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Monday, August 16, 2004

Books on pirates, prison, and surviving extreme injury hit library's shelves
Great books for adult readers of non-fiction are hitting the shelves thisweek at the Juneau Public Libraries!

Juneau visitors bureau hires McBrien
On July 26, the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau hired Jean McBrien as director of convention sales.

Open attraction to all
I just read the article "My Turn: Hoonah tourist attraction should be open to everyone" posted to the Web this morning.

Sanctions didn't work
I'd like to comment on Lisle Hebert's letter regarding Iraq and weaponry prohibited to it by the United Nations.

Lisa's no joke
I read with some dismay Mr. Christensen's not-so-subtle mockery of the American political process.

Treat bus riders with respect
It's frustrating to hear about more cuts to the city bus service to make up for lost revenue somewhere else.

Seniors paved way
The seniors worked with their hands and backs to pave the way, so that we can have it easy. The seniors planted the crops , so that we can always eat. The seniors mapped and built the roads, so that we can travel faster. The seniors worked hard all of their lives to better our way.

Stifle your anti-Bush comments
In regard to Dyle Hein's letter I must say that I was confused.

Reasons to support Bush
In his Aug. 9 My Turn article, Lisle Hebert said he doesn't understand how anyone can support President Bush or the Republican Party.

Our first WMDs
We know America's George Bush and Britain's Tony Blair lied about Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction as a pretext to go to war when all other excuses failed. Did you know the first documented case of biological warfare in America occurred in 1763 at Fort Pitt, Pa., when British General Jeffrey Amherst, (Amherst College and Amherst, Mass.) ordered that smallpox-laden blankets be distributed to the Native Americans in order to exterminate them to open up their lands to European colonization? They distributed the smallpox-laden blankets to the Native Americans. Immediately, entire tribes of Native Americans were obliterated.

Candidate had head start
I was suspicious when I read the article in the Aug. 5 edition of the Juneau Empire regarding fund-raising by District 4 candidates Bruce Weyhrauch and Bob Doll.

A same-sex marriage
Here's my two cents on the "same-sex marriage" issue.

Why not tax sloth, pride?
I just wanted to take a moment to remind Juneau that the owners and staff of your local pubs, eateries and package stores are your friends and neighbors. The vast majority of us are year-round residents, we shop locally, send our kids to school with yours, and share in every aspect of life in this community. Yet we keep coming under fire, because we seem to be an easy target. The recent anti-smoking ordinance and newly proposed liquor tax are only the most recent examples. We also went through a massive tax increase targeted at our industry two years ago, and most establishments just absorbed the cost, rather than raise prices.

Bush isn't pro-life
I was dismayed to learn that President Bush has denied $34 million in family planning funds to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for the third year in a row.

Assembly member Ridgeway settles city lawsuit
Juneau Assembly member Stan Ridgeway has settled a lawsuit with the city over an accident nearly four years ago involving his son and a city bus driver.

Dense smoke forces evacuation of area
Dale Henderson was ready to take a shower when all the lights at Gastineau Apartments went off Sunday afternoon. He ran downstairs and saw smoke coming out of the Skinner building, down the street.

Retired administrator picked to be interim JDHS principal
John Norman, a retired Alaska school administrator, has been recommended to be interim principal of Juneau-Douglas High School, the district announced Friday.

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

Rangers close trail because of bear duo
A brown bear duo fishing the salmon-choked streams near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center and Dredge Lakes is bringing out boorish behavior in tourists and residents, forest rangers said Friday.

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

Vandals sink boat at Auke Recreation
Vandals sank a boat that was to be used as part of a divers' underwater park at Auke Village Recreation Area.

In search of love bird's lost owner
For more than a week, a bright yellow, peach-faced love bird has had the run of Becky Hinman-Frank's office at Gastineau Humane Society.

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

Blaze Guts Subway building: Downtown eateries, shops lost to fire
Thick smoke from a commercial building fire Sunday afternoon forced officials to evacuate Front and South Franklin streets and funneled a caustic canyon of zero visibility for hours downtown.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Eight local attorneys apply to be next Juneau District Court judge
Eight local attorneys applied before last week's deadline to follow Peter B. Froehlich as Juneau's District Court judge.

Natalie Hewlett
Former Juneau resident Natalie Hewlett, 97, died Aug. 13, 2004, at the Pioneers' Home in Sitka.

David Harry Petreshock
David Harry Petreshock, 55, died Aug. 11, 2004, at home in Juneau.

William 'Rusty' Osborne
Juneau resident William "Rusty" Osborne, 85, died Aug. 11, 2004, in Juneau.

Empire editorial: Leave the ballot simple
Thumbs up to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce's board of directors for opposing an October ballot measure that would increase the city's liquor tax, not because it would result in higher taxes, but because its presence on the ballot would draw attention from a separate measure to approve a second high school.

My Turn: The end of our way of life
As a result of various social pressures, the Juneau Assembly decided that the prohibition of alcohol could cure a few of the evils in our society.

My Turn: Pollution and salmon marketing don't mix
Let's just say Frank Murkowski is not a marketing genius. If he were, he would never propose to increase pollution in Alaska salmon streams. As far-fetched as it sounds, however, the state is now taking comments on a new proposed rule to allow more pollution in our prized fish streams. Current rules rightly prohibit such discharges, but heavy lobbying from polluting industries has put the issue on our table.

Empire editorial: Squandered sunken treasure
Juneau suffered a setback in development of its newest outdoor amenity last week when vandals sunk a 70-foot ferrocement-hulled sailing vessel off Auke Village Recreation Area.

Tongass in best shape ever Tongass in best shape ever
The Tongass National Forest, which covers 80 percent of Southeast Alaska, is in the best shape ever, thanks to the timber industry, state control of fish and game, and modern Forest Service practices that are winning awards for its managers. The Tongass National Forest, which covers 80 percent of Southeast Alaska, is in the best shape ever, thanks to the timber industry, state control of fish and game, and modern Forest Service practices that are winning awards for its managers.

Lucky fishing rod is unlucky for halibut
Some anglers are lucky. Then there's the Carey family.

Fish report
Coho catch rates in the Juneau area were a little better than average the week ending Aug. 7.

Vacation on a sailboat is rich in memories
Sunny skies from overhead and light winds from behind created perfect sailing conditions.

Bears, fishermen share salmon at Sweetheart Creek
Gun-toting fishermen, brown bears and sockeye salmon are sharing close quarters at Sweetheart Creek, a popular fishing stream 40 miles south of Juneau.

Out & About
Outdoor events and activites in Juneau.

On the hook
Amanda Gile caught this 15-pound coho on Aug. 6 at North Pass. This was her first coho.

U.S. women's, men's eight set records
America's Olympic rowers arrived in Greece saying they were ready for the rough conditions at their venue on a windswept, manmade lake outside Athens. Turns out they were right.

O'Donnell isn't looking for fame, but may get it anyway
The TV reporter finished the interview by pointing out to Tela O'Donnell that "The Rock" had gone from wrestling to Hollywood.

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.

U.S. men's hoops to face familiar foe
The last time the United States and Puerto Rico met in a basketball game that meant something, a shoving match broke out and fans in San Juan threw drinks and debris onto the court.

Carlos Boozer's impressions on Team USA's 92-73 loss to Puerto Rico
Carlos Boozer quotes on Team USA's loss to Puerto Rico were compiled from the USA Basketball and USOC Pressbox Web sites.

Alaska's Olympians
Alaskans participating in the Olympics.

Juneau Soccer Club shut out in State Cup
After winning championships in each of the past three State Cup soccer tournaments, the Juneau Soccer Club teams came up empty this year.

Carlos Boozer is settling into life aboard the QM2
t's hard for a hotel to make a lasting impression on NBA players who spend much of their year bouncing from posh hotel to posh hotel.

Treadwell Twosome Traverse
Results from the Southeast Road Runners club's Treadwell Twosome Traverse held Saturday at Sandy Beach in Douglas.

Crimson Bears open season with a win
Opposing Cook Inlet Football Conference coaches who think Juneau-Douglas might be a powerful one-trick pony behind all-state running back Brian Felix are advised to adjust their vision.

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.

Major shocker
Their shots clanged off the rim, smacked the side of the backboard or missed completely. Their best player stared at the floor helplessly as the ball squirted between his legs and rolled away.

CAPITAL CITY SOCCER LEAGUE
Capital City Soccer League standings through games of Aug. 9

Knights say Aloha to first NBC title
The Aloha (Ore.) Knights didn't make many mistakes in the 70th National Baseball Congress World Series.

From the Sidelines: NBC finally getting it right with this Olympics broadcasting thing
It's 5 a.m. and I'm beginning to wonder if I'll be able to get any meaningful sleep over the next two weeks.

Ketchikan politicians vie for District 1 House seat
Two longtime Ketchikan politicians are running as Republicans for the District 1 House seat being vacated by Rep. Bill Williams, R-Saxman.

Native corp., Yakutat go head-to-head in fish business
The president of a Yakutat Native corporation resigned Thursday, and the company may lose its fish processing plant to a competitor.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Photo: Swing your partner
Arleet Del Real, 5, left, giggles as Javier Acuna, 6, tries not to lose his hat as they dance with the Xochiquetzal-Tiqun Mexican dancers Saturday during the Anchorage Museum's "Meet the World" event in Anchorage.

Murkowski seeks road to Skagway
Gov. Frank Murkowski's new Southeast Alaska transportation plan calls for a road from Juneau to Skagway by 2010.

Man's death spurs ban on alcohol in Yukon River town
Alcohol has trickled into the Yukon River village of Beaver as it has in almost every remote community in Alaska, bottle by bottle, via airplane, snowmachine and boat.

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

Elmendorf airmen prep for deployment to western Pacific
About 2,000 airmen are expected to be deployed from Elmendorf Air Force Base in the coming month, military officials said. About 700 received orders last week.

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

AlaskaDigest
Headlines from around the state.

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