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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Volunteer to save beavers, fix flooding
We are fortunate indeed to have the Mendenhall Recreation Area in our backyards, including a scenic panorama that features the most-visited glacier in Alaska, fabulous outdoor recreation opportunities and world-class wildlife viewing.

Stop the Southeast herring fishery
Once again the mystery of the disappearing herring surfaces and everyone is pointing at development as the root cause of their virtual demise. In the Juneau area every few years this issue garners brief headlines and then fades into the background.

Students empowered in electricity experiment
If teacher Fred Hiltner had his way, Harborview Elementary School would be off the city's power grid and run entirely on alternative energy. Since that's not going to happen anytime soon, his first-grade class is starting simple.

City plans new dock for mega cruise ships
The face of Juneau's picturesque waterfront could undergo big changes in the next several years.

Around Town

Photo: Shadow ice
Jeanette Calhoun plays Saturday with her son, Nathaniel, 2, near a piece of Mendenhall Lake ice that had been propped upright on the beach.

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

Juneau police arrest two teens in armed robbery case
Juneau police arrested two teenagers Friday suspected of robbing another teen at gunpoint on Trinity Drive in the Mendenhall Valley early Thursday evening.

Kadyn Robert Lewis
Juneau resident Kadyn Robert Lewis died Nov. 10, 2007, in Juneau. He was 7 weeks, 5 days old.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe

Open Kensington Mine with attention to law, not agendas
I support opening the Kensington Mine. The basis for my support is related to Juneau's continued economic prosperity and community development. Done right, the mine could be a boon to Juneau.

Empire editorial: Oil tax bill a success
A big thumbs-up to Gov. Sarah Palin and the Alaska Legislature not only for passage of a new oil taxation bill on the last day of a 30-day special session Friday, but for the manner in which the session was handled from the get-go.

My Turn: Offer child care for state employees
As of late there have been many articles and even VoxBox questions about the state's inability to attract or keep employees and what they can do about it.

Photo: Last of the chokeberries
The last survivors on a chokeberry bush struggle to hang on through November cold downtown near the Red Dog Saloon.

Out & About

Marine biology in action
Kristen Dunlap peeled back the fish's ribs and peered into its guts. She poked at two tiny unidentified objects as three others crowded around waiting to get a good look.

Activist: Plastic use needs to change Turning the tides
The age of disposable plastic is over. Last month, on Oct. 1, the Progressive Bag Alliance posted an article titled "Plastic bags can be recycled" in response to a Juneau citizen alarmed by mountains of plastic trash washing ashore.

JDHS hockey takes 2 of 3 in Homer
The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team took two of three games at the End of the Road Tournament last weekend in Homer.

Bears take 7th at Pilot Invitational
Juneau-Douglas High School finished seventh at the Brandon Pilot Invitational Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, but had some strong performances on its senior night.

Alaska Digest
Transportation deputy commissioner resigns; Coast Guard, vessel rescue boat master; Coast Guard helps return seal to wild; AT&T to acquire Alaska's Cellular One; New midtown hotels planned in Anchorage

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

Ex-Fairbanks mayor pleads not guilty to new charges
Former Fairbanks city Mayor Jim Hayes, who has been indicted in federal court on fraud and other charges, pleaded not guilty on Friday to new charges that he filed false tax returns.

Three conflicts become key in special session Gross vs. net
Juneau's top two legislators began the special session opposed to Gov. Sarah Palin's plan to tax oil companies' net profits, hoping for a tax on gross revenues as well.

Stevens says he remains confident despite probe
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens said Thursday he has no fear of a Democratic opponent in next year's election, and he blamed overzealous reporters for the continued interest in the federal investigation both he and his son have been caught up in.

Fairbanks lawyer named to Alaska Supreme Court
Gov. Sarah Palin has named Daniel Winfree, a Fairbanks lawyer, to the Alaska Supreme Court.

Legislature OKs oil tax hike
Alaska will soon get a bigger share of its increasingly valuable oil resources, after new Gov. Sarah Palin won an improbable victory in the Legislature despite strong opposition from top legislative leaders and the state's most powerful industry.

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