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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Lemon Creek perfect home for Capital creeps
With the recent FBI indictments, trials, and convictions of our lawmakers, the phrase "capital creep" is starting to take on multiple meanings.

Support mining; mining supports you
I have just read the article "Judge rules initiative can move forward" in the Oct. 18 issue of the Juneau Empire and would like to comment.

Big oil and the financial future of Alaska
I am smart enough to know who butter's my bread in Alaska. This state's education, transportation, tourism and countless other services would be just a shadow of current conditions without the money big oil pumps into Alaska.

The big oil picture: Keep Alaska weak
Being just a common citizen of Alaska who is trying to understand the oil industry's position on Alaska oil, I will try to place myself in their shoes. If I were in charge of one of the oil companies operating here in this day and age, what would be my incentive to invest here?

Kudos to animal abuse whistle blower
I am responding to the letter to the editor in the Empire on Oct. 22 written by Marit Carlson Van Dort regarding the incident of dog abuse witnessed at the Eagle Beach Boy Scout Trailhead last weekend.

Information about recruitment needed
As the President of Juneau Veterans for Peace, I was intrigued by a story describing National Guard Sgt. Seth Beebe's presentation to the Juneau School Board ("Recruiter complains about school protesters," October 17), and a subsequent letter to the editor on that topic.

Oil tax terms are all in the cards
I've been thinking lately about the governor's new plan to clear up, once and for all, the messy problem of taxing the oil companies for doing business in the great land.

Photo: Fresh catch
Capt. Jim Dybdahl fillets two small halibut for a customer aboard his boat, the Coronation, on Monday in the Don Statter Harbor in Auke Bay. Dybdahl regularly sells his catch from his boat in the harbor.

Photo: Spooky seat
Erik Frenette, 7, left, Emily Nelson, 7, center, and Alyssa Nelson, 8, gather pumpkins Sunday at Don Abel Building Supplies. Along with a haunted house, all proceeds from sales help fund the Midnight Suns Fastpitch Softball Program.

Suspect jailed in stabbing incident
An 18-year-old suspect was arrested Monday following a stabbing in downtown Juneau, police reported.

City to address sewer expansion
The Juneau Assembly will take public testimony at its regular meeting tonight on an ordinance to create a Local Improvement District in North Douglas to help fund sewer expansion.

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Assembly approves North Douglas sewer Local Improvement District
The Juneau Assembly approved an ordinance at its regular meeting Monday night creating a Local Improvement District to help fund the expansion of the city sewer to North Douglas.

DOT: Access road will cost $374 million
The Juneau access road is projected to cost a total of $374 million, up from $273 million in 2005, according to a report released Monday by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

Photo: Free as a bird
Janet Capito, president of the Juneau Raptor Center, releases a red-tailed hawk named Montana on Sunday near Skaters Cabin. The bird was picked up in September very skinny and soaking wet.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and state police reported

Rescue group given a new set of wheels
On the morning of Oct. 5, as search teams looked for overdue hiker John Wilcox near the Lemon Creek Trail, Juneau Mountain Rescue prepared its new Polaris Ranger 6x6 utility vehicle for its inaugural search-voyage.

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Photo: Harbor lurker
A harbor seal swims Monday near Don Statter Harbor on Monday in Auke Bay as it chases a school of herring.

Photo: Hair-raising fun
Kolby Hoover, a second-grader in Allie Smith's class, shows off his spiky hair Monday at Auke Bay Elementary School.

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Outside editorial: Soaring costs are putting college beyond reach of many
High tuition costs are forcing college students to work full-time jobs while taking classes, mortgage their futures with excessive loans, and defer their educations.

Alaska faces transportation problem
A few Alaskans, the media and politicians cheered when Gov. Sarah Palin canceled Ketchikan's bridge to its airport on Gravina Island. The only one profiting from that action was the governor, in publicity.

My Turn: Winter disaster in store along highway
Concerning the mile of construction along Sunny Point: Now that we've read Southeast Department of Transportation Director Malcolm Menzies Oct. 14 My Turn and the Oct. 25 front-page report in the Empire, does anyone feel safer about the coming winter commute?

Outside editorial: Find a fairer way to hold primaries
The presidential primary saga, now a full-fledged political soap opera, continued last week as the Republican National Committee recommended that Michigan and four other states lose half their convention delegates because their early primaries violate party rules.

Outside editorial: Act on Shield Law
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Juneau Parks and Recreation Men's and Women's Volleyball Standings

Watts' four goals propels Blue past Air Excursions
Kit Watts scored four goals and assisted on Molly Yerkes' score to lead the Blue past Air Excursions 7-1 on Sunday in a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier C game at Treadwell Arena.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

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
Montana governor has yet to draw an election challenger; Scientists want more data on Northwest seismic hazards; UFO Reporting Center moves from Seattle to old missile site; Nearly 50,000 pounds of dead fish removed from lake

Ex-VECO executive says he believed he was blackmailed
The former head of a major Alaska oil field services company testified Monday that he thought he was being blackmailed by a family member over remodeling services he provided to U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.

Federal prosecutors defend Kott verdict
Federal prosecutors are urging the judge who presided over the trial in which former state House Speaker Pete Kott was convicted on bribery charges to reject Kott's request for a new trial.

High court to hear Exxon Valdez case
Eighteen years after the worst oil spill in U.S. history, its victims suddenly face the prospect of having a $2.5 billion judgment wrested away from them by the Supreme Court.

Ted Stevens, Don Young pledge to fight for Native corporations
Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young are warning Alaska Natives that efforts are under way to get rid of contracting privileges given to Native corporations.

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

Northwest Digest
New health centerto open in Fort Yukon; Analysts recommend ripping out dams; Most comments against wolf plan; Lawmakers ask park to cut snowmobiles; Hunter wants limits on camping extended

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

Exxon case sparks concerns about oil tax
A top state attorney is acknowledging that a net tax on oil company profits may be more likely to lead to litigation with oil producers than a simpler gross tax, but said it is unlikely to lead to some of the decades-long oil industry litigation of the past.

Officials aim to keep state's shipping hub free of rats
State biologist Rick Sinnott is the city's point man for putting down belligerent moose and garbage-munching bears, but he says it's the smallest creatures that are the most invasive.

Service dog helps autistic boy in Anchorage
A miracle dog lives in Anchorage. Her name is Halo. She hasn't caught any criminals or won a sled dog race but a 4-year-old Oceanview boy named Leo really likes her.

Seven Alaska schools reach dubious mark
Seven of the state's 40 high schools - or more than 17 percent - have the dubious distinction of being a "dropout factory," according to an analysis of U.S. Department of Education data.

Zoo holds going-away party for Maggie
After months of a tug-of-war between those wanting Maggie to stay and those advocating for a warmer climate where she could be in the company of other female elephants, the 25-year-old African elephant at The Alaska Zoo is heading to sunny California on Thursday.

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