Thursday, December 13, 2007

Bush destroyed America's reputation
It seems that George W. Bush is at it again. Here come the scare tactics once again. He's cried wolf so many times with no evidence whatsoever I'm amazed that he has any support anymore. Though the truth be known that only his base, the religious right, thinks he's the man.

Focus on tailings, end Kensington dispute
I was heartened to read that Coeur Alaska reached a tentative agreement concerning tailings disposal with the three environmental organizations that had sued to stop the Kensington Mine.

Glossy pro-road mailer turns man off
It was that time of year. Things cooled down outside, and the low angle of the sun in the southwest shined through my stained-glass window and made it glow better than any other time of the year. Peace seemed to prevail until something strange arrived in the mail.

Salmon and pit mines are a bad partnership
I am responding to Northern Dynasty's full-page add in Alaska newspapers which states that the proposed Pebble Mine is going to be a "Partnership with all Alaskans" and "Beneficial to all Alaskans."

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

Judge Stewart dies
Retired Alaska Superior Court Judge Thomas Stewart died at about 8 p.m. Wednesday night at Bartlett Regional Hospital from complications arising from pneumonia. He was 88.

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

Eaglecrest receives financial windfall
Eaglecrest Ski Area leaped forward Tuesday in solidifying financial backing for its three-year improvement plan to bring two new lifts and a new building to the mountain, among other projects.

TMHS to get intramural sports in '08
The final plan for the community's new Thunder Mountain High School recommends intramural sports for the first year and a comprehensive athletics and activities program that will be launched in 2009.

TMHS to get intramural sports in '08
The final plan for the community's new Thunder Mountain High School recommends intramural sports for the first year and a comprehensive athletics and activities program that will be launched in 2009.

Ski area lifts may open Saturday
With at least 7 inches of snow falling at the base area Tuesday morning, Eaglecrest Ski Area General Manager Kirk Duncan said the lower lift could open this weekend.

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

Final report: 3 academies for Juneau
Proposals

Masonic building to get sky bridge, legislative renovation
The Alaska Legislature this week moved forward with developing the former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple into an annex to the Capitol building.

Photo: Bus punches through building, 1950s Images from another time
It was a sunny day in Juneau in late 1950s when Susan Woods (Loidhamer), owner of J & J Deli, heard a loud bang from an upstairs apartment in a building in downtown Juneau.

Photo: 1981 Images from another time: Taking apart the Douglas Bridge
The center span of the old Douglas Bridge, a steel-girded structure that connected Juneau and Douglas for 45 years, is lowered to a barge in Gastineau Channel in the winter of 1981 as part of its deconstruction. The original bridge cost $252,000 to build and $22 million to replace.

Photos: Subport building comes down
An excavator clears debris Wednesday at the Subport building demolition site after the last standing wall was brought down.

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

Mansion readied for open house
Roughly 21,000 bite-size cookies, nearly 60 pounds of candy and about 75 pounds of fudge will be on hand Friday to delight thousands of Alaskans during the annual Christmas open house at the Governor's Mansion.

Cold weather depletes shelter stash
When the weather turns bitterly cold, Juneau's homeless turn to community programs to help keep warm.

Business Digest
Company appoints Corbus as director; Huston opens new child care center

Photo: Great Alaska Toy Drive
Alicia Smith, left, owner of Juneau's Imagination Station, looks on as Sgt. Larry Dirkes hauls of toys out her store for the Great Alaska Toy Drive on Dec. 7 at Imagination Station.

Pets of the week
Cuddly cats seek comfy homes

Neighbors Digest
Juneau-Douglas High School Class of 1988 to hold reunion

Gross, Stevens wed
Andrea Gross and Russ Stevens, of Juneau, were married Oct. 20, 2007, in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for donating to soldiers, families; Thanks to those who helped rescue my car; Thanks for stopping to help on Egan; Thanks for helping us buy phone cards

A pastor explores the realities of marriage, divorce and our families
This holiday season is a time when we are focused, perhaps to a greater extent than usual, on our families. We are hearing a great deal about marriage and children these days and the divorce rate figures which tell us that one of two marriages nowadays will end in divorce.

Surprises help connect us during the holiday season
Every night this December, my daughter wants me to sing Christmas songs while holding hands with her in front of the Christmas tree. I think she got this idea from "A Charlie Brown Christmas," where the kids, unencumbered by adults, find the true meaning of Christmas in front of a transformed decrepit little tree.

Nutcracker makes noise
Juneau Dance Unlimited's annual production of the Nutcracker ballet made a lot of noise last weekend, with on-stage theatrical explosions and enchanting costumes and characters.

Photo: Faith Community musical
Faith Community School choristers practice for their "Mystery in a Manger" Christmas musical, to take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Auke Bay Bible Church sanctuary. The event is free, and everyone is invited. For more information, call 790-2240.

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Bernice Stoll
Juneau resident Bernice Stoll died Dec. 7, 2007, at Wildflower Court. She was 96.

Maurice 'Ted' Tidwell
Former Juneau resident Maurice Hartwell "Ted" Tidwell died Nov. 28, 2007, in Tacoma, Wash., after a year-long struggle with cancer. He was 69.

A. John Gallant
Former Juneau resident A. John Gallant died unexpectedly on Nov. 5, 2007, of a brain aneurysm at his home in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. He was 53.

Outside editorial: Government should pay bonuses to injured vets
Here's a classic story of heartless misplacement of risk.

Outside editorial: The strains of detente
Symbolism matters in diplomacy, and that's why recent developments in North Korea policy are worth applauding -- softly. President Bush's decision to set aside his loathing and send a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il represents a triumph of practicality over ideology.

My turn: Women deserve to play in the Gold Medal tourney
I'm writing to express my feelings of concern and distress regarding a recent, uncontested, shocking decision by the Juneau Lions Club regarding removing the women's bracket from the Gold Medal tournament.

The message vs. the messenger
If you spend any time within evangelicalism, you hear people speak in reverential tones about the pastor at this church, the seminar led by this speaker or the book by this author. It's easy to feel as if you need to hear that speaker, attend that church or read that writer to establish your credentials as a believer.

Outside editorial: Sense in sentencing
For roughly two decades, federal trial judges have chafed under the constraints of federal sentencing guidelines and mandatory minimums that often forced them to hand down inordinately long sentences.

Outside editorials: The value of a judge is more than Congress has been willing to pay
Last month, Judge Paul G. Cassell gave up his prestigious lifetime appointment to the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, explaining that "two primary factors have led me to do something that I never thought possible - leaving this important public service position."

Imagining motivation without money
In a world saturated with television and radio signals, Juneau would not be the first choice of residence for anyone with ambitions for a career in broadcasting. It may serve as a stepping stone while working hard to open new doors.

Old-school look to this year's Bears
Juneau-Douglas High School second-year boys basketball coach Steve Potter doesn't expect too many opposing teams to play zone against his squad this year.

Glacier Swim Club racks up awards
It may have taken 14 hours to get from Juneau to Fairbanks for the Glacier Swim Club, but it proved to be well worth the trip.

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.

Alaska Digest
Feds propose timber sale in Southeast; Troopers investigate child's death in crash; Memorial planned for helicopter crew; Police investigating death of teenager

Lawmakers vow China has no 'hope of getting gas from us'
Vox Box

Air Force training exercises to be held at Eielson
Alaska's Interior will be the setting for extensive Air Force training sessions next year.

Ringleaders sentenced in large check fraud scam
The last of three ringleaders in a major check fraud scam that defrauded Anchorage businesses of up to $200,000 was sentenced in federal court.

Fairbanks mental health home to close down
Funding troubles are being blamed for the planned closure of an assisted-living home in Fairbanks for people with severe mental illness.

Wayward muskrat causes confusion on Fairbanks-area trails
Mara Bacsujlaky was skijoring around Creamer's Field when she saw what looked like a brown clump on the side of the trail.

Truckers honor Dalton Highway driver with big rig procession
No one in the shivering crowd had ever seen anything quite like it before.

State budget reserve may get small boost
Alaska owes billions to its Constitutional Budget Reserve, and, thanks to high oil prices and a new oil tax, it's got billions in extra money coming in.

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

Memorial planned for helicopter crew, patient
A second memorial service has been scheduled for the four people onboard a medical transport helicopter that disappeared a week ago.

Climate scientist: 'The Arctic is screaming'
An already relentless melting of the Arctic greatly accelerated this summer, a warning sign that some scientists worry could mean global warming has passed an ominous tipping point. One even speculated that summer sea ice would be gone in five years.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Alaska Digest
City offers landowners better deal on sewer; Helicopter Christmas lights tours offered; Mother, son believed dead in Kotzebue fire; Orie Williams resigns as head of Doyon; Panel proposes lower pollock catch limit; Donation allows new computers at library; Romney campaign names Alaska director

Wolves kill two dogs near their owners in Anchorage
When Kim Hubert and his wife returned to the spot where her dog Buddy was snatched by a wolf, there was little left.

Young sponsors bill to help protect wildlife
Hunting enthusiast Rep. Don Young is sponsoring legislation that would support efforts to protect some of the world's most endangered species.

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