Saturday, May 14, 2005

Victims need fair representation, too
If victims of medical malpractice were not involved, I would find American Medical Association Executive Director Jim Jordan's toying with facts and Sen. Ralph Seekins' toying with syntax and logic amusing.

Save history, save Merchants Wharf
I, for one, will be sorry to see Merchants Wharf go.

Take recent gun incident seriously
I have two questions regarding the young woman who threatened bringing a gun to school to resolve a problem she was experiencing.

'Uncle Ted' brings home an expensive bus stop
Oink! Oink! Oink! Can you spell "pig?" Why is it that people complain about other people's greedy unnecessary federal projects and then turn around and brag about how "Uncle Ted" brings home the bacon?

Against Greenpeace and supports mine
Forbes magazine once described Greenpeace as "a skillfully managed business" with full command of "the tools of direct mail and image manipulation ... and tactics that would bring instant condemnation if practiced by a for-profit corporation."

Serve state workers money, not ice cream
I was appalled but not surprised to see that the governor was just given a pay raise of over 50 percent to $125,000 a year by the Legislature.

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

Fire ... kersplat!
Juneau-Douglas High School students, from left, Josh Wehnes, Kathryn Rabung and Ricky Kennedy experiment Thursday with a catapult they built as part of Carol May's advanced algebra II and trigonometry class.

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

JDHS to get more parking in summer
Juneau-Douglas High School will get more parking spaces this summer and a synthetic-turf playing field next spring, under a new city contract.

Obituary
William "Bill" Harley Stalnaker died May 4, 2005, in the Yukon, Canada.

Hiker dies from fall on Stroller White
A retired state official widely credited with helping Southeast Alaska cities achieve their transportation goals was found dead Thursday after an apparent fall from a steep slope on Juneau's Mount Stroller White.

Fifth grade not too early to think about college
"Where are the students?" Auke Bay Elementary fifth-grader Rikki Trego asked when she sat down in a classroom at the University of Alaska Southeast on Wednesday.

Alaska founding father honored nationally
A friend on the state's highest court called him "Alaska's Benjamin Franklin," but retired Juneau Superior Court Judge Thomas Stewart said he was embarrassed to receive a national award at Thursday night's Alaska State Bar Convention banquet.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local evnts

O'Connor: Judicial clashes as old as nation
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor told members of the Alaska Bar Association Thursday night that clashes between the courts and the other two branches of America's government are nearly as old as the nation itself.

Alaska Digest
After more than 60 passengers were stranded in Ketchikan this week due to mechanical problems on two state ferries, state officials said they hope one of the vessels will return to regular service tonight.

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

Dutch Derr taught lessons learned from life, baseball
Let me write something about Juneau's first major league baseball player. His name was Dutch Derr.

Crowning moment
Pioneers of Alaska King and Queen Regents Bob and Peggy Cartmill pose after being crowned April 10 at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

Hard-hatted women
Heritage Coffee employees Kally Flynn, Nicci Young and Ashley Doyle don their company hard hats as road work is done outside their Second Street shop in April.

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Hansen and Epperly to wed
Juneau residents Kara Hansen and Peter Epperly will be married at 2 p.m. May 14, 2005, at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church. A reception will follow at 5 p.m. at the Baranof Hotel.

FYI
News about the people you know.

Student recognitions
Recognizing educational achievments

William Stalnaker
William "Bill" Harley Stalnaker died May 4, 2005, in the Yukon, Canada.

My turn: Now is the time to stress improved shipping safety
As the cleanup from the freighter Selendang Ayu resumes in the Aleutian Islands, we are once again reminded of the true tragedy of this incident.

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.

Leaping into regional competition
Juneau-Douglas Levi Benning races away from the competition to win the 110-meter hurdles on April 30 at the Juneau Invitational.

2005 Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Standings of the Ninth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 3:40 p.m. on Thursday, May 12.

Ketchikan edges JDHS, 4-3
Zach Mixson's two-run homer in the fifth inning wasn't enough for the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team as host Ketchikan earned a 4-3 win on Thursday.

New fast ferry to stay in Juneau about 10 days before it's deployed
The new fast ferry Chenega is docked in Juneau this week, undergoing a thorough inspection before the state completes its purchase of the vessel.

Oil survey: Four billion more barrels on N. Slope
A U.S. Geological Survey study of the central North Slope estimates that it has 4 billion barrels of oil and 37.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas yet to be discovered.

Archdiocese sued over alleged sex solicitation
The Anchorage Archdiocese will have 20 days to respond to accusations that it failed to supervise and monitor a priest who allegedly solicited sex from a man in exchange for a job on a church project.

Governor's approval rating near nation's worst
Gov. Frank Murkowski suffers the second-worst approval rating among the nation's governors, according to one of the country's largest pollsters.

No movement on retirement bill
A conference committee met Thursday but broke no new ground after two days of behind-the-scene negotiations on a bill to change the state's retirement systems.

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