Wednesday, June 23, 2004

AIDEA rejects offer to buy Healy Clean Coal plant
The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority rejected an offer from Golden Valley Electric Association to purchase the Healy Clean Coal Plant.

Testing unfair to Natives
What would Molly Hootch say about the current idea of high-stakes testing Alaska?

Dress code is right on
Amen. Kudos. Right on. Body parts hanging out of clothes are not particularly attractive, definitely not individualistic, and certainly more often offensive than desirable - regardless of age.

Ride bikes single file
I am completely in support of bicyclists' right to use the roadway even if their need for safety may cause drivers inconvenience, but I am concerned for the safety of bicyclists who ride side-by-side on area roadways.

Montessori worth investment
Here is an opinion submission, with hopefully a perspective on the Montessori issue that has not been explored.

Couldn't afford Femmes
Simple truth - Violent Femmes.

Don't fund alternative education
Recently I sat and listened while parents and educators involved with the Montessori program argued their case before the School Board.

Sen. won't support stem-cell research
Sen. Murkowski seems more interested in negative political campaign advertising than in positive senatorial steps to accomplish the public good,

Dress code lets kids focus on education
I agree with the school dress code and it was long overdue in any community public school. If it was in the budget, I'd say uniforms would be great, too. Before you shoot me down, hear me out.

Don't expand Tongass roads
It would be a crime if the funding amen

Gay marriage not a civil right
The opinion column of June 17 told us we ought to be proud this year because of all the advances made by gays in the courts.

Don't restrict student clothing at JDHS
We're high schoolers, meaning that we're responsible enough to understand how to dress.

Photo: Catch me if you can
Jake Tanner, 6, shows off his Frisbee skills as he catches a Frisbee tossed to him by his mother, Kathy Tanner, while playing in the sun Monday at Twin Lakes.

Photo: Bear bath
Ellen Carrlee, curator of collections for the Juneau Douglas City Museum, cleans "Windfall Fisherman"

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

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Aurora Basin electricity shut down for repairs
The electrical system at the northern half of Aurora Basin Harbor will be shut down for up to two months, as the Docks and Harbors Department replaces the harbor's transformers and electrical cables.

School vandals shatter 16 windows, 3 doors
Vandals and arsonists have shattered the peaceful environment around Mendenhall River Community School.

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

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

Mine wins draft permit
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a draft Clean Water Act permit for the proposed Kensington Mine, opening a 45-day public comment period for the project.

5th day in 80s breaks record
Juneau set a record Tuesday with its fifth straight day over 80 degrees, and the streak is poised to continue.

Photo: Channel dive
Robert Slagle, 16, dives off the Alaska Steamship Dock on Tuesday.

Mixson and Hartsock marry
Jennifer Terese Mixson and Shawn Ellsworth Hartsock, both of Juneau, were married in a ceremony on June 17, 2004, at Key West, Fla.

Allen, Whitaker to wed
Tonya Claudine Allen and Jeffery "Scott" Whitaker, both of Destin, Fla., will be married at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 3, 2004, at Chapel by the Lake. A reception will follow at Mount Roberts Tramway.

Thank you
Helping Hands would like to thank the Juneau-Douglas CHOICE program for hosting Smash'n Fash'n Show this spring as a benefit for Helping Hands.

Photo: Cub Scouts salute Princess Tours
A "Special Thanks" to Princess Tours from the boys and parents of Juneau's Cub Scout Pack 6 for its hospitality on the Memorial Day Weekend camping trip to Skagway.

Neighbors Digest
Staff and wire reports from our neighbors.

Alaskan enjoys flavor of London
After being on a soap box last week, it is a relief to be back in my regula

Jeanette Mann
Juneau resident Jeanette Mann, 76, died June 17, 2004, in Juneau.

Dorothy J. Carroll
Former Juneau resident Dorothy J. Carroll, 94, died June 16, 2004, of natural causes at Martha Mary Nursing Home in Poulsbo, Wash. She was just shy of her 95th birthday.

Keven Garrison
Former Juneau resident Keven Anthony Garrison, 35, died June 16, 2004, in Port Townsend, Wash., due to complications stemming from a lifelong struggle with asthma.

My Turn: Don't worry: Alaska's still safe
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will soon report that over 500 million pounds of toxic chemicals are being released to the environment.

My Turn: Seeing your faith through others' eyes
It can be both illuminating and disconcerting to find practitioners of religions other than your own commenting on aspects of the faith you follow.

Juneau teams roughed up at regional tourney
Juneau Soccer Club teams got off to a rough start Monday as play opened at the 2004 U.S. Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships in Spokane, Wash.

Yukon calling
One year ago, Kathy O'Daniel had never set foot in a canoe.

Rainball tourney crowns new champs
It was in with the new, out with the old in Sunday's title games of the 29th annual Rainball Invitational Softball Tournament.

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.

Woes continue at Far West region tourney
Juneau Soccer Club teams were shut out Tuesday on the second day of competition at the 2004 U.S. Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships in Spokane, Wash.

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.

Special session to focus on permanent fund
State lawmakers head back to work today for a $25,000-a-day special legislative session to deal with the Alaska Permanent Fund, workers' compensation laws, a tobacco tax increase and various bond projects.

Fires blacken more than 80,000 acres in Interior
Wildfires started by lightning had burned more than 80,000 acres in Alaska's Interior on Monday.

Stevens reaps profits from Utah subdivision investment
Sen. Ted Stevens has turned a $15,000 investment into at least $100,000, and perhaps as much as $250,000.

Ruedrich, state settle over ethics charges
The state has reached a settlement with GOP Chairman Randy Ruedrich on charges that he violated state ethics law while working as a member of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

Blaze on barge subdued Monday
Firefighters attacking the scrap-metal barge fire near Haines on Sunday attribute success to their long hours and to quick thinking and hard work by the barge operators.

Murkowski plan would revamp workers' comp appeals system
The Murkowski administration introduced a new plan to overhaul the appeals system for workers' compensation claims on the first day of the special session of the Legislature.

Woman rowing 800 miles from Ketchikan for troubled kids
Dale McKinnon is a rower with a cause.

Japan's economic recovery could bolster Alaska fisheries, mining
Alaska may be benefiting from a Japanese economic recovery, trade officials and economists said Tuesday.

This Day in History
This day in the history of Alaska, the nation, and the world.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

Alaska Digest
News briefs from around the state

Photo: Short Circuit Band, 1946
The Short Circuit Band plays at the 1946 Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood Convention in Wrangell.

Fix for fiscal gap headed to voters - or not?
Gov. Frank Murkowski sent mixed messages Tuesday on whether he is still insisting on a vote of the people before allowing Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to be spent on state government.

Alaska Digest
News briefs from around the state.

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