Tuesday, July 27, 2004

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.

ALSC is important, needs its funding
Janell Hafner's "My Turn" article in Sunday's Empire, criticizing Gov. Frank Murkowski's veto of the legislature's appropriation to the Alaska Legal Services Corp., is excellent.

Parade panel did well
Every July 4, our family greatly enjoys the Juneau parade - seeing so many of our friends and neighbors representing so many of our town's multiple facets.

Pelican needs ferries
Thank you for the wonderful article on the trip around Chichagof Island.

More power to Moore
I am a liberal and a default Democrat because there is no viable third party, and I haven't seen "Fahrenheit 9/11."

Environmentalists are often deceptive
Worldwide demand for strategic resources drives the market price.

It's time to stop appointment madness
How much longer are Alaskans going to watch their Senate seats filled by appointment instead of democratic process?

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.

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.

Convicted sex offender arrested on 46 new counts of child molestation
A man who was convicted of a child-sex charge last year is back in jail on similar charges that could carry hundreds of years in prison.

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.

Most at meeting want mine open
From local teachers and artists to engineers and corporate executives, more than 50 people had something to say about the proposed Kensington mine during a Monday public hearing in Juneau.

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

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

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

Assembly panel prefers second high school
The city moved a step closer Monday evening to asking voters to build a second high school.

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.

Business drives owner's schooling
Jacob Lewis can't hear the roar of the engines, but he can feel the adrenaline of zooming about 20 miles per hour around the go-cart race track at Nugget Mall.

Lightning knocks out State Office Building phones
More than 6,800 state telephones were knocked out of service over the weekend, when lightning struck the State Office Building in downtown Juneau.

Three candidates declare their bids for Juneau Assembly seats
Although the October election is two months away, three candidates have already filed their campaign disclosure forms with the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

Waclaw Walter Lisowski
Juneau resident Waclaw Walter Lisowski, 88, died July 23, 2004, in Juneau.

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: 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: What's so bad about JDHS?
I'll admit: I'm against a second high school.

Anthony guarantees gold medal
Carmelo Anthony has a message for Argentina, Lithuania and the other best basketball teams from around the world: The United States is going to win at the Athens Games.

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.

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.

Juneau swimmers take fifth at state long-course meet
Juneau's Glacier Swim Club took just seven athletes to Anchorage this weekend...

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.

Excuse me while I kick the sky
Jesse Frankson of Point Hope has broken the world record in the one-foot high kick.

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.

AlaskaDigest
Headlines from around the state

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Governor signs bill on teen licenses
Two bills by Juneau's Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, creating a graduated driver's license requirement for teenagers and establishing a permanent office of citizenship assistance in Juneau, were signed into law Monday by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

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