Saturday, January 1, 2005

My New Year's resolution: quit thinking
If you are still looking for New Years resolutions for yourself, check the Web.

A community, sans Wal-Mart
Here's what I want for Juneau: I want fair wages. I want stores downtown that sell something other than diamonds and T-shirts.

Losing our history
Oh joy. Another tourist building downtown. What a surprise. To my relief, the city is making the owners put up a false facade like all the others in the neighborhood.

Shame on USFS for its impact statement
I would like to denounce the announcement by the U.S. Forest Service's environmental impact statement and their OK for Coeur Alaska's proposal to use Cascade Point and Berners Bay to access the Kensington Mine.

No trusting Leman with religious funds
Lt. Gov. Loren Leman wrote a pleasant Christmas editorial on religion and government.

Wal-Mart not such a good deal for all, especially workers
Regarding whether or not Juneau should welcome Wal-Mart, it's interesting to read about Wal-Mart employment in California.

Consider downside of big-box stores before buying in
Home Depot and Wal-Mart are planning to come to Juneau. The advantages of wider selection are obvious. Are there some downsides?

Illegal immigrants break the law
I write in response to Jackie Edenshaw's letter ("Show compassion for immigrant" Dec. 29).

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

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

Photo: Christmas kayaking
A sunny Christmas lured Jeff Boucher, Chris Sture and Austin Sture onto the upper Mendenhall River for a few hours of kayaking fun.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

Student recognitions
Outstanding actions of present and former Juneau students.

Davenport and Freeman to wed
Jasmine Davenport of Phoenix, Ariz., and Matt Freeman of Juneau are to be married at 5 p.m. Dec. 31, 2004, at the Wright House in Mesa, Ariz., with a reception to follow at 7 p.m., also at The Wright House.

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

My New Year's resolution: quit thinking
If you are still looking for New Years resolutions for yourself, check the Web.

FYI
Statistics of Juneau

Hazel S. Lanz
Former Juneau resident Hazel Stella (Hanson) Lanz, 81, died of natural causes at Valley Hospital in Palmer on Dec. 11, 2004.

Robert Hanley Jones
Former Juneau resident Robert Hanley Jones, 65, died on Dec. 24, 2004, surrounded by family at his home in Peters Creek (Chugiak), Alaska.

Bay is a sensitive sea of life
As a graduate fisheries student at the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (Juneau Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks), I am very surprised at even the minimal support in Juneau for Kensington Mine in Berners Bay.

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.

Juneau boys fall to North Kitsap in finale
The streak is over. The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team's run of 11 straight Capital City Classic titles and 35 consecutive tourney wins ended Thursday in a 74-58 loss to North Kitsap at the JDHS main gym.

Patience pays off in Juneau girls' victory
You don't need to tell the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team that patience is a virtue.

Judge lets finance initiative on ballot
An Anchorage Superior Court judge has ruled that a campaign finance citizen initiative does not violate Alaska's single-subject law and will be allowed to appear on the August 2006 primary ballot.

Abuse claim leads to settlement in Fairbanks
The Fairbanks Catholic Diocese has reached a settlement with an Anchorage woman who accused a retired Nome priest of sexually abusing her.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the northwest.

Lawmakers file 83 bills, amendments
Education funding, cruise ship taxation and construction of a new capitol are among the slew of new bills filed before the Alaska Legislature's session.

Alaskans eager to help victims
AL GRILLO / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Southeast bucks National Guard recruiting trend
Southeast Alaska may be bucking a national downward trend in Army National Guard enlistments.

It happened in '04
Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire

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