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Monday, May 10, 2004

Biography of 'Mama Minnie' shows how love can change lives
A child of the Irish potato famine, Minnie Field began to earn her keep at an early age as a domestic in Belfast.

Business Digest
Business briefs in Juneau

Don't silence minority
This page is a great forum for Juneau citizens to express our views, but I think it's important to know that where politics is concerned, letters to the editor are used as a campaign to get the most people to write against or in favor of a particular issue.

Simpson's e-mails were desperate political move
Now that the Paulette Simpson defense letters have tapered off, here is another perspective.

Abortion exploits women and children
In response to the letters entitled, "Men dominate anti-abortion groups" and, "Keep men out of abortion issues" (April 30th Empire), I would like to say that it is my experience that women comprise the majority of the anti-abortion movement.

Stable state spending crucial to Juneau
The Legislature is closer than ever before in agreeing to take a fiscal plan to Alaska voters.

Some useful advice on high school exit exam
Anchorage Sen. Con Bunde, one of the most knowledgeable legislators on the high school exit exam, has offered some useful advice that I would like to pass on to Juneau parents and students.

The real freedom is life
When it comes to abortion, whose purpose entails consciously and voluntarily terminating, a pregnancy, one must consider what is at stake.

Tax break hypocrisy
Isn't it interesting that Murkowski, our appointed senator, wants to give tax breaks to the cruise industry while they get their "paperwork" in order?

State shouldn't say who can marry
Some people say that gay "marriage" denigrates the institution of marriage (I'm not certain just how) and others say that gay and lesbian couples are entitled to all the benefits that are extended to straight couples.

Question of life is central to the abortion debate
There have been several letters recently supporting of the continued legalization of abortion.

Empire editor wrote misleading headline
A Juneau Empire editor changed the title of my letter of April 29 from "We are freer than that" to "Church-state separation is wrong." Their title totally changed the context of the letter.

Abortion isn't society's business; it's private
I recently attended the March for Women's Lives in Washington, D.C. with 13 of my peers from the University of Montana.

Clean up rifle range
As a frequent user of the Hank Harmon Rifle Range, I am frequently dismayed at the trash that shooters leave behind.

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

How it works
michael penn / juneau empire

Bikers want motorists to watch out for them
It was almost too hot for black leather, but bikers gathered in the sun Saturday at Marine Park to garner support for a new biker-safety organization in Juneau.

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

House gives OK to closed-meetings bill
The closed-door meetings of the Legislature got a deadbolt lock Friday night, as the House of Representatives approved a bill allowing lawmakers to continue meeting in secret.

Fire destroys much of exotic bird collection downtown
A fire that broke out at a downtown Juneau residence Sunday morning killed more than a dozen exotic birds and a pet dog from smoke inhalation.

Students quilt for abused children
When sexually and physically abused children go to the Child Advocacy Center in Juneau for medical exams and interviews, they are looking for comfort and something they can control, says program manager Michelle Monts.

Ursa Major ensemble prepares for China trip
As a teenage violin player in China, Juneau strings instructor Guo Hua Xia had the chance to travel abroad and play in front of a few international audiences. He decided his Ursa Major String Ensemble, a youth string group he founded and directed, should have a similar opportunity.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Longtime Eaglecrest Ski Area manager says goodbye
Eaglecrest Ski Area manager Paul Swanson learned at least one thing growing up on a farm in eastern Washington.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, an article in Wednesday's Empire on Hubbard Glacier misstated the national park it is part of. The glacier is partly in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, an article about the Legislature in Sunday's Empire stated the state Senate rejected a 3 percent income tax.

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

Donna Marie Jordan
Juneau resident Donna Marie Jordan, 45, died April 28, 2004, after a long illness.

Learning the lessons of history
History is a great teacher - if the teacher has receptive students. Some of Alaska's problems are because Alaska history isn't required in Alaska schools. The Legislature or the State Board of Education and local school boards can fix that, if so inclined. They should be inclined with the state's fiscal condition, reminiscent of 20 years ago, threatening support of education.

Open meetings bill not very open
I t's no surprise that lawmakers would prefer to stand only on their records, and not on which political means or arguments they used to achieve them.

What they don't tell you about motherhood
When they show the video to prepare you for childbirth - the one that makes you exclaim in horror, "I have to do THAT?" - they don't begin to explain the pain of being a mother.

Is God on our side anymore?
Two things impressed me about the about the men of the USS Kadashan Bay: their patriotism and belief in God. Last fall I attended, for the first time, a Kadashan Bay reunion in Reno, Nev. This gathering included nearly 200 survivors from a World War II aircraft carrier named after Kadashan Bay, located on the northern part of Chichagof Island near Tenakee Springs. For two days I mingled with these remarkable veterans. The youngest is 77 years fresh and the eldest is 99. The USS Sitkoah Bay and USS Kassan Bay were two other such carriers christened after bays in Southeast Alaska. These vessels were called "Jeep Carriers" because they were much smaller than the regular ones; their purpose was to escort the larger carriers and supply them with aircraft missing in combat. I was amazed at the fact that of the thousand men that were on board the ship, there are about 400 left.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

Hold the birdseed, or face the bears
Mary DeSmet was on the phone when she saw the bear through the kitchen window, headed for the woods.

Out&About
Upcoming local outdoors events

Outdoors Digest
Outdoors stories from the region.

From the other side of the world: Arctic terns return
The Arctic tern, Sterna paradisaea, is one of our most celebrated local migratory birds.

Greely throws a no-no for Juneau
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Matt Greely threw a no-hitter on Friday to get the Crimson Bears started on the right track in their four-game road trip to Sitka.

Bears blast POW
MICHAEL PENN / JUNEAU EMPIRE

Anchorage goalie helps Team USA strike bronze
Anchorage goalie Ty Conklin, who plays for the Edmonton Oilers, came up big as the United States won the bronze medal at the hockey world championships Sunday, beating Slovakia in a penalty shootout on a clinching goal by Erik Westrum.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Eighth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 9:41.m. on Sunday, May 9.

Sports in Juneau
Sports events in Juneau.

SPRING KING SALMON DERBY STANDINGS
Eigth annual spring King Salmon Derby standings

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sports events in Juneau

Crimson Bear soccer teams still unbeaten
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer teams both had plenty of chances to score goals over the weekend, and the two undefeated squads converted enough of them to claim sweeps over Colony on Friday and Bartlett on Saturday.

Juneau boys second, girls third in Kodiak
The Juneau-Douglas High School track and field teams scattered to two locations with varying results this weekend.

Fun day, muddy fun day
Remember playing in the mud as a kid, and the fun way the primordial ooze squished between your toes?

Legends of the spring
Fish worshippers from around the world make a pilgrimage here in spring, following a unique run of prized seagoing trout.

Initiative proposal may be headed to ballot box
A proposed amendment to the Alaska Constitution requiring ballot initiative sponsors to collect signatures from a wider range of voters likely will head to the ballot in November.

Senate kills fund use; special session looms
An attempt to revive a proposal to use Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to pay for state government died in the Senate on Friday.

Senate axes another fix for fiscal gap
It's official. The Alaska Senate has said "no" to everything the Conference of Alaskans recommended to fix the state's cash problems.

House OKs abortion consent bill
A bill requiring doctors to tell women about the risks of abortion and alternatives to the procedure passed the state House on Saturday.

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

Opposing sides negotiating all-inclusive smoking ban
Opposing sides of Juneau's proposed smoking ban are trying to work out a deal, city and bar officials told the Empire.

Not enough for gumbo, too much for ADF&G
Bob Pugh displays a crawfish he found in a drainage ditch last week in Kenai.

Sunshine on her shoulders
Sunny day in Ketchikan

Runway repair shifts AF aircraft
Travelers moving through Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport this month and next should not be surprised if they see an AWACS, the white, nearly windowless military jet with the big radar disc on its roof.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports in Alaska

Alaska Digest
State and local briefs.

Yupik leaders upset with subsistence restrictions
Village leaders in Southwest Alaska are threatening civil disobedience to protest recent federal and state restrictions on subsistence hunting and fishing.

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

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