Friday, June 11, 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?

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

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.

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.

Open downtown parking
The parking situation downtown is horrible for small business owners.

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.

A dog owner's apology
In response to Ms. Ethel Smith's letter of June 9 ("Get tougher on dog rules"), I, as a dog owner who works hard at being a responsible citizen, and as the Capital Kennel Club representative on the Dogs on Trails Task Force and a member of the Grateful Dogs of Juneau, would like to apologize to Ms. Ethel Smith for the behavior of one of my fellow dog owners - and obviously not a responsible one.

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.

Encourage, pray for troops
I agree with Harriet Hopson (letter of June 10) that we must remember our troops.

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

Find middle ground on the exit exam
I read with great interest the essay on the possible bias on the exit exam.

SE Alaska united against spraying
Klukwan Corporation has choices. They can choose to manage their timber holdings in many different ways.

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.

Financial advisers make house calls a part of their services in Juneau
When Kathryn Jeffers gives financial advice to Jamie and Corrine Marks, sometimes she'll play with their children or have a cup of coffee.

Panel revisits plan for another school
Some citizens on a focus group about the school special election are pushing for a smaller school that would garner a safe majority of votes.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

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.

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.

Governor reverses order for state holiday to honor Reagan
The city of Juneau on Thursday ordered all municipal offices to remain open after Gov. Frank Murkowski reversed a declaration that would have made today a state holiday.

'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.

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

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.

Theater names new director
Shortly after PJ Paparelli applied in February to become Perseverance Theatre's new artistic director, the 29-year-old flew to Juneau from Washington, D.C.

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

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

Taking a walk in the footsteps of Franklin
This week I'll be spending a few days in London. Benjamin Franklin, one of America's great men at the nation's founding, loved the excitement and stimulation of London.

Marks and Flores to marry
Due to a change in scheduling, Serena A. Flores and Mervin C. Marks Jr. of Juneau will be married at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 12, 2004, at Glacier Valley Church of God on Thunder Mountain Road.

McDermaid and Boyles to wed
Margarita Boyles of Juneau and Clark McDermaid of Juneau will be married at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 12, 2004, at Tlingit and Haida in Juneau, 3235 Hospital Drive.

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

Blackwell and Rielly to wed
Jolene Marie Rielly and Jesse Vincent Blackwell of Juneau will be married at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2004, at Bear Track Inn in Gustavus. A reception at the same location will follow immediately after the ceremony.

JDHS students excel at international science fair
Three Juneau-Douglas High School students won awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Check received
Bishop Michael Warfel, president of the board of directors for Catholic Community Service, accepts a generous contribution of $20,000 from John Williams, former board member and owner of Juneau Real Estate for the Bridge Adult Day program.

Newman and Nichols marry
Aaron Newman and Kim Nichols were married April 26, 2004, at Castlebrook in Layton, Utah.

Neighbors Digest
Satko family hosts birthday celebration.

FYI
Vital statistics in our town.

Richard W. 'Smitty' Smith Jr.
Former Juneau resident Richard W. "Smitty" Smith Jr., 70, died June 1, 2004, in Coulee City, Wash., after an extended illness.

Trey Allen VanEpps-Williams
Juneau resident Trey Allen VanEpps-Williams, 10, died Sunday, June 6, 2004, outside of Tok.

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

Sail on, jet-propelled prophet
Anticipating the home-coming of our new ferry, the Malaspina, I have been sitting here in the warmth of our homey kitchen, dreading the long hours.

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;

Ward, Brinson team up for duathlon win
Cyclist Terry Ward and runner Miles Brinson teamed up to take first place overall at last Saturday's Wes Coyner Duathlon.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sports events in Juneau

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sports events in Juneau.

Haiku, Rose of Erin take first legs of Juneau Cup
Haiku, captained by Brian Lieb, won two of the three legs in Round 1 of the Juneau Cup Challenge sailing series May 29-31.

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.

Alaska Digest
Courtesy of Steve Lloyd via / Anchorage Daily New

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.

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.

Anchorage seafood plant draws firm offer
The state has received an offer to buy a now defunct fish processing plant in south Anchorage.

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.

State may use terror funds for governor's jet
State officials want to use federal anti-terrorism funds to replace one of the two airplanes frequently used by Gov. Frank Murkowski with a jet.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports across the state.

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

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

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.

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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