Friday, June 17, 2005

Quality of life is good for business
Kudos to the Empire for their fantastic coverage on May 1 of the explosion of wildlife in Berners Bay.

Don't preach about Planned Parenthood
In a recent Empire, Ms. Joan Heidersdorf writes that "we" don't need Planned Parenthood, that Planned Parenthood "targets" teenagers, that all abortion kills babies.

Bring back ferry connection
The Murkowski administration has successfully angered this entire Southeast corridor with his "outlook" on the ferry system.

Thought for the day about flagging
How is it on Saturday we have three flag people directing traffic near the Douglas roundabout, but during the work week, especially from 7 to 8 a.m., there is not one flag person directing traffic during the "rush hour?"

Good reasons to stop bad developments
As we near the 25th anniversary of ANILCA in July, a recent letter published by the Empire comes to mind.

Gasoline price gouging in Juneau
An item of interest published in the Juneau Empire regarding the price of gasoline nationwide caught my eye this morning.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Program is 'nest' for Native languages
Learning Tlingit has changed the lives of the 10 or so young adults in Juneau who have dedicated themselves to the language, one student says.

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

Photo: A new sanctuary
The SeaFari, on the right, was sunk by the Alaska Artificial Reef Society on Wednesday at Auke Village Recreation Area.

Sealaska to host annual meeting
Shareholders of Sealaska will gather in Ketchikan for the Native corporation's annual meeting Saturday, for which people will fly in from all over Alaska and the Lower 48.

Photo: Green thumb
Kathy Hays plants flowers Wednesday in front of the Cathedral of the Nativity. Hays says she enjoys working in the garden with the spring weather.

Plea pre-empts trial in Radio Shack assault case
The former manager of the Radio Shack store in the Nugget Mall pleaded no contest Thursday to misdemeanor assault of a man who police allege questioned if he had acted in a racist manner.

599 property owners appeal city's assessments
Some property owners appealing their high tax assessments on Wednesday told the Juneau Board of Equalization that the assessor overlooked defects including leaking basements and plumbing problems.

Panel: Extend 1% sales tax for nine years
If voters agree with the Assembly Finance Committee, Juneau's temporary 1 percent sales tax will last nine years the next time around.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Taku king fishery could pour $900K into Juneau economy
The first commercial harvest of Taku River king salmon in 30 years is shaping up to be a rousing success, state biologists and fishermen said this week.

Testing the rules of Physics
It seems that Isaac Newton and Daniel Bernoulli may have cottoned on to something after all.

Commission halts plans for Lena Point
Point Lena Way resident Peter Page said he sees a bright side to the water that began flowing onto his beach-side property late last summer, turning his garden into a mud hole.

Purdy and Grubb to wed
Juneau resident Kellee Grubb and Seth Purdy of Salem, Ore., will be married 6:30 p.m. June 24, 2005, at McMenamin's Edgefield in Troutdale, Ore.

Gillette and Fox to marry
Leah Gillette of Yakima, Wash., and Sam Fox of Juneau will be married Oct. 22, 2005, in Yakima, Wash.

Coming up daisies
Jennifer George exercises with her children, Jacob, 3, and Jocelyn, 10 months, Thursday at Twin Lakes.

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

AARP Volunteers Honored
AARP Alaska volunteers from Southeast were recognized for their service to fellow Alaskans during an event May 11 in Juneau.

Manicure is key to story of city's founding
Here is my nomination for the most beautiful manicurist in town.

Task force proposes dog restrictions
Where do you regularly walk your dog?

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

Honoring years of service
Ruth Vincent (center), manager of customer services at the Mendenhall Valley Post Office, presents Sandi Hicks (left) and Dominck Idone with awards for their years of service to the U.S. Postal Service.

FYI
News about the people you know

Student recognitions
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

My turn: Tribe didn't expect to be sole litigant in timber case
In Ms. Elizabeth Bluemink's Sunday article she mentions that I felt some deep ambiguity about the lawsuit the tribe has pending against the U.S. Forest Service on the Yakutat Timber Salvage II Sale.

My turn: We need clear rules for dogs and trails
I live downtown. I am not a dog owner, and I utilize Juneau's trail system extensively.

Rebecca Braun: It's time to pay our legislators better
Is it true that the governor gave himself a $50,000 raise?"

My turn: Preserve Merchants Wharf for its history
I want to thank the Juneau Empire for raising public awareness of the city's waterfront plan.

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.

Skippers prepare for Spirit of Adventure
It's one of the more grueling and beautiful boat races of the year.

Juneau team wins state tennis title
In only their second year of competition, The Alaska Club's Juneau Women's 3.0 tennis team captured the United States Tennis Association Alaska State Championships on June 6 in Anchorage.

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.

Fossils may reveal tsunami warnings
Tuesday's tsunami warning served as a reminder that the potential for a destructive wave to hit California is real.

Forest Service OKs Kensington mine plan
The U.S. Forest Service approved the Kensington Mine's operating plan Wednesday, leaving three more administrative obstacles for the proposed gold mine to clear this summer.

Natives who owe IRS risk losing corporate dividends
Alaska Natives who owe the federal government money now face losing their corporate dividends, under a policy change by the Internal Revenue Service.

Study finds diarrhea is a common climbing malady
Mountain climbers face a risk that has nothing to do with falling, blizzards or exhaustion: diarrhea

PFD checks could drop below $900
Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks could drop below $900 this year, according to preliminary figures from the fund's managers.

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

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Judge orders feds to come up with right whale proposal
A judge has ordered a federal agency to come up with its proposal for providing critical habitat protection for North Pacific right whales, considered the world's most endangered whales.

Did you get my good side?
A moose standing in a parking lot Tuesday in downtown Anchorage is photographed by a motorist.

Alaska Airlines to buy 35 jets
A huge order for a new fleet of planes could mean fewer flight delays and roomier baggage cabins for Juneau passengers, Alaska Airlines officials said Wednesday.

Fishing heats up on the Russian River
The "sanctuary" area of the Russian River was opened up to sockeye salmon fishing Thursday morning.

Officials crack down on insurance 'discount plans'
As the cost of health insurance increases across the nation, businesses and individuals in Alaska and the Lower 48 are more vulnerable to companies offering bogus discount plans, the state Division of Insurance said Thursday.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Cinema Guide
What's playing on the silver screen

Movie producer returns to Silverbow with short film
New York film producer Jen Small has felt a connection to the Silverbow Inn since she visited Juneau two years ago. She and her husband stayed at the Second Street bed and breakfast, and he proposed to her during the trip.

The tale of 'The Golden Spruce'
On a 10-day paddling trip through the south part of the Queen Charlotte Islands in 2000, an assignment for Outside Magazine, writer John Vaillant decided to visit "The Golden Spruce," a 165-foot-tall Sitka spruce marked on old tourist maps at the end of a remote logging road.

In a league of her own
Dolphina is a northern California native and a belly-dancing teacher, whose conviction that every woman can embrace their inner goddess has landed her spots in dozens of newspapers, magazines and television shows.

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