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Friday, August 20, 2004

An anti-Bush frenzy
Anyone reading the letters-to-the-editor in the Juneau Empire cannot help but notice the outpouring of venom towards President Bush.

Act quickly to halt recruiters
As the new school year rapidly approaches, mailboxes are flooded with information about registration for school, classes, extracurricular activities, health-records requirements, bus routes, and the many other matters that students must address as they start the school year.

Unite, landless shareholders
I'm targeting this letter to all landless Sealaska shareholders, and encouraging them to exercise their political leverage as a voting bloc with the five landless communities.

Confusing inferences
Having recently received notice that the two-month Aurora Basin electrical blackout scheduled to end on Aug. 20 has been extended to Sept. 1...

Preposterous smallpox argument
Monday's letter to the editor correlating the use of smallpox-laden blankets in 1763 to modern weapons of mass destruction is absurd.

Millers' political history
Politics has been a family enterprise for the Mike Miller family, an enterprise so avid that it approaches a quest for power, a desire to be running things.

Skagway road bias
Dan Joling's article on "Murkowski seeks road to Skagway" is inaccurate, poorly researched and biased against the road.

Get over the Arctic Tern
Lighten up all ye whiners and perhaps learn something from your sad and silly "loss."

Changing America's face
Kudos to Elva Bontrager for her Aug. 17 letter to the editor.

Liquor tax warranted
Sin tax. Luxury tax. Call it what you will, but I for one am in favor of raising the alcohol tax in Juneau.

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

Supporters of Native education to plan school
The informal group talking about a Native-oriented charter school in Juneau will create a formal committee to plan the school but won't submit an application this fall, members said Thursday at ANB Hall.

Judge may toss alleged confession
Comments about the alleged stabbing made to police by the man accused of robbing and slashing cab driver Eric Drake in January may not be used against him.

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

Becker, Peters OK'd for School Board ballot
Mary Becker, the incumbent Juneau School Board president, and credit union executive Bill Peters have been certified as candidates for the School Board.

City declares burned building a 'public nuisance'
The owner of an uninsured 108-year-old building that burned Sunday at Front and Seward streets will have to fix or remove the hazard quickly, City Manager Rod Swope said Thursday.

Destructive fire seemed no threat
Before it spread to consume much of a historic building at Front and Seward streets, a small fire on a canopy roof Sunday didn't seem like a big deal, witnesses said.

Sides rally for and against booze tax
Proponents and opponents of a liquor tax increase are ready to have their first match in the Assembly meeting next Monday.

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

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

Movie captures Al Jazeera in war's early days
Years before she began making documentaries and working in the media, Cairo-born film director Jehane Noujaim's world view was informed by Egypt's state-run television.

Tlingit-Haida center launches state-of-the-art computer lab
In Tlingit society, the uncle is the one responsible for providing education and discipline to his maternal nephews.

Invasion of the carpenter ants
A relatively invisible group of residents is sneaking into people's homes in Juneau, and the squatters are here to stay.

Photo: Flamingos for hire
A flock of pink flamingo lawn ornaments adorns the front yard of a Gee Street home Tuesday afternoon as part of a fund-raiser for the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls.

Wiard and Erickson to marry
Tracy Erickson of Petersburg and Jason Wiard of Juneau will be married at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, at Mount Roberts Tramway.

Culliton and Mahle to wed
Tiffany Brooke Culliton and Brandon Wade Mahle of Juneau will be married at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004, at the Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau.

Dammann and Gabel to wed
All the friends of Robin Lynn Gabel and David Martin Dammann are invited to celebrate their marriage on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, at the large pavilion at Auke Village Recreation Area at 3 p.m.

Painter has led a life of adventure
Rie Muñoz has truly lived a life of adventure. She is one of the great painters of Alaska.

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

Natalie Franz Hewlett
Former Juneau resident Natalie Franz Hewlett, 97, died Aug. 13, 2004, at the Sitka Pioneers Home.

My Turn: Things beyond explanation
The older I get, the less I seem to know.

Party bear revives NW brand's cachet
None of us who is forbidden from setting garbage outside more than a few hours before pickup needs reminding that bears will be bears, that they're omnivorous and will guzzle anything in sight.

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.

Homer's Borgman falls short in semis
With 500 meters to go, the women's lightweight double sculls first semifinal had come down to four boats. Three would advance to the finals. And the Americans, Stacey Borgman and Lisa Schlenker, were in fourth.

U.S. turns a corner in win over Aussies
Larry Brown believes his team is finally starting to get it.

Aalaska all-time Prep Football Leaders
The single-season Alaska all-time high school football leaders, as compiled by the Anchorage Daily News through the 2003 season. Season totals include playoff games.

Crimson Bears featuring a diversified offense
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team returned the state's leading rusher from last season, and the team's top returning receiver didn't have enough practices in to be eligible for the Crimson Bears' season opener last weekend in Palmer.

Alaska High School Football Standings
Through games of Aug. 14

Alaska researchers probe rare sea duck's disappearance
Researchers at the Alaska Sealife Center are poking into the private lives of Steller's eiders - a rare sea duck that is disappearing from its nesting grounds in Alaska.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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

Tlingit-Haida receives $50,000 federal grant
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded a $50,000 grant to the Tlingit-Haida Central Council to start a Native youth delinquency prevention program.

State ferry union ratifies 3-year worker contracts
The membership of the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association, which represents some 80 maritime state workers, has ratified a three-year contract by a vote of 80-20.

Despite hunting ban, seals decline
Commercial hunting of northern fur seals was halted 20 years ago in the Pribilof Islands, but their numbers continue to slip.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

New study examines effects of ship waste
Environmental scientists have begun a groundbreaking study on the effects of cruise ship waste and other contaminants in Southeast waters this month.

Palmer man grows record cantaloupe
A Palmer man has done the impossible in any other Alaska summer: growing a record-breaking cantaloupe, a fruit that craves heat and founders in rain.

movies where & when
"The Manchurian Candidate," (R) last shows on Thursday, Aug. 19, at 1:50, 7:20 and 10 p.m. at 20th Century Twin.

Shock Art!
In Dallas and then Tacoma, north Douglas residents Bryan and Lydia Harris had their own art gallery - the type of place that embraced "the suits" during the day and a hodgepodge of goths, punks and drifters at all hours of the night.

Graceland Girls put together complete set for Silverbow show
J. Althea and The Graceland Girls formed in April with the purpose of playing three songs - all Elvis - at the 25th Annual Alaska Folk Festival.

briefly
News of local arts

what's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau.

Beyond the dollhouse
Juneau-born artist Mary Ellen Frank began making wooden portrait dolls after taking a workshop with Inupiat teacher Dolly Spencer in March 1988. She completed her first doll in 1989 and sold her first the following year.

The Swamp by Toe
Comic by local artist Toe

Is objectivity a myth?
At their headquarters in Doha, Qatar, the television network that Iraqi prime minister Ayad Allawai recently criticized for "inciting hatred and problems and racial tensions," looks like any media outlet in the world.

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