Monday, June 14, 2004

Adventures with dinosaurs, turtles await young audiences
Picture books for young readers to kick off the summer!

Book explores oil industry's impact on Alaska
No one can argue that the phenomenon that some people call "the oil bidness" has had an enormous effect on the history of Alaska - at least as big an effect as the coming of the Russians.

Go cold turkey on Rush
As my father before me, and his father before him, I served with pride in America's armed forces.

Public access and easements
The lady who wrote regarding dogs following her children down to the water left the impression she is using public access to reach the water.

Empire hypocritical on freedoms
On June 1, you printed the "Outside editorial" (Patriot Act: First task is to review it) from the Philadelphia Inquirer. Apparently, by printing it, you support its assertions.

New school foes bamboozled voters
My hat's off to the person or group of people who chose several days before middle school graduation to hold the new high school referendum election. It was masterful.

Don't spray in Southeast
Recently, there has been a mysterious epidemic involving black billed chickadees in Anchorage and Ontario, Canada.

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

Special election showed it was cost vs. need
Opponents of the Dimond Park high school were most concerned about cost, and supporters wanted to alleviate overcrowding at Juneau-Douglas High School, according to a recent poll of voters about the May 25 special election.

City wants DeHarts Marina for Statter Harbor expansion
The commercial fishing and tour boat industries could benefit economically if the city buys DeHarts Marina and upgrades Statter Harbor at Auke Bay, city and industry sources say.

Fine Arts Camp guest artist combines video and puppetry
Meredith Holch has her world of video directing, where a quarter-of-a-second's worth of video capture gives life to the inanimate. And she has her world of puppetry, where a stack of brown paper bags can turn into a 10-foot-high statement on the cultural psyche.

Can recycling save city from its garbage?
Juneau residents should start thinking about how to deal with the 30,000 tons of garbage they generate every year.

Struggling to become an American
It took about ten minutes for Nenelyn Benalosa to take her citizenship tests, but it cost her a $500 trip to Anchorage to do it.

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

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

Board to look at new school, Drake rebuild
The Juneau School Board has been asked to look at the feasibility of building a scaled-down high school at Dimond Park and at renovating and expanding the Marie Drake building next to Juneau-Douglas High School.

Neighbors startled after Bergman Hotel shooting on Saturday morning
Neighbors of the Bergman Hotel, 434 Third Street, are still wondering why an unknown gunman fired several rounds early Saturday morning at a second-floor window that overlooks Harris Street.

Fire crews respond to smoke at Capitol
Even essential state business had to take a break Friday morning.

Photo: Wilderness Fest
Juneau residents and visitors return from a short kayaking trip Sunday afternoon on Mendenhall Lake during Wilderness Fest.

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

Mary Lou Ralston
Juneau resident Mary Lou Ralston, 74, died June 7, 2004, at home of natural causes.

Margaret Jane McClung
Longtime Juneau resident Margaret Jane McClung, 75, died April 22, 2004.

Toe cartoon
Cartoon by local artist Toe

My Turn: Keep teens sober, safe
There are those who feel as long as the kids are in a "safe place" it should be alright for them to drink. What about the Swiss-cheese effect alcohol has on the teen-age developing brain?

Homeland Security money should go only for security
Congress has found a new way to serve up pork and Alaska officials are ready to gobble it up.

Ketchikan Shipyard's decade of success
Repairing the state ferry LeConte is the fourth emergency to which Ketchikan Shipyard has responded this year, the 20th in 10 years of operation.

Jazz and Classics reverberates
A few random thoughts for a summer Sunday morning: Two weeks after the final show for this year's Juneau Jazz and Classics (the 19th season) I'm still in awe of the quality of musicians and performances I saw over the course of nine days and nights.

My Turn: Reagan was a great president
When I saw the news flash Saturday that Ronald Reagan had passed away, a visceral, tangible feeling of sorrow and grief swept over me. I admired Ronald Reagan all my life.

Snagging - it ain't pretty, but it works
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him to snag and you can fill his freezer full of salmon for the winter.

Alpine flowers blossom on Juneau's mountain ridges
If you have hiked up Blackerby or another ridge this spring, or taken the tram to tree line, you have seen the early flowers like Cooley buttercups on Gastineau Ridge or bog rosemary in a high muskeg or alpine meadow.

On the hook
Show us your big fish.

Fish report
Juneau area marine boat anglers experienced about average king salmon fishing the week ending June 5, with a majority of the king salmon being harvested from the Auke Bay/Fritz Cove area and around Point Bishop.

Out&About
Upcoming outdoors events in Juneau.

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.

Juneau Freewheelers Team Time Trial
Results of the Juneau Freewheelers' 40-kilometer Team Time Trial bicycle race held Friday evening on North Douglas Highway.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sports events in Juneau

Mariners shut out Expos for second straight night
The Seattle Mariners' struggling offense gave Jamie Moyer an early lead, and the 41-year-old lefty made sure three runs were more than enough.

Devil of a run
The Windfall Lake Trail Challenge Run includes some of the worst travails of hiking and running in Southeast.

Special Olympians head to state Summer Games
Athletes from 10 Alaska communities - including Juneau - gathered in Anchorage last weekend for the 35th annual Special Olympics Alaska Summer Games.

Photos: Family Day at the Lake
Slippery catch.

Southeast Road Runners Windfall Lake Trail Challenge Run
Results of Saturday's Windfall Lake Trail Challenge Run, which followed a 14-mile course from the West Glacier Trailhead to the Windfall Lake Trailhead.

Correspondence school spending limits set by state
Students in statewide correspondence programs can no longer use state money for activities like family travel or family passes to sports and recreation facilities.

Photo: Fish fixed
A prowfish swims in a tank at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.

Photo: The Tao of cheer
Monique Borromeu and Katie Kremer

Alaska Digest
News shorts from around the state

More funding for EPA staff on the way for Alaska
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will dedicate more staffing and funding to help Alaska's mining and oil and gas sectors navigate the maze of government permitting, according to the agency's regional administrator.

This Day in History
This day's history in the state and nation

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from across the state.

Grant promotes career counseling in villages
The University of Alaska Southeast will boost depleted high school career counseling services, thanks to a new grant.

Murkowski administration plans oil-tax study
The state is studying whether the state should change its tax policies to try to spur more oil company investment here. A legislative committee also is looking at the issue.

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