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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

City shouldn't allow indiscriminate dumping
At about 8:15 p.m. Sunday, as I was leaving my shift at the Department of Health & Social Services, I saw a van of people offloading all their stuff at the Salvation Army.

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.

Cascade Point was promised to Natives
I am compelled to respond to Russell Heath's My Turn article of Dec. 16.

Respect parking spaces for disabled
I would like to remind all drivers to be especially vigilant about where they park their cars and to take notice of spaces reserved for the disabled.

SEACC's objective is to stop Kensington
Now that the fox is in the henhouse, Southeast Alaska Conservation Council is going after all those that support the Kensington Mine. SEACC doesn't care who they step on to shut down Kensington.

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.

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.

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

Around Town

Photo: Holiday glow
The Governor's Mansion is adorned Monday with Christmas lights.

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

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

Photo: Snow business
Roz Cruise, an employee with the state Department of Administration, shovels snow Monday from a sidewalk in front of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services building on Main Street. Snow-clearing work will likely continue, with more snow showers expected in the next few days.

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

Around Town

121-year-old sea act could cause trouble for Alaska cruise industry
A building fight in the Hawaii cruise industry has spurred a possible addition of new criteria to a 121-year-old law, commonly known as the Jones Act, that has local cruise industry folks, the Juneau Chamber of Commerce and the city worried.

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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.

Outside editorial: Darfur peacekeeping stalls before it starts
When the United Nations Security Council approved an expanded peacekeeping force for the Darfur region of Sudan last summer, some Western politicians may have concluded - prematurely - that one of the world's worst humanitarian crises was at last going to be relieved.

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.

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.

Tongass timber: Bad decisions, big money
In the midst of corruption trials, fair oil taxes and Iraq, the Tongass National Forest looms again in the unending battle to cut or not to cut. While some of the more controversial issues can now be resolved through good science and the facts, a long-standing flawed calculation still persists to "justify" the Tongass timber program.

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

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.

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.

Photo: A Dame good team
Alaskan Dames goaltender Val Martinez squirts water on her teammates after her squad defeated the Grey team 2-0 for the Juneau Adult Hockey Association Women's B title on Sunday at Treadwell Arena.

Alaskan Dames win Women's B championship
Val Martinez made 16 saves as Alaskan Dames claimed the Juneau Adult Hockey Association Women's B championship Sunday with a 3-0 win over the Green.

Looking to Alaska: State starts to matter, just a little, in presidential scene
Barack Obama is opening a campaign office in Anchorage. Ron Paul's national campaign manager is planning a trip to Alaska.

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.

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.

One more dead after Ketchikan house fire
A third member of a Ketchikan family has died from smoke inhalation from a weekend house fire.

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.

N.Y. lawyers could win big in state suit
If the state of Alaska wins big in its lawsuit against a company it says shares the blame for its retirement system travails, a New York law firm may win big as well.

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

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.

White House tree puts spotlight on national parks
Fairbanks painter Kesler Woodward was thrilled when first asked to adorn a Christmas tree ornament for the White House.

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.

Alaska Digest
Two-car accident sends one to hospital; Oil spill reportedat Kuparuk field; Man enters not guilty plea in plane threat; Nine indicted in mortgage fraud; UAF student wins Miss Alaska USA; Soldier makes plaque for fallen comrades

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.

Sweet Adelines spread Christmas cheer to troops
"Hello?" The soldier on the line had the sound in his voice of someone awake at 1:30 a.m. in Iraq in the week before Christmas.

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

Helicopter crew, patient remembered at service
The crew of a medical helicopter that crashed in Prince William Sound was remembered during a service at Central Peninsula Hospital, their base of operations.

Lawyers prepare clients for handling any Exxon payout
Lawyers are meeting with their clients in the Exxon Valdez oil spill case to ready them for any decision from the U.S. Supreme Court concerning the award of punitive damages.

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