Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Questions not so hard without selfishness
A landfill consultant hired by the city says if we recycle more the landfill will last longer.

Equality and our neighbors to the south
Over the past 12 years, I have spent a lot of time in Mexico. I have many friends in Mexico whom I respect. I am not an "expert" on Mexico. Yet, every day I read newspapers both from Mexico and the United States.

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

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.

Exploiting Tongass would be criminal
I write as a longtime resident of Southeast Alaska to oppose Rep. Don Young's agency for Sealaska Corp. by means of House Resolution 3560, which would open many of the richest remaining protected areas in the Tongass National Forest to commercial exploitation.

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.

Downtown lighting is wasteful
Recently, I traveled from the Mendenhall Valley to Thane and have noticed each time how dark the valley is and how overly lighted the downtown "shopping district" is. With only two or three shops open during the Christmas season.

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...

Fluoride issue voted down twice
This is regarding Larry Weeks' letter on Nov. 19.

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.

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.

Around Town

Photo: Finals week
Kevin Almlie studies for a chemistry final Monday in the Egan Library at the University of Alaska Southeast. Students are taking their final exams through Friday. Spring semester begins Jan. 14.

Photo: Baking up a storm
Heather Sincic, right, drizzles chocolate over a tray of s'mores held by Cathy Bobalek while making treats Monday at the Juneau Senior Center.

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.

SEACC places new demand on mine site
Southeast Alaska Conservation Council wants Goldbelt to give up its Cascade Point dock for the Kensington gold mine.

Two walk from halfway house
Two residents walked away from a Gastineau Human Services halfway house early Sunday morning. Thirty hours later police remained unaware of their escape.

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

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

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police report

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

Esther Weimer
Former Juneau resident Esther Geraldine Weimer died Dec. 2, 2007, in Ketchikan. She was 76.

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

Claudia Kelsey
Longtime Juneau resident Claudia Juanita Dona Kelsey died peacefully Dec. 6, 2007, at home in Juneau. She was 95.

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.

Outside editorial: Abstinence-only programs are waste of taxpayers' money
President Bush has proudly increased the funding for abstinence-only sex education programs since taking office. He is pushing Congress for an additional $28 million for 2008 to add to the $175 million spent last year.

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?

Outside editorial: Mall shooter didn't achieve fame, he gained notoriety
It's not hard to guess what was running through the disturbed mind of the 19-year-old gunman who opened fire in an Omaha department store on Wednesday, killing nine people, including himself, and wounding several others. He told everyone.

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.

My Turn: University of Alaska best bet for local hire
The operating budget the University of Alaska Board of Regents passed in early November would funnel $13.5 million to some of the highest-demand career training in our state, including health care, engineering, construction management and fisheries.

Opinions varied on sports at TMHS
After writing Monday's opinion piece about possible ideas for sports at Juneau-Douglas High School and the soon-to-be-open Thunder Mountain High School, two loud and clear points emerged through my e-mail and phone line.

Bleu Chunks skate to victory
Capital Embroidery rallied with two third-period goals to force overtime, but the Bleu Chunks prevailed for a 3-2 shoot-out win on Sunday in the Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier B playoffs at Treadwell Arena.

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.

Juneau Parks and Recreation Adult Ordway Basketball standings and scores

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.

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.

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.

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

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

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.

Alaska Digest
Frenette appointed to Northern Panel; Anchorage Daily News publisher to retire; Man pleads guilty to cocaine charges; Grant will replace windows at museum

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

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.

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.

Alaskan fatally shot in Colorado remembered
Phil Crouse, the Alaskan who was fatally shot at a Colorado missionary training center, was remembered as a former skinhead who went through a dramatic spiritual conversion.

Palin rolls out 4% budget increase
Gov. Sarah Palin on Monday released her budget proposal for next year, proposing a 4 percent general fund spending increase that she said was tapering off the big spending increases of recent years.

Lunch service sees rising number of elderly Koreans
Around lunch time on a Thursday the smell of garlic and chilies cuts the icy air outside the old Salvation Army church on the corner of Eighth Avenue and Barrow.

Two arrested for allegedly setting fires in Craig school
Two men were arrested Friday for allegedly setting three separate fires in Craig Middle School and cutting 13 boats loose from North Cove Harbor in Craig.

High court won't hear Pilgrim land case
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the case of the Pilgrim family and a feud with the federal government over access to their land inside the country's largest national park.

Officials call off search for missing helicopter
The search was called off Monday for a medical transport helicopter that disappeared a week ago somewhere near Prince William Sound with four people on board.

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