Saturday, August 19, 2006

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

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."

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?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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."

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

Neighbors helping Neighbors
Association for the Education of Young Children

FYI
Births, marriage licenses and court information

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.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for helping in my road to recovery

Neighbors Digest
Living Well Alaska health workshop starts Sept. 13

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. .

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.

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: 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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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