Thursday, August 26, 2004

Report: Cruise ship industry has big impact on Alaska's economy
The cruise line industry generated 18,500 full- and part-time jobs totaling $612 million in income for Alaska last year, according to a new industry study.

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.

Empire crosses line with conservative propaganda
Firstly, let me say that when it comes time to find out what is happening in the world at large - i.e. nationally and internationally - the Empire is not where I turn.

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.

Use downtown parking lot
Last fall the city and borough created a new parking lot on the corner of Second and Franklin, across the street from the Baranof Hotel.

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

Options for travelers
Those readers who saw the My Turn I wrote recently about my experience at SeaTac airport while escorting my husband, who had just had shoulder joint replacement surgery, might be interested in knowing that I did receive a reply from the Transportation Security Administration.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Enrollment spike surprises JDHS staff
Juneau-Douglas High School administrators were scrambling Wednesday, the first day of school, to find classes for all students.

Girl Scouts start their ovens for annual fund-raiser
Tongass Alaska Girl Scouts, Girl Scout Council Board members and other local bakers are gearing up for their second annual fall fund-raiser.

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.

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.

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

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.

City trash rules credited with helping stem bear problems this summer
Brown bears are being spotted more often in Juneau this year, but bears in general are causing less trouble, said Polly Hessing, assistant wildlife biologist for the state.

City's waterfront plan goes before Assembly
It's the beginning of the end in Juneau's quest for a waterfront development plan.

Parents, teachers stress safety on first day of school
Motorists on Mendenhall Loop Road couldn't forget that Wednesday morning was the start of a new school year.

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

Take the food challenge
Late one night, as I watched the Chinese womens volleyball team dispatch Germany three sets to zero in the 28th Modern Olympiad, I had a dilemma.

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.

Maxine May Race
Longtime Juneau resident Maxine May Race, 83, died Aug. 23, 2004, at the Juneau Pioneers Home.

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

Boozer to make stop in Juneau next month
Former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball standout - and current Olympian - Carlos Boozer will return to Juneau next month for an afternoon of hoops-related activities.

Small crew, high hopes
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys swim team is small, but it has big dreams.

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.

Angoon murder trial gets change in venue
A woman charged with killing the father of her children will stand trial next month in Sitka instead of Angoon.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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

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.

Timber harvest expected to double
Twice as much state timber could be cut down in Southeast Alaska this year after a push by Gov. Frank Murkowski to expand the harvest, state officials said.

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.

State Sen. Scott Ogan resigns in face of recall
State Sen. Scott Ogan resigned Wednesday, citing the turmoil surrounding an effort to recall him from office.

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.

Knowles unveils GOP support
Democratic Senate candidate Tony Knowles wasted no time beginning his campaign for the November general election, unveiling a list Wednesday of more than 450 Alaska Republicans who have pledged support.

Turnout about 24 percent
They didn't turn out in droves but in trickles.

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

Election officials: Human error caused numbers fluctuation
Candidates, news organizations and political junkies who followed Alaska's primary election returns on the Internet were puzzled when they saw the numbers rise and fall for 44 legislative hopefuls at various times Tuesday night.

State eyes easing pollution rule
The state of Alaska is advancing a controversial proposal that would allow, in some cases, an elevated amount of wastewater pollution to enter fish spawning areas.

briefly
News of local arts

The Swamp
Cartoon by local artist Toe

Much more than just a pool of water
A s staged at Broadway's Circle in the Square theater, 114 years after first opening in Chicago, Mary Zimmerman's "Metamorphoses" was notable for its smooth, trance-inducing minimalism.

Creating the illusion of depth
Scenic artist Jennifer Morrell was presented with the unique challenge of painting wood grain onto the plywood pedestals that will be submersed in 17,000 gallons of 92-degree water during "Metamorphoses."

what's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau.

Small town, Thursday night
It's 73 degrees in Nashville, with the humidity approaching 93 percent, and multi-platinum country singer-songwriter Hal Ketchum is at home in front of a canvas. Today, he's painting a horse.

movies where & when
Movie showtimes and locations in Juneau.

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