Tuesday, July 13, 2004

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.

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.

Adults should ask kids about dress code
As a sophomore at Juneau-Douglas High School, I think that we shouldn't have a dress code.

Civil Air Patrol deserved photos
I was surprised and disappointed that among all the Fourth of July parade photos of kids, dogs, clowns, and more kids, dogs, and clowns - there was not one photo of the grand marshals and their escorts, the Civil Air Patrol.

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.

Leave the school planning to experts
I would like to offer some comments regarding the Juneau Empire's July 9 article entitled "School debate shifts to cost predictions."

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.

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.

Boozer is low-class
I'm not a Jazz or a Cavs fan, so I have a somewhat objective standpoint.

Administration on wrong side of B.C. mine
Last week's article on the Taku River hit home.

Heckler was insulting
I agree with Heather Karpstein. I too, was appalled at the person who hid behind the mask of our president.

Assembly OKs higher home density near glacier
When Michelle Kaelke considered buying a house on Trapper's Lane five years ago, she was attracted by the Montana Creek neighborhood's rural atmosphere.

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

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.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Photo: Seasonal feast
Visitors watch bald eagles gather near Salmon Creek to feast on chum salmon returning to spawn Monday.

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

Around Town
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.

Photos: rescued pup
Dawn Kostenko, veterinary technician, left, and Liesl Lemke, veterinarian's assistant, pet a 3- to 4-month-old female harbor seal pup they named "Spunky Jo" on Monday afternoon at the Juneau Veterinary Hospital.

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.

Minty Gay Guesman
Former Juneau resident Minty Gay Guesman, 92, a resident of The Dalles, Ore., died Saturday, July 3, 2004, at a local care facility.

Daryl Kerlin Middleton
Former Juneau resident Daryl Kerlin Middleton, 47, died Sunday, July 4, 2004, at his brother's home in Kennewick, Wash., surrounded by family.

My Turn: A tale of two timber sales
In June the House of Representatives passed a subsidy amendment that removed Forest Service funding for the planning, engineering, and construction of new logging roads on the Tongass National Forest.

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.

Gibb, Blackhurst fall short in bids for Athens
Gibb, Blackhurst fall short in bids for Athens

Cavaliers offer Carlos last-ditch deal
Making a last-ditch effort to retain Carlos Boozer, the Cleveland Cavaliers have offered him a one-year contract worth about $5 million amid reports he will part ways with his agent, The Associated Press has learned.

The Little League game that wasn't
Question: When is a 10-0 game not a 10-0 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.

Juneau West wins Rookie title
The Juneau West All-Stars beat Petersburg 19-2 in Monday's championship game to cap an undefeated run through the Southeast Alaska District 2 Rookie (age 9-10) Little League Baseball Tournament in Craig.

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.

Sports Briefs
Staff reports of local sports news.

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 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.

Air health advisory extended as smoky skies linger
State regulators are extending an air health advisory in the Juneau area through Friday due to smoky conditions caused by fires in Alaska and western Canada.

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.

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.

Bush proposal would replace roadless rule
The Bush administration proposed a new policy Monday leaving it up to governors to petition the federal government to block any road building in national forests.

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.

McKinley climbing season ends with 50-50 success rate
The climbing season on Mount McKinley is winding down for the year.

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation; In the world

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

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.

8-foot halibut hooked; world record gets away
courtesy of Janusz Kunat

AlaskaDigest
Headlines from around the state.

Man sought for alleged JDHS rape arrested in California
A local teen wanted on a high-school rape charge is back in Juneau after he was arrested in California and charged with smuggling illegal aliens from Mexico.

Warmer temperatures recharge wildfires in Alaska's Interior
Fed by unusually dry air and gusting winds, wildfires spread quickly through Alaska's Interior Monday, edging near the small village of Bettles and choking the Taylor Highway.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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