Monday, May 3, 2004

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.

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!

Alaska cruise season brings in dollars
SEATTLE - The Alaskan cruise season kicks off next week, sending tens of thousands of passengers on cushy tours of Alaska's wilderness - and millions of dollars in business to West Coast port cities.

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...

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.

Dogs don't protect against bears
"Wow" is all I can say about Tiffany Farrell's letter about dogs. Everyone should know that a dog will not protect you from a mad brown bear sow with cubs, it will actually attract them to you if your dog gets too close to them or their cubs because the sow will attack and chase your dog and in most cases the dog will run right back to its master.

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

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.

Palestinian presentation was appalling, not helpful
On Wednesday, The Juneau World Affairs Council hosted two presentations on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by Mr. Bob Horenst

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.

Nightline's list of dead is outrageous
I think that what Ted Koppel is doing on Friday night's "Nightline" is a shame and a disgrace. The fact that he would exploit and trivialize the American dead in Iraq by reading out all of their names for political reasons is just plain outrageous.

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.

Around Town
Today: Low Impact Exercise, 10 a.m., Juneau Senior Center and Valley Senior Center. Details: 463-6175.

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.

Last stop in Juneau
Retiring Alaska Airlines pilot Capt. James Bridwell opens a joke present in front of airline employees Melody Summers, right, Judy Hickey, center, and former employee Lisa Peters during his last stop in Juneau on Saturday.

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

University ceremony honors 207
With a few words from Regent Elsa Froehlich Demeska on Sunday afternoon, the University of Alaska Southeast graduates at Centennial Hall moved their tassels from right to left, and their degrees were conferred.

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.

Social services panel to look at duplication
The Social Service Advisory Board wants to rein in duplication of services and serve as a clearinghouse for agency issues, board Chair Michelle Casey said.

Parents bring art instruction to the classroom
Fred Hiltner's first-graders at Harborview Elementary were busy painting their clay birdbaths and birds Thursday morning.

Parents, teachers want specialists
A group of parents and educators hopes to fund art specialists in Juneau's grade schools.

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

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.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

Bald Eagles or super seagulls?
Injecting herring with air and tossing them to bald eagles like popcorn to seagulls? Hardly an ennobling image of our national symbol of unfettered freedom. Yet I'm told that's what's been occurring in the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

Keep demanding more for Alaska's schools
C hildren have only one shot at a good education. We, as parents, expect the Legislature to rise to the challenge of fully funding a high quality education for each and every child in Alaska.

Cartoon by Toe
Cartoon by Toe

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.

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.

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.

Out&About
Upcoming events related to the outdoors.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts

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.

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.

May Day Mud Puddle Run and Juneau Freewheelers Tee Harbor Race
Local Agate for May Day Mud Puddle Run and Juneau Freewheelers Tee Harbor Race

Local Sports Briefs
Local sporting events and results.

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.

Sports in Juneau
Calendar of sports events in Juneau.

Sports in Juneau
Sporting events in Juneau

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.

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.

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

Alaska Digest
Headlines from around the state.

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.

Pentagon is investigating Iraq contract with Native corporation
ANCHORAGE - The Pentagon's inspector general is reportedly investigating a multimillion dollar contract awarded to an Alaska Native firm to help rebuild Iraq.

Legislative roundup
Bills voted on last week.

This Day in History
in Alaska: In 1903, the Homestead Act was extended to Alaska by the U.S. Congress.

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.

State senator arrested in Juneau for drunken driving
Lyman Hoffman, a Democractic state senator from Bethel, was arrested for drunken driving at 10:01 p.m. Saturday near Sixth and Gold streets.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

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

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