Monday, June 13, 2005

Thumbs up to Juneau-Douglas High School's class of 2005
I attended the graduation ceremony for the Juneau-Douglas High School class of 2005.

Skagway road would open up Juneau
Juneau is the largest gated community in North America. That's the sentiment the anti-road people want to believe.

Baccalaureates vary from year to year
In response to Miss Schoenfeld's letter about the 2005 baccalaureate (June 5)...

Juneau has lost its sense of identity
The happiest times of my childhood were the years that I lived in Juneau from 1937 through 1941.

Psychiatric patients have rights to better care at API
On June 3, I attended the building dedication and tour of the new Alaska Psychiatric Institute.

Photo: Fiddler on the woof
Fiddler Wayne Kubli plays selections from "Hymns of Glorious Praise" on Sunday at Marine Park.

Port wants sales tax to maintain harbors
Port officials say if Juneau voters renew an optional 1 percent sales tax in October, some of the revenues should be used to maintain the city's small-boat harbors.

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

'Care packages' bound for troops
Volunteers at some local grocery stores spent Saturday collecting items to send to 140 Alaska National Guardsmen in Iraq and elsewhere overseas.

Harmon defense wants Ketchikan
It would be impossible for James Harmon to receive a fair Juneau trial on a first-degree murder charge when a front-page Empire headline already has announced, "Harmon found guilty" of other charges, his attorney is arguing.

Maas named circulation manager at Empire
Lisa Maas, a 6-year veteran of the Juneau Empire's circulation department, has been named the newspaper's circulation manager. The announcement was made Friday by Steve Bower, the Empire's circulation director since Jan. 5.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Juneau Mountain Rescue founder heading for Iraq
Juneau resident Steve Lewis said he's not looking to put "hero" on his résumé when he ships out today to join the American war effort in Iraq.

How it's done
Ron Greene helps his daughter, Patricia, 7, cast her line into Twin Lakes on Saturday during Family Fishing Day.

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

Marrow drive registers 1,010
A recent drive in Southeast Alaska by private citizens to register bone-marrow donors collected 1,010 blood samples, organizers said.

Airport miscalculated terminal expansion project by $16 million
Juneau International Airport officials underestimated their terminal expansion project by $16 million, they acknowledged Friday.

Photo: Showtime
Above, a mature bald eagle swoops to snatch fish scraps Sunday next to Taku Fisheries downtown.

Montessori charter axed
The Alaska Board of Education on Friday, in a 5-2 vote in Anchorage, turned down Montessori Borealis' application for a charter school.

Sara Jane Goese
Juneau resident Sara Jane Goese, 44, died June 9, 2005, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau.

Toe Toon
Comic by local artist Toe.

Indigenous languages key to cultural identity
Language and culture are so deeply interrelated that when one is compromised, the other is profoundly weakened.

Ferry system keeps schedules a mystery
If you are in the business of printing revised schedules for the Alaska Marine Highway System, you're in a growth industry.

Empire Editorial: Juneau harbors deserve a piece of the sales-tax action
Everyone's clamoring for a piece of the sales-tax pie and city leaders need to be sure not to leave one important group empty-handed - harbor users.

Haugland, Skaggs capture the JRC regatta
Shortly prior to competing in the finals of the Juneau Rowing Club's Third Annual Gastineau Channel Challenge regatta on Saturday, defending champion Heather Haugland claimed she was dreading the race.

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.

Windfall Lake Challenge Run

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.

Three competitors from the Juneau Aurora Knights win regional competition in Kirkland
Despite moving up into a higher age bracket, the Juneau Aurora Knights' synchronized swimming duet of Koko Urata and Sarah Felix repeated as regional champions at the Pacific Northwest Regional Synchronized Swim Meet in Kirkland, Wash., on May 27-29.

Dynasty in the making
After winning their second straight state championship, and their third in the past four seasons, it would seem like the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears have a softball dynasty in the making.

For some in Yakutat, Timber sale spells grief
The fishing village of Yakutat has reaped plenty of national buzz in recent years - for world-class surfing waves, the frightening surge of Hubbard Glacier and the biggest steelhead run in Alaska.

Legislator is shunned by her party
Once again, an Alaska lawmaker finds herself orphaned from the majority caucus for not voting along party lines.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Some military experts say downsizing Eielson makes perfect sense
Alaskans may be outraged at the very thought of stripping Eielson Air Force Base of most of its personnel and planes, but for some outside analysts, the Pentagon's proposal is based on sound logic.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Getting with the program
The customer glanced at the wooden porch swings, the moose planters, the swallow houses. She knew just what she wanted and thought the woodworkers might be able to help.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world

Graduate lineup
Graduates of the Department of Public Saftey's Alaska Law Enforcement Training course listen to speaker Judge Elaine Andrews during ceremonies Thursday in Sitka.

Injured Haines writer watches book take off
Haines writer Heather Lende was scheduled to come to Hearthside Books on Thursday and Friday to sign copies of her first book, "If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name," a chronicle of the personalities of the upper Lynn Canal town of 2,265.

State Board of Education adopts revised standards
The Alaska Board of Education adopted new education standards Friday after revising science study guidelines that had been criticized as dismissive of evolution.

Foul play now suspected with missing mother
When Marion Gonangnan disappeared two years ago, there was no evidence of foul play. Fairbanks police thought she might turn up as most people reported missing do.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation and the world

Board member says meddling pushed him out
A state Public Employees Retirement Board member has resigned, accusing the Murkowski administration of manipulating and interfering with the board and its duties.

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