Wednesday, August 25, 2004

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.

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.

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

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.

Some questions for Republicans
I've written several letters as well as a couple of My Turn columns over the past few months on issues that I've seen around this area as well as state and national issues.

Too many taxes
Here we go again, another round of tax talks in the borough, the latest step towards our own socialist Utopia.

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.

Juneau needs road
I am 17 years of age and have lived in Juneau all of my life. Ever since I can remember there has been talk about a road out of Juneau.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Asbestos concerns halt demolition work
Workers who went into the burned-out building at Front and Seward streets Tuesday were told to leave because state officials are still waiting to determine if there is asbestos in the structure.

Only one firm wants city's waste contract
Only one bidder for Juneau's recycling business has emerged, and it's the current contract holder.

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

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

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.

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.

Horses rounded up near Montana Creek
Juneau isn't really horse country, so the roundup near Montana Creek Road after a stable break Tuesday morning was a curious scene.

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.

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

Commission OKs gas at Breeze-In
Breeze-In Grocery on Douglas Island can develop a 24-hour convenience store with fuel pumps, despite concerns by neighbors about noise and alcohol use, the Juneau Planning Commission decided Tuesday.

Split ballot angers some
Tuesday's primary election appeared to draw more voters than usual, but Juneau elections workers said many were angry and frustrated by the new split primary ballot.

Teachers, district to settle
Juneau teachers will get raises this year and next under a tentative agreement announced Tuesday afternoon.

Juneau Digest
Staff reports from around town

Davidsons celebrate 50th anniversary
George and Georgene Davidson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 28, 2004.

Souza, Wink to marry
Tania Souza of Yakutat and Andy Wink of Cyrus, Minn., will be married at 2 p.m. Sept. 4, 2004, at the Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau.

Grateful Dogs to host dog ownership day
The Grateful Dogs of Juneau will host an American Kennel Club Responsible Dog Ownership Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Nugget Mall.

Gardening extravaganza
The 12th Annual Harvest Fair, organized by the Juneau Community Garden Association, will be held Saturday at the community garden on Montana Creek Road.

Sturrocks celebrate 65th anniversary
Friends of Harry "Hub" and Dorothy Sturrock are invited to help them celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Sept. 2, 2004.

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

Alaska editorial: No Child Left Behind Act needs work
This editorial appeared in Thursday's Anchorage Daily News:

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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.

Photo:Productive convention
Three totem poles, created last week during a carvers convention, are moved to their new home Sunday in front of Hugh and Nina Fleury's house in Ketchikan.

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.

GOP picks Murkowski
Lisa Murkowski appeared to have cleared her first hurdle Tuesday in the race to retain her seat as Alaska's junior U.S. senator, beating out three competitors in the Republican primary.

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

Murkowski activates National Guard to help with Kenai fires
Gov. Frank Murkowski said he will activate 53 Air National Guard troops to support fire suppression efforts on the Kenai Peninsula and in the Interior.

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