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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Choice: Import our seafood or grow it
In response to the Empire editorial "Offshore fish farming threats need research" on June 19, your editorial correctly pointed out that Alaskan fishermen are struggling to compete with fish farmers in other parts of the globe.

Sexual abuse a life sentence for victims
The Juneau Empire headline dated July 7, 2005, should have read "Man sentenced to four years for sex assault - 7 year old girl receives life."

Good attorney needed
The lead story in Monday's Empire shows that - under the banner of Christ - the so-called "Evangelical Christians" back East are campaigning to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor with someone of their own ilk.

Stop the genocide
The most powerful leaders of the world's richest countries spent three days discussing international issues but scarcely mentioned the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan.

Taylor destroying state's ferry system
What would you call Robin Taylor, Department of Transportation and Public Facilities deputy commissioner of marine transportation, if he worked in the private sector?

Plan ahead for contraception
I would like to thank Dr. Emily Kane for her July 13 letter in support of a women's right to access reproductive options without government intervention.

Unhappy about encounter with police
It's ironic that on the Fourth of July I was told I could not voice my opinion by a Douglas bicycle police officer.

War is a reasonable response at times
In her "War is Not the Answer to Terror" letter, the author proposed a let's-hold-hands-and-sing-Kumbaya-with-our-heads-in-the-sand" response to terrorism that will not protect us.

We were misled
In an op-ed piece from the Boston Globe (May 31), Ralph Nader and Kevin Zeese argued why President Bush should be impeached. They cited the following:

State government should give us a break
"Skinflint" is a term which is fast becoming synonymous with Alaska and how it treats their citizens.

Voters must pay attention to basics
When it comes to voting, responsible citizens want to do what's best for Juneau, even if it means paying more in taxes.

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

Sharing the fruits of their labor
When Ken and Leigh Camp moved to their Sunset Street home near Lemon Creek in 1994, the front lawn was scrubby and the backyard was muskeg.

Celebrating life
Cancer survivor Donna Goutermont ties up balloons at the starting line of the Relay For Life on Saturday at Dimond Park.

Laurels for local beer
Beer makers named Alaskan Brewing Co.'s smoked porter the best beer in the nation and ranked the Juneau company as the seventh-best craft brewer in the country.

Family Fun Day
Victoria Johnson sings and drums with the Woosh Ja Een dance group during the SEARHC Family Fun Day on Saturday at Twin Lakes.

When getting there is more than half the fun
Tourists on an Alaska Travel Adventures raft paddle down the rain and meltwater-swollen Mendenhall River on Monday near the Back Loop bridge.

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

City makes plans to sell 31.5 acres behind Fred Meyer
More housing could become available behind Fred Meyer.

Soapy Smith gets a little posthumous credit
Legendary con man Soapy Smith of the Old West wasn't a model citizen, but he is a model of sorts to another kind of trickster - the magician.

Panel asks for sales tax extension
The only thing the Assembly Committee of the Whole could agree on Monday night was that the city needs to renew its temporary 1 percent sales tax.

The unveiling of the bear, 1988
Tor Wallen unveils "Windfall Fisherman," a 1,500-pound bronze statue of a brown bear crafted by his father, R.T. "Skip" Wallen, during a dedication ceremony on July 17, 1988, in downtown Juneau.

Goldbelt dock gets OK for Cascade Point
Goldbelt won its permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to operate a dock at Cascade Point for the Kensington Gold Mine.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Heavily used road to Costco gets fast, furious makeover
Commercial Boulevard is getting a "fast and furious" makeover this week so drivers do not have to circle around pot holes on their way to Costco, Juneau Street Superintendent Mike Scott said.

My Turn: New ideas for old problem
When contentious political problems hang around long enough, opposite extremes often end-up making similar fundamental points; creating a yin-yang situation that can either thwart or lead to a more broad-based and stable resolution, depending on the disposition of political leaders.

My turn: Era of reasonable house prices not one most want to revisit
There seems to be a lot said in the newspapers lately about the terrible situation in the housing market in Juneau.

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.

Eaglecrest Time Trial Results

Juneau All-Stars undefeated in junior baseball
The Juneau All-Stars improved to 2-0 in pool play Sunday with a 11-4 win over Sitka in the Alaska Little League District 2 Junior Baseball Tournament in Ketchikan.

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.

Challenge hooks open-water swimmers
Running 25 kilometers is hard enough, but try swimming the distance through a churning, wind-swept sea amid a thrashing mob while the scorching sun bakes your back.

Trina Jones takes 1st at golf tournament
Trina Jones headed up to Anchorage with her husband, Jeff, and a circle of friends to have fun and play in the Alaska Amateur Handicap Golf Tournament over the weekend.

National Civic League names Seward an All-American city
Seward has been named an All-American City for the third time.

Fairbanks borough to resume recycling
A Fairbanks North Star Borough recycling program will resume Aug. 1 after a year of negotiations with the Air Force and its solid waste contractor.

Big oil profits prompt talk of revised tax structure in state
Oil company profits on Alaska operations are heating up discussions that the state should be getting a bigger share.

Ancient artifacts reclaimed, returned to Hoonah
Native artifacts from one of the earliest known archeological sites in Southeast Alaska have come back to Hoonah.

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

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

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the Northwest

Video gambling initiative sponsored by controversial race-track owner's mom
The main sponsor of an initiative proposal to bring video poker to Alaska is the mother of a controversial racetrack owner who has pushed for gambling initiatives in other states.

Fire razes SE lodge living area
A fast-moving fire destroyed the living quarters of a lodge near Ketchikan, but quick action by community members and visitors was being credited for preventing damage to other buildings.

Only two grizzlies taken in state's predator control effort
Hunters took only two of the 81 grizzly bears targeted in Alaska's first predator-control program aimed at grizzlies.

NorthwestDigest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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