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Sunday, June 27, 2004

Need a break from the sun? Rent a DVD from the Juneau library
In addition to even more Hercule Poirot, Brother Cadfael, and Inspector Lynley mysteries on DVD, we've added some great stand-alone titles to our collections at each of the three public libraries.

U.S. is turning into an old-style colonial power
My son, who spent his formative years in Juneau and is now a resident in Arnold's state, sent me this perceptive e-mail which expresses his thoughts about George W. and his administration.

Pedestrians in danger on top of Ninth Street
It seems we wait until a tragedy happens before something is done to improve a dangerous area or intersection. Then the funds are given out to improve the situation.

Visiting entertainment is a bargain
In response to the person whining about the unaffordable Femmes concert ticket prices, let's compare entertainment costs in Juneau.

Effects of Tongass road measure exaggerated
When the U.S. House of Representatives stopped the Forest Service from building new logging roads in the Tongass last week, Sen. Murkowski claimed that the timber industry would "die, putting another 1,000 Alaskans" out of work.

Practicing tax restraint is still a smart idea
Some politicians "cover" theft of permanent fund earnings by proposing fund dedications to "good" agencies; so may I please note that Alaska's constitutional delegates for two reasons prohibited dedicated funds?

Gays want lifestyle-based rights
In reference to Kurt Cox's letter, "Gay Marriage not a civil right," I say good for you, Kurt, for standing up for what you believe in and not being afraid to voice your opinion.

Don't limit Juneau's education options
It is a well known fact that not all children learn in the same way; so why do we insist that our children be confined to educational institutions which don't allow for differences in learning styles?

Support Native education
Thank you to Helen Hanlon for her letter concerning the education of Native students. As the parent of four half-Tlingit children, I find that they ca

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

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

Juneau father, son charged with assault
Alleged threats involving a military assault weapon and a hammer led to a father and son going to jail Thursday night after a Valley altercation.

Being deaf in Juneau - difficult but getting better
When she had an asthma attack and couldn't breathe one morning in January 1984, Pamela Mueller-Guy had to leave her son, who was only a few months old, at home.

Losing hearing brings changes in career options
Nancy Brown was a radio reporter in Alaska in the early 1990s, when she noticed her hearing was declining.

Photo: Family swim
Kathy Maca teaches her daughter, Leilani, 4, how to swim Saturday in a pond at Mendenhall Lake.

School board OKs contracts with retroactive pay raises
The Juneau School Board unanimously approved contracts containing future and retroactive raises with two unions Friday.

Remember the War on Terrorism this July 4th
The July Fourth celebration next weekend reminds us of freedoms enjoyed from living in America and of the sacrifices of those protecting those freedoms.

Dress code doesn't suppress expression of individuality
Juneau teens and adults are practicing that widespread decades-old intergenerational ritual: debating the high school's dress code.

An un-special session
It was a week at the Capitol like any other this year, with no one showing any resolve to reach a consensus that works for Alaska.

What happened to Friday's newspaper
Friday's Juneau Empire wasn't quite what you're used to seeing, and it wasn't available nearly as early in the morning as you're used to seeing it.

Fish report
Catch rates for king salmon in the Juneau area were about average last week.

Out & About
Staff and wire reports about upcoming ourdoor activities.

Big fish
This week's Big fish

Valley vistas change, but memories still remain
One of the benefits of aging is to understand that when you live long enough, and keep an open mind and heart, there are positive things to learn every day.

See more on Admiralty
The all-water route from Juneau south to the head of Seymour Canal on Admiralty Island is about 100 miles around the Glass Peninsula. Thankfully there's a shortcut that saves more than 80 of those miles.

Mushers sign up for 2005 Iditarod race
Veterans and rookie mushers signed up Saturday for the 2005 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Russians go 1-2 on opening day of picks
History replaced mystery as top-rated forwards Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin became the first Russian duo to be chosen with the first two picks in the NHL draft.

Remembering Ben
Ben Blackgoat loved to do training runs on Perseverance Trail. On Saturday, 64 runners were reminded why.

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.

Earthquake jolts Homer
An earthquake jolted Homer, Ninilchik and other parts of the Kenai Peninsula on Saturday.

Governor blasts lawmakers for session failure
Gov. Frank Murkowski ended a disappointing special legislative session by swinging a figurative dead cat by the tail.

Governor signs 'five wishes' bill
Gov. Frank Murkowski signed a bill Friday that clarifies health care decisions laws for those who are dying.

Legislators say the governor's jet-purchase plan sank the session
In a wide-ranging news conference Friday, Gov. Frank Murkowski defended his administration's plan to use federal homeland security money to buy a jet that would be partly used for the governor's travel.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from around the state.

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

Sen. Murkowski: Cape Fox bill bogged in committee
Sen. Lisa Murkowski hopes the public takes advantage of the ongoing 45-day comment period on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's draft Clean Water Act permit for the proposed Kensington Mine.

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