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Tuesday, August 3, 2004

Greenpeace pollutes
I find it amazing Greenpeace can travel to Alaska waters.

Take Moore with a grain of salt
As much as I agree with Mr. Wild about how Michael Moore's new movie is just propaganda, I have to disagree that it's not going to affect anything.

Preserve the Taku
It is encouraging to see the diversity of people coming forward to support the Taku and its rich salmon runs as the Canadians ignore our interests and try to open up a mine nearly right on some of the best salmon habitat in the whole Taku drainage.

Do I hear double speak?
In response to David Duncan's letter, titled "Don't hurt morale."

Not me
It's my understanding that the Juneau Empire recently published a review of a book written by James W. Brooks, former Alaska commissioner of Fish and Game, entitled "North to Wolf Country."

Get involved
Would it shock you to know that the United States spends more on its military expenditures than all other countries of the world combined? This was a fact even before Sept. 11. Additionally, very few Americans are speaking of nuclear disarmament of America's weapons of mass destruction anymore. In the 1960s, many citizens, especially college students, actively and vociferously opposed the Vietnam war and our stocks of nuclear weapons.

Democrats are loyal
The letter "Democrats Unmasked" by John Bishop in the July 23 edition of the Juneau Empire might be dismissed as the product of a very natural sensitivity by the writer to the military service record of his party's leader.

Media misses mark
Bravo, Lew, you hit one out of the park. While newspapers such as yours and the Juneau Empire are useful in reporting local and regional stories, they do not have the capacity to tell you what is really going on in the world.

Oil profits are high
In the July 28 Anchorage Daily News, BP saw a 35 percent rise in quarterly profits.

Republican beer goggles
OK, Ms. Hoffman, let me help you remove your "Republican beer goggles" for a minute, because House Bill 414 (regardless of how it seems) is really not good for either party. Giving the governor the right to appoint a "temporary senator" until an election is possible is a loophole that should be removed.

9/11 was a crime
9/11 wasn't an act of war, because it wasn't done to us by a nation. It was

Photo: Family kayak time
Tim and Angie Kramer, along with their son, Lucas, 4, explore Juneau's harbor by kayak on Sunday. They are visiting from Minneapolis.

Juneau scientists probing fisheries, marine ecosystem
At least nine Juneau scientists received a boost this year to study Alaska's lesser-known aquatic resources from the state's fledgling North Pacific Research Board.

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

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Photo: Memorial for a matriarch
Phyllis Kunz is embraced by Sharon Lee, facing camera, before the start of a memorial service for Phyllis' mother, Cecelia Kunz, on Sunday at ANB Hall. Kunz, considered by many to have been the matriarch of the Juneau Native community, died last Wednesday. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Evergreen Cemetery.

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

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

Bar owners riled over liquor tax
The city is "headed for prohibition" with its latest attempt to raise the liquor tax, members of the bar industry said Monday.

Sealaska looks to HS curriculum
Sealaska Heritage Institute has received an $850,000 federal grant to develop a Native-oriented high school curriculum in math, science and history.

Lise Sikes
Juneau resident Lise Sikes, 49, died Aug. 2, 2004, in Juneau.

My Turn: Lack of sleep may explain some marine mishaps
I 'd like to invite a rethinking of the grounding of the state ferry LeConte. This May, I noted with interest U.S. Coast Guard Lt. J.G. Buchsbaum's reported statement (May 9) that investigators had examined the work schedules of the ferry's captain and chief mate (who was steering), and had ruled out overwork as a cause. In response to this, ADOT spokeswoman Nona Wilson quipped that "it angers (me) that carelessness could be to blame for grounding a $35 million ship." At the time, public outrage seemed appropriate. Now, months later, you may be thinking, "That's old news, both of those guys got fired; end of story."

Outside editorial: High oil prices may affect political issues
This editorial appeared recently in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Juneau Seniors stay unbeaten
In the grand scheme of things, Monday's round-robin pool-play game between Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League Senior All-Stars and the Kirkland (Wash.) Americans didn't mean that much.

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.

Back to the Gridiron
Photos of the Juneau-Douglas High School footbal team

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.

U.S. preaches teamwork as key to Olympic gold
Ever since the United States finished sixth at the 2002 World Basketball Championships, the list of that team's shortcomings has been dissected, from poor fundamentals to sloppy teamwork.

Juneau Seniors win twice to stay unbeaten
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League Senior All-Stars took until the fourth inning to get their offense going twice on Sunday, but it was enough to pick up a pair of victories in the Division 1 Senior Softball Tournament in Portland, Ore.

WEIO considers move to Anchorage
The leadership of the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics is considering moving the event to Anchorage from its traditional home in Fairbanks in an effort to get more Alaska Natives involved in the games.

Correction
Results of the Juneau Freewheelers bicycle club's Jack and Jill Time Trial race printed in Sunday's sports section gave the incorrect distance for the race.

Walter helps Capahas win game at NBC World Series
Wade Walter of Juneau helped a team from Missouri win its opening game of the National Baseball Congress World Series early Monday morning in Wichita, Kan.

Virus hunter played key role in halting rabies
When Don Ritter started tracking viruses in Alaska more than three decades ago, rabies was ravaging rural parts of the state.

NorthwestDigest
Headlines from around the region.

Native groups criticize changes in public safety officer program
Several Native organizations are criticizing the state for how it is going about making changes in the village public safety officer program.

Cruise vessel runs aground; eco-tourists abandon ship
A small cruise ship catering to eco-tourists was seriously damaged after going hard aground at Akutan Pass in the Aleutian Islands.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Forest reopened for lumber stirs debate
Old-growth hemlock and spruce trees, enough to build a suburban subdivision with 30 homes, have been clear-cut and left to rot here at the northern end of the nation's largest national forest.

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation; In the world.

4 honored for 50 years of safe flying
At the time Steve Thompson was hired by Piedmont Airlines in 1955, at age 19, he was believed to be the youngest pilot working for a major airline.

Remote Alaska island is home to petrified forest
If you want to stroll through the only forest in the Shumagin Islands, you have to wear rubber boots and wait until the tide goes out.

Dead whale calf could have been hit by boat
A humpback whale calf found beached Friday on a Glacier Bay island died from injuries consistent with being hit by a vessel, a veterinarian determined.

State Supreme Court refuses to grant beluga whales special status
Cook Inlet beluga whales won't be getting special protection under the Alaska Endangered Species Act, following a ruling by the Alaska Supreme court.

Ogan recall group submits petitions to elections officials
A citizens group submitted signatures Monday to the Division of Elections in its effort to recall Republican state Sen. Scott Ogan.

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

State settles special-ed exam lawsuit
The state and disability advocates have settled a federal lawsuit that alleged the high school exit exam discriminated against special-education students.

Stevens facilitates land deal
Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens has ordered the Air Force to buy 160 acres from Jake Adams, president of the Arctic Slope Regional Corp. and his two siblings.

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