Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Boy Scout accident was preventable
Somehow when accidental death is involved, we humans commonly think of any questioning of the event as being insensitive and disrespectful.

Sales tax important
As usual, Ishmael Hope has written another thought-provoking letter to the editor. I couldn't agree with him more about the regressive nature of a sales tax.

Planned Parenthood may become neighbor
Planned Parenthood targets teenagers and it has condemned abstinence-only sex ed programs as unacceptable.

Iraq War offers a political advantage
Paul Berg's essay of Aug. 1 made some valid points about the uses of war in American politics.

Don't reduce school hours
I would like to meet the people that feel that the elementary students in Juneau are receiving too much education.

Evolution isn't hard science
Wade Rogers seems to believe that the scientific method is no longer valid because it was founded in 1626.

Wharf should have unbiased survey
Your story shows the projected sale of Merchants Wharf to the city is a very odd duck. The owners say the building is old and needs to be torn down.

Giving seniors tax breaks is right
I totally disagree with Tim Whiting's My Turn. Senior citizens' tax exemptions are not the problem.

Photo: Rare Alaska tornado
A highly unusual tornado is seen Monday from Sand Point, in the Aleutian Chain, about 600 miles west of Anchorage.

District gives OK to sites for Montessori
The Juneau School District will place its three Montessori grade-school classrooms at Glacier Valley Elementary and two adolescent classrooms at Mendenhall River Community School, officials said.

Photo: Higher, Dad!
Chuck Etheridge helps his son, Benjamin, aloft Sunday at Rotary Park. Benjamin was urging his father to greater effort with cries of "Higher, Dad!"

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

New restaurants look to breathe life into downtown
When a two-story Front Street building burned down last August, Wade Bryson suffered a serious blow to his business, he said.

Photo: Slow and easy
A sailboat glides Monday near the Juneau waterfront. While Juneau commuters dealt with the usual traffic and detours, some boaters had only the relative calm of the channel to deal with.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Good dog, smart dog
Chicory Eddy has three dogs with three different personalities, and that means three different methods when she's training them to jump over 16-inch bars, weave through a series of poles, crouch through a tunnel or scramble up and down a see-saw.

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

Assembly IDs projects for tax funds
Voters may get the chance this October to choose whether revenue from the 1 percent sales tax will fund a Mendenhall Valley pool, airport upgrades or other projects.

My Turn: Presidents wage war to land themselves in history books
Several months before the attack on the World Trade Center, I had the opportunity to spend three days with Ramsey Clark, attorney general of the United States during the presidency of Lynden Johnson.

My turn: Time to take Alaska's natural gas to market
Will the Murkowski administration reach agreement on a stranded gas contract this fall? Gov. Frank Murkowski says it will.

Juneau falls to So. California in a shootout
The Juneau All-Stars got their bats going Sunday morning but ran into an even hotter team in a 13-8 loss to Southern California in the Little League Senior Softball West Region tournament in Missoula, Mont.

New honcho for a new season
New Juneau-Douglas High School football team head coach Bill Chalmers, left, speaks to freshman defensive end Jacob Pernula, center, and junior nose guard Chris Toupin during the Crimson Bears' first practice of the season on Monday afternoon at the Reilly Richey Memorial Football Field at Adair-Kennedy Memorial 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.

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.

Palmer's Magner hopes to land a spot with the Atlanta Falcons
Cole Magner, a graduate of Palmer's Colony High School, is loving life in the Atlanta Falcons' preseason camp as an undrafted free agent signee.

Alaska sled dogs get summer taste treat: fish heads
There's an old saying that "one person's trash is another's treasure," and that couldn't be any more true for Jon Little, a Kasilof-based musher who has competed in both the Iditarod and Yukon Quest sled dog races.

State ponders investing its money in China, India
The state's economic development financing agency is considering funding a venture capital startup that would invest in industrial projects in China, India and other developing Asian countries.

This Day in History
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Ex-governor, others want jet-boat permit for Chilkat changed to include seasonal restrictions
A former governor and five former state commissioners joined a petition Monday asking the state of Alaska to reverse its decision to let jet boat operators take tourists on the upper Chilkat River during a critical salmon spawning and rearing period.

Researcher: Bird uses natural mosquito repellent
A bird species found in some parts of Western Alaska is believed to emit a natural mosquito repellent with properties similar to DEET, the key ingredient in many commercial repellents.

Corrections takes on corruption
Alaska became the first state on Monday to receive certification from the National Institute of Ethics for fighting corruption in its prisons and jails.

On the Kenai, fishermen paid to release 'hogs'
The fish are king salmon, but when they grow to be 50 inches and swim up the Kenai River, they're called hogs.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Floating missile radar station set to sail for Adak
A sea-based missile-detection radar will soon head to Adak in the Aleutian chain to become a component of the Bush administration's multibillion-dollar missile defense program.

1st round of AK GIs deploys to Iraq
The first round of soldiers from the Alaska-based 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team has departed for the war in Iraq.

Alaska in line for jump in highway spending
Anchorage and Ketchikan will not be the only Alaska cities to see construction projects from a new federal highways bill.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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