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Friday, July 7, 2006

Business Digest
Wheeler wins CEO of the Year for BBBS

Monopoly puts squeeze on Alaska residents
I think Steve Wolf's research and letter are most informative.

Air fares aren't killing the demand
Perhaps Mr. Wolf should consider his primary option - that is, refusing to fly on Alaska Airlines at all.

An unthoughtful abuse of speech rights
I read with amusement the letter from Michael J. Murray III on June 21, in which he states he has given "this matter some serious thought."

A ferry ride leads to an expensive vacation
I am a single father of limited means, who wanted to take his two daughters and two friends on an overnight trip to Skagway as a small vacation.

Cruise lines don't need headline help
Regarding the cruise ship ballot measure stories in Sunday's Empire: The headline and lead paragraph of the main story make it sound like the whole downtown is against the measure, when your reporter cited as many in favor as opposed.

Binkley has background to be the governor
Several letters to the editor recently seem to indicate that a certain candidate for state office is honest. A commendable and worthy consideration for anyone holding public office.

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

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

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

Rebuilding Wetlands
What was once a desolate iron-laden pond has been transformed into a place officials hope will attract wildlife and humans.

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

Algae draws 160 experts to Juneau
The sign on the Centennial Hall marquee reads "We Love Algae," and 160 experts on phytoplankton, seaweeds and other organisms are here to prove it.

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

Staff: Road meets city standards
City staff say the proposed road out of Juneau meets the city's code, even though it will affect wildlife habitat to some degree.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

From Rugs to Riches
A fter leaving her job with the federal government, Carol Schriver's co-workers teased that she would become a bag lady.

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.

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.

Churchgoer is inducted into Tenakee branch of ANB
It is a pleasure to communicate with a revered public figure.

Arnoldt and Day to wed
Marcia Day, previously of Des Moines, Iowa, and James Arnoldt, of Juneau, will be married at 3 p.m. July 8 in the backyard of their home, 3500 Meander Way in Juneau. Friends and relatives are welcome at the ceremony and are asked to RSVP to 789-0523.

March and Scott to wed
Adrienne Emily Scott and Kevin Howard March will marry in a private ceremony on July 15 at Skater's Cabin in Juneau. Family and friends are invited to celebrate at a potluck reception at 4 p.m. following the ceremony at the Juneau Yacht Club.

FYI
Statistics of Juneau this week

Kickin' it with clifford
Kayla Schauwecker, a Juneau-Douglas High School news intern at KTOO, posed for a photo with Clifford at Juneau's Fourth of July Parade.

Neighbors Digest
ATIA holds lunch, Ryndam boat tour

Don't blame the button pushers
When I push an elevator button or a button on a soft-drink machine, I expect an automatic response. When someone "pushes my buttons," my response feels automatic.

Fairwell Moser family

Douglas 4th of July award winners

Genevieve Squartsoff
Former Juneau resident Genevieve "Gina" Janet (Hanlon) Squartsoff, 69, died June 2, 2006, after a brief illness at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

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

Darla Joy Sutton
Former Juneau resident Darla Joy Sutton, 45, died June 18, 2006, in Sitka.

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

Bette June Harris White
Gustavus resident Bette June Harris White, 65, died June 25, 2006, in Gustavus.

Alaska editorial: Reality check on the cruise ship tax claims
This editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

My turn: Just because the lawyers OK it doesn't mean it's right
Nothing of significance happens in government these days without lawyers getting involved. Unfortunately, politicians and bureaucrats use ever-present legal issues as a way of dodging decisions about right and wrong.

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.

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).

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.

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

Learning the course
U.S. Coast Guard veteran and National Veteran Wheelchair Games athlete Gary Pearson, right, helps Gibby Huizenga-Rayos, 8, maneuver his wheelchair through an obstacle course Thursday during the National Veteran Wheelchair Games kids day in Anchorage.

Two lawmakers throw support to Binkley oil tax plan
The governor's race and the legislative debate over the details of a North Slope gas pipeline are now firmly entwined.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

World's most endangered whale lands protection
Thousands of square miles off Alaska have been designated as critical habitat for North Pacific right whales, considered the most endangered whale in the world.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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