Friday, August 26, 2005

In the stacks: Get to know a new culture, visit the library
"Snow Flower and the Secret Fan," by Lisa See. In old China, where women with bound feet were confined to the women's quarters and constricted by Confucian conventions, a secondary culture just for women was born.

Business Digest
Staff reports from local businesses

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.

Glory Hole belongs in downtown home
I saw on the statewide television news that David Summers of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce thinks the Glory Hole should be moved from the downtown "retail district."

Water park would create better place
I would like to respond to Mr. Fluetsch's questions was to whether we should support Eaglecrest and the Dimond Water Park with sales tax.

Don't compare Iraq to Germany or Japan
Rick Kaufman made some good points in his Aug. 23 letter, though I think his comparison of Iraq to Germany and Japan in 1945 underestimates a history of Western and/or democratic values existing in prewar Germany and Japan.

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.

Photo: Remembering Iraq war dead
Veterans for Peace demonstrate Thursday in Marine Park against the Iraq war and in remembrance of Americans who have died in the war.

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

Woman accused of identity theft, fraud
A 48-year-old Juneau woman is scheduled to appear in court next week on three felony charges related to alleged identity theft cases Juneau police have been investigating since last year.

Voters to select sales tax projects
The Juneau Assembly decided Thursday to let voters pick which projects should be funded with an extended 1 percent sales tax in the Oct. 4 city election.

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

Three accused of asbestos violations
The U.S. Environmental Protection has cited three Juneau business operators for asbestos violations during last year's demolition of the burned Skinner building in downtown Juneau.

Three candidates file for 2 seats on the School Board
Three Juneau residents filed for the two vacant School Board seats by the Thursday afternoon deadline for the Oct. 4 municipal election.

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.

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

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

Photo: Unfazed by rain
Tourists Eric Lilja, left, from New York and Court Stroud from New Jersey walk in the rain Thursday on Sixth Street.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Four jump into Assembly race
Four more people joined the Juneau Assembly race on the last day of filing.

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

Photo: Summer cleanup
David Sokoloski of the city's Capital Transit department power-washes the Vanderbilt Hill bus stop Thursday on Glacier Highway.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

Rural America needs electricity, too
There is often a difference in attitude between generations of men and women.

Ballou and Smallwood to wed
Juneau residents Kristin Ballou and Wayne Smallwood III will be married 2 p.m., Aug. 27, 2005, at Auke Village, Point Louisa. A reception will follow the ceremony at 4 p.m. at Squires Rest.

FYI
News about the people you know

Lampes celebrate 50 years
Juneau residents William Lampe and Irene Sarabia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 20, 2005.

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

Book teaches how to heal through 'Dark Emotions'
In her book, Healing Through the Dark Emotions: The Wisdom of Grief, Fear and Despair, author Miriam Greenspan writes:

Photos: Summer fling
Juneau residents were busy Aug. 12 taking advantage of a warm sunny day.

Donald Shaw
Juneau resident Donald Shaw, 55, died Aug. 14, 2005, in Juneau.

My turn: Bayview homeowners, city worked sewer deal
Juneau Empire readers may be wondering why residents of Bayview subdivision are so strongly united against the creation of a local improvement district to solve a discharge problem.

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.

Empire editorial: Time again to stop aerial wolf hunting
Opponents of Alaska's practice of aerial wolf hunting are back with a petition attempting to end the endlessly controversial program.

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.

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.

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.

Full slate of sports for Crimson Bears
A full slate of sports is on hand this weekend for Juneau-Douglas High School.

Challenge to the Bears
The members of the 2005 JDHS Swimming & Diving program recognize that Juneau is a unique and outstanding community.

Photo: Patient vigil
A juvenile bald eagle rests Thursday in a low stand of bushes in the muskeg in Petersburg.

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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.

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.

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Bear attacks man, dog not far from Anchorage neighborhood
A man walking his dog down an overgrown trail southeast of his Chugach Foothills neighborhood Tuesday evening was attacked by a grizzly sow.

Tenders say processor owes them $100,000
Tenders who worked this spring's herring fishery on Annette Island still haven't been paid because the Annette Island Packing Co. continues to grapple with financial problems.

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.

Anchorage police arrest man suspected of being serial rapist
A man suspected of being a serial rapist in the attacks on several women in Anchorage has been arrested, police said.

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

Commission decides to keep some fighter planes at Eielson
Eielson Air Force Base would keep half its fighter planes under a revised plan approved Thursday by a federal commission that concluded that stripping the base in Interior Alaska would be a mistake.

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

Murkowski heads to pipeline talks
Gov. Frank Murkowski has traveled to Texas to negotiate on a natural gas pipeline contract with the heads of the three largest North Slope oil companies.

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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