Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Reparation, not discrimination
This is in response to the letter about Sealaska's "racist job ad." I write to educate those, like Mr. Wirtz, who know nothing of tribal sovereignty or the history and purpose of Native corporations.

A congressman for all Gravina
Last week on Alaska Public Radio, where the topic was U.S. House majority leader Tom DeLay's legal and ethical lapses, our very own Rep. Don Young was able to counter statements by Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi by calling her "a rabid skunk with glittering eyes and gashing teeth."

Support troops with torture ban
About anywhere one goes these days, we see a message from people who care about this country, and about the men in our armed forces: "Support our troops."

Mine offers escape from poverty
This letter is to inform the public that the Chilkoot Indian Association of Haines is ardently opposed to the most recent lawsuit filed by the Southeast Conservation Council against the U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers, regarding the permitting process with the Kensington Mine.

Miers only credential may be loyalty
President Bush said that the reason he nominated Harriet Miers to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court is that "she is not going to change.

Pedestrians should protect themselves
What makes people think they can cross Cordova Street at Douglas Highway and the traffic will automatically stop?

Public perceptions of capital projects
The Sunday editorial on city capital improvement projects made a bit of sense, but I believe that it missed the mark on what residents really would like presented when projects are proposed.

Assembly picks 3 spots for 2nd bridge
The Juneau Assembly on Monday picked three favorable locations for a second crossing over Gastineau Channel and scrapped the possibility of building it near the airport.

Photo: Looking for lunch
A bald eagle looks out over Gastineau Channel as he searches for a meal Monday.

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

Annual JDHS college fair gives its students options
High school requires students to make big life decisions over their school careers, not the least of which is what to do with themselves after graduation.

Board certifies city election results
A four-member canvass review board certified the results of the Oct. 4 municipal elections Tuesday evening.

City's mediation role gets go-ahead
The Juneau Assembly approved on Monday the mayor's proposal to mediate in an environmental dispute concerning the Kensington Mine.

Photo: Out with the old
Chuck Adams, of North Pacific Erectors, clears debris Monday at the site of the razed Timberwolf gift shop downtown.

Photo: Rainforest basketball
Colin Zheng, left, and Tyler Trapp, both sixth-graders at Floyd Dryden Middle School, compete for possession Tuesday while warming up for basketball tryouts.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

City to foot 80 percent of sea-walk tab
Property owners along Juneau's downtown waterfront will be required to pay 20 percent of the costs of a sea walk the city plans to build from the Juneau-Douglas Bridge to a rock dump near Thane Road.

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

One-time top AK forester honored
From his home among the trees of Douglas Island on a cool rainy Tuesday morning, John Sandor said there was no place he would rather be.

Photo: Windy city
A stiff wind blew a neighbor's cottonwood tree onto the carport of Paula Sumdum's house Sunday night on Linda Street.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Domestic Violence Awareness Month means to alert public to a real problem
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Photo: Firefighter stopover
The Mat-Su Fire Crew IA were in Juneau in August waiting for their flight out of Southeast Alaska.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Crowe and Haumann to marry
Former Juneau resident Jodi Lynn Crowe and Brett Duane Haumann of Meridian, Idaho, will be married Oct. 14, 2005, at the Latter-day Saints Boise Temple, in Boise, Idaho. A ring ceremony and reception will follow the wedding.

Strays and feral cats need herding
Every kitten is born with the potential to become either a feral cat or a pet. It all depends on whether the kitten is handled by humans in its first 12 weeks of life.

Kohnen and Shah wed
Former Juneau resident Felicia Frances Kohnen and Kashif Tahir Shah were married at 2 p.m., June 25, 2005, at Glacier Valley Baptist Church. A reception followed at Centennial Hall.

My turn: Revitalizing Alaska's salmon industry in the last 3 years
A recent University of Alaska study regarding Alaska's commercial salmon industry fails to acknowledge the Murkowski administration's success in revitalizing Alaska's salmon industry.

My Turn: Alaskans have most to gain from an all-Alaska gas line
Oil industry aligned critics continue to lambast the all-Alaska gas line as proposed by the Alaska Gasline Port Authority using false information. Now, the facts:

My turn: Permanent fund trustees poised to change its 'no secrets' policy
If the Alaska Permanent Fund commissioned a gas pipeline study they wouldn't necessarily have to make that study public, says Mike Burns, the fund's executive director.

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.

Midnight Suns take 2nd place during tournament play in Des Moines, Wash.
Juneau's Midnight Suns Under-12 baseball team captured second place overall during the Shark Shootout tournament over the Labor Day weekened in Des Moines, Wash.

Huskies score four TDs on the ground in win
The Huskies scored four rushing touchdowns en route to a 28-0 win over the Hawkeyes in the Juneau Youth Football League junior division last weekend.

High School Swimming and Diving Results
from Friday

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.

Angoon council to canvass unofficial vote against alcohol
With absentee votes coming in against alcohol possession in Angoon, the City Council today is scheduled to canvas the unofficial vote rejecting a question that would have legalized it.

Ruling expected on cruise ship tax initiative
A citizens ballot initiative that would impose new taxes and environmental rules on giant foreign-flagged cruise ships is expected to be decided soon in Anchorage Superior Court.

Sen. Murkowski bill would divvy up 9th Circuit
A bill introduced in Congress by Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Tuesday would divide a federal appeals court that has ruled on many controversial Alaska cases, including a recent rejection of timber demand projections in the Tongass Land Management Plan.

Study: Viagra an unintended tool for wildlife conservation
The popularity of impotence drugs like Viagra may end up dwindling the demand to poach some threatened animals for traditional Asian cures.

Ketchikan school gets on national historic register
The National Park Service has named Ketchikan's former Clover Pass School to the National Register of Historic Places.

Suit over legislative staff bonuses settled
A lawsuit over the Alaska Legislature's leadership giving cash bonuses to staff members was settled with an agreement to end such practices.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Feds urged to launch halibut charter quota plan
Members of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council are frustrated that four years after it approved the controversial halibut charter IFQ plan, federal regulators still haven't drafted regulations.

Anchorage police create vice squad
The Anchorage Police Department is restructuring its crime intervention unit to give it a more citywide focus than just downtown, officials said Monday.

State is upgrading computer security after hacking attempt
The state is working on a $7 million computer security upgrade after a hacker based in Brazil broke into Alaska's network in January.

This Day in History
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Group says mines' reclamation bonds fall short
An independent scientist based in Bozeman, Mont., analyzed six Alaska mines and said Monday that none of them have adequate financial assurances - including the Kensington and Greens Creek mines near Juneau.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

This Day in History
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