Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Workers have nothing to lose in uniting
Once again the Alaska State Employees Association (ASEA Local 52, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) is the laughing stock of state employees' unions.

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.

AFN drubs Bristol Bay people on Pebble
I am from Bristol Bay and watched Alaska Federation of Natives give the people of Bristol Bay a drubbing that I have not seen before. I realize that the initiative to protect water quality is far-reaching and could have a negative impact on the future of mining in the entire state of Alaska.

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

It's hard to think about love during war
I thank Courtney Nelson for her very brave and insightful article in the Hooligan on Nov. 1 regarding love during war. My brother is in Iraq, and the war seems so far from the consciousness of most people I come in contact with daily.

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

Love and war, continued
I, like many of you, have been carrying on with my life in complete denial of the fact that our country is at war. Courtney Nelson points out that it is time to have a discussion about just exactly what allows us to maintain this mental façade. Here are a few ideas.

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.

Hearing slated for Lynn Canal herring petition
The Juneau Douglas Fish and Game Advisory Committee will hold a public hearing on a petition to list Lynn Canal herring as an endangered or threatened species at 6:30 p.m. today at Centennial Hall.

Correction
The subhead of the article "Sealaska approves $17.5 million payout" on the front page Tuesday's Empire was incorrect. The subhead should have read "Urban and at-large shareholders to receive $10.90 per share."

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.

Around Town

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.

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

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.

School Board mulls transition plan
The Next Generation Secondary Planning Committee faced a few questions after presenting its preliminary report to the Juneau School Board on Tuesday during a work session.

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

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.

Photo: Canoe taking shape
Juneau Tlingit artist Doug Chilton works Tuesday on the bow of a canoe he is carving at Sealaska Plaza.

Around Town

Photo: Images from another time Welcoming the governor, 1982
An enthusiastic crowed greets Gov.-elect Bill Sheffield, second from right, as he arrives at Juneau International Airport after he was elected governor in November 1982.

Neighbors Digest
Hospice celebrates hospice, palliative care month; Gastineau Elementary School holds Healthy Futures Family Nights; Juneau plans for 50th anniversary statehood celebration; Coffee & Collections Series continues with U.S. Bureau of Mines;

'Peace of Kake' invited to Healthy Native Communities Fellowship
For the fourth straight year, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is participating on a local team that has earned a spot in the national Healthy Native Communities Fellowship program.

Recognitions
Andrea Keikkala, a 1999 graduate of Juneau Douglas High School was named one of Alaska's Top Forty Under 40 for 2007 by the Alaska Journal of Commerce and Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.

Thank you Juneau, tell us what you think
Perseverance Theatre has embarked upon an exciting year of transition. After eight years as the primary fund-raiser and public voice for the theatre, Jeff Herrmann, our producing director, left to begin work as the managing director of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you, welcome home, Alaska Army National Guard troops; Thank you for your honesty in getting my purse back to me; Thank you for staging the identity theft seminar on Nov. 1

Nelson, Hohenthaner to wed
Meghan Hohenthaner, of Juneau, and Timothy Nelson, of Petersburg, will marry at 2 p.m. on Nov. 10, 2007, at the Thane Ore House. A reception will follow.

Be sure to M*A*S*H it up
Make sure to catch "M*A*S*H" this weekend at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Juneau-Douglas High School.

Pets of the week
Snowflake, Missy are beautiful, well trained

Field trip to the hatchery
Auke Bay Co-op Preschool students participated in a field trip at Macaulay Salmon Hatchery last Thursday and Friday on Channel Drive.

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

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

Empire editorial: Palin delivers a timely message in, for Juneau
For those who heard Gov. Sarah Palin speak at the annual Juneau Chamber of Commerce banquet on Oct. 27, her message was more timely, more specific and more pertinent to Juneau and Southeast Alaska than many in this business community might have expected.

Getting a share of petroleum pie
Juneau has been fortunate to welcome the Alaska Legislature back to the capital since Gov. Sarah Palin called it into special session.

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."

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.

Bears are Boise-bound
Football doesn't do it. Neither does basketball, hockey, baseball or softball.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Corruption probe boosts tax support
While Republicans are divided over whether the state should raise oil taxes, lately, it's appeared that GOP legislators backing the Republican governor have the upper hand.

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

Humpback, fin whales seen near Arctic Ocean
Endangered humpback whales swam into the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's northern coast this summer, far beyond their usual range.

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.

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.

State-owned dairy records loss
Valley farmers are on notice: Matanuska Maid will stop buying milk in early December.

Northwest Digest
Rotten-egg smell wafts over Soldotna; Residents rally to support beavers; Feds seize fossil from Washington couple; Deal struck in fight over BPA benefits

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