Sunday, December 17, 2006

Whistle blowers need some protection
I would like to note that in the recent investigations of the North Slope BP oil pipeline leaks that employees warned about the leaks years before they happened. A friend of mine who is now retired from BP was an engineer and made a report showing the needs of corrosion maintenance for the pipes so that they would not spring leaks.

Pioneer road's stench reaches Lower 48
I was astounded by Wednesday's article on the proposed road out of Juneau in which the roadway would end at the MacKinnon's property and he would make huge profits for himself and the mining company.

Alaska can lead the way on the oil issue
I spent four years in the Navy during World War II. The Japanese were aware that our Navy could not operate without fuel. Our tankers became prime targets in the Pacific.

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

Photo: Snow roll
Willow Bradley, 4, left, and her sister, Sayja, 2, watch their friend, Hope Carpenter, 6, lead the way as they role down a snowy hill Saturday at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center.

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

Engineering Ethics
During the past year, FBI agents investigating corruption have served search warrants on a half dozen members of the Alaska Legislature.

Photo: Winter camouflage
A mature bald eagle blends in well as it perches Saturday on a snow-coated cottonwood tree near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center.

Palin proposes tight budget
Gov. Sarah Palin on Friday proposed cutting $150 million from the $3.65 billion preliminary budget proposed by former Gov. Frank Murkowski.

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

Anderson indictment a stain on Legislature
The indictment of Rep. Tom Anderson on corruption charges spreads a deepening stain on the Alaska Legislature. Ever since the FBI raided six legislators' offices this summer, Alaskans have wondered whether some of their lawmakers are afflicted with corruption.

Setting the record straight
Alaskans are excited about their first female governor. Gov. Sarah Palin and Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell pledge to develop Alaska's resources (especially energy), to continue pushing construction of infrastructure, and to increase education and job opportunities - the same things Frank Murkowski said he'd do when he campaigned in 2002.

Toe Toon

Getting to know some neighbors has a steep learning curve
Very little has been known about the mountain goats that roam the steep coastal mountains north of Berners Bay, but that's starting to change.

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

Outsiders: Don Brandon
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

Making sure the outdoors are for everyone
It's not surprising to find Morgan Evans strapped to a pair of skis, zipping down the slopes of Eaglecrest Ski Area. Evans, 21, was born in Juneau and started skiing when he was four.

JDHS wrestling results

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.

Short-handed Bears fall to Kings, top Wolves in Southeast duals
Members of the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team got some work in during this weekend's matches in Ketchikan, but probably not as much as they would have liked.

Crimson Bears speed past the Mariners
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team opened the season this weekend sweeping Homer with mix of speed and defense.

Photo: No Delta, no problem
Juneau-Douglas High School goaltender Alex Vick shifts to his right as Nick Rutecki checks Colton Good as he shoots during an inter-squad scrimmage on Friday at Treadwell Arena.

Alaska Digest
An Anchorage man was killed Friday when he was struck by a boulder at the Red Dog Mine in northwest Alaska.

Two die in small plane crash
Two people were killed when a small plane crashed near Port Heiden on the Alaska Peninsula, the Coast Guard's Juneau office announced.

Regulators demand BP submit plans for pipeline
Federal regulators have ordered oil giant BP to submit more details about its plans for replacing corroded pipelines at Prudhoe Bay, the nation's largest oil field.

Murkowski may get seat on education, health committee
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has been nominated for a seat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

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