Thursday, July 14, 2005

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Medieval fairy tale
Please permit me to respond to the July 5 op-ed piece "Creationists have Dark Ages mentality" by Wade Rogers.

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.

War is not the answer to terror
On Thursday morning in London, a brutal and violent attack was carried out on innocent civilians. My heart goes out to those people who have suffered a loss.

Don't shut out differences
Thank you, Mr. Cooper, for your thoughts on the Juneau Fourth of July parade committee. I didn't realize, but now I see it.

Learn about PFLAG
In response to Mr. Cooper and Mr. Bogoyo's letter to the editor, I think it is wonderful that here we are still talking about the fabulous Juneau parade.

Freedom is for all
It is heartening to discover that citizens of Juneau believe the Fourth of July is a "celebration of independence from some of the oppression that our forefathers fought and died for ... (Letters, July 10)."

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 ...

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

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

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.

Second Harmon murder trial set for Ketchikan
The man already convicted in Maggie Wigen's killing in Tenakee Springs two years ago will go home to Ketchikan for his second trial on the most serious charge.

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.

The perfect pour
Brad Cure, front, levels concrete Wednesday as concrete mason Dan Squires pours more in the background.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Juneau Job Center gears up for mine jobs
At age 49, Scooter Edge says she wants to try something different, like working in the construction industry, perhaps for the companies developing the Kensington Mine.

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

Gottardi found guilty of arson
It took a jury less than two hours Wednesday to find Rickey Gottardi guilty of setting Auke Bay ablaze last September.

Born to strum
Jack Tullis sings some Bruce Springsteen songs in the rain Wednesday for passing tourists on South Franklin Street. Tullis, a restaurant cook, was playing for tips to help pay his bills until his next pay day.

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

Juneau couple heads south - to Russia
Ann Symons, a former longtime school librarian in Juneau, has taken a post as librarian in the Anglo-American School in Moscow.

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.

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

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.

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

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.

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.

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

Alaska editorial Shorter legislative session benefits all
The legislators, collectively, wouldn't join together to do the job. So three of them alone are trying to fix the dysfunctional way that Alaska goes about doing its lawmaking business.

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.

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.

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.

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 win Sitka tournament for 14-and-unders
The Juneau Midnight Suns' 14-under softball team won three games in a row on Sunday to capture the Southeast tournament in Sitka.

Sticking it to Juneau
A popular sport in Canada and along the United State's east coast, Juneau residents Joe Watts and Jim Craig are trying to establish the game of lacrosse in Alaska.

Jambaars finish up Diadora Cup
The Juneau Soccer League's Under-13 boys team, the Jambaars, wrapped up the 2005 Diadora Cup in Redmond, Wash., over the weekend with a 2-1-1 record.

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.

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.

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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.

Report: State, federal governments unprepared for responding to oil spills
An independent study of a freight vessel that ran aground last year in the Aleutian Islands, spilling thousands of gallons of fuel, is calling on state and federal authorities to beef up spill response and prevention technology.

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.

Auditor questions state health agency's Medicaid reporting
More than $33 million paid to hospitals by the state in 2004 has been flagged by auditors as miscalculations in Medicaid payment limits.

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.

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

Man sentenced to six years for Kodiak shooting death
A Kodiak man has been sentenced to six years in prison for the shooting death of another man.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the Northwest

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.

Fishermen risk fines in competitive sockeye fishery
July 20 is going to be a busy day in Naknek District Court.

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.

Early cohos inundate trollers
It's another oddly pleasant summer for Southeast Alaska fishermen who target the high-end salmon.

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

briefly
News of local arts

Questioning Authority
The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council is asking artists to submit "artwork that pushes the boundaries of legality and raises questions about the ownership of ideas" for a special August show at its gallery, 206 N. Franklin St.

JUMP to it
Near the top of a bleak, 90-foot vertical wall of ice, well over 20,000 feet above sea level on the way to the summit of the 22,493-foot Ama Dablam peak in the Himalayas, Alaska State Museum conservator Scott Carrlee was fighting body fatigue, mental exhaustion, and ultimately, the straps of his own backpack.

Calling for Alaska recipes
Emma Widmark worked with the University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Services for years, in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region and throughout Southeast Alaska.

What's happening
Entertainment events around Juneau

Wrapping up 30 years, with Brahms
Of the 55 Juneau Lyric Opera members performing Johannes Brahms' "Requiem" on Saturday night in the company's Mid-Summer Vocal Festival, roughly half are familiar with the notoriously layered text.

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