Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Theater still important part of community
I've been reading with great interest the letters about Perseverance Theatre and the changes to come. After the Empire Editorial on Sunday, I was moved to write something in response. I work at Perseverance Theatre, but this is not an official response.

Fluoride vote a disappointment
The Oct. 2 election was a lost opportunity for the people of Juneau. The gap between the haves and the have-nots in this country is getting larger all the time. The rich are becoming richer and the poor are struggling and becoming more numerous.

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.

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.

Don't be shocked when state has no workers
As an 18-year employee of the state of Alaska, I read the Empire's Oct. 5 article, "State steps up efforts to keep, find workers," with great interest. I was eager to find out what rhetoric the state would use to sidestep the real issues of dealing with lousy pay and its pathetic Tier IV retirement system.

AK Women in Timber to hold reunion
For some 20 years, Alaska Women in Timber was a strong advocate for the folks who lived in the woods and made their living from the timber industry. When the mills closed, camps closed, jobs were lost and the remaining AWIT members had to give up on their organization.

Around Town

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

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

Photo: Mental Illness Awareness Week declared
Anna Kim, special assistant to Gov. Sarah Palin, second from right, shakes hands with Walter Majoros, executive director of Juneau Youth Services, after she read an executive proclamation from the governor Monday at the Capitol.

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.

Planners to review Office Depot permit
A land-use permit for an Office Depot planned in Lemon Creek is back for review before the Juneau Planning Commission tonight, after a study showed the store will not increase traffic significantly in the area.

Photo: Fresh coat
Joe Edwards of Alaska Stone and Concrete paints the new handrails Monday at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum during a break in the rain. The handrails were installed earlier this summer, but painting was delayed because of high tourist traffic.

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

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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.

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.

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.

Outside editorial: Guiding judges
Last week, the Supreme Court addressed an issue ripped from the headlines - or at least the Op-Ed pages. Should the possession of crack cocaine lead to a significantly longer prison sentence than possession of the powder variety?

My Turn: Clean elections will keep us on course
Alaska is an amazing place for grassroots democratic action. Perhaps it is because Alaska's rich history is younger than most other states that the vibrant nature of politics shines so brightly.

JDHS roundup: Bears' tennis prepares for state
The Juneau-Douglas High School tennis wrapped up its regular season on Sunday at the JRC/The Alaska Club in the Mendenhall Valley.

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.

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

Seward woman named Teacher of the Year
Eighth-grade teacher Laura Beck demands excellence from her pupils and usually receives it, but she's not one to hold a grudge if a kid has a bad day.

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.

Northwest Digest
Conference looks at oil spills in Arctic; Oregon teacher wants to take gun to school; Pollution found in remote areas of park; Effort to halt climate change blocked in Wyo.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

State workers lose millions to bond fund
After a supposedly low-risk bond fund in which 1,100 state employees invested their retirement money plunged in value in August, state officials are considering pursuing legal action against one of the nation's top mutual fund companies.

Torrent of Discovery
A private dive team exploring the waters of Southcentral Alaska has discovered the oldest American shipwreck ever found in the state, officials said Monday.

Anchorage has new tool to catch child predators
Cases of child pornography are on the rise in Alaska, and police say they are falling behind in their efforts to catch child predators who are using the Internet to target victims.

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.

State announces plans to add 2,000 prison beds
State officials are visiting several communities that could have their local correctional facilities expanded under the state's new prison plan.

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