Friday, August 12, 2005

In the stacks: Nonfiction for summer reading
"Suspended in Language," by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Purvis. This biographical graphic novel tells the life story of Niels Bohr, the Danish physicist nicknamed "the Pope" because of his prestige in the science world. To Churchill, Bohr was a dangerous man; to Einstein, a mentor.

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.

Get the facts right
As an avid reader of the Juneau Empire I would like to point out the following injustice that you printed recently in the article titled "DOT: Road to Skagway will be shorter."

Rejects tunnel vision
I think I am finally beginning to understand Frank Murkowski, and maybe I am even becoming a fan. I always thought he was some kind of right-wing hack, but now I realize that he is actually an absurdist comedian in the manner of Charlie Kaufman. I guess the humor was just over my head.

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

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.

Need thorough testing of quarry
Boom! Bang! Clatter! Roar! Ah, how peaceful it was during the tremolite scare at the Stabler's Point quarry. Now that those in authority have said "Pshaw!" to the asbestos concern, it's racket as usual - all day, every day. Worse than the racket, though, is the apprehension that remains with us residents next to the quarry. We know that an air sample was taken during the rain, but was one ever taken when the air was dry? And I doubt that a sample was taken immediately after blasting. That might have been the most revealing.

Save Merchants Wharf
A slight correction to my last letter. Mr. Glidman has told me the owners of Merchants Wharf plan to utilize the current parking lot for their projected new complex, but it will not be on pilings. During his meeting with the Save the Wharf Committee he did say the complex would be in the vicinity of the current building.

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.

Readers need correct info
I read Andrew Petty's article this morning regarding the road to Skagway. Since I recently purchased several round-trip tickets to Haines on the fast ferry, I knew immediately that the numbers quoted were incorrect.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

Making a splash in the record books
A trio of friends, from left, Stephanie Hazel, Kate Diebels and Claire Geldhof, cool off Thursday during a water fight at Mendenhall Lake.

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

School district surpasses state's goals
Overall, students at all Juneau schools surpassed state goals for improvement last year, the Juneau School District's director of assessments said Thursday.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Laying the groundwork
Mark Lindahl, a tile setter for B & P Construction from Washington state, shovels pre-floor mixture Thursday while working on the Phase 2 renovation of Floyd Dryden Middle School.

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

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.

City holds drill to get ready for major disasters
Don't panic, even though the situation sounds bad.

Photo: When she was bad ...
Artist Donald Allen draws a picture Thursday of Barbara Stanwyck, an actress from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Photo: Coming around to completion
Traffic flows through the nearly completed roundabout Thursday at the West Juneau end of the Douglas Bridge.

Photo: Seattle slayers
Brothers Joel, left, and Mike Duby of Seattle clean fish caught Saturday, Aug. 6, while fishing with Juneau Charter Fishing.

Student recognitions
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

Fletcher, Nisbet to marry
Wendi M. Fletcher of Springfield, Ore., and Robert A. Nisbet of Sitka will be married at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5, 2005, at the Mount Roberts Tramway in Juneau. A reception will follow at the Timberline Bar and Grill.

FYI
News about the people you know

Photos: Wet & Wild
Many Juneau residents have brought their Jet Skis and other personal watercraft out to Auke Lake while the weather is good.

An eyewitness to history
I served in the infantry and was stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., from 1961 to 1963. This gave me a chance to experience, in modest ways, some of the defining moments of American history.

Juneau Student Symphonies get ready for Aug. concerts
Musicians of all ages are rehearsing for the Juneau Student Symphonies pops concerts that are scheduled for Friday Aug. 19, at the State Office Building and Marine Park.

Johns to celebrate 50 years
Glenn and Edna Johns of Juneau will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends in Port Angeles, Wash., where they were married on Aug. 20, 1955.

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

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.

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.

Xtratuffs punch ticket for semifinals
Elizabeth Harney provided all the offense the Juneau Xtratuffs Under-16 girls soccer team needed Thursday in Fairbanks.

JDHS ready to air it out
With an exciting offense emphasizing the pass and a scrappy defense, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team looks to light up the scoreboard this season.

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.

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

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.

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.

New ferry schedule includes 2,000 more stops
Alaska's marine highway schedule from this fall through next summer will allow some 2,000 more stops at ports, though Sitka and a few other cities will receive fewer stops.

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.

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

Ted Stevens lends hand to lawmaker son in dispute over highway money
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens has helped pass legislation related to a dispute between his son, state Sen. Ben Stevens, and Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich over control of federal transportation spending in Anchorage.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

Troopers cite Swiss citizens for snagging
After spending about three hours observing three Swiss citizens from the woods, the troopers began writing citations.

Man petitions to restore sign that flashes biblical messages
Jami Franklin was incensed after state transportation officials in May ordered the removal of a digital marquee that flashes biblical passages to motorists on the Richardson Highway.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

'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

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

Cinema Guide
what's playing on the silver screen

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.

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