Sunday, July 25, 2004

'The Last Run' improves on 'Coming Back Alive'
On Jan. 30, 1998, a 79-year-old schooner with a five-man fishing crew went down in one of the worst Arctic storms in recorded Southeast Alaska history.

Be sure to choose the right format with audio books
Audio books for kids come on either tape or CD - and sometimes are available on both formats!

Author: There are no easy answers in affairs of the heart
"Heart of the Sound" is an interesting combination of memoir and wilderness writing, the first book by an Anchorage writer who is also a teacher of creative writing.

Disputes spin
Labor Commissioner Greg O'Claray's My Turn in Friday's Empire regarding Coeur Alaska mining begs me to ask the question: I wonder how he got from a local AFL-CIO union management position to Murkowski's Department of Labor cabinet post?

Tourism needs wilderness
Mr. Chew's recent editorial makes the important argument that the U.S. Forest Service should manage the Tongass in a way that supports all of Southeast Alaska's industries, not just large-scale logging.

No right to free speech
"We have now sunk to the depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men," George Orwell said.

No Sierra Club award
Recently the developers of the proposed Kensington Gold Mine have published and distributed a brochure that touts their environmental record and cites an award they claim to have received from the Sierra Club.

Save the Sundanese
The massacres in Sudan continue. We are not doing enough about it.

Stick with JDHS
As a student who was present before the renovations, during the renovations, and after the renovations, I feel comfortable discussing my opinions of the new Mendenhall Valley high school.

Cavs behaved badly
Let me get this straight. Christopher J. McCauley of Cleveland, Ohio, believes that the management of the Cleveland Cavaliers must have been on the right, ethical path because...

Bush represents capitalists
"Fahrenheit 9/11" shows President Bush's draw to money, and this is reflective of the people he represents, capitalists.

Committee does good work
After reading all the articles in the paper on the pros and cons of the Fourth of July parade, I felt I should set the record straight.

Away from Gummy Bears
Let's see here? It is OK to bash those who oppose or have a different view other than your own, but it is not OK to produce a political cartoon about liberals.

Photo: Rain? In Juneau?
Mary Kay McNaughton doesn't let a thundershower prevent her from making her way Saturday to a downtown coffee shop.

Tramway quits, tourists fly
Cruise ship passenger Dean Knight said he chose to ride the tram instead of a helicopter after coming ashore Friday in Juneau.

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

ATF: Explosives may be missing
Federal and city authorities are investigating the apparent theft of explosives from an explosives dealer's storage bunkers in Juneau.

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

Hard rock, hard choices
On a recent Monday afternoon, Rick Richins fished a large piece of quartzite ore studded with glittering particles from the floor of a dark, dripping tunnel at the Kensington gold mine.

Parade panel agrees ban is inappropriate
To end the hullabaloo over its proposal to bar "inappropriate" entries, the Juneau Fourth of July Parade Committee released a new guideline Friday, allowing floats and marching groups to participate regardless of their content or message.

Carmen L. Wynn
Juneau resident Carmen L. Wynn, 79, died June 30, 2004, in Juneau due to congestive heart failure.

My Turn: Reopening Kensington mine would adversely affect Berners Bay
Recently, Kensington Mine boosters and Coeur Alaska have been circulating information in support of the project.

My Turn: Valley needs a high school
Juneau needs a second high school in the Mendenhall Valley. My two boys attended and graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 2000 and 2002. I have been in the building many times and have observed tha

My Turn: Veto of legal service funds hurts little guy
L ast Tuesday, in what can only be deemed an attempt to further refine his message of lack of concern for the little guy, Gov. Frank Murkowski vetoed $62,500 from the state budget earmarked for of the Alaska Legal Services Corp.

My Turn: Parking prevails over program
I believe Juneau School Board Vice President Robert Van Slyke when he says, "The School Board's first priority is getting a new high school built."

My Turn: Smuggler's Cove residents are concerned about Spuhn access
T he Empire presented a superficial point of view in its article of July 15 on the Smuggler's Cove Neighborhood Association's appeal of the Juneau Planning Commission's preliminary plat approval for the Spuhn Island subdivision.

Fish report
King salmon fishing in the Juneau area continues its seasonal decline.

Black-legged kittiwakes, a real seagull
A long with ravens, crows and bald eagles, gulls undoubtedly are some of the most conspicuous bird species to be found around Juneau.

Nurture vs. nature and fishing
The argument of nurture vs. nature has been a point of contention for years by social psychologists.

On the hook
Good catch: Joshua Kinsolving, 8, holds the 15-pound halibut he caught on June 20 in Frederick Sound.

Out & About
A listing of upcoming outdoor events.

Naturally naturalists
Someone once said the only dumb question is the one that never gets asked. That being said, the U.S. Forest Service's seasonal interpreters at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center sure get some strange questions.

Bursell beats all to tram run finish
John Bursell scaled Mount Roberts so fast, he beat the official timekeepers to the finish of Saturday's tram run.

Sports Briefs
Staff and Wire reports of Juneau sports.

Juneau Juniors claim state championship
The bats came alive for the Juneau Juniors, just in time for them to repeat as state champions.

Majors will play it again
The Juneau Majors went down fighting, but Saturday's loss to Nunaka Valley means they'll play again for the state title today.

Bentz sent back to minor leagues
Chad Bentz of Juneau, a rookie left-handed relief pitcher for the Montreal Expos, has been sent back to the minor leagues.

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.

Seniors sweep Kenai, win state
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars beat Kenai twice this weekend to claim the Alaska State Senior Division (age 15-16) Little League Softball Tournament title at Hayes Field in Soldotna.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Warmer weather could kick up fires again
Crews Saturday took advantage of recent rains and hoped to get a handle on Interior wildfires facing yet another bout of dry, hot weather.

Canadian company offers Alaska gold nuggets on eBay
A Canadian company that owns an Alaska gold mine is offering some choice nuggets to the highest bidders on eBay.

More transport funds for Alaska
An amendment by Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens to a federal defense spending bill will restore about $51 million to transportation construction and renovation projects across the state.

Murkowski signs prison law, vetoes money for it
Gov. Frank Murkowski has signed a bill authorizing an expansion of the state's prisons, but only after vetoing funds for the buildout from this year's budget.

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