Monday, July 12, 2004

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

Tech Wit: Reality television: Trading classrooms
You gotta love "reality TV" because it's the fakest stuff going. And when you put the fakest stuff going on the most contrived media around, well, from an advertiser's perspective you've hit the mother lode.

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.

Skewed values
How could anyone who values the principles this country is founded on say anything like what Heather Karpstein said? Saying something like "if you think that, get out," is so contrary to what America is about. What happened to diversity and love for your neighbor? Don't you know that an American is an Iraqi, Chinese, Cherokee, Irish, Russian, Egyptian and thousands of other different kinds of people? All with unique brains that think unique thoughts? It's a good thing not all of us think alike - if we did, the world would be boring.

Administration diverts blame for special session
I was taken aback, but not really surprised, when Gov. Murkowski's chief of staff personally attacked me in his recent column. Clearly he was trying to divert blame and responsibility for the failure of his boss' expensive and largely pointless special legislative session.

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.

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.

Being American doesn't mean blind faith
In response to your letter, "That was no American," I feel that you deserve an explanation, if brief, as to why I and many people I know would disagree with your view of America. Though I recognize how you would find that man's behavior as distasteful, I think that you misunderstand the place of freedom of speech in America. The thing that greatly defines a democracy is the idea of public dissent.

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.

Protest is American
This letter addresses Heather Karpstein's disdain for the political protester at this year's 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.

Spraying not harmless
Klukwan Inc.'s recent opinion column makes the case for spraying pesticides on Long Island, but it does so with misleading and inaccurate information. Klukwan downplays the effects that spraying chemicals would have on the people and wildlife that depend on the land and waters surrounding their clearcuts on Long Island. But these effects could be serious.

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.

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

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

Adjusting to loss of village policeman
Alaska State Trooper Mark Granda switched on the citizen band radio in the village police car, as he continued to drive on the empty tree-lined road.

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.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Photo: Fish on!
Taku Fisheries graders Ramon Isturis, left, and Bruce Crowell sort and grade halibut off-loaded from the fishing vessel Heather Rayne at the Taku Smokeries/fisheries dock Sunday.

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

Photo: Breeze power
A sailboat in the wind-protected waters of Gastineau Channel glides past Sandy Beach on Sunday. Winds raised a considerable chop in the open waters outside the channel.

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

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.

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

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

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.

My Turn: Alaska needs to revitalize dormant timber industry
With so much of the future of our rural Southeast Alaska communities at stake, it's time to restate some of the forest facts surrounding our Tongass National Forest. It's a valuable asset for community development and stability.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Juneau Freewheelers End of the Road Race
Results from the Juneau Freewheelers bicycle club's End of the Road Race held Saturday from the Auke Recreation Area to the end of Glacier Highway and back. The expert division race was 52 miles and the sport division race was 32 miles. The two riders who were disqualified from the expert division race missed a small loop toward the end of the race that made their race about 1 1/2 miles shorter than the other riders.

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 West rallies for win
It was nitty-gritty time for the Juneau West All-Stars. Tied entering the top of the sixth inning, the Juneau West players were facing their final chance to beat Wrangell in round-robin pool play in the Southeast Alaska District 2 Major Division (age 11-12) Little League Baseball Tournament at Miller Field No. 1.

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.

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

Juneau West still unbeaten in Rookie Little League tourney
The first five hitters in Juneau West's lineup continued to produce as they led the way to a 9-2 victory over Petersburg on Sunday on the last day of round-robin pool play in the Southeast Alaska District 2 Rookie (age 9-10) Little League Baseball Tournament 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.

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.

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

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.

Airlines say stench a strong clue in case of missing halibut
A strong odor led airline officials to what they believe is the 40 pounds of halibut a traveler reported missing from his checked bags two weeks ago.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Stevens defends North Slope land buy
Sen. Ted Stevens is defending his proposal to have the federal government spend $2.5 million to buy a contaminated site from the family of a longtime political supporter.

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.

State's fire expenses at $14 million and climbing
The government has spent at least $14.4 million dollars so far on six major firefighting efforts in Interior Alaska, and that cost is expected to keep climbing.

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.

Couple finds, answers 9-year-old message in bottle
The bottle, a small squat one with a short, narrow neck and a screw-on cap, was wedged in a knot of drift logs high on a beach on Afognak Island.

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