Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Christians have moral absolutes
I am writing to comment on Dallas Blanchard's May 19 letter regarding abortion. Blanchard states:

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").

Anti-terror rule punishes fishermen
On top of the new harbor fees, boating in Southeast Alaska will be difficult with the proposed security zones around cruise ships.

Just say no to Gov. Murkowski
It should be fairly simple. Just tell the governor no to his jet plane request.

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.

Harbor rate increases too high
Like Mr. Burgoyne (My Turn, May 18), I also feel that harbor users are getting the short end of the stick.

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.

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.

Pebble Mine threatens resources
I am greatly dismayed that the Juneau Empire (May 18) has chosen to publish last week's Peninsula Clarion editorial column regarding Northern Dynasty's Pebble Mine proposal.

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

Photo: Grace under pressure
Ryan Johnson, a Capital City Fire and Rescue volunteer, takes his multitasking test Monday at the Glacier Valley Fire Station.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

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.

Sunny Point residents rue tree clearing
Residents in the Sunny Point neighborhood woke up Monday morning to the roar of chain saws as an Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities crew cut down trees along Sunny Drive.

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

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

Photo: Finding the way
Barbee Daugherty walks Monday in the Merciful Love Labyrinth at the Shrine of St. Therese.

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

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.

Percent for art fosters range of choices
A six-member committee met for more than four hours Monday in the Juneau-Douglas High School library to judge 15 proposals for new public art installations at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Assembly takes on Bartlett impasse
The Juneau Assembly began acting as a quasi-judicial committee in Bartlett Regional Hospital negotiations Monday.

Assembly backs off road resolution
The Juneau Assembly has declined to take a stand on the proposed road from Juneau to Skagway.

Hans Wika
Former Juneau resident Hans Wika, 86, died May 17, 2005, in Eugene, Ore.

Alaska editorial: Support voter initiative to impose tax on natural gas
It's no surprise that this year's Legislature never seriously considered passing a reserves tax on North Slope natural gas.

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.

My Turn: Pseudo-environmentalists put wrong spin on mines
I recently received an e-mail from an Alaskan attending school in Colorado expressing concerns about the proposed Pebble Mine near Iliamna, Alaska.

Big Zach attack
During his high school baseball career, Juneau-Douglas High School senior Zach Mixson has been a part of two state championship teams and earned first-team All-State honors as a junior.

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.

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.

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.

2005 Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Standings of the Ninth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 1:53 p.m. on Monday, May 23.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Squid offering a new fishery on Sitka's docks
Sitka fishermen are using snagging hooks to try their luck on what many longtime harbor users say they've never witnessed before - catching California market squid off the dock.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

After Paris, world's main hub is ... Anchorage?
The city of light is also the city of flight, says a new study listing Paris as the most vital connecting point for international air travel.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Doctors OK language on state abortion Web site
A panel of five doctors has approved the state's official abortion Web site as objective and medically accurate.

House puts an end to battle on retirement bill
The Alaska House of Representatives on Monday night passed a Senate-approved bill creating private retirement accounts for new public employees.

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