Thursday, December 21, 2006

Let's choose to keep Bristol Bay pure
This holiday season, we have a lot to be thankful for. In Bristol Bay, we have a gift from God that keeps on giving.

Be careful about unfounded accusations
I am sorry that Mr. Swanston has seen recruitment literature defaced and destroyed (Dec. 14, Juneau Empire).

MacKinnon deserves better than article
I have rarely been so appalled as I was when I read your recent article about Department of Transportation and Public Facilities acting Commissioner John MacKinnon.

Consider Sealaska committee proposal
Recently, the Sealaska Corp. held a meeting to inform shareholders of the upcoming annual meeting where we will vote on three resolutions.

MacKinnon has been up front on road issue
I am totally confused. The Juneau Empire seems to have taken Joe Geldhof and elevated him to a person being qualified to speak on the benefits of the road issue.

Empire should be ashamed of article
I have known John MacKinnon for 40 years. I am proud to be able to call him a friend and colleague.

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

Longtime hospital CEO Bob Valliant dies at 64
Robert "Bob" Valliant, longtime chief executive officer of Bartlett Regional Hospital, died early Tuesday after a battle with cancer, the hospital announced. He was 64.

Images from another time
Alaska State Library staff is trying to identify people and activities in historical photos in the library's collection.

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

Avalanche Dog to the Rescue
Milo barked and jumped. The border collie was frantic about something.

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

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

Photo: Birds of a feather
Goldeneye ducks and a seagull swim together Wednesday in Auke Bay.

Photo: Prelude to winter solstice
The landing craft David V. makes its way Wednesday into Auke Bay.

Business Digest
New attorneys join Southeast law firm, Women's leadership workshop offered, Sealaska names new vice president, Workforce development conference produces report

Photo: Waiting for a White Christmas
Pedestrians walk Tuesday across the rain-soaked Front Street in downtown Juneau.

Photos: 'The Old Woman of the Tides'
Primary students of Mendenhall River Community School performed the Tlingit legend "The Old Woman of the Tides" Dec. 13 in the Mendenhall River Community School gym.

Prescription drug coverage enrollment ends Dec. 31
Senior citizens over 65 have until Dec. 31 to enroll in the Medicare Prescription Drug Program without penalty - the coverage would begin Jan. 1.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for supporting our performances & Former weather crewman remembers Don Drew

Would you rather be right or be happy?
I was in the stores this weekend-lots of people wandering around trying to find gifts, many as bemused and overwhelmed (and probably frustrated) as I was.

Photo: Kitka wins lifetime achievment award
Roberta Kitka, of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium in Sitka, was honored with the Theda New Breast Lifetime Achievement Award during White Bison's sixth annual Wellbriety Conference, held Oct. 27-29 in Denver.

Pets of the week
Optimistic pets available at the Humane Society

Grace Ohrbeck
Former Juneau resident Grace Davis (Ramsay) Ohrbeck, 95, died Oct. 31, 2006, in Friday Harbor, Wash., after a short illness. She was a member of a pioneer Juneau family.

Jenny Elizabeth Jack
Former Juneau resident Jenny "JB" Elizabeth Jack died Dec. 16, 2006, in Angoon. She was 31.

Rebecca Morris
Juneau resident Rebecca Chidlaw Morris died the first week in December 2006 in Juneau. She was 54.

Serg Astra
Longtime Juneau resident Serg Andrew Astra, 73, died Oct. 21, 2006, in his home.

Jill Fanning
Former Yakutat resident Jill Kathleen Fanning died Dec. 10, 2006, 58, of natural causes on at the family's winter retreat in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Jane Donnelly
Former Juneau resident Jane DeArmond Donnelly, 66, died Dec. 17, 2006, at Sitka community hospital.

My turn: Parents need to be involved in education
We should do everything we can to make sure all children, regardless of background, share in this state's great opportunity and wealth.

Consumer law would protect auto buyers
State consumer protection officials already have a law on the books but could use a small change to do an even better job of protecting car and truck buyers.

Photo: Holding or hooking?
DocWater's Pub player John Caouette's stick is underneath the arm of Play It Again Sports' Thomas Sciaccotta during a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier A game at Treadwell Arena on Sunday.

Glacier Swim Club joins forces with Southeast Alaska to win state age group championship
Alone, Southeast Alaska's youth swim clubs could compete in statewide championship meets but could never challenge the bigger Anchorage and Fairbanks-based squads for an overall title.

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.

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.

Yakutat opens season with win
The Yakutat boys basketball team opened its season over the weekend by winning the Mount St. Elias Tournament at home.

Sealaska shareholders face historic vote in '07
When Sealaska shareholders vote during their annual meeting next summer, they will essentially decide whether they want to dilute their stock shares in order for future generations to take part in the Native corporation.

Sen. McGuire joins bipartisan coalition
State Sen. Lyda Green, R-Wasilla, who is in line to be Senate president as head of a bipartisan coalition, has announced that Sen.-elect Lisel McGuire, R-Anchorage, has joined the majority coalition.

Court enforces benefits deadline
The Alaska Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the state to offer benefits to the same-sex partners of public employees by the Jan. 1 deadline it had earlier set, refusing to delay the implementation of benefits any further.

Alaska Digest
Wasilla man gets maximum sentence & Man sentenced to 10 years for raping girl

School funding case goes to judge
After hearing weeks of testimony, a judge will decide if Alaska schools are getting sufficient money to provide the education promised by the state Constitution.

Alaska Digest
Gasline lawsuits to be dismissed, Anchorage mayor touts wireless city & Report: Coast Guard regs for Cook Inlet inadequate

Alaska man charged with sex trafficking
An Anchorage man has been indicted on charges of coercing underage girls and adult women into prostitution and paying them off in crack cocaine.

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

Judiciary committee lists top legislation
Plans to crack down on drunken drivers and beef up Alaska's probation system are among the top priorities for the Senate Judiciary Committee next year.

Anderson swaps lawyers
State Rep. Tom Anderson, who faces seven federal felony charges, has hired a new lawyer.

Retiree data stolen
Aetna health-care benefits company, which has managed accounts for 68,000 State of Alaska retirees, has notified 660 of them that their personal data has been stolen.

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

Federal funds may cut seine fleet
Federal money could reduce the commercial fishing fleet in Southeast Alaska next year.

Former Ketchikan publisher dies at 95
Paul S. "Bud" Charles, former owner and publisher of the Ketchikan Daily News, has died. He was 95.

Photo: One last homecoming
Maj. Mark Collins, right, bends down to eye level to talk with his 2-year-old son Zachary, left, as he joins his wife, Genny, and 4-year-old son, John, after collecting his bag Tuesday morning as the final flight of soldiers from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team 25th Infantry returns to Fort Wainwright.

Palin agrees reluctantly to court order
Gov. Sarah Palin announced Wednesday that the state would reluctantly comply with an Alaska Supreme Court order to provide same-sex partners of state employees with benefits equal to those of their married co-workers.

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