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Thursday, July 6, 2006

Business Digest
Wheeler wins CEO of the Year for BBBS

State wages haven't kept up with inflation
Last week there was an interesting confluence of news items. CNN's Lou Dobbs wrote a column which contrasted Congress' annual gift to itself in the form of yet another salary increase with the fact that the Republican-controlled Congress has...

Voicing disgust at the ballot box
After 35-plus years of being a nonpartisan voter, I've decided to register as a Republican. I've done this for the sole purpose of enabling me to vote in the August primary which, for non-Republican voters, is a closed election.

Barring one type of recruiter reveals bias
I read with interest the story in this Sunday's paper from the peace activist (her description, when she mentioned her affiliations) who thought that military recruiters should be barred from offering yet another career option to students.

Counting on the road's real success
I can't understand the concern about the possible "real success" of the road to Katzehin. If it succeeds to the point of having long waiting-lines for the ferry, it will only mean that it is a transportation system that provides what Juneau has needed...

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

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

Photo: Images from another time: Cast from the past, 1987
The cast of the Juneau-Douglas High School production "Li'l Abner"

Photo: Putting it in perspective
A small sailboat passes by a large sailing yacht at anchor Wednesday in Gastineau Channel.

Juneau shows its colors in Fourth of July festivities
After returning from Baghdad in January, a number of Juneau residents have a whole new appreciation for the Fourth of July.

Photo: Dancing before the fireworks
Contra dancers hold a pre-fireworks dance Monday night at Centennial Hall.

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

Commercial building permits on the rise
Contractors have been keeping busy this summer and look to be even busier in the coming year.

NASA grant enhances scientific research at UAS
Parts of the Alaska wilderness will be going wireless for science.

Photo: Dumpster dining
This young black bear had breakfast in an alley off Calhoun Avenue. It was reported to the police at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday.

Judge to rule Monday on new marijuana law
A Juneau Superior Court judge will reach a decision on Monday about the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska's request to toss out a new law that toughens state penalties on marijuana possession.

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

Fresh figs are something special
Like most Americans, my first experience with figs was in the form of a cookie. Fig Newtons were one of the first "mass-produced" cookies, first made in 1891 and still popular today.

Pebbles, Tinker are sweet and friendly
Pebbles, above, is a 6-year-old female torti with a sweet personality. You can visit her at the Gastineau Humane Society.

O'Briens celebrate 60 years
Jerry and Gladys O'Brien, of Juneau, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 28. They were married in 1946 in Santa Ana, Calif. Jerry served in the United States Marine Air Force during World War II.

Neighbors mailbox
The Juneau Adult Education Center, a program of SERRC - Alaska's Educational Resource Center, would like to thank the following business, organizations and individuals...

Recognitions
Brian Yadao, of Juneau, was named to Seattle University's president's list for the 2006 spring semester.

Taking the Highland
Juneau Scottish Highland dancers competed in the 12-and-over beginner class at the 25th Annual Highland Games and Gathering of the Clans on June 23 and 24 in Eagle River.

Allison and Huston wed
Miranda Dianne Allison, of Juneau, and Matthew John Huston, of Wilmington, Ill., were married on March 25 at Island City Baptist Church in Wilmington. A reception followed at First Baptist Church in Coal City, Ill.

Costantino and Conway to wed
Danielle Costantino, of Carlsbad, Calif., and Robert Conway, of Juneau, are engaged to be married on Oct. 28 in Newport Beach, Calif.

Earl David Spencer
Former Juneau resident Earl David Spencer, 74, died June 22, 2006, in Chandler, Ariz.

Guy A. Russo
Longtime Alaska resident Guy A. Russo, 84, died June 20, 2006, at his home in Anchorage, after a long illness of Leukemia.

Cherry Abraham
Former Juneau resident Cherry Lynn (Cranston-Vavalis) Abraham, 31, died June 29, 2006, at her home in Old Lyme, Conn.

Doreen Hogins
Longtime Juneau resident Doreen Hogins, 79, died July 2, 2006, after a long illness with multiple myeloma cancer.

Art support is money well spent
This summer I have been immersed in artistic activity, when I haven't been busy tending bar or getting too much sun at the beach (what exactly is SPF 4? ... it might as well be a stick of margarine).

Alaska Editorial: Full review of port authority plan can't hurt
The complaints about the agreement negotiated by Gov. Frank Murkowski for construction of a North Slope natural gas pipeline are many.

This nation needs fewer secrets
T he U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) turned 40 Tuesday, the day we celebrated our independence. But this anniversary was not a day of celebration for the right to information in our country.

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.

Stars snubbed
Some alternative statistics shed light on worthy and unworthy All-Star candidates.

Talented team dominates competition
Two members of the Juneau synchronized swimming club the Aurora Knights took the national championships by storm last week.

Healy coal project moving forward despite veto
A state agency is pressing ahead with plans to work with the Homer Electric Association to restart the experimental Healy Clean Coal Project even though Gov. Frank Murkowski vetoed funding for the effort.

Alaska Digest
Record-high crude oil prices sent $2.6 billion from Alaska oil production into BP's coffers last year, according to the energy giant's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Ben Stevens withdraws re-election bid
State Senate President Ben Stevens withdrew his bid for re-election Wednesday, citing a desire to devote more time to his family.

Seal pup takes the flight of a lifetime
A number of bald eagles were circling overhead. The seal pup that members of the Johnny Swiss family had seen on the beach hauled out with some adult seals the day before was still there.

Boom brings opportunities for miners, dilemmas for mines
Wayne Haskell, a 51-year-old underground miner from South Dakota, gave up a job in Montana to work at the Pogo gold mine outside Delta Junction. He said the pay is better and the mine treats him well.

Juneau author recalls experiences
Long before there was a three-mile road to the upper powerhouse near Salmon Creek Dam, there were 876 steps followed by a precipitous path along a 6-foot-wide flume more than 20 feet above the ground.

Alaska Digest
A young beluga whale whose carcass was found in a river nearly 1,000 miles from its natural ocean habitat probably died last fall and remained in the frozen river all winter, according to scientists.

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