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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Limiting morning-after drug is cruel
Thank you for your front-page story (July 7 Empire) regarding the proposed change in regulations that will severely limit the right of women to emergency contraception.

Why don't people pick up the poop?
On June 21, we stepped in dog poop outside the Alaska State Museum. We, Stone Soup Childcare kids, were in the parking lot getting into the car.

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.

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

Count your blessings before you build
I made my first visit to Juneau in early June, and when I arrived I noticed how charming the town appeared.

Women have options, if they have info
Given the current political encroachments on women's reproductive rights, it is important for all women to have access to options beyond government control.

Guard cavalcade was memorable
So much to appreciate in the Fourth of July parade: The inexplicable thing made of wire and wood, the continuing witness of the peace cranes, the clever logging supporters, the Oz group making us wince even as we chuckled, the charming plea for responsible pet ownership, the enthusiastic young people ...

Roundabout our newest headache
I received my postcard from the city on the new improved roadway called a roundabout. Having a roundabout is a poor idea.

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.

Consider the city a selfish landlord
I read "can the city take our property" by Carol and David Shelp. I'll answer your question but first, what makes you think that you own your property?

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.

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

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: Working the nets
Fisherman Jake Van Steenberger loads spare webbing aboard the purse seiner Gorbuscha on Tuesday at Auke Bay Harbor.

Photo: You are here
Tourists Pat Macklin, left, and Bonnie Shepard examine a downtown Juneau map Tuesday on the corner of Franklin and Front streets.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

For Juneau, COLA isn't up to snuff
State employees in Juneau, Alaska's most expensive major city, are earning less money than state workers in Fairbanks and elsewhere because of a 1986 cost-of-living study.

Photo: Thunder Mountain slide - 1984
Tons of mud, trees and debris block Glacier Highway and dam up against the Smith Brothers' barn and the Juneau Veterinary Clinic after a landslide on July 16, 1984.

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: 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.

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

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Jones and Donaldson wed
Sarah Jones of Camano, Wash., and Jeff Donaldson of Juneau were married June 11, 2005, in Bow, Wash.

Askew and Anderson to wed
North Pole resident Christina Lee Askew and Matthew Robert Anderson of Nome will be married Aug. 13, 2005, in Nome.

Kipple and Welch to marry
Juneau residents Jennifer Lynn Kipple and Brad Eugene Welch will be married Aug. 6, 2005, at First Baptist Church at Twin Lakes.

With plants, design is everything
Plant selection and placement are the essence of landscape design; they speak to the real function of the designed landscape.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Elkinton's celebrate 50th
Former Juneau residents Bill and Alma Elkinton celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary 4 to 5:30 p.m., July 17, with a reception at the Church of the Nazarene in Juneau.

Times of fear, time for prayer
Thinking about the recent attacks on the public transportation in London, I'd like to offer some ideas of comfort and hope based on how I have been praying.

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

Austin Harding Brown
Austin Harding Brown, a 68-year resident of Juneau, died May 14, 2005, in Anchorage.

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.

Keeping base closures isn't about economy, but security
As I read the recent announcements on the U.S. military closures being considered by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, I was reminded of an address given a few years ago by Leon Panetta, White House Chief of Staff under President Clinton and a former Congressman from Monterey, Calif.

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.

Midnight Suns take second and third over the weekend at Sitka softball tournament
Juneau's Midnight Suns' 12-and-under teams finished second and third, respectively, following tournament play last weekend in Sitka.

End of the road
Juneau East's Zach Miller connects for a single during Sunday's Little League District 2 championship game for 9-10 year-olds in Petersburg. Sitka defeated Juneau East for the district title.

Juneau duo advance to synchro finals
The Juneau Aurora Knights synchronized swimming duet of Koko Urata and Sarah Felix placed themselves among the best junior tandems in the world as they qualified for the U.S. Open finals Tuesday in San Diego, Cal.

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.

Family asks to rebuild in park
An attorney for the Pilgrim family told federal appeals judges that the National Park Service has no right to conduct a formal environmental review or create other roadblocks before granting access to their land within a national park.

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.

Alaska's second-class cities fight to survive
More than half of the state's 113 second-class cities are struggling since the governor cut the flow of state dollars to local governments in 2003.

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.

State to tighten regs on home-care program
Individuals and agencies providing at-home care for the elderly and disabled are facing tighter standards for their services under proposed new regulations by 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.

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

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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.

Court dismisses challenge to Bush roadless policy
After a four-year court battle that overturned a ban on road-building in untouched national forests, environmental groups turned their sights Tuesday on new rules that could open those areas to logging and other development.

New keeper program set to launch in state
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., president of the national Waterkeeper Alliance, will join Alaskans this week to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Cook Inlet Keeper program.

Fishermen, councils want lid on data
Federal councils and the groundfish industry want to put further limits on the public's ability to gain information about fishing in federal waters.

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