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Friday, July 29, 2005

In the stacks: Stacks of eclectic magazines
The Juneau Public Libraries are adding to the magazine collections at each branch.

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.

Costco is a far cry from Wal-Mart
For the past week, one of the New York Times' "most e-mailed" articles has been an article comparing Costco to Wal-Mart.

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.

Stop violence at home first
What has puzzled and troubled me from the very beginning of the "war on terror" campaign and the supposed goal of creating security in the Middle East, and liberating women, is that our own country is one of the most dangerous societies in the world, in many ways, especially for women.

A more sustainable resource
Berners Bay has long been a world, as well as local, treasure.

Hypocrisy in Juneau
Tim Whiting's My Turn (Seniors get a break on the back of youth, July 27) was right on!

Respect the land: don't mine
Respecting the place we live on is ultimately respecting ourselves since it is the land that sustains us, after all.

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.

And now, the real news
This letter is about the Empire's July 26 front-page story, "Alaska Dems get $100,000 boost."

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.

Prefers nature to mine
So what does Berners Bay have that is so good that many of us want to save?

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.

Photo: Sweetheart Creek rodeo
Lynn Bennett, in background with a throw net; Kirk McMeen, in diving gear, and Steve Wolf, with a dip net, join in the personal-use fishery last week at Sweetheart Creek near Port Snettisham, about 40 miles south of Juneau.

Tulsequah wins OK to move ahead
Canadian regulators this week approved a controversial environmental assessment to reopen the Tulsequah Chief Mine 40 miles northeast of Juneau.

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

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.

Photo: Quick on the draw
A great blue heron watches fishermen launch their boat early Thursday morning at the North Douglas boat launch.

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.

Photo: 'The Odyssey,' 1989
The cast of Perserverance Theatre's adaptation of Homer's "The Odyssey" appear in the opening scene of the play in September 1989.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

AroundTown
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Rainfall breaks a daily record
Juneau residents have been sloshing through their work week, coping with a record rainfall.

Artists start to sketch out works for new school
It's unusual for public projects to integrate artwork with the building's construction, architects say. Usually, the art is added later.

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.

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

Wilson, Paddock to marry
Tom Paddock and Lori Wilson invite family and friends to their wedding on Saturday, July 30, 2005.

Being prepared for 'something more'
The year 1956 was formative in the history of Alaska.

FYI
News about the people you know.

Grit-your-teeth rain
Juneauites scurry by the Bill Ray mural in front of City Hall on Wednesday in an effort to get out of the rain.

Phillips, Blair wed
Carrie Blair and Patrick Phillips of Juneau were married July 22, 2005, in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho.

Photo: Having fun
Big Brothers Big Sisters enjoys rafting the Mendenhall River courtesy of Alaska Travel Adventures.

Brown, Hunt marry
Shaley Nicole Brown and Mason David Hunt, both of Juneau, were married at 4 p.m., Saturday, June 11, 2005, at the Mendenhall Glacier.

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Katasse, Roberts to wed
Evangeline "Evanne" Violet Katasse of Hoonah and Brian Earl Roberts of Sitka will marry at 5 p.m., Aug. 6, 2005, at the First Church of God in Juneau.

Recognition
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Outside editorial: More daylight saving time is a good idea
One very tiny (but very talked about) provision in the energy bill would extend daylight saving time by three weeks in the spring and one week in the fall starting in 2007, conserving energy and perhaps preventing some crimes and traffic accidents.

Juneau's GSC swimmers take 5th
The Glacier Swim Club enjoyed one of its best outings ever at the Alaska Long Course State Championships last weekend in Anchorage.

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.

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

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

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.

Alaska Digest
Cash and weapons seized in drug bust

Port authority aims to buy state's share to push pipeline ahead
The Alaska Gasline Port Authority wants to buy the state's share of North Slope royalty gas to jump-start efforts to build a gas pipeline along an all-Alaska route.

Troopers break in, pull woman from her burning home
A distraught woman who locked herself in her Sterling home and set it on fire was rescued by two Alaska State Troopers. Troopers Larry Erickson and Michael Henry broke down a door, crawled beneath flames and pulled the woman to safety just before midnight Wednesday.

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.

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.

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

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

State delves into how to pay for pipeline
The state of Alaska is taking a serious look into how much it should pay into the proposed natural gas pipeline that would carry the resource from the North Slope through Canada and to the Midwest states.

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.

Alaska Digest
An 18-year-old Juneau man was being held Thursday on $20,000 bail, accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl.

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.

Biologist barred from discussing bears with media
The commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game has ordered Anchorage biologist Rick Sinnott to stop talking to the media about conflicts between humans and bears.

Governor: Apprentices to be hired for projects
With a bulked-up labor pool needed and in hopes that a gas pipeline deal will be struck, Gov. Frank Murkowski has signed an administrative order requiring contractors to hire apprentices for the largest state construction projects.

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.

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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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