Wednesday, September 7, 2005

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September 8-14, 2005

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Kids borrowing items from the Juneau Public Libraries this summer could enter a contest and be rewarded by local businesses. Prizes were given each week.

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Hurricane Katrina is a reminder that we never know when or where tragedy is going to strike. As the fourth anniversary of 9/11 nears, we are also reminded that we do not choose tragedy - it chooses us.

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Money for victims, not roads
May I publicly add my fervent plea to that already expressed by Judy Schuler in her letter in Friday's Empire, and of those, I'm confident, being felt by many others.

Help out bat study, but be careful
As a physician-scientist involved in research of viral infections transmitted from bats to humans in Southeast Asia, I have read the bat story involving David Tessler (Empire, Sept. 4) with great interest.

Cheaper fares for Juneau
The price of getting out of Juneau appears to be a primary motivating factor for many of the road supporters in Juneau.

Photo: Margaret has a wicket shot
Margaret Comstock, 6, attempts a wicket stroke Monday while playing croquet at Savikko Park.

Donor funds museum's winter hours
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum's tradition of free winter admission could have ended this year after one of its main sponsors, Harold Fossum, died in December.

Bear dines out in neighborhood
Tuesday's raid happened in broad daylight, and it wasn't the first bold adventure for this brazen bear.

Tying the landscapes together
On the first day of the 2004 spring hunt in Barrow, Juneau writer Mo Hicks sat in her car with her friend, Annie, and watched a pack of hunters hitch up their sleds and head out onto the ice to catch the first seals of the season.

AK Air to boost cargo capacity
Alaska Airlines is retrofitting up to seven aircraft with more space to carry cargo in and out of Southeast Alaska.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Come and get me
A silver salmon leaps out of the water as fishermen line the banks of the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon last week on the Homer Spit in Homer.

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

Photo: Last fling with summer
Towed by her husband, Tim Gray, and spotter Bethany Bereman, Mary Soltys water-skis Monday in Gastineau Channel.

Photo: Women of the Moose helping children
Senior Women of the Moose Regent Tina Schmitz, center, presents certificates to Kathy Swanson and Marty White

Kirchhoff, Posey to marry
Rachael Kirchhoff of Juneau and Zachary Posey of Redmond, Wash., will be married in a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, 2005, in Seattle.

Longs to celebrate 50th
Richard and Elaine Long will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 10, 2005.

How do you meet responsibilities?
Brooke is in fifth grade. He wants to eat breakfast each day before school but sometimes his family does not have enough food.

Christianson, Denton marry
Former Juneau residents Joy Christianson and Todd Denton were married Aug. 13, 2005, in an outdoor wedding at the University of Alaska Southeast Noyes Pavilion.

Neighbors Brief
Brandon Wigfield of Juneau was elected to serve as Grand Worthy Advisor for the grand assembly of Alaska, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls when the statewide meeting was held in Juneau in June.

America is whistling in the dark
Years ago, when I taught psychological anthropology, I tried to explain the difference between fear and anxiety.

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The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is accepting bids for services to seven northern Panhandle communities for about one month while the M/V LeConte is out of service for its annual overhaul.

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Twenty-four swimmers got their feet wet in Ketchikan for a first-of-its kind swim that raised about $15,000 for the American Diabetes Association, said Gretchen Klein, who organized the event with Willie Schulz.

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The Juneau Family Assistance Center is holding a Care Package Drive at Safeway, Super Bear and Alaskan & Proud 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Satuarday.

Joe Stehlik
Former Juneau resident Joe Stehlik, 93, died Sept. 1, 2005, in Palmer.

Mark Allen Smith
Juneau resident Mark Allen Smith, 42, died in a boating accident on Aug. 30, 2005 when he was commercial fishing.

Court rules against Alaskans
When the 9th Circuit Court, on Aug. 5, overturned the 1997 Tongass Land Management Plan (TLMP), it ruled against the citizens of Alaska.

Commentary: Sales tax proposals offer three separate decisions
The recent back-and-forth about how best to spend the city's optional 1 percent sales tax has resulted in a nice range of options to be presented to voters at the municipal election on Oct. 4.

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Juneau Gastineau Humane Society Shelter: 789-0260

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The American Red Cross is taking donations to help the thousands of victims

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Should the city of New Orleans be rebuilt?

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.

Happy to be called Halfbreeds
The Alcorn State Braves, the University of Utah Utes and 15 other college mascots are banned from postseason tournaments, pending appeal, because the NCAA has deemed their nicknames "abusive" or "hostile" to Native Americans.

Fish Report: Coho catch stays above average
Here is the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's fishing report for the week that ended Sunday:

ADN/ALASKA State Coaches Football Poll
Here are the Anchorage Daily News/Alaska State Coaches Football Polls, as voted on by high school coaches and compiled by the Anchorage Daily News.

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.

Passport requirement affects sports community
A proposed federal regulation requiring Americans to carry passports when crossing from Canada back into the United States has Canadians worried about popular sporting events they host in Whitehorse.

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

8-inch snake found dead on Haines road
There aren't supposed to be snakes in Alaska, but evidence to the contrary may have been found in Haines.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Something for the victims of Katrina
Strictly Strawberries stand owner Cheryl Harkey, left, stands at the window of her booth last week at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer, along with Nichol Bartholomew, center, and Tanna Holbart, right.

State fights cruise lines' claims in tax lawsuit
The state of Alaska filed court arguments Tuesday stating that the cruise ship industry's legal challenge to an upcoming voter initiative for a $46-per-passenger cruise ship tax undermines Alaskans' right to use the initiative process.

Union wary of museum proposal
City officials have proposed "privatizing" employees of the Anchorage Museum of History and Art but union officials say projected costs savings that would allow the change may not be accurate.

Mat-Su spuds go to school
It's been a mixed year for potato farmers in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, with some crops hit by a fungus, but local school officials hope to provide them with another market.

Growth in cruise industry continues, but more slowly
The International Council of Cruise Lines has issued a study showing that Alaska continues to be the "busiest cruise destination market" in the United States.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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