Monday, December 31, 2007

Taku salmon will not be put at risk
Last week, Rod Cadmus of Southeast Alaska Conservation Council wrote to express his opinion that former Gov. Murkowski's permitting changes will put the Taku River at risk from the proposed Tulsequah Chief Mine.

Natural resources belong to all Americans
I'm answering Pete Webber's letter (Dec. 27) questioning how many of us environmentalists keep our Permanent Fund Dividends.

Photo: Skating by
Colleen Jones skate skis Saturday on groomed trail of the lower loop at the Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Photo: Holiday display
Dan Elstad adjusts a train track Sunday in the REACH window display at the corner of Seward and Third streets in downtown Juneau.

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

Photo: Clearing a path
Amanda Jones shovels the sidewalk in front of her house Saturday at Tenth Street and Glacier Avenue.

Around Town

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

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

Hoonah residents change diets in deer shortage
Hoonah residents will be eating a lot more fish this winter since last year's heavy snowfall decimated the local deer population.

Men cut each other in fight downtown
Two men fighting Thursday night shortly before 10:20 p.m. in the 300 block of Fourth Street cut each other with knives, according to police.

Correction
The Neighbors photo on Dec. 26 titled "Dancer gives to toy drive" incorrectly stated that the U.S. Coast Guard sponsored the Great Alaskan Toy Drive. It was sponsored by the Alaska Army National Guard.

Year in Review
From legislative corruption to overwhelming snow, from court showdowns over mining to Bong Hits 4 Jesus, Juneau residents had plenty of news to ponder in 2007.

Photo: Still in good spirits
Ashley Troutt maintains her sense of humor Saturday as she waits for a tow truck after her truck slid into a ditch on Fish Creek Road.

Pamela Carol Dunker
Longtime Juneau resident Pamela Carol Dunker died Dec. 23, 2007. She was 52.

Emissions ruling shows the GOP's 'small government' talk is just that
One durable Republican staple is the alleged commitment to "small government." I've heard this repeatedly during the GOP presidential debates.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Empire editorial: A look back at 2007, hope for the future
As we take stock of the past year and count the good with the bad, we can't help but be hopeful for the new year, because even past challenges offer newopportunities.

My Turn: State supervisors deserve pay raises
Supervisors employed by the state of Alaska have been without a labor contract since July 1. These nonexempt supervisors, many of whom work as program managers, are the "backbone" of state government.

The tragic death of Benazir Bhutto
The assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto might have been prevented had she and her husband heeded advice from friends.

Objection! Objection!
"Let the arguments begin," the ABA Journal invited when it announced former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and his successor Michael Mukasey as its "Lawyers of the Year" for 2007 and 2008 in mid-December.

Outside editorial: U.S. must review its policy with Pakistan
Benazir Bhutto's assassination in Pakistan is likely to prompt calls for a wholesale review of U.S. policy toward a country crucial to regional stability and the continuing war on terrorism.

Outside editorial: Open government
There lies upon the president's desk a bill that would make a government of, by and for the people more responsive to the people who request information from it.

Ten thousand Juneau birds
If you think there are a lot of ravens in Juneau, you're right.

Photos: Strange Ice
Professional photographer David Job visited the Herbert River this month and found unusual ice formations.

Outdoor Digest
Hunter Education Facility to offer course

Looking both ways and going forward
Our Turning The Tides column has been coming out every Sunday for the past three months. So far, we've discussed the importance of oceans for all things living, and to us personally.

The Denali Highway goes to the dog mushers in the winter
In the summer, the Denali Highway is a popular tourist destination.

Still time to train for Tour of Anchorage
More than 1,000 feet above Anchorage on the slopes of the Chugach Front Range, skiers serious about the Tour of Anchorage have for the past month been grinding themselves into shape along the route of a World War II-era gas line that hauled fuel from Whittier to the military bases in Anchorage.

Fourth-quarter surge gives Redmond girls Capital City Classic title
The Redmond High School girls basketball team from Redmond, Wash., showed poise in the fourth quarter to down Juneau-Douglas 63-53 to win the Capital City Classic on Saturday.

Photo: Pardon me
The Red team's Connor Barelli holds off the Blue team's Andrew Dimond during the Juneau Douglas Ice Association Holiday 3 on 3 Tournament on Saturday at Treadwell Arena. Pictures from the tournament can be seen at spotted.juneauempire.com.

JDHS boys fall in Classic final
For a fourth straight year, the Capital City Classic boys basketball title will reside Outside.

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: Holiday hockey tournament
Billy Holbrook, right, celebrates getting a shot past goalie Garrett Cheeseman, left, during a Juneau Douglas Ice Association holiday tournament Division 1 game Thursday at Treadwell Arena.

Bears conquer Little Norway
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball junior varsity team captured the Little Norway Junior Varsity Tournament on Dec. 22 with a 66-39 victory over host Petersburg.

Three arrested in Anchorage home invasion
Three Anchorage men were arrested in a home invasion in what authorities suspect was a drug-related crime in which four people were taken hostage, police said.

Alaska Digest
Christmas treedisposal offered; Police seek suspect in knife threat; One killed in crash on Tongass Highway; Tiger dies at Alaska Zoo in Anchorage; Police officers foundjustified in shooting; Man dragged by truck was drunk

Galvin: Oil companies bluffing about tax
The three major oil companies that operate on Alaska's North Slope say they are reviewing their investments in Alaska now that they'll have to pay more taxes, but state Revenue Commissioner Pat Galvin on Friday treated the statements as a bluff.

Soldiers falsify fishing, hunting licenses
Of those who falsify information on their hunting or fishing licenses, members of the military are the easiest to catch, according to wildlife troopers.

Northwest Digest
Chase ends in arrest of the wrong man; Knowles endorses Barack Obama; Anchorage company to work on casino; Woman, boyfriend charged in killing; Domestic partnership law placed on hold

Biologists predict an average sockeye year for Cook Inlet
State biologists predict both commercial fishermen and anglers seeking Upper Cook Inlet sockeye salmon next year will have good years.

DOT head braces for busy year
Leo von Scheben got a free pass from lawmakers in his first year as Department of Transportation commissioner. But 2008 will be different, and he knows it.

Candidate wants probe into McGuire's work
U.S. Senate candidate Ray Metcalfe has filed another complaint with the Alaska Public Offices Commission over state Sen. Lesil McGuire's work for Providence Health System.

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

2007 Year in Review: Alaska makes national and even global headlines this year
From the federal courtroom to the capitol to the North Slope, Alaska forged its way into national and even global headlines.

Mat-Su animal shelter property under contention
A former Iditarod musher said he wants satisfaction from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough for seizing his malnourished dogs three years ago and curtailing his mushing career.

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

Senate minority asks Cowdery to step down
Senate Minority Leader Gene Therriault sent a letter to Anchorage Sen. John Cowdery asking him to resign because he has been implicated in the VECO bribery scandal.

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