Saturday, July 16, 2005

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.

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.

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.

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

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

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports of the residents 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:

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.

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.

FYI
Statistics of Juneau

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the Northwest

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.

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.

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

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.

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