Understandable if not justifiable
For more than 30 years, the Juneau community has been blessed with Jim Hamey's gift for teaching students and basketball players not just about physical fitness and basketball, but about discipline, responsibility and compassion.

Unneighborly neighbors
Regarding Michael Millar's letter published in the Empire on Jan. 7, the Canada-U.S. relationship has been troubling me for a number of years.

To err is human
The face of Juneau has cringed. Coach Hamey and his actions and his emotions and perhaps his fears and his smiles and all else, however, can be summed up with the use of five letters, no gasping adjective needed, just the simple but beautiful word, human.

Test of character
As a former player at Juneau-Douglas High School from 1980 to 1982, I feel constrained to respond to the recent indictment of Jim Hamey and the subsequent events after his dismissal as head coach.

Man of integrity
I played for coach Hamey and I know him as a man of integrity. He always wanted to do the right thing and he taught that to his players.

Hamey worthy of support
Jim Hamey is a legend in Alaska basketball. He's known for his billowing voice, his dry wit, his sometimes-unorthodox coaching style, his knowledge of x's and o's, but most importantly his ability to win and bring home championships while instilling in his players key lessons about basketball and life.

No noise, no fuss
Iraq is a threat to this country because it is building nuclear weapons. North Korea already has them. Iraq won't give the U.N. inspectors access. The inspectors aren't complaining.

Births, Marriage Licenses, Business Licenses, Courts, Divorces and Judgments.

Listings of local nonprofit events.

Juneau Color: The bird man of Juneau
Jim King is a friend to birds - so much a friend that he's spent most of his life working to protect them.

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

Parents sue after bus-car collision
The families of two boys who were involved in a serious vehicle accident with a Capital Transit bus in November 2000 have filed separate lawsuits against the city, alleging the bus driver was at fault.

Alaska Office Building - the beginning
With the state Capitol in the background and, in front of it, the cube-like building that housed J.B. Burford's office-supply business, the Alaska Office Building - the foreground scaffolding - begins its rise on Main Street in 1950.

Stone named new city port director
City Engineering Director John Stone will move down the hall this spring to take a job as the city's port director.

Jeep traps woman
A woman pinned beneath a Jeep on a Juneau hillside after a rollover accident Thursday was saved from being crushed when two men held the vehicle up until rescuers arrived.

Academic honors
R&M Engineering named Kevin Puustinen, a 1996 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, as the 2002/2003 recipient of the Ralph Migliaccio Scholarship.

Loesch, Thorsteinson to marry
Jennifer Anne Loesch of Petersburg and Kirk Vincent Thorsteinson of Juneau will be married in a ceremony planned for Aug. 9, 2003, at the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church in Petersburg.

Kondro, Hynning marry
Karen Mae Kondro and Jacob Jermaine Hynning of Vancouver, Wash., were wed at the First Assembly of God church in Kelso, Wash., on June 29, 2002.

'Every season is a time for generosity'
We have just concluded the Christmas holiday season. The familiar story is one of God's generosity revealed to the world in very meager and marginalized conditions. Jesus was born into our circumstances out of God's great love for humankind.

'Buddy platoon' graduation
During a recent ceremony at Fort Benning, Ga., Bunny Mercer placed a blue cord around her son's shoulder signifying PVT Michael Mercer's investiture into the ranks of the infantry.

Man from Juneau honored for 25 years of military service
The retirement ceremony for Lt. Col. Robert Isaac of Juneau was held Sept. 10 at United States European Command, Patch Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany. Isaac's 25 years of service in the U.S. Air Force is marked by many accomplishments.

Thank you...

Willie Pearl Anderson
Juneau resident Willie Pearl Anderson, 82, died Dec. 14, 2002, in Juneau.

Dorothy B. Ebing
Former Juneau resident Dorothy Belle Ebing died Dec. 14, 2002, on Whidbey Island, Wash., one day before her 89th birthday.

Tompkins second in Huntsman Super-G
Juneau's Joe Tompkins had three clean runs last weekend, which led to his best finishes in three years at the Huntsman Cup disabled ski races in Park City, Utah.

Roughhouse boxing tonight
After winning the middleweight title in the Southeast Showdown last April, Matthew "The Goat" Coppick of Sitka tried his luck on a larger stage.

Wasilla boys hand Juneau first defeat
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team had its chances to beat the Wasilla Warriors during Thursday's opening round of the Alaska Prep Shootout at Anchorage's Dimond High School.

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Opera star originally from Fairbanks nominated for 2003 Grammy Award
Fairbanks' homegrown opera star, Viveca Genaux, has been nominated for a Grammy Award.

Russian Orthodox Christmas
A mounted stuffed brown bear at the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak looks over a starring ceremony as carolers from the Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church sing Christmas carols Tuesday on Russian Orthodox Christmas.

Alaska could be North Korea's first target
While the nuclear standoff between the United States and North Korea galvanizes international attention, Alaskans may be forgiven for taking a somewhat parochial interest.

Cape Fox names new CEO
Cape Fox Corp. has hired the chairman of Alaska Pacific University's Business Administration Department as its new chief executive officer.

Subsistence proposals accepted
The Federal Subsistence Board is accepting proposals until March 28 on changes to federal subsistence rules for fishing on federal public lands and waters in Alaska.

Unruly passenger banned from air travel for one year
An Eagle River man who threatened a flight attendant has been banned from air travel for one year, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday.

British Columbia likely to sell fast ferries for far less than their cost
Three fast ferries are on the auction block and are expected to sell for a fraction of their $292.5 million (U.S.) cost.

Police arrest 8 people for drug sales in Unalaska
Authorities in Unalaska arrested eight people Thursday for allegedly selling illegal drugs to an undercover agent.

Man pleads guilty to same-day airborne hunting
An Eagle River man has pleaded guilty to illegally killing a moose on the same day he was airborne.

UA land bought for Seldovia landfill
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has approved spending $632,000 to buy land from the University of Alaska for a new landfill in Seldovia.

This Day in History

Young retains leadership positions
Rep. Don Young, an Alaska Republican, will retain his chairmanship of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and his vice chairmanship of the Resources Committee, it was announced Thursday.

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