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Monday, December 17, 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.

How does SEACC have so much power?
It amazes me that we have a system in place that allows an organization such as Southeast Alaska Conservation Council to assume such power in dictating public policy.

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

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

University trains nurses for state's health care needs
At age 59, Lynn Shephard is launching a new career.

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.

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

Around Town

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

Correction
There was an inaccuracy in Sunday's story "Dyer wins state championship" on Page B1.

Photo: Christmas haul
Jean Eyre, left, and three of her daughters, Nichole, 15, right, Samantha, 17, and Kassandra, 13, walk out of a meadow Sunday near the Herbert River with freshly cut trees for Christmas.

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."

Eaglecrest kicks off ski season
For Juneau's avid skiers and snow riders, Christmas came early this weekend as Eaglecrest Ski Area opened for the season.

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.

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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.

Evelyn Hamlin
Juneau resident Evelyn Hamlin died Dec. 12, 2007, in her home at the Juneau Pioneer Home, surrounded by family and caregivers. She was 89.

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.

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.

Outside editorial: American values, the next president
Most Americans would probably agree with the 19th century abolitionist Wendell Phillips that "eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." But our vigilance has been erratic, and we have paid the price for our inattention.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

My turn: It seems only right to pay tribute to Crimson Bears football coaches
Tonight the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears Varsity Football Team will celebrate this year's perfect football season at the annual team banquet.

Will the real Alaskans please stand up?
More than 20 years ago, the Alaska Airlines plane that contained my whole life touched down in Sitka under a flawless November sky. Tatters of gilt-edged clouds skimmed over the western horizon, and a light breeze, cool and delicately scented with spruce, came down from precipitous coast mountains.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Anchorage's Kikkan Randall makes U.S. skiing history
Kikkan Randall became the first U.S. woman and second American to win a World Cup cross country race Sunday when she defeated world sprint champion Astrid Jacobsen of Norway in the final meters of a 1.2-kilometer freestyle.

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

Juneau's McBride to represent U.S.
Juneau's Seth McBride will be doing some serious traveling next year.

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.

When the wrestling ends, it's time to eat
There are several winners at the Alaska School Activities Association State Wrestling Championships. At the end of wrestling season, 28 large and small school competitors will be named Alaska's best, along with two team state champs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Alaska Digest
Enrollment for drug coverage ends Dec. 31; Last Fort Richardson troopers return; Wyo. man chargedin plane threat; Man gets 13 years on drug, firearms charges

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.

Photo: Honored for heroism
U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey Jr., left, laughs with Sgt. Gregory Williams, second from left, and Williams's wife, Stevie, right, after a presentation ceremony Wednesday at Fort Wainwright.

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

Matanuska Maid dairy enters its final days
It looked like any other day at the dairy. A red-suited Frosty the Snowman and copies of "Dairy Foods" magazine greeted visitors. Crews bustled about moving and stacking crates of orange juice and cottage cheese onto waiting pallets.

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...

Assemblyman pushes for recycling in Fairbanks
Fairbanks North Star Borough Assemblyman Mike Musick is organizing a task force with the aim of improving recycling choices, describing the city as "light years behind" other communities when it comes to recycling.

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.

Thousands of Pacific walruses killed
In what some scientists see as another alarming consequence of global warming, thousands of Pacific walruses above the Arctic Circle were killed in stampedes earlier this year after the disappearance of sea ice caused them to crowd onto the shoreline in extraordinary numbers.

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.

State board wants stop gap money for dairy farmers
A state board is hoping to get stopgap money for dairy farmers forced to dump milk now that the Matanuska Maid Dairy is entering its final days.

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.

Denali Commission sets aside funds for alternative energy
The federally funded Denali Commission is taking the unprecedented step of setting aside funds specifically for alternative energy projects in rural Alaska in a move to help offset soaring fuel costs.

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

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