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Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Tulsequah questions remain unanswered
Despite repeated requests from concerned residents and organizations for answers, information on several points regarding Redfern's Tulsequah Chief Project remains unclear.

Local harbor fees are excessive
I agree with Howard Rider (Empire, May 24) regarding the increase in harbor fees.

Mining is not a sustainable industry
Sustainable mining is called recycling. I trust that Chris DeWitt (May 24, My Turn) is active in promoting and practicing this activity which reduces impacts on our overflowing landfill, minimizes hazardous wastes, and uses less energy than harvesting raw resources.

Tenakee Springs fostered a fair trial
I was brought to tears as I read the letter to the editor entitled "Harmon did not receive fair trial" published on Monday, May 23.

School District too cheap for kids' safety
This is in response to the Juneau School District cutting the five bus routes here in the Valley.

The objective truth about abortion?
It seems to me that Sidney Heidersdorf (May 27, "The objective truth about abortion" ) is playing fast and loose with the facts when claiming to provide the "objective truth associated with abortion." Consider these facts:

Rec center is waste of city tax dollars
I can't really advocate putting overweight kids to work digging ditches, but Brad Rider has a good point in his May 29 letter about what some members of the City Assembly intend to do with our tax dollars.

Cutting Senate would save money
The Legislature complains that the cost of state government is too high, and has passed SB141, a plan to reduce pension payments to future retirees.

Honoring those who served
Remembering Vietnam veterans: Walter and Clara Sperl and their daughter, Moretta Rieger, visit the grave of their son and brother, Donald Walter Sperl, on Monday during Memorial Day services at Evergreen Cemetery.

Watching the boats go round and around
Two bald eagles survey Fritz Cove's fishing grounds Tuesday at high tide.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Murder sentence for Soto revised
One of the men convicted in the 2000 Juneau beating death of Kenneth Ike Thomas shaved 15 years from his sentence Tuesday after agreeing to drop his appeal and testify in a second trial of the other man imprisoned for the crime.

Businesses rise from ashes of 2004 blaze
Nine months after their livelihoods went up in smoke, some of the former tenants of Juneau's burned-down Skinner Building are back in business.

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

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

Airport says no to FAA runway plan
Juneau International Airport officials have reiterated their opposition to a technology suggested by the Federal Aviation Administration to improve Juneau's runway-end safety areas.

Final days of the spring derby
Shore and boat anglers fish for king salmon Monday at False Outer Point on Douglas Island.

Harborview students find common bonds with Mexico pen pals
The kids from San Ildefonso Tultepec, Queréturo, Mexico, fish and sing and dance - surprising some Harborview Elementary School students who didn't expect to have so much in common with them.

37.95-pound chinook wins ninth derby
The long wait is over for Wally R. Frank Jr., and the 42-year-old vocational rehabilitation counselor from Angoon has brought glory to the rocks at False Outer Point.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Arson suspect faces new charges
The man charged with setting a September fire in Auke Bay pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two new felony charges he called "vindictive prosecution."

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Southeast neighbor
Over the Memorial Day weekend, a small pod of killer whales was spotted in the area from Funter Bay to Point Retreat.

Shelter helper
Mendenhall River School student Danaya Caldwell presents a check for $111.78 to Gastineau Humane Society Executive Director Chava Lee. Caldwell's one-month, personal-growth project consisted of a coin drive for the animals at the shelter.

Varness and Meek marry
Juneau resident Bobbi Ann Varness and Mathew James Meek of Shelby, Mass., were married at 2 p.m., May 20, 2005, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Juneau.

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

Brenton and Lamb wed
Melinda Brenton of Charlotte, Mich., and Jonas (John) Lamb of West Bloomfield, Mich., were married at 11 a.m., May 23, 2005, on top of Thunder Mountain.

Just what are the lilacs saying?
All the world loves lilac when it blooms. Even those who don't care for it at other times of the year are carried away as the large flowering shrubs fill the air with their perfume.

Richard Charles Kiefer
Juneau resident Richard Charles (Rick) Kiefer, 74, died May 28, 2005, at home in Juneau, surrounded by family.

Cheryl B. Hull
Juneau resident Cheryl B. Hull, 59, died May 27, 2005, in Juneau.

Arvis Maurice Dailey
Juneau resident Arvis Maurice Dailey, 77, died May 26, 2005, at his home.

Juneau's trails are one positive left by mines
Memorial Day is over, the special session is adjourned and large ships visit us daily: Summer is here.

Alaska editorial: A poor showing by the Legislature
The old saw about how people who love either laws or sausages shouldn't watch either being made rang especially true this year in Juneau.

Alaska editorial: A key to customers asking for wild fish
Alaska's Copper River salmon are making their usual spring splash in places where fine fish are sold

Alaska editorial: Special session was not a waste of money
News stories about the Legislature's special session have usually included a mention about the daily cost, estimated at about $30,000.

My turn: Bible is a primer to English literature, American history
Teaching the Bible in public school raises ticklish problems.

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.

Davenport delivers win for Cards
Sage Davenport ripped a two-run double in the bottom of the final inning to lift the Cardinals past a game Orioles squad in major softball action last week by a score of 10-8.

SportsDigest
Staff reports of sporting events

21st Julie Hughes Triathlon
From May 21 in Sitka

Waiting for the pitch
Megan Hart, catcher for the Major Softball League Marlins, awaits the pitch during a game on Saturday.

Seacoast Relay results
From May 28

2005 Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Standings of the Ninth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 1:26 p.m. on Monday, May 30.

2005 Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Standings of the Ninth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 2:57 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31.

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 Schedule
For the week of June 1 to June 7

Gastineau Channel Little League Standings
Standings as of May 31

Post office to begin testing Alaska mail for anthrax
The U.S. Postal Service has installed new equipment in Alaska that's designed to monitor mail for anthrax.

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

Troopers charge four men for illegal bear hunt
Four men have been charged in an illegal black bear hunt on Prince of Wales Island after an undercover investigation by Alaska and Idaho authorities posing as hunters, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

Girl helps rescue family in Anchorage mobile-home fire
An 11-year-old girl's hands and feet were burned, but she helped save a family in a mobile home fire.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Federal program designed to give women with businesses an edge
Entrepreneur Sharon Athas Cote sees a federal procurement program as a major building block for small firms owned by women like her who are fighting for lucrative government contracts.

Administration builds case against pot
Possession of small amounts of marijuana at home for personal use will soon be challenged by the state, based on a body of information being compiled by the Alaska Legislature.

Anchorage company seeks permits to harvest blueberries
An Anchorage company has applied for land use permits on large swaths of state land to commercially harvest wild Alaska blueberries.

Magazine heralds Yakutat as one of U.S.'s best surf scenes
Outside magazine named Yakutat one of the five best surf towns in America in its June issue, and that's just the latest honor for the Southeast town of 680 people northwest of Juneau.

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