Sunday, July 18, 2004

Don't restrict parade
The decision of the Fourth of July Committee to exclude from future parades those contingents it finds "inappropriate" and "politically volatile" treads on dangerous grounds.

Boozer a disgrace
I live in Cleveland and have supported the Cavs.

Insidious fear
Are you people serious? How do you find the time to even conceive of putting together a committee to oversee the "appropriateness" of a Fourth of July entrant?

Play ball, everyone
I write this letter knowing that I am going to incur the wrath of every red-blooded sports fan in Juneau.

Still proud of Boozer
This may not be as controversial as a Richard Nixon mask in the Macy's Day parade, but I have not heard one quote out of Carlos Boozer's mouth, and until I do, I refuse to entertain media speculation concerning his contract situation.

Freedom of speech
I've always been proud of the fact that free speech is rampant in Juneau's Fourth of July Parade.

Cartoon abuses liberals
I find your political cartoon (July 14) to be highly abusive, and reminiscent of the "good ole days," when we labeled people as "pinkos."

Boozer criticism doesn't jibe
I will save my judgment on Carlos Boozer until I hear his side.

Censorship appalling
Distasteful? Some no doubt found the military or the peace groups in the July Fourth parade distasteful, depending on whether they support or oppose the war.

March trial set for man charged in Tenakee killing
The man charged with murder in the 2003 death of Maggie Wigen in Tenakee Springs is set to stand trial in March.

Psychologist targets Juneau's dropout rate
Students will be less likely to drop out if classes are structured to allow all students to have immediate success, says a retired Juneau psychologist.

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

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

Photo: Fighting cancer
The Stroller White Pipes and Drums lead a group of cancer survivors Saturday at the start of the third annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life at Dimond Park.

Kids in court
The dinner table at the Sims home is always busy.

ACLU eyes parade flap
The Alaska Civil Liberties Union is asking city officials for information about the Juneau Fourth of July Committee's amended policy about what qualifies as an "appropriate" parade entry.

Pointers for election-season letter writers
Campaign signs for this year's crop of political candidates are sprouting in front yards around town, reminding me of what I don't want the Empire's opinion page to look like during the election season.

Reforming Native education
Recently I decided I had to leave Juneau.

Photo: On the hook
Bigger than him: Shane Carter, 11, of Mocksville, N.C., stands beside a 225-pound, 76-inch halibut

Wild Life: Harlequin romance
On a warm summer day, a pair of ducks bob on the current of a clear mountain stream.

Fish report
This week's fishing report from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Out & About
Outdoor activites around Juneau.

Outdoor Abilities
Lee Hagmeier first hiked to the top of Thunder Mountain in 1959, three weeks before being blinded by a bear attack.

Juneau Seniors go 1-1 to open district tournament
Pedro Mojica pitched a complete game on the mound and went 4-for-4 with three runs scored as Juneau edged Prince of Wales 5-4 on Friday in its opening game of the Alaska District 2 Senior Division (age 15-16) Little League Baseball Tournament at Sitka's Moller Field.

SOUTHEAST ROAD RUNNERS JRC/THE ALASKA CLUB GOVERNOR'S CUP 5K RUN
Results of Saturday's JRC/The Alaska Club Governor's Cup 5-kilometer run, held on a course starting at Dimond Courthouse and ending at the American Red Cross office near Bartlett Regional Hospital. Results of Saturday's half-mile and 1-mile kids' runs will be printed later this week.

Shot heard 'round the Valley
With one swing of the bat, Aaron Cohen turned a tournament on its head.

Governor's Cup Run
Photos of the Govenor's Cup Run, Saturday.

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.

Woman seeks child-custody changes, sues to put petition on the ballot
A North Pole retiree is taking the state to court in an attempt to get proposed changes to Alaska's child custody laws on the 2006 ballot.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, a story in Friday's Empire about a British Columbia mine misstated the titles for members of Canada's House of Commons.

More motorists visiting Alaska
The summer 2004 tourism industry is shaping up, with operators reporting a good number of visitors to Alaska, according to the Alaska Travel Industry Association.

Pacific salmon fishermen to receive subsidies
Pacific salmon fishermen in Alaska and Washington soon will be getting federal subsidy checks of up to $10,000 to make up for foreign farmed fish driving down market prices.

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