Thursday, August 12, 2004

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

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.

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

Fiscal responsability
In the Aug. 11 Juneau Empire, I read that Juneau voters in 1999 approved borrowing $50 million to build a new high school.

Actions, not hot air
In answer to Jesse Dizard's letter (Aug. 4, 2004 Empire), I am personally tired of people criticizing George Bush for deceiving the people when George Bush was deceived himself.

Lisa Simpson for Senate
I have just heard about Lisa Simpson's bid for U.S. Senate, and would like to be the first to pledge my support to her campaign.

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.

Leave the seniors alone
It appears we have a city manager that is taking lessons from the governor.

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.

Intelligence failure
President Bush and the lap dog press are now blaming our misguided invasion of Iraq on an "intelligence failure."

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."

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

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.

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

What's that smell? This year's fish odor especially pungent
Hold your noses, Juneau, the dog days of summer have arrived - and along with them the smell of rotting salmon.

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

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

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

Juneau man to serve 6 months on sex charge
A 22-year-old man arrested in May after police reported finding him in a vehicle with an undressed 12-year-old girl was ordered Wednesday to serve six months in jail.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

William Rongstad
Juneau resident William Alver Rongstad, 57, died Monday, Aug. 9, 2004, at his home in Juneau after a long fight with cancer.

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.

Correction
Due to a typist's errors, some words in Rebecca Braun's column on Wednesday's Empire opinion page were inadvertently changed.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Team USA schedule
The preliminary rounds of the men's basketball competition at the 2004 Athens Olympics will feature two six-team round-robin pools.

U.S. men stay in Turkey for an extra day of preparation
If the U.S. basketball team's wildly inconsistent warmup tour accomplished anything, coaches hope it finally delivered the message they've been screaming about: Winning the gold medal in Athens won't be easy.

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 Briefs
Peacock second at Sitka's Alpine Run.

Alaska rower feels right at Home - Depot
Stacey Borgman was hauling a 40-pound bag of black mulch from a shelf in the expansive outdoor garden department at Home Depot. Across the plant-filled greenhouse, Bryan Volpenhein was on a short ladder wrestling with a fish pond.

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

Photos: Hitting the trails
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys' cross-country team heads down the Treadwell Historic Trails during practice on Wednesday.

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

Strong defense, Valero's hat trick lead Reign to shutout win
Fernando Valero scored a hat trick in the first 15 minutes of the game, and his teammates on defense posted a shutout as the Juneau Soccer Club Reign U14 boys beat the Arctic Knights 7-0 on Wednesday at the State Cup tournament in Anchorage.

Original Dream Team inspires Carlos Boozer
Carlos Boozer was a wide-eyed 10-year-old living in Juneau when the first Dream Team went to the Barcelona Olympics and dominated the competition.

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.

Different rules force Team USA to adjust playing style
One of the first things the young players on Team USA's Olympic men's basketball team had to learn was that the international game is a lot different than the NBA.

Photo: Riding the Squirrel Cage
Winter Hall, 17, left, and Ashley Llewelyn, 14, react as they take another roll on the Egg Roll ride, also known as the Squirrel Cage, on Tuesday at the Tanana Valley State Fair in Fairbanks.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Oil companies plan to expand heavy oil production at West Sak
ConocoPhillips and BP plan to spend $500 million in the largest-ever heavy oil development program in Alaska.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Smaller parties in Alaska worry about political status
Alaska's smaller political parties stand to lose state recognition this year because a presidential election could make it difficult to secure enough support to meet new state rules, according to some party leaders.

United Fishermen, politicians, Native communities worry about aquaculture
The United Fishermen of Alaska, Juneau politicians and Native coastal communities are worried that a federal effort to establish aquaculture in the open ocean isn't accounting for potential harm to wild fisheries and the marine ecosystem.

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.

briefly
News of local arts

what's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau.

The Swamp
Cartoon by local artist Toe

Fit to be tied
One of the pleasant problems of being a successful artist is that you work fulltime to create enough art for a show, quickly sell a majority of your work and then immediately have to start working once again.

movies where & when
Movie locations and showtimes.

Journal resurrected
Ten years after she started the irregularly published literary journal McCann's in Connecticut, Juneau resident Morissa Lou Williams is taking the ambitious step of expanding the magazine into a quarterly publication.

Latin Jazz Project resumes at the Silverbow
From Turiya Mareya's perspective behind the piano, the return of the Juneau Latin Jazz Project on Saturday at the Silverbow's Back Room, was a smashing success.

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