Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Mine's merit in economic diversity
I am writing in support of the Kensington mine in this latest round of attacks.

Hiring policy is political, not racist
Shane Wirtz, in his letter of Oct. 4, seeks to paint the Sealaska Native hire preference, and indeed any Native hiring preference, as racist.

Kensington: an unfortunate lawsuit
When my wife and I left Juneau a couple weeks ago for a short vacation I was feeling great about the progress being made at the Kensington Mine.

Coeur Alaska shows dedication to Juneau
How much more does a company have to do to prove its value to Alaska?

Taking it out on the average Joe
President Bush and his Republican congress are trying to turn the Gulf Coast hurricane disaster into another feeding frenzy for Bush cronies at the expense of average Americans.

Same old spin doesn't work anymore
In Tuesday's paper, Mr. Walsh's ranting and raving about the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council's lawsuit brings back familiar shades of the old Alaska-Juneau mine days and that city development plum and battle he decisively lost then.

Native corporation runs a racist job ad
For the longest time I could not figure out how Native corporations could use the term "Native preference applies" in their ads for hiring employees.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Partnership takes on cleanup of old mine's oil tanks
One of Juneau's most notorious hazards - a couple of deteriorating bunker oil tanks from the old Alaska-Juneau gold mine, perched on a hill above downtown's Taku Smokeries/Fisheries plant - is getting a comprehensive cleanup.

Black bear shot downtown remains at large
A bear reported shot Sunday night in the downtown area apparently was still at large Monday with only a superficial wound, Juneau police reported.

Robbery scenario disputed as testimony closes
"A drug deal gone bad" led to the death of Kenneth Ike Thomas, jurors were told Monday on the last day of testimony in the trial of Ronald Smith, charged with killing Thomas during a robbery at his trailer home.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Doll wins three-way Assembly race with ease
Juneau Assembly candidates Bob Doll, Merrill Sanford and Jonathan Anderson won their respective races in the city election, according to unofficial voting results tallied Tuesday night.

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

Candidates push down to the wire
On the last day before the city election, Juneau Assembly candidates took advantage of every minute to familiarize themselves with voters.

Drilling equipment accident results in fluid spill at Kensington site
A piece of drilling equipment for the Kensington Gold Mine fell on Friday and leaked a small amount of hydraulic fluid into Slate Creek Cove, north of Juneau.

Smith guilty
Jurors took less than three hours Tuesday to find Ronald Smith guilty of murder for the second time in the January 2000 robbery that left Kenneth Ike Thomas dead.

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

Native scholar reminds gathering of cultural values
Walter Soboleff gave the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood a strong reminder of its cultural values in a keynote speech on Tuesday morning for the organizations' weeklong convention in Juneau.

A welcome to Katrina-displaced family
The first of two families displaced by Hurricane Katrina and expected to stay in Juneau at least temporarily arrived Tuesday night.

Photo: Casting the bread
Chava Lee performs the ritual of Casting the Bread Upon the Waters on Tuesday at Cope Park as part of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year observances.

Voters sink pool, airport plans
Juneau voters on Tuesday snubbed a $28 million aquatic center and an airport terminal overhaul, and voted only for the sale-tax spending package led by sewer expansion and downtown parking.

Photo: Performing at the Glory Hole
Boston street musician Michael Sullivan plays for the lunchtime crowd Monday at the Glory Hole. Sullivan also entertained at Juneau's Fish Aid concert Friday.

Rosh Hashanah - renewing life
Rosh Hashanah, "Head of the Year" or "New Year," is an annual judgment day in the lunar Hebrew calendar.

The credit-card mentality of today
My father was a Norwegian-American.

Photo: Fall chore
Gabby Martinez helps her mom rake up the leaves last week in their Juneau yard as the fall weather puts more leaves on the ground than remain on the trees.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Patz and Mearig marry
Mary Joanna Patz and Seth Adam Mearig were married Aug. 20, 2005, at the Shrine of St. Therese.

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

Gerald James Miller
Longtime Juneau resident, Gerald James "Jerry" Miller, 80, died Oct. 2, 2005, at his home on Lena Beach in Juneau. He was born in Northville, Mich.

Ruth Elizabeth Terry
Juneau resident Ruth Elizabeth Terry, 87, died Sept. 29, 2005, at her home.

My turn: A groundless effort to halt mine's growth
Mark Rorick attempted to explain the reasons for suing over the Kensington Mine in last Wednesday's Empire.

Alaskans, be thankful for our good financial fortune
In one week most Alaskans will receive the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend, many through the magic of direct deposit.

Photo: Leading the pack
Juneau-Douglas Katie Krehlik leads the pack during the state cross country championships on Saturday in Soldotna.

McBride brings home the gold
Juneau-Douglas graduate Seth McBride and the developmental U.S. quad rugby team captured the gold medal at the World Peace games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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.

High School Swimming and Diving Results
from the Bartlett/Chugiak Invitational

Juneau Parks and Recreation Men's and Women's Volleyball Standings
...as of Oct. 2

Offense and defense leads Red Raiders to victory
The Red Raiders got it done on offense and defense to nip the Cougars 16-13 in a Juneau Youth Football League senior division showdown over the weekend.

Leading the pack

Senator wants public to fund religious texts
A state senator is pushing a proposal that would allow families that home school to use state allotments to buy religious textbooks and other materials, as long as they include solid academics.

Travel industry releases numbers
The desire to see Alaska's mountains, glaciers and wildlife drew about 1.4 million visitors to the state during the 2004 summer tourist season, up about 100,000 tourists from the previous year, industry leaders announced Tuesday.

Alaska travel organization launches billboard campaign
New billboards promoting Alaska as a must-visit destination feature the jolting reminder to get here before it's too late.

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

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

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state

State division pressures Exxon Mobil to develop gas at Point Thomson
The state of Alaska has rejected a plan submitted by Exxon Mobil to develop natural gas in a reserve at Point Thomson, saying the company's plans are not specific on when it will drill.

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