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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Business Digest
Two insurance agencies moved this month into one of Juneau's newest buildings, located near grocer Fred Meyer on Old Glacier Highway.

Tell us how to improve the ferries
This is an open letter to those who oppose the Juneau Access Project.

No fact or reason here
I see that Southeast Alaska Conservation Council intends to appeal the dismissal of its lawsuit against the Kensington mine.

Evening out the playing field
I've been bombarded with glossy brochures urging me to vote no on Ballot Measure 2, Cruise Ship Taxation, Regulation and Disclosure.

Measure 2 is fair
If you really believe all the propaganda coming from the No-on-2 machine then call me, because I have a "bridge to nowhere" to sell you.

A reliable, better fire department
I would just like to make a few comments regarding the article "Fears of fire" dated July 30.

Young Natives go to culture 'boot camp'
About 40 young Alaska Native recruits are finishing up an intense, two-week leadership camp in Juneau this week.

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

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

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

Use of Jet Skis on Auke Lake to get more study
The wakes left by personal watercraft on Auke Lake are still rippling through city government.

Photo: Walking in the rain, with style
Janet Gonzalez Sosa walks her dog, Chito, Wednesday on Indian Street.

Photo: Light touch
Water droplets rest on a feather sitting on top of a fern Tuesday next to Juneau's Boy Scout Trail.

Juneau School Board seeking money for defense in 'Bong Hits' lawsuit
The Juneau School Board is requesting money to defend its position in the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" legal case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Land sales off the table
The trailhead for Juneau's popular Boy Scout Trail has a year's reprieve from a planned U.S. Forest Service land sale.

Measure takes trash to task
Industry officials say they're proud of the progress they've made in the way cruise ships dispose of their daily waste - up to 300,000 gallons of gray water and sewage, 23 pounds of toxic waste and 11.5 tons of garbage for each ship.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events. To be included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Construction of new valley high school begins
The Falcons' nest has begun construction. The Juneau School District and city officials celebrated the official beginning of construction of a new high school and future home of the Falcons on Wednesday afternoon in the Mendenhall Valley.

Groups file suit against road plan
Six public-interest and conservation agencies filed a lawsuit Wednesday morning in U.S. District Court in an attempt to get federal agencies to look again at options besides building a road out of Juneau.

District seeks name for new high school
The Juneau School District is looking for the community's help in naming the new high school under construction in the Mendenhall Valley.

Carte and Menlove wed
Kate Menlove, of Redmond, Wash., and Rick Carte, of Juneau, were married on July 15 at the D.A.R. House in Seattle.

All Nations' Children
The original idea of Vicki Soboleff and the Yun Shu Kaa Dancers of Juneau, All Nations' Children, Lda Kut Naax Sati' Yatx'i, was started in 1995.

Recognitions
Juneau University of Alaska Southeast students placed on the spring 2006 dean's list were: Angela M. Anderson, Erik D. Anderson, Harmony R. Armstrong...

Gruening and Vines wed
Caroline Beatrice Gruening, of Juneau, and Jack Douglas Vines III, of Spokane, Wash., were married on June 23 at The Woodmark on Lake Washington in Kirkland, Wash. A reception followed at the same location.

Powers and Jones wed
Kathleen A. Jones and Timothy P. Powers Jr., of Juneau, were married on May 20 in Juneau. A reception followed at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you for making the Moving Wall possible in Juneau

My turn: Don't sell Alaska cheap, it's one of a kind
I have traveled from Tibet to Thailand, from Siberia to Spain and from Costa Rica to Kenya. I have experienced many cultures, climates and ecosystems firsthand.

My turn: Election facts and fiction
I am disappointed with the allegations leveled by Kay Brown, the communications director of the Alaska Democratic Party, in her Aug. 11 article published by the Anchorage Daily News.

Alaska editorial: Kudos to lawmakers for new oil tax plan
Legislators have rewritten the state's oil and gas production tax. Congratulations.

My turn: $100 in taxes per person in each port isn't stopping this traveler
My mailbox has been stuffed lately with slick campaign flyers exhorting me to vote no next week on the cruise ship tax initiative.

My turn: Stop red tape from choking Alaskans
The federal noose is tightening. If anyone has watched "Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy" they know what a Vogon is.

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.

Juneau-Douglas senior Kyle O'Brien earns All America swimming status
Juneau-Douglas High School senior swimmer Kyle O'Brien earned National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association/Speedo Swimming and Diving All America status for his performance at the 2005 Alaska School Activities Association Swimming and Diving State Championships.

Taking a freezing dip for a good cause
While Team Whale Bait - consisting of Juneau's Scott Griffin, Carrie DeMay, Laurie Lucas and Kristin Jones - won the four-person relay event of the Pennock Island Challenge swim race on Aug. 6, the real winners are the beneficiaries of this charity event.

Eagle Scout Trail Race results

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.

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

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

Palmer soldier dies in Iraq blast
Mae Woods sat up tall Monday in a chair inside St. John's Lutheran Church, both hands gripping a silver-colored thermal coffee mug.

Northwest Digest
By this time next year, barflies and bingo players will have to take their smoke breaks outside.

Congress to look at BP's field management
A congressional committee has scheduled a Sept. 7 hearing to examine the management of the nation's largest oil field by British operator BP.

Governor's office asks for ruling on jet use
Gov. Frank Murkowski's re-election campaign is setting aside $5,000 in case the Alaska Public Offices Commission says he must reimburse the governor's office for using the state jet for campaigning.

Probing promotional pay
Some businessmen, such as Mike Windred, see Ballot Measure 2 as an attack on competitive business practices, while initiative supporters say it's about arming consumers with more information.

Shareholders sue BP over Prudhoe Bay maintenance
Senior executives at BP face a lawsuit filed by shareholders who claim the oil giant's poor maintenance practices at Prudhoe Bay led to the partial shutdown of the nation's largest oil field.

Northwest Digest
A safe injection site for drug addicts to shoot up under medical supervision has not brought more crime or attracted drug dealers or users from other jurisdictions, according to a police-commissioned study.

Knowles raises $100k in less than a month
Cash continues to flow to former Gov. Tony Knowles as he tries to reclaim the governor's office from incumbent Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Will 'beyond our control' argument have legal merit?
Exxon Mobil Corp. and ConocoPhillips Co. are notifying customers they cannot meet contract obligations to supply crude oil from Alaska's Prudhoe Bay oil field because of unavoidable events beyond their control.

Primary could shake up state's legislative makeup
Only six state lawmakers opted not to run for office this year, even so the Alaska Legislature could be a very different animal next session.

New oil leases being offered despite uproar
The Interior Department is set to open a vast area of environmentally sensitive wetlands in Alaska to new oil drilling, even as opponents point to corroding pipelines to the east at Prudhoe Bay as a reason to keep the area off-limits.

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