Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Editorial is ignorant
The Aug. 22 New York Daily News editorial titled "America's true Gold Star moms" (reprinted Juneau Empire, Aug. 22) is an excellent example of what has come to be called "the smearing of Cindy Sheehan."

Burning wood a senseless waste
Why, instead of polluting the Mendenhall Valley with the senseless burning to clear for the new school, wasn't the wood offered to the public to cut up for firewood?

Many in Skagway want the road
In a recent letter, Ms. Kennedy says "We the people of Skagway and Haines" in her letter.

Downtown street design a hazard
I am having a small laugh every time I look at the cover of this year's new phone book.

Question of morals
I was driving along the other day thinking about the current debate regarding intelligent design and evolution.

War not the way to put gas in the tank
Richard Kaufman in his letter to the editor Aug. 22 said, "Modern society needs oil like you and I need air," and the "The 'no blood for oil' people need to grow up too."

Bush keeps changing what's on the barn wall
Almost immediately following my reading of your outside editorial (New York Daily News) of "America's true Gold Star moms," I read an article by Frank Rich, that was published in the New York Times, Aug. 21, that is entitled "The Swift Boating of Cindy Sheehan."

Iraq theories flawed
Alan Schorr made some good points in his Aug. 19 letter and may eventually be proven right that in removing Saddam from power we've done nothing more than unleash a civil war in Iraq.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Getting the fish to market
Alaska Glacier Seafoods worker Randy Perou, left, cuts the heads off of chum salmon using a heading machine, and Jacob Ross slices open the fish at the processing plant Monday at Auke Nu Cove.

Photo: Mm-hmm. And where do you plan to eat now?
Derik Swanson, left, and Dan Turner, both 13, celebrate the last day before school...

Photo: Out for a trot
Annie Wallers rides her palomino Sugar during a short walk Monday near Swampy Acres next to Glacier Highway.

Port seeks to take over power on the docks
Juneau port officials said it is only fair for the city to take over harbor power from Alaska Electric Light and Power Co., though company officials disagree.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Finishing up the school sidewalk
Dirk Lovig, owner of Alaska Stone and Concrete, uses a bull float Tuesday as he finishes freshly poured concrete in front of Juneau-Douglas High School.

City officials say Quarry not a public health hazard
Some Juneau road construction workers occasionally could be exposed to airborne asbestos that exceeds workplace safety standards, according to environmental consultants hired by Secon, a major contractor in Juneau.

City may require Bayview to chip in for pump station
The city of Juneau may force residents of the Bayview subdivision to help pay for a sewer pumping station, though only three of the north Douglas property owners have said they agree with the cost sharing.

Builders look for denser zoning
Developers called Tuesday night for denser zoning in the upper Mendenhall Valley, saying Juneau's future is at stake.

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

Sorenson steps in as JDHS principal
Bernie Sorenson goes back to school today.

Call goes out for sea denizens
A lot is going on beneath the waves near Juneau, and the fish hatchery is looking for volunteers to help make it easier for people to see.

Church is something like a cake
Perhaps one of the most important things we should note about making a cake is that it has to have all its ingredients.

Photo: Four horsepower
From front, Laura Sydney, Millie Avoletta, Amanda Sydney and Kristin Kibby ride down the side of Back Loop Road Sunday as they head to the Dredge Lakes area to hit some of the back trails.

Ockert and Stone to marry
Juneau residents Mary Lou Ockert and Paul Stone will be married at 2 p.m., Sept. 3, 2005, in Sedro-Woolley, Wash.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Photo: A good deed
Love INC is a coalition of Juneau churches that network with social-service agencies to help Juneau individuals and families experiencing physical or economic hardship.

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

Avis and Bjerkeset marry
Juneau resident Stacey Rae-Ann (Cheeseman) Avis and Joel Lynn Bjerkeset of Las Vegas, Nev., were married at 5:30 p.m., Aug. 4, 2005, at A Special Memory Chapel in Las Vegas.

Irene Shima
Juneau resident Irene Paulette Shima, 54, died Aug. 19, 2005, at home.

My turn: Chilkat jet boat permit defies state's conservation history
In the Pacific Northwest, the word salmon is typically followed by the word crisis.

Bartlett Relays Results
from Saturday in Anchorage

The Juneau Billiard Association enters its 13th season
The Juneau Billiard Association will kick off its 13th season on Oct. 6 with the start of its 8-ball league.

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.

Fishing: Coho fishing better than average
Here is this week's Juneau-area fishing report, updated Monday from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's weekly survey:

JDHS takes first at Bartlett Relays
Juneau-Douglas High School coach Guy Thibodeau was pleased with how his team competed Saturday at the Bartlett Relays, though it served as a preseason event and the ceremonial start of the high school cross country season.

Capital City Soccer League Standings
final standings as of Monday

Anchorage assemblyman aims to ban strippers under age 21
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Assemblyman Dick Traini plans to introduce a law on Tuesday to effectively ban 18- to 20-year-olds from working as strippers.

Ferry terminals to be equipped with surveillance systems
Surveillance cameras are coming to the Auke Bay ferry terminal and eight other Alaska terminals so the U.S. Department of Homeland Security can keep an eye on anything suspicious.

Mayors back all-Alaska gas pipeline
An Alaska mayors' group has approved a resolution saying it would prefer that the state build an Alaska-only natural gas pipeline that would run from the North Slope to a liquefaction plant in Valdez for shipping to Asia and the West Coast.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Klawock raises seven totem poles
Even with about 60 people working together, 2,000 or more pounds of carved wood is really heavy, especially when it has to be carried uphill, carefully lowered, spun, pulled upright, readjusted and then held steady as it's bolted into place.

Off-road vehicle accidents taking young Alaska lives
So far this year, at least nine Alaskans have died in dirt bike and all-terrain vehicle accidents.

Psychologist: Immaturity is key to teen's plot confession
A teen's immaturity and low self-esteem were the levers police used to pry a confession from her in the plot to kill her mother, a psychologist told a judge Monday.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Royal Dutch Shell returns, hopes to be major player in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Royal Dutch Shell is back in Alaska.

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