Friday, July 2, 2004

Bush proposal would open more forest land to logging
Governors would have to petition the federal government to block road-building in remote areas of national forests under a Bush administration proposal to boost logging.

Answers to school issues
I've seen multiple articles in the paper that deal with the current state of our schools here in Juneau.

School right to impose a dress 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.

Juneau charter school is not elitist
Despite Patrick McGonegal's attempts to portray the charter and Montessori schools as private schools, they are in fact public schools.

Clarifying Montessori stand
Donald Douglas' My Turn attacks me for "using Montessori as a politically correct punching bag" in order to "hold this October the seat I almost lost last October."

Tax the real problem: alcohol
I think that no matter how much they raise the price of tobacco, people no matter what age will find a way to buy it anyway, whether they have to go without providing everything that is necessary for their families.

ABC report revives Echo Bay memories
Echo Bay? Echo Bay certainly rings a bell with me.

Celebrate freedom
This past Sunday, Lew Williams invited us to remember the War on Terror this coming July 4.

Barefoot at school
I would like to voice my agreement with the letter to the editor submitted by Patrick McGonegal on June 22.

Oppose herbicide in Alaska
Monday morning the Juneau Empire carried a My Turn opinion co-authored by a staff forester and the president of Klukwan Inc.

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

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

Schedule of events
4th of July 2004 event schedule

Toy power
Robert Sorg Jr. and his son, Robert Sorg III, get towed around Twin Lakes on Thursday afternoon by an electric model ship, operated by Bill Morris from shore.

Church settles abuse claim
The Catholic Diocese of Juneau has agreed to pay $175,740 to a former Juneau resident who alleges he was sexually abused by one of its priests more than two decades ago.

Juneau mayor, wife chosen to be grand marshals of Douglas parade
The Fourth of July is one of Lupita Alvarez's favorite American holidays. She especially likes how Juneau and Douglas celebrate the special day.

Food bank faces empty shelves as demand increases in summer
Six shelves at the Southeast Alaska Food Bank in Juneau are completely empty.

As close as they come
A skiff full of whale watchers gets a close-up view of humpback whales bubble-net feeding in North Pass.

Black bear mutilated after dying in Loop Road accident
The car accident that led to a black bear's death Tuesday night on Mendenhall Loop Road was unfortunate. But what happened to the animal next was criminal, according to the area wildlife biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Celebrating the fourth of july
Juneau is a town spawned by gold and gold mines. When the miners had one of their two days off a year - Christmas or Fourth of July - both pageantry and liquor consumption rose to a fever pitch.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reports

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

Wilsons celebrate 40th anniversary
Jim and Dot Wilson, owners of Coastal Helicopters of Juneau, will celebrate their 40th anniversary on July 4. Th

Learn why your dog behaves as it does
Why study breed characteristics? A simple answer is that hard-wired genetic influences, developed over hundreds of years, will dictate your dog's behavior.

Juneau Digest
Staff and wire reports from our neighbors

What's up with the weather?
Please don't read this article if it's raining in Juneau today. What is wrong with the weather?

Steiner and Brenner to wed
Cece Steiner of Cle Elum, Wash., and Clint Brenner of Juneau will be married July 2 on an Allen Marine Catamaran.

FYI
Vital statistics in our town

Winners at Gold Rush Days events
Gold rush days report

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

Student recognitions
Christina NaMee Eriksen

Father seeks families interested in group for the bereaved
David Schroeder, father of the late Evan Schroeder, who fell to his death on Aug. 22, 2001, while climbing Mount Juneau, is calling for families and individuals who might be interested in forming a Juneau chapter of The Compassionate Friends.

Marie Swanson
Former longtime Juneau resident Marie Swanson, 88, died June 24, 2004, in Tualatin, Ore.

Emma Mary Paron
Former Juneau resident Emma Mary Paron, 75, died June 17, 2004, in Chilliwack General Hospital in British Columbia.

David Thomas Lisle
Former Juneau resident David Thomas Lisle, 50, died June 21, 2004, in Seattle.

Cleavage or no, kids rule school
Editor's note: Last week's announcement of a new dress code for Juneau-Douglas High School got under Brandon's collar, and under Korry's skin. Here is their conversation.

Surprise returns to win Admiralty race
Skipper McKie Campbell and his boat, the Surprise, sat out the last two runnings of the "Spirit of Adventure - Around Admiralty Race", a 200-mile sailing race around Admiralty Island National Monument.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sports events in Juneau

Cavaliers risk losing Boozer
Boozer's contract option for next season wasn't picked up by the Cleveland Cavaliers before Wednesday's deadline, a surprising decision by the club, which immediately makes the third-year power forward and 1999 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate a restricted free agent.

Synchronized to perfection
The Juneau Aurora Knights duo of Kimiko "Koko" Urata and Sarah Felix recorded the top duet routine score in the 14-15 age group finals Wednesday night at the Esynchro Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships in Indianapolis.

Local Sports Briefs
Sports reports

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.

Alaskan earns an Athens trip
Homer's Stacey Borgman is going to the Olympics.

Lakers, Krzyzewski discuss coaching job
Krzyzewski, a 57-year-old Hall of Famer, has led the Blue Devils to three national championships in almost a quarter-century at the school.

Village council protests aerial spraying plans
Residents of the village of Klukwan say they've gotten a bad reputation over a Native corporation that bears the town's name and wants to spray herbicides in Southeast Alaska.

Court: District must reveal details on bullying settlement
A state judge ordered the Anchorage School District to release details of a settlement reached with the family of a boy who attempted suicide after repeated bullying at his middle school.

Governor signs bill on high-interest lending
Payday lenders can keep making short-term, very high-interest loans in Alaska, but they'll have more rules to follow.

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

Dozens flee wildfire
Dozens of people fled their homes Wednesday as a wind-whipped wildfire prompted an evacuation north of Fairbanks.

Alaska Senate race key for Dems
Alaska might seem like the last place where Democrats would have a shot at stealing a Senate seat from the Republicans.

Hundreds flee Interior wildfires
Hundreds of people and their pets fled a wildfire in Alaska's Interior on Thursday as fire crews knocked on doors to urge others living along the Elliott Highway to pack their things and leave as soon as possible.

Governor replaces top staff, creates new PR team
Gov. Frank Murkowski is overhauling his public relations machine, replacing top staff and telling all his departments to get communications specialists.

Ferries add security measures
People riding the Alaska Marine Highway System today should feel more secure, even if they don't see many differences in security, Capt. John Falvey Jr., the system's general manager said.

Governor searches for up to $17 million in budget cuts
Gov. Frank Murkowski is waiting to sign the 2005 state budget while he looks for up to $17 million in cuts, the amount the budget increased from last year.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from around the state.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from across the state

Sealaska may grant stock to younger descendants
When Hans Chester was growing up, he'd see his Tlingit mother receive dividend checks from Sealaska Corp.

The Swamp
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

First Friday
Acrylic on canvas: Alan Munro's "Alaskan Vigilante" and other works will be on display this month at the JAHC.

Local history, one family at a time
Wings of Alaska co-owner John Lucas and his sister, Kathi Goddard, began piecing together their family tree two years ago for all their relatives on the Lucas side of the family.

what's happening
Concerts

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

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