Monday, December 18, 2006

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.

Ferry system should be made a priority
Gov. Sarah Palin needs to make improving the Alaska Marine Highway System a priority and keep Berners Bay from being a dumping ground.

Cut-off date doesn't cut out Native blood
I am an original Sealaska shareholder, and I own 100 shares and another 100 shares from my brother when he passed on. Like everyone else, I will be giving them to my family in my will when I die.

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.

Anti-war group is needed for balance
Andy Swanston's letter in Thursday's Juneau Empire, "Anti-war group's methods shameful," takes a superficial look at the group Veterans for Peace.

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

Hanukkah brings families together
A small pile of foil-wrapped chocolate coins sit on a table between a group of boys. One of the boys, a 15-year-old, picks up a wooden top called a dradle and sends it spinning across the table.

Photo: A frosty memorial
A snowman takes up residence Sunday at Evergreen Cemetery.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Correction
The date of the holiday brass ensemble concert sponsored by the Sitka Fine Arts Camp was listed under the wrong date in Sunday's Around Town.

Marathoner promotes health for the long run
At 69, pediatrician George Brown believes in good health for life; and not just his own health, but that of others.

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

Alaska editorial: Alaskans deserve an identity theft bill
Laws will go on the books this month in five additional states to help protect consumers from identity theft.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 wrestling results

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.

Hinkley, Bausler inducted into JDHS hall of fame
Juneau-Douglas High School seniors Chris Hinkley and Kanaan Bausler were inducted into the Crimson Bears' athletic hall of fame last week at the team's annual banquet.

Juneau Parks and Recreation Adult Ordway Basketball League standings
Juneau Parks and Recreation Adult Ordway Basketball League

Crimson Bears' JV roar past Homer at home
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball junior varsity team made an impressive home debut with a pair of routs over visiting Homer.

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.

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.

Alaska prepares for pandemic flu
The state has covered a lot of ground but still has a long way to go before Alaska's more than 320 communities are fully prepared to handle an outbreak of pandemic flu, say public health officials.

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

Russian imports cut crab prices
The Costco king-crab legs are thick and meaty. But the real lure is the price: At $10.99 per pound, they are a quick sell to holiday-season shoppers.

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.

Theater saved from destruction
The historic 4th Avenue Theatre in Anchorage is facing a brighter future instead of the wrecking ball.

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

Bill aims to raise school drop-out age by two years
The age at which a student is allowed to drop out of school would be pushed back by two years under a bill spearheaded by an Anchorage lawmaker and the school district.

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.

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

Northwest Digest
UAF receives grant for fisheries school, Fairbanks man pleads no contest to rape & Funeral planned for Alaska-based soldier

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