Fairbanks-born journalist reports on covering Alaska beat
Stanton "Stan" Patty has been writing about Alaska and the Yukon for more than 50 years.

Protest is American
This letter addresses Heather Karpstein's disdain for the political protester at this year's Fourth of July parade:

The real treason
Ms. Karpstein's letter correctly pointed out that we owe our current freedoms to the efforts of many who came before us. Unfortunately, that is the only point in her letter with which I can agree.

Not a campaign float
The All Class Reunion held recently was a success and it ended with our entry of a float in the Fourth of July parade.

Dissent is an obligation
Heather Karpstein (Juneau Empire, 7/8/04) most passionately defines a person as "disrespectful" and "no American" because they held up a sign questioning the president of the United States.

A basic American right
I read the letter by Heather Karpstein in which she proclaimed to be an American and then immediately chose to publicly inform someone they could not practice one of the many freedoms that this country prides itself on.

Movie at wrong theater
As a conservative and a Republican, I have found little to fear from Michael Moore's ridiculous propaganda film Fahrenheit 9/11, which, the way I see it, will simply preach to the self-loathing, America-hating, self-righteous limousine liberal choir.

The protester can stay
This is in response to Ms. Karpstein's opinion that the Bush mocker was un-American. I disagree with her diagnosis. I believe that person was demonstrating the American response to displeasure, protest.

Demand multiplies food carts
She calls herself the Soup Queen and she began holding court in downtown Juneau on the Fourth of July.

Living on the water
When he took his new job as Juneau's harbormaster this year, Lou McCall was surprised to find that Sitka and Juneau residents view people living on boats very differently.

Fluoride panel may ask for extension
The mayor-appointed task force studying whether to keep fluoride in Juneau's water is asking for more time so it can consider an upcoming National Academy of Sciences report on toxicological risk.

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

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

David Muus Martinson Jr.
Former Juneau resident David Muus Martinson Jr., 33, died of natural causes July 6, 2004, at his Anchorage home.

Cathy Susan Luther
Juneau resident Cathy Susan Luther, 48, died July 3, 2004, at her home.

Wrangell fortunate to have a couple as caring as the Nolans
This writer could not have imagined more than 60 years ago that in 2004 he would walk into a modern museum dedicated

Empire editorial: Lawmakers need to prevent growth of black cod farming
A laska longliners may begin to feel the pain that salmon fishermen have been suffering for years.

The Empire prints all viewpoints
Within the past couple of weeks we've run some letters to the editor in which writers have labeled us as being rather conservative on the one hand and incredibly liberal on the other.

Trail Mix completes improvements to Lower Montana Creek Trail
Like a side road from a busy highway, the lower Montana Creek Trail snakes off into an oasis of wilderness in the Mendenhall Valley.

Fish report
Here is this week's fishing report from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

Out & About
Outdoor activities around Juneau.

Trek through 'the flats' reveals beauty of wetlands
I was eager to get to Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge early in the morning of June 4.

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 East slides past Petersburg
The Juneau East All-Stars have had better days hitting the ball, so they used aggressive base running to roll to a 8-0 victory over Petersburg on Saturday's opening day of the Alaska District 2 Major Division (age 11-12) Little League Baseball Tournament at Juneau's Miller Field.

Boozer's bolt to Jazz raises ethics question
From coast to coast, the Utah Jazz's latest acquisition was debated late last week, but nobody was wondering about his rebounding skill or shooting touch.

Bentz gets his first hit
There weren't many highlights for the Montreal Expos in their 11-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

West Rookies unbeaten
The Juneau West All-Stars stayed unbeaten in the round-robin portion of the Alaska District 2 Rookie (age 9-10) Little League Baseball Tournament with a 10-0 victory over Ketchikan on Saturday afternoon in Craig.

Missed understanding: How Boozer, Cleveland fell apart
On a sunny afternoon on June 30, Carlos Boozer and his party walked away from a meeting at Gund Arena believing he was going to be a Cleveland Cavalier for years to come.

Scouting out a new race
Saturday's inaugural Eagle River Scout Trail Race drew 53 runners out the road.

Photo: Attempted theft
Juneau Midnight Sun second baseman Nethia Lavering, left, tags out Sitka Mapleleaf Construction player Ali Clayton

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Murkowski approval rating drops
Since about a year before Gov. Frank Murkowski returned to Alaska to become the state's top elected official, his approval ratings have dropped by almost half.

USFS approves Tongass logging
The U.S. Forest Service has approved the first timber harvest in a roadless area of the Tongass National Forest since a rule preventing such work was lifted early this year.

Black cod farming alarms fishermen
When Juneau fisherman Paula Terrel looks ahead, she sees the potential for the Pacific Ocean's successful black cod commercial fisheries to go the way of the salmon: from community-based fishing to industrial farming.

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