Thursday, November 15, 2007

Lynn Canal herring need protection
I attended the Juneau Board of Fisheries meeting on Nov. 6 at Centennial Hall to learn more about the potential listing of Lynn Canal herring under the Endangered Species Act.

Torture goes against Christian teaching
At the heart of Christian anthropology and Catholic social teaching is this fundamental truth: That all human beings are made in God's image and likeness and each person possesses a unique dignity and worth conferred on them by their Creator.

Road promises sound like they come from vacuum salesmen
Recent letters and comments in articles in the Empire have assumed a dismissive tone toward those who oppose the proposed road to another ferry terminal.

Juneau group behind new TV series of short films
Thanks to the Juneau Underground Motion Picture Society, or JUMP, local filmmakers have had a venue to bring their films to a wider audience since 2002.

Community task force to look for ways to fund sports
The evolving debate over funding a dual sports and activities program in two Juneau high schools has led the city and school district to develop a task force charged with finding ways to fund school sports and activities.

Photo: Embracing education
Gastineau Elementary School students, parents and faculty hold hands Wednesday around the school in Douglas. The activity was organized to "symbolically embrace our school," Principal Angie Lunda said.

Around Town

Business Digest
Resource Data Inc. hires new employee; Director leaving development council

Photo: Accident halts traffic on Egan Drive
Firefighters look at a pickup truck that was involved in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday in the northbound lane of Egan Drive. One person was transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital with unspecified injuries.

Around Town

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

City hopes to boost parking with garage
Finding a quick parking spot downtown could become a lot easier with a new city garage slated for downtown.

Vigil to highlight homeless youth problem in Juneau
It's difficult to focus on school when you're worried about where you're going to sleep at night, homeless advocates say.

Eaglecrest skiers scoop up passes
Eaglecrest Ski Area made more money from early season passes this year than last, even though about the same number of passes were sold.

Workshop to address mine permits
A public workshop on large-mine permitting will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today in the Egan Room at Centennial Hall.

Photo: Traveling in style
Pat Bingham wheels her dog, Little Bit, on Tuesday into Juneau International Airport. Bingham and Little Bit were on their way to California.

Parents concerned about themed academies
Two concerns dominated the public comment session on the Next Generation plan Wednesday night, as parents doubted their kid's ability and desire to make career choices in high school.

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

Correction
A story in Wednesday's Juneau Empire incorrectly quoted Senate President Lyda Green, R-Wasilla, on whether there was time to complete work on an oil tax bill during the special session.

Clinical nurse specialist Osbekoff honored by Indian Health Service
Etsuko Osbekoff, a clinical nurse specialist at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka, will be honored by the Indian Health Service Dec. 13 at the National Director's Award Ceremony in North Bethesda, Md.

Training for mountain rescue
Juneau Mountain Rescue volunteers met for a monthly training on Nov. 10 near the Bonnie Brae subdivision in Douglas. The focus of the training was rigging rescue litters and litter/rescuer attendant tie ins.

Karate bronze medal
Ethan Kramp, representing the Juneau Shotokan Karate Club, wins the bronze medal for his age group, 12-13 years, in kumite (sparring), at the International Shotokan Karate Federation National Tournament held Oct. 20 and 21 in San Francisco.

Soboleff celebrates 99th birthday
Dr. Walter Soboleff will celebrate his 99th birthday in a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Northern Light United Church, Fellowship Hall, 400 W. 11th St.

Court Appointed Special Advocate recognition
Bob Wild, fourth from left, received the Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteer of the Year Award at a dinner to honor all Juneau CASA volunteers held in November at the home of Sheri and John Williams.

Neighbors Digest
Widowed Persons Program holds holiday program Thursday; Reiki and healing touchworkshop to be held today; Sitka EmployeeWellness Coalition to meet on Nov. 15; SEARHC celebrates 31st Annual Great American Smokeout

Recognitions
Floyd Dryden Middle School announces its honor roll list for the first quarter.

Kim Hort wins Richard C. Pugh Achievement Award
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium pediatric dentist Dr. Kim Hort is one of 14 recipients nationwide to earn the 2006-07 Richard C. Pugh Achievement Award from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists.

Would a woman go 'Into the Wild'?
"You were like Chris McCandless with a plan." A friend said this to me while swapping coming-to-Alaska stories. This is not true. It is especially not true in light of re-reading the book "Into the Wild" and seeing the movie.

Georgia Finau selected to serve on National Tribal/BIA Welfare Assistance Advisory Workgroup
The Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska is pleased to announce that its Self Governance Director Georgia C. Finau has been selected to serve on the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Office of Indian Services, Division of Human Services Tribal/BIA Welfare Assistance Advisory Workgroup.

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David Thomas Knuth
Juneau resident David Thomas Knuth died Nov. 10, 2007, in his home. He was 76.

Eldon L. Taylor
Former Juneau resident Eldon L. Taylor, of Wenatchee, Wash., died Nov. 9, 2007. He was 84.

Veronica Kay Dunnam
Juneau resident Veronica Kay Dunnam died on Oct. 25, 2007. She was 50.

Donald Lee Stichler
Former Juneau resident Donald Lee Stichler, formerly of Chattanooga, Tenn., died Nov. 5, 2007, at home in Saint Augustine, Fla. He was 77.

My turn: Sealaska land grab clearly a bridge to nowhere
Tax-sensitive Americans recall the Bridge to Nowhere.

Like ravens, oil lobbyists are picking apart Palin's legislation
The first time I had the opportunity to watch a group of ravens pillage a new bag of groceries out of the back of a pickup, I was awestruck. The quickness and precision of the assault, completed before the unsuspecting owner figured out what had happened, was amazing.

My turn: Requiem for a heavyweight
"I saw Carmen Basilio take one of Paddy De Marco's best punches, go out on his feet, start to sit down on the canvas, and then with his butt three inches from the ground, Basilio did a one-legged knee stand, pushed up, avoided a knockdown.

Alaska editorial: Big oil companies can't expect tax breaks when oil is worth $100 a barrel
Oil at nearly $100 a barrel makes it difficult for oil companies to buck a tax increase for the industry.

Pre-empting recruitment debate with war education
In the week following the national holiday in which we honor America's veterans, it may seem poor timing to add to the debate about military recruitment at the high school.

Alaska editorial: State revenue sharing must be maintained
Alaska municipal leaders made a strong and convincing case last week for the state to share the wealth from higher oil taxes with local governments.

Outside editorial: Fed performs tightrope act to keep economy going
Watching the American economy these days is like watching an Indiana Jones movie: Real estate bombs explode, pillars of banking totter, investors duck for cover.

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.

JDHS hockey falls to Kenai Central
When a defenseman pinches in to try and keep the puck in the opposing team's zone and trips, the goal that results is usually for the other team.

Bad Larry, good snowboarders
While Juneau-Douglas High School varsity sports have always drawn a lot of attention within the community, one athletic team, or crew rather, has been under the communal radar.

Juneau Parks and Recreation men's and women's volleyball final standings

Juneau Parks and Recreation Ordway Basketball Scores

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.

Sports Digest
Fagerstrom earnsall-conference honors; Former Juneau players square off at Bradley; 'Pacman' Jones intends to take plea deal; MLS awards Seattle an expansion franchise

Bears wrestling gets its time to shine
For the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team, this weekend isn't about filling every weight class or plugging holes in the lineup.

Survey shows Steller sea lion population has not increased
The number of endangered Steller sea lions along a long stretch of Alaska coastline remains stagnant, federal scientists said Tuesday.

FBI eyes golf tournaments in Young probe
The Justice Department is investigating whether an Alaska oil contractor used golf tournaments to funnel cash to Rep. Don Young, people close to the corruption investigation said.

Inaction prompts new session talk
Some House Democrats are accusing oil industry allies in the Alaska Legislature of trying to delay action on an oil tax increase until the 30-day special session ends Friday.

Photo: Focus on the governor
Cameraman Chris Balcom, right, films Gov. Sarah Palin's interview with CNBC feature correspondent Mike Hegedus on Wednesday in front of the Mendenhall Glacier.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Alaska Digest
City creating maps to improve emergency response system; Afghan ambassador to the U.S. to speak Tuesday in Juneau; Palin announcesclosure of regional office in Wasilla; Fire causes about $150,000 in damage to Anchorage condo; Anchorage man pleads guilty infatal auto rampage

Gold prices dip after nearing historic high
Alaska's mining industry could continue to reap benefits from high metal prices as gold traded above $840 per ounce last week, but dropped below $800 by Tuesday.

Restoring public trust may be behind rush for a new oil tax
State lawmakers have until midnight Friday to put their stamp on oil tax reform or risk having Gov. Sarah Palin call a second consecutive special session.

Oil pipeline rate may be worth hundreds of millions of dollars
While Gov. Sarah Palin's oil tax bill is still in play, the state may already be on the way to winning one crucial battle.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Alaska senior population to triple by 2030, experts say
State demographers say Alaska's population will likely surpass the 800,000 mark sometime between 2025 and 2030. The largest age group will be seniors, they added.

Alaska Digest
Lost hunter rescued on Shelter Island; Juneau man pleads guilty to meth charge; Mine reports rising third quarter profits; Remainder of PFDs going out in the mail; Report: Animal abuse laws weak in Alaska; Newly-constructed hangar has design flaw; Judge reaffirms 95-year sentence

Initiative sponsors seek to reverse Murkowski environmental decisions
A series of voter initiatives certified this week seeks to strike down state environmental legislation that favors the mining industry.

Senate committee backs oil tax hike
The Senate Finance Committee reversed its course Wednesday night and decided to back Gov. Sarah Palin's tax hike on oil companies' net profits.

State to investigate king crab labeling
Gov. Sarah Palin's office said Wednesday it has asked the state's attorney general to investigate whether labeling on certain king crab products violates any laws.

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