Wednesday, August 3, 2005

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Wade Rogers seems to believe that the scientific method is no longer valid because it was founded in 1626.

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.

City could take land for access
Your editorial on the sale of land to Hugh Grant is right on the mark.

Speak out against free trade area
The Senate and the House have now passed the Central American Free Trade Agreement. As with NAFTA, CAFTA will not promote "free trade;" it will oppress U.S. businesses with highly regulated trade and further erode American jobs.

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.

Vick's swim to Juneau is inspiring
I would like to express a sincere wish of gratitude to Steve Vick as he embarks upon his quest to swim the upper Lynn Canal from Skagway to Juneau.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

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.

Jay Hammond dies at 83
Jay Hammond, a Bush pilot and hunting guide who served two terms as Alaska's governor and helped create the Alaska Permanent Fund, died Tuesday at his Lake Clark home. He was 83.

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

Photo: Getting around to it
James Stickel, a heavy equipment operator for Secon, drives an asphalt roller Tuesday on Douglas Highway near a new roundabout.

Photo: Party time at Auke Lake
Dylan Baker, 13, front, drives a jet ski Tuesday while towing Randi Held, 9, and Peyton Millay, 12, at Auke Lake.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Police & Fire Report
Reports from Juneau Police, Fire Officials, and State Troopers

Hammond helped a besieged capital city
Jay Hammond was known as "father of the Alaska Permanent Fund" and a longtime defender of keeping the capital in Juneau.

Take charge of your future now
Mrs. Smith, age 63 and considered quite healthy, suddenly suffered a devastating stroke.

Photo: On the climbing wall
Sadie Fox, 8, ascends a climbing wall Monday at Floyd Dryden Middle School. Sadie, who is from Soldotna, is in town visiting family.

Why not Social Security for all?
For several months our President has advocated change in the Social Security system, but it appears now that his proposals are not going to succeed.

Cowan and Hanson wed
Former Juneau residents Helene Cowan and Chris Hanson were married June 30 at the Mesa Bible Church in Phoenix.

Student recognition
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth.

Cherry Tsuruko Fujioka
Juneau resident Cherry Tsuruko Fujioka, 84, died July 29, 2005, at her son's home in Juneau.

My turn: Juneau Assembly should tell Grant Christmas isn't coming early this year
The recent series of articles in the Juneau Empire on housing underscored the need to get cracking on accelerating housing development.

The sales tax question gives us another chance to get it right
Juneau is a great place to live, in no small part because the city does a lot to provide for our high quality of life.

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 All-Stars finish regional play with two wins
The Juneau All-Stars ended the Little League Senior Softball West Regional tournament on a high note with two straight wins in Missoula, Mont.

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.

Capital City Soccer League
standings as of Tuesday...

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.

Kings make a comeback as halibut harvest improves
Fishing is looking good for the derby this weekend.

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.

Frank Maier Marathon is coming quick
Most runners in Juneau have probably met Glenn Frick, the 66-year-old member of the Smokin' Old Geezers running troupe.

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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.

Care givers: Rules faulty
Southeast Alaska agencies caring for the disabled and elderly in their homes said Tuesday that proposed measures to prevent fraud also make it difficult to provide adequate care.

Pipeline group presents offer to Gov. Murkowski
The Alaska Gasline Port Authority has presented the Murkowski administration with an offer to pay market value for the state's share of the 35 trillion cubic feet of known gas reserves on the North Slope.

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.

Fallen scout leaders honored
With the tap, tap, tap of a hammer, Brett Finkler chisels away at a block of Indiana limestone and a star is born.

Scientists predict future radiation danger at Amchitka site
A study of plants and animals in the waters around Amchitka Island last summer found no sign of seepage from underground atomic tests conducted there more than three decades ago, according to a new study.

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