Thursday, May 12, 2005

News of interest to Juneau residents
At approximately 3:30 p.m., Thursday, May 5, an available parking place was sighted in the vicinity of 150 Third St. in downtown Juneau.

Auke Bay capitol could work here
The "Plan B" being offered by assistant professor of law sciences at University of Alaska Southeast, Mike Boyer, (Juneau Empire, May 5) is compatible with a proposal envisioning expansion of the city of Juneau westward, where the new capitol might be located on one of the two hills overlooking Auke Bay. Thus, it will be accessible from all directions.

Environmentalists' power and wealth is overestimated
I defy Dave Fremming, Ike Cropley, or anyone else who shares their peculiar perspective, to prove that an organization dedicated to preserving the public's right to clean air, water and undeveloped lands has willfully tried to mislead the public for money or power.

Time to get off the popularity band wagon
An out-of-town jewelry retailer is willing to pay nearly a million dollars for a 5,000-square-foot lot downtown.

Question: Is abortion a tragedy or murder?
One of the biggest tragedies of the modern world is the abortion.

Kensington mine hype driven by a few with corporate ties
The May 3 Juneau Empire ran a front page story along with a color picture of felled trees, marking the start of a $810,000 state-funded road extending to Goldbelt Corp.'s proposed Kensington gold mine dock at Cascade Point and Berners Bay.

Protect the right to filibuster in Senate
In 1968, Republicans and southern Democrats filibustered Abe Fortas, Lyndon Johnson's nominee for Supreme Court Chief justice, and some of the people now criticizing the filibuster have used it in the past.

The best part of a heat wave

Living the high Life
"We can't find our rooms now while we're sober."

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Charter school: No racial bias
The Juneau School District will no longer give a preference to racial minorities in filling openings in optional programs such as charter schools.

In your face
Brian Harber takes a bite out of the "Alaskan Pride Challenge Burger" on Wednesday at the Northlander Grill in the Alaskan Hotel and Bar.

Wal-Mart buys vacant Kmart store
Wal-Mart has purchased the vacant retail building that was Juneau's Kmart and has committed to opening a store there, though corporate officers say they aren't sure when.

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

AroundTown
Around town is a listing of nonprofilt local events

City Museum exhibit features ships and wrecks
In winter, when the water is clearer and the cruise ships aren't around, Juneau scuba diver Annette GE Smith likes to explore the bottom of Gastineau Channel around the city's old steamship dock, near the present-day downtown waterfront.

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

New school's site work within budget
The low bid to clear the site of the planned Dimond Park high school is within the city's budget, officials said.

Stopping traffic
Carrie Cruise, a flagger for Secon, waves Wednesday at a passing dump truck as she helps direct traffic along Glacier Highway between Point Stephens Road and Amalga Harbor.

Taking flight
Juneau resident Gail Blundell practices with her parasail Tuesday near the Temsco Helicopters hangar near the airport.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Those candles on the mugho pines are ones you have to pinch
Friday there was a great burst of green pollen from the Sitka spruces; it drifted like a huge cloud up the face of the mountain across from the airport. An hour later it was gone, but while it was here it reminded us all that the whole world is roaring back into life, and that sex is really in the air. It's not just the spruces that feel it.

Special-mom essay winners
The "Why Is Your Mom Special?" essay contest was held in honor of Mother's Day at Nugget Mall.

The ins and outs of scratching
Cats scratch. It's the nature of the beast. When a cat reaches all the way out, sinks in his claws and lets 'er rip, he's doing something essential to being a cat. Fortunately, it need not spell doom for the new Flexsteel sofa.

Murkowski goes to Pelican
Gov. Frank Murkowski attends the grand opening of the Highliner Lodge on Saturday in Pelican.

Sign up for Pioneers' Home
"As soon as you turn 65, you should get on the Pioneers' Home list," advises 41-year-old Mary Larsen. "It is better to have it and not need it than the other way around." Mary is referring to the wait list for Alaska's Pioneers' Homes. Many people go on the Inactive List in order to secure priority on the Active List for when they really need it. Vacancies or openings at the Pioneers' Homes fluctuate and those who wish to go there are prioritized by the date of their original application date.

A miracle of speaking, or of hearing?
This Sunday next, May 15, many Christian churches will celebrate the feast of Pentecost, the Greek name given to the Hebrew Feast of Weeks, so called because it fell on the 50th day after Passover. At this feast the first fruits of the corn harvest were presented (Deut. 16:9) and, in later times, the giving of the Law by Moses was commemorated. According to the book of Acts in the Christian New Testament, as the Holy Ghost descended upon the Apostles on this day (Acts 2:1), the name Pentecost was applied by the early Church to the feast celebrating that event. It ranks, after Easter, as the second most important festival of the Church. Supposedly, the apostles were given for a time the gift of speaking in foreign languages, to evangelize those gathered for the festival of weeks. "When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Utterly amazed, they asked, 'are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? How is it then that each of us hears them in his own native language?'" There follows an impressive list of far-flung nations, indicating a large multitude from across the Middle Eastern world; a number great enough to allow 3,000 converts that day to the apostles' teaching (NIV Acts 2:6-11, 41).

Miller and Snyder to wed
Juneau residents Jessica Miller and Hans Snyder will be married at 2 p.m. July 30, 2005, at St. Paul's Catholic Church.

Celebrating her 80th birthday
The family of Dorothy Burnett invites friends and family to a birthday reception at 2 p.m., May 14, at Douglas Island Baptist Church.

Mikesell and Brooks to wed
Juneau resident Jessica Fern Mikesell and Benjamin Joseph Brooks of North Bend, Ore., will be married June 17, 2005, at the Portland Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

William P. Dunn
Longtime Juneau resident William P. Dunn died Jan. 13, 2005.

James Kitka Jr.
Juneau resident James Kitka Jr., 70, died May 6, 2005, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

My turn: Region already lags in hospital worker pay
I would like to discuss the new contract that is being proposed to Bartlett Regional Hospital employees for 2005.

My turn: Berners Bay should be open for recreation
Berners Bay is no doubt a great place to visit and enjoy. I'm sure the bay is teeming with wildlife.

My turn: Airport needs tax revenue to keep up with travelers' needs
It's probably safe to say that every man, woman and child in the city of Juneau has at one time or another benefited from use of Juneau International Airport's facilities.

My turn: Young people need to understand pitfalls of poor personal finance
I am pleased with the recent news report in the Empire on debt among young people. T

2005 SPRING KING SALMON DERBY STANDINGS
Here are the standings of the Ninth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10.

Suns take two from Ketchikan
The Midnight Sun's fast-pitch middle school softball team won two games and tied a third on a weekend road trip to Ketchikan.

Gastineau Channel Little League Schedules
For the Week of May 11 to May 17

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings of the Ninth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11.

Dominic Holloway strikes out four in complete-game win for the Giants
Dominic Holloway fired a complete-game victory to help the Giants topple the Diamondbacks in junior baseball action.

It's all aces for Juneau golfer Gary Murdoch
Juneau golfer Gary Murdoch connected on his fifth career hole-in-one last Tuesday, sinking the par-3 fifth hole at Mendenhall Golf Course in one shot.

Here's the pitch
Here's the pitch: Gabbie Saldivar delivers to the plate for the Major Softball Orioles in their game against the Marlins on Saturday.

2005 Alaska High School Track bests
Through Saturday, courtesy of the Anchorage Daily News

Meeting a champion
A member of Juneaus Glacier Swim Club talks with 2004 Olympic champion Klete Keller on Saturday at the Mike Smithers Community Pool in Ketchikan.

Alaska Air ramp crews reject offer
A labor standoff at Alaska Airlines could cost the jobs of the company's Seattle baggage handlers, who then could replace less senior unionized workers in Alaska.

Senate approves governor's raise
The Alaska Senate passed a priority bill before the midnight deadline Tuesday giving the administration and the governor a pay raise.

Lawmakers focus on 3 bills
Alaska lawmakers spent much of the last day of the regular legislative session behind closed doors, strategizing on the three bills they'll take into a special session beginning today.

NorthwestDigest
Staff reports from around the state/ the Northwest

Alaska Digest
Parks and Rec's Kiefer tabbed as next deputy city manager

Feds say they'll stay out of gas line competition
Legislators grilled federal regulators Wednesday over how they will handle competing proposals for a North Slope gas pipeline and whether an all-Alaska route would qualify for federal loan guarantees.

Military: Alaska installations exposed
Seven men are charged in the illegal shooting or possession of musk oxen or moose in Southwest Alaska.

Capital budget proposal nearly $2.6 billion
A capital budget bill approved by the Senate earlier this week has now been tallied, adding up to a whopping $2.6 billion in state and federal spending.

University land grants in limbo until next session
The Alaska Legislature's two houses failed to reach a compromise over the Murkowski administration's controversial university land grant bill before they adjourned their regular session.

Mine moves up in national toxic release rankings
Greens Creek Mine has moved up two places to No. 5 in national rankings of the most toxic releases, according to federal regulators.

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

Legislation on hold until 2006
Alaska lawmakers felt less pressure to pass bills this session as they can return in January and pick up unfinished business in this Legislature's second term.

Musk ox poaching draws charges
Seven men are charged in the illegal shooting or possession of musk oxen or moose in Southwest Alaska.

Gov. adds 4 bills to session
Legislators' "to do" list grew four bills longer Wednesday as Gov. Frank Murkowski announced an extra load on the first day of a special session.

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

Military: Alaska installations exposed
ANCHORAGE - Military leaders in Alaska have long touted the state as an ideal location for global operations, but that strategic edge may not cut it in the latest round of planned U.S. base closures, officials said Tuesday.

Legislative one-on-one
House Minority Leader Ethan Berkowitz, D-Anchorage, left, guards Les Gara, D-Anchorage, during a pick-up game Tuesday in the Capitol parking lot.

Museum Day offers tours, history walks and antique engines
As is tradition on Museum Day at the Last Chance Mining Museum, at 1001 Basin Road near the head of Perseverance Trail, volunteers will attempt to start and run a 1905 Gade hit-and-miss engine at noon.

Young Co. presents 'Changes of Heart'
Perseverance Theatre's Young Co. will expand into the world of French comedy this weekend with the Alaska premiere of Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux's "Changes of Heart," originally called "La Double Inconstance" when it premiered in Paris in 1722.

what's happening
entertainment events around town

Juneau storyteller to share Inuit tale
A few years ago, Juneau storyteller Brett Dillingham was invited to work in the Southwest Region School District, the Bristol Bay region on the southern coast of the Bering Sea.

Learning with (and about) sharks
Ten years ago, when his son, Patrick, was learning his ABCs, Ketchikan artist Ray Troll dreamed up the idea for a children's book that combined the alphabet with the five-gilled, cartilaginous dwellers of the deep - sharks.

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news of local arts

Cinema Guide
What's playing on the silver screen

Students jump from 'Reel to Real'
When the 15 Juneau-Douglas High School students in the new play "Reel to Real" started their project in January, most of them weren't familiar with guys like Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, the silent film stars of the early-20th century.

Perseverance announces its '05-'06 lineup
Perseverance Theatre artistic director PJ Paparelli put together the schedule for the theater's 2005-06 season hoping to create a season that discussed issues relevant to community life in an isolated town.

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