Friday, August 25, 2006

DVDs from the real world: part 2
There were so many new non-fiction DVD that I couldn't cover all the really interesting ones in one week: here's week no. 2.

How about something in lieu of Lew article?
As a daily Empire reader, I enjoy the variety of opinions by letter writers, columnists and editorialists. A real detriment to that variety is Lew M. Williams.

Save tears for some worthwhile issue
In a radio interview on Aug. 17, House District 4 candidate Andrea Doll said she expects the road to be built someday and considers that to be "sad."

Life's unpleasantness makes it all possible
When discussing logging, mines, fishing, gas lines, roads, etc., think. If someone does not dig it up, cut it down or kill it, human life on the planet would not be possible.

State wastes money on travel agency
Everyone knows how easy it is today to book travel online, right?

Juneau road not a 'link' but a 'kink'
My fellow Haines Borough Assembly members and I voted unanimously earlier this year to reconfirm our position supporting improved ferry service over the proposed Juneau road extension.

Alaska owes the rest of the country
The 300 million Americans who live in the Lower 48 own 60 percent of Alaska's land.

Poor maintenance affects commuters
Bicycle commuting from the valley to downtown has been made difficult by the lack of sweeping on city roads.

It's time for SEACC to move on
Coeur Alaska's Kensington Mine is an excellent project with a responsible environmental plan.

New governor needs to work for whole state
I'd be interested to know how Mr. Flanders (Monday's Empire) is going to "get" down south.

BP pipeline outage tip of the iceberg
It's interesting how easy it is to focus on one small aspect of a very big problem.

Don't place blame; fix the problem
Lt. Gov. Loren Leman's "My Turn" (Aug. 16) is a classic case of blaming the messenger.

Documenting Aurora Harbor's boondoggle
The current Juneau port director and Harbor Board completed a total electrical upgrade in Aurora Harbor, receiving more than $7 million from the state for maintenance.

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

Photo: A few ruffled feathers
This 3-month-old eagle chick fell out of its penthouse nest, a 110-foot spruce, on Tuesday.

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

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

Chums return in record numbers
Silvery 10-pound dog salmon were everywhere in Southeast Alaska this summer, setting records for commercial fishermen struggling to compensate for the poor pink salmon returns this year.

School enrollment looks solid
Schools across town opened their doors Wednesday morning to nearly 5,000 Juneau students.

Dozens attempt world record by mass reading
Untold dozens will join a mass reading of "The Little Engine That Could" at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Douglas Library, as part of a nationwide effort to set a world record for the number of children reading a book with an adult in the same day.

Juneau police to hold a recruitment fair
The Juneau Police Department is looking for a few good men and women to serve and protect the capital.

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

Subport slated to be demolished in a year
The downtown Subport will be demolished within a year, bringing the city one step closer to its waterfront vision, Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office officials said.

Photo: Brightening up a gray day
Though the rain may seem to make everything drab, at least one woman manages to bring some color into her day Thursday while walking downtown.

Correction
A story in Thursday's Empire inaccurately said elementary school enrollment was less than the Juneau School District's projection.

Neighbors Digest
Children's Health Fair to be held Aug. 26

Fowler and Levitt wed
Amber Fowler, of Raleigh, N.C., and John Levitt, of Juneau, were married Aug. 3, in Gustavus. A reception will be held on Sept. 9 in Raleigh.

Juneau should celebrate its abundant rain
Unfortunately the sun shone on Sunday, Aug. 20. We may have lost our chance at a world record.

Detjen and Wambach to wed
Carolyn Detjen, of Juneau, and Dennis Wambach, of Lake Oswego, Ore., will marry at 2:30 p.m. on May 12, 2007, at the Christ Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, Minn.

FYI
Births and marriage licences

Photo: Ground Breakers
Contractors, architects and school officials gathered earlier this month for the beginning of Phase 2 of construction of the new high school in the Mendenhall Valley.

Neighbors helping Neighbors
Mount Roberts Stewards

Pets of the week
Cooper and Mishka looking for good homes

Cheese is delicious and nutritious
Over two decades, a renaissance in American artisan cheese has taken firm hold.

Douglas T. Wahto
Douglas resident Douglas T. Wahto, 85, died Aug. 19 from a lengthy illness at the home of his son, Dennis Wahto.

Joseph Michael Millard
Former Juneau resident Joseph Michael Millard, 63, died Aug. 19, 2006, unexpectedly of natural causes at his home in Port Angeles, Wash.

Harry T. Brensdal
Juneau resident Harry T. Brensdal, 75, died Aug. 22, 2006, in Juneau.

Gloria Breiling
Former Juneau resident Gloria Breiling, 78, died Aug. 20, 2006, in Vacaville, Calif.

Harry T. Brensdal
Juneau resident Harry T. Brensdal, 75, died Aug. 22, 2006, in Juneau.

Alaska editorial: Democracy in action
Democracy is alive and well in Alaska. The state had its state primary Tuesday, and selected candidates for November's general election.

New rules affect student info
When Juneau families read the letter from Juneau School District Superintendent Peggy Cowan advising them of their privacy rights under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment...

My turn: What are we willing to do for the world?
I'm normally an optimistic person, but I recently saw a film that left me with a feeling of despair that I've been unable to shake.

Alaska editorial: Looking back on one election and forward to November's
Nothing like a juicy campaign in the primary election to get people to go to the polls, and that's what seems to have been the case on Tuesday.

Cross country kicks off Saturday
After a rainy weekend in Anchorage competing in the Bartlett Relays, the cross country regular-season kicks off Saturday in Ketchikan for Juneau-Douglas High School.

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.

All five Bears teams play this weekend
The fall sports season goes into full swing this weekend as all five Juneau-Douglas High School athletic teams take to their respective arenas.

Foul weather, far travel always fights Alaska football dreams
A light drizzle coated the synthetic turf and a chill wind blew against the nearby Chugach Mountains, but there was no need for Friday night lights when the Chugiak High School Mustangs took the football field against the Wolverines of South Anchorage High.

Some Mat-Su residents return as flooding abates
Some Matanuska-Susitna Borough residents have returned to their homes on Wednesday as rivers retreated to their beds and the sun shone.

Touchscreen voting machine problems slow election count in 7 precincts
Problems with Alaska's new touchscreen voting machines slowed election returns Tuesday and caused elections officials to hand count and manually upload vote totals from several precincts across the state.

Precinct results for contested races in primary election

Suspects sought in Anchorage shooting turn themselves in
Two Anchorage men sought in connection with a shooting that injured two people near Gov. Frank Murkowski's campaign headquarters have turned themselves in and will be arraigned Thursday, police said.

Approval close for cruise ship tax
With the vote count nearly concluded, Alaska voters appeared to ignore a $2 million advertising campaign and approve a $50 per head tax on cruise ship passengers who throng the state's southeast coast each summer.

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

This Day in History
In Alaska

Alaska Digest
The Hoonah Ranger District has developed a proposal to harvest an estimated 57 million board feet of timber from about 4,430 acres of forested land in the Iyouktug valley...

Rain returns to deluged Mat-Su Valley
A respite from rain was short-lived as showers returned on Tuesday to the heavily flooded Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Nonprescription sales of morning-after pill OK'd
It's the morning after, and the controversy over nonprescription sales of emergency contraceptive pills hasn't abated.

Compressor problem cuts Prudhoe Bay production
Production at the Prudhoe Bay oil field was further reduced Wednesday when a mechanical problem was discovered in a compressor, according to a spokesman for BP, operator of the country's largest oil field.

Federal court halts mine construction
A federal court on Thursday issued an injunction to temporarily halt construction activities that relate to dumping rocks in a subalpine lake at the Kensington Mine.

Murkowski to still push for pipeline
Gov. Frank Murkowski, who lost the Republican primary Tuesday, intends to get a contract signed to build a $25 billion natural gas pipeline before he leaves office.

Images from another time: Young Frank Murkowski, 1982
Gov. Frank Murkowski, then a U.S. senator, exits the House of Representatives chambers after giving one of the first of many annual addresses to the Alaska Legislature.

Northwest Digest
Two Anchorage men were being sought Wednesday in connection with a shooting in which two people were injured, including a man working for the Frank Murkowski campaign during the primary election, police said.

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