Friday, May 13, 2005

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.

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.

'Uncle Ted' brings home an expensive bus stop
Oink! Oink! Oink! Can you spell "pig?" Why is it that people complain about other people's greedy unnecessary federal projects and then turn around and brag about how "Uncle Ted" brings home the bacon?

Against Greenpeace and supports mine
Forbes magazine once described Greenpeace as "a skillfully managed business" with full command of "the tools of direct mail and image manipulation ... and tactics that would bring instant condemnation if practiced by a for-profit corporation."

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

Take recent gun incident seriously
I have two questions regarding the young woman who threatened bringing a gun to school to resolve a problem she was experiencing.

Save history, save Merchants Wharf
I, for one, will be sorry to see Merchants Wharf go.

Victims need fair representation, too
If victims of medical malpractice were not involved, I would find American Medical Association Executive Director Jim Jordan's toying with facts and Sen. Ralph Seekins' toying with syntax and logic amusing.

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.

Serve state workers money, not ice cream
I was appalled but not surprised to see that the governor was just given a pay raise of over 50 percent to $125,000 a year by the Legislature.

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.

AroundTown
Around town is a listing of nonprofilt local events

O'Connor: Judicial clashes as old as nation
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor told members of the Alaska Bar Association Thursday night that clashes between the courts and the other two branches of America's government are nearly as old as the nation itself.

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

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.

Obituary
William "Bill" Harley Stalnaker died May 4, 2005, in the Yukon, Canada.

Alaska Digest
After more than 60 passengers were stranded in Ketchikan this week due to mechanical problems on two state ferries, state officials said they hope one of the vessels will return to regular service tonight.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local evnts

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.

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

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.

Fifth grade not too early to think about college
"Where are the students?" Auke Bay Elementary fifth-grader Rikki Trego asked when she sat down in a classroom at the University of Alaska Southeast on Wednesday.

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.

JDHS to get more parking in summer
Juneau-Douglas High School will get more parking spaces this summer and a synthetic-turf playing field next spring, under a new city contract.

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.

Hiker dies from fall on Stroller White
A retired state official widely credited with helping Southeast Alaska cities achieve their transportation goals was found dead Thursday after an apparent fall from a steep slope on Juneau's Mount Stroller White.

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

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

Fire ... kersplat!
Juneau-Douglas High School students, from left, Josh Wehnes, Kathryn Rabung and Ricky Kennedy experiment Thursday with a catapult they built as part of Carol May's advanced algebra II and trigonometry class.

Alaska founding father honored nationally
A friend on the state's highest court called him "Alaska's Benjamin Franklin," but retired Juneau Superior Court Judge Thomas Stewart said he was embarrassed to receive a national award at Thursday night's Alaska State Bar Convention banquet.

Hard-hatted women
Heritage Coffee employees Kally Flynn, Nicci Young and Ashley Doyle don their company hard hats as road work is done outside their Second Street shop in April.

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

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Crowning moment
Pioneers of Alaska King and Queen Regents Bob and Peggy Cartmill pose after being crowned April 10 at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

FYI
News about the people you know.

Dutch Derr taught lessons learned from life, baseball
Let me write something about Juneau's first major league baseball player. His name was Dutch Derr.

Student recognitions
Recognizing educational achievments

Hansen and Epperly to wed
Juneau residents Kara Hansen and Peter Epperly will be married at 2 p.m. May 14, 2005, at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church. A reception will follow at 5 p.m. at the Baranof Hotel.

William Stalnaker
William "Bill" Harley Stalnaker died May 4, 2005, in the Yukon, Canada.

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

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

My turn: Now is the time to stress improved shipping safety
As the cleanup from the freighter Selendang Ayu resumes in the Aleutian Islands, we are once again reminded of the true tragedy of this incident.

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

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.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

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

Ketchikan edges JDHS, 4-3
Zach Mixson's two-run homer in the fifth inning wasn't enough for the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team as host Ketchikan earned a 4-3 win on Thursday.

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.

2005 Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Standings of the Ninth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 3:40 p.m. on Thursday, May 12.

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.

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.

Leaping into regional competition
Juneau-Douglas Levi Benning races away from the competition to win the 110-meter hurdles on April 30 at the Juneau Invitational.

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.

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.

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.

Governor's approval rating near nation's worst
Gov. Frank Murkowski suffers the second-worst approval rating among the nation's governors, according to one of the country's largest pollsters.

NorthwestDigest
Staff reports from around the state/ the Northwest

No movement on retirement bill
A conference committee met Thursday but broke no new ground after two days of behind-the-scene negotiations on a bill to change the state's retirement systems.

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.

New fast ferry to stay in Juneau about 10 days before it's deployed
The new fast ferry Chenega is docked in Juneau this week, undergoing a thorough inspection before the state completes its purchase of the vessel.

Oil survey: Four billion more barrels on N. Slope
A U.S. Geological Survey study of the central North Slope estimates that it has 4 billion barrels of oil and 37.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas yet to be discovered.

Archdiocese sued over alleged sex solicitation
The Anchorage Archdiocese will have 20 days to respond to accusations that it failed to supervise and monitor a priest who allegedly solicited sex from a man in exchange for a job on a church project.

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.

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.

briefly
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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