Friday, August 5, 2005

Who marched against communism?
Liberal-Left icon Che Guevara once said "a people without hate cannot triumph."

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

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.

Free speech isn't a one-way street
I have a response to Dixie Hood's letter of July 25.

Regarding short Fridays at school
Though I don't understand why teachers can't simply work after the kids leave until 5 p.m. like everyone else who works until 5 p.m., I also fail to see why parents are upset.

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

Photo: Connecting two neighborhoods
Tim Miller of Miller Construction scoops up dirt and tree branches and loads it into a dump truck at the new Steelhead Road extension off Back Loop Road in the Mendenhall Valley.

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

In the stacks: Nonfiction DVDs are on the shelves
New nonfiction DVDs are available at all public libraries - look for them online or on the shelf.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Fishermen head to the seas for the 59th salmon derby
If Juneau looks deserted for the next three days, it's because hundreds of its residents took to the ocean.

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

Photo: Wedding on ice
Laraine Shearhart and Steven Erickson do a "pretzel toast" with champagne just after getting married at about 1,800 feet above sea level on the Herbert Glacier.

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

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

Healing touch offers some a vital connection
Holistic healing: Mary Szczepanski, right, a registered nurse, has been doing healing touch since 1986.

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

Photo: Cleanup
Douglas Island Pink and Chum (DIPAC) employee Trevor Fritz grabs a dog salmon July 28 at Salmon Creek as part of an effort to keep the creek free of decomposing chum.

Teeples, Martin wed
Emily Teeples of Rexburg, Idaho, and Evan Martin of Juneau were married July 23, 2005, at the Idaho Falls Temple.

FYI
News about the people you know...

Livies celebrate 50 years
John and Carol Livie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, July 23, 2005.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Etheridge, Dillon to marry
Juneau residents Jessica Etheridge and Jody Dillon will be married Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005, at the Chapel by the Lake in Juneau.

Photos: Hanging out at the dock
Waiting is the hardest part: Serkan Tumur, above, a crew member of Holland America Line's Statendam, awaits the repositioning of the ship's gangway Tuesday at the crusie ship dock.

Currit, Helms to wed
Kathryn Currit of Thorne Bay and Michael Helms Jr. of Juneau will be married at 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 7, 2005, at Centennial Hall. A reception will immediately follow at the same location.

Shaw, Wieting marry
Lorraina N. Shaw and Gregory R. Wieting were married Saturday, July 9, 2005, at Faith Lutheran Church in Juneau.

Elton's on the warpath
This is my war with JIP. This is not a contest between political parties. It is not taking stands on the road to Skagway or the struggle in Bosnia or Afghanistan or Iraq.

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

Francisca Q. Soriano
Juneau resident Francisca Q. Soriano, 78, died at home on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2005, after a short illness.

Alaska editorial: Jay Hammond helped shape modern Alaska
Jay Hammond wore well after leaving office. Survey after survey in recent years ranked him at the top, along with U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, among Alaska leaders.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

Four peaks, three friends, one day
Maybe it's just one of those things people born and raised in Juneau do in their free time.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Former rep works to recall Sen. Ben Stevens
Former state Rep. Ray Metcalfe says state Sen. Ben Stevens has provided the "perfect storm" for a recall effort - displaying arrogance, attempting a raid on the Alaska Permanent Fund and maintaining a conflict of interest.

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

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.

Federal transportation allotments cut into state's road-building funds
Most of the federal funding allotted to Alaska under the five-year transportation bill passed last week by Congress will come out of money from the state's regular road-building program, state transit officials said.

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.

Feedback sought on ferry schedule
The state ferry system will take public comments next week on its proposed schedule for October 2005 to September 2006.

Alaskan among slain Marines
Lance Cpl. Grant Fraser's passions ranged from rock climbing and scuba diving to acting and piano playing, to fighting the war in Iraq, where the 22-year-old Alaskan and his fellow Marine reservists died in a roadside bombing this week.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Buckwheat Donahue to trek across America
Last winter, Buckwheat Donahue walked 330 miles in two weeks, from Whitehorse to Dawson, Yukon. It was 30 to 40 degrees below zero on some days, but the people he met on the highway kept him going.

Wal-Mart could take over as state's No. 1 employer
Wal-Mart may be the state's largest private employer in a few years, after it builds new stores, according to a study by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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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