Friday, May 14, 2004

Focus on industry, not government
I have worked on and off in Alaska since 1988 and claimed residency and worked here since 1992.

What would Jesus do?
I saw Jesus walking his dog on the Douglas Bridge.

No good argument
I watched the House discuss HB81 Monday morning and was struck by what I would call the shallowness of the opposition's argument.

Pre-emptive war not new
I'm not sure what David Crosby means by his statement that President Bush should be held "personally accountable" for prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison.

Slow down, dump trucks
I've always considered Fritz Cove Road a quiet neighborhood community.

No shame in righteous war
How can somebody say that true Americans or Christians do not support war?

Change course
Thank you Jonathan Anderson (May 2 Empire), Doug Woodby and Matt Skerbitz (May 11 Empire) for voicing outrage about this terrible war.

A stain on national character
I am sickened, outraged, and horrified by the torture, rape, murder and sexual humiliation of prisoners by American troops and contractors in Iraq.

Don't be misinformed on airline regs
This letter is written with regard to the column in the May 6, 2004 issue of the Juneau Empire on cell phones on airplanes.

Empire prints tripe
Several times in the last six months I've sent correspondence to the Empire in a vain attempt to have my modest efforts published in the "Letters to the Editor" or the "My Turn" column.

Committee hears from public about Spuhn Island
Developers of a proposed Spuhn Island subdivision didn't quiet project opponents Tuesday with assurances that they are responding to parking concerns.

Capitol commission eyes long-term lease with state
Having a long-term lease with the state is the direction the Capitol Planning Commission is headed to finance a new capitol in Juneau, officials said Wednesday.

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

Bartlett offers new service to detect cancer
Thanks to Bartlett Regional Hospital's new breast cancer detection equipment, Julie Millar didn't have to fly to Anchorage for the service.

Dandelion express
Bob Beierly takes his granddaughters, Roselina and Jazzi Wilson, for a ride on his electric scooter Thursday along Glacier Highway.

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

Group urges ships to buy wild salmon
Bob Johnson of Denver took one bite of wild Alaska salmon served Wednesday at Marine Park and quickly offered his first impression to his wife, Joyce.

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

Hong Kong Snapshots
Brian Wallace shares his experiences in Hong Kong.

Crew tries to salvage helicopter
A salvage team was working Thursday in the waters near Skagway to recover a TEMSCO helicopter from beneath 35 feet of water at low tide, according to a Federal Aviation Administration officer.

Businesses propose remodeling park
The Juneau Chamber of Commerce has asked the city to remove the bus stop and add public restrooms to Gunakadiet Park to spiff up downtown's image.

Temsco helicopter battles tides southeast of Skagway
A TEMSCO helicopter remained stuck on a beach Wednesday, waiting for the Federal Aviation Administration's approval to leave after an emergency landing.

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

Fyi
Vital statistics in Juneau.

Mobile glass-blowing studio comes to capital city for Museum Day
In 2001 and 2002, Pilchuck Glass School art director Pike Powers worked with a group of wood carvers in Haines to create a wood and glass totem pole for the northwest Washington state school's 30th anniversary.

Coming up tulips
Enjoying a sunny day for gardening.

Neighbors Digest
Digest of local community events.

Stears celebrate 10 years
Gary and Heidi Stears of Juneau will celebrate their 10-year anniversary on May 21, 2004, with a reception open to family and friends from 6-9 p.m. at Glacier Gardens.

Schmitz and Klei to marry
Jaimee Lorraine Schmitz of Juneau and Ian Martin Klei of Kennewick, Wash., will be married at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 26, 2004, at the Juneau Church of Christ. A reception will follow at 6:30 p.m. in the Treadwell Room at the Baranof Hotel.

Check it out
Organizers of the annual Custom Classic & Antique Auto and Cycle Show presented a check for $6,000, representing some of the proceeds from last year's event, to vocational programs at Juneau-Douglas High School last month.

Appreciating the Capitol's beauty
One of the most beautiful buildings in Alaska is the Alaska State Capitol.

They got Hope
Family case worker Susettna King, left, from Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska and social worker Jeannie Hale from the Office of Children's Services received the Juneau CASA Light of Hope Award in recognition for their efforts on behalf of Alaska's children.

Thank you
Messages of thanks from the community.

Barron and Misa marry
Mary Grace A. Misa and William H. Barron were married Nov. 23, 2003, at Ceasar's Palace in Lake Tahoe, Nev.

Rena Leonard
Former Juneau resident Rena Leonard, 84, died May 11, 2004, in Helena, Mont.

Iraq war has been misguided but stabilization is needed
It's just what we didn't need - a major moral offense to the entire Islamic world.

Note to lawmakers: You're not done yet
Legislators have not been listening to Alaskans, or at least not to the Conference of Alaskans.

The golf of Alaska
My history with golf has only a handful of chapters, but it's getting to be a long and troubled history.

Sports in Juneau
Sport events in Juneau

Region V Track records
Region V track and field records.

Waiting for their moments
Jeff Shin had every reason to give up on the Juneau-Douglas boys soccer program.

Alaska's Top Prep Track and Field Times
2004 Alaska high school track and field season bests.

Going the distance
If past races can predict the future, Juneau-Douglas High School junior Tristan Knutson-Lombardo will grab the lead shortly after the gun goes off for the boys 1,600 meters this weekend.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Standings in the Eighth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Latest results of the Derby

Barr's corner kick
You might not notice Crystal Barr at first in this weekend's Juneau-Ketchikan girls soccer games.

Overbay, Brewers spoil a fine night by Expos' Zach Day
Lyle Overbay has a simple explanation for his major league-leading 18 doubles, which are two shy of the number he hit in 86 games for Arizona last year.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sport events.

Aging octopus finds love at last
It looks like J-1 is in love. After meeting the very fetching and slightly younger Aurora, he changed color and his eight arms became intertwined with hers. Then, the two retreated to a secluded corner to get to know each other better.

Alaska Digest
Wire and staff reports around the state.

Murkowski leaves it up to Legislature
Despite threats to call a special session if legislators failed to pass a fiscal plan, Gov. Frank Murkowski on Wednesday said he's leaving it up to them.

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

Session over
Rep. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, center, gives Reps. Cheryll Heinze, R-Anchorage, left, and Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, right, a goodbye hug Wednesday in the House after the Legislature adjourned for the year.

Vehicles will be pulled off LeConte
Cars could begin coming off the state ferry LeConte today, and a salvage boat is expected to arrive Saturday to work to get the vessel out of Peril Strait.

Native council president responds to recall effort
The president of the Ketchikan Indian Community Council said a recall effort against her is a political power play by a colleague who wanted the seat.

Donated oxygen masks aimed at saving pets' lives
Alaska Interior firefighters have a new piece of rescue equipment to work with - doggie-sized oxygen masks.

Group prepared to sue over right whales
A conservation group said Thursday it is prepared to sue a federal agency for failing to do more to protect a group of very rare North Pacific right whales in the Bering Sea.

Alaska Digest
Digest of Alaska staff and wire reports.

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

Weather helps in LeConte efforts
Calm weather has helped efforts to salvage the state ferry LeConte, the general manager of the Alaska Marine Highway System said late Wednesday.

A telegraph from God: Go now, don't wait
I was out in vegetable garden, counting the slugs that had drown in my slug traps (yogurt container lids full of Pabst Blue Ribbon), when it occurred to me that I hadn't been carded to buy the slug-trap beer.

movies where & when
Local movie times and locations.

what's happening
Upcoming shows.

briefly
Announcements and upcoming events.

Lost down the rabbit hole
Film review by Michael Plett.

La Bete: the medium or the masses?
It's fair to say that every generation's popular culture is skewed and molded through some sort of response to its predecessor.

The Swamp by Toe
Cartoon by local artist Toe

Maynard-Losh, Clark prepare to move on
Perseverance Theatre associate artistic director Anita Maynard-Losh and husband Toby Clark, University of Alaska Southeast student activities organizer, had been vaguely considering a move to the East Coast for the last few years.

Art Vs. Entertainment
In David Hirson's "La Bete," a philosophical debate emerges between the flashy, innovative, street clown Valere (art for the sake of entertainment and profit) and the troupe-leader and artistic purist Elomire (art for the sake of art). Both are set in their ways. The troupe members must decide with whom to side.

Love and God, on Sandy Beach
A prim and proper Victorian Englishwoman arrives in 1850s Alaska with a stack of grammar texts and a rising disillusionment with God.

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