Monday, May 23, 2005

Juneau residents should lock their cars
Today I wasn't a bit surprised to read three out of four vehicle riflings and possessions stolen or destroyed were due to the negligence of the owner to lock their vehicles.

Governor doesn't respect citizens
Gov. Frank Murkowski's verbal swipe at working Alaskans' efforts to dissuade the Legislature from passing flawed bills regarding worker's compensation and public employees' retirement shows his contempt for citizen involvement in the political process.

Harmon did not receive fair trial
My heart is heavy as I write this letter. I am still in shock from the guilty verdict placed upon my son James Harmon for second- degree murder, first-degree sexual assault and second-degree theft in the Tenakee case.

Young girl does need professional help
In response to the May 18 Heather Morris letter to the editor regarding the young girl who made threats to fellow students, I agree.

DOT should think of neighborhood
The Department of Transportation plans to begin May 23, to use chain saws and mechanical brush cutters to clear the vegetation from the edge of Sunny Point's Sunny Drive to, in and up the far bank of the drainage ditch that runs in front of the homes along the drive. This will then be followed by cleaning the ditch with heavy-duty equipment. These trees and bushes provide the homeowners with some protection from the noise and fumes from Egan Drive. Cutting the vegetation will remove this protection.

Boy would have been treated differently
I'm assuming Heather Morris is able to recognize a rhetorical question by her letter to the editor May 18 ("Girl needs more than punishment").

DOT's cutting of trees hurts Sunny Point
On a recent evening driving to the valley, I was struck by the amazing display of sunlight playing off the leaves and foliage along Sunny Drive on the channel side of Egan.

Empire designer wins top honors
Michael Plett, a copy editor and page designer for the Juneau Empire, claimed two awards Saturday when winners were announced in the 2005 Society of Professional Journalists-Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest.

A wash with a good cause
Juneau Jumpers Grayson Carlile, Nicole Lim, Iris Neary and Laura Knapp take part in a fundraising carwash Saturday at the Mendenhall Mall.

Looking for stories that old pictures tell
History isn't some tired subject people are forced to learn in school, a co-founder of the Gastineau Genealogical Society said Saturday.

Synagogue to open in late June
Juneau's first synagogue is taking shape.

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

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

Jazz in Juneau
Sherman Holmes and his brother, Wendell, perform along with drummer Popsy Dixon at the first event Friday of the 19th Annual Juneau Jazz & Classics at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Boy with explosive device arrested
Juneau police arrested a 14-year-old boy who was found in possession of an apparent homemade bomb Friday at Floyd Dryden Middle School, officers reported.

Photo: Canyon contemplates reality
Canyon Constantine, 16 months, contemplates his world as other children cool off Sunday in the kettle ponds in front of the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center.

Photo: Trying to make a splash
Dave Beatley jumps off an iceberg into Mendenhall Lake on Sunday while being videotaped by friends Tom Dayton and Katryn Norvell in a canoe.

Fuel for change
Juneau isn't every biker's paradise. It rains an average of 223 days a year. It snows for a third of the time that it isn't raining.

Frank leads derby with nine days left
Another slow Spring King Salmon Derby weekend concluded Sunday with Wally R. Frank Jr. holding on to the lead for the 20th day in a row.

Charity reports Juneau residents donated $44,500 for tsunami relief
Juneau residents donated about $44,500 to Catholic Relief Services to help victims of the devastating late-December tsunami in India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, the agency said.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Berthele Elisen (Gaffney)
Longtime Juneau resident Berthele Elisen died April 10, 2005, in Sublimity, Ore.

Alfred Edward Stoinich
Former Juneau resident Alfred "Big Al" Edward Stoinich, 82, died April 29, 2005, in Tierra del Mar, Ore.

Austin Harding Brown
Austin Harding Brown, a 68-year resident of Juneau, died May 14, 2005, in Anchorage.

Lucy Bell DeAsis
Longtime Juneau resident Lucy Bell DeAsis died Feb. 25, 2005, at her home in Juneau, surrounded by family.

Enjoying the richness of the Empire Web site
During a discussion May 11 about the Empire's internet Web site, members of our reader advisory board expressed some surprise that the site has undergone as much development as it has in the past several months.

Time to get serious about North Douglas crossing
City leaders resurrected discussion last week of a project that has languished far too long - a bridge to north Douglas.

My Turn: Preserve Berners Bay now
Twenty-eight years ago I observed a line of about 15 roaring sea lions charge after a large school of herring in a small cove in Auke Bay.

Remembering those who served cause for statehood
This year and this month are significant in the history of Alaska.

Wandering Wildlife
Every winter moose invade Gustavus, and every spring they virtually disappear.

Out&About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

2005 SPRING KING SALMON DERBY STANDINGS
Here are the standings of the Ninth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 12:56 p.m. on Friday, May 20.

Juneau Freewheelers 34k Time Trial Results
Short Course Results (9.3 miles):

Juneau defeats POW
Juneau's Derrick Listberger streaks past Prince of Wales third baseman Colt Anderson on Saturday.

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.

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.

Southeast Road Runners Treadwell Ditch Run
May 21

STATE CHAMPIONS
There were just a few sprinkles of rain in Fairbanks on Saturday afternoon, the second day of the 2005 Alaska State High School Track and Field Championships.

Gimme five
Karen Willey, left receives a high-five from Sue Behnert during the Alaska Torch Run at Twin Lakes on Saturday.

JDHS boys soccer team defeats Palmer for third place finish
After a heartbreaking 1-0 semifinal loss to the South Anchorage Wolverines at Anchorage Football Stadium on Friday, the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears boys soccer team defeated the Palmer Moose 3-0 on Saturday to secure third place in the Alaska School Activities Association State Soccer Championship.

Alaska State Track and Field Championships
Results from the championships in Fairbanks

2005 Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Standings of the Ninth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 12:56 p.m. on Friday, May 20.

Juneau-Douglas sweeps POW
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team did their part this weekend by taking four games from Prince of Wales.

Mauseth pitches five strong innings as Midnight Suns tie Ketchikan, 6-6, on Friday
The Juneau Midnight Suns 12-and-under softball team battled the Schoenbar Knights from Ketchikan to a 6-6 tie on Friday.

JDHS softball sweeps Kings in season finale
The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears shutout the Ketchikan High School Kings in the final three games of the regular season this weekend

Klukwan herbicide permit put on hold
A top state regulator has pulled Klukwan Inc.'s controversial permit to spray herbicides over Long Island in southern Southeast Alaska this summer, pending review by an administrative judge.

State orders Ponzi scammers - foreign and domestic - to stop marketing to Alaskans
State banking officials issued a cease and desist order Friday to a private investment club after finding that its get-rich-quick scheme is illegal.

Difficult special session goes on
An Alaska legislative session that began with the possibility of easy budget decisions has dragged on in testy showdowns, with lingering disagreement on funding state government.

Union seeks help with health-insurance disputes
The president of the Alaska State Employees Association wants more transparent bookkeeping on the ways his union health trust spends its money.

House takes no action on Tongass
The U.S. House of Representatives took no action on an amendment that would have stripped funding for logging roads in the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Impasse could last until the bitter end, some say
Rep. David Guttenberg's cell phone rang as soon as his food arrived at a downtown Juneau restaurant last week, calling him away from his family and back to a Capitol floor session.

House OKs workers' comp revamp
The Alaska Legislature inched closer to ending its special session Sunday with the House's approval of a controversial bill that changes workers' compensation regulations.

Utility funded for wind project
The Denali Commission has awarded Chugach Electric Association an additional $471,000 for its Fire Island wind project.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

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