Wednesday, July 27, 2005

So much for security
Just two weeks before 9/11, I was allowed to go through airport security three different times with my backpack containing a razor knife, hammer, screwdriver, pliers, nails, screws, matches and glue.

Super patriots stay silent, media caves in
Presidential adviser Karl Rove admitted he revealed the identity of an undercover CIA agent to reporters and that agent was then publicly identified and "outed."

Public harassment of women is wrong
I'd like to take issue with Mr. Heidersdorf's July 25 letter in which he asserts that the morning-after pill should be considered an abortifacient.

Don't bundle city's capital projects
The Juneau Assembly's current position that a Valley municipal pool should be bundled with other community needs on the fall ballot is problematic at best and condescending at worst.

Face the facts about war on terror
Chris Reilly's smug defense of the war on terror is insulting because his analysis is based upon lies and distortions of fact, and because it fails to grasp the very "root causes of extremism" Mr. Reilly so sanctimoniously adumbrates.

Bush, Rove shouldn't get away with lying
My mother taught me that lies beget more lies.

Look at national health care
There was an article in Friday's Empire about how burdened hospitals are becoming because of customers who cannot pay. Wow, that would be solved with national health care.

Raw human sewage is first priority
In respectful response to Deputy Mayor Marc Wheeler's July 24 letter pitching the "pool in the Valley" proposal and the "ten years of planning" that's gone into it, I'd make the following points:

Seniors add to university classes
University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton should find university tuition waivers for senior citizens easy to defend to both younger students and the regents.

New rule creates 100-yard no-entry zone around ships
Following recent terrorist attacks in London and an ensuing security alert for U.S. public marine transportation, the U.S. Coast Guard has begun enforcing a temporary rule that creates a 100-yard no-entry zone around cruise ships.

Photo: The governor explains, 1985
Then-governor Bill Sheffield answers questions posed to him by Senate Chief Council Sam Dash during the governor's 1985 impeachment proceedings, held by the Senate Rules Committee at the Capitol.

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

Planners see possibilities in cottage housing
City planning commissioners said Tuesday that one attempt to bring more affordable housing to Juneau won't be popular among neighbors, but they commended city staff on getting off to a good start on the details.

Crews respond to TEMSCO copter downed in wetlands after takeoff
A Juneau helicopter tour for six cruise ship passengers went only 100 feet before the craft lost power Monday, and all escaped without injury in nearby wetlands, according to reports from the scene.

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

City efforts lauded 15 years after disabilities act passed
Kevin Gadsey said Juneau's accessibility is one major reason he moved to the city about a year ago.

Dump rises; recycling on idle
After Waste Management shut down its two incinerators last June, recycling has become more important than just a feel-good action.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

FAA praises TEMSCO pilot after wetlands landing incident
A cruise ship passenger from Tyler, Texas, called home Monday first to say how excited she was to be headed to a helicopter ride to a glacier and later to praise the pilot after the helicopter lost power and landed abruptly, her father said.

Photo: A road less traveled (than South Franklin)
Sang Chough, left, and her husband, Hoon, enjoy a rainy walk Tuesday on Basin Road.

Asbestos said to be in local quarry stone
Tests this month at the city-run Stabler's Point Rock Quarry across from Auke Bay show that it contains asbestos.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Merchants Wharf appraisal jumps
The Merchants Wharf may be a money pit for its owners, but it apparently sits on a gold mine.

Carls and Johnston marry
Juneau resident Erika Xanthe Carls and Brendan Patrick Johnston of Lake Elmo, Minn., were married July 16, 2005, at Union Presbyterian Church in Saint Peter, Minn. An outdoor reception was held at the arboretum of Gustavus Adolphus College, where the couple met.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Stiner and Unruh to marry
Juneau residents Jessica Stiner and Jared Unruh will be married in September 2005 in Idaho.

Lair and Gerhard to marry
Elizabeth Lair and former Juneau resident AD Gerhard will be married Oct. 8, 2005, in Rochester, Minn.

Photo: The national bird at work
A pair of eagles argue over fish scraps recently near Don Statter Boat Harbor at Auke Bay.

Religious core values resonate
I recently saw on television an interview with Wolf Blitzer and Sen. Diane Feinstein. In the interview the senator said that in the war on terrorism, what needs to be done, is for Islamic religious leaders to condemn terrorism.

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

Dominica G. Lorenzo
Longtime Juneau resident Dominica Guillermo Lorenzo, 62, died July 22, 2005, at Bartlett Regional Hospital surrounded by family and friends.

My turn: State was right to cut prisoner-transport funds
The municipality of Anchorage wants Alaska State Troopers to begin transporting municipal misdemeanants to and from court and it sought legislative support of $461,900 in state funds to do so.

My turn: Seniors get a break on the backs of youth
Juneau needs to address the "temporary" sales tax issue from a different prospective. One reason Juneau is aging is due to taxation policies that funds nonessential projects on the backs of youth.

Sitka eliminates Juneau West from regional
The Sitka All-Stars scored six runs on five hits and a walk in the fifth inning as they rallied to eliminate the Juneau West All-Stars 7-2 on Monday at the Southeast Alaska Majors Division Regional Little League Baseball Tournament at Sitka's Villandre Field.

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.

Ketchikan's Seaver 24th in 25K race
Sean Seaver of Ketchikan finished in 24th place during Saturday's 25-kilometer race at the World Open-Water Swimming Championships in Montreal.

Capital City Soccer League Standings
...as of July 25

Sitka defeats Juneau East for major baseball championship in wet and wild shootout
Host Sitka completed an undefeated run through the Alaska Little League District 2 Major Baseball Tournament by winning the title Tuesday in Sitka.

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.

Nenana conference ponders suicide rate
People are meeting in Nenana this week to explore solutions to an epidemic of self-inflicted deaths that has long plagued Alaska's smallest communities.

Alaska Air could split Seattle ops
Alaska Airlines may move some of its flights from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Boeing Field, almost 9 miles away.

Family and friends mourn fallen Boy Scout leaders
Four Boy Scout leaders were setting up a large tent for the National Scout Jamboree when things went terribly wrong, they lost control of a pole and it touched some electrical lines, killing them all.

Alaska Dems get $100,000 boost
The Democratic National Committee has decided to make Alaska one of the first states to receive funding for more staff members in part of its campaign to revitalize the party.

4 AK scout leaders killed at jamboree
Four adult scout leaders from Anchorage were killed Monday afternoon in an electrical accident that occurred as they were setting up camp at the Boy Scout Jamboree, a gathering of thousands of scouts and leaders from throughout the world, officials said.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Now streaming live: Walruses of the Bering Sea
Wallowing and snorting as they jockey for position on the rocks, the two-ton walruses may not be the prettiest of Internet reality show stars.

Governor signs bill transferring 250,000 state acres to university
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Monday signed into law a bill transferring 250,000 acres of state land to the University of Alaska over the next three years.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

Park service to allow use of off-road vehicles
In a reversal of a long-standing policy, the National Park Service has decided to allow off-road vehicle use by Cantwell residents in a portion of Denali National Park and Preserve.

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