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

Speak out, foolishly or not
Sunday's paper brought many interesting perspectives, some of which should have been squelched.

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.

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.

Get real on Iraq
To answer Curtis Sommer's question posed in "Our first WMDs," (Empire, Aug. 18) I say not much.

Are we better off?
Ronald Reagan, famously, asked us: "Are you better off today than you were four years ago?" The country responded. "No," they said. Today, it is time to ask the question again.

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.

Test hurts financial aid
I became concerned when I realized that kids who do not pass the high school qualifying exam do not get qualified for financial aid.

Skagway supports road
In the article by Associated Press writer Dan Joling, "Murkowski seeks road to Skagway," published in Sunday's Juneau and Anchorage papers, Skagway residents are once again being misrepresented.

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.

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.

Unusual heat poses challenge for capital city's green thumbs
The summer's glorious weather isn't so wonderful for all plants, and public gardeners are having to work hard to keep parks and medians quenched.

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.

Lodge fire shines light on Renkes, lobbyist partnership
A fishing lodge that burned down 80 miles west of Juneau last month was owned by Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes and lobbyist Sam Kito, a business relationship a former attorney general says has the potential for a conflict of interest.

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

Humpback carcass washes up on Douglas
A 28-foot dead humpback whale has washed up on Douglas Island, just south of the remote community of Lucky Me.

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.

Cleanup begins after devastating fire
Juneau began Monday to clean up the mess after fire consumed one of the city's oldest buildings.

Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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.

Fire destroyed building with 108-year history
People were doing business from a building at the corner of Front and Seward streets for about 108 years before fire destroyed it Sunday, according to city records.

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

Robert Demmert
Robert "Bobby" Demmert, 63, died Aug. 11, 2004, at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

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

Andre Beaton
Former Juneau resident Andre Beaton, 39, died July 14, 2004, in Togiak, while out at sea.

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.

Outside editorial: Troubling traffic numbers
The story seems quite positive. "Seat belts credited with drop in deaths," reads the headline.

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.

My Turn: Port officials wrong boaters
It's time the Juneau Assembly, or perhaps law enforcement authorities, took a close look at the vast amount of money the city Docks and Harbors Department is wasting even while Port Director John Stone is recommend

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.

Alaska's Olympians
Alaskans participating in the Olympics.

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.

Record overshadows Emmons
After accepting the cruel closeness that sometimes prevents success at the highest level of shooting Monday, Matt Emmons saw just how far he really was from the top of the medal stand in the 2004 Olympics' 10-meter air gun competition.

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.

McConnochie wins in Anchorage
The Tour of Juneau wasn't enough for local cyclist John McConnochie.

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.

Heat is on for embattled U.S. men's basketball team
Carmelo Anthony's cell phone kept ringing Sunday and on into Monday.

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.

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.

Headlines from around the state.

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.

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the northwest

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.

Three members of GOP run for Kookesh's seat
Republicans from Haines, Craig and Cordova are competing in a primary for the House District 5 seat being vacated by Democrat Albert Kookesh of Angoon.

Alaska wildfire season approaches record for the most acres burned
Alaska's spreading wildfires on Monday were poised to break the 5 million-acre mark and become the worst wildfire season ever recorded in the state.

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