Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Woman appalled at dog beating
In regards to the owners of the springer spaniel who were at the Boy Scout Camp Trailhead late Sunday afternoon, I can only say that I am appalled by their behavior and angry at myself for being too stunned and not having the guts to stick up for the poor, defenseless pet.

Waring's remarks on military troubling
The Juneau School Board meeting on Oct. 9 at the Juneau-Douglas High School library was unusually crowded with veterans. They were present to support Sgt. Seth Beebe's request to not allow protesters on school grounds when recruiters are invited.

Delegation should nix attorney gen. nominee
I am writing to ask Empire readers to join me in urging Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Ted Stevens to vote no on Michael Mukasey on his appointment as U.S. attorney general.

Disputing analysis of Kensington suit
I read Juneau Assembly member Jonathan Anderson's scholarly legal analysis of the lawsuit between Kensington Mine and Southeast Alaska Conservation Council.

School Board following policy on recruiting
I am writing in regard to an article on Oct. 17 about the National Guard recruiter complaining to the Juneau School Board about limiting protest groups' access to Juneau-Douglas High School while military recruitment is underway.

City program draws more junk vehicles
The city's junk car program was intended to be a temporary solution, but it has been so successful it looks like it will be around for the long haul, officials say.

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

Photo: Learning self defense
Sandy Burgess of the Juneau Shotokan Karate Club shows Stacy Eldemar how to fend off an attacker Saturday during a day-long Women's Self Defense class at the Zach Gordan Youth Center.

'Bong Hits' game seeks to educate students, others
Google "Bong Hits 4 Jesus," and links to 923,000 pages discussing the landmark Supreme Court case pop up. At the bottom of the second page is a game that promises to educate high school students about their rights to free speech.

Cruise fees may not cover ocean rangers
Fees collected from cruise ship passengers may not be enough to cover the total cost of a new ocean ranger program launched this year, according to the state agency charged with implementing the program.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state police reported

Photo: Ready for snow
Juneau streets department employees Jerry Tisher, left, an equipment operator, and Joe Santos, a mechanic, work on installing new hardware on a snowplow for one of Juneau's "ten yarder" trucks.

Around Town

Real estate market flattens
Residential real estate list prices in Juneau have dropped 5.6 percent since last October, according to data from a service that tracks home sales.

Around Town

Renovations under way at KeyBank branch
KeyBank has begun a nine-month renovation that will restore the façade of its vintage branch in downtown Juneau, which includes remodeling its interior.

Photo: Fall flight
A bald eagle soars Monday morning over the Gastineau Channel.

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Marsha Ellen Ramsey
Longtime Juneau resident Marsha Ellen Ramsey died Oct. 13, 2007, in Juneau, after a long illness. She was 66.

My turn: Praises for the Last Frontier
I miss Alaska - having been raised all my life with the belief that Alaska is both bigger and better than any place on earth.

My turn: Dividends, beer and houses
Millionaire Rush Limbaugh once proposed a "flat tax" under which everybody paid the same amount, $5,000. He said he wanted to pay his share right now, so you knew that $5,000 meant little to him.

Alaska editorial: Let's not judge other politicians too quickly
Alaska has 69 appointed state judges, plus federal judges - and almost 500,000 unappointed with the right to vote in the next statewide election.

Outside editorial: Wounded veterans still getting the run around
All it took was an article on The Post's front page for the family of a damaged veteran of the Iraqi war to get some desperately needed help. Federal officials, embarrassed by yet another story detailing the nation's callous treatment of its wounded, cut through the red tape.

My Turn: Look who's being Orwellian
Mihael Blikshteyn and Hildegard Sellner's Oct. 8 My Turn "The recyclable plastic bag is a myth," provided one piece of hilarity and one vitally important standard when it comes to recycling in Juneau.

Outside editorial: Situational courage in D.C.
There was quite a scene in the Capitol rotunda this week: President Bush and many members of Congress honoring the Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, with the Congressional Gold Medal. China is terribly upset with the U.S. over the award.

JDHS takes third place
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team took third place in the Silver Bracket of the Service/Dimond Tournament on Saturday in Anchorage.

JDHS football coaches experience sweet relief
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team swelled with elation after capturing its second large-schools football championship Saturday with a 23-13 win over Palmer in Anchorage.

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.

Hoonah fighters steal the show at Roughhouse
Fighters from Hoonah made their presence felt at Friday's Roughhouse Boxing card at Marlintini's Lounge.

2007 Alaska State Football Coaches Association All-State Teams

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

Alaska laws protect school children from predators
Alaska has famously ranked among the top states in the nation for the last three decades when it comes to rape and sexual assault statistics.

Iditarod champ wants to win another truck
Lance Mackey accomplished something that many people thought was impossible when he won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and the Yukon Quest in the same year.

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

Jury selection begins in Kohring trial
Chances are there aren't many corruption trials that begin with the defendant crossing over to shake hands with the people trying to put him in prison.

Northwest Digest
State sets new rules for trash haulers; Agrium employees attract job offers; Food drops for bears prompts debate

Northwest Digest
Man sent to prison for hazardous waste; Alaska-based soldier dies in vehicle crash; Police identify body found in freezer; Alaska Airlines, Horizon raise fares

Airplane de-icer spawns new contaminant rules
The state plans to adopt a rule that would classify an airplane anti-icing fluid as a contaminant that could require an industrial cleanup - but only if it's accidentally dumped in bulk.

Former stripper convicted of murder in fiance's death
A former stripper accused of borrowing from a movie plot to kill her fiance before she recreated herself as a cookie-baking doctor's wife was convicted of first-degree murder Monday in the decade-old death.

Woman finds body in her chest freezer
A woman opened her chest freezer and made a grisly discovery: a body wrapped in plastic.

Legislators hear Palin's views on net tax
Alaska legislators gathered at the Capitol on Sunday for an unusual joint session to hear why Gov. Sarah Palin had changed her mind on taxing the gross value of Alaska's oil revenue.

Seeking Higher Ground
Stanley Tom lives in a tiny Native community on Alaska's western coast, isolated from any road system and a world apart from the nation's urban centers.

Palin, select lawmakers meet with Pebble Mine officials
Some state lawmakers took a break from the governor's oil and gas bill Monday to discuss another resource: metals.

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