Wednesday, June 9, 2004

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:

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

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

Bikes stay right
While there is some truth to Shannon Seifert's letter of June 4 ("Bikes are legal on road"), it just isn't true that cyclists have the right of way as she suggests.

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.

Keep party politics out
I saw an ad today that left me extremely frustrated and disappointed.

City taxes, spends unfairly
When the Treadwell Arena wound up over a million dollars short for construction, our Assembly gave them the money, even though the voters rejected the proposal.

Tobacco is top killer
May 31 was World No Tobacco Day. This year's theme is ,"What tobacco is costing the family," and in recognition I would like to share a few of Alaska's most recent statistics on tobacco use and what it is costing our state.

Not all share Juneau's wealth
The Juneau Empire is advocating for tax hikes? I'm almost nostalgic for the publishing days of Don Smith.

Reagan stood up to communism
In reflecting on the death of Ronald Reagan, I realized that even politics attracts its share of optimistic, likable men, and most of them leave no trace - like Britain's "Sunny Jim" Callaghan, a perfect example of the defeatism of Western leadership in the 1970s.

Get tougher on dog rules
I am disappointed in the recent decisions of the Dog Task Force.

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

Camp Water & Tides
Naturalist and guide for Camp Water & Tides Mo d'Armand, left, gives Savanna Wilson and Tessa Beedle some last-minute paddling instructions Tuesday before they set out onto Twin Lakes.

Harris Harbor prepped for major facelift
Juneau's oldest harbor is due for a complete makeover.

City urges OK on Spuhn Island
City staff has recommended that the Juneau Planning Commission approve a preliminary development plan for Spuhn Island, but several residents continue to raise traffic and environmental concerns.

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

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

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.

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

Clemens: From defendant to defense attorney
Aaron Clemens has seen jail from both sides now.

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 investigate allegation of sexual assault at high school
The father of a 14-year-old girl told police that his daughter was sexually assaulted at Juneau-Douglas High School the last week of May, police reported Tuesday.

Lleashed llama
Katie Johnson, head housekeeper at the Super 8 Motel in Juneau, takes part of her break Tuesday morning to pet one of three grazing llamas.

Juneau players get a kick out of the stars
For years, Juneau soccer camps have featured "World Cup" - a series of games modeled on the premier international soccer tournament.

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff and wire reports from neighbors

Coffman, Dress marry
Kelly J. Coffman of Juneau and Thomas A. Dress of Brooklyn, Ohio, were married at 5 p.m. May 1, 2004, at an intimate gathering of close friends and family at the bride's parents' home. A reception followed at the residence after the ceremony .

The best home care - and how to find it
Sue is going to be discharged from the hospital following surgery.

New bench on Boy Scout Camp Trail honors volunteer Jaenicke
Longtime Juneau resident Herb Jaenicke was devoted to local trails and the local Boy Scouts program.

Pets of the week
Jack and Angel are available for adoption at the Gastineau Humane Society, 789-0260.

McLeod, Hernandez wed
Lisa Rene McLeod of Juneau and Kevin Hernandez of Santa Rosa, Calif., were married April 24, 2004, at Bloomington Country Club in St. George, Utah. A reception followed at the same location.

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

An exit ramp for Native achievement
It's the creation of a second-class society, this thing called the exit exam.

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.

Don't bank on oil flowing
This editorial appeared in Thursday's Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Alaska players Shaver, Buck selected in late rounds of baseball's amateur draft
After two days, 50 rounds and 1,498 picks, just two Alaskans were picked in this year's amateur baseball draft.

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.

New horizons
Tiffeny Milbrett's soccer career has paralleled the rise of the U.S. women's team for more than a decade.

JSC Titans claim title in Ina K tourney
The Juneau Soccer Club Titans blanked Anchorage powerhouse Goldstrikers '89 1-0 to claim the championship in the U16 girls division of the 2004 Ina Kristiansen Memorial Cup soccer tournament held Friday through Sunday in Anchorage.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sports events in Juneau.

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.

State comes to tentative agreement with largest union
The state has agreed on a tentative labor contract with its largest employee union.

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.

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.

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

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.

LeConte may be out 3 months
Alaska Marine Highway System officials continue to look for the best price to repair the ferry LeConte, which appears to be out of service for at least three months more.

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.

Bear cub reunited with sibling after mother was killed
A skinny brown bear cub that hid out for 15 days after its mother was killed in an Anchorage neighborhood was captured in a homemade trap and reunited with its sibling at the Alaska Zoo.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports across 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.

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.

Alaska Digest
A collection of news snippets from around the state

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.

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

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