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Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Children don't need excuses
Thank you to Helen Hanlon for her letter concerning the education of Native students. As the parent of four half-Tlingit children,I find the idea that they cannot succeed in school because of their ancestry insulting.

Surveillance could halt vandalism
I am very disappointed about the vandalism in this city as compared to 15 years ago.

Dress code is real world
Normally, I say what I have to say, and I move on with my life regarding the issues in your newspaper; however, I have decided to express one more great point about a dress code.

Senator goes negative
Sen. Murkowski seems more interested in negative political campaign advertising than in positive senatorial steps to accomplish the public good,

Vocational education is a win/win idea
Following the recent defeat of a second high school, Mayor Botelho appointed a group of citizens to focus on a solution that could be placed before voters in time to take advantage of state reimbursement funds.

Fight racism in school
The past year had much to do with students reporting racism incidents that occurred in all areas of the Juneau School District. There have been many more incidents that were not reported or followed up on by staff.

Say no to raid on the permanent fund
A few months ago I wrote a letter to the editor about Rep. Carl Moses trying to get his foot in the door in taking our permanent fund away from us.

School right to impose code
The administration has every right to impose a dress code upon the misguided youth of Juneau-Douglas High School, and I applauded its efforts to suppress the short skirts in winter time.

Why not trust voters?
Listening to the news and watching the legislators work over the winter, and now in a special session, I really have to wonder; what are they are afraid of?

Consider one school
Bill and Judy Hopkins' recent letter reminded me of past information that has been missing in the new high school issue.

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

Bartlett expansion project finally gets low bid
Finally, Bartlett Regional Hospital expansion project has a bid that is close to hospital officials' cost estimate.

Thunder roars through town in second storm
Downtown shook around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, as Juneau experienced the second night of what's usually a rare event in Southeast Alaska - thunder and lightning.

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

Kensington may hold more gold
Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. says its Kensington property 45 miles northeast of Juneau may contain more gold than previously thought, which could extend the proposed mine's life by 50 percent.

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

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

Year of the king: Numbers, prices up
Wild salmon appear to be running at their strongest in more than a decade and their asking price isn't half bad either.

Airport board seeks tidelands for runway safety
The Juneau Airport Board is requesting that the Assembly ask the state to transfer 18 acres of the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge for a runway safety expansion.

Photo: Precious cargo
Drew Norman brings supplies to his boat as his 4-year-old daughter, Claire, hitches a ride on a wheelbarrow Monday at Auke Bay harbor.

Group formed to develop west Douglas
A new working group that formed to promote economic development on west Douglas Island will lobby the city for sales tax revenue to fund an environmental study for a second channel crossing.

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

Lancaster, McCrehin marry
Candace Jean Lancaster and Jamie Lee McCrehin were united in marriage on June 19, 2004, at the Moose Family Lodge No. 700 in Juneau. A reception immediately followed the ceremony.

Putting the spotlight on volunteers - 'the heart of hospice'
As a nonprofit agency, Hospice and Home Care of Juneau relies on the energy and generosity of donors and volunteers,

Aspiring and progressing in the world of theater
Out the window, in the low winter light, I see the lonely skeletons of leafless trees and frothy blue green water splashing against the docks. Clear frosty skies and fresh snow frame a postcard view.

Youthful Juneau performer hits Great White Way
Juneau's Adrienne Bosworth, 13, recently sang and danced in a Broadway production in New York City.

Nelsons celebrate 30th anniversary
Ron and Thea Nelson celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on June 28.

Juneau Digest
Staff reports from around Juneau.

Virginia Shirley Mielke
Former Juneau resident Virginia Shirley Mielke, 79, died in her Port Angeles, Wash., home after a long illness.

Genevieve Milton Newman
Former Juneau resident Genevieve Milton Newman, 78, died June 24, 2004, in Anchorage of a very long illness.

My Turn: Montessori is worth investment
You may have noticed the recent Montessori expansion issue.

World turns wary of nation it long admired
To describe the general feeling about the United States in his country, the African leader offered a proverbial tale of a giant lion who led his pride in an attack on an antelope.

Photo: On the road to Haines
The lead pack, including Juneau's John McConnochie, third from left, climbs a hill during the Kluane-Chilkat International Bike Relay

Worth the wait
MICHAEL PENN / JUNEAU EMPIRE

Local Sports Briefs
Sports stories from the wire

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.

Local Sports Briefs
Reports of state and local athetes and events.

SCOREBOARD
Results from the Kluane-Chilkat International Bike Relay, an eight-leg, 148.1-mile cycling relay held June 19 from Haines Junction, Yukon Territory, to Haines, Alaska.

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.

Senator sentenced in drunken driving case
State Sen. Lyman Hoffman pleaded guilty Monday to refusing a breath test and received the standard sentence for the drunken driving charge that prosecutors dismissed.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from around the state.

Photo: Orcas on the move
A pair of killer whales moves through Frederick Sound on Sunday near Petersburg.

Fisheries experts try new approach to help villages
Fisheries experts are visiting Alaska's coastal villages this summer to tout a program designed to help keep the small-time commercial fisherman in business.

This Day in History
In Alaska; the state; and the nation

Former Interior secretary bashes Bush administration NPR-A development plan
Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt slammed a Bush administration plan to open nearly 400,000 more acres for oil and gas drilling in Alaska, saying Tuesday it violates environmental safeguards implemented by the Clinton administration.

Juneau lawmaker gives up per diem for special session
Juneau Republican Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch said he's giving back half of his daily living allowance for the three-day session held last week and donating the rest to charity.

USFS rejects Chugach wilderness appeal
The U.S. Forest Service denied appeals from a coalition of groups unhappy with the plan for Alaska's Chugach National Forest, the country's second-largest national forest.

7.0 earthquake strikes near Prince of Wales
A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 jolted Alaska Panhandle residents out of their sleep early Monday, but no significant damage was reported, police and scientists said.

Fort Greely receives first booster rocket for Army's ground-based, defense system
Fort Greely has received the first booster rocket for a ground-based midcourse defense system designed to intercept long-range ballistic missiles.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Some penalties double in traffic-fine overhaul
In the first major revision in 20 years, Alaska drivers who get caught breaking traffic laws can expect to pay double, and in some cases quadruple, what they do now for violations.

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