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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Sewers not answer to housing problem
An idea now gaining steam in Juneau's business and realty community is that extending sewer and water lines is the best route to improving Juneau's housing situation.

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."

Benefits for some, but others must pay
Residents of Hawaii would like to know why Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Ted Stevens of Alaska have co-sponsored a bill that goes against the wishes of the people of Hawaii.

Mine jobs come with environmental cost
I am appalled at Coeur Alaska's proposal to dump mine tailings in Lower Slate Lake. We are talking about a mine that is slated to be operational for only 10 years.

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.

Approach route should be scrutinized
Monday's crash of a Temsco helicopter on takeoff brought to mind a disaster scenario I've considered for a number of years.

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.

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:

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.

Teach students how to think, decide
Should we teach creationism in our schools? I did not know what to think about the whole evolution vs. creationism until college, when I had a biology teacher who was a very good teacher and taught everything he knew about evolution to us.

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.

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.

Students out early for new program
Glacier Valley Elementary and Mendenhall River Community schools will introduce a new program this fall that releases students two hours and 15 minutes early on Fridays so teachers can spend the rest of the day sharing teaching strategies.

Juneau hikers, Gustavus pilots rescued from beach
Three hikers and two pilots were rescued from a beach near Cape Fairweather after one plane crashed and another got stuck in the mud.

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

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

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

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.

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

Ex-Juneau resident aids tsunami victims
Everywhere he went in Sri Lanka, former Juneau resident John Sproul saw the devastation caused by December's tsunami.

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

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

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.

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

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

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.

Janet (Tanner) League
Longtime Juneau resident Janet Elvene (Tanner) League, 59, died Wednesday, July 26, 2005 in Juneau due to long-term medical conditions.

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

Gen Harmon
Longtime Juneau resident Gen Harmon, 94, died Monday, July 25, 2005 at the Juneau Pioneers Home.

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.

Alaska editorial: Jamboree should carry on, despite gripes from ACLU
If you want to contrast what is good about the United States and one of the things that has gone awry in our legal system look no further than the Boy Scout Jamboree, convening at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia.

Alaska editorial: Four men died while giving to young people
No Alaskan can hear about this week's Boy Scout tragedy without feeling the pain shared by all who know the victims.

Haines swimmer opens dialog on Juneau road
One of my more eccentric college friends decided to drive a table across the country after he graduated.

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.

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

Haiku is the boat to beat in Juneau Cup
After four rounds of the Juneau Cup Challenge yacht race series, Haiku has emerged as one of the top boats to beat.

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.

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.

Sealaska sells its Prince of Wales mine
Sealaska Corp. sold its limestone mine on Prince of Wales Island last week.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

Canadian company wants to reopen Skagway terminal
A dormant coal terminal in Skagway could be resurrected by action this week by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority.

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.

Gov. signs pension changes into law
Gov. Frank Murkowski signed a bill Wednesday switching the state's pension retirement systems to privatized 401(k)-type accounts for teachers and state employees who start next July.

Photo: A rare sight this season
Jeff Isturis holds a red salmon Wednesday aboard the fish tender Roedda, which would take the fish to Taku Smokeries/Fisheries. Gillnetters are reporting a slow season so far for the prized fish.

Gillnetters perplexed by poor sockeye catch
Gillnetters in Lynn Canal and Taku Inlet are glum about their chum and sockeye catches this summer.

Bears gather for salmon at urban creek
Grizzly bears - lured by generous runs of salmon - are prowling dense brush along an urban creek in Anchorage.

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

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.

Alaska Digest
Cash and weapons seized in drug bust

Images from another time
On the morning of July 29, 1970, 35 years ago Friday, the state ferry Taku ran aground near West Kinahan Island, eight miles west of Prince Rupert.

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.

what's happening
Entertainment events around Juneau

Youth in the spotlight:
Danyon Davis doesn't believe in "puffy-pants Shakespeare," and his directorial debut in Juneau is far from it.

Roughing it in the kitchen
Juneau writer Ann Chandonnet grew up on an apple and dairy farm in Dracut, Mass., which instilled her lifelong fascination with the origins of food.

briefly
News of local arts

Juneau actor to help bring Carol Oates play to Edinburgh
Juneau native Mike James and six friends from Wesleyan University are presenting Joyce Carol Oates' "Tone Clusters" next month at Scotland's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Southeast Alaska State Fair Schedule
for this weekend...

Cinema Guide
What's playing on the silver screen

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