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Friday, March 25, 2005

Keep it Alaskan
Peter Warren's accusations that my letter on March 7 was inaccurate seems to follow the same methodology he's accusing me of in the first place.

Either move or kill the wolf
The wording, assertions and tone of the article on the wolf killing the dog has left me feeling a bit incredulous.

Bridge is a waste
The biggest con job is being put on the American taxpayers by Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, and Gov. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska.

Sometimes, war is the answer
So war protesters are out waving their signs and displaying their faux-coffin.

Shouldn't have to run a gantlet
Regarding the "peaceful" demonstration held Thursday night to get our troops out of Iraq, I actually had considered joining this demonstration.

Road driven by haste, greed
Approaching decisions regarding the Juneau Access project have raised many arguments on both sides of the debate.

Preserve beauty
In response to Tony Woodrow's letter to the editor, I would like to say that it's not all about the convenience of people.

Consider the Valley for a new capitol
Peggy Ward is right-on in her views. Juneau has a hill overlooking Auke Lake that would be perfect for a new capitol site.

It's called politics
Lew Williams' rummaging around some of Alaska's past is but one view, for all meaningful history is an interpretation of events, always by a biased eye toward one's own perception of values and meanings gleaned from personal experiences.

Wilderness provides comfort, serenity
My conscience and me resolved the issue of a highway north some time ago and we have long since set aside all the innumerable arguments "for" and "against" it.

We'll sing the anthem
Your article about the huge effort of the National Association for Music Education to teach citizens the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner" states that the campaign enlists the aid of teachers and lawmakers, with Laura Bush as honorary chairperson.

Build the road
I'm in favor of Preferred Plan 2 with reliable ferry service. We will always need consistent, year-round ferry service between Juneau, Haines and Skagway.

Defending champion
Theresa Badilla, a soccer player on the girls Juneau-Douglas High School team, juggles the ball Thursday at Adair-Kennedy Park.

Forest Service rejects appeal to halt mine
Alaska Regional Forester Dennis Bschor has rejected an appeal by the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council asking him to withdraw the U.S. Forest Service's decision to approve Kensington gold mine operations.

Program raises awareness for seniors
An 83-year-old man closed his bank account but later accused the bank of stealing his money.

Writer to offer personal perspective on Arctic refuge
While a closely divided U.S. Senate has voted for opening Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, some people believe the refuge is an economic opportunity that can generate billions of barrels of oil.

Dunking in the sun
Enjoying the weather, Michael Gion, 13, reverse-dunks a basketball while playing with his brother, Tyler Troudt, 9, on Thursday next to the Taku Harley-Davidson shop where their father was working.

City, UAS consider expansion of lake trail
A trail at Auke Lake could be extended into a loop that connects the University of Alaska Southeast with its neighborhood, planners say

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Five bus routes could be cut
The Juneau School District may drop five bus routes next school year that collectively carry roughly 200 students and cost about $200,000.

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

Free eye to make you the hired guy
No need to envy those who get onto TV's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" or "A Makeover Story." Here in Juneau, job seekers can receive free advice on how to present a professional look.

Road work affects business
Juneau's reconstruction of Seward Street has uprooted not only rotten water pipes but also one downtown shop, according to a business owner.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

FYI
News from around the community

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

Workers fear legislation denies medical service
Labor advocates said Thursday that a workers' compensation reform bill advanced by Gov. Frank Murkowski could mean injured workers will be denied medical services.

Course offered for baby sitters
Seven Juneau girls taking an American Red Cross of Alaska baby-sitting class this week practiced all sorts of skills, from diapering to dislodging a choking object.

Relay kickoff to be held Saturday
Plans are underway for this year's Relay For Life. This year's theme is "Bring Hope to Find the Cure." The event runs from 4 p.m. on July 16 to 8 a.m. on July 17 at the Riverbend Elementary School-Dimond Park area.

Clark and Bishop to wed
Pamela Jean Clark of Hoonah and Robert Nicholas Bishop of Juneau will be married June 18, 2005, at Juneau Christian Center.

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

On the Waterfront: Finding inspiration in Walter
What an inspiration to get a letter from Walter Soboleff. Here is the letter I recently received from him:

The Culture Club
Members of the Culture Club Hockey Team are (listed alphabetically): Marcelin Bigelow, Jordan Curbox, David Evanson, Rashidi Galuber, Desarae Harris, Dominic McGonegal, Jacob Miller, Eli Olson, Alysha Walker, Jolene Wheaton, Cliff White and coaches Dave Perry, Art Hughes and Tom McKenna. Special awards were given out to Rashadi Glauber and Dominic McGonagal for perfect attendance.

Student recognitions
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Gregory Lee Goodwin
Gregory Lee Goodwin, 54, died March 11, 2005, at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Emerenciana Barril
Former Juneau resident Emerenciana Balcorta Barril, 82, died March 3, 2005, in Baguio City, Philippines.

Nick George Nelson
Juneau resident Nick George Nelson, 81, died March 19, 2005, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage.

Charles Knipple
Charles Knipple, 78, died March 17, 2005, in Yuma, Ariz.

Thomas R. Fallis
Juneau resident Thomas (Tom) R. Fallis Sr., 66, died March 9, 2005, in Federal Way, Wash.

Terrie Murray
Former Juneau resident Terrie Ilene Winniford Murray died March 21, 2005, in Portland, Ore.

My turn: An updated doctrine
As the chattering classes prematurely credit the United States with fostering democracy in the Middle East, they have ignored the old habits of empire that continue to fester in our own hemisphere.

Empire editorial: No call for killing the black wolf
It is regrettable that the Mendenhall Lake wolf - a fixture of Juneau's wildlife scene for two years now - is now in some people's crosshairs. The black wolf that has grown increasingly brave as observers have crowded it has reportedly killed a beagle.

My turn: Government as nanny, coach and teacher
Earlier this month when a well-meaning House budget committee voted to give $21 million to government radio and television, I winced because my constituents' money would again be spent on an unnecessary government function.

Sitka squads advance in Women's Bracket games
Sitka squads stayed alive Wednesday in Women's Bracket losers' bracket games at the 50th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Fink is no fluke in Roughhouse boxing
Daniel "The Animal" Fink solidified his role as one of the top heavyweight contenders for April's Southeast Showdown with a knockout victory over Byron "Machine Gun" Jack in the main event of last week's Roughhouse Friday boxing event at Marlintini's Lounge.

Arctic Lights open strong in A
The faces may change from year to year, but there's one constant for the Arctic Lights basketball team in the Gold Medal tourney - winning.

Haines Merchants stay alive by ousting Kake
There will be a new B Bracket champion crowned in this year's Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Haines Merchants win with D
For years, the Haines Merchants were the ultimate run-and-gun team in the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament's B Bracket.

Edenshaw attack powers Hydaburg
Two years ago, Darren Edenshaw helped the Hydaburg High School Warriors claim the boys Class 2A state basketball title.

Former Sitka players share Gold Medal memories
Over the last 59 years, the Juneau Lions Club's Gold Medal Basketball Tournament has provided an annual display of basketball talent from across Southeast Alaska and beyond.

Gold Medal boxscores
Updated Gold Medal Scores

Huna Totem wins tough C game over Juneau
The term "hard fought" is an overused sports cliché, but it also happens to perfectly describe Thursday's Huna Totem Tribe-Juneau Hangar Green Team game.

SportsBriefs
Staff reports of local sports events

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.

SportsBriefs
News of local sporting events

Kake LAB still in the running in C
It's a long road to the top when a team is playing through the loser's bracket, but Kake LAB players see no reason to pace themselves.

Cellar edges by BDK in all-Sitka women's battle
In a basketball battle pitting Sitka against Sitka, defense carried the day.

Canadians pitch ideas for cross-border links
Canadian and Alaska officials talked about new cross-border routes for planes, trains, automobiles and even fiber optic-cable, during a session in Juneau on Wednesday.

Lobbying for transportation
Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, told the Southeast Conference on Wednesday at Centennial Hall that he was proud of designating hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding in an upcoming highway authorization bill before Congress.

White House expert: Pot is dangerous
A White House official on Wednesday testified to marijuana's dangers during the second hearing of a bill that aims to criminalize Alaskans' possession of more than an ounce of the drug.

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

State's abortion Web site up for public comment
The Associated Press

Oil companies appeal proposed tax increase
The Prudhoe Bay oil producers are appealing a new Alaska tax hike and are chary of proposals on the horizon for much larger increases, including one that could end up as a voter initiative in the 2006 general election.

AlaskaDigest
Staff reports from around the state

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

Measure would halt corporate income tax cuts
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Wednesday filed a bill to eliminate new tax breaks for oil and gas, fishing, mining and other industries operating in the state.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

State's TB rate continues to outpace nation
When German biologist Robert Koch discovered that the tuberculosis bacillus causes TB - on this day in 1882 - the contagious respiratory disease was killing one out of seven people in Europe.

what's happening
News of local arts

KitschyYumYum returns:
T he KitschyYumYum Delect-able Burlesque Co. has lampooned the origins of the Pilgrim Thanksgiving, given birth to a small dog to the tune of Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach," and enacted a romantic scenario with George W. Bush, God and a mega-ton missile.

'The Greatest Good' to play 20th Century Twin
W ith prodding from President Theodore Roosevelt, himself an ardent explorer of wild places, Congress established the U.S. Forest Service in 1905.

Finding beauty in a harsh setting
Long before playwright Chay Yew started work on his new musical, "The Long Season," he and director Peter DuBois already knew what structure they wanted the story to take.

Cinema Guide
What's playing around town

Chinese zither innovator to play Juneau
Since moving to Canada from China in 1996, Mei Han has established herself as one of the pre-eminent Western-style innovators on the Chinese zheng, a 21-to-25-string wooden Asian long zither.

briefly
Entertainment events around Juneau

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