Thursday, May 25, 2006

Business Digest
Staff reports from the business community

Bush's actions won't spark Muslim violence
Mr. Mallet wrote a letter (April 16) in which he took me to task for my support of President Bush in the war on terror.

Road would solely benefit mines
The current Department of Transportation's rush to extend a road north from Juneau is a poorly disguised corporate subsidy for the Kensington Mine and for other future mines north of Berners Bay.

Fictitious-name stunt baffles reader
How fascinating that Richard Schmitz, the Murkowski administration's spokesman for the Department of Corrections, was found to have violated the Juneau Empire's Letter to the Editor policy, by signing a fictitious name to a recent submission ("It's not all right to bad-mouth neighbors," May 14).

There's nothing funny about accident
After reading "Truck hits pedestrians, building," in Sunday's (May 14) paper, I find your attempt at humor regarding Mr. Osborne's ability to secure auto insurance for himself in the future very inappropriate and distasteful.

Lake issue an example of what's going on
Auke Lake is a good example of what's going on in this town.

Parents deserve an explanation
My wife and I witnessed what could only be described as an outrageous and very dangerous situation.

Threat to move Capitol is childish
I find it appalling that someone would threaten to vote to move the Capitol because of a proposed road ("If it's about access, move the Capitol," May 17).

It's not too late to redeem government
It is morally unacceptable to send U.S. citizens, their allies and innocent Iraqis to their deaths based on lies.

Implement governor's transportation plan
(Editor's note: This letter is in response to a letter by Ken Russo, "If it's about access, move the Capitol," on May 17.)

Caught in the Caucasus
When the Soviet Union collapsed, many ex-bloc countries experienced a cultural awakening. In Kyrgyzstan, the artists fled.

Photo: Double duty
Twin sisters Kari, left, and Suzanne Parr have Juneau drivers seeing double Tuesday as they work as flaggers for Secon Construction near Tee Harbor.

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

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

Building smarts by building CPUs
The Juneau School District wants to help Native students build an interest in science, math and technology by teaching them to build computers this summer.

Photo: Chicks on wheels
Five Steller's jay chicks lie in their nest in an old bicycle frame outside an Auke Bay home.

Tribute to a cancer activist
Friends called him the "Rubberman" for the way he rebounded from his medical setbacks. Others knew him simply as the smiling boy who defied the odds.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Thane residents seek safer road in city's long-term plan
Thane Road is not safe for motorists, runners, hikers or bikers, and the city needs to address the problem in its comprehensive plan, says the president of the Thane Neighborhood Association.

School unveils Cultural Diversity Mural
Auke Bay Elementary School has painted a clearer picture of its cultural diversity.

Seniors have a golden opportunity to volunteer
Having an active retirement is key to the good life. Volunteering is an effective way to stay active while making a difference in our community.

Recognitions
Recognizing outstanding academic achievements

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks, neighbor

Photo: Student-run radio
On May 5, the Juneau-Douglas High School advanced placement French IV and V class completed another year of the bilingual radio program "Ces Soirées-l," which airs on KTOO radio from 6:45 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month.

Krauss' celebrate golden anniversary
Kate and Ernie Krauss, of Juneau, celebrate their golden anniversary May 27.

Mulligans celebrate 50 years
John and Peggy Mulligan will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary May 26 on the Oregon coast with their children, grandchildren, relatives and friends.

Understanding mystical and relational spiritualities
People engage in religious and spiritual practices for a variety of reasons but one common motivation is to better understand the purpose of life and to come to know their own individual place in the grand scheme of creation.

Lyman Woodman
Juneau resident Lyman Arthur Woodman, 96, died May 10, 2006, in Juneau.

Arlie Jeanette Hamar
Juneau resident Arlie Jeanette Hamar, 92, died May 20, 2006, in Juneau.

Minnie Graham Keating
Former Juneau resident Minnie Graham Keating, 89, died May 19, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

My turn: If you want questions, this is for you
The state of Alaska and three for-profit companies have negotiated a contract to construct a natural gas pipeline.

My turn: Public needs to be aware of problems
I was quite disturbed at the picture appearing in the May 14 Juneau Empire, illustrating the terrible aftermath of an apparent drunk driving incident.

My Turn: 'Bong Hits' deserves Supreme Court test
Recently, several people have suggested that the Juneau School District's decision to seek a Supreme Court review of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling in the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case is either disrespectful of students' First Amendment rights or an inappropriate expenditure of district resources.

Alaska editorial: In support of the governor's revenue plan
Six billion dollars is big bucks. Alaska and its communities could build just about whatever we wanted with annual revenue of at least $6 billion.

Phillies receive strong hitting, clutch pitching in win over M's
Lance Ibesate went 2-for-2 with a home run at the plate and was the winning pitcher in an 8-4 win over the Mariners in Gastineau Channel Little League action Saturday.

Crimson Bears achieve perfection
Now the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team has a perfect game to go along with its perfect record.

Crimson Bears open tournament with 9-0 win
Juneau-Douglas High School's Pedro Mojica hit a home run and picked up the pitching win as the Crimson Bears defeated Wrangell 9-0 Wednesday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Bears conclude regular season 19-0
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team celebrated its senior night Wednesday by finishing the regular season undefeated.

Sitka routs JDHS baseball in SE tournament
Sitka stands one win away from a chance at defending its state baseball championship in Fairbanks after beating host Juneau-Douglas 19-9 in six innings on Wednesday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

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

Juneau reaction to proposal is mixed
Conducting hearings on a proposed gas pipeline contract in Anchorage bothers some in Juneau, while others are not too worried.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Prince of ports
Folks in this lonely frontier town like to say their dreams of becoming the Pacific gateway to Asian riches went down in the Atlantic.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Pelican seafood plant set to reopen
Proud Pelican residents are dusting off their seafood plant, shuttered for two years, for what they hope will become a full-throttle summer on the slime line.

30 Thorne Bay residents make citizens arrest of suspects in assault of 55-year-old man
A crowd of about 30 Thorne Bay residents made a citizens arrest of three teenagers suspected of assaulting a 55-year-old man.

House mulls moving some hearings north
House lawmakers are considering holding some committee hearings in Anchorage during the special legislative session.

Photo: A moving wall
Alan Coble, a Vietnam War veteran who served in the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Division in 1967-68, looks through the tens of thousands of names of fallen soldiers on The Moving Wall at Veterans Memorial Park on Tuesday in downtown Fairbanks.

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

Governor releases full gas contract
Gov. Frank Murkowski and executives from the state's three largest oil companies appeared together Wednesday to endorse a contract proposal that now includes placeholder language for a long-term freeze on the companies' oil and gas taxes.

Public asks for more time on gas contract
A handful of Alaska residents weighing in on the state's proposed natural gas contract Tuesday night said the Legislature needs more time to review the deal.

NRA-backed law would expand use of deadly force
A campaign by gun rights advocates to make it easier to use deadly force in self-defense is rapidly winning support across the country, as state after state makes it legal for people who feel their lives are in danger to shoot down an attacker - whether in a car-jacking or just on the street.

Agency considers delisting eastern Steller sea lions
Federal regulators should review the eastern population of Steller sea lions to decide if they can be taken off the endangered species list, suggests a draft plan released Wednesday by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

Smokehouse to RocK Celebration
Juneau bass player Archie Cavanaugh and Angoon guitarist Walter Jack have played together in scores of combinations over the last 25 years, but Smokehouse - their current band - has turned out to be their most consistent incarnation.

Cinema Guide
what's playing at the box office

Topdog/Underdog
"Topdog/Underdog," the new play on Persev-erance Theatre's second stage, chronicles two unfortunately named brothers - Lincoln and Booth - full of resentment for the world and each other.

Beyond Heritage returns
Beyond Heritage, Juneau's fifth annual celebration of contemporary and traditional Alaska Native culture, returns Tuesday, May 31-Saturday, June 3.

'Laramie' challenges its actors
Playing a fictional character is one thing. Portraying an actual person, whom your director has met numerous times, is another dilemma altogether.

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news of local arts

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