Tuesday, November 6, 2007

State's oil shouldn't be given away cheaply
Alaska and former Rep. Vic Kohring, the wannabe champion of the oil industry and free enterprise, have irreconcilable differences.

Schools unfairly labeled 'dropout factories'
A recently publicized study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University labeled seven Alaska high schools as "dropout factories."

System changes that will lead to higher scores
How many Juneau or Sitka children would like to spend 30 days in Tenakee Springs?

'Yeast Nation' was a pleasure
On Saturday night, I had the pleasure of seeing "Yeast Nation." The out-of-this-world set alone was worth the price of admission, but the vibrant, creative costumes, the energetic, talented acting and singing, and the clever, zany story line all came together to make this a delightful evening that not only provided pure escapism from dreary autumn days but also got you thinking about some big questions confronting us all. Nice job, Perseverance crew.

Liberals have built the United States
This is in response to "Liberals, unions cause damage to the nation," by Pete Webber, published in the Oct. 8 Juneau Empire.

Why trap, kill beavers for hiking trails?
Regarding "Beaver dams destroying trails at Dredge Lake," in Monday's Juneau Empire:

Around Town

Kensington parent company reports large drop in profits
Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. has reported an 80 percent drop in third quarter earnings and declining production of silver and gold.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and state police reported

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

Housing advocate job created to help residents find homes
Stan Marston believes his new job as a full-time housing advocate will be the catalyst of more success stories in the fight against homelessness.

Photo: Another face in the crowd
A lineup of Halloween pumpkins decorate a rusting, graffiti-covered vehicle Sunday along Old Glacier Highway.

Photo: Images from another time Standing up for Juneau, 1982
The late Gov. Jay Hammond speaks Nov. 1, 1982, during a pro-Juneau, anti-capital-move rally in front of the Capitol.

Officials predict normal winter
Just days after forecasters wrapped up their weather predictions for the winter, Juneau residents saw on Monday the first major snow of the season.

Around Town

Beaver dams destroying trails at Dredge Lake
If you've ever hiked in the Dredge Lake area of the Mendenhall Valley, you know tennis shoes are of little help.

Photos: New school taking shape
A group of people including school administration members, teachers, School Board members and Juneau Assembly members take a tour of the new Thunder Mountain High School on Sunday at the construction site.

Sealaska approves $17.5 million payout
Sealaska Corp.'s board of directors approved a total dividend payout of about $17.5 million to about 18,300 individual shareholders and 10 village corporations last week.

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Kathleen Wakefield
Juneau resident Kathleen Wakefield died Oct. 31, 2007, at home after a long illness. She was 57.

News flash: Fear du jour
You might want to wash your hands after reading this.

My Turn: ACES defines reality on oil tax
"The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality." - Max DePree

Outside editorial: Politicians should eschew obfuscation
There used to be a bumper sticker that read "Eschew obfuscation," popular among ironist English majors and baffling to anyone else who didn't have a dictionary at hand. In essence, it means, "avoid murky communication."

Outside editorial: Mukasey and torture
It is extraordinary that a man who rightly would have been confirmed with overwhelming support had he been President Bush's first nominee for attorney general may now be denied that post in the waning months of the administration.

JDHS draws Dimond in state opener
After surviving a pair of epic five-game matches against Ketchikan on Saturday, the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team found out its state quarterfinal opponent on Monday.

Bill Weiss Invitational Wrestling Tournament results

Capital City Fire and Rescue score 6 goals in comeback win
Capital City Fire and Rescue rallied from a 3-0 deficit to upend the Blue 6-3 on Sunday in a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier C game at Treadwell Arena.

Sports Digest
Knutson-Lombardo wins Northwest Conference title; Dinnan twins help lead teams to conference titles; Talisa Rhea makes her exhibition debut for Oregon State hoops; Egolf sees action in Bradley exhibition game against Quincy; Greta Thibodeau leads Whitworth to national tournament; Ryan Fagerstrom helps Black Hills State reach NAIA top 25

Northwest Digest
Man killed in house fire in Anchorage; Kenai bears still on prowl for easy meals; Proposal aims to ban scavenging in trash; U.S. mayors discussclimate change

Palin says Alaska to support plaintiffs in Exxon Valdez case
The state will petition the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of 33,000 plaintiffs mired in a $2.5 billion punitive damages dispute with Exxon Mobil Corp., Gov. Sarah Palin said Monday.

Teen killed in house fire was helping others escape
The mother of an 18-year-old man killed in an early morning fire yesterday said her son died after helping two younger boys escape.

Palin's tax plan makes a comeback
Gov. Sarah Palin's oil tax bill, gutted in two earlier committees, made a comeback and then some in two subsequent committees over the weekend.

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

Northwest Digest
Body washed upon island identified; Salmon advocates want pesticide rules

Anchorage police to recruit at departments across Alaska
The Anchorage Police Department is starting a recruiting campaign to bring officers from other departments across Alaska, saying the unusual move comes because the department is short-staffed and hasn't been able to keep up with the city's growth.

Woman charged in candy robbery
A Wasilla woman is under arrest, accused of robbing seven trick-or-treaters for their candy on Halloween.

Photo: Arctic thaw
Water droplets fall from icicles hanging from a roof along Driveway Street in Fairbanks on Thursday afternoon as temperatures crept back above freezing after several weeks of wintry weather.

Village on alert for rabid wolves
Children in the village of Marshall do not go out alone without an adult. They have been told to stay inside after dark. When night falls, three sentries are posted along the village periphery to keep the wolves out.

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

Photo: Cold lesson
Dale Schmoll with the USCG Aids to Navigation team, links up a chain of third-graders wearing survival suits Wednesday at Crescent Harbor in Sitka.

Students look back on boarding school days
When Barbara Beatus was ready to go to high school, there wasn't anywhere in her hometown for her to go. She grew up in Allakaket, and back in the 1970s there wasn't a high school within hundreds of miles. So the state flew Beatus nearly 190 miles so she could attend school in Fairbanks.

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