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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Please choose life over death
This letter is in response to the letter written by Dr. Emily Kane.

Stop the genocide in Darfur region, Sudan
The leaders of the richest countries in the world have just completed three days of discussion. A large part of their conversation centered on fighting poverty in the developing world.

Pools don't pay
I have a news flash for the "Fantastic Four" (Jeff Bush, Marc Wheeler, Dan Peterson and Stan Ridgeway).

Science, religion both have it wrong
I have been following the evolution debate in these pages and have learned many interesting things.

The new Declaration of Independence
I believe that, after reading Mr. Doug Cooper's and Mr. Marcelino Lee Bagoyo's letters to the editor, they would appreciate this new and "improved" version of the Declaration of Independence.

Use the free lot, not the streets
The city has opened a parking lot on Willoughby next to the Salvation Army; it is available to those people working in the Federal Building. Please take advantage of this parking and free up the streets between Ninth and Twelfth streets.

Planned Parenthood is appreciated
Planned Parenthood is needed in Juneau and anywhere that there are women in need of quality health care and family-planning options, and anywhere there are people trying to limit women's access to family planning and quality healthcare options.

Suggests help for rickshaw driver
I am amazed and appalled that the city of Juneau was not able to come up with some sort of payment plan on a permit for Doug Eberhart.

Juneau parade was uniquely American
I attended last week's Fourth of July celebrations and offer the following comments.

Juneau parade modeled freedom
The theme of the Fourth of July parade this year was "Freedom of Speech."

Photo: Off with its head
Bill Yoskowitz cuts the heads off coho salmon he bought Wednesday at Harris Harbor before taking them to be processed.

Photo: Keeping up with the elder
Jason Gordon demonstrates that skateboarding need not be wasted on the young. "I'm one of the old timers," said the 32-year-old Gordon, as he performed at Pipeline Skate Park.

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

Police have no leads in kayak shooting
Police have no leads to investigate in a report from two kayakers that shots were fired toward them in Bridget Cove on Saturday, Capt. Tom Porter said Wednesday.

Welcome all chums
This time in July, the small traditional Native village of Kake gets crowded with chums.

City attempts to facilitate more housing
City officials said they will help developers build more houses to tackle Juneau's housing shortage.

Photo: Sprucing up Evergreen
Erin Evans of the city landscape division mows between headstones Tuesday at Evergreen Cemetery.

Trade makes room for bear sanctuary
Garbage-munching bears spoiled by their human neighbors could have a new sanctuary under a proposal by a nonprofit group in Juneau.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

LL Cool J drops in on Juneau
Mega-platinum rapper and actor LL Cool J surprised Juneau residents on Monday first by showing up and then by letting them get close to him.

Climber on Thunder Mt. believed dead
Juneau Mountain Rescue team members were set to recover a 20-year-old Minneapolis man from Thunder Mountain today after searchers found him motionless Tuesday on a steep slope.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprotit local events

Photo: Ready for pie
Joanne Ecklund picks cherries Wednesday from trees by her West 12th Street home.

Team recovers hiker's body
Rescue teams recovered the body of a 20-year-old man from Thunder Mountain on Wednesday, a day after searchers reported he appeared to be dead on an inaccessible spot of the steep slope.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

In praise of cats of a certain age
It's easy to fall for a kitten. They're just so darned cute! But before you take one home, consider whether you might be happier with a more mature cat.

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

The mystery of knives, musical instruments and blue eyes
At the present time, the earliest descriptions of Native life on the Northwest Coast of North America are found in the reports by the Spanish navigators and chaplains who arrived on the coast in 1794.

Nygards to celebrate 50th
Ed and Shirley Nygard will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m., July 24, at the banquet room of the Juneau Moose Lodge. Friends are invited to attend.

Laurels for service to university students
University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton, center, recently presented the seventh annual Make Students Count Award to four UA employees demonstrating an outstanding commitment to students across the system.

Operating differences delayed Chenega ferry
I was gratified and relieved by the news on the evening of July 8 that our labor relations negotiators were able to reach an agreement with the three maritime unions on operation of the fast vehicle ferry Chenega.

GCLL to play for state titles
Photos courtesy of Beni Laliberte, Jill Anderson and Tia Brown

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.

East Glacier Trail Run results
from Tuesday...

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.

Kings take twice as long to get on a hook
The average marine boat angler landed a king salmon in 77 hours last week, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported Monday.

Jon Davis drives in seven runs to lead Juneau in tourney
Jon Davis had seven RBIs to lead the Juneau All-Stars to a 13-8 comeback win over host Ketchikan Tuesday in the Alaska Little League District 2 Junior Baseball Tournament.

Bush skips towards a world record
At the halfway point of her quest to set a new world record, 15-year-old Juneau resident Isabel Bush is ahead of schedule.

Juneau in junior baseball finals
Despite falling 8-6 to Wrangell-Haines Wednesday in the final pool play game of the Alaska Little League District 2 Junior Baseball Tournament, the Juneau All-Stars still qualified for today's championship game.

One for the record books
Today 15-year-old Juneau resident Isabel Bush will attempt to join such esteemed company as Hank Aaron, the world record holder for career major league home runs, and Louise Hollis, the California woman with the world's longest toenails.

BLM plans to charge for permit applications
Companies that want to drill for oil, gas and other minerals on federal land soon may have to pay the cost of processing their permit applications.

NorthwestDigest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Alaska Airlines flight attendants reject contract
Alaska Airlines flight attendants on Tuesday rejected a tentative agreement recommended by union leaders.

Anchorage Rep. Croft files new gas tax initiative
Rep. Eric Croft, D-Anchorage, has resubmitted an initiative application to tax leaseholders who don't develop their gas reserves.

Blatchford resigns as commerce head
Edgar Blatchford, the commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development, has resigned amid allegations of conflicts of interest between his state job and his leadership position with a Native corporation.

Skier recovers from pit bull attack
Anders Gillis had a premonition that something bad was going to happen as he strapped on his roller skis for a training session.

State's federal workers get smaller pensions than others
Federal workers in Alaska and Hawaii have filed a class action lawsuit against the U.S. government over lower retirement benefits.

Base commission says Galena changes could save $90 million
A decision by the military base review commission could result in cancellation of the Air Force contracts for snowplowing at the Galena runway and maintenance of other military facilities at the state-run airport.

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

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

Klukwan backs off spray permit; will try again
Klukwan Inc. has abandoned its proposal to spray herbicides by air on Long Island, but may submit a revised proposal to the state within days.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Alaska's offshore leases spark oil industry's interest
There are signs of renewed interest in exploration off of Alaska's Arctic coastline.

University report shows Anchorage changing rapidly
The number of Anchorage residents over the age of 65 is growing at five times the national average, a development that could help stabilize the city's economy, according to a study by the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Exploring the maze
In the weeks after the remains of Malibu, Calif., bear-activist Timothy Treadwell and his partner, Amie Huguenard, were found near their tent Oct. 5, 2003, on the Katmai coast, the couple was almost universally criticized.

Cinema Guide
What's playing on the silver screen

what's happening
Entertainment events around town

briefly
News of local arts

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