Thursday, August 4, 2005

Teacher training helps students learn
I am rather disappointed in the July 28 article by Mr. Keeker, "Students out early for new program."

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.

Senators should meet with visitors
I am completely and utterly embarrassed after hearing Sen. Murkowski's and Sen. Stevens' press conference regarding the McCain and Clinton visit to Alaska.

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.

Give elders a break
We have a responsibility and accountability toward our Alaska senior citizens.

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

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

A Grand adventure
Unless you're heading to the airport or the hospital, I can think of few reasons to wake up prior to 5:30 a.m., especially when you are about to undertake one of the most grueling days of white water that you can raft in North America.

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.

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.

Becoming students, again
Days don't begin quietly for a group of teachers visiting Juneau to hone their classroom skills.

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.

Technology makes air travel safer
Aviation history will be made today in Southeast Alaska as two charter air carriers begin using a low-altitude flight route with a satellite-guided navigation system, air safety officials said.

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: A stroll through the park
Three black bears cross a path Sunday evening near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Sitka blacktail deer lure hunters to the alpine
Early August isn't every hunter's deer paradise.

Student recognition
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth.

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

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.

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.

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

Lamar Ivan Rockne
Juneau resident Lamar Ivan Rockne, 68, died July 30, 2005, in Juneau.

Alaska editorial: Junkets are good for Alaska
We're pretty confident that U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez would not describe his recent trip to Alaska as a junket.

My turn: Ferry system returns to its roots for Alaskans
Twenty years ago, our Alaska Marine Highway System ran on a regular schedule and, except for a brief period of annual maintenance, every boat ran year-round.

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.

Empire editorial: District needs to hear out parents on schedule
Some parents of elementary school students got a jolt last week when they learned that their children will get out of school more than two hours early every Friday in the coming school year.

My turn: Innovative literacy program is designed to help students
Launching Literacy is a new Juneau School District program being piloted at Mendenhall River Community School and Glacier Valley Elementary.

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

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.

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.

Capital City Soccer League
standings as of Tuesday...

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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.

Backers get OK to collect names for gas tax
Lt. Gov. Loren Leman on Wednesday gave sponsors the go-ahead to collect signatures for an initiative proposal to tax Alaska natural gas reserves.

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.

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

Gambling initiative shot down
A second attempt for a vote to legalize video gambling in Alaska was rejected Wednesday when Lt. Gov. Loren Leman denied certification of the initiative petition.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

First Friday: Simple shapes, exotic jewelry and 'illegal art' on display
Juneau artist David Riccio has been exploring stream images for the last six years. Some works start as doodles.

briefly
Ex-Juneau resident to return to Hangar stage

Bearfoot Bluegrass to play Centennial Hall
Cordova bluegrass band Bearfoot Bluegrass will play at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5, at Centennial Hall in what's become an annual tradition for the five-piece group - an August show in Juneau.

Illegal Art
As a sociology student in the early-1990s at James Madison University in Virginia, Kembrew Mc-Leod found himself thinking more and more about intellectual property laws.

Cinema Guide
What's playing on the silver screen

'Voice' to present social commentary
Ten Juneau artists will present "Voice: Stories from the Tightrope," a series of social-commentary vignettes at 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Hangar Ballroom

what's happening
entertainment events around town

L.A. youth choir visits Alaska
The world-famous Los Angeles Children's Chorus, a group of 45 10- to-14-year-olds, is celebrating its 20th anniversary season with its first trip to Alaska.

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