Monday, June 7, 2004

Book on Alaska's whales is a treat for the eyes, mind
Small, colorful books that can fit easily in tourists' luggage are very popular this time of year.

District didn't prove case
I am a former teacher, a parent of a future student and a staunch supporter of education. I also voted in both previous elections in favor of a new high school.

Bicyclists share rights
This letter is in response to Connie Tonsgard's appalling statement to "keep bikes off the road."

Cover impotence drugs, too
I question the facts presented by J.J. Vollenweider regarding prescription coverage for Viagra.

Road won't save money
I read with interest that Murray Walsh, member of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee, has dismissed the report released by Taxpayers for Common Sense, which states that the Juneau Access Road is "one of the most wasteful highway projects in the nation."

Ferry grounding unacceptable
I read Eric Gucker's letter to you regarding the M/V LeConte and would like to respond.

Forgetting about liberty
I could not have been more disappointed with Andrew Soristo's letter, "Shut up and vote."

Wasting money on poll
For goodness sake, now we have to spend more money on a subject that has been discussed, discussed, discussed and debated.

Welcome back, pundit profundicus
The high school vote has resulted in one clear positive: the return of author Larry Edfelt to the pages of the Empire.

Questioning is patriotic
I am saddened to read Andrew Soristo's letter, "Shut up and vote," because he obviously has failed to think for himself.

Restrain Douglas dogs
I had to laugh when I opened the newspaper.

Support the supporter of veterans
I had the honor of working for Gov. Tony Knowles when he introduced his Pioneers' & Veterans' Home bill.

Tell the truth about concert shutdown
I would like to address the issue talked about in Friday's paper, about the concert that was shut down.

Celebration 2004: Ceremonial Scenes
Photos by David Sheakley

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

Celebration 2004: Moments of Celebration
Top: Frank Coronell with the dance group Yees Ku'oo of Juneau mimics the call of an eagle on stage Friday morning at Centennial Hall.

City's only cotton diaper service folds
When Britt Constantine gave birth to her son, Canyon, five months ago, she liked the thought of soft cotton diapers on his bottom.

Celebration 2004: Honoring Veterans
The women dancers of the Daaxaat Kanadaa Dance Group of Juneau perform a new song honoring veterans Friday on stage at Centennial Hall.

Nimbus bathing
Alaska State Museum conservator Scott Carrlee gives the sculpture "Nimbus" its annual spring cleaning last week.

Celebration 2004: Performance piece
Samantha Williams of Seattle's Tsimshian Haayuuk Dancers peers over her arm during a dance performance Friday at the State Office Building.

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

Celebration 2004: Frybread flies at Celebration
During the week, Juneau's Garfield Katasse works for the state of Alaska. During weekends in the summer, he's often thinking about dough.

Rubbish containers bearing up
Rob Branham said he likes bears.

SEARHC rules the waves
michael penn / juneau empire Stay the course: Mendi Antisdel, right, steers the SEARHC women's canoe team toward Sandy Beach to win its race Sunday against three other teams.

Celebration 2004: Director of Native museum visits Southeast
Native renaissance: Rick West, a Southern Cheyenne Indian and director of the National Museum of the American Indian, speaks Thursday at the Grand Entrance.

Celebration 2004: Seaweed contest celebrates food from the ocean
David J. Sheakley / Juneau Empire

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

Celebration 2004: Native Recipes
Last year, Sitka's Pauline Duncan published "Tlingit Recipes of Today and Long Ago," a collection of her own recipes, as well as those of her family and friends.

Residents have mixed feelings about assessment increase
It is hard for Larry Hooton to understand why the city's assessors determined that his two-bedroom log house is worth $252,000, a 45 percent increase from last year's assessment.

Celebration 2004: Picture Parade
Photos by Michael Penn

Juneau boy dies in crash
A 10-year-old Juneau boy died Sunday morning after his family's 2001 Dodge Durango rolled over eight miles south of Tok.

Celebration 2004: Documentary film to preserve oral traditions
Under a white tent Saturday afternoon in front of Centennial Hall, Ken Hoff, a raven of the Tongass Tribe, shared the story of his Uncle Sonny.

Class of 2004 departs JDHS
For Mikaela Rodriguez, lessons learned at Juneau-Douglas High School went far beyond books and exams.

Big bus schedule changes Monday
Beginning on Monday, Capital Transit buses will operate on a new route and schedule downtown.

Photo: Transformation
Melinda Peters, 5, is tranformed into a mermaid Sunday at Sandy Beach

Corrections
Due to a reporter's error, a June 1 article about a safety video being shown on cruise ships should have stated that the Mount Roberts Tramway is run by Goldbelt Inc.

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

Southeast celebrates its roots
There was a time, early in the 20th century, when Natives in Southeast were told by the government and missionaries to give up their old ways, said Charlie Daniels of Sitka, who walked Saturday morning in his first Celebration parade.

Advocacy groups hit Juneau Access
A taxpayer watchdog group along with local and national environmental organizations issued a report this week declaring the Juneau Access road project one of the nation's top highway boondoggles.

In Memoriam: Bryn Nelson
Cartoon by local artist Toe

Property tax hike needed for schools
As if the cost of owning a home in Juneau weren't high enough already, the Juneau Assembly is considering a hike in property taxes.

My Turn: Time to champion the poor again
With our recent focus on the tax breaks for the wealthy, the privatization of public employment, the off-shoring of jobs to distant ports, the strain of the war in Iraq, and the aftermath of 9/11, we have forgotten to remember those who live silently among us - the poor.

Out&About
Upcoming outdoors events in Juneau

Ax can stop dangerous slides on snow, ice
Snow and ice accidents, strangely enough, usually start along about June, when Alaska days are long and warm.

Learn to fish ... the high-tech way
With the annual Family Fish Day at the Lake just around the corner, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has a special treat in store for Juneau's angling clans - the inaugural Southeast visit of the Mobile Aquatic Education Classroom.

Fish report
Here's the weekly fishing report from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

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.

Long climb to the top
Early Saturday morning, the ship that is the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team was foundering and headed for the rocks.

Juneau baseball squad claims third place
The look on senior C.J. Keys' face said it all.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sports events in Juneau

Sitka softball team goes 1-2 at state tournament
For the second straight year, the Sitka Wolves won their opening game at the state softball tournament then were eliminated by a pair of close losses.

Governor calls session
Gov. Frank Murkowski issued a proclamation Friday calling the Legislature to a June 22 special session for a final attempt to fix the state's budget woes this year.

Northwest Digest
Tax break sought on Elmendorf project

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

Debts have hospitals seeking payment up front
Two Anchorage-area hospitals have launched efforts to make patients pay a portion of their bill before they receive nonemergency care, and a third hospital plans to do the same.

Cruise ship asea after scrub-down
The cruise ship Island Princess left Whittier early Sunday after the vessel was scrubbed down following a norovirus outbreak that sickened more than 400 passengers and crew members.

AlaskaDigest
Staff and wire reports from across the state.

This Day in History
In Juneau, Alaska, and the Nation.

Hearing scheduled for Alaska insurer's proposal to go public
A public hearing is scheduled next week on a plan by Premera Blue Cross, the health insurance provider for about 115,000 Alaskans, to become a publicly traded corporation.

Arrest leads to chemical cleanup
SALMON, Idaho - More than 60 barrels of volatile chemicals were cleaned up and removed from a farm supply store in Lemhi County, Idaho, this week following the arrest of a Wasilla man who authorities say is the owner.

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