Friday, January 7, 2005

Sky not falling
It's that time again. Chicken Little Bill Glude and the Empire have once again declared the sky is falling and everybody in Juneau is in imminent danger of dying in an avalanche, particularly if you live on Behrends Avenue.

A more moral fight
The Iraq war was many months in planning, with plenty of time for President Bush to solicit private donations for the $150 billion (and counting) we've spent waging war and rebuilding what we blow-up.

No call for knocking avalanche awareness
The letter in today's Empire (Jan. 6) by Donn and Cathy Liston about Bill Glude's avalanche awareness service was astounding.

A just deportation
Ernesto Guillen's (Empire, Dec. 28) wife, Gloria Orozco, quite incorrectly states that, "He is not a criminal" and therefore, "immigration officers shouldn't deport her husband."

Judge will be missed
Juneau will lose a caring jurist when Judge Peter B. Froehlich retires from the bench.

No thanks, Coeur, for the development of Berners Bay
As a 2004 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School with the intent to major in natural resources management, I have been interested in the Kensington Mine project moving from its original plan in Lynn Canal to the heavily controversial Lower Slate Lake in Berners Bay.

INS has no choice
I have a whole different point of view on the recent letters to the editor regarding immigration laws and deportation.

Elected officials should look into the golf course lease
In the Jan. 5 My Turn column in the paper, Karla Hart makes a good point about perceived "sweetheart deals" involving publicly owned Juneau lands. It's one that should certainly be looked at very closely by our elected officials, as well as the relevant employees of the city. If she is correct in her assessment then proper action should be forthcoming. Otherwise, I should think, any local's objection about big box stores' land purchases seems rather moot.

Keep sledding in the cemetery
I was born and raised in a small house in the Juneau Flats, very near the Evergreen Cemetery.

Don't drill ANWR
The world's oil supply is going to be depleted around 2040. Some scientists will argue that the oil supply will be depleted around 2020.

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

Yaakoos still shopping for larger space
Juneau's alternative high school is looking for larger space so it can fit more students and employ a science teacher.

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

Juneau man arrested on sex charge
Brian L. Wheeler called himself "the computer guru" as he worked out of his Juneau home.

Dimond Park high school planners choose an 'auditeria'
The Dimond Park high school will have a main gym comparable to the one at Juneau-Douglas High School and a smaller auxiliary gym, but not a dedicated auditorium, planners decided Thursday.

New fish plant prepares to open
Alaska Glacier Seafoods' new processing plant at Auke Nu Cove is swarming with activity in preparation for its first delivery by fishermen in mid-February.

Cop protest draws lunchtime crowd
It wasn't police making the most clamor Wednesday about a planned change for patrolmen from 12-hour to eight-hour shifts.

Board considers liveaboard hike
After living in his boat for eight years at Harris Harbor, Jeff Kemp said he would consider leaving if a city fee proposal goes through.

Alternative school forms advisory council
Juneau's alternative high school has formed an advisory site council for the first time in its 10-year history.

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

City wants DeHarts marina
The city of Juneau plans to acquire DeHarts Marina to expand Statter Harbor, creating a unified marine center and park at Auke Bay.

Travel: Things to see and do in Victoria
Here are some of the most popular attractions in Victoria, British Columbia.

Travel: Victoria
There's a capital city in the rainy Pacific Northwest that is accessible only by ferry and air.

Photo: Clear day for kayaking
Greg Cook and his daughter, Slim, paddle away from the North Douglas boat ramp Thursday morning to take advantage of the clear January weather.

Photos show changes in SE vegetation
Last summer, Richard Carstensen, Kathy Hocker and Terry Schwarz tramped through the woods with an 8-megapixel digital camera in an ongoing quest to re-take historical photos as old as 110 years.

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

Johnston and Carls to wed
Juneau residents Erika X. Carls and Brendan P. Johnston will be married in Saint Peter, Minn., on July 16, 2005.

FYI
Statistics of Juneau

Capacci and Derfus wed
Natalie Capacci of Juneau and Richard Derfus of Mesa, Ariz., were married Nov. 13, 2004, at Holy Cross Church in Mesa, with a reception at The Trailhead.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community.

Photo: Updating the solar system
Stephen Cosgrove, left, and Michael Orelove add a revised list of known moons in the solar system to the Juneau Community Planet Walk sign last month at Twin Lakes.

Student recognitions
Outstanding actions of present and former Juneau students.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

Ryan Brendan Elisoff
Juneau resident Ryan B. Elisoff, 27, died unexpectedly on Jan. 3, 2005, at the Bartlett Regional Hospital emergency room.

My Turn: A practicable, sustainable plan for Kensington Mine
Last week the Forest Service issued their record of decision for the final supplemental environmental impact statement for the Kensington Mine, selecting "Alternative D."

It's past time for city performing arts center is overdue
These days there are many discussions about building new things in Juneau. Some of these (the road to Skagway) are really excellent ideas, while others (the possible new capitol on Telephone Hill) are not in the community's best interest.

My Turn: Golf course pays its way
Karla Hart wrote in a My Turn guest opinion in the Jan. 5 Juneau Empire that the proposed lease between the city of Juneau and Totem Creek Inc. is a "sweetheart deal." Unfortunately, Ms. Hart's opposition to the project has caused her to misstate several facts.

Magner wants shot at the NFL
Snow flew across the field of the empty Doyt Perry Stadium on Wednesday in Bowling Green, Ohio. Cole Magner flew across the same field for four seasons as a wide receiver for the Bowling Green State University football team.

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.

Philomath, Ore., claims title in Ketchikan's Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic
John Gaskill earned tournament MVP honors after scoring 19 points and leading Philomath, Ore., to a 57-44 victory over host Ketchikan in the Dec. 30 championship game of the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic.

Juneau prepares for battle of the Bears
Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball coach Lesslie Knight has a pleasant dilemma on her hands this season.

State High School wrestling rankings
The state high school wrestling rankings for the Class 4A level as posted on the www.AlaskaWrestling.com Web site on Wednesday, Jan. 5.

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.

Philadelphia claims rare win in Utah
Allen Iverson scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and the 76ers won in Utah for the first time in four years by beating the slumping Jazz 106-99 Wednesday night.

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

DOT to hold meetings in northern Panhandle
The Alaska Department of Transportation will hold public meetings in northern Panhandle communities this month to discuss and solicit comments about future transportation projects.

Top Republican on energy makes ANWR first priority
New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici has identified drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska's northeast corner as his first priority for the upcoming congressional session.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Photo: Frigid flyby
A Coast Guard plane flies over the partially sunken bow of the freighter Selendang Ayu on Tuesday off of Unalaska Island.

Cleanup continues at freighter grounding site
Bolstered by relatively calm seas, a salvage team continued fuel removal efforts Thursday from the wrecked Selendang Ayu off the coast of Unalaska Island in the Aleutians.

Volcano watchers upgrade concern for Mount Veniaminof
One of the largest and most active volcanoes on the Alaska Peninsula has grown increasingly restless since the start of the new year, sending up small ash plumes and experiencing increased seismic tremors.

Correction
A story in Wednesday's Empire, about a state lawsuit over federal water rights, inaccurately stated that subsistence rights are granted to rural residents, with a priority for Native users. The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act gives all rural Alaskans a priority for subsistence uses.

Photo: Snow play
Devon Hawkins, 7, scoops snow with her nose as she peeks over a snow bank while playing in the freshly fallen snow Tuesday in Golden Heart Park in downtown Fairbanks.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Bogus tracks scare trail users
Someone is putting the scare into people walking trails at Creamer's Field in Fairbanks by laying down bogus bear tracks.

First Friday of 2005
Some artists' work is based on photographs or life studies. Juneau artist Jessica Rehfield, on the other hand, prefers to work with accumulations of images from her own imagination.

briefly
News of local arts

What's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau.

What to do when you're No. 2
Dating is not a deli counter, and so you shouldn't have to take a number. Of course, that's in a perfect world.

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