Look for realistic trail solutions
In response to the Juneau Audubon Society's column "Southeast Wild" in the Jan. 5 Empire: I, like Dave Fremming, love dogs. Our family includes four canines. Two are sporting breeds, and require considerable exercise. Keeping them on leash at all times is simply not an option for their continued health and happiness - or ours!

Cigarettes, not smokers, left out in the cold
Sounds like Drena Austin ("Consider the rights of smokers, other dangers") hasn't a clue about tobacco and its lethal smoke! Actually, we long ago did consider the rights of smokers. They have exactly the same rights as the other 84 percent of the population.

'Rings' represents virtue, 'Potter' black magic
In response to Stuart Ashton's letter in which he asks why parents would allow their children to view The Lord of the Rings trilogy and yet not see the Harry Potter movies, I was almost offended that he would compare the pop-culture Rowling with the timeless epic of Tolkien. His arguments for their similarities were very shallow and show a lack of careful reading of Tolkien, because he seems to have missed the central ideas of the book. As Tolkien himself said, "The Lord of the Rings is a fundamentally religious and Catholic work."

Get tough on drivers
I don't mean to bring up a sad subject, but as a parent that uses the intersection at Mendenhall Loop Road and Stephen Richards, I am shocked at the number of people running that intersection when the light is red.

Respect still exists without Pledge
Like Logan Spencer, sometimes my friends and teachers get offended when I do not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. They ask me things like "Don't you respect the soldiers in Iraq?" and I simply say "Yes, but not in that way." I do not feel that saying I believe in a country by reciting something to a piece of cloth is the way to show respect, especially when I don't believe in many things that my country is doing at the moment.

God's name in use beyond the Pledge
I read Patrick McGonegal of Juneau's letter about the Pledge and his criticizing the religious folk for being hypocritical when it comes to "accepting" or "tolerating" others' beliefs, etc. I agree with Patrick's and Logan's "right" to not recite the Pledge because it says "under God." I personally support the Pledge, and feel it's just one of those things to show support for the freedoms and privileges of being a citizen of this country. And because of that I support their right to "not agree."

Preserve the daisies
I think it is best if the trawlers could keep off the daisies. I have always worried about our stewardship. Look what happened to New England's great banks.

Seeking X-ray legislation
Seeking X-ray legislation When you walk into your health care provider's office or your local hospital, do you ask to see the credentials of the person who is taking your X-ray? It is very possible that the person performing your X-ray exam might not have received even a minimum amount of education in radiology, as there is no law in Alaska determining who may or may not perform an X-ray examination.

Why can't opinions be respected?
It is funny how many people comment on the Pledge of Allegiance or gays/lesbians or even religion in general. But truthfully, who doesn't comment on those kind of things? Why can't we accept what people think? Why do we always have to fight back? Don't we have a right of free speech?

Act in the interest of good health
Tobacco is a legal product for Alaskans 19 years of age and older to purchase and use.

Not seeking ban, just a solution
I am responding to Mr. Pete Schneider's response to my letter in the Juneau Empire. I guess I didn't clarify myself in the letter I sent and he obviously misunderstood my letter. Let me reiterate what the letter was intended to state.

Attack on gays slanders the innocent
Yet again the Empire has chosen to publish a My Turn column that is little more than a rabid assault on the rights of cherished human beings - our neighbors, friends, colleagues, family and loved ones who are gay. And once again the attack is launched in the name of the writer's religious "conviction" that a higher power has sanctioned such an egregious display of bigotry.

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

Photo: Patron saint of aviation, 1935
Actor, humorist and aviation promoter Will Rogers stands on the wing of a plane in 1935. Rogers took every chance he could to fly, even hopping rides on mail planes. Rogers took his first airplane flight in 1915. Soon after, he began promoting aviation on stage and in the newspaper.

Due to a reporting error, an article about Silver Bay Logging misstated the company's plans for the upcoming season. The article should have read: "The company will employ 60 people to harvest about 35 million board feet of timber to produce about 25 million board feet of saw logs this season."

Juneau Democrats slowly prepare for state primary
The Alaska Democratic caucus isn't until March 20, but some Juneau groups began promoting candidates early.

Recent skiing mishap underscores need for ice safety on local lakes
Deborah Rudis used to be an outdoor adventure guide and she's lived in Juneau for 15 years. So she should have known better.

Births, judgments and other legal proceedings.

Break-in thief to serve 3 years
Convicted thief Sheridan Scott Stringer will serve three years in prison for stealing from more than 20 victims' vehicles.

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

Photo: Once upon a midday dreary
A raven leaves its perch Wednesday afternoon near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Recent blue skies turned cloudy Wednesday as a storm left a fresh blanket of snow by nightfall.

KTOO enters its 10th year of covering Legislature
"Gavel to Gavel Alaska," the service that provides unedited Internet and televised coverage of the Alaska Legislature, will begin its 10th year of operation this Monday when lawmakers convene the second session of the 23rd Legislature.

Orthodox Christmas
Dean George spins the star as the parishioners of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church sing carols during Christmas services Wednesday at the church. Orthodox Christmas was on Jan. 7, according to the Julian calendar.

Photo: Celebrating the King
Joel Orelove lights a candle on top of a Dutch chocolate cake during an Elvis Presley birthday party Thursday at the Douglas library.

Due to a reporting error, a story in Wednesday's Empire misstated the estimated cost of a new transit center downtown. It should have read $200,000.

Study finds high level of pollutants in farm salmon
A major study has found higher levels of pollutants in farmed salmon than in wild salmon. The study comes as aquaculture companies struggle to regain profitability amid low prices and environmental groups try to force reforms on producers.

Airport to upgrade security at the airfield
The Juneau Airport may require access cards to the airfield as part of efforts to improve security.

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

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

Taxi driver in fair condition after being stabbed
A cab driver was listed in fair condition at Bartlett Regional Hospital late Thursday, a day after tangling with a man who police say robbed him at knifepoint.

This week's temps below normal, but not unusual
Bob Thompson said he can tell when it's cold in Juneau. The operations manager for the Glory Hole, the downtown homeless shelter, said it has been full, or close to full, during the recent cold snap. Normally, about half the shelter's 38 beds are used.

The Home Depot eyes Lemon Creek site
The Home Depot, a major retailer of building materials and lawn and garden products, is negotiating for a site in Juneau, the company and local property owners have said. John Williams of Juneau Real Estate said The Home Depot plans to build a 100,000-square-foot building in the Lemon Creek area on property currently owned by Juneau Ready Mix.

Photo: Dashing through the snow
Teacher's aide Zach Dillon rides on the tail of a toboggan with Harborview Elementary School students Thursday during an afternoon outing to Evergreen Cemetery. The students are, from right, CJ Umbs, 8, Lindamari Hubbard, 8, Ryan Harvey, 9, Stevie Lowenstein, 8, and Nolan Harvey, 9.

Photo: First pair in Haines
Natalie Pardee and Little Sister Samantha are the Big Brothers Big Sisters' first match in the Haines area since the organization opened its Upper Lynn Canal office in October.

... for supporting the Glory Hole and its efforts
The Juneau Interact Club donated $2,342 to the Glory Hole on Dec. 29. The money was raised in November during a homeless awareness event where students received pledges and donations to sleep in cardboard boxes for a night. We would like to thank the community for their support of the Glory Hole and our efforts.

... to those helping Joanne Boyle and her family
The family of Joanne Boyle - Myrna McKinley, Raymond Carteeti, Rosie Carteeti, Roberta Fawcett, Marzina Giddens, Sharon Hill, Magna Carteeti, Stella Carteeti and Joanne's 16-year-old son, Sven - would like to publicly thank the following:

A tribute to healers in the community
This weekend, as many of us are watching football games on TV or skiing out on the slopes or the trails, or engaging in a variety of weekend chores, a small group of wom

Law, Niebuhr to marry in summer
Amber Law of Skagway and Erik Niebuhr of North Pole will be married in the summer of 2004 at Jewell Gardens in Skagway.

Neighbors Digest
Community news in brief.

Student recognitions
Honors and other local student news.

Teacher Talk: Conferring about kids
My sister teaches in Florida, working with students who qualify for gifted and talented programs, the same position I have here. We spend a lot of time on the phone or e-mailing about our jobs. We grew up in a military family, moving every two or three years, so we particularly agree on the value and stability of teaching more than 20 years in the same community.

Gery Edward Davies
Gery Edward Davies, 28, died in a boating accident along with his friends, Rick Mills and Mills' son David.

Richard David Kay Mills
Kake resident Richard David Kay Mills, 14, died in a boating accident, along with his father, Rick, and a close family friend.

W.T. 'Buzz' Patrick
Juneau resident W.T. "Buzz" Patrick, 77, died Jan. 7, 2004.

My Turn: Skip 'God' if you want, but say the Pledge of Allegiance
The debate started by Logan Spencer has caused me to more closely read the editorial section of the Empire. Mr. Spencer's views regarding the Pledge have sparked a great deal of thought on my part regarding the matter. I believe that my views back in high school were quite similar to Mr. Spencer's, though we didn't recite the Pledge then. However, over time (and having joined the military) my views have changed.

Southeast hoops roundup: Petersburg boys, girls sweep Haines series
The Southeast Hoops Roundup runs about once every week and is compiled from game reports received by the Juneau Empire each weekend.

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.

Juneau Parks and Rec Ordway basketball Standings
Standings through Jan. 4 for the Juneau Parks and Recreation Department's Adult Ordway Basketball League.

Bear wrestlers return to region competition
A well-rested Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling squad travels to Ketchikan on Friday as the Region V-Class 4A season continues after the holiday break. Eighteen Juneau wrestlers will make the trip for two days of triple-dual meets with the host Kings and the Sitka Wolves.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation.

Silver Bay pulls out of bankruptcy
Silver Bay Logging will begin repaying its more than 100 creditors this year, but the 30-year-old company will operate on a much smaller scale as it regains viability, a company official said.

AK Airlines trims mileage benefits
Alaska Airlines started the new year by cutting back its mileage plan benefits, saying it couldn't afford not to. The biggest impact to Alaskans will come from a change to the "AS50 Award," said spokesman Lou Cancelmi.

Sen. Murkowski: Legislation may be needed to fix No Child Left Behind
Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she would be willing to introduce legislation to change provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. But she will wait to see if adjustments can be made to the national education legislation through the regulatory process first, she said Thursday.

Six people in Ketchikan indicted in drug case on conspiracy charges
Six of 26 people indicted on charges of operating a drug distribution network that stretched from California to Alaska appeared at a hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Ketchikan.

Group delivers signatures to get bear baiting ban on ballot
Organizers of a petition drive to ban bear baiting in Alaska delivered more than 33,500 signatures Thursday to the state elections office.

Coast Guard: Arctic Rose sank quickly with door open
Simply keeping a back door closed would likely have saved the Arctic Rose, a fishing vessel that sank in the Bering Sea nearly three years ago, killing all 15 people on board, a Coast Guard report concluded Thursday.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Study: Alaska faces youth brain drain
An Alaska Department of Labor study says nearly two of every five Alaskans who were 15 to 19 years old in 1994 have left the state for life and employment Outside.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Entertainment news in brief

Cartoon: In the Swamp
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

A look at the players
The cast for the local production of "Dinner With Friends"

Movies: Where & when
Local movie locations and showtimes.

What's happening
Arts and entertainment events in Juneau.

Learning your past, and getting it right
So you're researching your family history, and you don't know where to begin. How do you start the interview? What do you ask? Where can you verify your information?

Love, sex and the ticking of time
Donald Margulies' "Dinner With Friends," the 2000 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama, takes place in the suburbs of Connecticut and Manhattan. But it could just as easily be set in downtown Juneau, said local actor Ed Christian, who first found the story at the library and eventually brought it to town.

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