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Monday, July 4, 2005

Nothing heard by government agencies
Hundreds of workers shuttle daily back and forth. Kayaks search for peace on a distant quiet shore.

All the stories are adding up
If you connect the dots of recent news stories, you get a clear picture that should catch everyone's attention.

Improve ferry service, not road
I would like to thank Mr. Ridgeway for setting aside his personal feelings about the Juneau road and doing something increasingly rare these days, listening to his constituents.

Are Dredge Lakes really better off?
Has anyone paid attention to Dredge Lakes area lately? Or should I say since ATV recreation was expelled?

Cops: Policy driving some of them out
Jeremy King said he will miss working for the Juneau Police Department after he turns in his gear Tuesday.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

It's hard times for celebrity blue herons
The crime was captured on a videotape. The time was 2:19 p.m., June 14. The suspect was a bold bald eagle.

Fireworks crew puts in the hours
On a barge in the middle of Gastineau Channel is a small forest of chest-high tubes arranged and angled toward downtown Juneau for tonight's fireworks show.

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

Bonds sought for school renovation
The Juneau School Board agreed Friday to ask the Juneau Assembly to consider putting bonds on the October ballot to renovate Glacier Valley Elementary.

Riders of the Rain forest
Juneau, a city of 30,000 people, has 926 registered motorcycles. No road out. Some 223 days of rain annually. Nine hundred twenty six motorcycles.

Juneau's three Rotary clubs are committed to our community
For more than 25 years I have had the privilege of serving our community along with 230 other business and professional people who make up the local Rotary clubs in Juneau.

Photo: Arts camp in Sitka
Students in Roblin Davis' Sitka Fine Arts Camp theater class perform at Centennial Hall last week in SItka.

Rotary's mission is humanitarian service
Rotary International is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 31,000 Rotary clubs located in 167 countries.

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

50th reunion spurs memories
Early alumni: Calling themselves the St. Ann babies, 1955 graduates of Juneau High School and one from Douglas High School pose during a reunion Saturday at Parkshore Condominiums.

Around Town
round Town is a listing of local nonprofit events. To be included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Interact Club is a teens-only Rotary
Local teens at Juneau-Douglas High School have their own Rotary, the Interact Club. Chartered in 1990, it is the first high school club established in the 5010 Rotary District and one of 10,000 international service clubs in 118 nations for students ages 14 to 18.

Rotary celebrates its Centennial with service
Rotary celebrated its 100th anniversary on Feb. 23, 2005. In more than 31,000 communities worldwide, Rotary clubs are organizing Centennial Community Projects that celebrate Rotary while providing for needs in their communities.

Juneau Rotary Club was founded in 1935
Thirty years after the forming of Rotary International in Illinois, the Juneau Rotary Club was formed with 22 members at their first regular Tuesday lunch meeting on Oct. 22, 1935. Juneau Rotary was chartered on Nov. 2, 1935.

Inspired listener

Fern Angela Kubley
Longtime Juneau resident Fern Angela Kubley, 76, died on June 23, 2005, following a long illness. She was born on Jan. 16, 1929, near Princeton, Minn.

Sally K. Hathaway
Former Juneau resident Sally Kathleen Hathaway, 71, died May 21, 2005, in Bellingham.

Phyllis Joan Hurst
Juneau resident Phyllis Joan Hurst, 78, died June 27, 2005, at home.

Criticism gives comfort to the enemy in time of war
T his July 4, the observance of the founding of this nation is clouded by baseless bombast that is disheartening. It gives comfort to our enemies in time of war.

Empire Editorial: Merchant's Wharf will not save itself
The question for Juneau isn't whether to preserve Merchants Wharf; it's how.

University Raven pole needs an Eagle pole to maintain balance
The method by which we count a year's progression is among the many adaptations necessitated by EuroAmerican contact.

My Turn: We don't need more big money in Alaska politics
In the closing days of the regular legislative session, Sen. Gene Therriault, R-North Pole, amended an elections bill to allow big corporate money into Alaska politics.

Outdoors Digest
Staff Reports of Outdoors news

Slime Sublime
Let's just be honest. Slugs are not the most-loved lowly life in the world.

On the trail with bears
When I first came to Juneau, I quickly learned of the many hiking trails in the area.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts include:

Out&About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Foolish Runners
Photos from Sunday morning's 21st Annual "Only Fools Run at Midnight" fundraising race.

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

Juneau duo takes 3rd at synchro competition
Juneau's synchronized swimming duo of Sarah Felix and Koko Urata claimed third place at the 2005 United States National Age Group Championships in Buffalo, N.Y.

Nick Frangos Memorial Road Race
Juneau Freewheelers Bike Club event

Genomics project targets mushrooms
If you haven't found many dollars worth of morel mushrooms this season, there remains at least some possibility that you could at least receive a little credit.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Hoonah grads head for high-powered colleges
Tiny Hoonah High School, with a graduating class of 14, this year is sending students to two of the most selective universities in the United States.

Alaska Digest
Militia founder plans to live in Nikiski

Inspired listener
Four-year-old Liam Kiffer lies on the carpet Monday while listening to the Philadelphia Boys Choir as they perform at Holy Name Catholic Church in Ketchikan.

Ice forecaster watches for dangers in Arctic
A change in wind and current rammed the frozen Bering Sea into the Norton Sound coast. The collision shattered the ice attached to shore. In an hour or two, a ragged ridge of ice, with chunks as large as Zambonis, tumbled into glacial rubble on a Nome street.

Alaska tax director to take part in gas pipeline negotiations
The state's tax director will work full time on gas pipeline negotiations as the Murkowski administration tries to close financial terms for a gas line by a self-imposed fall deadline.

Governor cuts prisoner transportation program funds
Anchorage police jokingly call the cops who shuttle prisoners to court "cabbies for convicts," but the top brass weren't laughing when Gov. Frank Murkowski vetoed funding to turn the job over to the state.

State looking for nonunion workers to crew Chenega
To speed up the effort to get a crew for the state's fast ferry Chenega, the state is advertising the jobs on its recruitment Web site, Workplace Alaska.

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