Sunday, May 2, 2004

In the Stacks: Great satire and a Japanese mystery are among the library's new fiction
Lots of new fiction is on the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries!

New book preserves diaries, reminiscences of 'Forgotten Front'
The soldiers of the 297th Infantry Battalion (Separate) comprised a singular unit which served on the Alaska mainland, at Carcross in the Yukon Territory, and in the Aleutians and Pribilof Islands in defense of Alaska during the Pacific Campaign. Gov. Gruening began to organize an Alaskan National Guard in 1940, but many of the men inducted were not of draft age or in deferred categories. As war became more of a certainty, these men became part of the 297th, assigned to active military service in September 1941.

Shame on Empire for implicating Simpson
I have appreciated the opportunity to keep abreast of our community and its news and events by reading the Juneau Empire online while living here in Egypt during this school year.

Dog owners should respect others
I read the "It's Alaska: Make room for dogs" letter in Wednesday's paper. This attitude is exactly what the problem is with the 5 percent of dogs and owners on trails.

Attack on permanent fund favors powerful
Taking money from the permanent fund for state government is an ugly and unjust tax on the poor and politically weak.

Simpson and manure
I have just one thing to say to Paulette Simpson and some other local Republicans...

Wishing good luck to Juneau Jumpers
I would like to extend my congratulations to Juneau Jumpers...

War is ugly
We have just been exposed to pictures of American soldiers abusing Iraqis and we are shocked. How could Americans do this? We are not bad people. How could anyone behave with such malice and disregard for humanity?

Alaska could use Simpson clones
I have had the pleasure of working with Paulette Simpson for several years.I have always found her to be a responsible representative of your city. She supports Juneau, as well as all of Southeast Alaska, in a professional, positive manner. I was shocked to see how her hometown newspaper could attack her over what was a relatively trivial matter. It truly does make your newspaper look a bit silly to some of us outside your area.

Anchorage is wonderfully smoke-free
I don't know the guidelines of the Anchorage smoking ordinance, but I just had a wonderful smoke-free four days there.

Abortion foes argue wrong points
I think there are some common misconceptions regarding both the March for Women's Lives/March for Choice in D.C. last weekend and the abortion issue in general...

Residents: What future for Pelican?
The 100-some residents of Pelican say "hi" to strangers. Walk down the town's half-mile long boardwalk, and, if anybody's out, he or she likely will engage you in conversation.

For summer school, less could be more
The Juneau School District will offer summer classes to many fewer elementary students than last year.

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

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Photo: Cruising the new Amalga
City Assembly Member Marc Wheeler paddles out from the newly revamped Amalga Harbor Boat Launch Ramp on Friday night after a ribbon cutting ceremony opening the facility.

Photo: Naming ceremony
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium employees and members of its canoeing team surround their canoe to listen to elders Frank White, right, and Ray Wilson announce the name of the canoe during a naming ceremony on Saturday at Sandy Beach.

Juneau couple loses second offspring to heart problem
Losing a child is never easy, Ray Bradley Sr. said after finding his namesake son had died Wednesday.

Vernice Eleanora Kirchhofer
Longtime Juneau resident Vernice Eleanora Kirchhofer, 81, died April 18, 2004, in Juneau.

Empire seeks columnists with diverse SE voices
Consider this an invitation to those with an interesting perspective. The Empire is recruiting columnists who are will provoke readers to think, shed light on some aspect of Southeast life or maybe even get them to crack a smile now and then.

Smoking exemption doesn't add up
Work is a necessary activity for most of us from 16 to 65, so communities adopt many codes and policies to ensure that workplaces are as safe as possible.

Thumbs up thumbs down
Thumbs up to Native carver Stan Marsden for his insight and leadership with a community program in the Southeast village of Pelican, located about 100 miles west of Juneau.

Cartoon by Toe
Cartoon by Toe

Sandpipers appear along the Dike Trail
Spring is here, and one way to celebrate the returning season is to watch sandpipers along the Airport Dike Trail.

World-class trainer to help Juneau bikers get in shape
Pedal, pedal, pedal. For seven hours: pedal. This is what John McConnochie has planned for June 19, the day of the Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay. For most, the 148-mile course is divided into eight legs. The fit and intrepid divide it into four legs. McConnochie and Juneau biker Scott Fischer have split the course in two for the past few years. But this year, McConnochie and a few others will go it alone.

Out&About
Upcoming events related to the outdoors.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts

Bear boys salvage draw vs. Mustangs
Trailing Chugiak by two goals well into the second half Friday, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team appeared headed for its first loss of season.

Juneau takes three of four from Kayhi
It was time for a little extra work after the two-time defending state champion Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team lost the second game of Friday's doubleheader with Ketchikan.

Making their mark
Juneau-Douglas High School junior Heather Bennett fell to her knees after she edged freshman teammate Evelyn Fisher in the girls 400-meter final Saturday at the Juneau Invitational track and field meet at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Sports in Juneau
Calendar of sports events in Juneau.

Murkowski turns up heat for bill on permanent fund
A special session could be called if lawmakers don't agree to let Alaska voters decide whether to finally tap the Alaska Permanent Fund for state government.

Legislative roundup
Bills voted on last week.

Photo: Promotion ceremony
Gov. Frank Murkowski shakes hands with Maj. Gen. Craig Campbell during a promotion ceremony Friday at the State Office Building.

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation; In the world.

Senate approves graduated driver's license measure
Alaska is taking a step in the right direction by phasing in teenage driver's licenses, a Juneau lawmaker says. The Senate passed House Bill 213 on Saturday afternoon in a 17-2 vote. It now goes to Gov. Frank Murkowski for his signature.

Alaska Digest
Headlines from around the state.

Panel members at odds over hate-crime bill
A delay by a state Senate committee on action on a hate crimes bill has some senators crying foul as the close of the legislative session puts the measure in jeopardy.

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