Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Empire should resist pressure on Hooligan
Korry Keeker and Collette Costa in Hustler? Really that is one of the more ridiculous things I have ever read in the Empire (Bea Findlay's Nov. 8 letter to the editor).

It's time to halt an unhealthy trend
All parents should know that our schools are now one of the largest sources of unhealthy food for kids. Candy, soda, pizza and other snacks compete with nutritious meals everyday with the junk food variety winning hands down every time.

It's time to fix our national parks
With divisive election rhetoric behind us, it is important to remember that there are issues with widespread bipartisan support, such as protecting and preserving America's national parks.

Alaska's political fortunes changed
Last week's election will have a huge effect on Alaska.

Homer bypasses voters on annexation issue
The city of Homer has plans to annex 26 square miles of land surrounding it.

Hooligan columnist is right on the mark
Kudos to Korry Keeker for bringing to light the rampant and ever-increasing price gouging that billion dollar companies inflict upon their customers (Nov. 9 Hooligan).

Kensington will set a precedent for Pebble
Will the Kensington Mine's plan to use Lower Slate Lake as a tailings dump set a precedent?

Democrats need to fight for Constitution
For 800 years, citizens have been protected against arbitrary government authority by the right of habeas corpus, first specified in the Magna Carta.

Juneau needs another public swimming pool
A few years ago, I went to a swim meet with my daughter in Petersburg.

Doll, Wanamaker race may become even tighter
The closest legislative race in Alaska appears to be getting even closer.

Correction

MCI cancels plans for rate increase
A proposed MCI Communications Services rate hike has been withdrawn, according to state officials.

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

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

Commissioners to review parks plan
Juneau planning commissioners are expected to make decisions tonight on a variety of issues, from city parks improvements to a proposed 79-lot subdivision in the Mendenhall Valley.

Special session is rescheduled, will start today
A special session of the Alaska Legislature was snowed out Monday and rescheduled for 11 a.m. today.

Photo: Unexpected delay
Lt. Gov. Loren Leman, right, does a crossword puzzle Monday as fellow Alaska Airlines traveler Doug Isaacson, mayor of North Pole, looks on at the Sitka airport.

Storm highlights Juneau's isolation
The heavy snowstorm that hampered access to Juneau and caused postponement of a special Legislative session gave a few more rounds of ammunition to proponents of moving the state capital.

Park plan, rezoning OK'd
The Juneau Planning Commission voted 7-1 Tuesday night to approve an updated version of the 1996 chapter of the Parks and Recreation Department Comprehensive Plan.

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

Photo: Digging out
Sonya Taton of the city's Street Division clears snow Tuesday from the footbridge over Calhoun Avenue.

Photo: Whitewashed
Sam Buck puts his hat back on Tuesday after wiping out while snowboarding at Cope Park downtown.

Heavy snowfall snarls travel
Twelve inches of snow blanketed Juneau on Monday, causing a rash of cancellations, delays and traffic problems.

Clarification

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

Wolves win reprieve from board
Game authorities gave Southeast Alaska wolves a break this week.

Johnson and Kinnunen wed
Laila Kinnunen, of Juneau, and Frederick Johnson, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, were married on Sept. 9, 2006, at The Cedar River Watershed Environmental Center in North Bend, Wash.

Recognition
Justin L. Jones, son of Laird and Francine Jones, of Juneau, received the Roger Lang Youth Leadership Award during the 2006 Alaska Federation of Natives Convention held in Anchorage.

Neighbors Digest
Events for Great American Smokeout held Thursday

Living and Growing: Set aside what you are juggling this season
By JOHN W. STEVENS

Lloyd and Veter wed
Former Juneau resident Mark Veter and Susan Beth Lloyd, of Sacramento, Calif., were married on Nov. 5, 2006, at the McClellan Air Force Base Chapel in Sacramento.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you for supporting responsible dog ownership

My turn: Juneau's dirty little secret
The city of Juneau has been dumping toxic waste into our world-class pristine water supply at levels high enough to impair health.

My turn: Palin can learn from Murkowski
On Dec. 4, Sarah Palin will become Alaska's top program manager.

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.

Editor's note

Photo: Up for air
Glacier Swim Club athlete Jay Hodgson competes in the boys 10 and under 200-yard butterfly at the ABC Invitational Meet on Saturday at the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool.

Juneau Parks and Recreation Men's and Women's Volleyball final standings

JAHA roundup: Pessolano stands tall in Women's A win
Jodie Pessolano stopped all 17 shots she faced as Green Eggs and Ham blanked the Island Pub 2-0 on Sunday in a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Women's Tier A contest at Treadwell Arena.

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.

Photo: He shoots, he scores
The Black team's Elliott Nankervis celebrates a goal during a bantam division game Thursday...

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.

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

Homeland security funds go to radio system
Alaska collected more than $50 million from a federal homeland security grant program in the past four years with most of the money going into a unified radio system for law enforcement, the military and emergency workers.

Sled dogs OK after tumble inside truck
No matter how challenging the Happy River Steps, Dalzell Gorge, and other notoriously dangerous sections of the Iditarod trail are in this season's race, Kasilof musher Bruce Linton will be able to rest assured they can't be any worse than what he's already endured.

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

Humpback whale dies in research vessel net
A whale became entangled in gear being used by a state research vessel and died last week in Prince William Sound.

Northwest Digest
Kodiak state parks to start charging fees, UAF gets money for language immersion, Washington creates new beer commission, Spotted owl numbers down 50% since '90s & Judge recommends higher electric rates

Northwest Digest
Certification efforts for crab continue, Snow, winds close schools in Barrow, Green groups split on wilderness bills & Farmers appeal water increase for salmon

State leaders hustle to get a quorum
Phone lines were humming at the Capitol on Tuesday as legislators struggled to find enough members to provide a quorum for a special session called by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

FAA pushing to take flight navigation system nationwide
An aviation navigation program that has slashed the number of crashes in one region of Alaska is poised to go nationwide, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Company steps up pipeline cleaning
Oil company ConocoPhillips has increased its efforts to prevent corrosion-related leaks in its pipelines in the Kuparuk oil field on Alaska's North Slope.

Photo: Attack of the sea lion
A large bull sea lion lunges out of the water at a halibut being lifted from the hold of the Stillwater...

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