Thursday, January 6, 2005

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.

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.

Judge will be missed
Juneau will lose a caring jurist when Judge Peter B. Froehlich retires from the bench.

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?

A more moral fight
The Iraq war was many months in planning, with plenty of time for President Bush to solicit private donations for the $150 billion (and counting) we've spent waging war and rebuilding what we blow-up.

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

Keep sledding in the cemetery
I was born and raised in a small house in the Juneau Flats, very near the Evergreen Cemetery.

Sky not falling
It's that time again. Chicken Little Bill Glude and the Empire have once again declared the sky is falling and everybody in Juneau is in imminent danger of dying in an avalanche, particularly if you live on Behrends Avenue.

A just deportation
Ernesto Guillen's (Empire, Dec. 28) wife, Gloria Orozco, quite incorrectly states that, "He is not a criminal" and therefore, "immigration officers shouldn't deport her husband."

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.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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.

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.

Yaakoos still shopping for larger space
Juneau's alternative high school is looking for larger space so it can fit more students and employ a science teacher.

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

Travel: Victoria
There's a capital city in the rainy Pacific Northwest that is accessible only by ferry and air.

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.

City wants DeHarts marina
The city of Juneau plans to acquire DeHarts Marina to expand Statter Harbor, creating a unified marine center and park at Auke Bay.

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.

Cop protest draws lunchtime crowd
It wasn't police making the most clamor Wednesday about a planned change for patrolmen from 12-hour to eight-hour shifts.

Alternative school forms advisory council
Juneau's alternative high school has formed an advisory site council for the first time in its 10-year history.

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

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

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

Travel: Things to see and do in Victoria
Here are some of the most popular attractions in Victoria, British Columbia.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

My Turn: Golf course pays its way
Karla Hart wrote in a My Turn guest opinion in the Jan. 5 Juneau Empire that the proposed lease between the city of Juneau and Totem Creek Inc. is a "sweetheart deal." Unfortunately, Ms. Hart's opposition to the project has caused her to misstate several facts.

It's past time for city performing arts center is overdue
These days there are many discussions about building new things in Juneau. Some of these (the road to Skagway) are really excellent ideas, while others (the possible new capitol on Telephone Hill) are not in the community's best interest.

Philadelphia claims rare win in Utah
Allen Iverson scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and the 76ers won in Utah for the first time in four years by beating the slumping Jazz 106-99 Wednesday night.

Philomath, Ore., claims title in Ketchikan's Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic
John Gaskill earned tournament MVP honors after scoring 19 points and leading Philomath, Ore., to a 57-44 victory over host Ketchikan in the Dec. 30 championship game of the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic.

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.

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'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.

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.

Correction
A story in Wednesday's Empire, about a state lawsuit over federal water rights, inaccurately stated that subsistence rights are granted to rural residents, with a priority for Native users. The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act gives all rural Alaskans a priority for subsistence uses.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

Top Republican on energy makes ANWR first priority
New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici has identified drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska's northeast corner as his first priority for the upcoming congressional session.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

DOT to hold meetings in northern Panhandle
The Alaska Department of Transportation will hold public meetings in northern Panhandle communities this month to discuss and solicit comments about future transportation projects.

Photo: Frigid flyby
A Coast Guard plane flies over the partially sunken bow of the freighter Selendang Ayu on Tuesday off of Unalaska Island.

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.

Bogus tracks scare trail users
Someone is putting the scare into people walking trails at Creamer's Field in Fairbanks by laying down bogus bear tracks.

Volcano watchers upgrade concern for Mount Veniaminof
One of the largest and most active volcanoes on the Alaska Peninsula has grown increasingly restless since the start of the new year, sending up small ash plumes and experiencing increased seismic tremors.

Photo: Snow play
Devon Hawkins, 7, scoops snow with her nose as she peeks over a snow bank while playing in the freshly fallen snow Tuesday in Golden Heart Park in downtown Fairbanks.

First Friday of 2005
Some artists' work is based on photographs or life studies. Juneau artist Jessica Rehfield, on the other hand, prefers to work with accumulations of images from her own imagination.

briefly
News of local arts

What's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau.

What to do when you're No. 2
Dating is not a deli counter, and so you shouldn't have to take a number. Of course, that's in a perfect world.

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