Thursday, June 3, 2004

Business Digest
Business events in town.

No reason to stop concert
You may have read last week's article about our school shutting down Act of Defiance's concert.

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.

Shut up and vote
Over the past months, I have read many opinions on the war in Iraq.

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.

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

Now it's Juneau turn to support schools
During this past legislative session, Juneau citizens played a pivotal role in securing the $82 million dollar increase for public schools, of which Juneau will receive $3.1 million for the coming school year.

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.

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

Rethink boat electric fees
The CBJ Docks and Harbors Board approved a measure that will put a flat rate on electrical fees at the small boat harbors to help pay for the electrical systems at the yet-to-be-rebuilt harbors.

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

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.

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

A warm welcome to town
Elder Ray Wilson rides in the bow of the Tlingit Warriors canoe, one of five teams paddling from Douglas Harbor to Marine Park for the Coming Ashore Ceremony to kick off Celebration 2004.

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.

Public defender appointed to represent Harmon
The man charged with raping and killing Margaret "Maggie" Wigen last year in Tenakee Springs is set to enter his plea today, with a new attorney at his side.

Celebration 2004 Events Schedule
A list of the celebration events to come.

From the case to the stage
The week before Celebration is often one of the busiest times of the year at the Alaska State Museum. Items placed at the museum for safekeeping are checked out for use in various performances throughout the weekend.

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.

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.

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.

Boost in property taxes helps city to fund programs
Various Juneau city organizations likely will receive additional funding, partly because of additional property tax mills that the Assembly Finance Committee agreed to levy for schools Wednesday.

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

Assembly considers property tax hike
The Juneau Assembly put the public on notice Wednesday night that it probably will raise the property tax mill levy to give the schools more money.

Virus sickens 348 on ship
Nearly 350 passengers and crew members aboard a Princess Cruises ship that docked in Juneau on Tuesday were stricken with a norovirus this week, cruise line officials said Wednesday.

Focus group to look at high school options
The city will ask voters from the recent special election why they voted for or against the Dimond Park high school.

Sitka Kaagwaantaan to lead this morning's grand parade
Ed Mercer and the Sitka Kaagwaantaan are honored to be the lead dance group for today's 8 a.m. Grand Entrance and Saturday's 8 a.m. parade in Celebration 2004.

High school senior artist ready for the Windy City
Sarah Elliott was painting a chess board in perspective on a ceiling panel at Juneau-Douglas High School recently.

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

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

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

Neighbors Digest
Reports from our neighbors.

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

Geraldine Jacobsen
Longtime Juneau resident Geraldine "Jerry" Dinneen Jacobsen, 76, died Monday, May 31, 2004, at her home in Juneau, surrounded by family.

Carol Bryn Nelson
Former Juneau resident Carol Bryn Nelson, 50, died May 26, 2004, in Spokane, Wash., after a five-year battle with breast cancer.

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.

Some thoughts on fixing things
Here we are several months from the election polls and already there's been a whole lot of mudslinging going.

Expos break out whuppin' sticks
Einar Diaz gave the Montreal Expos and manager Frank Robinson something to smile about.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sports events in Juneau.

College corner: Marathon men
When Phil Dierking entered Western Washington University this past fall, he faced the same quandary faced by most former high school athletes when they go to college.

Alaska Briefs
Sports with an Alaskan connection.

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.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sports events in Juneau

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.

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.

Kingly catch
A big catch 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.

Woman finds herself hip-deep after ground caves in at cemetery
Hazel Felton did not have a near-death experience over the weekend, but she did have one foot in the grave - literally.

Companies bid $53.9 million on petrol reserve leases
Five oil companies on Wednesday bid for the right to develop 1.4 million acres in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, in what was the state's largest onshore federal lease sale.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from across the state.

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.

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.

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

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.

Twist on Tradition
With the suits and the hats and the one microphone, five-piece Open Road certainly looks like it could have opened for the Stanley Brothers on some dusty festival stage in 1956.

briefly
Snippets on what is happening this week in Juneau.

what's happening
What's happening this week.

June First Friday
Juneau artist Rob Roys was searching for a title for his upcoming show at Annie Kaill's, and though something about this time of the year usually leads him to use more color, the word "spring" didn't sound quite right.

movies where & when
Local theater schedule.

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