Monday, December 10, 2007

Hit by car, saved by physical fitness
I recently celebrated my 90th birthday, but while I was out for a walk on Nov. 17, I was struck by an automobile on Evergreen Avenue, near my home.

Extend road to those who don't have access
In response to Nancy Berland's letter on a Juneau access road being a waste of money, I find it fascinating how people who live on the road system don't see the need to extend that capability to those who don't.

Bush's legacy: Worst president in history
I agree wholeheartedly with the Nov. 30 letter from Ian Fisk (calling for more publicity over ex-press secretary Scott McClellan claiming President Bush misled him).

Dredge Lake beavers call for harmony
As the duly elected president and representative of the Dredge Lake Beavers Homeowners Association (DLB-HA!) I need to inform you that, based on the recent man-talk we have been hearing, the DLB-HA! recently conducted a town meeting and there was unanimous consent to voice a dissent to the people of Juneau regarding the excessive, unwanted and undue intrusions into the DLB-HA!, which includes people, people on bikes, on skis, with dogs, etc.

End media consolidation
Stop further media consolidation by passing S.2332, the Media Ownership Act of 2007.

Seek trade-off for Kensington power
I believe that conservation organizations - such as Lynn Canal Conservation, Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and others who are presently challenging every effort to get the Kensington Mine permitted...

Why have two general studies academies?
This is a letter in response to the letter "Student wants general studies academy" that appeared in the Nov. 29 Empire. The author, my fellow high school student Megan Behnke, asked for a general studies academy at both schools once Thunder Mountain High School opens next year.

School district should pay educators more
After listening to the Juneau School District board meeting recently, I sat in total disbelief as to why the members of the board do nothing to promote the betterment of the education of the youth of Juneau.

Beavers should be protected
In 1930, the beaver population of the Mendenhall valley was plentiful from the current airport area to Back Loop Road.

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

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

Search for talent ongoing at JPD
Only two candidates of 12 who tested Thursday for openings in the Juneau Police Department's communications center performed well enough to move on in the hiring process.

Dinner honors seniors in Juneau
Hundreds of senior citizens walked slowly through the glass double-doors at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall Sunday afternoon as retired U.S. Coast Guard Chief Jim Pisa scooped pounds of mashed potatoes into serving trays in the kitchen.

Photo: Voices ring out
estoni Ramirez, 10, a fifth-grader at Glacier Valley Elementary School, sings Christmas songs with other students Saturday on Front Street. The students were collecting donations to fund a trip to Washington, D.C.

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

Photo: Pillars of light
Russ Brown of Chatham Electric installs Christmas lights Friday on pillars at the Capitol.

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

State Transportation Department says it will build safe road
The state Transportation Department said it will design and build a safe highway based on findings of a geological study that shows hazards along the proposed Juneau access road.

Question of Confidence
A new survey of parents with children in the Juneau School District shows that confidence in the school district administration is lower than they'd like.

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Harold 'Jeff' Campbell
Former Douglas resident Harold Geoffery "Jeff" Campbell died Oct. 30, 2007. He was 53.

Frances Mortell
Longtime Juneau resident Frances "Anne" Mortell died peacefully in her sleep on Nov. 27, 2007, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, after a long battle with diabetes and kidney failure. She was 73.

Maynard Metcalf Jr.
Former Juneau resident Maynard Hopkins "Lucky" Metcalf Jr., of Haines, died Nov. 17, 2007, at home surrounded by family. He was 83.

My turn: Big business, small town
I am not sure where to start out on this because all day I have been so distraught by how I was treated.

Toe Toon

Empire editorial: Floating docks plan should move forward
The city's Docks and Harbors' proposal to build two floating piers parallel to downtown's existing cruise ship dock The city's Docks and Harbors' proposal to build two floating piers parallel to downtown's existing cruise ship dock makes sense for several reasons.makes sense for several reasons.

My turn: Bring your own bag to shop
Plastic Bags. Most of us use them for many purposes. Do we stop to think about the effects they have on the environment and our beautiful country though?

There's no denying it now: Barack Obama has been scheming since elementary school to take over the White House.
The following editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Outside editorial: Bush plan's a teaser freezer
President Bush unveiled his plan Thursday to help hundreds of thousands of homeowners whose subprime mortgages are due to reset at higher interest rates over the next two years.

The natural wonders of Chiloé Island
For many years I have studied birds in the south-temperate rainforest of Chile, using my farm and the associated rustic field station as a base of operations. The large continental island of Chiloé has become a home-away-from-home for me and I'd like to introduce you to it.

Gas prices force snowmachiners to consider costs
Out in the Western Alaska Bush where gasoline prices are running near $6 per gallon, Tesoro Iron Dog racer Brad Reich wonders whether he might be forced to cut back on training this year for the world's longest, toughest snow machine race.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Small groups can change the world for the better Turning the tides
For some weeks now, I've been meeting with a group of passionate locals; several members, like myself, have called Southeast Alaska home for half a century plus. We have many common interests, but our current collaboration is about Turning the Tides for a healthy ocean - troubleshooting and seeking tiny miracles in reversing the tragedy of marine pollution and biomass destruction.

Discarded Dall ram dubbed an oddity
Most big-game hunters are lucky to bag a legal Dall sheep ram during the fall hunting season. They hike up and down mountains, fork out hundreds of dollars to fly in to remote hunting spots and spend hours sitting on mountain tops staring through binoculars and spotting scopes in hopes of spotting a legal ram much less a trophy.

Outdoor Brief: SEARHC offers boating instructor course
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Injury Prevention Department is partnering with the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association to host a recreational boating instructor course Feb. 27 through March 3 in Sitka.

Two schools, two programs, one very big sports dilemma
A giant concrete and steel elephant in the room of Juneau's high school sports landscape is taking a nice nap in the Mendenhall Valley.

JDHS girls hoops open season in North Carolina
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team opened its season in a non-traditional manner this past week.

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.

Smoke to clear at Roughhouse
Boxers, motivated to earn a $50 bonus above the winner's prize money, went the extra mile at Roughhouse Friday boxing at Marlintini's Lounge as six of the nine bouts ended in split-decisions.

Bears qualify nine for state
Despite finishing third at the Southeast Conference Wrestling Championships on Saturday in Sitka, there were plenty of positives for Juneau-Douglas High School.

Searchers find one body, helicopter debris
A body and debris found near Whittier indicate a missing medical helicopter may have crashed in the fjord leading to that Prince William Sound community.

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

Lawmakers praise tough sentence, but some think it was not enough
Alaska legislators reported some mixed views on the six-year sentence handed down to former state Rep. Pete Kott, R-Eagle River.

Alaskan killed in missionary center attack
First the unthinkable happened: A man shot four members of a Christian ministry at the group's training center early Sunday, killing two, including Philip Crouse of Alaska, after insisting that he be allowed to spend the night.

Bad weather keeps fuel shipments from villages
Regular fuel shipments to several Bering Sea villages have been halted for the past three months because of severe storms, forcing the communities to rely on emergency diesel rations, community leaders said.

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

Pipeline applicants wait for state review
Companies both big and small want to build a natural gas pipeline for Alaska, but a medium-sized one may be in the lead to win the project worth tens of billions of dollars, some observers say.

Alaska Digest
Collision on icy road sends four to hospital; University regents approve Yup'ik degree; Superintendent gets nearly 11 percent raise; No bids submitted for state dairy; Palin to announce budget proposal; Army chief to visit Alaska on Wednesday

Ex-legislator Kott given six years in prison
The attorney for a former Alaska legislator convicted of bribery urged leniency Friday for his client.

Photo: Night skating
A skater coasts across Swan Lake on Tuesday in Sitka. A rental company donated a generator and stadium lights to allow skaters to take advantage of good skating conditions.

Alaska Digest
The ski area board of directors announced two winners of the annual Hilary Lindh Season Pass Scholarship on Friday.

Play's killer lied about wife who vanished
The amateur theater group here had been dormant for a few years when Peggy Coverdale decided to revive it with a dinner-theater mystery she wrote.

After 300 Iraq missions, soldier based in Fort Richardson is killed by moose
Spc. Stephen Cavanaugh survived more than 300 missions in Iraq, but was killed when his car hit a moose months after his return to Alaska.

BLM lifts restrictions on mining in Bristol Bay area
Mining restrictions will be lifted on about 1 million acres of federal land in southwest Alaska, officials have announced.

ConocoPhillips announces plans to spend $1 billion
Oil company ConocoPhillips plans to spend $1 billion on exploration and production in Alaska in 2008, officials said Friday.

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