent Fund dividend money is deposited in bank accounts on Oct. 4, Juneau Economic Development Council Executive Director Lance Miller said.

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

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

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

Corrections
An article in Thursday's Hooligan section incorrectly stated the cost of admission for the first Mountain Music Festival at 5:30 p.m. on Friday night at the Chilkat Theater on Mount Roberts.

City eyes moorage cost hike
Lifelong resident Todd Perdon has watched the moorage fees in local harbors steadily climb over the 15 years he has operated boats out of Juneau, but in recent years, they've taken off.

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

Photo: Garbage day
Marie Petersen, 11, pulls a wheelbarrow full of garbage to a Dumpster on Thursday at the Don Statter Boat Harbor at Auke Bay.

Photo: All in a day's work
Norm Mickelson pours cement Wednesday into the main entrance of the Alaskan Hotel.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for: Helping at Girl Scout fundraiser, 'Bubbles for Bucks' donation, Supporting U-16 boys soccer team & For the contributions to MDA

Student artist in the spotlight: Kierstyn Blattner
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Recognitions
The Airport Board has chosen David Palmer as the new Airport Manager. Air Force Airman Mark L. Silva graduated from basic military training & Erin Flynn completed her Bachelor of Science in biology with high honors.

FYI

Moala and Cadiente-Nelson to wed
Nemasia "Asia" Therese Cadiente-Nelson, of Juneau, and Barry James Moala, of Los Angeles, will marry at 5 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Canton House, followed by the reception.

Photo: Donation from the Moose
Faith Community School students accept a $1,000 check donation from Juneau Moose Lodge 700 Chairman, Moose Legion Committee member and Panhandle Moose Legion President Chuck Roberson...

A Democrat recounts Alaska's party politics
The history of party politics and allegiance in Alaska can be traced in the lives of our delegates to Congress and representatives and senators.

Neighbors Digest

Neighbors helping Neighbors: Perseverance Theatre
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Photo: Building blocks for reading
Coogan Construction Co. Superintendent Robert Schenker answered children's questions about his job as a builder at KTOO's most recent Family Night on Sept. 5.

Matilde T. Rodriguez
Juneau resident Matilde T. Rodriguez, 94, died Sept. 18, 2006, at Wildflower Court in Juneau.

Belle Pauline Hudson
Former Juneau resident Belle Pauline Hudson, 90, died Sept. 1, 2006, in Las Vegas.

My Turn: Road more trouble than it's worth
On three or four skiff rides this summer along the proposed Juneau access road route, I honestly wondered how the Department of Transportation plans to deal with this incredible steep terrain.

Alalska editorial: Bomb-threat suspect should be behind bars
Whoever the crackpot is who stuffed a bomb threat into a magazine aboard a Northwest Airlines flight out of Fairbanks last week ought to be throttled by the justice system when caught.

Alaska editorial: Initiative is an attempt to expand gambling
Alaskans for Gaming Reform has submitted 50,405 signatures to the state Division of Elections to put an initiative on the 2008 primary election ballot to create an Alaska Gaming Commission.

My turn: Juneau isn't 'evenly split' on road
I read with great interest the Juneau Empire's lead article Friday ("Candidates for mayor square off").

Alalska editorial: Law doubling traffic fines goes overboard
An especially nagging irritant of late for many motorists in Alaska is the notion of being assessed double traffic fines for traffic citations in highway construction zones - when there is no work under way or workers present.

Alaska high School swimming and diving Top 16 list
Alaska High School Swimming and Diving Top 16 performances

JDHS football travels north
With their playoff ticket already punched, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team will look to finish the conference-portion of its season strong tonight in Fairbanks.

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.

Juneau-Douglas ready to greet the region
After a weekend off, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls cross country teams head into the home stretch of the season Saturday with the Southeast Championships at Savikko Park.

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.

Meet the Crimson Bears
Meet the Crimson Bears

Crimson Bears ready for two tough meets
Six weeks into the swimming and diving season, the usual ailments are starting to crop up for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls teams.

Mine sends 1st regular coal order to Chile
Usibelli Coal Mine of Healy has shipped 73,000 metric tons of coal to Chile, an order that followed two years of test shipments.

Federal court upends Bush reversal on 'Roadless Rule'
Jeff Barnard / The Associated Press

State plans to release data from '04 election
The Alaska Division of Elections will release 2004 election data that the state's Democratic Party had sued the state for, division director Whitney Brewster said Wednesday.

Commission to hear dispute over funding for reserves-tax campaign
Sponsors of an initiative to tax the leaseholders of the state's natural gas reserves want the Alaska Public Offices Commission to force an opposing group to disclose where its money is coming from.

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

University regents eye 7% tuition hike
University of Alaska tuition regents will consider whether to use a tuition increase to help cover costs for low-income students.

$1,107 payout ends 5-year dividend slide
Almost every Alaskan will be $1,106.96 richer this year, thanks to dividend checks from the state's oil royalty investment program distributed annually to eligible residents just for living here.

Northwest Digest
Soldier with Juneau ties injured in Iraq, Eliason nominated for salmon hall of fame, States seek lethal removal of sea lions & Scientists: Fish kill peaks in Hood Canal

Halcro chooses new running mate
A woman well versed in local politics will try her hand at a statewide race.

Photo: Ghost barge
A U.S. Coast Guard detail from the cutter Maple boards an abandoned coal barge this month, about 60 miles southeast of the Kenai Peninsula.

Venezuelan firm says it will provide fuel oil for Alaska
Rural Alaska homes will stay warm this winter with help from a gift from a Venezuelan-owned oil refiner and a leader who has been a thorn in the side of President George W. Bush.

Prince of Wales Island bat tests positive for rabies
A bat from Prince of Wales Island tested positive for rabies, the second recorded case of bat rabies in the state, according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials.

Alaska Digest
Troopers investigate rape aboard cruise ship Norwegian Sun, Supreme Court to hear arguments in election dispute, Lobbyist can continue working for campaign & MADD money woes close office doors

State to review governor's jet use during campaign
The Alaska Public Offices Commission has taken its first steps to decide whether the campaign of Gov. Frank Murkowski must reimburse the state for trips he took on the state-owned jet during the campaign before the August primary.

Lawmakers fight Kensington plan
Fourteen members of Congress have rallied behind conservation groups against the Kensington Mine's plan to dump treated tailings into Lower Slate Lake near Juneau.

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