Wednesday, May 26, 2004

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

Be safe on roads
Every time I go anywhere, I drive the speed limit. That's what the sign says, right?

Some Democrats like men, too
The Republican bumper sticker statement mentioned in the Anchorage Daily News May 22 issue, "Republican women ... like men!" is cute sexual innuendo.

Where a first lady belongs?
While watching "Our Alaska," the weekly television show paid for by the office of the governor, I was disturbed to see that this week's topic featured an apron-wearing Nancy Murkowski in the kitchen.

Alaskans should back salmon standards
With all of the recent global upheaval in the salmon markets about consumer awareness of healthy and safe seafood, I am surprised to see that latest buyers and promotions of Alaskan salmon are not including the Alaska Quality Seafood standards.

Restore eagles' wildness
On Memorial Day, when we remember the sacrifice made to protect our liberty, we should also remember the symbols of that liberty - the flag and the bald eagle.

Offering moral support, but unable to vote
I just went down to the Mendenhall Mall to vote on the new school but apparently because I am not a U.S. citizen I cannot vote.

Leman wrong on Miller
Lt. Gov. Loren Leman made a huge mistake in coming out publicly in strong support of Mike Miller, for a number of reasons.

Honored to ride with LeConte crew
I am saddened by how the State of Alaska has been responding in the press to the grounding of the M/V LeConte.

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

Bills signed into law
Gov. Frank Murkowski signs two bills into law during an assembly Monday at Auke Bay Elementary School.

A Hoonah welcome
Celebrity Cruises' Mercury arrives Sunday in Hoonah.

Correction
An article about the Dimond Park high school in Sunday's Empire misstated the rate of student participation in after-school activities by students at Juneau-Douglas High School.

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

Proposed bus route changes upsetting to Juneau riders
Robert Muroe is concerned about how the proposed changes in downtown bus routes will affect his life.

ANB leader Jackson dies
Sam Jackson will not only be a loss to the Native community, but to all of Southeast Alaska, those who knew him said Monday.

Former painter, now filmmaker, draws the art from old film prints
When film decays, the damage appears in the form of scratches, blobs, discoloration, holes. To the casual viewer, it's an obstruction. For New York City filmmaker Bill Morrison, a former painter and animator, it's art.

Bus route changes put on hold
The Juneau Assembly stopped plans to change the downtown bus routes after the public raised concerns Monday night.

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

Editor's note
An article in Friday's Empire about the Juneau Community Charter School paraphrased a parent who used the analogy of adopted and biological children to say the charter school should be treated the same as other schools in the Juneau School District.

Touring the tourists' haunts
While many of the 2,001 passengers of the Coral Princess watched the Mendenhall Glacier in awe, a group of 41 fifth-graders of Harborview Elementary School were looking at her lavish casinos and Broadway-style stages in matching amazement.

Voters: Don't build the school
A slim majority of voters on Tuesday told the city not to build a high school at Dimond Park that has been planned since 1999.

Huna Totem seats three board members
Nearly 84 percent of Huna Totem shareholders cast votes in an election last weekend that unseated one board member and re-elected two others.

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

Thank you
Messages of thanks from the community, to the community.

Pet of the week
Looking for a mellow and sweet companion cat?

Keeping an eye on Mother Nature
From left, U.S. Forest Service naturist and interpreter Janice Miller Moss, Naomi Seidel and Robbie Piehl watch carefully as a cinnamon-colored black bear wanders by Sunday near the Mendenhall Glacier.

Helping Hands auction
Rhoda Walker has donated an original-design wall-hanging quilt depicting fruits and vegetables.

Student recognition
Congratulations to our students.

Andrew Abraham Anderson
Former Juneau resident Andrew Abraham Anderson, 78, died May 16, 2004, at his home in Newport, Ore.

Republican slugfest in primaries begins
This editorial appeared in Friday's Anchorage Daily News.

Special session born of necessity
After saying he would and then saying he wouldn't, Gov. Frank Murkowski on Monday said he will call a special session of the Alaska Legislature to focus on pressing issues, such as the state's fiscal gap, increased tobacco taxes, worker's compensation laws and capital projects.

No safety with the Legislature in session
No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session." - Judge Gideon J. Tucker, 1866.

Some progress, but work remains
Now that the Legislature has adjourned, I'd like to share what I believe to be some significant highlights and low points of the 2004 session.

Auke Bay was once like Berners Bay is today
Talking with old friends who recall the Auke Bay of 40 years ago, I get a picture of a place much like Berners Bay today.

Correction
In the linescore for Saturday's late baseball game between Juneau and Sitka, reported in Monday's Empire, the win should have been credited to Crimson Bear relief pitcher Sergio Magallanes.

State scenes
Photo gallery by Charles Bingham.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sport events in Juneau.

Southeast youth hoops team heading to Reno
Juneau basketball players Kyle Wales, Geoffrey Craig and David Wink are among 10 Southeast youths competing in a tournament in Reno, Nev., this weekend.

Two with Alaska ties qualify for Olympics
Two athletes with Alaska ties will compete in this summer's Olympic games, including a Homer native who qualified for the United States' first women's Olympic wrestling team.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Eighth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming local sports events.

State Track Results
Results from the Alaska School Activities Association/First National Bank of Anchorage State Track and Field Championships held Friday and Saturday at Bartlett High School in Anchorage.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Eighth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby

Report: Native corporations generate billions
Alaska Native corporations continue to pack a significant economic punch, according to a new report.

Williams retires
Bill Williams, the Republican co-chairman of the powerful House Finance Committee who was considering a run for the state Senate, will retire instead, he said Tuesday.

Dem convention goes with liberal Kucinich
Close to half of Alaska's elected delegates to the Democratic National Convention will cast their votes for Dennis Kucinich - the only candidate to visit the state and a man with virtually no chance of winning the nomination.

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the Nation; In the World.

Suit targets air-traveler screening
Two Anchorage travel agencies and other Alaska plaintiffs filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking review of an airline passenger screening system they say the government is developing in secret.

State OKs mediation with its largest union
Alaska's largest labor union and the Murkowski administration have agreed to bring in an outside mediator to help hammer out labor contracts for some 8,000 state workers.

Alaska out $61 million in federal highway funds
Alaska stands to lose $61 million in federal highway funds because of changes passed this year in the highway funding formula.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from across the state.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from around the state.

This Day in History
In the nation; In the world.

Governor calls special session
Gov. Frank Murkowski announced Monday he will call a special session of the Legislature this summer to deal with the fiscal gap and other unresolved issues from the regular session.

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