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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Judges shouldn't make law
In the July 18 Juneau Empire, an editorial said the next justice for the U.S. Supreme Court should be "an attorney who can make good law."

Recycling pays off in many ways
Juneau's conservationists have proven ourselves worthy of an expanded recycling program.

More thoughts on technology
I'm writing in response to Wally Olson's "Thoughts" column on world population that appeared in the Aug. 10 issue of the Juneau Empire.

Put Mississippi flag in its place
I object to the Mississippi state flag in front of Centennial Hall flying higher than the nearby Alaska and U.S. flags.

More housing is needed in Juneau
As a newcomer to Juneau, I continue to be amazed at the lack of housing opportunities in an area with such vast amounts of undeveloped land.

Article focused on what's important
I read with keen interest the piece about the return of the Boy Scouts from the jamboree. I particularly found it refreshing to find that it was really about the participants and what they did to enjoy the trip.

Don't be surprised by politics as usual
I enjoyed Barbara Belknap's My Turn. While I thought it was thought provoking, I also thought it was a little naive. We are talking about politicians after all.

May speeding cars arrive safely
Saturday I was driving the speed limit along Douglas Highway north of Lawson Creek when I looked in my rear-view mirror and noticed a white car speeding toward me and then settle into the time-honored tradition of tailgating.

Slogans don't match conservative agenda
Dickie Rose made some very worthwhile observations in his Aug. 5 letter about history's murderous regimes.

Why the shrinking weights?
With the conclusion of the annual August salmon derby, I couldn't help but notice that the weight of the winning fish through the years seems to have declined quite a bit.

On-time air service is in a shambles
This is in reply to Mr. Miller's letter to the editor. I fly at least two times each month from Ketchikan to Juneau.

Schools pore over short-Friday options
Parents got their first look Tuesday night at how teachers will spend their time after Glacier Valley and Mendenhall River students are released two hours and 15 minutes early on Fridays.

Bayview opposes city's sewer plan
Bayview residents agree their neighborhood has a problem. But they disagree with the city on how to solve it.

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

Photo: Epic battle
Crewmen from the Canadian Coast Guard ship Bartlett from Victoria, British Columbia, battle the crew from the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Maple in a game of tug o' war Wednesday at the Coast Guard dock in Juneau.

Photo: Corkscrew aficionados meet
Juneau Assembly member Merrill Sanford speaks at the meeting of the International Correspondence of Corkscrew Addicts on Tuesday at the Goldbelt Hotel.

Yankee Cove wharf project on schedule
Construction of a wharf at Yankee Cove is on schedule and should be ready for use next spring, according to the owner of the adjacent Adlersheim Wilderness Lodge.

Photo: Cooling off
Amund Rongstad, 15, is greeted by Shasta on Tuesday at a boat dock on Auke Lake.

Flight to Juneau ends safely despite concerns
Rescue crews on the ground prepared for an Alaska Airlines jet to make an emergency landing Wednesday morning at the Juneau International Airport, but the airplane landed safely.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Vick completes 92-mile swim
With 100 supporters looking on from the beach at Auke Village Recreation Area, Haines swim club coach Steve Vick emerged from the water at 6:28 p.m. Wednesday, ceremonially completing his 92-mile swim from Skagway through Lynn Canal in opposition to the proposed Juneau Access road.

Strength of mind, body, spirit
Jamie McDonald considers herself an Alaska Native. But she didn't speak Tlingit and knew little about the culture until she participated in the Latseen Leadership Training at the University of Alaska Southeast.

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

Renovations, support from voters top district wish list
While the Juneau School Board is looking to the state for cash to improve its campuses, it also will be looking to voters this fall for financial help.

Boris Yeltsin visits Juneau, plans to fish, flightsee
Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin arrived in Juneau on Tuesday night to fish and go flightseeing.

Try to take a moment in God's time
There is an old saying that "time marches on." Here in Juneau we are swiftly headed into late summer and early fall.

Youngs to celebrate 30th
Bill and Sherry Young will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary with a reception at 6 p.m., Aug. 13, at the banquet room of the Juneau Moose Lodge. Friends and family are invited to attend.

Student recognition
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Photo: Officials on a sunny derby day
Golden North Salmon Derby officials pose Saturday at Auke Bay.

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

Growth of world population and terrorism - are they connected?
As I look at world events, my thoughts go back to the old essay of Thomas Malthus written in 1798 entitled, "The principle of population."

Jonathan Tyler Gibson
Jonathan Tyler Gibson, 25, died Aug. 3, 2005, in Juneau of complications related to the disease schizophrenia

The Rev. James D. Cronin
Former Juneau resident James D. Cronin, 85, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Juneau, died Aug. 6, 2005, in Narragansett, R.I.

My turn: Minimum sentences don't protect public from offenders
We are hearing more and more about convicted sex offenders repeating their crimes.

JDHS looks to get tough on the court
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball teams knows they won't lack for physical ability or big-game experience.

Juneau Jambaars remain unbeaten at Cup
The Juneau Jambaars Under-13 boys soccer team stayed undefeated in the Alaska State Tournament in Fairbanks Wednesday by earning a 1-1 draw with the Cook Inlet Timberwolves Elite.

JDHS looks to its youth for success
Fresh off a second-place finish in last year's state swimming and diving championship, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls' team looks to build on their success.

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 Riptide open play in Alaska State Cup with a win
The Juneau Riptide Under-16 boys soccer team opened play in the Alaska State Cup Tuesday in Fairbanks with a win.

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.

Off-roaders want same access as bikers
ATV riders and other off-road enthusiasts are pushing legislation that would allow off-road vehicles to tool around on land near the Knik River.

DOT: Road to Skagway will be shorter
Officials at the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities said they will no longer build a road that connects Juneau to Skagway.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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

Gov. Frank Murkowski names Jackson health commissioner
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Tuesday named Deputy Health Commissioner Karleen Jackson as Commissioner Joel Gilbertson's successor when he leaves office in October.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Alaska delegation makes plea for Galena
Admitting they "don't have the money for advertising" or "thousands of people to stage demonstrations," a tribal leader from the small Interior community of Galena gave a passionate plea to keep the Forward Operating Location open.

Photo: Runway reopens
It's 100 knots to zero in a couple of seconds as 12th Fighter Squadron pilot Capt. Sean "Brick" Sullivan's 25-ton F-15C Eagle snags the wire and screeches to a stop during a test June 24 at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage.

Scientists studying birds for influenza
Biologists are studying thousands of wild geese, ducks and other migrating birds across the state for the presence of avian influenza

Bush signs $286.4 billion highway bill
President Bush opened the gates Wednesday for spending a whopping $286.4 billion on roads and bridges, rail and bus facilities, bike paths and recreational trails, saying the projects from coast to coast would spur the economy and save lives.

University board of regents OKs bonds for science facility
The University of Alaska Board of Regents has approved a revenue bond package that would pay for completion of a new science facility under construction at the Fairbanks campus.

Cinema Guide
what's playing on the silver screen

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

Juneau's attraction to Antarctica's most famous resident
It was just after 10:30 p.m. Friday, and a capacity crowd filed out of the Gold Town Nickelodeon with visions of the stark, opalescent Antarctic landscape and the frozen wasteland's solitary, stoic occupant.

'MOD-HOP'
Juneau native Becca Rozell has danced with companies in New York City and Boston and taught at schools throughout both cities, as well as New Jersey.

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news of local arts

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