KeyBank investing $5 million in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - KeyBank is spending $5 million over the next 18 months to expand its presence in Alaska, executives for the Cleveland-based bank said. "We're not doing that in every market that we do business in, and it's in direct response to the statistics we've seen relative to job growth, population growth and the need for financial services here," Patrick Swanick, KeyBank's retail banking president, said Tuesday.
What's happened to us?
It just sickens me what we have become as a nation and a people. We are killing everything that made us human, even the very planet we live on. We have become greedy, selfish, self-centered, inhuman and inhumane, take the money and run, get the next guy before he gets you, turn away at injustice and follow like sheep because it is too hard to stand up for what you believe in.
As July 16 passed, during an all-too-infrequent visit to Juneau (which, by the way, I always refer to as my hometown), I picked up a copy of the Juneau Empire. This stirred up old memories, such as selling papers for 10 cents a copy and, during the late 1920s, vying to be the first paper boy to board the occasional steamships. This often meant jumping aboard before the gangplank was in place.
Greenpeace using up fuel
It is hard to imagine the amount of fossil fuel that is being used by the Greenpeace vessel Esperanza to tour Southeast Alaska. I'm sure they will be protesting North Slope and ANWR oil exploration and production as they top off their tanks with tens of thousands of gallons of JP, bunker or diesel fuel.
New tax unfair to smokers
The upcoming vote on an extra tax on a pack of cigarettes is to help the city toward securing its federal or state funding for social services programs. So in order to secure the funding, the city once again looks at the minority of people who smoke and says, "let's tax them more for their habit!"
Off the mark
I've been asked several times in the past days why we have not responded to the extensive coverage on Alaska Forest Association Director Owen Graham's presentation to the Chamber of Commerce last week.
In defense of local dining
I feel compelled to respond to Ms. Horton's letter on Aug. 25. Her broad-brush criticisms of the restaurants in Juneau are likely a result of a very offensive dining experience. Hopefully, although we share in the industry's imperfections, it was not in one of our restaurants.
Tobacco tax is fair
Mr. Perkins indicated in his Aug. 28 letter that taxing tobacco is unfair, when in truth, it is fair for smokers to take responsibility for some of the problems created by tobacco.
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Former state AG to run for Juneau mayor
More than a decade after completing his first term as Juneau mayor, former state Attorney General Bruce Botelho filed Wednesday to run for a second term. Outgoing Mayor Sally Smith said she would not run in the Oct. 7 election and endorsed Botelho. Botelho, 54, will face Dick Knapp, 74, former commissioner of the Department of Transportation. Other candidates also could file before today's 4:30 p.m. deadline.
Schools reopen as renovation stays on course
Juneau-Douglas High School and Floyd Dryden Middle School were ready for students Wednesday, the first day of the school year, despite ongoing construction.
Four face felony drug charges
Four people were charged in Juneau courts this week with felony drug crimes.
Wednesday's story on the opening of the medical and dental clinic for homeless people in Juneau neglected to state the address of the clinic.
School Board race draws 12 candidates
Nine more Juneau School Board candidates filed Thursday, setting up a race that will feature 12 competitors for five seats. Election for School Board, mayor and Juneau Assembly is Oct. 7. Thursday was the last day to file.
A Juneau resident remembers: The Rev. King's dream
Forty years after participating in one of the milestone events in U.S. civil rights history, McKie Campbell finds it challenging to separate his memories from the oft-shown footage of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech.
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.
Photo: In the fight against cancer
Breast cancer survivors Ann Doty, left, and Bryn Nelson hug during the Longaberger Third Annual Horizon of Hope fund-raiser for breast cancer research Sunday, Aug. 24, at Glacier Gardens. The Longaberger company has invested $8.4 million in breast cancer research since 1995. Nelson, a 17-year resident of Juneau, is returning to Alaska from Spokane, Wash., for the 13th annual Beat The Odds Women's Race Against Breast Cancer, which takes place Saturday morning in conjunction with the Men's Prostate Run.
This Day in History
In 1903, 200 passengers landed at Seward from the Santa Ana and the day became known as Founders Day.
Photo: Stroll on the beach
Megan Behnke, 10, left, and her mother, Larri Spengler, enjoy the sunshine while walking their dog, Skippy, on Thursday on the beach near the Thane Ore House. Behnke, who came home from vacation on a ferry late Wednesday night, gets to skip the first days of school to recuperate from a family trip to Wasilla, but said she'll be in class after Labor Day weekend.
Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:
Quakers: Students' privacy rights aren't clear
The Juneau Friends Meeting, the local Quakers, says the Juneau School District hasn't made it clear that parents can direct schools to withhold information about their children from military recruiters but make it available to colleges.
Photo: Signs of the past
Juneau Parks and Recreation Department workers, Jose Islas, left, and Tony Mauk, install signs with information on the historical downtown district. Thirteen signs, painted by the Juneau Historical Society, will hang in various locations downtown.
Police & Fire
Reports by Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.
Room to fly: Model plane society secures landing strip, flight area
People who fly airplanes in Juneau do not lack space in which to practice their skills. But those who fly model airplanes - much smaller structures that can be almost as complicated as their full-sized counterparts - have been looking for years for an official area from which to launch and land their planes
Birthday, raffle and BBQ.
Southeast sagas: Chief Aanyalahaash
Although the Auke Chief Kowee is the best-known chief whose lifespan overlapped Juneau's founding years, he is not the only one. Another leader in the area was the Chief of the T'aaku Kwaan, Annaclas or Anatlahash or An-Naa-Klosh. His name was rendered as Annaclas in the 1910 Census of Juneau, which also listed his wife, Jennie, born in 1848. The preferred spelling of his name, according to Steve Henrikson of the Alaska State Museum, is Aanyalahaash, meaning "floating in front of town." According to a newspaper article written on the day of his burial, he spoke only Chinook traders' jargon. It seems more likely that he spoke Chinook to Caucasians and Tlingits solely to those who understood Tlingit.
Andree and Grube to marry
Kimberly Chuongmee Andree and Christopher James Grube Jr., of Juneau will be married in a ceremony at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Church of the Nazarene. Family and friends are invited to a reception following the ceremony.
Accommodating disagreement, visitors
This is your waterfront newsman. I am stationing myself on the Alaska Steam dock. It is 10 to 7 in the evening on Saturday, Aug. 23. I am waiting to see how many Juneauites go out to visit the Esperanza anchored in Gastineau Channel. This is the Greenpeace vessel, which some suggest is making an unsolicited invasion of Southeastern waters. Others say it is making a friendly tour to highlight the wonders of the Tongass National Forest.
Eckholm, Airhart wed in Montana
Kristin Eckholm of Juneau and Travis Airhart of Missoula, Mont., were married in a ceremony on June 14 at the Missoula Children's Theatre in Missoula.
Lee and Yoder marry
Ben Lee of Juneau and Marcy Yoder were married in a ceremony on June 28, 2003, in New Philadelphia, Ohio.
Marie Fox Shakespeare
Former Douglas resident Marie Fox Shakespeare, 87, died May 10, 2003.
Barbara L. Williams
Former Kake resident Barbara Louise Williams, 64, died Aug. 16, 2003, in Seattle.
My Turn: Head tax proponents misguided
Cruise ship head tax proponents are missing the boat. They say they want visitors to pay for Alaska's budget problems. But they're really telling cruise lines to sail on past our state so passengers will spend their money elsewhere.
My Turn: No need to revise history
As lifelong Alaskan, fisherman and, at various times in my misspent youth when I couldn't find anything intelligent to do, logger, I remember things a little different than William Tonsgard does. I don't believe revising the history of logging in Southeast Alaska does anything more than give the violent extremists like the Greenpeacers and lawsuit-happy Sierra Clubbers ammunition to keep things in an uproar.
My Turn: On civic duties and our cherished rights
In the past few days, readers of the Juneau Empire have been subjected to lies and fallacies about Greenpeace, our visit to Southeast Alaska, and timber issues in the Tongass. There is not enough room on this page to respond to each of these falsehoods, so I will focus on a few key points.
Surging Bears face familiar foe in Lynx
As the Juneau-Douglas High School football team prepared this week for tonight's game against the Dimond Lynx, the Crimson Bears didn't have to make major changes to the game plan they used to beat the Palmer Moose a week ago.
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.
Races raise funds to take on cancer
As many as 700 women and 150 men will take to the streets and trails near Mendenhall River School on Saturday morning in a pair of runs designed to promote cancer awareness and to help raise money for treatment.
Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.
Of the 12 Juneau-Douglas High School varsity volleyball players that posted an undefeated season and won the school's first state title last fall, only two were not lost to graduation or injury over the past nine months.
Rally scoring debuts this fall in Alaska
Alaska high school volleyball teams will be constantly rallying this season, whether they're behind in the score or not. After being tested at select matches last fall, rally scoring makes its debut this week as the permanent, official scoring system for the state's prep volleyball teams. The decision to change was made earlier this year by the Alaska School Activities Association.
Bear runners head to Sitka
Trails lined with totems and tall trees await Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country runners Saturday as they travel to the Sitka Invitational. The Crimson Bears will get their first look at this year's Sitka Wolves squad at Saturday's meet, which will be held on a course in the Sitka National Historic Park. Sitka did not travel to last weekend's Southeast season-opening Ketchikan Invitational, where the Crimson Bear boys and girls dominated their respective races. Juneau sophomore Tyler Dinnan won the boys' race, while Crimson Bear senior Greta Thibodeau claimed the girls' title.
Standings and Scores
Woman found in ditch beaten, assaulted; Two wrecks, six cars, in 10 minutes; Businessman charged with tax violations; Ship passenger charged with assaulting boy; Aggressive bear closes Glacier Bay campground
Natural Gas Authority asks state for $3 million to accelerate pipeline project
The Alaska Natural Gas Authority is asking the Murkowski administration for $3 million to pursue supplying gas to a Mexican project. The authority's chief executive officer, Harold Heinze, said the money would be used to accelerate engineering, timing and marketing plans for a pipeline project from the North Slope to Valdez. The authority, set up by voters in last fall's general election, is looking at supplying a project proposed by Sempra Energy of San Diego.
UA makes offer to one faculty union
ANCHORAGE - The University of Alaska has made its "last, best" offer to one of its faculty unions, according to the UA vice president for faculty and staff relations. But Alaska Community Colleges' Federation of Teachers president Bob Congdon said negotiations will continue. He also took issue with claims made by UA vice president James Johnsen in a letter to union members. "It just isn't accurate on its face," Congdon said Wednesday.
Cruise ship passenger indicted on child sexual abuse charges
A Ketchikan grand jury Thursday returned a six-count indictment against a Washington state man, alleging he forced sexual relations on a 15-year-old boy while aboard a cruise ship near Juneau.
Pigs to test future site for bear sanctuary
SITKA - Sitka is better known for fishing than farming, but a local group has started raising pigs. Six young pigs were flown to the Southeast community last week from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The pigs arrived in large dog kennels. The pig project is intended as a stepping stone for Kootznahoo, Fortress of the Bears, a group that hopes to raise bears.
Attorneys present cases on primary ballot suit
Alaska's closed primary ballot system violates the constitutional rights of voters, candidates and political parties by restricting their right to associate, a lawyer said Thursday. Kevin Morford, a lawyer for two political groups trying to return Alaska to a more open ballot system, presented his case before Superior Court Mark Rindner.
This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation; In the world.
Headlines from around the state.
Army shows off new training area
ANCHORAGE - There's a new 1,800-square-foot house going up at Fort Richardson, but the Army doesn't expect any permanent tenants. By next June, bullets will be whizzing inside as soldiers use the seven-room "shoot house" to learn how to clear a building of enemy combatants.
Special Guest opens for Everclear
Special Guest, a five-piece Juneau band formed over the past six weeks specifically for Everclear's show, will open. The group was unnamed when the tickets - "Everclear with Special Guest" - were printed. Members decided to stick with that name. "It's definitely rock 'n' roll with a hint of punk and a little bit of a groove, funk influence," said lead singer Jason Maroney. "Basically its uptempo, bounce-out-of-your-seat type of stuff."
Alone and uncool in a new town
Exactly two weeks ago, I was on the deck of the ferry Matanuska winding by the green edge of Douglas Island. As Juneau passed out of sight, a warm breeze blew across the ferry deck, and it had that crisp fall edge. I felt cozy and secure like I wanted to cook a pork roast or buy a new sweater. But all that coziness ended pretty quickly about three days later when I drove out of the last mountain pass in British Columbia and I saw the heat bending the air above the asphalt. I was in the Lower 48 and fall was months away. You can't even buy sweaters here this time of year and no one under 30 makes pork roast.
For those about to rock
O m Johari, lead singer for the all-female AC/DC tribute band Hell's Belles, has lived in Seattle for most of her life. But Juneau, where she spent five of her formidable teenage years, will always be her hometown. "The years that shape what you end up doing in your 20s is all the stuff that happened to you in your teens," Johari said. Johari, now in her early 30s, spent her 20s playing in punk and metal bands in Seattle. She formed Hell's Belles in 2000 with former lead guitarist Amy Stolzenbach. Since then, the group has become one of the most well-known bands on the West Coast.
Everclear and Special Guest, doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Centennial Hall. Under 21 must be accompanied by a legal parent or guardian. Tickets $33.50 for general admission, $38.50 for reserved seating; available at Marlintini's Lounge and Capital Records. After-concert party at Marlintini's.
Movies where & when
"Open Range," (R) plays at 6:50 nightly at 20th Century Twin except Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30 and 31; also plays at 9:40 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, with afternoon matinees at 2 Friday, Aug. 29, and 1:30 and 4:15 Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30 and 31. There will be a special matinee at 6:50 Monday, Sept. 1.
Everclear rises again
S ince Art Alexakis formed Everclear in Portland, Ore., in 1991, the band's trajectory has been almost as turbulent as Alexakis' often manic-depressive lyrics. The group had a regional indie following for years before 1997's "So Much For The Afterglow" - behind the hit songs "I Will Buy You A New Life" and "Father Of Mine" - went double-platinum. Everclear vanished for two years, as Alexakis took care of personal issues. The group re-emerged in 2000 with a two-album concept project, "Songs From an American Movie, Volumes 1 and 2," documenting Alexakis' divorce. Then, a little burnt-out by the songload and the poor sales of "Vol. 2," it seemed to vanish again.
'Idol of the Masses' plays Centennial Hall
In person, April Boy Regino looks unassuming with a baseball cap and a shaggy long-in-back haircut. In the Philippines, he is called "Idol ng Masa" or "Idol of the Masses." His songs - a mix of pop, rhythm and blues, love standards and traditional Filipino music - are so omnipresent, he is also known as "The Jukebox King."
Lockhart, Dilley, Junior to perform at Silverbow
JUNEAU - Guitarists Josh Lockhart and James Junior and pianist Liz Dilley will play at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Silverbow. The show costs $5 at the door. Their unnamed band, together for the past month, performs all original songs written by Lockhart and Dilley. This is their first public show.