Monday, October 8, 2007

A road, not a bridge, is a key to a strong economy in Juneau
In response to Juneau Assembly member Jeff Bush's boasting that a second bridge crossing to North Douglas is the answer to Juneau's economic woes, I say the following.

Liberals, unions cause damage to the nation
Environmentalist, unions and liberal Democrats have done irreversible damage to the economy of the U.S. These groups go about doing things to achieve their goals, but they have the same impact on America. They have all ruined the manufacturing base of the U.S. and have sent it overseas.

State should give its employees fair pay
The Administration's working group on recruitment and retention of state employees is looking for new ways of dealing with the problem. Real pay raises is a new way to address the problem.

Photos: Day at the races
A group of remote-control enthusiasts reserve the gym for three hours every Sunday.

JDHS graduate builds career on television
A year and a half ago, Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Thad Mills was working commercial construction jobs in Anchorage.

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

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

Coho catch disappoints fishermen
This fall's commercial coho salmon season came in close to historical averages, but it still left disappointment in the hearts and bank accounts of most fishermen, as it fell short of the stellar catches of the last couple of years.

Correction
A Friday story on A1 in the Juneau Empire on hiring state workers gave an incorrect example of how job requirements might change.

Around Town

Vote results unchanged after final ballot count
The Juneau Clerk's Office tallied the final vote count Friday afternoon by adding 1,524 absentee ballots and 587 questioned ballots to the final Oct. 2 election night count.

Around Town

Photo: Playing around
Gov. Sarah Palin carries an autographed football after meeting with the Juneau-Douglas High School football team before a dinner Friday at the Governor's Mansion.

Ferry union votes down state offer
Members of the Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific, which provides most of the crews on Alaska ferries, have voted down a tentative contract and have returned to the bargaining table.

Hiker safe after stormy night on ridge
Shortly before midnight Thursday members of local search and rescue teams began to rally for a 15-square-mile search for overdue hiker John Wilcock in the Lemon Creek drainage.

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Nicholas Vonda Jr.
Former Juneau resident Nicholas Joseph Vonda Jr. died on Oct. 4, 2007, in Sitka, where he lived with his longtime companion, Esther Lawson. He was 60.

My turn: The recyclable plastic bag is a myth
The issue of fluoridation is behind us, and so is the flood of letters it solicited. "The Simpsons Movie" is long gone, too, leaving in the wake a bitter taste of no easy escape from every-day reality.

Alaska editorial: Relationship between governor, delegation needs improvement
Great. This is just what Alaska needs - "frosty" relations between the state's congressional delegation and the state's chief executive.

Empire Editorial: Where did the locals go?
Perseverance Theatre is one of Juneau's crown jewels, but one of the things that has given the theater its shine has been lost of late: its cultivation of local talent.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe

My Turn: Protecting our children must be a top priority
Last month, a 15-year-old from Juneau made national headlines after she boarded an airplane and flew to Seattle without her parents' knowledge or permission. Of additional concern, she was attempting to meet someone she had encountered on the Internet.

My Turn: Endangered herring: Why now, And why only the Lynn Canal?
We find it interesting that the National Marine Fisheries Service has recently considered listing the Lynn Canal herring stocks as threatened or endangered.

Alaska editorial: Spend portion of permanent fund earnings on services
This year the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend will make slightly more than 600,000 Alaskans $1,654 richer.

Kenai Peninsula a year-round home for hardy trumpeter swans
With winter weather closing in on Alaska, many birds already have headed to the Lower 48 for the season, but not all of the Kenai Peninsula's avian species are such fair-weather fliers.

Turning the Tides: Plastics are building up in the ocean
Many think the ocean is separate from humans - a backdrop - important only for its contribution to economic growth.

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

Bear watchers get an eye-full at glacier
Thousands of visitors and Juneau residents saw bears this summer at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center - so much interaction that part of Steep Creek trail was shut down for safety reasons.

Web links
With winter almost here, remember these Web sites when looking for fun in the white stuff:

Crimson Bears crush Colony
In their last home game of the year Saturday night, the unbeaten Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears unloaded Silver Maake and dropped a defensive wall on Wasilla's Colony Knights, beating them 33-0.

Photo: Juneau volleyball
Juneau's Krista Barril, left, Gloria Lumba, center, and Rachel Peyton, right, converge on the ball during a JIVE match against Petersburg on Friday. For more information and results, check out this week's Juneau Empire.

Judge rules woman has served enough time in death of infant boy
A woman who spent more than five years incarcerated for killing a baby by smashing his head into a hard surface in her kitchen has done enough time, a judge ruled.

Alaska Digest
Coeur Alaska's Arnold to leave the company; Barge goes aground near Unalaska; Court trims clerical sexual abuse cases; Man sentenced to 50 years for killing mom

Photo: On the Rocks
A 271-foot freight barge, owned by Portland, Ore.-based Zidell Marine Corp., rests Friday on rocks on the northeast side of Summer's Bay near Unalaska. People in a tug boat noticed the barge had broken free of its mooring at 5:30 a.m., according to the Coast Guard.

Company gambles on oil exploration
Drilling in a field capable of yielding as much as 90 million barrels of oil seemed just right for Pioneer Natural Resources Co. - except for one thing. The field sits about three miles offshore in the Arctic Ocean.

Oregon girl dies from injuries in Ketchikan plane crash
A float plane crash in Alaska that killed most of an Oregon family in August has claimed another victim with the death of a 3-year-old girl who had initially survived the accident.

Online video raises questions about Katmai grizzly bear hunt
A video that shows the legal but apparently easy kill of a grizzly by hunters in Katmai National Preserve early this week was posted Friday on YouTube.

Panel from 'Into the Wild' bus brings in bucks on eBay
Whether it's just a pile of junk left in the wilderness or a pilgrim's shrine, one thing's for sure: The abandoned bus where Christopher McCandless starved to death in 1992 is now an eBay commodity.

Researchers carve new ground to find Arctic dinosaur fossils
A tunnel carved 30 feet into the frozen ground along the banks of the Colville River has helped researchers with the University of Alaska Museum of the North this summer recover some of the best preserved dinosaur fossils ever found on the North Slope, including specimens that may be from species never before found in Alaska.

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

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

Alaska National Guard troops headed home
The largest call-up of Alaska National Guardsmen since World War II is nearing an end with soldiers from more than 80 communities headed home.

Northwest Digest
Suspected drug dealer arrested; Man arrested on child pornography charges; Groups: UC Berkeley should return artifacts; Blasts began when tanker catches fire; Embattled senatorto join Hall of Fame

Photo: Planning for Barrow's future
More than 200 people attended the two-day Gas Forum in Barrow that explored ways in which the borough and industry would work together in the future.

Prosecutors unseal revised indictment against Kohring
A former Alaska state representative fired an aide at the request of political power broker Bill Allen, according to a revised indictment unsealed by federal prosecutors.

Walruses on Alaska shore alarm scientists
Scientists and conservationists are expressing alarm at the appearance of thousands of walrus on Alaska's northwest coast, a dramatic demonstration of the effects of diminished Arctic sea ice brought on by global warming.

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