Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Consider candidates' prescription drug stance
Alaskans pay more for their prescriptions and health care than residents of most other states and these high costs hurt our senior population even more.

Scared into action
After reading the letter of Mr. Cox in the Sunday paper, I took action.

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

Coeur a gamble
In Tuesday's Juneau Empire (Aug. 17), the business page reported that Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp.'s stock is down over 40 percent for the year to date.

City responds to port criticism
To correct two inaccuracies, I write in response to Bob Tkacz's My Turn of Aug. 17, 2004.

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

Another view of free speech
I couldn't help myself. I shared Kevin Landry's letter to the editor with some out-of-state friends.

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.

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.

Freedom of speech for some
I read with disgust Kevin Landry's letter asking those who don't agree with Bush to keep their opinion to themselves.

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.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

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

Napping kid is kidnapped
Douglas resident John DelGado was interviewing someone for a job at the Tacoma, Wash., pizza take-out he co-owns, when the applicant ran out of the interview to chase down a thief who stole his car - with his child in it.

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.

Judge grants new trial in youth's beating death
A Superior Court judge has granted a new trial for a man convicted in 1999 of participating in a teenager's fatal beating.

Museums offer tips for fire-damaged art
Since a fire consumed the Skinner building on Sunday afternoon, Ellen Carrlee has been worried about the artwork displayed on the building's second floor.

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

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.

Photo: Leaf with your lemonade?
Carissa Anderson, 8, left, and Sara Wood, 6, set out bead encrusted leaves that they decorated to sell for $1 in addition to lemonade Tuesday afternoon on Gee Street.

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

Cleanup aims to save part of building
The owner of the burned building at Front and Seward streets watched contractor Dave Hanna working a 90,000-pound excavator to scrape off the charred remains of the second floor Tuesday afternoon.

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.

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.

Fire puts off family's hopes
Dragon Inn restaurant owner Peter Lan was planning to open a new second dining room this weekend which would have offered barbecued meats and bubble tea.

Thank You
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community.

Student Recognition
Outstanding actions of former Juneau students.

Photo: JV football team delivers
Car seat delivery: The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bear junior varsity football team poses with children's car seats that the team delivered to the Ketchikan Public Health Center while traveling to last week's football contest.

Harkins and Wilson marry
Angela Wilson of Juneau and Matt Harkins of Seattle were married July 17, 2004, at Lord Hill Farms in Snohomish, Wash.

Moose Awards
Coworker of the month and coworker of the year, from the Women of the Moose.

Walsh and Stickel to marry
Hanna Marie Walsh of Juneau and Daniel Richard Stickel of Juneau will be married at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Wallace and Early marry
Marti Early of Juneau and George Wallace of Juneau were married at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, at Mendenhall Lake in Juneau.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

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

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

Connie J. (Kossman) Thompson
Former Juneau resident Connie J. (Kossman) Thompson, 50, died June 29, 2004, in Atlanta, Ga., following a two-year battle with cancer.

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

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

My Turn: Manhandling at the airport
On Aug. 12, I escorted my husband, Fern, home from Swedish Medical Center where he had undergone shoulder joint replacement surgery only 23 hours before.

Alaska editorial: Overturning 'Roadless rule' is logical step
This editorial appeared in Saturday's (Anchorage) Voice of the Times:

ALASKA STATE FOOTBALL POLL
Here is the Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network's high school football poll, as voted on by statewide radio broadcasters and other media. The poll lists each team with records through games of Aug. 14 and previous rank in the preseason poll.

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

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

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 get back on track
Tim Duncan had fouled out, Allen Iverson was playing with a broken thumb, and Greece had just passed the ball inside with a chance to pull within two points with 18 seconds left.

Ketchikan wins first game in football program's six-year history
Fans and players along the Ketchikan High School football sideline did something Friday night they haven't done for a long time.

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.

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. crews advance to semifinals
Oh, those brainy MIT guys. It just figures that a creative frat house party contest would launch an Olympic rowing career.

Mountain lion sighted in Southeast
A mountain lion has been spotted on Revillagigedo Island, startling deer hunters in the Tongass National Forest.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the northwest

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.

Four Dems vie for Kookesh's seat
Four Democrats are running for the District 5 House seat being vacated by Angoon Democrat Albert Kookesh, who is leaving his post to run for the state Senate.

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.

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