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Wednesday, May 5, 2004

The issue is freedom, not abortion
I am excited and invigorated about the March for Women's Lives in Washington, D.C.

Gov. not raiding fund
In response to the inflammatory and misleading letter from Erik Lie-Nelsen in Sunday's edition of the Empire, let me assure your readers that the governor and the Legislature are not "raiding" the permanent fund.

Keep legislators out of permanent fund
Talk about honesty and hitting the nail on the head. Mr. Mielke tells it

Blaming the messenger
The Empire is getting a bad rap. I mean, since when is it bad reportage to cover an item of obvious public interest? The numerous complaints about a recent story in the Empire are a classic example of wanting to kill the messenger.

Children being stolen
Something is terribly wrong with our health and social service child care system.

Looking forward to a grueling race
It was great to see your story on the Yukon River Quest. There is nothing quite like paddling the Yukon River 24 hours a day for three days.

Simpson shouldn't blame Empire, Democrats
I was astounded this past week when Paulette Simpson blamed the Juneau Empire, Juneau's Democratic Legislators and the Democratic Party for questioning her poor judgment to get the Voice of the Times to editorialize against then-candidate Bruce Botelho's proposal to build a new capitol building in Juneau.

Lottery could help state
I have been keeping up on what is happening in the state even though I am currently attending classes in Washington, at ITT.

Empire, Democrats pick on wrong person
Isn't it interesting. Our local state house representative and state senator, both Democrats, take time to criticize a citizen who has done more than any other person in Juneau or the rest of the state to fight capital move efforts and position Juneau as a great capital city.

Man's best passenger
Mogur the pit bull keeps any potential hooligans at bay as owner Mike Paquette rides down Glacier Highway on his recumbent bike, taking advantage of the summer-like weather Monday.

Final performance
Twenty students in Lisa Ibias' Suzuki violin class perform during a recital before the student body Monday at Auke Bay Elementary School.

Around Town
Local non-profits events in Juneau

Getting ready
Kristin Cadigan, an employee of the House of Russia gift shop on Franklin Street, spent Tuesday folding several thousand T-shirts.

Avalanche danger soars
With spring warmth in the air, Southeast Alaskans need to take precautions to keep from being buried under snow, according to the director of the Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center.

Tee Harbor troll
Boats troll for spring king salmon Tuesday at Tee Harbor. Anglers participating in the spring king salmon derby have the whole month of May to catch the winning fish.

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

Freedom
The Juneau Raptor Center released a juvenile bald eagle named Bob on Tuesday at the Brotherhood Bridge parking lot. The bird was brought to Juneau for rehabilitation after being found in a ditch in Wrangell.

APOC staff nixes advocacy
The staff of the Alaska Public Offices Commission is recommending that the Juneau School District not be allowed to spend money to influence the upcoming election on the Dimond Park high school.

Around Town
Local non-profit events calendar.

Spreading a passion for jazz
Kansas City jazz diva Lisa Henry & World-renowned jazz musician Bobby Watson

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

In France, the little pleasures make a big difference
Many aspects of French culture and custom delight me but none more than the concept of the "petits plaisirs."

Pets of the week
Phyco handsome, has appeared on TV, Autumn's colors glow

Juneau Digest
staff reports

Garrison, Mulkey to marry
Laurel Garrison and Marc Mulkey of Juneau will be married June 5 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. July 17 at the Juneau Moose Lodge.

Thank you
Thanks to all the helpful folks in Juneau

Photo partners documented history
Many American towns of a few thousand residents have little by way of photographic record. However, Juneau is fortunate that its early years were documented extensively not only by tourists, prospectors, mountaineers and ethnographers passing through - usually during summer months only - but also by resident photographers, both amateur and professional.

Mary Ann Quick
Mary Ann Quick, 81, died May 1, 2004, in Juneau, surrounded by family and friends.

Robert Alan Stevenson
Robert Alan Stevenson, 40, a lifelong Juneau resident known with affection as "Rotten Rob," died May 1, 2004, while on a fishing trip in Berners Bay. He was born December 12, 1963.

SE communities may have to help fund Extension Service position
On April 14 and 15, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service held a State Advisory Council meeting in Juneau.

Empire editorial: Schools' summer plan is risky, but worth it
The Juneau School District is taking what it says is a new approach to summer school this year. It's one that could benefit those who are allowed to enroll and potentially harm those who are excluded.

Alaskans are up to the job of considering POMV proposal
One argument heard against putting forward a November ballot measure authorizing use of Alaska Permanent Fund earnings for public services is perverse: What if Alaskans said no?

Juneau charter school should support itself
I attended the April 26 Assembly meeting and listened to the impassioned pleas for funding from family members of Juneau Community Charter School students.

Sports in Juneau
Sporting events in Juneau

Dean concludes storied college rugby career
The college rugby career of Juneau's Josh Dean was like a fairy tale.

Sports in Juneau
Local sporting events

SPRING KING SALMON DERBY STANDINGS
Here are the standings in the Eighth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 1:44 p.m. on Monday, May 3.

Chappell's 27.8-pound fish holding early lead
George Chappell was the first angler to weigh in a fish in the 2004 Spring King Salmon Derby, and he remained in the lead as of Monday afternoon.

Slumbering bats awaken for Expos
The Montreal Expos are finally starting to hit. Terrmel Sledge hit his first career homer, Endy Chavez had a three-run shot and Montreal broke out of a season-long slump with a 10-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

ASAA makes state bigger
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's high school basketball tournaments - for both large and small schools - will be combined into one week-long event beginning in 2006.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
King Salmon Derby agate

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

Bill paves way for casino
A casino could eventually open in Anchorage under a bill that passed the House on Monday, but first Anchorage voters would have to approve an ordinance allowing gambling there.

Could law open door to gambling in Southeast?
A new proposal passed by the state House of Representatives Monday would allow cities of 150,000 or more to establish legalized casino gambling.

Yakutat's Hubbard Glacier threatens prime tourist draw
YAKUTAT - Hubbard Glacier is surging forward by up to 12 feet a day and threatening to choke a fiord and flood the world-renowned steelhead stream on which this town depends.

Alaska Digest
Alaska digest

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

Labor bd. appointee withdraws after challenge by unions
Gov. Frank Murkowski again has a vacancy to fill on the state labor relations board after a recent appointee withdrew after a legal challenge from Alaska labor unions.

Governor prods lawmakers
Gov. Frank Murkowski implored senators to approve measures changing management and use of the Alaska Permanent Fund in coming days, and warned of economic hardship if they don't.

Murkowski seeks tax break for cruise lines
Sen. Lisa Murkowski wants to give the cruise industry a break from paying taxes on the airline tickets, hotel rooms and shore excursions it sells in the United States.

Alaska Digest
State news in brief

Parties ponder primary ballots as deadline looms
Leaders of the five political parties in Alaska have a June 1 deadline to declare whether their candidates will appear on a closed primary ballot or one shared by several parties.

Aleutian volcano shoots ash and steam
Mount Veniaminof has been restless over the past week, spitting up ash and steam and lightly shaking the ground, said the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

Bill letting naturopaths prescribe drugs passes
Naturopaths could prescribe drugs if they collaborate with a medical doctor under a bill that passed the state Senate on Tuesday. The measure would also let naturopathic doctors perform minor surgery.

Largest U.S. seafood company to purchase NorQuest operations
Trident Seafoods has agreed to purchase NorQuest Seafoods for an undisclosed amount.

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