Thursday, August 5, 2004

Buy dogs locally
While Linda Shipman no doubt meant well in trying to educate readers about the "dos and don'ts" of purchasing puppies ("Buying a pure-bred puppy," July 30), her good intentions were completely undermined by the online version of the Juneau Empire.

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

Avoid broad statements
Regarding Mary Noble's letter of Aug. 1: Dear Mary, you are incorrect.

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

Appreciates Loken
I was delighted to learn from your front page article on Aug. 3 ("4 honored for 50 years of safe flying") of the FAA awards to Steve Thompson, Layton Bennett, Ken Eichner and Ken Loken.

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.

Lighten up, candidates
"Lighten up," Sen. John Edwards advised Ralph Nader during their recent debate aired over KTOO. Good advice, of course.

Raise the liquor tax
I believe the city is doing the right thing by raising the tax on alcohol.

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.

Questions CG's judgment
I was recently a visitor in your lovely town off a cruise ship and had the occasion to go on a kayak excursion.

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.

Funding cut minor
I don't understand the fuss regarding Gov. Frank Murkowski's $62,500 cut to Alaska Legal Services.

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."

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.

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

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

More schools statewide meet academic goals
Juneau's high school and middle schools did not meet state goals for improvement last school year, according to statistics released Wednesday by the state Department of Education.

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.

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.

Lessons with art
It may look like child's play - crafting miniature dolls from scraps under the direction of a Yupik elder on the floor of a University of Alaska Southeast classroom.

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

Nonprofit eyes land near Eaglecrest for bears
An Angoon family is in talks with a nonprofit organization to lease about 20 acres of land for a bear sanctuary near Eaglecrest Ski Area.

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.

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

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.

Weyhrauch leads Juneau candidates in contributions
The first round of campaign donation disclosure statements is in for state candidates, and local Republican Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch has raised more than all the other Juneau candidates combined.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Dorothy Dalton Parish
Longtime Juneau resident Dorothy Dalton Parish, 84, died Aug. 3, 2004, at Wildflower Court in Juneau.

My Turn: Permit process for mine takes too long
This is the 11th year of the most recent effort to gain permits to develop Coeur Alaska's Kensington project.

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.

Juneau Juniors win big
The Juneau Juniors baseball squad used a stellar all-around team effort to make a strong statement Wednesday at their region tourney opener.

JDHS grad Chad Bentz returns to Class AA Harrisburg
The Montreal Expos reshuffled the rosters of their top minor league teams Tuesday, and Chad Bentz of Juneau has been sent back to his 2003 team, the Class AA Harrisburg (Pa.) Senators.

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

Capital City Soccer League
Capital City Soccer League standings through August 2

U.S. men's Olympic team wins on buzzer beater
Things are not looking good for the NBA stars on the U.S. Olympic basketball team.

Learning from a master
As his Muay Thai students shadow-boxed, practiced footwork and sparred with each other, Ajarn Chai Sirisute worked to instill them with knowledge of the centuries-old history and tradition-steeped rituals that back the sport's brute force.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Law enforcement orders activists out
Fourteen Greenpeace activists were cited for a variety of infractions Wednesday after staging a two-day protest and blocking a U.S. Forest Service road to a logging operation south of Petersburg.

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.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Alaska volcano stirs after 12 years
The last time Mount Spurr erupted, it covered Anchorage in a cloud of ash that drove residents indoors, shut down the airports and left the city with volcanic soot a quarter of an inch thick. The ash spewed 50,000 feet in the air and drifted on air currents as far away as Greenland.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

movies where & when
Movie locations and show times

what's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau.

The Swamp
Comic by local artist Toe.

briefly
News of local arts

An August First Friday
Last July, the seven potters in Alaska Blue Clay Studios were introduced to fiber artist Ellen Anderson when they ended up sharing a month-long show at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council gallery.

Burgers don't kill; stupid people poison themselves
I too have eaten a quarter-pound cheeseburger on an empty stomach in a hotel room at 2 in the morning, felt my insides puff then vaporize, fallen to the floor and silently wept until at last asleep, the tears crusty on the already crusty floor.

what's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau.

New lineup, same sound
When Bearfoot Bluegrass guitarist Mike Mickelson decided in March to take the summer off to heal his tendonitis, it seemed at the time that the temporary absence of him and his 1948 Martin D-18 would irrevocably change the basic Bearfoot sound.

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