Thursday, June 2, 2005

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.

Manager says Wal-Mart critics are wrong
Letter writer Ben Madison is absolutely right about consumers welcoming Wal-Mart to help them deal with the high cost of living ("Save Juneau from Wal-Mart's ills" on May 26).

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

What would become of Pebble Mine?
In all the discussions, it's obvious that Northern Dynasty is a "junior" mining company who does not have any current mining activities under its belt.

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.

Remember the true cost of war
This past Monday we solemnly commemorated Memorial Day, a day to honor the soldiers who have fallen in the service of our country.

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.

Happy with having a Juneau Wal-Mart
I am very excited about Wal-Mart coming to Juneau for a number of reasons, and the bashing they are taking from ill-informed people here amazes me.

Leaders' priorities: themselves only
Wednesday's (May 25) Voice of the Times editorial shocked me so much I almost fell out of my chair.

Landless issue crucial to Sealaska
Sealaska Corp. is holding its annual meeting in Ketchikan this June, and reminding shareholders, that land is the backbone of our corporation, and our guiding strength.

Governor shooting workers in the back
The governor signs for himself (and his many appointees) a 50 percent pay raise.

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.

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

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Miller disagrees with airport officials over law's interpretation
Juneau International Airport officials say state law allows the airport to acquire land within the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge for expansion, such as the runway safety project now proposed.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Alaska Air flights, baggage delayed
Flights into Juneau appear to be delayed more often since Alaska Airlines laid off nearly 500 employees and started training contracted workers, passengers and union officials said.

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.

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."

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.

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

Year-end celebration
For some Juneau students, the school year ended Wednesday with a hug.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

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

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

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

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.

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.

21st Julie Hughes Triathlon
From May 21 in Sitka

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.

Gastineau Channel Little League Standings
Standings as of May 31

Seacoast Relay results
From May 28

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

JDHS softball team set to defend title
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team heads down to Fairbanks tomorrow to defend its state title as a four-seed and Crimson Bears coach Dave Massey is not happy about it.

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.

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.

Gastineau Channel Little League Schedule
For the week of June 1 to June 7

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.

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.

State to charge beach fee
State officials have some big changes in store for Eagle Beach, a picnic and bird-viewing spot generations of Juneau residents have loved and abused.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Funding keeps most districts at status quo
Some state lawmakers have hailed a $70 million increase in education spending next year as one of the successes of the Legislature this year.

Buyer drops out of gas line proposal
Sempra Energy Co., citing "protracted political wrestling" and doubts that North Slope producers would cooperate, has dropped out of a natural gas line proposal being considered by the state.

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

Hoonah School District found liable in slashing
The Hoonah School District has been ordered to pay more than $80,000 to the victim of a 2002 classroom slashing attack involving high school girls.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

Photo: A spell-bound Alaskan
Participants in the 78th annual National Spelling Bee, from left, Danielle Tacey, 11, of Anchorage, Jonathan Horton, 12, of Gilbert, Ariz., and Levi Foster, 14, of Fayetteville, Ark., await their turns during the bee Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

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.

briefly
news of local arts

2005 Concerts in the Park schedule
All concerts are free and at Marine Park

Cinema Guide
what's playing on the silver screen

First Friday: Maps, Cityscapes, Jewelry
Juneau artist Sue Kraft will share 10 large paintings and up to 15 5-by-7-inch works as June's featured artist at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, 206 N. Franklin Street.

what's happening
entertainment events around town

A blend of punk legends
The Misfits and Black Flag, two of the most legendary punk bands of the early 1980s, were introduced to each other sometime in 1980 by a young Washington, D.C., punk named Henry Garfield.

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