Monday, October 30, 2006

Watch this
A recent article in the New York Daily News highlighted the multiple firings over info sent via work e-mail addresses.

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Under siege
If your office looks like a makeshift sick ward, you may want to spearhead a healthy office makeover of your own. As the flu season begins, germs can incubate and cause viruses at anytime.

Hunter doesn't support opening Pack Creek
I am an avid hunter and supporter of brown bear hunting. Nevertheless, I do not like the idea of opening Pack Creek to bear hunting.

Stop aerial pesticide, herbicide spraying
This is a follow-up letter to a previous letter that I wrote this spring. The issue is the aerial pesticide spraying of alders and salmonberries on Long Island in Southeast Alaska, proposed by Klukwan Inc.

Doll is best candidate for House District 4
Now is a very good time to vote for a change here in Juneau in the Alaska House District 4 race. I support Andrea Doll for this seat. Andrea is a compassionate, ethical, intelligent and effective leader.

Sound advice: Don't drink while pregnant
With numerous opportunities for parties and festivities during the upcoming holiday season, I would like to remind women of the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

Palin is a candidate you can trust
I've been hearing a lot about experience lately. The idea seems to be that we need an experienced politician for our next governor.

Oppose aerial wolf shooting on canal
With all the attention on the Board of Game's proposal to open areas close to Pack Creek to brown bear hunting, another important issue has had little attention. Even the well-written Empire article of Oct. 20 missed the most important component of Proposal 40, which also is up before the Board of Game.

Andrew Halcro can win governor's race
After the most recent gubernatorial debate, it's clear to me that Andrew Halcro is the best choice for governor.

Life-estate stock shares? Come, now
I almost fell over belly laughing when I received my latest correspondence from my regional Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act corporation. Life-estate stock shares to after-borns? Come on, now.

Build the road; it's the right thing to do
In September, my wife and I took the ferry from our home in Juneau to Haines and returned. Including the pickup and 23-foot camper, the cost of the ferry trip was $398. From the end of the Juneau road system to Haines is 45 miles. The fuel for the next 2,100 miles was $500.

Coeur made choices, has itself to blame
There is an old adage that a shortcut is the longest way between two points. Recent events seem to bare that out when it comes to Coeur Alaska's Kensington Mine. Coeur had the choice to do it right or try to cut corners.

Metcalfe, explain jab at N. Dakota
Mr. Ray Metcalfe suggested in his Friday letter that anyone voting for either Tony Knowles or former Republican members of the state House or Senate should "move to North Dakota. That would raise the average IQ or both states."

Keep an eye on EPA regional administrator
I believe Alaskans have reason to be concerned by President Bush's recent decision to appoint Elin D. Miller as the Environmental Protection Agency's regional administrator for Region 10, which includes Alaska, Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Lake belongs to the many, not the few
The people that are against personal watercraft on Auke Lake need to get a life and quit lying. All the years I've wake skated on that lake, I've seen no more than five to eight personal watercrafts at one time. And it seems to take a very nice day for people to bring them out.

Wanamaker didn't let other side speak
When Randy Wanamaker decided to run for higher office, and I read that he attributed some of his contributions to his support of development, I felt it was time to expose his behavior as a public official.

Wanamaker's views win over new voter
I am a recently naturalized citizen who will be voting in November for the first time. I have given my choices a lot of thought, and I am going to vote for Randy Wanamaker for House District 4.

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

Photo: Harbor haunts
An inflatable pumpkin decorates the Lady Irene on Saturday at Aurora Harbor.

Photo: Winter dusting
Ross Mercer sweeps dirt and dust from the roof above Wee Fishie Shoppe on Saturday at the Mendenhall Mall. Mt. McGinnis, freshly dusted with snow in recent storms, is in the background.

Photo: A rare glimpse of the aurora
Clear skies Saturday night opened up the view for a luminous display of the northern lights over Juneau.

City officials may stop fluoridation
Juneau's drinking water is fluoridated, but this could change if city officials decide to halt the operation of the controversial program.

Group works to save cutter
She's old. Really old. Some call her "grandma." Even at full steam, her three engines can only manage 14 knots.

Ferries overlooked in campaigns
Forgotten highway: An aerial view of the Echo Cove area is seen May 15. Alaska's Marine Highway system, which has drawn criticism from residents who support a proposed road in the area, has been largely overlooked by

Seniors want longevity checks back
Senior citizens will consider financial security and affordable living when casting their ballots on Nov. 7, many long-time Alaskans have said.

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

Photo: Clear skies ahead
Low-lying fog covers the Mendenhall Valley floor as sunny skies develop over Juneau. Clear, cold weather will continue today with partly cloudy skies and a high of 38 degrees. Rain are snow showers are forecast for Monday.

Sandor, Urata honored by Juneau Chamber
A man who has lived a model American life was honored with the Juneau Chamber of Commerce's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award Saturday evening.

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

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

Candidates vie to bring Juneau voice to state Senate
Democrat Kim Elton has represented Juneau in Senate District B for eight years, and in other state and local positions before that.

Alaska editorial: Point Thompson decision belongs to next governor
This editorial appeared in the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman:

Sarah Palin rides voter anger over corruption
Alaska's gubernatorial race hit the big time on Monday. It led the politics section of the Wall Street Journal under the headline, "Ethics tide aids one Republican."

My Turn: Governor responds to Ketchikan bridge critic
It is truly amazing how far south the Juneau Empire will reach to find someone against a proposal by this administration.

Toe Toon

My turn: Alaskans own the gas; not Big Oil
We own Alaska's natural gas, and as owners it is up to us to make sure our gas gets to market. That means demanding performance from those who lease the rights to develop our resources.

Alaska editorial: Courts are wrong place to resolve education funding
Alaska's Constitution requires the state to provide "a system of public schools open to all children." Nowhere in the constitution does it say the courts are empowered to decide if teachers are paid enough money, if students are passing enough tests, or if legislators are giving school districts enough money per student.

My Turn: Rage over a 'foolish solution'
My passion was piqued recently when conversing with an ex-Juneau road builder who had contributed to the paving of Egan Highway, from the Glacier Highway cutoff at the valley McDonald's to Highland Drive.

Reflecting on a vanishing landmark
On bluebird days the cerulean hue inside a crevasse of the Mendenhall Glacier is so deep and rich it competes with the sun and the sky for brilliance. Not only is it beautiful to look at, a glacial crevasse offers a glimpse into the time capsule that is the belly of the glacier.

Outsiders: Dave Kovach
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

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

Hunting among the forces that shape duck behavior
There can't be very many towns in North America that have a sizable wetland and wildlife refuge right in their midsections. We have this extraordinary resource that is accessible to almost everyone and used in different ways by many folks - and by lots of wildlife.

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.

ASAA Southeast Region Swimming and Diving Championships Results

Crimson Bears qualify a host of athletes for state
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams performed well enough on Saturday to qualify 26 athletes for the upcoming state championships.

JDHS girls wins regional swimming title
The defending state champion Juneau-Douglas High School girls swimming and diving team won the Southeast Conference championship Saturday in commanding fashion in Petersburg.

Crimson Bears show grit in wins over Kayhi
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team showed some grit and toughness in a pair of victories over visiting Ketchikan this weekend.

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.

Governor calls for session on state benefits
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Friday called a special session of the Legislature to determine how the state of Alaska should implement court-ordered benefits for same-sex domestic partners of state employees and retirees.

AFN delegates call for improved public safety
Rural village public safety officers remain underpaid and overworked, conditions contributing to their falling numbers, officers said at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention.

Salons a treat for some attendees in Anchorage
Posters of glam girls and guys with sultry eyes and lush hair line the walls of JC Penney Salon. Health worker Marcia Aceveda of Kake, a Tlingit village about 100 air miles southwest of Juneau, didn't need anything that exotic. She was just happy not to have to cut off her own hair.

Alaskan to pilot December space shuttle mission
An old photograph taken by his parents shows 8-year-old Bill Oefelein and his brother standing next to a NASA jet at an air show.

Alaska Digest
Police arrested two men and a juvenile after a botched convenience-store burglary in Douglas, officials said Saturday.

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

House contenders take turns at podium
The state's largest Alaska Native organization reversed a decision to bar the state's Democratic nominee for U.S. House from speaking at its annual convention.

Northwest Digest
Man sentenced for poaching Dall sheep, Report: BP knew plant was at risk, Army plans to recycle World War II buildings & Developer lobbies for estate tax repeal

Subsistence a hot topic for candidates at Native convention
The Alaska Federation of Natives does not formally endorse gubernatorial candidates, but on Friday a packed crowd at its annual convention made it clear who they prefer.

Photo: Youth leader honored
Justin Jones of Juneau is hugged by his cousin, Leslie Ambrose, after he received the Roger Lang Youth Leadership award Saturday...

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

Children's shelter group to close
A private group that runs a shelter for homeless and runaway youth in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough will hand off its programs to a social service agency.

FBI probe changes political landscape
Facts are hard to come by in the ongoing federal investigation into corruption in Alaska politics, but it has still managed to change the political landscape in the campaign for the Nov. 7 election.

Burglaries increase in Anchorage
Last year, Police Sgt. Ron Tidler said, his burglary unit handled about 30 burglary cases a week. Now, the number is up to 50 break-ins a week.

Young's campaign amasses $2 million
With the Nov. 7, election approaching, Don Young, Alaska's powerful U.S. representative, has more than $2 million in his campaign account.

Report finds women earning less than men at UAF
A study by the University of Alaska Fairbanks unearthed a statistic that is troubling, but not new: women employed at the university earn on average about 83 cents for every dollar earned by their male colleagues.

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