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Monday, December 24, 2007

Alaska should use hydro and wind energy
Southeast Alaska has the British thermal unit equivalent of the North Slope in clean, renewable energy: Hydro, tidal, wind and geo-thermal.

Do nothing about global warming claims
In regard to the Orlando Sentinel editorial the Empire published on Dec. 20, "It's irresponsible for the U.S. to dodge the fight on global warming," it seems to me that the U.S. is taking a leadership role.

Southeast's biggest export: children
Southeast Alaska Conservation Council has been successful in stopping the logging and mining. What's next?

Prepare for more litigation
Southeast Alaska Conservation Council doesn't care about people or jobs, deep down they do not really care about the environment. What they do care about is the people's access to and use of natural resources without their involvement.

Photo: Learning to ski
Josh Burger takes his 21-month-old son, David, out on the slopes Saturday at the Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Around Town

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

Helicopters offer bird's-eye view of lights
Juneau has an affinity for twinkling Christmas lights. What better way for 5-year-old Jaz Zuiderduin to see them than from the air?

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

Ron Paul supporters host campaign manager today
Juneau sees its first presidential political activity tonight as Ron Paul's campaign manager speaks at an event hosted by a local Ron Paul Meetup group.

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

Children connect with letters to Russia
At a time of cooling relations between the U.S. and Russian governments, a group of Juneau elementary school students are building a warm friendship with children in the central Russian city of Saransk.

Photo: On the double
Alicia Leamer, right, and Maggie Meiners, both 14, of the Juneau Jumpers, perform Friday during halftime of the boys basketball game at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Photo: Making a deal with Santa
Santa Claus, also known as Rick Helms, center, makes a "pinky swear" with Lauren Shanley-DeBuse, 12, to be good and not pick on her sister, Kate, 4, on Sunday at the Nugget Mall. The photo opportunity was a fundraiser for Epsilon Sigma Alpha International, a nonprofit community service organization.

New navigator on watch when ship hit rock
A riverboat-style cruise ship that ran aground last spring did so under the watch of a 22-year-old navigator fresh out of a maritime academy with no training and no formal knowledge of the Alaska waters being plied, according to federal investigators.

Sonny Enloe
Former Excursion Inlet resident and longtime Sitka resident Sonny Enloe died unexpectedly Dec. 14, 2007, at his Sitka home. He was 59.

Thomas Byrd Stewart
Longtime Juneau resident Thomas Byrd Stewart died Dec. 12, 2007, in Juneau. He was 98.

My turn: Redfern wants to keep the Taku River intact
Rob Cadmus's Dec. 19 My Turn "Murkowski's permitting changes put Taku River salmon at risk" contained many statements and innuendoes that require a response from Redfern Resources.

Outside editorial: Let's take a stand for the rule of law
Should a person who breaks the law be given retroactive immunity because he thought he was doing the right thing and because the government asked him to do it?

Empire editorial: Secrecy is at the heart of Goldbelt-SEACC dispute
The war over the Kensington Mine appeared to be dying down, with Coeur Alaska and environmental groups tentatively agreeing to an alternative method of tailings disposal last month, until a recent flare-up over a dock at Cascade Point renewed antagonism.

My turn: City should enforce land use code
Thank you for your recent editorial on lack of enforcement of Juneau's land use code. Someone at the Juneau Empire has been doing their homework.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

My turn: Who wasn't surprised by the Cascade Point Issue?
I question the veracity of Mayor Bruce Botelho's recent press release regarding the secret negotiations over Cascade Point. He insists that no one should be surprised that Goldbelt's facility at Cascade Point was sacrificed at the demand of the environmental organizations.

Outside editorial: The Spears pregnancy: Sending the wrong message
In homes with teenage girls across America last week, the big story was that teen TV star Jamie Lynn Spears is three months' pregnant.

My turn: AEL&P has performed well for community
The folks down at the electric company are probably rethinking their rate structure. Otherwise every year at this time, a number of ratepayers will be writing letters. People remember sudden cost increases. Cost savings slide by unnoticed.

Turning the tides
D ixie Belcher (DB), the founder of Turning the Tides, recently was interviewed by NoNurdles (NN) staff to discuss her work. Nurdles are pre-production plastic pellets. For more information visit NoNurdles.com.

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

An ounce of prevention
According to the Forest Service National Avalanche Center Web site, three people across the United States have already lost their lives to avalanches this winter.

Looking back to Chiloé, where Darwin roamed
C harles Darwin visited Chiloé Island in 1834 and 1835 on his now-famous voyage around the world in the Beagle. I don't think he liked the island very much. About the climate he said: "In winter the climate is detestable, and in summer it is only a little better."

Winter birds prove entertaining in Juneau
On Mary Willsona cold winter day, the Parks and Rec hikers went out to Crow Point from the Boy Scout camp trailhead. As usual, we ate lunch on the beach near the point and offered the visiting raven leftover fragments of our sandwiches.

Crimson Bears see improvement after Tok split
The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team failed to secure a weekend sweep of Tok High School on Saturday at Treadwell Arena. The Crimson Bears (6-6) won 7-1 on Friday but fell 4-3 on Saturday.

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.

Disciplined loss shows growth for the Bears' hockey team
For a team that struggled scoring goals and putting shots on net, it's logical to think the Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team was ecstatic after beating Tok High School 7-1 on Friday.

Photo: Big game in Little Norway
Juneau-Douglas High School freshman Amanda Roemeling scores against Petersburg during the Little Norway junior varsity tournament on Saturday in Petersburg.

Bears split weekend series
The Juneau-Douglas High School basketball team split a weekend series with two different teams over the weekend.

State sets up hot line for wolf information
The Department of Fish and Game now has a wolf phone.

Fairbanks looking to expand Internet
A plan is under way to expand free, low-speed wireless Internet access in Fairbanks next summer.

Researchers test the energy potential of winter sunlight
Researchers want to find out if interior Alaska's fleeting winter sunlight can be harnessed for energy.

Construction holds steady in 2007
With an estimated $7 billion in total spending for 2007, it was a banner year for the construction industry in Alaska.

Alaska Digest
Astronomers prepare for moon-Mars event; Ferry Stikine outuntil at least Jan. 7; 5.9 and 6.1 quakes hit Aleutian Islands; House burns after attempt to thaw pipes

Ethics committee finds evidence that Harris broke law
A legislative ethics committee has determined there was "probable cause" that House Speaker John Harris broke state ethics law when his office issued a news release calling on Ben Stevens to resign from the Republican National Committee.

Northwest Digest
Red Cross of Alaska seeks donations; Anchorage manager takes a new job; Woman sentenced in dragging death; Gas line bidders give more information; Cuddy says he'll challenge Stevens; Congressman seeks BP records after fire; Group seeks listing for ribbon seals; Officials endorse wolf hunt proposal

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

Fishermen face more quota cuts
Southeast Alaska's halibut fishing industry will face a lower catch limit again this season if recommendations made this month by the International Pacific Halibut Commission stand.

Bold wolves in Anchorage attack dogs, frighten joggers
A wolf pack surrounded three joggers and attacked one of their dogs in the latest of a series of bold attacks near Alaska's largest city.

Stevens, Young defend earmarks
Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young are defending the use of congressional earmarks and their ability to direct piles of federal dollars to projects back home in Alaska.

Judge agrees state system in '04 election was flawed
The Alaska Democratic Party has concluded it is impossible to tell whether the state correctly counted votes in the 2004 general election.

Army closes Anchorage area where wolves have attacked dogs
The Army closed certain training areas at Fort Richardson to the public because of encounters between a pack of wolves and people walking or running with their dogs.

Rule proposals for Chugach State Park draw objections
Trappers and hikers are both finding parts they don't like in a proposal to tighten trapping rules within Chugach State Park.

Biologists fear effect of low ice on walrus
As federal marine mammal experts in Alaska scramble to study how global warming will affect walrus, polar bears and ice seals, they warn there are limits to the protections they can provide.

Southeast commercial fishermen question halibut charter guidelines
With the commercial fishing industry facing large cuts in its 2008 halibut take, some industry insiders are questioning what types of controls might be placed on charter operators.

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