Tuesday, November 20, 2007

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.

Support protection for Juneau wildlife
A recent article described the flooding problems that have been created by beavers in the Dredge Lake area of the Mendenhall Valley, but the measures being taken in an attempt to resolve the problem - trapping and killing the beavers - are not only inhumane, but are also unlikely to affect the flooding problem long term.

Juneau focuses on energy issues
Energy issues have come to the fore as the Juneau Planning Commission reviews the city's long-term plan, which originally included a goal of converting all homes, private vehicles and public transportation to electric power.

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

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

Andrea Doll receives crash course during fall special session
When Gov. Sarah Palin called a special legislative session to revamp the state's oil tax, freshman Rep. Andrea Doll, D-Juneau, and a handful of other legislators began a crash course on how the oil business works and Alaska's role in it.

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.

Photo: 'Tis the season of decorating
Roz Cruise, an employee with Department of Administration Grounds and Gardens, hangs Christmas decorations Monday on the Governor's Mansion. Work crews have been busy decorating the mansion for the holiday season.

City affordable housing panel offers solutions
Young professionals and middle-income families cannot afford to buy an average home in Juneau, members of the Juneau Affordable Housing Commission said Monday.

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

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Power bills on the rise as electricity surplus dries up
Electricity customers can expect to see their bills rise this month as a dry August left lake levels low and the power company expects to have to burn diesel to make up the difference.

Photo: Juneau airport, 1943 Images from another time
The Juneau Airport is show in 1943. The airport was built in the 1930s for military use. From 1941 to 1945, the U.S. military used the airport for World War II missions. The first terminal was dedicated in 1949.

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Martha Nelson
Angoon resident Martha (Johnson) Nelson, Kindu.éin, Ch'aak Tláa, died Nov. 18, 2007, at Mt. Edgecumble Hospital in Sitka, surrounded by family and friends. She was 94.

John Pauly Taylor
Former Juneau doctor John Pauly "JP" Taylor died Nov. 11, 2007, in his San Diego home. He had just turned 94.

Jules Duane Roulet
Former Juneau resident Jules Duane Roulet died peacefully in his sleep Nov. 15, 2007, at home following a short battle with cancer. He was 65.

Robert Jennings Simi
Longtime Juneau resident Robert "Bob" Jennings Simi died Nov. 8, 2007, at his home in Salmon, Idaho, after a lengthy illness. A 1973 exalted ruler of the Elks Club, post 420, he was 78 years old.

My turn: Assembly the right place for action
The Juneau Empire's editorial addressing Juneau's involuntary participation in the anti-missile defense testing at Lena Point (On Oct. 11) stated that "getting the Juneau Assembly involved in what is a national defense policy would be a wasted effort for everyone involved."

Outside editorial: Ethanol fuel has an unfair advantage
The following editorial first appeared in the Kansas City Star: The problems of corn-based ethanol are threatening to overshadow its promise to help reduce the nation's addiction to oil.

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: Alaskans deserve fair share of resource wealth
I believe the recent flyer, "Resource Review, The Tipping point," is another example of a greedy and biased group of individuals who are in the back pockets of the oil company giants...

Outside editorial: Holes in the screens
This editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times: Six years after 9/11, airport screeners are getting pretty good at spotting terrorists -- as long as they're inept amateurs.

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.

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.

Sloths earn their second win
Kim Smith scored off Bret Connell's assist in the third period to hand the Sloths their second win of the year after beating D.K. Mining 2-1 in a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier B battle on Sunday at Treadwell Arena.

Sports Digest
Juneau's Talisa Rhea scores nine points in win for Oregon State; Egolf sparks Bradley in South Padre Island Tournament opener; Knutson-Lombardo competes in national championship race; Angels trade Cabrera to White Sox for pitcher Jon Garland; Rivera, Yankees say OK to $45 million,three-year contract

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.

Photo: Show of support
Lt. Col, David Osborn, center, and Command Sgt. Maj. Alan Feaster, right, of the Alaska Army National Guard unit 3-297 infantry battalion, present Gov. Sarah Palin with a flag on Monday that the unit flew from an Army gun truck while deployed in Iraq at Fort Richardson in Anchorage.

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

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

Alaska Digest
Woman leads police to hit-and-run suspects; Afghan ambassador to speak in Juneau; Student arrested in connection with fire

Beer makers in Alaska brace for skyrocketing price of hops
Alaska beer makers say a worldwide shortage of hops has drastically raised the price and cut the accessibility of this popular ingredient.

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.

Fairbanks expert says wolf killed man
A Fairbanks wolf biologist testified at a recent Canadian coroner's inquest in what has been declared North America's first documented fatal attack by a wild, healthy wolf or wolves.

Stevens bristles at corruption question
Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens lived up to his reputation as irascible Monday when reacting to a question about the ongoing federal investigation into corruption.

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.

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.

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.

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