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Thursday, June 24, 2004

Alaskan Brewing
Alaskan Brewing Co. owner Geoff Larson's success came down to the final investor and last penny.

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

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.

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,

Parents not clueless
As a parent, I'm a little tired of the generalizing insults hurled at parents, which is what Ms. Wolfe does in her letter of June 22 when she asserts that parents are clueless.

Couldn't afford Femmes
Simple truth - Violent Femmes.

Why won't Waste Management incinerate?
I know that I am no expert on waste management, but Waste Management claims on its Web site to be a company that is "committed to ensuring advanced protection of the environment, compliance with governmental regulations and implementation of state-of-the-art technology."

Don't spoil Alaska
I read with great disappointment about the approval of the Kensington gold mine's draft Clean Water Act permit.

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.

Dress code suppresses expression
The school is completely wrong in their decision to enforce a dress code policy such as this at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Murkowski helps vets
Mr. Kohn's letter on June 18 is factually incorrect.

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

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

Photo: Raising the Nesteby
A crew from Southeast Alaska Lighterage works to raise the 40-foot troller Nesteby.

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

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

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.

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

Airport employees will pay parking fees
Jim Allday is among the workers at the Juneau Airport who aren't happy they're going to have to pay $35 a month for parking, starting July 1.

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

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.

New service offers random drug testing program
Companies wanting to set up a random drug testing program for employees have a new option.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

My Turn: Dress code won't change values
In New York City I worked in a school in a gang-infested neighborhood. In an effort to root out gang colors, our school considered mandating school uniforms during my second year.

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.

Phillies go long to end Expos' winning streak
Jim Thome and the Philadelphia Phillies made Sun-woo Kim pay for his mistakes.

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.

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

Juneau teams blanked again at regionals
Three Juneau Soccer Club teams were shut out Wednesday as they lost their last games of the 2004 U.S. Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships in Spokane, Wash.

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.

Sports Briefs
Sports story from the wire.

An inexact science
By the time expected top draft pick Emeka Okafor steps up to the podium to shake hands with NBA Commissioner David Stern and hoist up his new jersey tonight, he will have been measured, poked, watched and put through more hoops than a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sky hook.

Alaska Digest
News briefs from around the state.

Pelican mayor resigns for Municipal League job
Kathie Wasserman resigned earlier this month as mayor of the fishing community of Pelican for a job in Juneau with the Alaska Municipal League.

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.

Tongass Forest logging hours cut back due to fire danger
Logging crews in the Tongass National Forest are working 3:30 a.m. shifts to avoid igniting blazes during Southeast Alaska's record heat and dry conditions.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

Lawmakers use special session for commercials
Camera crews and photographers trailed lawmakers Wednesday around the Capitol, collecting footage of them in action for campaign commercials for the November election.

Alaska Digest
Wire reports from around the state.

Legislature may return home empty-handed
The special session of the Legislature to craft a long-range fiscal plan for the state is turning out to not be so special.

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.

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

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

Ferry service returns to Tenakee Springs
A recent Alaska Marine Highway System ferry sighting in Tenakee Springs attracted a crowd eager for this week's resumption of service, the community's mayor said.

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

Photo: Grabbin' crab
Erika Judson, part of the crew aboard the fishing boat Cape Fox, displays Dungeness crabs that she was selling Wednesday at Harris Harbor.

State Republican chairman won't quit
The chairman of the Alaska Republican Party acknowledged violating ethics law when he held a state job but said Wednesday he has no plans to step down from the unpaid party position.

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.

The Swamp
Comic by local artist Toe

Norma Desmond: Priceless specter or aging ghoul?
Step forward, young man, if you too have contemplated life as an aging spinster's towelboy - dashing and diligent amidst the smoky oak of her faded eight-bedroom mansion.

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

briefly
Staff and wire reports on cultural events in Juneau

Does Billy Wilder's classic black comedy still hold up?
I 'm always a bit leery when the word classic is bandied about, especially in reference to movies. Once placed on a pedestal, the film acquires a certain amount of inscrutability about it.

Dancers in the park
Ever since the Concert in the Park series began, the Juneau Tlingit Dancers have been part of the summer program.

Sitka Summer Music Festival to stop in Juneau
After 28 years with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, principal violist Randolph Kelly is pleased to report that his instrument of choice - the oft-misunderstood viola - has won some respect.

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