Thursday, June 10, 2004

Ketchikan Borough may take legal action against environmental groups
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough is exploring legal options against environmental groups trying to prevent a veneer plant from reopening.

Irreverent liberals
Why is the report on D-Day relegated to page 7 after 60 years honoring our dead?

Valid concerns about jobs
Gary Miller of Juneau raised some good points in a June 4 letter to the editor about the process of administering health claims for state workers.

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.

Remember troops
I've been following the letters to the editor in the Empire.

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.

In the doghouse
Douglas dog owners: When I first moved here almost three years ago, I wrote and asked you all to please not let your dogs roam free and to pick up the friendly deposits that they have left outside my door.

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.

Leashes or jail
I live out Fritz Cove Road and have three small children. I have had to call the pound on dogs that are not leashed because they chase my kids.

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

Special session a waste
Does the governor enjoy wasting state money? He keeps acting like it by ordering the legislators back to work in a special session.

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.

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

Charter school deserves equality
Last week's Empire article about the Juneau School Board's renewal of the Juneau Community Charter School's contract was misleading in regard to the board's decision about our school's funding for next year.

Cruise lines take more
It appears that Monday of this week marked another triumph for the cruise lines at the expense of local interests.

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.

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.

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

Photo: Eyes for irises
Brian Davies, an employee for the city's Parks and Recreation Department, pulls weeds in an iris garden Wednesday in front of Gastineau Elementary School.

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.

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.

Mill rate hike will fund education and government
Abandoning its published goal of holding steady or lowering the property tax mill rate next year, the Assembly Finance Committee decided Wednesday that it will raise the levy from 11.64 to 12.

'Mad beats,' improv to take stage at Hangar
This May, moments before Jill Bernard started to perform her one-woman show, "Drum Machine," at the Chicago Improv Festival, the unexpected happened.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Juneau experiences milk price spike
The cost of living in Juneau is rising by the gallon.

Clean Water Act change spurs Kensington flap
Local environmentalists are upset about a change in federal regulations that would allow developers of the Kensington gold mine to dump rock waste in a lake near Berners Bay.

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 .

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

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

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.

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

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.

Mildred Novella Johnson
Former Juneau resident Mildred Novella Johnson, 84, died Tuesday, May 25, 2004, at the Mercy Medical Center in Durango, Colo.

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

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

A never-ending war for self-determination
Our founding fathers told us a beautiful lie - that we all have unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sports 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.

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.

Timberwolf, Canton House lead tourney
Canton House and Timberwolf won their respective divisions last weekend at the 21st annual Marlintini's/Coca-Cola Softball Tournament.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports across the state.

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.

Country salutes Reagan
To the strains of solemn music and the slow beat of drums, the body of Ronald Wilson Reagan rode in a final parade through Washington Wednesday to the Capitol rotunda, where the 40th president of the United States will lie in state until his funeral Friday.

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

Green Party critical of new law dealing with political parties
An attorney for the Green Party of Alaska said Wednesday he believes a new law that determines what a political party must do to appear on the state ballot is unconstitutional.

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

Engstrom files as exempt, but says he's a serious candidate
Andrew Engstrom, a Republican state House candidate for downtown Juneau, says he does not plan to raise or spend more than $5,000 in his campaign against Democratic incumbent Beth Kerttula.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports across the state.

BLM proposes oil and gas expansion
The federal government wants to expand by 387,000 acres the land available for oil and gas development in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

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.

Still Swinging
As a teenager during World War II, Ron Maas would lie in bed and listen to the big band broadcasts from Chicago, Meadowbrook, N.J., and New York City.

what's happening
Concerts, plays and other arts

The Swamp
Original cartoon by local artist Toe

Dance, fantasy & bombast
In terms of technique and precision, Saturday evening's concert at Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium may be the Juneau Symphony's most difficult Pops concert in recent memory.

Comedian Smith to perform in Pride Celebration
Pioneer comic: Comedian Bob Smith will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at the Hangar Ballroom as part of the 2004 Juneau Gay Pride Celebration.

movies where & when
Movie times and locations

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