Friday, June 10, 2005

Be careful about income statistics
When reading Ben Madison's letter about wages and Wal-Mart I was confused by his misuse of statistics.

City should fund Juneau harbors
The Juneau Assembly Finance Committee is proposing renewal of the 4 percent sales tax for seven years with the majority of the funds dedicated to a Valley recreation center.

Tulsequah should clean up its mess
My momma always told me I must clean up one mess before I got make another. It sure looks like Redfern, the company that wants to open the Tulsequah Chief Mine up the Taku, isn't listening to its momma.

DNR fails to protect eagle preserve
Thanks to the Juneau Empire for the article on the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, bringing public attention to the threat caused by large-scale jet boat tours through key salmon-rearing habitat.

Wal-Mart fills Kmart's slot
I would like to respond to Mr. Madison's letter to the editor on June 7.

Road to Skagway is a waste of money
For about $285 million, our elected officials want to pave 68 miles of asphalt through the Tongass National Forest from Juneau to Skagway, cut it right through one of the most outstanding resources in Southeast Alaska (Berners Bay), and dispense our current ferry to some other route so those who want a cheaper vacation to Canada can have it.

Welcomes Wal-Mart
I am writing in response to Ben Madison's letter "Disputing Wal-Mart Managers Argument."

Giving a life should not be a dishonor
As I read Frank Schaeffer's commentary on June 3 called "The military most people don't see," I thought to myself, how refreshing to see someone take both sides of a story and then decide what is the truth rather than take one side of a story and decide that is the truth.

Hire teachers sooner
It is a fact that the Juneau School District consistently fails to attract talented teachers.

Finding treasure in the Loire Valley
In 1994, I participated in a teacher exchange that involved educators from Alaska and East Sussex, England.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Shipshape
Kodrat Nuryono, left, and Agus Gimilang clean stateroom windows Wednesday on the Holland America cruise ship Amsterdam while it was in port in Juneau.

Humpback calf tangled in gillnet
Federal biologists are monitoring a humpback whale calf swimming just south of Juneau with a drift gillnet wedged in its baleen, they reported Thursday.

Parents make appeal to save buses
The pictures showed a girl, 8, and her sister, 5, standing in ditches along the route to their community school - a route their mother says is treacherous and needs continued bus service.

July 4th parade to tout 'Freedom of Speech'
More soap box derby cars, a fireworks show packing extra punch and a legendary Alaskan are some of the things to look forward to at this summer's Juneau and Douglas Fourth of July celebrations.

Man pleads guilty in Craig killing
The man investigators allege killed 48-year-old Lauri Waterman on Prince of Wales Island last November agreed Wednesday to plead guilty to first-degree murder and testify against two people charged with conspiracy.

Photo: Breaking ground for the new school
Juneau city officials break ground forthe new high school Thursday during aceremony at Dimond Park.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Shapely Head
Kris Baastrup, left, practices contour drawing without looking at the paper Wednesday by sketching art teacher Heidi Reifenstein at the Juneau Fine Arts Camp at Juneau-Douglas High School.

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

Finance panel approves a lower property-tax rate
The Juneau Assembly Finance Committee on Wednesday proposed reducing the city's property tax rate almost 7 percent after learning that next year's projected budget surplus had grown by $1.8 million.

Putting food on the table
Kyle Tack, 14, lowers his stringer full of Dolly Varden Thursday into the water at the Douglas Boat Harbor ramp.

Dog panel's trail plan irks both sides
Dog owners and non-dog owners alike aren't happy with the Dog Task Force's revised proposal on which city trails or parks dogs should be leashed or prohibited.

Echo Ranch Bible Camp to break ground for lodge
Faith is a specialty at Echo Ranch Bible Camp on the banks of Berners Bay, and it will be there at Saturday's groundbreaking for a new lodge.

Class of 2021
Alain Soltys-Gray, 2, does his own groundbreaking Thursday at the site of the new Dimond Park high school.

Morning power outage traced to wiring problem
A wiring problem in one of the Snettisham Hydroelectric facility interrupted power to about 75 percent of Juneau Thursday morning, according to Gayle Wood, office manager for Alaska Electric Light & Power in Juneau.

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

Nelsons to celebrate their 50 years of marriage in July
Juneau residents Jim and Dotty Nelson were married on Dec. 26, 1954, in Portland, Ore. They moved to Juneau with their four children, Susan, Eric, Pete and Rolf in 1967.

FYI
News about the people you know

Scout benefactors
Through the generosity of Allen Marine Tours and the captain and crew of the St. Maria, Cub Scouts from Pack 6 and their families enjoyed a whale-watching cruise on Sunday, May 15.

Longs to celebrate their 60th anniversary this month
Maurice and Angie Long will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on June 17, 2005.

Weldon to wed Stickler
Haines residents Brandie Lee Weldon and James Gregory Stickler will be married Aug. 14, 2005, in Haines.

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Remembering Dad's birthday
Who is the most important person in your life? For many whose childhood was a happy time, that person is your father or mother.

McDougal and Fidler to wed
Juneau resident Jennifer McDougal and Grayson Fidler of Corvallis, Ore., will be married Aug. 26, 2005, in Turner, Ore.

Chenoweth marries Phair
Juneau resident Lisa Chenoweth and Joel Phair of Central Point, Ore., were married May 13, 2005, at Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Portland, Ore.

Linda Alvina (Furuness) Ecklund
Juneau resident Linda Alvina (Furuness) Ecklund, 87, died June 5, 2005, at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Gerald M. Reid
Former Juneau resident Gerald M. Reid, 75, died June 3, from leukemia in Brookings, Ore.

David Victor McCullough
Juneau resident David Victor McCullough, 60, died June 2, 2005, in Juneau.

My turn: Confident that Coast Guard can protect against terrorists
When I learned a few months ago about proposed Coast Guard regulations that will establish 100-yard security zones surrounding cruise ships under way (25 yards in port), I immediately dragged out some charts, as I'm sure many other fishermen, charter operators, and general boaters also did.

My Turn: No call for endangering soldiers in war on Iraq
On Memorial Day, I called my father-in-law Paul at the Veterans Administration rehab center to thank him for all he did for our country in World War II.

Empire editorial: Retain disputed bus routes for safety
When the Juneau School District proposed cutting several short school bus routes last year, the idea was to save money

Party time in Sitka following state titles
According to Sitka High School athletic director Lyle Sparrowgrove, the last time the Wolves brought home a state title was 1954.

Juneau league searching for women golfers
Molly Wheeler wants the women of Juneau to know that if they ever wanted to play golf, the Juneau Women's Golf League is ready to welcome them.

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.

Wit and wisdom on the water
Part philosopher, part physiologist and all rower, coach and author Frank Cunningham has been on the forefront of American rowing for more than 60 years.

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.

State moves ahead on buying jet to be used by Murkowski
The state Department of Public Safety is taking offers to buy a jet or a newer turboprop airplane for use by the department and Gov. Frank Murkowski, despite opposition by some lawmakers and residents who contend a jet is simply a luxury item for the governor.

Panel OKs restoration of bison
A public advisory committee has endorsed a plan to restore wood bison in Alaska, but it hasn't said exactly where it should be done.

Alaska gets money and controversy in transportation bill
A bridge nearly as long as San Francisco's Golden Gate may one day grace Ketchikan's skyline, thanks to a tenacious lawmaker who is making his state a major beneficiary of federal highway money.

This Day in History
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Alaska Digest
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NorthwestDigest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

A day boat to Glacier Bay
The state ferry LeConte pulled into Bartlett Cove on Wednesday in what state officials hailed as a return to affordable public transportation to Glacier Bay National Park.

Ohio State's marching band steps into Juneau
The Ohio State University Marching Band Alumni has a Web site, www.tbdbitl.org, www.tbdbitl.org, that stands for "The Best Damn Band in The Land."

Humor and hypnosis
According to Alexander the Hypnotist, there's an easy way to tell the difference between a person who's hypnotized and a person who's faking it.

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Juneau Symphony pops up in Wrangell
W ith a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, about 65 members of the Juneau Symphony will board a state ferry Saturday morning for a 7:30 p.m. pops concert at Wrangell's brand-new Nolan Center.

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