Tuesday, August 10, 2004

BusinessDigest
Business headlines

We're not children
I agree with Melanie Mickelson 100 percent in her recent letter to the editor titled "Thankful for the offensive."

Here's the evidence
Andrea Ballew wrote in an Aug. 5 letter that I was incorrect in stating that most Americans now oppose the war in Iraq. She proposed I need scientific data to make a broad statement. Here is a result of a USA Today poll from last week. The poll reveals that 53 percent of voters say that the situation in Iraq did not merit the war, while 43 percent say it did. When the question was asked by the same pollsters in November and March, the figures were reversed. Meanwhile, only 35 percent believe the United States is making good progress, while 61 percent feel America is "getting bogged down."

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

Photo: Icy hot
An Alaska Travel Adventures raft makes its way across Mendenhall Lake on a hot Monday as it heads to the Mendenhall River.

Correction
Due to false information given to the police, and then relayed to the Juneau Empire, a 22-year-old who was arrested for drunken driving was incorrectly identified in the Sunday, Aug. 8, police blotter.

Photo: Biker fans
Cheryl Levitt, left, Morgan Davis, center, and Obren Davis cheer on racers in the Tour of Juneau bicycle race Sunday at Auke Recreation Area. They are standing next to the Yax-Te totem pole.

Police opposition delays Bergmann Hotel liquor license
With the Juneau Police Department opposing a proposed liquor license for the Bergmann Hotel's bar, the Juneau Assembly Human Resources Committee recommended Monday that police and the owner work together on a possible agreement allowing the license with conditions.

Photo: Blueberry kinda guy
Matthew Girmscheid, 3, joins in on a drum Sunday during the music portion of the 2nd Annual Blueberry Festival at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Photo: Visiting sunny Juneau
Four cruise ships - from left, the Oosterdam, Dimond Princess, Radiance of the Seas and the Zaandam - catch some rays Monday in Juneau Harbor

Another boat for the fishes
Alaska is renowned for its wild and scenic parks, and Juneau's expanding underwater park is adding to the diversity and wonder of the state's recreation opportunities.

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

Bus rides to cost seniors, disabled
Sara and John Wacker take a bus to go everywhere - a prospect that's about to get costlier for the two seniors and others with free or discounted bus fares.

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

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Helen Jean Dewart
Juneau resident Helen Jean Dewart, 71, died July 28, 2004, in Juneau.

Outside Editorial: Don't muzzle public testimony
In the recent episode between borough Mayor Jim Whitaker of Fairbanks and Sen. Scott Ogan of Palmer, two oft-opinionated politicians, it seems the mayor has right on his side.

My Turn: Ensuring voter confidence in Alaska's elections
One of the changes I looked forward to soon after my inauguration as lieutenant governor was ensuring that Alaska's visually impaired, blind and disabled voters would be able to vote secret, independent and verifiable ballots.

My Turn: Bush support is baffling
I 've been baffled when rational people tell me they like President Bush because they trust him. So far, I haven't noticed that he's kept many promises other than invading Iraq and rewarding his wealthy backers with tax cuts, less government oversight, and government contracts upon which they often don't have to pay U.S. income tax.

Juneau All-Stars stay unbeaten in regional
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League Junior Division (age 13-14) All-Stars stayed undefeated in the Western Regional Little League Baseball Tournament in Forest Grove, Ore., as the All-Stars knocked off Selah (Wash.) 4-1 Sunday in round-robin pool play.

Gunning for gold
He was one of the most prolific college rifle shooters in the history of NCAA and he's already made his mark on the international scene by earning several medals on the World Cup Tour.

Juneau Juniors wilt in 100-degree-plus heat
It was one of those games where the elements took over.

Cruising to victory
It was going to take a miracle - or a bad accident - for anybody to keep John McConnochie or Janice Sheufelt from winning the overall titles during Sunday's final stage of the Juneau Freewheelers cycling club's Tour of Juneau.

Jambaars claim title in Zane Cup
The Juneau Soccer Club Jambaars U12 boys team dominated the field, outscoring its opponents 20-0 over five games to win the U12 boys division title in the Zane Cup youth soccer tournament held Friday through Sunday in Anchorage.

Team USA beats Turkey
One week before its opener at the Athens Games, the U.S. men's Olympic team took a step backward - even though the Americans didn't quite see it that way.

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.

Firefighters race to S. Fork blaze
Firefighters reacted quickly when a small brush fire was reported in Eagle River for fear it might spread down a valley full of homes.

Biologists to study caribou response to fires
For 10 years, most of the Nelchina caribou herd has wandered north on a winter trip to fatten up on lichens along the Taylor Highway. That could change this year, after the state's second-worst wildfire season.

NorthwestDigest
Headlines from around the region

Game board to review local wolf proposals
The Alaska Board of Game has received about 60 proposals for new hunting rules - from controversial wolf trapping in Juneau to goat hunting in Haines.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the Northwest

Alaska Marine Highway System gives notice to Seward of halt in service
The Alaska Marine Highway System has cut Seward from its schedule next summer, but business leaders here hope they have time to persuade the state to reconsider.

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation; In the world.

Alaskans sue for more state school funds
Some parents, two rural school districts, a citizens group and a teachers union have filed a lawsuit to try to force the state to spend more money on education.

Jury awards millions to injured Quinhagak girl
A Chicago company has been ordered to pay more than $8.6 million to a 13-year-old girl in the village of Quinhagak in western Alaska.

Court gives former soldiers choice of rehab over jail
Martin Padilla's drinking started getting him in trouble about five years ago. Now, he says, it's spun out of control.

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

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