Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Family of man who died in fight sues Northway bar for $1 million
FAIRBANKS - The family of a man who died in a fight is suing a Northway bar for serving a patron long after he became intoxicated and allowing other patrons to buy him drinks.

Let the cops run free
I'm sick and tired of all the hubbub about whether Juneau police officers should work eight-hour shifts.

Don't ban ATVs
Any council member of any Alaska town that is thinking of banning all-terrain vehicle riding should be required to visit Juneau and experience firsthand what it is like to live in a town that has banned ATVs.

Immigrant will be missed
Come on let's all be for real, you're going to say "Way to go I.N.S." about them getting someone out of Alaska and not even give second thoughts about this gentleman (Ernesto Guillen deportation, Empire, Dec. 28) being taken from his family, and being sent back to Mexico.

Misplaced immigration blame
I would like to respond to Mr. Fox's letter (Empire, Jan. 4) to the editor supporting the deportation of Mr. Gullien.

Rally for police
I just heard on the radio that 1,500 people were present for the opening at the ski lodge. That is wonderful.

Be glad for Home Depot
How the heck can someone come up with such a bad idea like saying this and that to prevent Home Depot from coming to our town?

Way to go, INS
Good job, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

A lesson in responsibility
I have to answer Danielle Arreola's recent letter (Empire, Dec. 30). Although I'm sure Mr. Guillen is everything his family and friends have stated, let's look at the facts.

Proposed land sale unfair to locals
While many support the variety offered by Home Depot and Wal-Mart, we should keep in mind that locally owned businesses provide far more positive impact on the local economy.

Poor reasoning in police shift change
I read with interest the chief of police's decision to move patrol from a 12-hour shift to an eight hour shift.

Welcome, Home Depot
I find it amusing some local businesses who compete with Home Depot are again attempting to sideline their arrival.

Juneau teenager pleads guilty to assault after high-speed chase
A Juneau teenager said Monday that police drove into his vehicle after a high-speed chase last fall, but agreed to plead guilty to a felony charging him with assaulting the officer.

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

Alternative Juneau court receives grant
Juneau has a good financial foundation to bring back a court alternative aimed at reducing the number of repeat offenders in drunken driving cases and other alcohol-related crimes, according to its new coordinator.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Draft school calendar is similar to this year's
Next school year would start Wednesday, Aug. 24, and end Friday, June 2, under a proposed calendar the Juneau School Board is considering.

Photo: Cleaning up before the legislators arrive
Jerry Rounsley of the state Legislative Affairs Agency removes boxes Tuesday from the halls of the State Capitol.

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

Police launch new protest of shift change
Juneau police officers are ready to take their frustrations to the street.

Juneau to help tsunami victims
Kristine Harder was 14 when she moved to Kodiak three months after the 1964 Good Friday earthquake.

Photo: Darlene, we're not in Fresno anymore
Darlene Young and Gary Paglierani, friends from Fresno, Calif., who are touring Southeast Alaska, admire a mushroom-shaped iceberg Monday on Mendenhall Lake.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Juneau task force asks city for curbside recycling
Sondra Stanway has received more than 20 holiday catalogs within the last couple of months. Recognizing that Juneau has a trash problem, she decided to do something about it.

Second trial in 2000 beating death set for May
A man originally sentenced to 85 years in prison in connection with the January 2000 beating death of a Juneau man will get a second trial in May.

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

It's good to have conversations on retirement
Retirement is one of the most stressful times in a marriage, second only to the birth of the children.

District notes: New Year's resolutions for the District
It's that time of year when our thoughts go to New Year's resolutions - what we promise ourselves for the coming year.

Goods celebrate 50th anniversary
Donald Good, son of Mr. And Mrs. P.E. Good of West Plains, Mo., was married Jan. 7, 1955, to Miss Ann Marie Wyatt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Lewis of Spokane.

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

Photo: Kong kings
Miles Finley, left, and Caleb Frawley, two volunteers at the Gastineau Humane Society, fill "Kongs" with peanut butter for the dogs at the shelter.

Pablo "Pabs" Aton
Pablo "Pabs" Anton, a 30-year resident of Juneau, died Jan. 3, 2005, in Renton, Wash.

Patrick S. Campbell
Former Juneau resident Patrick S. Campbell, 52, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2004, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska.

Melissa Liane Lewis
Former Juneau resident Melissa Liane Lewis, 36, died Dec. 14, 2004, surrounded by family and friends in Seattle, after being diagnosed with cancer in July.

Jeanette Ruth (Brookman) Wells
Longtime Juneau resident Jeanette Ruth (Brookman) Wells, 71, died Dec. 24, 2004.

Lynne Louise Wunsch
Longtime Juneau resident, Lynne Louise Wunsch, 56, died Dec. 26, 2004, at her home of lung cancer.

Katherine Williams Beckett
Former Juneau resident Katherine Williams Beckett, 57, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004.

Jessie Leta Estes
Former Juneau resident Jessie Leta Estes, 88, died Dec. 18, 2004, in Seattle.

Outside editorial: State lawmakers should pay their way for needed travel
It may be legal for Alaska legislators to accept valuable travel from Outside companies or even foreign governments, but it's not prudent. Alaska lawmakers have the money; if the trip is important enough to take, they should pay for it.

My Turn: Sweetheart golf deal not so sweet for residents
The proposed golf course lease before the Juneau Assembly may be a great deal for the individuals doing business as Totem Creek, Inc. It is not a good or fair deal for Juneau residents.

Juneau's Joe Tompkins finishes second in Huntsman Cup super-G
Juneau's Joe Tompkins finished second among mono-skiers - and second overall - during Tuesday's super-G race at the Huntsman Cup in Park City, Utah.

My Turn: Something had to be said
As president of the Juneau Youth Football League (which handles all the football and cheer programs from age 8 to high school).

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.

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.

My Turn: CIFC's travel ultimatum for Juneau is a 'bunch of manure'
After I read the article in the Juneau Empire about the Cook Inlet Football Conference giving Juneau-Douglas High School the ultimatum, pay up or get out, I thought what a bunch of manure.

Grizzlies keep Jazz singing the blues
Now more than a month removed from the resignation of Hubie Brown, the Memphis Grizzlies are finally starting to come together.

Thanks for buying Christmas trees
Speaking on behalf of the Juneau-Douglas High School swimmers and divers and their parents, we would like to thank all the Juneau residents who purchased a Christmas tree from us and thereby assisted the team with one of our fund-raising efforts for the year.

Industrial logging ban sought
Greenpeace identified Alaska's coastal rain forest as the rarest forest type on Earth and deserving of the most protection from logging and road building, in a report it released Monday.

Family of man who died in fight sues Northway bar for $1 million
The family of a man who died in a fight is suing a Northway bar for serving a patron long after he became intoxicated and allowing other patrons to buy him drinks.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Two Southcentral museums purchase rare spruce-root hat
A rare 19th-century Alaska Native spruce root hat adorned with beads and sea lion whiskers will stay in the state after its purchase by two Alaska museums.

Group drops request for exemption to Canada cow ban
The Alaska Farm Bureau has tabled plans to seek an exception to the federal ban on Canadian cattle imports, but the head of the group said Monday it's not because a second case of mad cow disease has been confirmed in that country.

State to sue feds over water rights
The state of Alaska is suing the federal government over land and water rights it claims the U.S. departments of Interior and Agriculture illegally took under subsistence regulations set in 1999.

Labor spat could tie up Fairweather
The Alaska Department of Transportation plans to take the fast ferry Fairweather out of service at the end of the month unless it can come to an agreement with three unions over worker contracts, officials announced.

This Day in History
On this day in Alaska....

Photo: Petersburg Polar Dip
Mark Tuccillo, right, helps his daughter Adrienne Tuccillo out of the water with the help of Coast Guardman Jonathan Tracy, left, during the annual New Year's Day Polar Dip in Petersburg on Saturday.

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