Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Shady political ads
Frankly, I am completely sick of hearing about campaign ads. Every time I turn on the TV it seems that some new negative ad is spouting skewed and misleading information.

At the parade
In response to Mr. Steve White's letter to the Juneau Empire dated July 18, yes Mr. White did submit an entry form as follows: Group Name, "Commander In Chief" and Group Sponsor, "Alaskans Supporting Our Troops."

Illuminating the world
The other day was the 59th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki.

Juneau bus fee sickening
I am very disappointed the city has decided that senior citizens and people of disabilities must now pay bus fees to increase revenues here in Juneau.

Act now for change
My father was a World War II Purple Heart veteran who spent four years in combat in the South Pacific.

Timber program not targeting big trees
In 1980, Congress thought they settled the Tongass issues when they designated about a third of the forest as wilderness and limited the timber program to about a 10th of the Tongass.

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.

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

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

Airport employees protest fee
Teresa Beedle is one of the people working at Juneau International Airport who will park anywhere except the airport's employee parking lot.

Photo: Eagle eye for the fish guy
Jeff David III carries his catch of chum salmon off the beach Tuesday at Waterside Park.

Senior volunteers wanted
In his Anchorage office, Don Murray has pins dotting a map of Alaska.

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

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.

Governor's boat at state dock for sake of security
Among the good things about being governor are the perks, especially when you're hard-pressed to find a place to put your 53-foot yacht.

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.

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

Photo: Artificial rain
Bobbie Jo Koerperich cools off Tuesday by playing in the sprinkler at the Savikko Park soccer field.

Meeting explores new fishing rules for U.S. waters, from IFQs to billfish
New fishing rules under development will have an impact on anyone who dips a line or a net in U.S. waters - from an Alaska commercial fisherman to a competitor in a Hawaiian billfish tournament.

Commission OKs protested variance
The Juneau Planning Commission has granted a variance for a condominium complex roof that a neighbor says was built with improper approval and now blocks his view.

Race and Estes to wed
Kimberly Violet Race of Juneau and Scott Estes of Kennewick, Wash., will be married at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, in Pasco, Wash.

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

Student Recognition
Outstanding actions of former Juneau students.

Aug. 28 is Retail Day to benefit Hospice & Home Care of Juneau
If the end of summer leaves you feeling blue, maybe what you need is a little retail therapy.

Hillyers to celebrate their 60th
Bob and Kathy "Mary" Hillyer will celebrate their upcoming 60th anniversary on Aug. 13, 2004, with a reception open to family and friends from 5-8 p.m. at their home.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of Juneau residents

Klein and Blackhurst to marry
Amber Kristen Klein of Hazen, N.D., and Carl Edward Blackhurst of Haines will be married on Sept. 11, 2004, in an outdoor wedding in Alamosa, Colo.

Glen Ralph Benjamin Parker
Former Juneau resident Glen Ralph Benjamin Parker, 95, died July 23, 2004, at the Christian Health Care Center in Lynden, Wash.

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

Sharing Juneau with the world
My husband and I recently agreed to be "aunt and uncle" to a 17-year-old Norwegian exchange student who will spend the year in Juneau.

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.

Empire Editorial: Time to beef up Native education
It's long past time for Juneau to treat its Native education dilemma as a crisis and do something revolutionary about it.

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.

Photos: Juneau teams find success
Photos of Juneau's winning sports teams.

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.

Flood of goals lifts JSC Riptide to opening win
Six Riptide players scored goals as the Juneau Soccer Club U15 boys squad rolled to a 6-0 opening shutout win against the Anchorage Youth Soccer Club Reds on Tuesday at the State Cup Tournament in Anchorage.

Sports Briefs
Peacock second at Sitka's Alpine Run.

One last warmup
After awakening to news of bombings in this ancient city, the U.S. Olympic basketball team decided to play on.

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

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.

Juneau Juniors' dreams done in by double plays
The Juneau Junior baseball squad's season ended Tuesday in a web of double-play trouble.

Luxury liner to house U.S. hoops teams
When LeBron James steps aboard the Queen Mary 2 this week, his U.S. Olympic teammates won't be the only constellation of stars he can see by daylight.

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.

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.

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

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the Northwest

Air traffic control faces staff shortage
A shortage of Alaska air traffic controllers threatens to jam up traffic in the nation's most heavily flown state, spokesmen for the controllers union said Tuesday.

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

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.

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