Monday, November 19, 2007

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.

Now is not the time for blame
I thought Rep. Bill Thomas's recent letter to "all Southeast Alaskans" was divisive, poorly timed and seemed to be out of touch with current reality.

Dredge Lake beavers run amok
With all due respect to Rick Carter, the Dredge Lake beavers have unquestionably run amok, and it's time to overcome our laissez-faire attitude toward them.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Students build skills with robots
When Dave Patterson asked the audience at the opening ceremony of the Juneau Robot Jamboree on Sunday, "Who had their robot fall apart during their trials?" nearly every small hand in the audience went up.

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.

Around Town

Around Town

Photo: Sprucing up for the holidays
Kathleen White hangs holiday decorations Sunday in front of her Second Street home in Douglas.

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.

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

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.

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.

Outside editorial: Our only chance is to halt spread of nuclear arms
Trivia question: When was the last time the United States came within two minutes of a nuclear attack? If you guessed sometime around the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, think again.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe

My turn: Pro-fluoride doctors deserve better
There have been harsh letters directed at Dr. Carolyn Brown. Brown has spent her adult life helping people. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and holds a master's degree in public health and epidemiology.

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.

My turn: Thoughts on Juneau's garbage
A t an Aug. 29 public hearing, city consultants presented a draft strategy to deal with Juneau's solid waste. At this meeting, citizens expressed, among other things, a regret that the incinerators were shut down and concern for the growth of the Lemon Creek landfill.

Out & About

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Jesuits settle Native sexual abuse case
A Roman Catholic religious order has agreed to pay $50 million to dozens of Alaska Natives who were victims of sexual abuse by Jesuit priests, their lawyer said Sunday.

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.

Alaska home prices soften, but housing market holds steady overall
Residential housing prices are softening in some areas of the state and home building has slowed. But the underlying housing market is sound, according to the head of Alaska Housing Finance Corp.

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.

Crowds almost overwhelm ski resort
The Alyeska Ski Resort opened Saturday to a swarm of skiers and snowboarders that almost overwhelmed the state's largest ski area.

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

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.

Northwest Digest
Human waste plagues Lake Roosevelt; Forecast bad for Lower 48 ski resorts; Report: Tides could spread spilled oil; Coldwater Ridgevisitor center closed

Old-time fiddle festival helps heat up winter in Fairbanks
Edgar "Paddy" Nollner Jr., 70, remembers cold, dark nights growing up in Galena. The whole town would gather together in a cabin heated by a large wood stove and lit by gas lamps. They'd spend the night dancing, eating and fiddling.

Kodiak fisherman survives 10 hours in Shelikof Strait
The Pacific Lady had just been knocked over by a hurricane-like blast of wind in roaring seas. The vessel was on its side. Windows that should have displayed sky instead revealed ocean green. Water gushed into the wheelhouse through every opening, big and small.

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