Thursday, July 7, 2005

Business Digest
Staff reports of the business community.

Creationism is more than it looks
Mr. Baldwin's letter against creationism (June 29) has prompted me to add a few words on the subject.

Juneau has a great Fourth of July parade
This time last year my wife and I enjoyed the best Fourth of July parade we have ever seen, the Juneau parade.

Parks are Alaska's real gold mines
A road into Berners Bay is an old, outdated, dead-end idea.

Masks instill hatred at the parade
It saddens me that as my child participated in the Freedom of Speech parade she witnessed the assaults by grown men and women pelting other parade participants with handfuls of candy.

Time for a change of transportation
The motorcycle article (July 4) by I-Chun Che was very good.

Locals not asked to the square dance
Square dancing is supposed to be fun and full of friendship.

Let voters choose among projects
I have always been in favor of the sales tax measures as a great way for Juneau to provide many needs for our community such as the recent police station project and the current addition and remodel of Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Man accused of trying to run over policeman
A 28-year-old Juneau man who was shot by police with a stun gun while on an all-terrain vehicle Monday night faces charges that could send him to prison for up to 15 years.

Man sentenced to four years for sex assault
A 20-year-old man sentenced Wednesday to serve four years in prison for molesting a 7-year-old girl should get sex-offender treatment before he gets out, a Juneau judge said.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Doing away with dead heads
Amy Sherwin of the city landscape division "dead-heads" flowers, or removes old blooms, Wednesday in barrels along the downtown cruise ship dock.

More places to park and play
Brian Clayton of Alaska Stone and Concrete works on a new retaining wall Tuesday in front of Juneau-Douglas High School.

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

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Cleaning up the skies
A tree swallow chick waits for its parents to deliver a meal Tuesday to its nest in the awning near the Juneau office of Alaska Pacific Bank on North Franklin Street.

A tender moment
Deckhand Akemi Kunibe, left, unloads chum salmon Wednesday aboard the fish tender San Juan.

Input shows region mixed on highway
Exactly 1,600 people submitted comments to the state about its proposal to build a 68-mile road between Juneau and Skagway, according to a draft state report released Friday.

Images from another time
The Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country team watches teammates Missy Tyson, far left, and Katie Ratcliffe wrestle with each other before having their team photo taken after winning a cross-country meet in September 1982 at Sandy Beach.

City of Roses
For at least 15 years, my husband, Don, and I have visited the City of Roses, Portland, Ore., at least once a year.

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Photo: Senior at the prom
Mary Pepin and Fred Abad dance to the music of Ron Maas' Thunder Mountain Big Band at the Juneau Pioneers' Home fifth annual senior prom.

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

Stigen and Richmond to wed
Jessica RayLee Stigen of Wrangell and Francis John Richmond IV of Petersburg will be married 4 p.m., July 30, 2005, aboard the yacht Kona Dream. A reception will follow the wedding at the Moose Lodge.

Leschper wins two national outdoor writing awards
Juneau resident Lee Leschper earned two Excellence in Craft awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America, presented at OWAA's annual conference June 19 in Madison, Wis.

Photo: Top fund-raiser
Ketchikan Little Sister Courtney Enright receives Alaska Airlines tickets from Deanna Kenyon.

Tadashi C. Fujioka
Juneau resident Tadashi C. Fujioka, 85, died June 27, 2005, at his home in Tee Harbor.

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

My turn: Who are the Native landless?
Sen. Lisa Murkowski recently introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate to compensate five Southeast Alaska communities that were omitted from a major portion of the Alaska Natives Claims Settlement Act. Rep. Don Young introduced the same bill in the House of Representatives.

Juneau blessed with fine arts in summer
This summer I've noticed a wonderful thing: The arts are everywhere!

Alaska editorial: A one-sided ANILCA anniversary conference
Wednesday and today in Anchorage, former President Jimmy Carter headlines a two-day conference marking the 25th anniversary of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.

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.

East squad wins battle of Juneau teams in district playoffs for 9-10 year olds
Juneau East topped Juneau West, 13-5, in the opening round of the Alaska Little League District 2 9-10 Year Old Baseball All Star tournament Wednesday in Petersburg.

Midnight Suns end season on a high note
Juneau's Midnight Suns' 14-and-under softball team capped off a successful season last weekend by capturing the Newberg Firecracker Tournament in Newberg, Ore.

Brinson lifts Phillies past the Astros
Aquino Brinson drove in the game-tying run and later scored the game-winning run to lift the Phillies past the Astros 4-3 in Gastineau Channel Little League Minor Baseball action last week.

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 Rifle & Pistol Club - Alaska State 300 Yard Championships
Saturday and Sunday's results...

King salmon appear to be swimming in Auke Bay-Fritz Cove terminal harvest area
Landing a king salmon in the Juneau area took an average of 22 hours in the week ending Sunday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported Tuesday.

Fourth of July 2-mile run results
From Monday...

A hidden golfing treasure in Haines
With extreme weather and mountainous terrain, Alaska isn't exactly a golfer's paradise

North Pole officer shoots ATV rider
Alaska State Troopers are investigating a fatal shooting involving a North Pole police officer over the weekend.

Dino track discovered in park
ANCHORAGE - A track from a three-toed dinosaur thought to be about 70 million years old was discovered in Denali National Park by a University of Alaska Fairbanks student.

Experts say melting ice will shrink polar bear populations in next 50 years
Melting ice could spell the ruin of polar bear populations over the next century, warns a report by an international panel of experts on the subject.

Man shot by N. Pole police tied to jail plot
man who was fatally shot by a North Pole police officer was linked to an attempt last year to break a friend out of Fairbanks Correctional Center by knocking down the prison wall with a front-end loader, authorities said.

Hiker dies of hypothermia after losing way in Talkeetna Mountains
A Wasilla man died after he and a cousin lost their way in the Talkeetna Mountains and spent two nights without shelter, authorities said.

Remote towns may lose airline subsidy
A federal subsidy for airlines providing service in remote communities needs to be reworked to accommodate changes in the aviation industry, U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said in Anchorage this week.

Prop would cut session to 90 days
An initiative petition certified this week by Lt. Gov. Loren Leman calls for legislative sessions to be cut from 121 days to 90.

Legislators receive raise that doubles interim pay
Alaska legislators are getting a raise in their interim per diem pay that more than doubles the old rate.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world

'Morning-after pill' may soon require prescriptions
A new regulation proposed by the Alaska State Medical Board would make it more difficult for women to buy emergency contraception, or the "morning-after pill."

Murkowski wins seat on energy panel
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is among eight Republicans named to a conference committee dealing with the national energy bill.

Carter celebrates 25th anniversary of Alaska conservation act
America should not despoil the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with oil drilling rigs, former President Jimmy Carter said Wednesday, but that's not the most pressing environmental issue facing Alaska.

Citizens protest clampdown on postal clerk's neckties
A window clerk at the Soldotna Post Office has been ordered to replace the funky ties he's worn for nearly a decade with a standard blue model, and many residents, including the town's mayor, aren't pleased

Alaskans weigh in on federal fishing law
Federal lawmakers are poised to take a new look at federal fishing law, but many Alaskans this week are cautioning them:

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Short sessions would take toll on Juneau businesses
Thirty fewer days of legislative meetings during a regular session would cut into local business and city sales tax revenue, said Juneau businessmen.

State claims unions acted in bad faith
State labor negotiator Art Chance filed a complaint on Friday that charges unions with acting in bad faith toward talks to get a crew ready for the fast ferry Chenega.

briefly
News of local arts

As the pig turns - Memphis style!
Mike Wiley might be best known in town as the owner of the downtown Ben Franklin, but lately, he and his wife, Shannon, have been spending long hours in the 12-foot-long preparation area of their new log-cabin-style barbecue concession trailer.

what's happening
Entertainment events around Juneau

Going strong: Sitka Fine Arts Camp celebrates 30 years
The Sitka Fine Arts Camp celebrated its 30th year last month with 32 instructors from all over the country, more than 60 courses and its highest-ever enrollment of 230 seventh- through 12th-grade students from 30 Alaska communities.

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