Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Noise pollution at Echo Cove
To call the wailing siren that sounds throughout the day at Echo Ranch Bible camp a dinner bell is to romanticize a very unnecessary disturbance to a tranquil wilderness setting.

Infrastructure, not pool, is priority
I have been pondering something and would like to share this thought with Juneau before the Assembly constructs the ballot measures regarding the sales tax at its Aug. 24 meeting.

Forget pool; charm them with sewers
I have to chuckle each time I read a letter to the editor favoring an investment in what is considered the meritorious (i.e. sewer system) over the frivolous (i.e. pool).

Minority atheists dictate textbooks
Here is a surprising fact concerning the discussion of whether God or accident (evolution) is the creator.

New road plan a dead end
Rich Poor's Aug. 15 My Turn guest column calling the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities' announcement that the road out of Juneau would end at the Katzehin River instead of Skagway with shuttle ferries to Haines and Skagway a "win-win" solution for almost everybody is quite puzzling.

Photo: Start of a totem pole
Juneau carver Jim Markes uses an adze to carve a rough form of a seven-foot-long totem Tuesday at Sealaska Plaza.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Candidates maneuver for city seats
Only one person declared his candidacy on the first day of filing for the Oct. 4 city election.

Gas, diesel prices bust all records
Gasoline prices continue to hit all-time highs in Juneau and diesel prices have surpassed unleaded costs in some places.

Photo: And now, direct from Radiance of the Seas ...
Elizabeth Parola, left, sings country legend Patsy Cline's signature hit, "Crazy," Monday while Elvie Catulmo dances during lunch at the Oriental Express on Seward Street.

Photo: A sea of city flowers
Carol Ackerson of city landscaping waters a flowerbed Monday next to the Juneau International Airport parking lot.

Hornets enjoying summer
Saying Juneau has had a bad year for hornets depends on one's perspective.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Photo: Providing security for the homeland
Colorado Air National Guard Major Joe Smith of the 200th Airlift Squadron flies a C-21A Learjet over Western Alaska on Monday as two fully armed 19th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagles fly a tight formation off Smith's left wing during an interceptthat kicks off Operation Northern Edge/Alaska Shield.

Cost of seawalk may shift to the city
A seawalk connecting Juneau's waterfront activities sounds like a great idea, until someone has to figure out who should build it and how.

School sign-up under way
Although school doesn't begin for a week, Juneau-Douglas High School is already bustling with students.

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

Sperls to celebrate 65th
Juneau residents Walter and Clara Sperl will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with a reception from 1 to 4 p.m., Aug. 20, 2005, in the Ray Renshaw Room at the Aspen Hotel.

Gardeners to present harvest fair
Saturday, Aug. 20, bring the kids and come to the 13th Annual Harvest Fair, organized by the Juneau Community Garden Association.

A primer on purring
The mama cat lay on the rug with four nursing kittens docked side-by-side.

Photo: Memorial
A memorial bench sits in the early morning light last week near the North Douglas boat ramp.

Hanson and Hofstetter to marry
Former Juneau resident Sarah Hanson of Fairbanks and Phillip Hofstetter of Nome were engaged July 11, 2005. The marriage will be in November in Tacoma, Wash.

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

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

My turn: State seeks to maximize ridership on fast ferries
Enough has been said about your erroneous fares for ferry travel between Juneau and Haines and Skagway, as reported in the Thursday, Aug. 11 paper.

My turn: We did it with bears; Now it's time to tackle garbage
Bravo McKie Campbell. The commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game had the courage to tell Anchorage citizens and city government that garbage bears are a local problem that needs to be solved locally.

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.

Bears' J.V. opens year with victory
The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity football team opened its season in powerful fashion Friday with a 40-16 win over host Ketchikan.

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.

Charter school accents Native culture
Robert Na-o liked what he heard about Fairbanks' new charter school - especially the 10 a.m. starting time that would allow him a few hours more sleep.

Alaska court decision approves joint primaries
The Alaska Supreme Court decided Friday to uphold the right of political parties to conduct joint primaries.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Pay makes state commissioners among priciest
Thanks to Gov. Frank Murkowski, Alaska commissioners got a hefty raise, becoming some of the country's priciest state department heads.

Ex-trooper gets 4 years for sex assault
Daniel Scott, a former Alaska state trooper, pleaded no contest to sexually assaulting three women and was sentenced to four years in prison.

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

Four more village plaintiffs join suit against 2 priests
Three men and a woman have joined a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by two now-deceased priests in Western Alaska villages, some accusations dating back almost 50 years.

Corrections touts prison labor
Private companies would employ cheap prison labor and lease production or manufacturing space at three Alaska prisons under a proposal by the state Department of Corrections.

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

Anchorage victims can go online to report crime
Certain Anchorage crime victims now will be able to register reports with police online in a move that could ease what is often a slow, backlogged system.

Handcuffed fugitive drowns in Nancy Lake
The body of a young Wasilla man who escaped from an Alaska State Trooper patrol car last week was found floating in a lake.

Small timber sales near Gustavus are 1st for Tongass
The Tongass National Forest supervisor has agreed to offer precedent-setting small timber sales east of Gustavus that are designed to meet a local demand for lumber.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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