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Saturday, June 19, 2004

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.

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.

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."

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?

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff and wire reports from our neighbors.

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.

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?

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

FYI
Vital statistics in our town

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.

Student recognitions
Praises to our students for their achievements

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from across the state.

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.

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.

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