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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Clearing up 'fuzzy' math about the road
I've got to respond to Greg Fisk's letter to the editor of Sept. 13. It is really boring when individuals continually exaggerate and try to make the case demonstrating the economic disadvantages of a hard link to the mainland.

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

Drivers fume even as fuel prices drop
Gasoline prices in Juneau dropped 10 cents a gallon this week, but local drivers still fume at paying more than other Alaskans.

Photo: Charity 'kneads the dough'
Mary Anderson, left, and Barb Sharp serve cinnamon rolls Saturday at Marine Park during a fundraiser for The Glory Hole. Anderson said they prepared 560 rolls tht sold for $2.50 each.

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

Panel: Juneau already in midst of climate change
Melting glacial ice, rising shorelines, warmer winters -those who showed up Saturday to hear what the mayor's panel on climate change had to say about global warming weren't in for any surprises.

My Turn: C-student Bush gets a big fat F in my book
I believe that President George W. Bush has failed us both at home and abroad. His reckless policies and egomaniacal leadership do not make the United States safer, nor does it make the United States a better place to live.

My Turn: University of Alaska, Big Oil a weird mix
Without credibility, a university has nothing. Unfortunately, we must assign a failing grade to the very person who should be upholding the University of Alaska's integrity.

Alaska Editorial: Nation needs an energy plan
People have been complaining often and loudly about energy prices for quite some time now, and with good reason. Prices of heating fuel and gasoline have shot up in the past couple of years, but quantifying the effect on the pocketbook hasn't always been spelled out clearly.

Toe Toon

Plenty of fun to be had under Thunder
A nearly level trail "Under Thunder" runs from a trailhead behind Glacier Valley Elementary School along the base of Thunder Mountain and the upper reaches of Jordan Creek, almost to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Outsiders: Owen Bartholow
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

White water windfall
When whitewater rafting guide Greg Howard prepares people for a trip down Sixmile Creek, the first thing he teaches them is how not to drown. Sealed into drysuits and snapped into helmets, rafters are called, like lemmings, to jump into the icy cold waters of Sixmile Creek.

TWO WILD PARTIES
When they're not running for office, both candidates for governor like running around outdoors.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Wolfpack score stunning upset of Crimson Bears in Railbelt Conference tilt
If West Valley voted again tonight, Amy Wineland would be named the homecoming queen in a landslide.

Class 4A SE Cross Country results

Legendary Alaska high school football coach Nystrom dies
Buck Nystrom, the winningest football coach in Alaska high school history, died late Thursday night in Anchorage of complications from heart surgery earlier this week.

Friday's JDHS Box score

Standouts abound for Crimson Bears
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams put on an entertaining show this weekend in their first home meets of the year.

JDHS Invitational swimming and diving results

Juneau girls enjoy one perfect day
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls cross country team left no doubt as to which team is Southeast Alaska's best Saturday.

Bears' boys take the crown
By running in packs and not letting anyone get in between them, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys cross country team won the Southeast Region championship Saturday in Savikko Park.

Interior agrees to temporarily abandon North Slope lease sale
The Interior Department is willing to temporarily abandon the sale of oil leases in an environmentally sensitive area surrounding Lake Teshekpuk on Alaska's North Slope.

Election to be decided by coin toss
It may be a first in Alaska history: A state election decided by a coin toss.

Federal grand jury indicts two on ivory sale charges
A Pilot Point man and a Juneau guide have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of illegally collecting and selling walrus ivory.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the Nation and the World

Mystery shrouds divers' deaths
Five hundred miles north of Alaska, a group of shipmates from the Coast Guard cutter Healy tossed a football on the blue-and-white, diamond-hard Arctic ice.

Alaska Digest
The New Stuyahok Village Tribe, a 500-person federally recognized tribe in southwest Alaska, has joined environmental groups and lawmakers in protesting the Kensington Mine plan to dump tailings into a subalpine lake.

Crash rescuers battle perilous conditions
The wind off Shelikof Strait was blowing rain at up to 40 mph when rescuers Thursday afternoon found the survivors of a wrecked deHavilland Beaver huddled behind one of the floats detached from the crippled plane, a member of the Alaska Air National Guard rescue team said Friday.

Palin, Knowles campaigns spar over funding sources
A sparring match this week between camps vying for control of the governor's office centered on sources of campaign funding for Republican Sarah Palin and Democrat Tony Knowles.

Governor reiterates pipeline proposal
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Friday called on the Alaska House to reconsider its refusal to take up his proposed natural gas pipeline contract this fall.

Two Jesuits named in sexual abuse suit
Two sexual abuse civil suits involving deceased Jesuits were filed this week in Alaska Superior Courts in Fairbanks and Bethel.

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