Wednesday, June 2, 2004

Don't let Coeur cut costs
Coeur Alaska's recent announcement that it wants to take over the Canadian mining company, Wheaton River, exposes the misrepresentations and lies in Coeur's dealings with Juneau over the Kensington gold mine.

Build it at Tee Harbor
It is evident from recent letters to the editor that much angst exists regarding what to do next about the high school dilemma.

Keep bikes off the road
While I appreciate Steve Wolf's concern for safety on the road (his letter of May 13, "Slow down dump trucks"), I must say there are two sides to every coin.

Protect young students
I wanted to express my appreciation to Andi Story for attempting to protect our smallest students.

Stick to Montessori plan
In 1992 some parents in Juneau got together and hired an elementary Montessori teacher.

Anti-male letters
I read both of Myrna Gardner's letters.

Townies can walk
Now the backup and pile of cars gets worse on the way into town from the Valley ...

Natives should unite
Why should Natives vote? Besides our constitutional right, the best example I can think of...

Men must take responsibility
In light of ongoing war abuses, local assaults and murder, I would hope to see men take responsibility for systemic violence and sexual abuse in our communities, in our lifetime.

A courageous fighter
Juneau lost a courageous fighter and an incredible human spirit this week with the passing of Bryn Nelson. Those who knew her will never forget her smile, energy, and the model she served for all those living with cancer. She is an inspiration to us all. Our thoughts and love are with her family and friend.

Douglas construction inconveniences some locals
Monica Witter, who lives near the intersection of Second and G streets in Douglas, doesn't let her yellow lab run free in the neighborhood lately.

Correction
The article in Sunday's Empire on the special election correctly stated the winning percentage as 51.3 percent but misstated the losing side's percentage. It is 48.7 percent.

Juneau School District, business community to form partnership
The Juneau School District is trying to form partnerships with area businesses to increase available resources for education in Juneau, school officials said Friday.

For ferry employees, it's Ketchikan or bust
Ferry system administrators got the official word Tuesday that their jobs will move to Ketchikan next fall, with or without them.

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

Graduating senior is inspired by her teachers
Stacy Roberts, one of about 380 graduating seniors at Juneau-Douglas High School this year, would like to be a dentist - or a teacher.

Fire captain retires
Jerry Godkin Jr. dreamed of being a fireman when he was a child.

Board to decide Montessori expansion
The Juneau School Board agreed Tuesday to discuss Montessori parents' request for an additional classroom in the districtwide program now housed at Harborview Elementary School downtown.

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

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

Memorial Day: The city recalls
For Korean War veteran Gene Dau, listening to the slow, somber notes of taps brings out emotions on Memorial Day.

51.4-pound king shatters record
On Monday morning, Robert A. Dilley caught the biggest fish recorded since the Tlingit-Haida Central Council started the annual Spring King Salmon Derby eight years ago.

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

Floor set for charter school budget
The Juneau Community Charter School will receive at least $261,000 from the district next year, the Juneau School Board decided Tuesday.

Bartlett weathers nursing shortage
For Rob Lewis, it was one of those days.

Birding on the wetlands
Fourth-graders in Kate McCartney's class at Riverbend Elementary School search for birds during Seaweek earlier this month on the airport dike trail at the Mendenhall Wetlands.

Pets of the week
For gentle Cloey, birds are of no consequence

Neighbors Digest
Reports from our neighbors.

CELEBRATION: Juried art show results to be announced today
The seven winners of the Sealaska Juried Art Show and Competition will be announced today during a public reception from 5-6:30 p.m. in the foyer of the Sealaska Plaza.

Journalist 'Stroller' White liked a good joke - in print
Elmer J. "Stroller" White was one of Alaska's best-known early journalists.

Celebration 2004 Events Schedule
Upcoming celebration events.

Bixby, 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.

CELEBRATION: It's time to celebrate tradition
Forty-seven dance groups, five more than in 2002, will star in Celebration 2004, Thursday-Sunday at Centennial Hall, the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall, Sealaska Plaza, the Mount Roberts Tramway and Marine Park.

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

CELEBRATION: Seaweed contest to feature new rules
On the rocks of Cone Island and Hole-in-Wall, due west of Craig, Klawock's Henrietta Kato finds what she's looking for.

Linda Carol Booth
Former Juneau resident Linda Carol Booth, 59, died April 29, 2004, in Portland, Ore., of complications related to pneumonia.

Don't spray pesticides in Southeast
Aerial application of pesticides is a bad idea anywhere.

U.S. Senate campaign will be Alaska-sized
You can feel it in the air - and see it in print and hear it on television and radio.

On the road again
Frank Rue, left, leads a small pack of cyclists during the Juneau Freewheelers cycling club's Auke Rec Circuit Race on Saturday.

Spring King Salmon Derby Winners
Winners of the annual Spring King Salmon Derby that takes place from May 1-31 in waters around Juneau.

Alaska Briefs
Sports with an Alaskan connection.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sports events in Juneau

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sport events in Juneau.

Hebert sets record at POW marathon
Kyle Hebert of Douglas broke the course record in the Fifth Annual Prince of Wales International Marathon held Saturday on Prince of Wales Island.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the final standings in the Eighth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 7:13 p.m. on Monday, May 31.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from across the state.

Safe passage
Kodiak Harbormaster Marty Owen tosses a wreath at the last boat in the Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Monday during the annual Kodiak Crab Festival in Kodiak.

Two Southeast senate seats open
Two vacancies in the state senate and the recent decision by Rep. Bill Williams, R-Saxman, to bow out of the race could make things interesting this election season.

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

A warrior's effects
A 200-year-old Raven helmet, worn by Tlingit leader Katlian in a battle against Russians in 1804, is carried last week from the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka.

Denver reporter accused of stalking former Alaskan
A reporter for the Denver-based weekly Westword has been arrested on suspicion of stalking a man that he said raped him in Alaska in 1978.

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

NPR-A bids roll in despite ruling
A recent court ruling could push back by a year or more oil and gas exploration in an area of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska scheduled for bidding today, the head of Alaska's industry association says.

Coast Guardsmen leave their mark in many ways - including 'fancy work'
Much has changed in the 214 years since the forerunners of today's Coast Guard hoisted canvas aloft, but filling the time during remote patrols can still tie sailors in knots.

Shea: Murkowski needs state's GOP boss for November election
Republican Wev Shea says he's disappointed neither Sen. Lisa Murkowski nor her GOP challenger, Mike Miller, has taken a stand against state party boss Randy Ruedrich, and he supports the call for independent counsel to take over the ethics case against Ruedrich.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from across the state.

Engstrom to face off against Rep. Kerttula
Local business owner Andrew Engstrom declared his candidacy Tuesday to run as a Republican against Democratic Rep. Beth Kerttula.

Some cruise ships showing state safety video this season
Some cruise ships are showing a new safety video created in response to a passenger falling to his death on Mount Juneau nearly three years ago.

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