Thursday, November 16, 2006

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

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

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?

Our religious freedoms
While reading Kevin Dean's recent letter to the editor, ("Keep religion out of schools" in the Nov. 11 Juneau Empire), I couldn't help but find myself agreeing and disagreeing at the same time.

Korry Keeker tackles controversy with wit
Bea Findlay, in a Nov. 8 letter to the editor, brought to light a local e-mail campaign to boycott Hooligan advertisers and her own intent to contact these advertisers to discuss Hooligan's content.

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).

Stop the presses! Someone's having sex!
The Juneau Empire now covers public couplings as well as public meetings. Reporters prowl bars rutting in sexual heat, not satisfied to roam City Hall rooting out hot stories.

State seeks more time on benefits
The Alaska Legislature is considering asking the state Supreme Court for more time to deal with same-sex employment benefits, while Gov. Frank Murkowski is urging legislators to take immediate action to adopt rules themselves.

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

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.

Photo: One last ride on the Mule Train
DJ Jack Fontanella reads the record jackets of Patsy Cline albums Wednesday as Callie Conerton prepares to read her on-air tribute to Don Drew at KTOO-FM studios.

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

Photo: Another hit
Koren Bosworth clears snow from around her car Wednesday on Behrends Avenue.

Smokeout aims at hard-core holdouts
It wasn't so long ago that high schools had student smoking lounges, big-name Hollywood stars advertised the health benefits of smoking in glossy magazine advertisements, and the Marlboro Man reigned supreme.

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

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

Business Digest
KIN pub night tonight, Juneau Realtor named Alaska's top agent & Inn has new owners

Clarification

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

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

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

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

Bidding open on disputed north road
State officials asked contractors Wednesday to submit a bid for building an 18-foot-wide pioneer road north from Cascade Point to help with the proposed 51-mile Lynn Canal highway.

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.

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

Neighbors Digest
Events for Great American Smokeout held Thursday

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.

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 mailbox
Thank you for supporting responsible dog ownership

Glenna V. Gregg
Former Juneau resident Glenna V. Gregg, 76, died Nov. 5, 2006, at her home in Ava, Mo., following a lengthy bout with brain cancer.

Akira Marie Ivan
Juneau resident Akira Marie Ivan, 5 months, died the morning of Nov. 11, 2006, at home.

Murkowski should be ashamed of statement
This editorial appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

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.

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

Editor's note

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.

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.

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.

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...

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Northwest Digest
Winds cause blackout on Kenai Peninsula, Two bison killed on opening day of hunt & State Democratic Party chairs headed to Jackson, Wyo.

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

Military plans to ship floating radar to Adak
The top U.S. military officer in Alaska said the Missile Defense Agency's powerful floating radar is scheduled to arrive early next year at its homeport of Adak on the third attempt to bring it across the Pacific from Hawaii.

Top general opposes timetable for Iraq exit
The top U.S. commander in the Middle East warned Congress Wednesday against setting a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, rejecting the arguments of resurgent Democrats who are pressing President Bush to start pulling out.

Murowski fights gas pipeline decision
With less than three weeks left in his term, Gov. Frank Murkowski is fighting a recent court decision blocking him from signing a natural gas pipeline contract without legislative approval.

Undersea earthquake rattles fears of tsunami
Dozens of law enforcement and emergency personnel gathered at the public safety building in Dutch Harbor early Wednesday morning after a powerful undersea earthquake struck near Japan.

Study documents polar bears' decline
Far fewer polar bears cubs are surviving off Alaska's northern coast, a federal government report released Wednesday has concluded.

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