Monday, July 11, 2005

War's news should not be sanitized
Thursday morning I awoke to the disturbing news out of London of a terrorist attack. On our major networks they showed footage of a man on a gurney, bloodied and battered, receiving chest compressions from an EMT.

Classic cars, Elvis in; gays out of parade
I agree with part of Mr. Cooper's view (July 8 Empire) on the Fourth of July parade about the gays being in the parade. I don't believe that they should be a part of our country's Independence Day celebration. The same goes for the politicians who on occasion decide to be part of the parade. They should save their campaigning for election time. As far as our military and our public servants such as the police and fire departments, our armed services are there to protect the freedoms we all enjoy and are the whole reason why we commemorate the Fourth of July. Our public servants such as the police are there to protect us citizens from harm and to keep order in our cities.

Pray for the health of Berners Bay
Did anyone else weep after last Thursday's headline on Kensington "winning" its final permit (I guess it is a contest of power and money), followed by Friday's headline on Tulsequah's toxic mess? Fifteen tons of toxic discharge per year from a mine closed nearly 50 years ago, and they missed a deadline for cleanup? Where is the outrage?

Wondering about the Berners Bay kayakers
Every time I read a letter from a kayaker concerned about the Kensington Mine or a road through Berners Bay, I wonder if when they want to kayak up there, they conserve nonrenewable resources by not driving their rig out to the end of the road but paddle their kayaks from Gold Creek.

Credit the creator, not 'goo-to-you'
Please allow me to dispel some of the "goo-to-you" evolutionist myths propagated by the June 29 piece "Another Example of Creationist Distortions."

Business should foot bill for extension
Traveling to Berners Bay lately, you may have noticed some changes, most notably, a three-mile gravel road extending from the end of Glacier Highway.

The creator still rules in science
I must have missed the part in Mr. Rogers' terminological rampage where he proved that man spontaneously sprung up out of the muck.

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

Feeling the Crunch
Mary Sabon has abandoned her dream of buying a house in Alaska's most expensive city.

Turf issues?
A construction company heavy equipment operator pauses last week to let a Sitka blacktail deer walk through the future site of a swimming pool in Petersburg.

Employers fear rising prices will affect city's economic well-being
Rory Holcomb comes to Juneau every summer to manage Alaska Travel Adventure's river activities. He wants to stay year-round. His company wants him to stay year-round.

Juneau leaders target cities' right to seize homes
A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that gives local governments authority to seize private property for economic gains has Juneau residents and business leaders asking a lot of questions.

Salvation Army buys land for bigger store
The Salvation Army in Juneau has bought land for the site of a larger thrift store.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Photo: Gone fishin'
Meraiah Varholla fishes with her son, Lewis, 9, Sunday on Montana Creek.

Opening of roundabout delayed one to two weeks
Douglas Island commuters expecting to get some traffic relief near the Douglas Bridge will have to wait one to two weeks longer for the roundabout to open.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Residents find unique solutions to cope with high housing costs
Juneau's sky-high housing prices have forced some people into RV living, communal housing or buying floating homes.

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

High housing, rental costs drive some away from land to a life on the water
In Juneau, living on the water is cheaper than living on land.

For some, it takes a 'Village'
Carrie Enge's friends often tease her about living in Switzer Village Mobile Home Park.

Barbara T. Walker
Longtime Juneau resident Barbara T. Walker, 63, died June 5, 2005, surrounded by friends and family members at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle after battling cancer.

Bobbi Figdor
Former Juneau resident Bobbi Figdor died June 11, 2005, of cancer at her home in Haines.

Juneau's housing problem is serious and complex
Housing in Juneau - the availability and the affordability of housing in particular - has generated much discussion in the past several months.

Empire editorial: Shorter session makes sense for the state
Juneau streets may be filled with suits and ties for fewer days each year if an initiative to limit legislative sessions makes it on the state ballot.

Litter and off-road riders assail Jordan Creek
Jordan Creek just can't get respect. Scattered mounds of trash and churned-up banks at illegal stream crossings are taking a toll on the productive coho salmon stream in the Mendenhall Valley.

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

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

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.

The big dig
Photos from the two-person volleyball tournament at Sandy Beach, Saturday.

Eaglecrest Road Race RESULTS

Juneau East advances to championship
After winning two-of-three games over the weekend, the Juneau East 9-10 Baseball All-Stars advanced to the Little League District 2 championship game.

Sitka stings Suns
The Midnight Suns brought two teams to a 12-and-under softball tournament in Sitka this weekend.

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.

Midsummer 10K and 1 Mile RESULTS

Jambaars undefeated in Cup
The Juneau Soccer League's under-13 boys team, the Jambaars, recently kicked off competition at the 26th annual Diadora Cup in Redmond, Wash.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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

AlaskaDigest
Staff reports from around the state

State, unions reach pact on Chenega
State negotiators and three labor unions operating the state's second fast ferry, Chenega, said they reached a final contract late Friday that included agreements on crew size and schedules.

Haines man plots 92-mile protest swim
From the docks of Skagway to the shores of Juneau, it's 92 miles through the Lynn Canal - the longest glacial fjord in North America.

State board suspends Anchorage Dr.'s license
A well-known women's health advocate in Anchorage has been stripped of her medical license by the Alaska State Medical Board, which cited a hospital report that the doctor failed to meet minimum standards for obstetric care.

Alaska bowl carver's business goes to college
Fine wooden bowls, once treasured for use in preparing and serving food, may soon also become treasured collegiate souvenirs under a new licensing agreement entrepreneur Lewis Bratcher has struck with a representative of more than 200 universities.

Continuing erosion threatens majority of Alaska villages
Luci Eningowuk said she believes her community of Shishmaref is worth saving by moving it to nearby solid land.

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