Tuesday, June 8, 2004

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."

No threat to Christians
In response to Samantha Reigard's letter, I absolutely agree that this whole concert thing was handled all wrong.

Murkowski works for vets
We read with sadness Mr. Kohn's attempt to suggest that Gov. Murkowski, Sen. Murkowski and former Commissioner of Administration Miller don't support veterans. Perhaps the following will set the record straight.

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.

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.

Defend democracy
Andrew Soristo, in his recent letter, "Shut up and vote," has a notion of democracy that I hope is not widely shared.

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

Don't make Juneau next killing field
This letter is in response to the letter to the editor entitled "Abortion issue not about right to kill," by Kyle Curtis. Mr. Curtis is correct about my disdain for abortions and Planned Parenthood. This is why I have the opinion of it and other organizations that perform abortions:

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

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.

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

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

Juneau Airport adds features to ease air travel for the disabled
Back in the 1970s, the Juneau International Airport was a nightmare for travelers with disabilities. The sidewalk was not wide enough for a wheelchair.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Photo: Chilling out
Friends Janessa Sanbei, 10, left, and Michaela Schlechter, 9, find a way to cool off Monday as temperatures around town rose into the 70s.

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

Maryanne E. Martin
Longtime Juneau resident Maryanne E. Martin, 36, died June 4, 2004, at Wildflower Court after a long illness.

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.

Flying is nice, but fly fishing?
Standing in waist-high water casting dry flies for wild Alaska salmon was something that, until last Saturday, I've wanted to do since visiting Southeast Alaska for the first time nine months ago.

Stepanenko wins Pelican King Salmon Derby with 42.9-pounder
Hometown anglers swept the top four spots in the inaugural Pelican King Salmon Derby, which ended Sunday.

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.

Carlos Boozer added to U.S. Olympic Team
At just 22 years old, Carlos Boozer already has a pretty full basketball resume.

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
A collection of news snippets from around the state

Exams spur growth of summer school
The final bell sounded last week for most Anchorage students, but an estimated 3,600 will be returning for summer school.

Ferry opens with smooth sailing
Perhaps the only negative aspect of Monday's first service run of the fast ferry Fairweather was that it ended too soon.

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.

Former Alaskans make unique donation to Soldotna museum
A former Alaska couple has donated a vast collection of artifacts from around the state to the Soldotna Historical Museum.

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

Photo: Ferry's first day in service
Fairweather Capt. Pete McMahon scouts the course ahead from the operating compartment as the state's new fast ferry makes its way from Haines to Juneau on its first day of service Monday.

Northwest Digest
Tax break sought on Elmendorf project

Photo: Remembering a friend
A moment of silence was held at the beginning of the game and the team signed a baseball that was pitched in memory of VanEpps and presented to his godmother, Kimbee Anderson.

Activists seek rules to prevent whale collisions
Environmentalists looking to protect whales from collisions with ships in Alaska and on the West Coast hope to import proposed East Coast restrictions.

This Day in History
This day in Alaska, the nation, and the world.

495 in fishing industry sign up for job training
Almost 500 Alaskans who can no longer earn a living catching or processing salmon have signed up for emergency federal job training assistance.

Risk from gas prices remains obstacle for pipeline
Finding a way to spread the risk among parties is one of the key unresolved issues in getting North Slope producers to commit to the financial gamble of a multibillion-dollar Alaska natural gas pipeline.

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