Thursday, August 25, 2005

Business Digest
Staff reports from local businesses

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."

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?

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."

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

Signal at crosswalk could save lives
I almost hit a man Sunday night around 11:30 p.m. at the intersection of Cordova and Douglas Highway.

Robertson's hypocrisy beneath the cross
It was beyond the surreal to hear that the Rev. Pat Robertson suggested on his show "The 700 Club," which is televised on the Christian Broadcast Network, that American operatives should assassinate Hugo Chavez, the elected president of Venezuela.

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.

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.

Four to compete for Wheeler's Assembly seat
Two more candidates will compete for the at-large Juneau Assembly seat being vacated by Deputy Mayor Marc Wheeler.

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

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...

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.

Summer's over
For the first time in months, Riverbend Elementary School was bustling with activity during the noon hour on Wednesday.

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

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Eagle-eyed anglers
Fishermen Fred Wigg, left, Bradlee Ferguson and Josh Young watch for coho salmon to swim by.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Images from another time: Planetree, 1982
The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Planetree is moored to the Coast Guard dock in early 1982.

Man charged with burglary may be linked to spree
A 30-year-old man charged with two August burglaries at Juneau Drug downtown "has been on a Juneau crime spree," a state prosecutor alleged at his initial court appearance Wednesday.

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.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Alaska editorial: What a good pipeline deal should look like
Gov. Frank Murkowski has repeatedly said he wants a gas pipeline contract with the North Slope's major oil producers this year.

Alaska editorial: Judges should be careful with newfound freedom to speak
American judges have a long tradition of not saying much - unless they are speaking from the bench.

My turn: Facts, not rumors, about keeping Merchants Wharf
The owners of the Merchants Wharf approached the city manager and Waterfront Planning Committee about the possibility of selling all or a portion of the Merchants Wharf site to the city.

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.

JDHS heads to Fairbanks
In most high school sports, athletes get numerous opportunities to prove themselves throughout the course of a season. One lost game in volleyball or baseball rarely ruins an entire season.

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.

Capital City Soccer League Standings
final standings as of Monday

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.

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.

Drug plan to save seniors an average of $568
Alaska seniors stand to save an average of $568 on prescription drugs purchased through Medicare when a benefit becomes effective next year, according to a study released today.

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.

Oil prices help boost Alaska spending
Revenues from record-high oil prices have helped push the state's spending rate to more than twice the national average, state and national analysts reported.

Companies: Alaska mining industry is expanding, needs skilled workers
Mining companies told state lawmakers gathered for a conference on the future of resource development in the Interior that too few qualified workers is putting a strain on the industry.

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

Storm barrels through parts of Alaska
A huge storm swamped boats and tore up docks in Southwest Alaska early Tuesday before ripping through Southcentral with wind gusts that left thousands of dwellings without power in Anchorage, Eagle River and the Mat-Su area.

Petitioners seek end to aerial hunt
Two Juneau residents and a former big game guide from Denali Park petitioned the state this week to allow Alaska voters to decide whether to ban aerial shooting of wolves and grizzly bears in the 2006 general election.

Oil prices help boost Alaska spending
Revenues from record-high oil prices have helped push the state's spending rate to more than twice the national average, state and national analysts reported.

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.

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

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Base-closing commission votes to move Army test center office to Fort Greely
The offices for the Army's Cold Regions Test Center would be moved to Fort Greely in Alaska's Interior under a plan approved Wednesday by a commission reviewing proposed base closings and realignments.

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

Cinema Guide
What's playing on the silver screen

what's happening
News of entertainment events

Mapping out a new Direction
It's increasingly rare to find bassoon players who specialize in contemporary music, and that's certainly helped Boston musician Janet Underhill indulge her affinity for adventure.

Fjord Fest: Skagway organizes a 12-hour, end-of-summer blowout
For years, people in Haines have been talking about organizing some sort of end-of-summer bash.

Seventh annual boogie set for Sept. 16-18
The Seventh Annual Boardwalk Boogie will be held Sept. 16-18 in Pelican, the boardwalk town of 80 in Lisianski Strait. Round-trip tickets, including ferry transportation, are $130. One-way tickets are $106.

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