Tuesday, August 24, 2004

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Texas energy company gives up its 32 North Slope leases
A Houston-based energy company has abandoned 32 leases it staked in Alaska's first areawide North Slope Foothills lease sale in 2001.

Mind-numbing hypocrisy
The advertisement by the Knowles camp regarding Sen. Lisa Murkowski's voting record regarding veterans is full of more holes than Wisconsin Swiss cheese.

A Christian response
I will assume Mr. Jamison Paul's question to pro-life Christians who support war was sincere.

City showed compassion
After reading Rinny Tweedy's letter pertaining to an apparent lack of compassion regarding the downtown fire, I felt a response was definitely in order.

Murkowski growing
"Most people elected to the U.S. Senate grow. But some just swell up." I remember Sen. Malcolm Wallop of Wyoming saying that several years ago.

God never fails
Have you ever noticed on our currency we have depiction's of various presidents of the United States but if you flip the bill over it says "In God We Trust?"

Another view of Rep. Weyhrauch
Please let me set the record straight about Ms. Bachmeir's letter in the Sunday, Aug. 22 Juneau Empire, which states that Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch did not keep his pledge to vote for his constituency.

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

Photo: Mendenhall Glacier, 1921
A Chautauqua group poses at the Mendenhall Glacier in this photo taken by the Winter & Pond Co. in September 1921.

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

Home Depot drops interest in moving into former Kmart store
Juneau's former Kmart building will not be converted into a Home Depot, spokesman Jerry Shields of The Home Depot Inc. said Monday.

City OKs bar in Bergmann
The Bergmann Hotel can open its bar, but only when school is out and if it meets other conditions, the Juneau Assembly decided Monday.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Photo: Killing time
Kyler Baines, 11, pulls up a tomcod Sunday at Auke Bay while he and his grandmother, Sharon Durling, wait for their family to return from fishing in the Golden North Salmon Derby.

Photo: Endless summer
Sheryl Shorty, Alysha Walker, Taylor Larson, and Carrie Bishop, play Monday in the cool waters of Twin Lakes.

Munro's fish wins derby
Saturday morning was shaping up to be a normal Golden North Salmon Derby day for Carol Munro and her husband, Billy Cameron.

Alcohol tax off city ballot
Bar owners walked out of City Hall beaming Monday night after the Juneau Assembly decided to wait for a legal precedent before placing a new liquor tax on the ballot.

JDHS installs new gym floor better suited to damp climate
The floor that launched Carlos Boozer to his earliest slam dunks and carried a host of Juneau-Douglas High School basketball and volleyball teams to state titles is no more.

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

Rescuers pluck woman from rock ledge
Seventeen hours of clinging to a Sheep Mountain ledge showed a woman from Slovenia a side of Juneau most visitors don't see.

Glen Parker
Former Juneau resident Glen Ralph Benjamin Parker, 95, died July 23, 2004, at the Christian Health Care Center in Lynden, Wash.

My Turn: Prevent Sudan genocide; give humanitarian relief
With attention focused on our own national, state and local disasters - hurricane destruction in Florida, wildfires around the state and country, and our own devastating Juneau fire - a terrible crisis is occuring in Sudan which cries out for our urgent action. Just as we respond to our immediate neighbors and friends, our sisters and brothers across the oceans are in desparate need of our help. We have seen the gruesome and tragic pictures on the evening news. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has issued its first ever genocide emergency.

My Turn: It's come to this: foreigners to monitor U.S. election
Election years really bring out the silliness in politicians, who, quite frankly, are a pretty silly lot to begin with. The latest example of election year nuttiness comes to us courtesy of a handful of Democratic lawmakers who have managed to secure an agreement with the U.S. State Department that will place foreign observers in some of our polling places during the 2004 presidential election.

Alaska editorial: It's time to change primary system
This editorial appeared in Friday's (Kenai) Peninsula Clarion:

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.

Alaska athletes hold their own in Athens
When they say where they're from, they often get a quizzical look, or a laugh.

Groves, Burger, Frick team up for a victory
Juneau runners Debbie Groves, Susie Burger and Glenn Frick teamed up to win Saturday's Nifty Fifty Relay. The race, back after a one-year hiatus and on a revised course, covered about 50 kilometers (31 miles) in three legs from near the end of Glacier Highway to the Montana Creek Trailhead.

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.

Alaska State Football Polls
Here are the Anchorage Daily News/Alaska State Coaches Football Polls, as voted on by high school coaches and compiled by the Anchorage Daily News.

Women's wrestling debuts
Tela O'Donnell stood in a concourse underneath the stands, watching a television, reacting to each move on the screen.

U.S. men finally get an easy game
Before the hard part begins against Spain, Tim Duncan and the U.S. basketball team got to experience a taste of what the good ol' days were like at the Olympics.

U.S. men's eight ends 40-year drought
Jason Read wanted an American flag in the boat for the U.S. eight crew's first Olympic victory lap in 40 years, and one exuberant fan was happy to oblige.

Scores: Local, Ak Athletes in Athens
A listing of sports scores

Emmons off target
Former University of Alaska Fairbanks shooter Matt Emmons was focusing on staying calm. He should have been focusing on the right target.

Juneau's Bentz goes on the disabled list
Chad Bentz of Juneau, who saw his first major league action this year, has been placed on the disabled list by the Class AA Harrisburg (Pa.) Senators.

Hershey trip caps Walton's busy year
With all the cross-country travel she's been doing for the sake of sports this year, it was perhaps a little ironic that Kayla Walton's greatest athletic journey was to compete in the standing long jump.

U.S. hoopsters not as shocked by second loss
Once there was shock. Now there are shrugs. The U.S. men's basketball team wasn't taking its latest Olympic defeat too hard Sunday, knowing its spot in the quarterfinals was assured.

Versatile online service coming to Anchorage
Fifteen years ago, nobody could have dreamed up the social addictions the Internet has spawned.

Former Angoon teacher arrested
A former Angoon teacher facing eight counts of sexually abusing a student more than a decade ago was being held Monday in California after his arrest at the Mexican border.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Three Dems to run in primary for U.S. House
The three democratic candidates in Tuesday's primary election for the U.S. House are united in their disillusionment with what they consider to be incumbent Republican Don Young's support for the U.S. Patriot Act.

The art of war informs Clem Tillion's career in fishery politics
No one talks with Clem Tillion for very long without hearing a tale or two about military history and heroism. The art of war has deeply informed his own storied career in Alaska fishery politics.

Voter turnout may be up for primary
Elections Division director Laura Glaiser won't predict how many voters will show up for the primary election today, but if absentee ballot requests are any indication, the turnout may increase.

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation; In the world.

Juneau polling places
Juneau polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the locations listed.

U.S. Senate race draws the usual suspects
Three U.S. Senate candidates running in Tuesday's primary election have made repeated attempts over the years to secure top elected positions in state and federal government.

Sen. Murkowski wants to be judged on job performance
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she hasn't asked Alaskans to like the way she got her job - appointed by her father, Gov. Frank Murkowski.

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