Thursday, September 28, 2006

Alaska needs Palin for governor
As a former resident of the Anchorage and Fairbanks areas, I still care very much for the future of the 49th state.

Letter referred to harbor management
I'd like to clarify my use of "harbor staff" in Tuesday's My Turn column.

Vote against any sales tax initiative
Here are some recent front page headlines in the Juneau Empire: "Survey: Juneau's expensive," July 20; "Residents: Costs drive people away," July 27; "Residents brace for higher heating costs," Sept. 12; "Drivers fume even as fuel prices drop," Sept. 24.

Road plan only extends a dead end
My name is Devin Baxter. I am a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School and a JDHS Student Council representative to the mayor's task force.

Clearing up some misconceptions
I find some of the responses to the Kubley article amazing and sad.

Build a railroad, not a natural gas pipeline
Eleven hundred railcars filled with 170,000 pounds of liquefied natural gas hauls the equivalent amount of gasified natural gas as the gas pipeline.

Provide a living wage to average consumer
This letter is in response to four different articles within the Empire over the last couple of weeks, and if the readers will bear with me, I will tie them all together upon summation.

Coeur Alaska and others did homework
In a recent letter to the editor, Mr. Sebastian, Sept. 19, suggested that Coeur Alaska had "done its homework in advance."

'Bong Hits' ruling doesn't need clarity
Why I believe Phyllis Carlson should not be returned to the Juneau School Board.

Developer outlines downtown building
The Juneau Planning Commission unanimously approved a developer's plan Tuesday to demolish a building on the 400 block of South Franklin Street, paving the way for a more modern building.

Images from another time
Legendary Alaska aviator Shell Simmons stands in front of an Alaska Airlines 727 jet at Juneau International Airport circa 1979.

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

Correction
An info box in Wednesday's paper incorrectly gave the dates Bruce Botelho was mayor of Juneau.

Mayoral candidates build on experience
Investment advisor Brad Fluetsch says affordable housing in Juneau has become a runaway train in recent years and the community needs to get the cost of living back on track.

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

Rotary seeks exchange students for the upcoming school year
Last summer, Tamsen Peeples quickly learned that her fellow students at an all-girls school in Auckland, New Zealand, had misconceptions about Alaska.

Correction

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

Photo: Schools outfitted with defibrillators
Floyd Dryden Middle School assistant principal Jackie Kookesh, right, practices using an automated external defibrillator...

Renters not the only ones paying high cost of living
Rents might be high in Juneau, but landlords say they've got bills increasing to the point that some are questioning whether this once-profitable investment is worth it anymore.

District 1 Assembly Race
Commercial fisherman Mark Stopha has opinions on all of the hot-button issues this election season, but he is focusing his campaign efforts on one topic close to his heart - better management of the docks and harbors.

Mayoral candidates build on experience
For incumbent Mayor Bruce Botelho, his five decades in Juneau are just the beginning. He wants to make his mark for years to come.

District 1 Assembly Race
David Stone wants to build on his experience on the Juneau Assembly to help the community remedy the cost of living and lack of affordable housing.

Joseph L. Estep
Former Juneau resident Joseph L. Estep, 60, died Sept. 9, 2006, in Portsmouth, Va.

Fish fleets face new rules on alcohol , drugs
A new Coast Guard regulation meant to crack down on drug and alcohol use in the commercial fishing fleet has left smaller operators - if they are even aware of it - a bit skeptical.

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

Assistant police chief to retire
Tom Porter, the No. 2 man in the Juneau Police Department, has had a long and honorable career in law enforcement, said Chief Greg Browning, who believes there are three strong candidates to take Porter's place.

Photo: Community grant for Project Playground
Project Playground representatives accept a $5,000 community grant, for the new playground at Twin Lakes, from the Fred Meyer Foundation on Sept. 12 at the future playground site.

Sgt. Michael Phelps
My military career started when I joined the high school ROTC program when I was living in North Carolina.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for contributing to Big Brothers and United Way

Pets of the week
Funkster, Tara are friendly animals

Hospice volunteers practice 'vigil care'
Most of us are familiar with the term "birth coaching" or "doula" when applied to bringing new life into this world.

Neighbors Digest
Big Brothers' 'Guys Night Out' held at last JDHS football game, Juneau Kids Coalition sponsors free vaccination clinic on Oct. 7, Sports development program offers six-week class starting Oct. 14 &: Widowed Persons Service serves brunch at support group Sunday

Charles Gregory
Kake resident Charles Edward Gregory, 53, died Sept. 23, 2006, in Kake.

Joseph L. Estep
Former Juneau resident Joseph L. Estep, 60, died Sept. 9, 2006, in Portsmouth, Va.

Empire editorial: Venezuela's gift is an unhappy windfall
It's like a kick in the gut to open the newspaper and read that Alaskans are getting aid from the likes of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez.

My Turn: Fighting modern battles with ancient methods
President Bush proposes to fight "the ideological battle of the 21st century" using the tools and methods of the Middle Ages, including torture and the Star Chamber.

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.

Hawkeyes' defense plays strong to help defeat tough Warriors
The Hawkeyes stopped the Warriors' extra-point conversion attempt to pull out a hard-fought 21-20 overtime victory in the Juneau Youth Football League's Junior Division last weekend.

Bijon takes two at JDHS fundraising tournament
Vini Bijon won a pair of tournaments last weekend in the Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team fundraiser doubles tournament at the JRC/The Alaska Club.

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 PARKS AND RECREATION men's and women's volleyball standings
Standings...

JDHS enters state full of confidence
At 7:30 a.m. this morning, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls cross country teams embark on a flight to Anchorage for Saturday's state championship meet.

Dredge Lake Night Mountain Bike Race results
Dredge Lake Night Mountain Bike Race

Alaska high school swimming and diving Top 16 Performances
Alaska High School Swimming and Diving Top 16 Performacnes

Four Juneau Shotokan members take 3rd in Anchorage competition
Four youth members of the Juneau Shotokan Karate Club captured third-place honors at the 28th annual International Shotokan Karate Federation/U.S. National and Collegiate Karate Championships in Anchorage on Sept. 2-3.

Photo: Stand your ground
A Wildcats ballcarrier and a Cowboys defender collide in the center of Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park...

BP increases oil field production
Oil giant BP restarted the eastern side of the Prudhoe Bay oil field - shut down since August when a leak was found - and expects production to reach 150,000 barrels a day by the weekend, a BP spokesman said Tuesday.

FBI seizes documents from Ben Stevens
FBI agents have seized more documents during a second visit to the legislative office of Senate President Ben Stevens, some related to his consulting work for the fisheries industry.

Public criticizes same-sex proposal
Alaska would be preparing "a recipe for disaster" by imposing its proposal for extending spousal benefits to same-sex couples next year, said a woman who argued Wednesday she still sees discrimination in the court-ordered rules.

Fourpeaked Mountain may erupt, but isn't 'imminent'
Vents on Fourpeaked Mountain have been spewing volcanic gases and experts at the Alaska Volcano Observatory say an eruption could occur.

Governor's race takes edgier tone
The race to be Alaska's governor appears to be taking an edgier tone just 43 days before the Nov. 7 election.

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

Alaska Digest
Decision on Auke Lake ordinance delayed & Medical exam shows woman died quickly

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

Deployment ceremony held in Anchorage for thousands of soldiers headed to Iraq
Army wife Mackenzie Norfleet has a strategy for keeping her husband safe during his one-year deployment in Iraq, where he will patrol the dangerous streets of south Baghdad.

Alaska Digest
Diocese sells property to cover settlements, Cleanup follows oil spill in Chena River & Basketball players charged in thefts

Palin opts for troop deployment over debate
Independent gubernatorial candidate Andrew Halcro said he saw Republican Sarah Palin at a candidate forum Wednesday and fully expected to see her at a debate later that afternoon.

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