Sunday, December 16, 2007

Goldbelt Inc. vows to pursue facility
Certainly Goldbelt has known that Southeast Alaska Conservation Council has opposed the use of Cascade Point for several years, however, they had their chance to challenge its use in the permit application process and they were not successful.

Questioning Palin's budget numbers
This is in response to "Palin rolls out 4% budget increase" in the Juneau Empire on Dec. 11.

School Board extends public comment period on 'Next Generation' proposal
The Juneau School Board set aside a larger portion of time at its upcoming meeting to allow the public to comment on the Juneau School District's recently released "Opening Thunder Mountain and Implementing the 'Next Generation' High School Transition Plan."

SEACC seeks end to discord over station
Poor communication rankled discussions in the past few weeks about where the Kensington Mine transfer station should be located, but a key conservation group acknowledged the problems Friday and said it would attempt to make amends.

Photos: Governor's open house
Left, Jan Cummins looks through a selection of cookies Friday, with her children, Casey, 4, left, Colton, 11 months, top, and Cordell, 6, during the open house at the Governor's Mansion. Right, Joe Schmidt serves hot cider to Natalia Spengler, 10, as she waits in line for the event.

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

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

Marva Dell Robinson
Former Juneau resident Marva Dell Robinson, of Lebanon, Ore., died Dec. 9, 2007, at the Albany Regency. She was 57.

Betty Rose Speed
Longtime Juneau resident Betty Rose Speed died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, surrounded by family at her home. She was 85.

Elsie Lena John
Lifelong Alaska resident Elsie L. John died of natural causes Thursday, Dec. 13, at her home in Juneau with her family by her side. She was 91.

Empire editorial: Hoverbarge shouldn't be tested on Taku
The plan to transport minerals out of the Tulsequah Chief Mine is futuristic, to say the least.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

My turn: Clearing the air about Cascade Point
It is time for Coeur, Goldbelt, and Southeast Alaska Conservation Council to settle the controversy surrounding Coeur's plan to use Yankee Cove instead of Cascade Point as a site for its dock.

Photo: Still going strong
Former Juneau teacher Charles DeBoer, right, 89, poses with a bull moose he bagged this past season in Gustavus. His brother-in-law, Bill White, is in the background.

Season's wildlife shows itself at Mendenhall Lake Mary Willson On the Trails
A walk along the shores of Mendenhall Lake can be rewarding for a curious naturalist, now that the water levels are down. One might see a northern shrike in the shrub thickets; this small predator nests in the Interior but comes here sometimes in winter.

Plastic alert from outer space Turning the tides
Sept. 19, 2006.High alert on the space shuttle Atlantis.

A snowboarder tele-dreams
Years ago, when I accidentally took a psychology class, the first thing professors warned eagerly bent students against was interpreting their own dreams.

Aspen, check. Whistler, check. Where to ski next? Alaska?
As alpine enthusiasts contemplate how they'll be breaking in their equipment this season, the managers at Alaska's only ski resort hope powder lovers will bypass the classic slopes of Whistler, Deer Valley and Aspen and head to the far north.

Good hare days
Every 10 years or so, the hare population climbs to a peak and then crashes. It takes only two or three years for the cycle to bottom out before it starts climbing again.

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

Hares are different than rabbits
Hares and rabbits are closely related, but there are no native rabbits in Alaska, just hares. There are some domestic (European) rabbits in Alaska, and rabbits were introduced to Middleton Island in the Gulf of Alaska, where a population has become established.

Winter hunting proves hare-raising
I was deer hunting on Douglas Island after an early snowfall last year when I happened upon an inappropriately dressed snowshoe hare.

Dyer wins state championship
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Steven Dyer etched his name into the record books Saturday at the Alaska State Athletic Association/Alaska State Class 4A Wrestling Championships in Chugiak.

Juneau-Douglas twice falls 8-1 to Colony this weekend
The Colony High School hockey team left Treadwell Arena with a pair of 8-1 victories over Juneau-Douglas High School on Friday and Saturday.

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.

JDHS boys basketball wins two in a row
After a slow start, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team steamrolled their final two opponents at the Joe Floyd Tournament in Kodiak on Friday and Saturday.

Wrestling: ASAA/Alaska State Class 4A Wrestling Championships
Friday-Saturday, Chugiak High School

Ceremony celebrates dental aide program
Rural Alaskans swapped stories of rural dentistry woes on Friday at a ceremony celebrating Alaska's new dental health aide therapist program.

Making Friends
When Sarah Palin was running for governor, the public loved her everywhere but in Southeast Alaska. Now she may even be winning them over in this region.

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

Alaska Digest
Chickenpox shot made mandatory; Gardener leaves$1 million to UAA; Hayes seeks to delay his federal trail; Car fatally strikes woman lying in road

Alyeska starts work at second pump station
The Alyeska Pipeline Co. is in the process of switching over a second pipeline pump station to new technology.

Photo: Mourning helicopter crash victims
Mary Frances, right center, and her daughter, Barb Demesko, receive a shadow box from a LifeGuard Alaska crew member, left, during a memorial service Friday in Anchorage...

ConocoPhillips backs away from $1 billion budget
ConocoPhillips is backing away from figures announced recently that included $1 billion in capital spending in Alaska next year.

Alaska remembers founding father Tom Stewart
Tom Stewart was one of Alaska's founding fathers, a judge, a lawmaker, a singer, a skier, a war hero, a storyteller and a parent.

Two children die in Ketchikan house fire
Two young children are dead and two others are in critical condition after a kitchen fire in Ketchikan on Saturday.

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