Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Why would we want to be like China, India?
A Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial, which appeared in Sunday's Juneau Empire as "The value of Alaska mining operations," says Alaska mineral production is trying to keep pace with the likes of India and China.

Houses don't grow over the septic tank
The Juneau Assembly has an opportunity to achieve progress on an issue crucial to Juneau's future - affordable housing.

Sealaska shareholders, vote no to new-borns
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and the Sealaska Corp. board have designed and developed a method to devalue my share value of Sealaska by asking me to bring in another 12,000 or "new-born" shareholders...

Rise in shareholders won't decrease value
This is in response to Tuesday's letter to the editor by Richard Beasley, titled "Sealaska shareholders, vote no to new-borns."

Palin should focus on ferry system
I feel that Sarah Palin should be focusing more on the ferries and less on the road north of Juneau.

1984 plus 23
The corrupt fascist criminal secret-police state, described by George Orwell in "1984," was begun by the Reagan regime before 1984 and has reached its apex under the Cheney-Bush regime.

We need to protect ANWR from drilling
Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, as Sarah Palin says she'd like to do, would doom the lives of animals and our chances of creating an alternative fuel source.

Spending our money to toot his horn
Just when I thought I'd seen the last of Mr. Murkowski's arrogance (his last-hour appointments to boards and commissions), along comes a tax-supported 48-page recital of his administration's record.

City gives final word: No fluoride
After two years of debate, the Juneau Assembly finally decided Monday to stop adding fluoride to the city's water.

Correction

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

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers:

Palin greets guests at mansion
Alaskans turned out Monday to get a look at the Governor's Mansion, but the top attraction was its new resident, Gov. Sarah Palin.

Poised for profits at end of the road?
Even though he has officially stepped out of the decision process, Alaska's top transportation official is positioned for profit from land at the end of a controversial access road leading north from Juneau.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers:

Weather causes spate of oil spills, harbor sinkings
Juneau's recent spate of harsh weather has caused havoc at harbors and kept experts busy dealing with oil spills at homes and businesses.

Photo: UAS given new set of wheels
Tony Martin, head of the University of Alaska Southeast automotive technology department, speaks Monday with UAS Chancellor John Pugh about the program's new 2006 Honda Accord and 2005 Dodge Magnum R/T at the university's Technical Education Center.

Hoonah woman perishes in fire
A 26-year-old Hoonah woman died over the weekend in a mobile home fire, which officials believe was caused by a faulty furnace.

Images from another time: Mystery photo
Alaska State Library staff is trying to identify people and activities in historical photos in the library's collection.

Around Town

School can be a battleground for recruiters
When military recruiters visit a high school, they like to see students. When they visit Juneau-Douglas High School, they also see adults.

Neighbors Digest
Class for cancer victims offered Jan. 7, Floyd Dryden students collect cell phones, Salmon Creek Trail now reopened, Parks and Rec holds volleyball registration & Panic Relief wants to start local program

Photo: Sisterhood swear-in
Alaska Native Sisterhood officers are sworn in Monday at the installation ceremony of the 2007 officers at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Recognitions

Peace: The promise of Christmas
Remember this one? "If a tree falls in the middle of the forest and there's nobody there to hear it, does it still make a sound?"

Pets of the week
Cuddly, independent kitties seek loving home

Photo: Studying for fun
Members of the Juneau-Douglas High School Academic Decathlon team pose on the JDHS library stairs after a recent regional meet.

Julia Ann Wigg
Juneau resident Julia Ann Wigg, 71, died at 6:22 a.m. on Dec. 8, 2006, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau.

William Pritchard Sr.
Former Juneau resident William M. Pritchard Sr., 93, died Dec. 3, 2006, in his sleep at Citadel Care center in Mesa, Ariz., on following a diagnosis of congestive heart failure.

John Adrien O'Brien
Juneau resident John Adrien O'Brien Sr., 77, died Dec. 4, 2006, in his home after several years of declining health. Juneau was his home since 1963.

Tessie Isabelle Williams-Stevenson
Hoonah resident Tessie Isabelle Williams-Stevenson, 26, died Dec. 9, 2006, in Hoonah.

Maxine Dunker
Former Juneau resident Maxine Dunker, 73, died Nov. 10, 2006, in Honolulu.

Steven Knickerbocker
Juneau resident Steven Edward Knickerbocker, 54, died Nov. 28, 2006, in Juneau.

Jason Casto
Former Juneau resident Jason Mathew Casto of Lucedale, Miss., died Nov. 2, 2006, in Memphis, Tenn. He was 29.

Furman Marshall
Juneau resident Furman Thomas Marshall, 92, died Dec. 6, 2006, in Juneau.

My Turn: The inevitability of the road
The sad thing about the Juneau road bids coming in higher than expected is that if the project was built years ago it could have been done much cheaper.

My turn: 30 years and going strong
Many Alaskans this month are celebrating the 30th anniversary of a piece of legislation that has profoundly and positively affected our state.

Sports in Juneau

Photo: Juneau Adult Hockey Association
Nice save: DK Mining Co.'s goalie Wayne Coleman deflects a shot by the Yellow team's Michael Wunderlich during Sunday's Tier-C Juneau Adult Hockey Association game.

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.

Fishing businesses decry mine project
A large mine in the heart of some of the best salmon and trout fishing in the world is a fly fisherman's worst nightmare, says the head of a major sport fishing trade association.

All Strykers will return by Friday
More members of Fort Wainwright's 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team were returning Monday from their extended tour in Iraq with the remaining brigade members expected back by Friday.

Alaska Digest
Jury finds Soldotna man guilty of murder & Instability often the cause of ship sinkings

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation and the world

Palin announces plans to sell state jet
The state jet will soon have a "for sale" sign on it.

Northwest Digest
Police charge man with assaulting teen, Woman accused of trying to kill trooper & Searchers battle Mount Hood weather

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation and the world

Companies pay to settle false marketing suits
Two companies will pay a combined $14.5 million to settle claims that they tricked people in Alaska, Pennsylvania and 14 other states into paying for membership programs that claimed to offer discounts on automotive service, home repair and other services.

Officials track moose, caribou in Kenai traffic safety program
A traffic safety program to reduce collisions with large animals on the Kenai Peninsula is under way, with more than 30 moose and a handful of caribou fitted with global positioning systems.

State board creates fish refuge panel
The state Board of Fisheries voted to create a panel to evaluate whether protections for fisheries in Bristol Bay need to be strengthened because of the Pebble Mine project.

Divers say job dangers bind them together
When the tide started to turn, Owen Boyle headed topside. Getting caught under more than 100 feet of water is no place to be when the big tides of Cook Inlet move. Underwater divers must make these ascents in stages, to stave off the physical problems associated with decompression.

Bethel cab driver shot to death
A Bethel taxi driver was killed when suspects on a snowmachine approached his idling cab and shot him in the head with a shotgun, according to city officials.

Three more paratroopers killed in Iraq
Three more Fort Richardson paratroopers died in a roadside bomb in Iraq, bringing to five the number of Alaska-based soldiers killed in the war zone in three days.

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