Thursday, August 18, 2005

Business Digest
Staff reports from local businesses

Textbooks by public referendum
I agree with the reader who thinks we should have a public referendum to ensure that our students aren't learning science from atheists.

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

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).

Stiff price for dumping garbage
I had extra trash this week, and the cans were full early. I went to the dump Monday and was quoted more than $50 to empty two garbage cans.

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.

Fair doesn't mean equal time
In a letter published Aug. 17, Marlin Bricker says "The shocking thing to me is we allow an atheistic minority to dictate what is taught to our children in our public schools."

A farewell to Ma Cagna
I met Alison Banks in 1994, when I participated in a teacher exchange between Alaska and East Sussex, England, educators.

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.

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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: 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

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

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

Officials, contractors work to make new school zone safe
With the start of the school year around the corner and work at the new Mendenhall Valley high school underway, school officials and contractors have been working to make the area safe for students and pedestrians.

Harmon won't face second trial
James Harmon won't stand trial again on the most serious charge for a 2003 Tenakee Springs killing he's already been found guilty of committing, Juneau's district attorney has decided.

Residents educate crew about ship's namesake
Sailors aboard the USS Juneau, a warship stationed in Sasebo, Japan, are getting help from residents of the ship's namesake who hope to preserve its legacy.

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

Images from another time: Over Juneau, May 1993
Juneau pilot Ron Swanson flies his vintage 1943 Stearman biplane over Juneau in May of 1993.

Harbor remodel is on schedule, says port director
City officials say Harris Harbor reconstruction is on schedule and displaced boaters will move back by the end of September.

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.

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

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

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.

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.

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

Bonnie Janet King
Bonnie Janet King, 53, died Aug. 16, 2005, at her home in Juneau with family members by her side.

Editorial: Bring on the junketeers
Not only is it tourist season in Alaska, it's also "fact-finding" season.

Editorial: Law to protect outdoors
Gov. Frank Murkowski recently signed into law a measure to promote and protect hunting, fishing and trapping as important elements of Alaska's heritage.

My Turn: Democrat priorities: revenue sharing, schools, fish, pipeline
The song says "the times they are a'changing." They have in the past and will again.

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.

My Turn: The state's proposed road to nowhere: Don't bank on it
When the proposed Juneau road comes up, just about everyone has a passionate opinion.

Thank you from the Crimson Bears
Remember when fog was a major factor in determining when and how teams would or could travel to or from Juneau?

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.

Capital City Soccer League Results
...as of Monday, Aug. 15

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.

JDHS football game rescheduled for home
Due to excessive smoke in the Interior, Saturday's football game between the Lathrop Malemutes and the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears has been moved from Fairbanks to Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

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.

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.

Anchorage group urges city to keep trail entrances public
One of Cory Hinds' favorite places to hike and climb, Ram Valley in Eagle River, was sealed off by development a couple of years ago.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

Kake receives land claim under federal Native law
Kake's village corporation is about to receive the final bit of land it is entitled to under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, passed by Congress in 1971.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Senators: Arctic warming isn't hot air
Anyone doubting the effects of human activity on global climate change should talk to the people it affects in Alaska and the Yukon, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Wednesday.

Going to Iraq
Long after the rousing music and ceremonial speeches had faded, after all the emotional farewells with loved ones had been said, 125 uniformed soldiers stood in clusters, waiting Wednesday morning inside a cavernous room at this Army post.

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

Solo Maas
Juneau songwriter and piano player Michael Maas performed solo shows in town in 2002 and 2003 but skipped last year.

Juneau bands Sound Off
A little over a month ago, Eric Tollefson, Dave Conway and Marlon Lumba sat down to discuss the idea of organizing some sort of all-ages show that brought together an assortment of local bands in a festival-type setting.

Cinema Guide
What's playing on the silver screen

Student symphony to play show tunes at Friday concert
The Juneau Student Symphony, a community orchestra of kids and adults, will play show tune medleys for its annual summer pops concerts this Friday, noon at the State Office Building and 7:30 p.m. at Marine Park.

what's happening
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Fine Art Sale to be held Saturday
M'iva Rickey, a Juneau resident since 1973, remembers the days when Juneau had 14 galleries and an abundance of space to showcase art, original or collected.

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