Thursday, December 28, 2006

Support a paper ballot for everyone
I join the call for a paper ballot for every vote cast in America.

Empire should be applauded for article
The Juneau Empire should be applauded for the story about the state road ending at the John MacKinnon property.

Cutting emissions won't stop warming
The global warming debate is an example of sloppy scientific analysis on one hand and tunnel vision and complacency on the other.

My Turn offered unrealistic solutions
In the Dec. 19 Juneau Empire, Bruce Warner of Homer was afforded the opportunity to express his opinion on halibut allocation between commercial and sport fishermen.

Visiting coach no stranger to Juneau
The Capital City Classic has brought dozens of young strangers to Juneau, but Fred Crowell isn't one of them.

Correction
In the obituary for Emma Olga Olsen in Wednesday's paper, the name of one of her sons, Eric Olsen of Juneau, and her son Ole's wife, Pat, were omitted.

Juneau happy with tourism as it is
A large plurality of Juneau residents like tourism but don't believe the rapidly expanding industry needs to grow, according to a recent survey commissioned by the Assembly.

Local stores vie for last holiday dollars
With Christmas 2006 now history, Juneau business are turning from decorations of red and green to determine whether they ended the season in the black.

Around Town

Correction
The last statement in Brad Rider's letter on Dec. 21 should have read: ...

Photo: Women of Troy
Troy Warriors basketball players Algssa Ito, left, and Sarah Olivas scrimmage Tuesday at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.

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

Business Digest
Canton House hires new sushi chef, Ebona re-elected RurAL CAP president, Processor group hires executive director & SEARHC cook earns manager credentials

Images from another time
Former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford works out at the Mendenhall Golf Course's driving range on June 19, 1990...

Around Town

Emma Olga Olsen, 1919-2006: Native leader pioneered education, set an example
When Emma Olsen graduated from eighth grade in the mid-1930s, she didn't have much chance to advance her education. The high schools were segregated.

Neighbors Digest
Student Symphony holds auditions, open reading session Jan. 8 & Silverbow seeks art for new Back Room Gallery, opening Jan. 9

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for: contributing to our 17th annual pie auction & helping at our Dec. 2 Academic Decathalon tournament

Pets of the week
Cuervo, Puffy look for good homes

Photo: Drawing a winner
With a little help from Big Brothers Big Sisiters Director of Partnership and Recruitment Betsy Brenneman, Little Sister Arlene, right, draws the regional winning entry in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Alaska "Refer-a-Friend" contest.

Tromble and McCabe wed
Kristen Tromble and Tomson McCabe were married on Dec. 20, 2006, in Juneau.

And there were shepherds keeping watch
Do you realize that most of our mental images about Christian things come from medieval art and Christmas cards?

Ledford and Harris wed
Former Juneau resident Danielle Harris, of Yakutat, and David Bret Ledford, of Durant, Okla., were married Dec. 2, 2006, in Anchorage.

Emma Olga Olsen
Emma Olga Olsen, a longtime community and Alaska Native Sisterhood leader, died the morning of Dec. 26, 2006, in Juneau. She was 87.

Robert Valliant
A funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Catholic Church for longtime community leader Robert "Bob" Valliant. A reception in the church lobby will follow the service.

My turn: Same-sex partnerships are not equal to legal marriage
I am continually amazed to read about the Alaska Supreme Court's decision ordering health benefits to be paid to same-sex partners.

My turn: Southeast roads will benefit state
When the Alaska Marine Highway System was conceived in 1963, it was envisioned that ferry runs should be as short as possible to provide maximum service.

My turn: Who are we fighting in Iraq?
Two months after declaring the end to combat operations in Iraq, President George W. Bush issued a challenge to an Iraqi opposition he's never had to face: "Bring them on."

Correction
Due to an error by the sports editor, there was a mistake in Tuesday's Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball preview story on Page B1.

Crimson Bears' boys give Potter his 1st coaching win
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team made new coach Steve Potter a winner in his first game on Wednesday.

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.

Fourth-quarter rally lifts JDHS past Thunder
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team used a big fourth quarter Wednesday to open the Capital City Classic with a win.

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.

Speedy Bears look to apply the pressure
A basketball court normally runs 94 feet in length and 50 feet in width.

Alaska Digest
Fort Richardson paratrooper killed, Is that Avon calling? No, it's the police & Southeast doctor awarded fellowship

Escalating erosion an unprecedented crisis for Native villages
The last time chronic flooding forced this tiny Alaska village to relocate, sled dogs pulled the old church to its new home three miles away, far from the raging Ninglick River.

Polar bears threatened?
Polar bears are in jeopardy and need stronger government protection because of melting Arctic sea ice related to global warming, the Bush administration said Wednesday.

Alaska Digest
UAA hopes for no replies to want ad, Kenai asks state for erosion control & Sand, gravel costs to triple in 2007

State finds trouble with stray salmon
Alaska's largest salmon hatchery operator has committed numerous violations, including a failure to control strays that can mix with wild salmon, according to state officials.

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

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

Politicians go to Hawaii, state pays bill
The state is picking up the airfare tab for legislators who attended a conference at a resort in Hawaii.

Shrinking budgets are sinking villages
Masuk Lane spends at least $200 a month filling her water tank to wash her family's clothing, so it galls her to see the dormant washeteria that once saved residents so much money in this whaling village.

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