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Friday, August 18, 2006

DVDs from the real world
We're adding many new non-fiction DVDs to our collection: here are just a few.

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

Palin is misleading on capital move
In my opinion, Sarah Palin is not an honest person.

Pulling the wool over Alaskans' eyes
We are being deluged with daily TV ads and glossy mail-outs from "Alaskans Protecting our Economy." Do you ever wonder just who they are? Besides those Alaskans they have shilling for them, that is?

Cruise industry protests too much
After such a free ride it is not surprising that the cruise industry is crying a river over Ballot Measure 2. A response to a couple of TV ads is in order.

If only I had my own jet
I have been trying to plan travel south this winter and have been frustrated beyond all reason.

Election letters policy
During the election season, the Empire will run letters about candidates that deal with issues, politicians' past actions and experiences that reveal an office-seeker's character.

Attachments shouldn't be on ballot measure
I recently moved to Juneau and for weeks have been hearing about Ballot Measure 2, better known as the "head tax."

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

Pro-life candidate?
I am sitting here looking at a big, colorful campaign postcard that says, "John Binkley - Believes in the Sanctity of Life." A little later on, it says, "I am pro-life and believe in life's sanctity. John."

Why single out tour operators?
I am a tour operator however I'm not an "actor" nor have I been "invited" to oppose Ballot Measure 2, regarding cruise ship taxation, regulation and disclosure.

Missing from the election pamphlet
I wonder if Wally Olson, letter to the editor on Aug. 9, got a different primary election pamphlet than I did.

Photo does a disservice
I am a daily Empire reader. Since 1998, I have loved the news, the commentaries and opinions of friends and neighbors, and the opportunity for art and free press to flourish in the community I called home.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Woman hurt by whale under boat
A female tourist was treated at Bartlett Regional Hospital for a minor head injury after a humpback whale surfaced Wednesday morning under a whale-watching jet boat in North Pass.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Photo: Getting carded
Junior Davidson, an incoming senior, poses Thursday for his Juneau-Douglas High School student ID in the school commons.

Dybdahl and Demmert to wed
Sarah Demmert, of Klawock, and Travis Dybdahl, of Juneau, will marry at 6 p.m. Aug. 26, at Glacier Gardens in Juneau. .

FYI
Births, marriage licenses and court information

Neighbors helping Neighbors
Association for the Education of Young Children

Alaska blueberries are new 'superfood'
In the natural foods business, we are always looking for the next "superfood."

Devotionals teach sacrifice
Recently Doctor Walter Soboleff sent me a pamphlet of devotional prayers. He included the note that they would serve me like a spring line on a boat.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for helping in my road to recovery

Neighbors Digest
Living Well Alaska health workshop starts Sept. 13

DeRose and Frank to wed
Cecelia Marie DeRose, of Lewiston, Idaho, and Donovan Jason Frank, of Ketchikan, will marry at 4 p.m. Aug. 26 at Centennial Hall in Juneau. A reception will immediately follow.

Alaska editorial: Has Northern Dynasty broken promises?
Critics of the proposed Pebble mine are assailing the credibility of the company pushing the project, Northern Dynasty.

My turn: Big Money needs to get out of Alaska politics
When was the last time that you wrote a $1,000 check to a political candidate? How about a $10,000 check to the political party of your choice?

My turn: A road is the best way to improve ferry service
There have been letters recently requesting proof that the ferry system is expensive and inconvenient and wanting suggestions for improving the ferry system.

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.

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

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.

Outside editorial: BP must walk the walk
In its TV commercials and on its Web site, oil giant BP delights in portraying itself as a progressive, caring, environmentally hip company with a strong "green" focus.

Eagle Scout Trail Race results

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.

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.

JDHS football, cross country teams in action
The high school sports season kicks into full swing Friday as the Juneau-Douglas High School cross country team opens their season in Anchorage, while the Crimson Bears football team hosts Lathrop at 8 p.m. tonight at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

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.

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.

JV football cancelled tonight
The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity game schedule for 5 p.m. tonight at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park has been cancelled.

Northwest Digest
The extended deployments of an Alaska-based Stryker brigade will conclude by the end of the year, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said.

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.

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

Paying the price, reaping the rewards
Tourism officials know travelers understand the value of an Alaska cruise, but a new $50 tax on the trip may make some tourists more reluctant to travel to the Last Frontier, they say.

Pipeline, accusations fuel GOP debate
The three Republicans running for Alaska governor argued Thursday in a televised debate whether the state failed as a watchdog over BP's North Slope operations.

Decision not to rely on Alaska crude pays off for refiner
While most major refiners have suffered from the partial shutdown of a major Alaska oil field, at least one is feeling good about its decision to avoid relying solely on the Alaskan North Slope for crude oil.

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

Anchorage comedy institution closing
An Anchorage comedy institution is closing its doors after 26 years.

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.

Independent candidate Halcro in a unique race
Although he doesn't have to win a primary to earn a spot on November's general election ballot, independent gubernatorial candidate Andrew Halcro has a different race to run.

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.

Stevens disturbed by BP's oil field actions
Sen. Ted Stevens said Thursday he is disturbed by corrosion problems at the Prudhoe Bay oil field after being assured for years that it was being properly maintained and was the safest in the world.

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

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