Thursday, May 26, 2005

Alaska should try to set example
A serious aspect within our society today is sex crimes and the way the law does or does not meet the needs of the people they are sworn to protect.

Leman wrong about parental consent
By offering platitudes such as, "Our children had to have authorization from me to get an aspirin from their school nurse" Lt. Gov. Leman ignores several important aspects of the parental consent debate (My Turn: "Parents trumped in abortion decision," May 16).

A lousy future for Berners Bay
I don't believe for a minute that the Kensington Mine will not have severe effects on the productivity of the Berners Bay watershed, as implied by Chris Dewitt's My Turn on May 24.

Save Juneau from Wal-Mart's ills
With the cost of living in Juneau extremely high, one can pinpoint the reason Wal-Mart might seem like a great addition to the consumer market here.

Some thoughts about our civic health
Increasingly obvious techniques used by modern political strategists are intentionally telling half-truths (which is still bearing false witness), and bullying lawmakers and public servants.

Thanks for the water balloon, lummoxes
To the lummoxes who thought it was cool to throw water balloons at bike riders from a moving vehicle on Sunday, your description and that of your vehicle have been reported to the police.

Protect Bristol Bay salmon from mine
Last Wednesday the Juneau Empire ran a guest editorial (Kenai Peninsula Clarion) in support of the proposed Pebble Mine.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: But can Maya dunk?
Hannah Wilson, 13, plays keep-away with her dog, Maya, on Tuesday at the Capital School playground.

Photo: Atomic totem
A hawthorn tree in full bloom frames the "Harnessing the Atom" totem Tuesday in front of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

High point of the cruise, piano; low point, busted
It's formal night and I don't have a tux, so I can't eat in the dining room. Instead, I'm trying to indulge myself by barging my underdressed-self in and playing the grand piano at center stage.

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

Planners endorse purchase of DeHarts
Buying DeHarts Marina and making it work for the city is a great idea, planning commissioners said Tuesday night.

Jazz in the city
Canadian violinist Gwen Thompson performs with piano accompaniment by Steve Heyman during a free brown-bag concert Tuesday at the State Office Building.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Tower goes up in wetlands
A 100-foot tower going up at the Egan Drive pullout in the Mendenhall Wetlands will be the most prominent link in a network to alert pilots of Juneau's wind shear.

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

Finance Committee to revisit hospital contract
The Juneau Assembly Finance Committee will wait until it decides on the Bartlett Regional Hospital contract impasse before approving the hospital's budget.

Photo: Downtown obstacle course
Brett Dillingham does some off-road biking Wednesday on Seward Street.

A dry season
Juneau resident Mich-ele Kirk dug her heels into the beach at False Outer Point on Wednesday, determined to catch a king salmon if it took all evening.

Memorial Day, a wonderful time to plant
Most of the years we have been in Juneau, the spring has been coming to life as the kids exited school.

Doing is a big part of the equation
In the Jordan River Valley, in the kingdom that was known in Biblical times as Judah, lies a large body of water about 50 miles long and of varying width - up to as much as 10 miles in one spot.

Hurtt and Dolloff marry
Former Juneau residents Jasmine Hurtt and Dave Dolloff were married April 9, 2005, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

Evening departure
Holland America Line's Vollendam departs Juneau on a recent evening. By end of season, the 780-foot ship will have arrived at and left Juneau's harbor 20 times.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Davis and Webster wed
Juneau residents Jerri Lynn Davis and Scott Raymond Webster were married May, 14, 2005, in Juneau.

Verna Marie Hansen
Longtime Juneau resident Verna Marie Hansen, 96, died May 19, 2005, at Wildflower Court in Juneau.

Daniel Holden Buckner
Former Juneau resident Daniel Holden Buckner, 53, died May 10, 2005, in Tucson, Ariz.

Bette Marie Pearl-Gould
Longtime Juneau resident Bette Marie Pearl-Gould died May 21, 2005, at her Juneau home.

William H. "Bill" Stalnaker
Longtime Juneau resident William "Bill" Harley Stalnaker, 80, died May 4, 2005, in the Yukon.

Charles Robert Hirsch
Juneau resident Charles Robert Hirsch, 21, died May 24, 2005, in Juneau.

Sally K. Hathaway
Former Juneau resident Sally Kathleen Hathaway, 71, died May 21, 2005, at her home in Seattle with her children at her side.

Tweaks to retirement plan underscore flawed process
It seems hard to believe that something as arcane as public retirement could bring the entire budget process to a halt and drag the Alaska Legislature through the longest special session since 1996.

My turn: Facts get lost in the forest debate
The Tongass National Forest has received plenty of media attention lately about issues such as the economics of timber harvesting and road building.

My turn: Intolerance is at root of world's problems
Several years ago, I was in Cordoba (Cordova), Spain. I knew that it had been an old city under the control of the Muslim population at that time.

Alaska editorial: Was Alaska asleep at the switch concerning military base closings?
All along, as the days passed toward the time when Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was to announce his recommendations for military base closures and realignments, we had an uneasy feeling that the state government and the cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks were taking things all too casually.

Photo: Look of determination
Carissa Anderson of the Farm Softball League Giants connects on a base hit during action on Saturday.

Gastineau Channel Little League Schedules
Standings from the Week of May 25 to May 31

Hershey's Track and Field
May 15 at Adair Kennedy

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.

Jaeger delivers the key hit as Royals slip past Angels, 4-2
Kohl Jaeger's three-run double, scoring Kevin O'Neal-Smith, Jonathon Hamey and Tasher Brice, lifted the Royals past Angels, 4-2, in minor baseball league action last week.

2005 Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Standings of the Ninth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 12:27 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25.

Juneau-Douglas grad and NBA star Carlos Boozer coming back to town
Juneau-Douglas High School graduate and NBA standout Carlos Boozer is coming home.

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.

Gastineau Channel Little League Standings
...as of May 23

2005 Spring Kings Salmon Derby Standings
Standings of the Ninth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 10:38 p.m. on Monday, May 23.

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

End is near for session
The Alaska House adjourned late Tuesday night after it approved the state projects budget, while the Senate prepared to wrap up the special legislative session today.

Indigenousleaders seek assistance with climate
Indigenous leaders from the Arctic regions of Canada, Russia, the United States, Finland and Scandinavia called on the European Union on Tuesday to do more to fight global warming and to consider giving aid to their people.

Lawmakers scram as session ends
After two weeks of deadlock and closed-door meetings, the Alaska Legislature's special session concluded Wednesday.

Lack of funds stalls power-share project
Skyrocketing costs and a lack of funds has stalled a power-sharing project to connect hydroelectric projects in Ketchikan and Wrangell.

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

Senate considers Indian apology
Legislation that would offer a formal apology to American Indians for centuries of government mistreatment and neglect received a warm reception at a Senate committee hearing Wednesday.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Committee approves bonds for virology lab and schools
A conference committee of House and Senate members approved a bill Tuesday authorizing more than $200 million in bonds for school construction and maintenance projects and to build a virology lab in Fairbanks.

State urges judge to uphold Greenpeace pollution convictions
The state is urging a judge to uphold convictions in which the activist environmental group Greenpeace was found guilty of violating Alaska oil pollution prevention laws.

EPA critical of Skagway road study
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has filed objections to the state's Juneau Access Project environmental impact study, citing potential harm from its proposed road connecting Juneau to Skagway.

Hiker injured by grizzly bear in Denali National Park
A hiker was injured by a grizzly bear that charged through heavy brush and grabbed the woman by her right ankle, dragging her off a large rock before her husband scared it off.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Keeping the funk alive
In New Orleans, Mardis Gras is more than just a series of festive parades early in the year.

Cinema Guide
what's on the silver screen

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

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news of local arts

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