Tuesday, July 12, 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.

A parade full of the American spirit
No place was the American spirit and freedom more evident to me than this year's Fourth of July parade.

Focus on the positive, not the bad manners
I had a very nice Fourth of July celebration this year. I watched both parades and was amused and impressed.

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.

City fees and taxes are over the top
The city of Juneau is way out of line with their launch fees.

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."

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.

Parade Committee has no choice
In response to Doug Cooper's July 8 letter to the editor, we have no choice, as the Juneau Fourth of July parade committee, but to allow all entries even though it maybe objectionable to some citizens of Juneau.

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

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.

Nonprofits create options so low-income residents can rent or purchase homes
Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority is giving Anna Marie Eldemar the chance to buy her own home. There's just one catch: She has to live there for 15 years first.

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

Photo: All uphill from here
Arne Ellefson-Carnes, 4, climbs a slide Monday at Sandy Beach under the watchful eye of cousin Sylvan Ellefson. Arne seemed to prefer climbing the slide to descending it.

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

Assembly lets dog owners opt for 'voice control'
Dogs must be on a leash or under competent voice control in most of Juneau's parks and trail, the Juneau Assembly decided Monday.

Photo: Dog days in Juneau
Vickie Meyers and her daughter, Kellie, watch Monday as a chum (or dog) salmon swims up the fish ladder at Douglas Island Pink and Chum Macaulay Hatchery.

Remedies for housing crunch include sewers, a bridge, trimming red tape
Changing Juneau's housing landscape starts with asphalt and pipe, many observers say.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

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.

James Woodbury Sr.
Former Juneau resident James Woodbury Sr., 66, died Jan. 11, 2005, in Bowling Green, Ky. after a long battle with cancer.

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

AK Railroad a questionable standout in commuting
Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, who has been making waves of late blasting Amtrak, was in the Great North last week touting the virtues of the Alaska Railroad.

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.

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.

Fish Report: Juneau anglers' luck stays about the same
Juneau-area anglers had about the same success fishing for king salmon in the week ending Sunday as they had the week before, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported Monday.

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.

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.

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

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Azerbaijanis study state's permanent fund
A decade ago, post-Soviet Azerbaijan languished as it struggled with its new market economy and looked for ways to bypass Moscow and ship its oil directly to the West.

AlaskaDigest
Staff reports from around the state

U.S. government reveals new regs governing corals
A national strategy is in the works to protect deep-sea coral and sponges from fishing gear that drags along the ocean floor, federal regulators announced Monday.

Groups finalize wetlands agreement
Two conservation groups are finalizing an arrangement that would protect private beach and estuary land at the mouth of the Anchor River, where hordes gather every salmon season.

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.

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.

Armed CG boats escort state ferries
The U.S. Coast Guard has increased security measures around state ferries in the wake of Thursday's bombings in London.

Alaska Airlines pilots reject benefit cuts
Alaska Airlines pilots have overwhelmingly chosen to stick with a contract handed down by an arbitrator rather than replace it with an agreement negotiated by their union.

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