Friday, March 18, 2005

Environmentalists are deceptive and a hindrance to progress
"Environmentalists are often deceptive" (Dave Fremming's July 27, 2004, letter to the editor in the Empire), and that's putting it mildly.

Wealthy pay taxes, too
In response to the Social Security article by Janet Kussart, it's too bad that Janet only had comment on such a narrow focus and didn't address the whole story.

Headline was harsh
The news of the death of Coach Richey was difficult on many levels for his family and friends, especially his students and the athletes who cared deeply for him.

Mention of ethnicity in story not wrong
My letter is in response to the lady who wrote and complained about the Juneau Empire stating the boy's race in the March 1 article regarding the Radio Shack incident.

Ferry rides expensive
To take a family of four and the minivan from Juneau to Skagway and back is anywhere from $600 to $650, depending on which ferry you take.

Maybe it's people who need control
I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Sexton of Utah. There must be the predators to control over-populations of any animal.

Protecting the coast is important
We live in a place where protecting coastal uses and resources should be one of the most important goals for all Alaskans.

Granting land is an antiquated way to help universities
What are land-grant colleges? Why do they exist?

Douglas Condo fire rekindles
A Douglas condominium fire that damaged four units Wednesday morning rekindled and destroyed them early today, Juneau fire officials said.

Fire at Douglas condos displaces five residents
Firefighters suspect that a possibly overloaded extension cord sparked a blaze in a condominium unit, leaving five people homeless and knocking out power to much of Douglas Island on Wednesday morning.

Out of the wild
Skagway construction worker Buddy True is keenly aware of the physical divide between his little town and the state capital.

Economic Engine
Route to growth: A view looking north Thursday on Glacier Highway at Mile 16.

Road would change the landscape of recreation
When Scott Foster dips his kayak in the ocean, the whole point is to escape from Juneau's road system.

Haines residents fear being left out
In the home he built himself on the Chilkat Peninsula south of Haines, artist Rob Goldberg peered out his window Tuesday afternoon and across Lynn Canal to its rugged east slope.

Douglas condo fire rekindles
Firefighters spent Thursday soaking a fire that reignited early in the morning at a Douglas Highway condominium complex.

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

Drowned kayaker mourned by restaurant co-workers
Employees at Hangar on the Wharf restaurant are mourning 30-year-old colleague Peter Barrett's death after he was found drowned near his overturned kayak Tuesday afternoon north of Douglas Island.

Sad shape of rural roads stirs elder's skepticism
Klukwan elder Ruth Kasko isnt one for the road. She has seen what the elements and neglect can do to them and a car in rural Alaska.

Skagway man's medical ordeal prolonged by lack of highway
Late in the afternoon on Sunday, Feb. 27, White Pass & Yukon Railroad employee Kevin Greaser inadvertently became the poster boy for Skagway's pro-road contingent.

Photo: Dressed for the occasion
Shannon Sweeney, left, shows off her leprechaun ensemble during the first stop on her St. Patrick's Day pub crawl, as her brother, Michael Sweeney, looks on Thursday at the Triangle Club.

Pregnant women in Skagway want road
Laurie Magee of Skagway wants a road to Juneau, not just for herself but for the baby she's expecting in August.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Highway could bring savings in school travel
Athlete in transit: An out-of-town wrestler with his luggage follows Juneau residents that will house him and other teammates during a wrestling meet in the fall of 2003.

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

Photo: Campaign kickoff
Courtesy of Kristine Harder

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

Student recognitions
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

Wineland and Spreter to wed
Rebekah Maye Wineland of Mannheim, Germany, and Juneau resident Senior Airman James "Matthew" Spreter will be married April 11, 2005, in Las Vegas.

FYI
News from around town

Celebrate Juneau's diversity
Since August 2004, I've served as Chair of the Juneau Diversity Committee, a volunteer group of about 30 very different people working together to plan the First Diversity Appreciation Week, March 28-April 3, 2005 in Juneau.

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

What E Pluribus Unum really means
Dear Readers, thank you again for the privilege of writing. In November of last year, I visited Boston to attend a rare book show.

John Emmett 'Jack' Crowley
Former Juneau resident John Emmett "Jack" Crowley died March 3, 2005, in Seattle.

My turn: A few lay the groundwork for preserving Native culture
My grandfather John Hope said that the old Alaska Native Brotherhood always sustained itself when only two, three, or four people worked hard to keep the organization going. And then the villages would offer support by chipping in and donating what they could, giving sometimes dollar gold coins, $5 or even $100. Then the word would spread from village to village, by boat, before there were float planes.

My turn: Remembering Coach Richey as a gym teacher
B ack when gym class was more than just one and a half credits required for graduation, back before you ran the countless laps of the mile, back then gym class was what everyone looked forward to in the long days of childhood.

With bye, Juneau boys wait to see who they'll face
To bye or not to bye - that is the question.

Mount Edgecumbe opposites attack
When the Mount Edgecumbe boys let an early lead slip away in Thursday's region basketball semifinal against Wrangell, the Braves turned to a disparate duo to secure the win.

The most senior Crimson Bear
It could be said that Juneau girls basketball player Mary Rehfeld is a seventh-year senior.

Hoonah wins at state tourney
Dustin Bowen hit a jumper with eight seconds left to lift the Hoonah boys to a 76-74 win over Bristol Bay on Thursday in the opening round of the Class 2A state basketball tournament at Service High School in Anchorage.

Indiana outpaces Utah
Stephen Jackson kept finding himself with open looks. And though he wasn't connecting with any regularity, he kept shooting.

Surprise visit inspires Kayhi girls in semis
Ketchikan senior K.C. Greenup wasn't expecting her father to attend this week's region basketball tournament in Juneau.

Haines girls defeat Craig
What a difference a year has made for the Haines girls basketball team.

SportsBriefs
Staff reports of local sporting events

Sorlie claims his second Iditarod crown
A Norwegian firefighter traversed one of the slushiest trails ever, dropping half his dog team along the way, to win a four-way surge to the finish line Wednesday in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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

New faces, same result
The two-time defending region champion Petersburg girls entered this season having lost their entire starting lineup to graduation.

2005 Juneau Parks and Rec Co-Ed Volleyball
Recreational Volleyball league standings

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.

Ididtarod Winners
Results from Iditarod 2005 as well as years gone by

Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Polls
The lastest SE Polls and previous state hoops champions

Angoon father, son apparently drowned
A father and son who failed to return to Angoon from halibut fishing Tuesday were found dead Wednesday afternoon south of the community.

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

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Man-made molehill
Doug Buchanan, president of the Alaskan Alpine Club, walks Monday among the ice at the base of what was John Reeves' ice tower along the Steese Highway north of Fairbanks.

Lawsuit says staff bonuses unethical
Four former state lawmakers filed a lawsuit Thursday, contending that four legislative staff members and a building manager have received $80,000 total in improper bonuses since 2001.

Senate approves ANWR drilling
A closely divided Senate voted Wednesday to approve oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge, a major victory for President Bush and a stinging defeat for environmentalists who have fought the idea for decades.

Commission finds racism at Anchorage Wal-Mart
The Anchorage Equal Rights Commission has found that a Tlingit woman was discriminated against because of her race at a Wal-Mart store in Eagle River.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

what's happening
Entertainment events around Juneau

12x12: Juneau artists create a work in progress
You may have come across Patrick Ripp and Stacey Eldemar's artistic visions in the Gold Creek Basin or at Outer Point. For the last year and a half, the Juneau artists have been playing with nature's patterns, a la environmental sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, star of the 2001 documentary "Rivers and Tides."

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News of local arts

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