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Friday, July 15, 2005

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.

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.

Wages haven't kept up with other costs
I have been reading with great interest your articles regarding the problems with high cost of housing in Juneau. Yes, housing prices have gone up but so has the cost of everything else.

Freedom is letting people be themselves
Mr. Cooper is just the kind of American that scares me to death. If we start saying "this isn't patriotic because I don't like it," then we lose what America is all about.

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.

Clearing up confusion about JHS & JDHS
There always seems to be much confusion to the status of the consolidation of the Juneau High School to Juneau-Douglas High School and the last class to graduate from the Fifth Street high school facility.

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)."

Gays are part of the local community too
I have read several editorial letters in the past few days that responded to the fourth of July parade panel's decision to allow groups such as PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) or SEAGLA (Southeast Alaska Gay and Lesbian Alliance) to participate in the parade.

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

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

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

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

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.

It's Greek to her
Judy Lane stains the exterior Thursday of Faith Lutheran Church.

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.

AEL&P deal would power mine
Alaska Electric Light and Power will provide electricity to the Greens Creek Mine on Admiralty Island through an underwater cable, the companies announced.

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

Company eyes rate hike
Alaska Electric Light and Power customers could face higher rates this winter as the utility looks to file for a rate increase with the Alaska Regulatory Commission.

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.

Leapin' in the rain
Cousins Logan Moser, Shelby Lee, and Chatham Moser, play on a trampoline Thursday in front of the Mosers' home on Mountainside Drive.

Down a slippery slope
Megan Seitz, 7, negotiates a steep part of Franklin Street, from Sixth to Fifth streets, on her skates Thursday.

Taking on Goliath
A crow chases an adult bald eagle that appears to be carrying the remains of another bird Thursday near Douglas.

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.

Student recognitions
Outstanding actions of present and former Juneau students.

A soft landing
A young female belted kingfisher lands on a moss covered rock in a tidal zone near on Auke Bay.

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

Elton highly recommends Dr. Emergency
My doctor is Dr. Emergency. He is one of the finest doctors in Juneau. I've been seeing him regularly for at least the last six or seven years.

Wickses celebrate 50 years
Ken and Darlene Wicks have returned to Juneau to celebrate their 50th year of marriage.

FYI
Statistics of Juneau

Love survives even after death
On July 21, 1987 I was lying in a single bed with my cousin Renee, our dying grandmother tucked in between us. To the heart-breaking accompaniment of Grammie's ragged breathing, Renee and I shared memories:

Lending assistance
The staff of Wildflower Court recently participated in a "food drive" for the Helping Hands organization located at 8411 Airport Blvd., in Building B.

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.

Empire editorial: Update state's cost index for workers
Twenty years is too long to wait to update a cost-of-living index that affects how much state employees make in various cities.

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.

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.

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.

Juneau duo takes 9th at U.S. Open
Koko Urata is looking forward to spending a couple weeks in Montreal with her family while Sarah Felix can't wait to sleep in her own bed.

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.

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

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the Northwest

Judge halts timber sale near Yakutat
A federal judge has slammed to a halt a controversial salvage timber sale near Yakutat.

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

Activists question ethics of group paying for governor's trip
A November 2004 trip made by Gov. Frank Murkowski to a meeting in New Orleans was paid for by a so-called 527 political committee formed last fall by a prominent Juneau banker.

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

Fish farm sues critic for defamation
A British Columbia fish farm has slapped a defamation lawsuit on a longtime Canadian fish farm critic who complained about alleged corporate lies and contamination.

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.

Panel tries to patch hole in pension plan
An Alaska legislative panel and a handful of experts racked their brains Thursday to find a way to dig the state out of a $6 billion sinkhole in the public pension system.

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.

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

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the Northwest

Pipeline company countersues oil industry watchdog group
An oil pipeline company has struck back at an industry watchdog group in a dispute over the group's commission of a study on how industry profits could more effectively fund environmental protections.

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.

Alaska guardsman comes back to face rape charges
ANCHORAGE - A U.S. soldier fighting in Iraq was returned to Anchorage this week to face accusations that he repeatedly raped an 11-year-old girl.

Pro-pot group sues state over spending
A pro-marijuana group is suing Alaska campaign finance regulators in an effort to force them to investigate a deputy federal drug czar's expenses in campaigning against a 2004 marijuana legalization initiative.

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.

What's happening
Entertainment events around Juneau

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.

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.

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.

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