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Thursday, May 20, 2004

Doctorow embarks on a new literary adventure
On a leisurely spring afternoon, author E.L. Doctorow sits for an interview in his office at New York University, a professorial figure with his high forehead and soft beard, his wry smile fitting for a man who always seems to be debating how much he's willing to tell.

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.

New school doesn't equal better education
I was dismayed to learn the Assembly was sponsoring a resolution supporting a new high school at Dimond Park.

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

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.

Reasons to oppose new school
I vote yes on Proposition 1 because I believe building a second high school will do no good to our community and us students.

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

School is crowded
We are the parents of two children who were born in Juneau and who have had the good fortune to be educated in the Juneau public school system.

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.

Cover contraception
Our present state of women's health care is intolerable. Over half the United States' population is women, yet the domination of our state and federal government by older, white men allows it.

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

Gas sellers charge what you'll pay
I read with interest the article, "Gas prices take a hefty jump, likely to go higher," in the Juneau Empire.

High school is unwieldy
There comes a time when an institution gets so big that it becomes inflexible to the needs of people, unable to make changes when necessary, and impersonal.

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.

If ballot measure passes, what next?
If voters approve a ballot measure May 25 to block construction of a high school at Dimond Park, the city will have to figure out what to do with $18.15 million in bonds that have been sold but not spent.

School district may seek bonds for maintenance
Voters in the fall city election may be asked to approve up to $28.52 million in bonds to cover deferred major maintenance at Juneau schools.

Bergman seeks to open a bar despite protests
The Bergman Hotel's plans to reopen a bar are on hold after state officials denied a liquor license application because of its proximity to the Juneau Community Charter School.

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.

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

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.

Juneau team to make a different kind of mountain film for the Banff festival
Juneau has more than its share of people who climb mountains, both in Alaska and around the world.

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?

Bird lovers move on after fire
A week and a half after Carlene and Barry Shaw lost some 20 exotic birds when their house caught fire on Mother's Day, they're planning a new start.

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

Correction
Due to an editing error, the article in Wednesday's Empire about food service at Juneau-Douglas High School did not include the full name and title of Principal Deb Morse.

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.

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

New state money spares teacher cuts, covers retirement funds
New state funding for education means the Juneau School District won't lay off teachers next school year for lack of money.

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

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.

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.

Neighbors Digest
Reports from neighbors.

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.

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

Thank you
Messages of thanks from the community.

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.

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

Colleen (Roguska) Colson
Former Juneau resident Colleen Laverne (Roguska) Colson, 77, died April 30, 2004, at her home in Prescott Valley, Ariz.

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

Evelyn E. Pasquan
Longtime Juneau resident Evelyn E. Pasquan, 76, died Jan. 11, 2004, at her home.

Nora M. Nye
Former Juneau resident Nora M. Nye, 90, died March 29, 2004, in Hollister, Calif., surrounded by family.

Building the new high school makes good financial sense
Opponents of the new high school say we can't afford to build and operate another school. I believe we can.

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.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sporting events in Juneau

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.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sporting events in Juneau.

Juneau kickers await state
Juneau senior Greta Thibodeau, left, celebrates a goal by teammate Nicole Lupro, right, during a game against visiting Palmer on April 16.

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

Sitka in town for four games
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team hopes to take a commanding lead in the race for a state tourney berth with its home series against Sitka this weekend.

Boys face West Anchorage in quest for repeat state title
After losing all but four players off its state championship team last year, this was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team.

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.

Persistence pays off for Crimson Bear catcher Dillon
Chris Dillon spent the last two baseball seasons in the background, making his Juneau-Douglas High School teammates better.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gas tops $5 a gallon in some rural villages
So you think your gasoline is expensive? Some rural Alaskans are paying as much as $5 per gallon, with $6 a gallon on the horizon.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from across the state.

Photo: Proof of oil spill
U.S. Coast Guardsman Rick Hasenstab holds a young, oil-covered mew gull Monday, as fellow crewmembers on board the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Storis clean it using mild dish soap and warm water.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports across the state.

Prairie Winds perform 20th century material
Back in 1996, when the Illinois wind quintet Prairie Winds was forming and looking for a name, it didn't have to look much further than Oak Park's historic Unity Temple.

18th Annual Juneau Jazz & Classics Schedule
Calendar of events in the festival.

briefly
Arts events in brief.

Castro returns to Alaska to start festival
It's been years since blues guitarist Tommy Castro has played in Alaska. The last time, he remembered, was a short stint at a blues bar in Anchorage around the time he formed his band in 1991.

movies where & when
Calendar of movies in local theaters.

L'Ecole: Farewell to Capito, Dalman
Juneau dance company L'Ecole de Ballet usually performs "The Nutcracker" every year during Thanksgiving weekend. But this year, the company decided on a spring show to honor two girls who have been with the troupe for more than 10 years.

The Swamp
Cartoon by Toe

what's happening
Upcoming shows and concerts.

JDU heralds spring with Vivaldi
Once Juneau Dance Unlimited artistic director Eckhard Heidrich settled on the music of Antonio Vivaldi for his ballet company's spring show, he had to decide how he wanted to split up the work.

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