Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Do not leave kids or pets in cars
I have noticed in the past few days children and pets being left alone in cars.

Leave Pocket Park bus stop intact
Assembly: Leave the bus stop at Pocket Park, but do add a police substation.

Keep the trusty Taku plying Lynn Canal
It is too bad that after all these years the ferry LeConte managed to hit a rock, but I do hope this will be a wakeup call to the ferry system planners.

Keep wildlife as preserve's priority
A recent letter to the Empire unfairly attacked Gov. Hammond's editorial supporting protecting salmon habitat and banning eagle baiting in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve near Haines.

Please don't pass up school funds
Juneau voters should pay close attention to the May 25 municipal election if they are concerned about a lack of capital project funds for Juneau in this year's budget.

Where's Sen. Lisa Murkowski's loyalty?
I appreciate Senate candidate Tony Knowles' position with the cruise ship industry.

President responsible when war goes awry
In response to Michael Heiman ("No shame in righteous war," May 14), my view is that those who "spit on troops" are not the peacemakers but the warmongers.

Umbert cartoon no joke
Your characterization of the Alaskans For Life cartoon "Umbert the Unborn" as "laughing about abortion" strikes me as somewhat of a cheap shot.

State ferries have a proven record
This letter is in response to Paul M. Hoffman, who paints a picture that ferries may be dangerous.

Thanks for playing
I would like to thank you for the letter wrote regarding the ignorant bumper sticker.

Show that we care for high school students
I have a dream that encompasses all the babies, children and teenagers who live and are educated in Juneau.

Don't change preserve regulations
If you have been to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve in Haines, you may feel the same frustration I do at the controversy going on there right now.

AMHS needs to keep Angoon in mind
As a resident of Angoon, I would like to say that I hope our little community is at the top of their priorities also.

Longtime resident leading annual spring derby with a 33.7-pound king salmon
With 14 days left of competition in the 8th Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, Robert Reid is leading the pack of anxious anglers with a 33.7-pound chinook he caught May 10 near Funter Bay.

City's bars may go smoke-free in early 2008
Juneau will become the largest city in Alaska to ban smoking in all businesses if the Assembly sticks to a unanimous vote taken Monday night.

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

Officials on the lookout for whale tangled in line, buoys
Officials are on the lookout for a humpback whale that was spotted Saturday entangled in line attached to buoys.

Mine honored for accident-free year
Miners at the Greens Creek Mine work 11-hour shifts in a dark, noisy environment. They operate heavy machinery under loose rock that is regularly made looser by blasting.

Assembly OKs resolution for building school
The Juneau Assembly endorsed a second high school Monday night, despite opposition saying the resolution could unfairly influence the special election next week.

Churches join to provide better aid
Small churches in Juneau often are approached for financial assistance by the homeless or the "working poor" - those who are a paycheck or a minor emergency away from becoming homeless.

Future student count key to school debate
For all the claims and counterclaims about the citizens' initiative on the May 25 ballot, for all the bewildering details and contrary statistics, it really comes down to this for each voter: Do we need a second high school?

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

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

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

Plot to bomb school reported
Police are investigating reports alleging a 15-year-old student discussed damaging Juneau-Douglas High School with a homemade bomb.

Photo: Dock's first ship
The cruise ship Oosterdam, left, is berthed Monday at the new AJ Juneau Dock, becoming the first ship to tie up at the 380-by-60-foot floating dock.

Sunbathing exchange student wakes up to bear licking his chest
When foreign exchange student Max Bergman headed from Sweden to spend his last year of high school in Juneau, he never expected to be kissed by a bear.

Carrots in big tussle against corn dogs for student loyalty
You can bring a teenager to carrot sticks but you can't make him eat.

Mining at Thane set records - briefly
By the early 1900s, the multi-million-dollar Juneau Gold Belt was a string of Christmas lights, a narrow 100-mile-long area stretching from Windham Bay in the south to Berners Bay in the north.

Hubbard, Oliphant marry
Shirley Hubbard and Alexander Oliphant IV of Juneau were married April 10, 2004.

Photo: Sometimes it's OK to look down on tourists
This view of a cruise ship berthed at the Princess dock last week is from the upper terminal of the Mount Roberts tramway.

Memories of the dearly departed promote healing
Our spring bereavement group at Hospice and Home Care of Juneau met for the last time on April 5th.

Neighbors Digest
Reports from neighbors.

Thank you
Messages of thanks from the community.

Putting together a list of items 'to be missed'
I am sitting in the La Civette Bar in Angers enjoying a last cup of café creme fully aware of how much I will miss these moments.

Sherwood Walker
Juneau resident Sherwood "Woody" DeWitt Walker, 55, died May 16, 2004, at his home following a 5-year battle against lung cancer.

Kelly James
Kelly James, 96, died May 17, 2004, at his home in Kake.

Patricia N. Stevens
Juneau resident Patricia N. Stevens, 55, died March 21, 2004, at her home in Juneau.

Ellsworth Angus McCulloch
Juneau resident Ellsworth Angus McCulloch, 91, died May 15, 2004, at Wildflower Court.

Alaskans are smart enough to fix the state's budget woes
For the past few months, a group of varied individuals from across Alaska has been meeting in Juneau to discuss the fiscal issues facing our state.

Lawmakers should not prolong the inevitable
Some members of the Alaska Legislature actually grasp the notion that a special legislative session is needed this summer to solve the state's budget gap of some $65 million to $80 million, money needed to supplement the $2.3 billion budget passed at the end of the legislative session.

Save the state ferry Taku and bring back the Aurora
It seems like when we first heard of a fast ferry, that one was to be based near Angoon so it could run to Sitka twice a day and connect with larger ferries as they passed by.

Voters should reject initiative change
It's a good thing the Alaska Legislature can't amend the state constitution without the consent of Alaska voters.

Denali park fee unreasonable
Ten bucks just to apply for a chance to drive the Denali park road in September?

Carrillo claims a pair of state wrestling titles
Juneau Tornados Wrestling Club member Gerry Carrillo claimed a pair of state titles at the Alaska State Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships held April 30 and May 1 at the Harry McDonald Sports Center in Eagle River.

Larson perfect in Juneau sweep
Ashley Larson threw the first seven-inning perfect game in Juneau-Douglas High School softball team history on Monday as the Crimson Bears swept two games from the Ketchikan Kings at Ketchikan's Norman Walker Field.

Region V Track records
The Region V track and field records.

Juneau softball team ends road trip with a rout
Madison Massey pitched a five-inning, four-hit shutout and Juneau-Douglas batters slapped five doubles as the Crimson Bears routed the host Ketchikan Kings 10-0 on Tuesday.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Standings in the Eighth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 10:09 a.m. on Monday, May 17.

Bryant to play Div. 1 hoops
Even before he set foot on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, last week, Metlakatla basketball star Chris Bryant knew there was something special about the school.

Les Vagabonds
The Montreal Expos have heard these promises before.

ROPEs project brings stars to town
All Carly Lehnhart wanted to do was invite an international soccer star to town for a Juneau Soccer Club camp.

Sports in Juneau
NEW CALENDAR ITEMS

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sporting events in Juneau

Ferry floats free at last
james poulson / daily sitka sentinel

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports across the state.

Leman gives his support to Miller
Lt. Gov. Loren Leman announced Tuesday that he's supporting the candidacy of Mike Miller for U.S. Senate, and in doing so he refused a request by a member of Gov. Frank Murkowski's staff to endorse his daughter in the August primary.

GOP leader Ruedrich may settle with state
Alaska Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich is seeking to settle a case in which the state found probable cause that he violated the state Ethics Act.

This Day in History
In Alaska

Report: Probe points to ferry's top officers
The LeConte's chief mate didn't look to see where he was taking the ferry when he ran it on the wrong side of a navigational marker and onto Cozian Reef last week, the Coast Guard has determined.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire rpeorts across the state

Crawfish mystery is traced back to Anchorage girl
A crawfish discovered in a Kenai swamp by a Kenai resident walking his dog was released by an Anchorage girl who wanted to save several crustaceans from a pot of gumbo.

Pact reached with Catamaran to service Angoon, Tenakee, Pelican
The Alaska Marine Highway System will begin making stops Thursday in Southeast ports that have been inaccessible by ferry since the LeConte's May 10 grounding.

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