Monday, July 26, 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.

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.

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!

Troopers, not airplanes
I just had another wonderful visit to Juneau and I check in almost daily with you on the Web. I have read the heated debates about free-speech rights and reactions of some to a parade entry on the 4th of July. As a Marine veteran of the first Gulf War, I personally found no offensive displays at your "hometown" parade. It looked like patriotic citizens exercising their right to display their feelings. Seems to me that anyone has this right in an "open" public forum. I remember Kuwaitis doing the same (both pro and con) after our liberation "action." That's my "two cents worth" added to your sufficient editorial coverage.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Shareholders should have a say
The much-heated controversy over the land swap at Berners Bay between Sealaska and Cape Fox and the federal government has raised concerns. I as a shareholder in Sealaska would like to add to the situation.

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.

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...

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

Disabled push for accessible bowling
It's teamwork for Corrine Jackson to go bowling. A caregiver first has to drive wheelchair-bound Jackson to Channel Bowl. Then the bowling alley's staff and the caregiver have to help Jackson get into the alley because Channel Bowl doesn't have a ramp.

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.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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.

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.

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

Photo: Flume slide
Steve and Jamie Foley cross a large rock slide Sunday at the top of the Flume Trail. The slide was evidence that the steep slopes above the flume have been lubricated by Saturday's downpours.

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.

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

Housing ready for 25 families
Lisa Sivertsen and her husband, Ron, will be able to sleep together in the same bed again after they move into new affordable housing in Mendenhall Valley.

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

Jeanette Mann
Jeanette Mann died June 17, 2004, in Seattle at the age of 76.

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

My Turn: State approved herbicides are safe to use
I am a toxicologist by academic training. I am not working for any stakeholders. I am merely standing up for science and the truth.

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: 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: Won't come home until Bush is out of office
Two years ago, I was living and teaching in Juneau with an infant and my husband. Now, I'm living and teaching in Thailand with a toddler and my husband. The morning of 9/11, before work, I was changing my daughter's diaper when I heard the news report. I looked squarely into her eye and said out loud "I'm sorry I couldn't have brought you into a better world." She locked into my eyes as if to tell me she had a wisdom beyond the temporal one, and she knew something I didn't. She comforted me that morning.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Out & About
A listing of upcoming outdoor events.

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.

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.

Early rally dooms Juneau
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars could use a mulligan, a do-over. Juneau couldn't recover after spotting Anchorage's Nunaka Valley All-Stars three runs in the first inning, as the GCLL All-Stars lost 4-1 in Sunday's decisive third game of the Alaska State Major Division (age 11-12) Little League Softball Tournament at Melvin Park.

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.

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.

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

Sports Briefs
Staff and Wire reports of Juneau sports.

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.

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.

Juneau Juniors claim district baseball title
It took some adjusting, but Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars rallied to knock off Ketchikan 4-2 in Sunday's title game of the Southeast Alaska District 2 Junior Division (age 13-14) Little League Baseball Tournament in Wrangell.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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

Photo: Fighting fire with fire
Forestry and firefighting personnel watch the Poker Mountain burnout last week from the Poker Flat Research Range about 30 miles northeast of Fairbanks. The burnout is an effort to create a fire-break between the Boundary fire and the Haystack Subdivision. The Boundary fire started from a lightning strike June 13 and has burned 485,000 acres.

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.

Legislature's numbers up there with big states'
Alaska is one of the least populated states in the country, but its Legislature looks more like the ones representing millions of people in New Jersey or Florida when it comes to pay, staffing and time spent on the job.

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.

State proposes more help for special-ed kids in HS exam
The state is proposing more ways to accommodate students with disabilities when they take the high school exit exam.

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.

Delta Junction to get state loan to pay off lawsuit debt
The Interior city of Delta Junction will receive a $1.2 million no-interest loan from the state to pay off a lawsuit settlement, under a bill signed into law by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Black spruce the bane of firefighters
Firefighters have a name for the black spruce tree, the scourge of Interior Alaska this summer. "We call it gasoline on a stick," said Marc Lee, Fairbanks area forester for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

AlaskaDigest
Headlines from around the state

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