Saturday, June 25, 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Congratulations JDHS Class of 2005
Congratulations JDHS Class of 2005

AroundTown
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

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

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.

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.

Student recognition
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

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.

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.

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.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

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.

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.

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