Friday, June 24, 2005

New fiction at the Juneau Public Libraries
"The Family Tree," by Carole Cadwalladr. The nature versus nurture argument is given a fresh twist in this wry and introspective first novel.

The roundabout is a jerkaround
I just can not believe that 2 million of our tax dollars is going into a poorly designed roundabout.

Natural selection not the whole story
Regarding the story "State Board of Education adopts revised standards" (The Associated Press, June 12) and the comments therein please allow me to respond.

Urge officials to support PBS funding
I read with interest Cal Thomas's editorial ("Political bias runs deep at PBS, NPR," June 23).

It's time to bring our troops home
In recent weeks our congressional delegation has been circling the wagons to protect Eielson Air Force Base from closure.

Build the road to Skagway now
I congratulate and thank Mr. Stan Ridgeway for taking his job seriously, in representing Juneau residents as an Assembly member.

We need workable solutions to safety
Recently concerns have been voiced in the editorial section of this paper regarding the impact of proposed U.S. Coast Guard security regulations on commercial and recreational boating in Alaska.

Mid-mountain chairlift is an asset
I've lived in Juneau for 22 years and love Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Planned Parenthood offers needed services
This letter is in response to the letter from Mr. Brown of San Diego, Calif., who believes the services of Planned Parenthood are not needed by the state of Alaska.

Board not sure of grade proposal
The Juneau School Board had more questions than answers Tuesday after hearing a proposal that the high school grade Advanced Placement courses be weighted differently from other courses.

AroundTown
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Bagging Kilimanjaro
We retired from Juneau-Douglas High School last year and got teaching jobs at the American International School of Johannesburg in South Africa.

Grant to bring more art to schools
The Juneau School District has received a grant to start a visual-arts program in the elementary schools.

Photo: Speed demons
Jack Siverly, 7, zooms around the Red Devil Racing go-cart track Wednesday in the Nugget Mall parking lot as Michael Mills zips by in the foreground.

Remodel brings credit union into Fred Meyer
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has sold its Glacier Highway home to Fred Meyer, but the retailer has agreed to make room for an outlet in next year's expansion plans.

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

Congratulations JDHS Class of 2005
Congratulations JDHS Class of 2005

Harbor board gives fishermen a break on fees
Juneau fishermen won't need to pay daily moorage fees at Don Statter Small Boat Harbor if they pay an annual fee and demonstrate significant commercial fish landings, the Docks and Harbors Board decided Thursday.

AroundTown
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Top of the pyramid
Ian Reid becomes airborne over the pyramid Wednesday afternoon at the Pipeline Skate Park, as some of the other skaters watch in the background.

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

District: Moving costs more than double
It will cost more than twice the original estimate to switch the locations of Yaakoosge Daakahidi alternative high school and the Juneau School District's central office, district officials say.

Photo: Glittering vessel
The Sapphire Princess sweeps by Douglas Island on June 15, after spending several hours in Juneau. The ship can hold up to 3,918 passengers and crew.

Booth, Kookesh to marry
Reanna Stella Kookesh of Angoon and William Jay Booth III of Metlakatla will be married at 3 p.m., July 23, 2005, at Assembly of God Church in Angoon. A reception will follow at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

FYI
News about the people you know

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

Ericksons mark 30th anniversary
Hoonah residents Jim and Mary Erickson celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary June 20, 2005.

Student recognition
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

Crondahls to celebrate 40 years
Juneau residents Jay and Judy Crondahl will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on July 3, 2005. They were married in 1965 in Juneau.

Photo: Winning brew crew
Haines Homebrew Competition winners' include, from left, John Kajdan, Lara Lewis, John Trapp, Rod Savoie, Arne Oydna, Jimmy Hendricks (front), Kevin Burchfield, Jeff Tappe, Cindy Tappe, Scorch Barnett and Matt Heavner.

Pearce, Lokke wed
Juneau residents Katrina Lokke and Tauter Pearce were married June 18, 2005, at Salvation Army. The reception followed the ceremony at the Elks Lodge.

Icy Strait's jewel: Hoonah is a beautiful, progressive town
What a progressive town Hoonah is. It is the hub of activity on the beautiful waters of Icy Strait.

Herbert Bast Gloege
Former Juneau resident Herbert "Herb" Bast Gloege died May 31, 2005, in Butte, Mont.

Alaska editorial: Special would be to not have an extra legislative session
Now that the figures are out, it goes without saying: Our state representatives need to find a better way of doing business in Juneau.

Alaska editorial: Alaska villages need better justice system
Since last fall, U.S. Attorney for Alaska Tim Burgess has gotten an education about the desperate need for better law enforcement and justice in the state's rural communities.

Empire editorial: Board prudent to be wary of grade inflation
The Juneau School Board is wise to take time for further review before weighting grades to give more credit to those high school students who take Advanced Placement courses.

My Turn: Charter school need to be able to stand up to scrutiny
The parents and students of Juneau's public schools were granted a reprieve when the Montessori Borealis charter school applicants decided to not pursue resubmission or reconsideration of their charter application to the Alaska Board of Education for the 2005-06 academic year.

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 in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Bentz bounced to Albuquerque
The Florida Marlins sent left-handed reliever Chad Bentz of Juneau back to the minors on Wednesday, optioning him to the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes of the Pacific Coast League while calling up right-handed reliever Randy Messenger.

Thousands watch annual event
Thousands of baseball fans stayed up late Tuesday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Midnight Sun Baseball Game.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

WWII lifeline
Russia's answer to the Red Baron, Alexander Pokryshkin, may be the most famous Soviet ace to shoot down a German plane in World War II, but not many people know that he was flying American hardware for 48 of his 59 enemy kills.

Forest Service combats spruce aphids
Spruce aphids have been on the rise throughout much of Southeast Alaska, and now the U.S. Forest Service is trying different methods for controlling the pests.

Cascade Point proposal faces many hurdles
The state's proposal to build a new ferry operation in Berners Bay may involve greater hurdles than the controversial Kensington gold mine ferry shuttle that is already planned there.

Raven chicks saved from compost heap at landfill
Three raven chicks likely would have been ground up for compost, along with the pile of brush in which they were found, if they hadn't been squawking for food.

State to renovate House and Senate
The state is planning to spend about $611,000 renovating the state House of Representatives and Senate chambers this summer, according to the Legislative Affairs Agency.

Winds cause wildfire near Fort Yukon area to spread
Fire crews wrestling with a 65,000-acre blaze several miles northeast of Fort Yukon faced a round of wind gusts that spread the flames another several hundred acres Wednesday.

Farmers nervous over Agrium's possible closure
At risk of closing: A full moon rises Tuesday over Agrium's fertilizer plant in Nikiski.

Second man pleads guilty to murder in alleged conspiracy
A second man agreed Thursday to plead guilty in the killing of a 48-year-old Craig woman in November, leaving only the victim's 16-year-old daughter facing trial in the case.

Fast ferry plan worries state advisers
While the state is finalizing a concept to reroute the Alaska Marine Highway System's fast ferries, an advisory board worries that the plan will not be consistent or affordable.

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

Surfing Alaska
A surfer catches a wave this week in Cook Inlet off Anchor Point, with Iliamna Volcano and Aleutian Range in the background. Iliamna is one of the active volcanos located in the mountain range on the west side of Cook Inlet.

Photo: Moon over moose
A moose wanders across a marsh under a full solstice moon on Tuesday in Kenai.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Big Oil reaps $5 billion in the last year
The Alaska Department of Revenue reported Thursday that oil producers in Alaska made $5 billion during the 2005 fiscal year, while the state collected $3.19 billion in taxes from the industry.

Cinema Guide
what's playing on the silver screen

what's happening
Entertainment events around town

Chasing the Shenandoah
Juneau author Lynn Schooler was an Anchorage teenager in 1970 when he read a brief Robert DeArmond article about the Confederate ship Shenandoah, "War's End in Bering Sea," in the July 1937 issue of "Alaska Sportsman."

Cowboy Junkies get Alaska Fix
The Cowboy Junkies will have a busy second half of the year as they start work on a new album of original material and begin plans to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

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