Friday, February 4, 2005

Reopen historic mine
Kensington is not a new gold mine. I have a U.S. Geological Survey map of the Berners Bay area dated 1908, and there are nine gold mines including the Jualin, Bear, Ivanhoe, Northern Bell, Indiana, Horrible, Kensington and Comet.

Heartwarming immigrant stories
I left Juneau a long time ago, but I view the Empire on the Web now and then.

Legal immigration is better
Suppose I go to California and buy a house, intending to make it a vacation getaway. I come home and am unable to return to California for five years.

Shame on Abu Graib prisoner abusers
It was good, and yet sad, to see in the Empire a couple of weeks ago the article and photo of one of the convicted Abu Graib prisoner abusers leaving the courtroom in handcuffs. Good to see some justice done, but sad to see that Spec4 patch on his uniform sleeve.

Find more sustainable ways to power country
I am currently attending graduate school in New Hampshire.

A little wintertime help for pedestrians
I don't understand why only the roads get plowed here, especially when some children have to walk to and from school.

Focus on rape, not abortion
Regarding Kris Reeves' recent letter to the editor (Empire, Jan. 28) and the insinuation that pro-choice people are pro-death, or that abortion is at all tantamount to "killing babies," I strongly disagree. As a woman, I believe as the ancients did, and as C.G. Hartley later composed: "Each woman must be free to make her own choice; no man may safely decide for her; she must give life gladly to be able to give it well."

City seeks dismissal of harassment suit
An attorney representing the city is requesting dismissal of a lawsuit from a former harbors employee seeking at least $350,000 for alleged sexual discrimination and harassment.

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

Group to study new police shifts
Almost one month after Juneau Police Chief Richard Gummow changed patrol officers' shift from 12 hours to eight, the department is ready to evaluate the new shift's effectiveness.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Management concerns
Sen. Kim Elton, D-Juneau, speaks Wednesday at the Native Issues Forum at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. He talked about his concerns with the management of the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Photo: Hot food and fellowship
Bruce Baird, standing, the minister of the Church of Christ, speaks to, from left, Katie Paden, 12, Slader Marshall, 13, and Kyle Schmitz, 14, during the church's weekly free supper.

Photo: Undeterred by snow
Lobbyist Don Kubley makes his way past the steps of the Alaska Capitol on Thursday.

Whittier reborn
It was in 1993 that I first entered Whittier by speeder car, riding the rails from Portage because no road access existed. A group of us, at the behest of Gov. Walter J. Hickel, looked at the potential of bringing joint road-rail access to Whittier.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Welcoming rhythms
Andrea Ebona-Michel of the Yaaw Tei Yi Dancers sings and drums Thursday during a performance for participants in the 39th annual Alaska Association of Municipal Clerks Conference at the Baranof Hotel.

Snowfall may take two-day break
The snow that started falling on Juneau on Tuesday could taper off early today, but a cold front should bring more Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Photo: Getting a workout
Marian Koelsch takes advantage of the recent snowfall on Wednesday at the Mendenhall Campground.

Pilot and Duncan marry
Juneau resident Melinda Mae Pilot and John Eric Duncan of Garland, Texas, were married on Jan. 15, 2005, in Las Vegas.

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau.

James and Wahl to hold reception
There will be a wedding reception for Juneau resident Debi Wahl and John James of Sitka at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at the home of Debbie and Tom Williams, 1707 Willow Drive, Juneau.

Student recognition
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding students.

Vinson receives citation at retirement ceremony
Officer Rayme Vinson was presented a Legislative Citation by Speaker of the House John Harris during Rayme's retirement ceremony on Jan. 28 at the Juneau Police Department.

Recycling at MRCS
Cub Scouts from Pack 7, Bear Den, have constructed and painted a recycling bin, which will soon be placed on the school grounds at Mendenhall River Community School for families to use.

FYI
News from around the community.

Taking care of dogs in winter
You look out the window, contemplating snow, ice, winds and cold temperatures. It doesn't look like an appealing day to be out walking, but your dog still needs exercise.

Wilfred Baptiste
Wilfred Jordan Baptiste died Jan. 14, 2005, in Las Vegas.

Audrey Mae Perdon
Former Juneau resident Audrey Mae Perdon died Jan. 11, 2005, in Las Vegas.

Empire editorial: Time to speak out on Tulsequah Chief Mine
The time has come for Alaska's top state and federal officials to catch up to the locals and start howling about a Canadian proposal that threatens Southeast Alaska.

My Turn: Social Security 'reform' will bankrupt system
The Bush administration has begun its assault on Social Security the way it began many other policy initiatives: with a wide-ranging disinformation campaign.

My Turn: Continued trawling destruction is a disgrace
Alaska's oceans are a commanding force that spark feelings of wonder and gratitude for many people in our state.

My Turn: Mine's improvements are to its bottom line
In his recent My Turn guest column (Dec. 28), Steve Borell generously gave Juneau conservation groups a "portion of the credit" for environmental improvements to the design of the Kensington gold mine. It has been a century-long struggle on the part of concerned citizens, polluted communities, and the occasional responsible mining company to reform the mining industry's legacy of toxic waste, contaminated water and fouled air. It is a testament to the heroes of that long struggle that Americans now demand that the mining industry operate far more responsibly than it has in the past. It is also due to those heroes that there are laws to ensure that Kensington gold mine's impact on our community and our clean air and water, although still unacceptably great, will be less than if the mine had been built 30 or 40 years ago.

Juneau girls head to series in Sitka
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team hopes to loosely follow a familiar idiom and not place all its defensive attention under the basket tonight and Saturday during a pair of conference road games in Sitka.

Local Sports
Rankings of your local sports teams.

Thirteen Crimson Bear wrestlers head to state meet
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Jake Ritter didn't have the best of times when he went to last year's Class 4A state wrestling meet.

Juneau girls crack top five in state hoops poll
Two dominating wins over the weekend propelled the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team to new heights in the Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, released today.

Sports Briefs
Staff reports of local sports teams and personalities.

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.

Local Sports
Rankings and scores of your favorite local teams.

Juneau boys finally return to home court
January was a long, strange trip for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team, which traveled in planes, ferries and team vans with no home games for the month.

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

Arctic wildlife refuge defenders fear time is up
Members of Congress who have successfully blocked oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for more than a decade vowed to do everything, including a Senate filibuster, to protect the preserve again this year. But they say there is a real possibility they will fail this time.

Bill proposes a big-game board
A bill to re-establish a state board regulating big-game hunting is winding its way to the Alaska House floor.

Northwest Digest
Staff and wire reports from around the state

Union objects to testing teachers
The Alaska Department of Education wants to test the competence of teachers before renewing their certificates to teach.

Navy begins $60 million upgrade for acoustic testing range near Ketchikan
The U.S. Navy is upgrading its acoustic testing range near Ketchikan to better avoid detection at sea in submarine operations, officials said.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation.

Bill lets cities pick special election dates
Costly special elections in Alaska cities could be postponed until a regular election is held under a bill that passed the state Senate Wednesday.

State prevails in oil royalty lawsuit
The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the state and against oil companies that claimed they qualified for lower royalty payments on a North Slope oil reservoir.

Legislators aim to head off gas monopoly
House Minority Leader Ethan Berkowitz on Thursday warned of potential antitrust problems for Alaska's proposed natural gas line - if it is owned and operated by North Slope oil producers.

Plan would use permafund to cover deficits
Legislative talk of a long-term fiscal plan is scarce in a year when the state expects hundreds of millions in windfall oil money.

UA requests $2.5 million for research
Higher education in Alaska needs to boost research and development dollars by the millions over the next five years, University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton told the lawmakers on Thursday

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

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News of local arts

what's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau

Eros makes an appearance at First Friday
For the third annual Eros and Art show, Juneau-Douglas City Museum director Jane Lindsey decided it would be fun to go back to the roots.

Jawbone named headliner
A virtual dream team of old-time musicians has joined to form Jawbone and will be featured as the guest artist at this year's Alaska Folk Festival.

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