Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Mines leave pollution
This spring, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a report naming Alaska the state with the highest discharge of toxic materials into the environment.

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

Drinking costs the public money
I'm a social drinker and a regular patron of Jack Tripp's downtown Viking Lounge and I have no problem with paying an increased local liquor tax.

Anti-Bush news is buried
I agree with Michael Kazmac, who recently wrote that "the general public sees editorial slant on the front page and they are sick of it.

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

Visit Berners Bay
The opinion section of Sunday's Juneau Empire appears to carry two messages from its fairly new publisher, Bob Hale.

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.

Kerry a man of principle
I don't like the direction that President Bush has taken our country.

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."

Don't call anyone trash
It's unfortunate that someone as well-paid and experienced as state Sen. Ben Stevens would send an impulsive e-mail out into cyberspace stereotyping Mat-Su Valley residents as "trash."

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

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.

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.

City pays $579,500 to settle out of court
The city will pay $579,500 to a general contractor instead of going to court over problems associated with improvements at the Douglas boat harbor, city officials said Tuesday.

Board, Assembly seek protocol for planning school construction
A committee of Juneau Assembly and Juneau School Board members will discuss how the bodies can work together to plan new schools, Mayor Bruce Botelho said Tuesday.

No one injured as whale-watching boat runs onto a sandbar
Twenty tourists didn't seem upset that their whale-watching boat ended up on a sandbar Tuesday, the tour company's owner said. But even if the event added to their adventure, it isn't something he wants to do again.

Photo: Bicycle built for two
Kevin Sellers takes his two-year-old son, Ethan, for a bike ride Tuesday on Second Street in Douglas.

Juneau teen is Alaska's youngest Dem delegate
Last summer, Juneau resident Natalie Hale, 18, said she thought she was a conservative.

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

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

School Board hangs onto 5 bus routes
The Juneau School Board, in a split vote Tuesday, agreed to retain five bus routes for elementary schools in the Mendenhall Valley that were slated to be cut.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, an article in Tuesday's Empire...

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

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

Wells and Nelson to wed
Jessica Wells of Juneau and Jeremy Nelson will be married at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004, at Eaglemont Golf Course in Mount Vernon, Wash.

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

Brown and Puustinen marry
Shawna Brown and Kevin Puustinen of Juneau were married May 22, 2004, at the Chapel by the Lake.

The growth of Native arts and crafts
Missionaries and educators in Alaska in the 19th and 20th centuries were not always open to Native arts and crafts, associating them with superstition or "pagan ritual."

Photo: Gastineau Channel - highway to Juneau
As seen from the top of Mount Juneau, Gastineau Channel courses its way from the Inside Passage to the city proper.

Steininger, Wood to marry
Rachel Steininger of Juneau and Christopher Wood of Brockton, Mass., will be married Aug. 7, 2004, at Old Saint Patrick's Church in Chicago.

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

Joeseph A. Thomas
Longtime Juneau resident Joeseph A. Thomas, 58, died July 30, 2004, in Seattle at the Veteran's Hospital.

Gene 'Rusty' Schutte and Mayron 'Hap' Schutte
Former Juneau resident Gene "Rusty" Schutte died March 13, 2004, in Coos Bay, Ore., and was followed in death by Mayron "Hap" Schutte on June 22, 2004, in Walla Walla, Wash.

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

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.

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.

Expo embarrassment
COLOGNE, Germany - The U.S. men's Olympic team did more than merely lose.

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

Juneau Seniors win Northwest Division title
The Juneau Senior softball squad won its divisional tournament Tuesday on a shoestring.

Photo: Prelude to a game-winning hit
Alycia Cox of the Juneau Midnight Suns 18U softball team heads to first base on a walk in the sixth inning of Tuesday's game against the Pony Express of Colorado at the 18U "A" Nationals tourney in Clovis, Calif.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Greenpeace blocks logging access
Greenpeace activists chained themselves to bulldozers and set up roadblocks near timber operations in the Tongass National Forest on Tuesday to protest a plan they said would weaken logging restrictions across the country.

Sea-lion researchers target western decline
So far they haven't found the proverbial smoking gun, but Southeast Alaska and north Pacific researchers are narrowing down the laundry list of possible factors in the decline of western Alaska Steller sea lions.

Arbitrator rules ferry system violated union contracts
An arbitrator's ruling ordering the Alaska Marine Highway System to settle with two labor unions for using non-union labor to serve remote communities, after the ferry LeConte was damaged in May, could result in no ferry service for Angoon and Pelican, state transportation officials said Tuesday in a news release.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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.

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.

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