Friday, June 18, 2004

Protect SE Alaska for generations
I have many concerns about Klukwan Inc's plans to aerially spray herbicides on Long Island.

Diatribe was usual Rush to judgment
B. Wright's diatribe about Rush Limbaugh (June 13) was the usual propaganda that is now sadly becoming "mainstream progressive thought."

Wife defends LeConte chief mate
I feel compelled to respond to the article on KINY's Web site regarding the termination of my husband.

Support senior vets
Just because Gov. Murkowski, Sen. Murkowski and her challenger, Mike Miller, support turning the Palmer Pioneers' Home into a Veterans' Home doesn't prove their dedication to veterans' concerns and well-being, as John Vowell suggested on June 8. How can one facility be enough to help all our senior vets across Alaska?

Fight worker's comp change
Working Alaskans and businesses should be very concerned about Gov. Murkowski's plans to revisit his workers' compensation bill during the special session.

Union leaders protect themselves
Anytime someone who is identified as a state employee and long-time leader of the Alaska State Employees Association crawls out from his cubicle and writes an article about how terrible management of the union has become, you can bet he probably doesn't have enough to do at his job.

Murkowski's appearance of action
I was struck by a recent headline in the Anchorage Daily News: "(Lisa) Murkowski touts support for tax cuts that opponents couldn't vote on."

Weigh school issue
I feel the current debate about the two-high schools concept is quickly getting completely out of hand.

Let nature take its course
I am a resident of a rural town in Southeast Alaska who relies on the abundance, purity and healthiness of wild-harvested foods and medicines.

School opponents speculate
I've noted the recent progress which has been made by the high school focus team, and am encouraged that they've narrowed down the possible courses of action to two: renovation of Marie Drake, or construction of a smaller valley high school.

City names new fire department chief
Eric Mohrmann, appointed Juneau's fire chief Thursday, likes to encourage young firefighters with this little story.

Free sailing
A small sailboat crisscrosses Gastineau Channel on Wednesday, paying no heed to the hulking cruise ships that, were tied to shore in downtown Juneau.

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

Photo: Staying cool
Malcolm Tullis sings in the shade Thursday outside the Chilkat Cone Kitchen at the Merchant's Wharf downtown.

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

Mineral information center opens museum
The John Rishel Mineral Information Center has been a hidden treasure of gold and other precious gems.

Group wants plan for Native students
Local educators and Native organizations are working on a plan to improve Native achievement in the Juneau schools.

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

Photo: Prep work
Tom Pittman mends a 250-fathom purse seine net Wednesday on the old Douglas Cold Storage Dock.

Sex offender program moves from Juneau to Southcentral Alaska
A risk assessment program for imprisoned sex offenders was moved last week from Juneau to Southcentral Alaska to save money on transportation, according to the state Department of Corrections.

Bergmann Hotel owners to buy Arcticorp Building
The owners of the Bergmann Hotel plan to buy the downtown Arcticorp Building across the street.

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

School Board reconsiders adding three counselors
The Juneau School Board will take another look at its plan to add a counselor at each middle school and Juneau-Douglas High School.

School Board delays granting bus routes
The Juneau School Board has delayed granting bus routes in areas where it may be hazardous for students to walk.

Eaglecrest Ski Area struggles for survival
Eaglecrest Ski Area has weathered some tough snow and financial years and now may have to convince city leaders it remains a community asset to keep from being buried.

Take the guesswork out of choosing a dog, part 2
Are you thinking of adding a dog to your family? Perhaps Rover is getting on in years, or maybe you think a dog would be a good companion for the kids?

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

FYI
Vital statistics in our town

Schmitz and Klei to marry
Jaimee Lorraine Schmitz of Juneau and Ian Martin Klei of Kennewick, Wash., will be married at 5 p.m. Saturday June 26, 2004, at Juneau Church of Christ, 8755 Trinity Drive.

Student recognitions
Praises to our students for their achievements

Mesdag and Dean to wed
Erin Logan Mesdag and Joshua David Dean will be married June 25, 2004, in Colton, Ore.

Neighbors Digest
Staff and wire reports from our neighbors.

Mearig and Bennett to marry
Nikole Bennett and Kirk Mearig of Juneau will be married at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 26, 2004. A reception will follow at 4:30 p.m. at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Kasper and Sele to wed
Sharla Grimm Sele of Sitka and Jeffrey Kasper of Byron, Minn., will be married at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 26, 2004, at Glacier Gardens.

Juneau missed an opportunity
It was a dark day in Juneau's history.

Thomas J. Dvorak
Former Juneau resident Thomas J. Dvorak, 54, died May 30, 2004.

Harold Cosgrove Jr.
Longtime Juneau resident Harold L. "Harry" Cosgrove Jr., 76, died June 9, 2004, of an apparent heart attack at his home.

Charles Frank Fawcett Sr.
Juneau resident Charles Frank Fawcett Sr., 61, died May 5, 2004, in Juneau.

Sherwood Walker
Juneau resident Sherwood "Woody" DeWitt Walker, 55, died May 16, 2004, at his home following a five-year battle against lung cancer.

Lucille O. Robeson
Former Juneau resident Lucille O. Robeson, 81, died June 13, 2004, at her home in Emmett, Idaho, from complications of cancer.

Margaret Thomas
Longtime Juneau resident Margaret "Peggy" Thomas, 51, died June 8, 2004, in Eugene, Ore., due to complications from multiple sclerosis.

Gays and straights should both feel proud this year
You don't have to be gay to feel proud during this June's gay pride celebrations.

I pledge allegiance to dogma
It's comforting to see one of America's most enduring and inconsequential public policy issues back in the news.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sports events in Juneau

Juneau cyclists head to Kluane
Record warmth will greet a record number of riders in Saturday's 12th annual Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sports events in Juneau

Rainball tourney takes field
If the weather forecast holds true, Rainball will be anything but this weekend.

Governor offers guarantee for use of permafund
Gov. Frank Murkowski wants to make a deal with the Legislature and Alaska voters.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from across the state

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

House blocks funds for Tongass roads
The U.S. House of Representatives was poised Thursday to pass an Interior appropriations bill that would prohibit any money for new timber roads in the Tongass National Forest.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from across the state.

Octopus J-1 had the right stuff, mate Aurora lays eggs
J-1 was doing more than whispering sweet nothings to Aurora as the two clutched each other in a deep embrace in a secluded corner last month.

Alaska mammoths resisted extinction longer
Thousands of years after most woolly mammoths in the world had died off, the giant mammals were thriving on the grasses of a remote Alaska island, according to a report published Thursday.

Drilling in ANWR may be shelved until election
Environmental groups say it's a small but likely short-lived victory that federal lawmakers have set aside a measure to drill in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Lawsuit over 2000 veto takes on life of its own
As Alaska's governor, Tony Knowles vetoed a university land grant bill - an action he said could result in years of litigation.

Police cruiser
Police Officer Judy Puckett and Chief Bob Gorder cruise on Segway Human Transporters on Tuesday in Sitka.

briefly
Staff and wire reports on cultural events in Juneau

Violent Femmes
As with most great albums, the circumstances behind the Violent Femmes' 1983 self-titled debut seem improbable.

The Swamp
Cartoon by local artist Toe

movies where & when
Titles and showing times of movies in Juneau theaters.

what's happening
Upcoming cultural events in town

Musical Odyssey
Since leaving Alaska two months ago for an extended exploration of their musical opportunities in the southeastern Lower 48, Juneau/Skagway duo Deering and Down has had a fair share of fortuity.

Patshiva brings tribal-style dance to Marine Park
Those who saw the first-ever performance of Patshiva, last August at a Concert in the Park, may remember that the Middle Eastern drumming and dancing group performed to pre-recorded music.

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