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Friday, May 28, 2004

Vasectomies, not circumcisions
On Monday, May 24, 2004, I submitted a letter to the editor titled "Equal Laws for Men." In this letter, I made a mistake in my choice of words. I

No flip-flop by governor
Your editorial comment in the Wednesday, May 26, 2004 Empire should help set the stage for the upcoming special session.

War based on lies
We now know enough to say that the subject of the Iraq war should be the sole deciding factor in the November presidential election.

Heiman is a veteran
This is in response to the reader whose letter stated that "I would like to confirm to the community that the Empire does print exactly what you write."

HB 527 would've helped Native shareholders
Well folks, looks like we struck out at home base for a second time.

GOP chair's support not surprising
The fact that the GOP central committee continues to support party chairman Randy Ruedrich is entirely fitting.

Castrate me, Doc
In her letter to the editor (24 May, 2004), Myrna Gardner wrote, "... if a man impregnates over three women and isn't married to her and doesn't pay child support, he should be circumcised."

Liberals right this time
Jim Tester, wrote Alaska Daily News May 27, 2004: "Alaska Democrats are asking for higher taxes on oil produced in the state because the oil companies are making record profits.

Give Iraq back to Iraqis
Recently, a person sent you a letter calling our war in Iraq a "righteous war."

More than individuals
If I may, I'd like to offer perhaps a bit broader, if not a more lasting, perspective on Brandon Loomis' version of the reality of and reasons for church in our midst.

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

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

Bail stands for accused in Wigen case
The man charged with killing Margaret "Maggie" Wigen last year would have had barely enough time in court Wednesday to remove his handcuffs - if he hadn't been ordered to stay shackled.

School pulls the plug on Christian concert
Students in a Christian club at Juneau-Douglas High School are upset that the school administration abruptly shut down a lunchtime concert Wednesday.

Surfing Yakutat
Of all the times I've dreamt of it over the years, I never imagined that my first time surfing I would be more concerned about being attacked by a bear than by a shark.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum's latest exhibit, "Eight Stars of Gold: The Story of Alaska's Flag," was omitted from the Page 2 calendar in This Week.

Douglas Bridge to keep bike lanes - for now
A last-minute change in federal highway funding will delay a controversial plan to remove bicycle lanes from the Douglas Bridge to make room for a reversible center lane.

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

Now what? Voters' message remains unclear
Tim Spengler, who voted for the Dimond Park high school Tuesday, said he didn't know many people who were dogmatically for or against the school.

FYI
Vital statistics in Juneau.

Viola virtuoso
Mary Ruth Ray plays viola during a free concert Wednesday at the State Office Building.

Juneau ranked high for good quality of life
Juneau is ranked No. 11 among 3,141 counties and cities in the United States for having a high quality of life, according to a recent study.

Ski area requests $100,000 more from the city
Eaglecrest Ski Area business manager Gary Mendivil said the recreational site in Douglas has been losing money since its inception 26 years ago because people have a misconception that skiing is not affordable to ordinary people.

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

Change in command
United States Coast Guard Rear Admiral James Underwood, left, and Rear Admiral James Olson "troop the line" during Wednesday's change of command ceremony at Centennial Hall.

Teachers, district headed to arbitration after mediation
The Juneau School District and its teachers will move on to arbitration after an all-day mediation session Wednesday failed to produce a contract.

World War II veterans reunite
Some things are worth fighting for.

District would tackle dropouts with city funds
The Juneau School District would hire three more secondary counselors and two more teachers if the Juneau Assembly gives the schools more money for next school year, Juneau School Board members said Thursday.

Master carver dies at 83
Tlingit master carver and fisherman Amos Wallace was remembered by family and friends Thursday as a gentle and generous father, a devout Orthodox Christian, an inventive artist and idea man and a champion of Native rights through his work with the Alaska Native Brotherhood.

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

Neighbors Digest
Reports from Juneau neighbors.

Marks and Flores to wed
Serena A. Flores of Juneau and Mervin C. Marks Jr. of Juneau will be married at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2004, at Northern Light United Church in Juneau.

Bixby and Ferguson marry
Jiilian Marie Ferguson of Juneau and David Lowell Bixby of Ukiah, Calif., were married April 24, 2004, at Pearson's Pond in Juneau. A reception followed at the Macauley Salmon Hatchery.

Student recognitions
Recognition for academic achievement.

Dunne and James to marry
Kolene Elizabeth Dunne of Saxman and Lyle Kelly James of Hoonah will be married during a traditional Tlingit wedding ceremony from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, 2004, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall, 320 W. Willoughby Ave., in Juneau.

Vocational service award winners
Downtown Juneau Rotary Club's 2004 Vocational Service Award Winners are:

First Lady presiding
First Lady Nancy Murkowski presented Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation with a $15,000 donation to be used for patient services at Reifenstein Dialysis Center.

We are at the center of the world
As I walked along the dock in the late evening sun on a Monday night, I saw the massive ships positioning to leave the port of Juneau.

Gretchen A. Adams
Lifelong Juneau resident Gretchen A. Adams, 63, died Sunday, May 23, 2004, at her home.

Nicanora G. Lorenzo
Juneau resident Nicanora Guillermo Lorenzo, 90, died May 25, 2004, in Juneau.

We're almost as liveable as Hamilton Co., Indiana
Los Alamos County, N.M., is the best place to live in America.

Alaska small claims courts need reforms
With millions of Americans shut out of the legal system simply because they cannot afford to hire a lawyer, small claims courts provide a place for citizens to resolve common legal problems - without the expense of a lawyer or the hassle of complex litigation.

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

Local Results
Local sports results

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

Juneau Cup series starts on Saturday
The Rum Cup Challenge is gone, replaced by the new and improved Juneau Cup Challenge sailing series.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sports events in Juneau.

Senior sendoff
Their high school baseball careers are coming to an end, but the nine Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bear seniors haven't had time to think about their last home games this weekend.

Felix, Urata tops in division at regionals
Juneau Aurora Knights synchronized swim club member Sarah Felix drew the 13th starting position, but it wasn't an unlucky number.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming local sports events.

Magallanes' skills stand out, any way you say it
Sergio Magallanes has long plagued opposing baseball teams with his double-barreled skills from the mound and at the plate.

Battered LeConte
Superintendent Doug Miller moves past a large hole Tuesday on the port side of the Alaska Marine Highway's damaged ferry LeConte at Alaska Ship and Drydock in Ketchikan.

Shea says he may run for Senate
Former U.S. Attorney Wev Shea has told an Anchorage newspaper that he is disgusted with the leadership of the state's Republican Party and is considering entering the Senate race.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from across the state.

Federal District Court judge rules goshawk not endangered in Southeast, but orders a review for Canada
A federal District Court judge has ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acted appropriately in not listing a Southeast Alaska species of goshawk as threatened or endangered.

Landlord charged in woman's death
An Anchorage man was charged Wednesday in the death of Bethany Correira, the 21-year-old woman who disappeared last year from an apartment he managed.

Looking cute
An orphaned brown bear cub checks out a stranger visiting its holding pen Wednesday at the Alaska Zoo.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from across the state.

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

State withdraws helicopter regulations near Haines
Commercial helicopter restrictions ready to go into effect on state land in the Chilkat Valley have been withdrawn by the state Department of Natural Resources.

what's happening
A preview of shows and concerts to come.

'Here's a little show for ya'
When the 1967 film version of Neil Simon's play "Barefoot in the Park" debuted, the Chicago Reader called it "a decent example of a vanished genre - the small character comedy."

Jazz & Classics Schedule
Schedule of the remaining items on the Juneau Jazz and Classics agenda.

Cyrus Chestnut's undeniable outpouring of joy
It was often said of jazz pianist Fats Waller (1904-1943) that his spirit was so effusive, he could transmit his powerful personality through the slim confines of a record's groove and the scratchy void of a phonograph horn.

The Swamp by Toe
Cartoon by local artist Toe

Wrapping up 18th Juneau Jazz & Classics Festival
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band began modestly in New Orleans in 1977, with seven young brass players who still retained an ear for the slowly fading, century-old legacy of jazz funeral music.

Concerts in the Park
Dates of upcoming concerts and shows.

Honor students to put on punk benefit show
One day this spring, Juneau resident Annie Calkins visited Juneau-Douglas High School to share her tales of a Kenyan town she had visited. A school she toured had few basic supplies.

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