Sunday, April 18, 2004

Review: Anthology of private writings is a mixed bag
Any reader familiar with Samuel Pepys' journals (kept from 1660-1669) knows how the most inane, unfettered, self-centered jottings can illuminate a distant century. Any reader familiar with Anne Truitt's "Daybook" (published in 1982) knows that the journal can embrace intellectual distinction as well as literary grace, while shedding light on the wellsprings of creativity.

ExxonMobil has responded to oil spill
Per your recent editorial, I would like to point out that ExxonMobil has more than "paid up" for the Valdez accident.

Ruedrich's alleged ethics violations show oil's sway
Mr. Ruedrich's alleged ethical violations are yet another chapter in the story of political corruption in Alaska. Apparently, Mr. Ruedrich has been on the horn doing favors for the oil and gas industry while on the public's dime.

Discrimination is discrimination
The Day of Silence/Discrimination is coming. I must applaud our school administrators for practicing exactly what they are trying to get rid of, discrimination. They have disregarded the other important members of our community that suffer the same discrimination as the gay and lesbian community.

Juneau is plenty safe with a low crime rate
I am writing in response to Celita Scarborough's letter to the editor in Monday's paper. Her letter stated that Juneau's crime kept her from traveling here this summer with her granddaughter.

Teens have legitimate anti-smoking stand
In response to Mr. Shockley, who interrupted the tobacco tax rally by standing and smoking among nonsmokers and shouting protests up to the governor: You were interfering with the free speech rights of others.

Quit whining about airport hassles
A recent letter to the editor criticized the Transportation Safety Agency (TSA) in a scathing attack. It was unwarranted. Many of us frequent air travelers feel a great deal safer with TSA on the job.

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

City prepares disaster plan
In a community where cruise ships are part of the summer scenery and no one wants to think about things going wrong, some Juneau residents spent Friday morning imagining the worst.

Friends mourn acting fire chief's death
Juneau lost more than a fire chief Thursday night. Mike Fenster, acting chief for Capital City Fire & Rescue and a co-founder of Wings of Alaska, "was an all-around nice guy," said former business partner Bob Jacobsen.

Photo: Here's how
Whit Smith, a member of this year's Alaska Folk Festival guest artists, Hot Club of Cowtown, leads a swing guitar workshop in a full room Saturday morning at Centennial Hall.

Smoke gets in their eyes
Kristen Josserand says she coughed up black phlegm for six months straight after working in Juneau bars for about 20 years. Josserand enjoyed the nightly pay from bartending and loved socializing with the regulars, she said. She hated the cigarette smoke.

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

Bar owners fear losing lucrative regulars
Bartender Sandy Krook opens downtown Juneau's Triangle Club at 9 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays. Her regulars are never far behind.

Tlingit-Haida president: Don't blame BIA
After winning election Friday to an 11th two-year term as president of the Tlingit-Haida Central Committee, Ed Thomas told other tribal members to take their politics seriously.

Joseph Judson
Longtime Juneau and Hoonah resident Joseph Judson, 70, died April 10, 2004, in Anchorage.

Leona Gran
Juneau resident Leona Gran, 88, died April 14, 2004, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau after an illness resulting from complications of her stroke three years ago.

Empire Editorial: Facing gay marriage issue on two fronts
T he movement that's shaking up the nation hit Juneau this week. Two women tried to get married. To each other. Karen Wood and Darla Madden left for San Francisco to tie the knot. However they were unable to get a marriage license because of a recent California court ruling. They found this out before leaving Southeast, but went anyway.

Toe cartoon
Editorial cartoon by local artist Toe.

Ambassador for Alaska
While on the road in Washington, D.C., this week, I've gotten to see and experience much that heretofore I'd only known second- or third-hand. But, on this inaugural trip to America's capital city, I've shared a good bit about Alaska's capital city with most of the locals and other tourists I've encountered.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

Awaiting new sanctuary
Justice is half blind. The one-eyed adult bald eagle, and Hootie, an ornery one-winged great horned owl, are two of the numerous birds unfit for release that volunteers from the Juneau Raptor Center are caring for at their homes until a new facility can be built.

Southeast Wild: You know spring is here when ...
For many of us a Southeast spring does not come in silence. Rather, it floats on a clarion note that mystically embodies this entire season. The silvery haunting trill of the Varied Thrush.

Out & About
Upcoming local outdoor events.

Juneau boys, Sitka girls split titles in Sitka Invitational track meet
The Juneau boys and Sitka girls claimed titles in the Sitka Invitational track meet held Friday and Saturday at Sitka's Moller Field.

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 girls stay unbeaten
After cruising to easy wins in their first two games, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer squad faced a much tougher test Saturday from Chugiak.

A perfect weekend
Up a goal at halftime Saturday, in a tense, physical game against Chugiak, Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer coach Gary Lehnhart found a way to keep his players inspired - and lighten the mood.

Phillies use longball to beat Expos
David Bell is healthy, Pat Burrell is hitting like he used to and they're both giving Philadelphia a look at how well the ball carries in its new ballpark.

Crimson Bears softball team goes 2-1 in Sitka
Both Juneau-Douglas High School softball coach Dave Massey and Sitka coach Mike Hagan think this year's Crimson Bears could be one of the best Juneau teams in school history - maybe better than the two state champion squads.

Stardust falls on sleepy Skagway
When the kidarazzi rise in Skagway, you know it's something big. For the better part of the last two weeks, a touch of Hollywood has graced the tip of Lynn Canal as Academy Award-winning stars Robin Williams and Holly Hunter - along with dozens of other actors and crew members - have stayed in Skagway while shooting a movie north of town, across the Canadian border.

Animal-rights issue is not keeping tourists away
Facing a new Alaska program to hunt wolves from airplanes, the animal-rights group Friends of Animals is trying to revive its successful pressure tactic of a decade ago and persuade vacationers to boycott the state this summer. But tourism officials say this time the plea seems to be falling mostly on deaf ears.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Governor: GOP head disappoints
Gov. Frank Murkowski said he was disappointed in the poor judgment of Alaska Republican Party chairman Randy Ruedrich, the target of a state ethics complaint for allegedly mixing political work with his state job.

'The Big White'
According to crew members and various entertainment Web sites - including the Hollywood Reporter - the plot centers on a down-on-his-luck travel agent living in Alaska, played by Robin Williams. Williams' wife, played by Holly Hunter, suffers from Tourette's syndrome, and Williams' character is seeking money to take her to a warmer climate.

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