Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Game on
At some companies, a little healthy competition can create some much-needed enthusiasm and camaraderie among co-workers, not to mention a sense of pride after a victory.

What's your passion
What's your passion

For the ages
For the ages

Seasoned to taste
to taste

Sex-toys article was in poor taste
The First Amendment gives us the right to free speech, and you've shown this boldly today with last week's Hooligan ("Nautical but nice: Hooligan's very own sex-toy story").

Can't support article because of the photos
The day after the Hooligan article ran on the home novelty parties in Juneau (Aug. 24), I sent a letter communicating my dismay to the writer who interviewed me.

We haven't learned from our mistakes
Mr. Gregory Acres' recent letter on Aug. 22 to the Empire - the Juneau Empire not the American Empire - derided his liberal opponents for adoring "a criminal who lied to the nation for seven months.

Juneau doesn't need a road out of town
Frank Fink needs to get a life ("Blow up Thane road, move it north," Aug. 14). I would love to be able to live out at the end of Thane Road.

Hooligan article was disgusting
Your Hooligan article on Juneau's public toilets made little sense and certainly wasn't newsworthy.

Ferry system isn't a very 'reliable link'
Stephanie Scott, Haines Borough Assembly member, brings up the same anti-road drivel in her letter to the editor of Aug. 25.

Hooligan is a slimy news magazine
I need you to know that if I had a personal subscription to the newspaper, I would most certainly cancel it today.

Thank you, Hooligan, for not being boring
I find it very amusing that people are so offended about the Hooligan's article on sex toys (Aug. 24).

Charter school posts high test scores
Recent articles in the Empire may have given the public the wrong impression of the Juneau Community Charter School.

Election day sticker's message was deceitful
I am so proud it wasn't a Democrat who launched the weapon of mass deception stickers on the front page of the Anchorage Daily News on primary election day.

Photos are worth more than words
In her Aug. 23 Juneau Empire My Turn article, Rosemary Hagevig applauded the environmental protection record of Coeur Alaska's Kensington Mine...

Gov. Murkowski made three big mistakes
The primary elections proved one thing, that Gov. Frank Murkowski lost big time by not listening to the people and legislators when he should have.

Rising construction costs not labor's fault
I'm fed up with the blame of construction costs being focused on Labor.

Plan to build Juneau road is illogical
The so-called plan for a road out of Juneau has morphed into a mutant caricature without meaning, logic, or form.

Ferry system no longer what it was
I remember riding on the Alaska state ferries when the service and food was often better than in the towns the ferries served.

Stance on pot was governor's undoing
Newspapers don't want to mention it, but one reason Gov. Frank Murkowski lost his bid for a second term ("Palin upsets Murkowski," Aug. 23) is because of his personal vendetta against cannabis (marijuana) when so many citizens do not think it is appropriate to cage humans for using the God-given plant.

Two men charged in wolf killing; slain animal likely not 'Romeo'
Two men were charged Sunday for the killing and disposing of a black wolf found on Thane Road last month.

Photo: No longer dormant
Brittany Gonzalez, University of Alaska Southeast resident advisor, left, assists second-year UAS student Kari Dammerman on Monday as she moves into student housing.

Doing IT their way
While some in Juneau are fighting an exodus of young professionals, five 23-year-olds have launched a local cutting-edge information-technology firm that's thriving.

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

Photo: Zip it
Alex Whitehead slides down one of the ziplines Sunday at Alaska Zipline Adventures at Eaglecrest as the rest of the group watches during the Eaglecrest Blueberry Festival.

Photo: Selling like hot cakes
Lori Hoover carries a plate of blueberry pancakes to an eager customer Sunday at Eaglecrest.

Starr appeals bong hits case in high court
Famed attorney Kenneth Starr filed a petition for the Juneau School District on Monday in the country's highest court to hear the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case.

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

More whales reported entangled in fishing gear
Two more whales entangled in fishing gear have been reported since last week, when a team tried to free a humpback snarled in more than 100 feet of gillnet.

Conservation group files suit against Canadian gold mine
An alliance of environmental groups has filed a lawsuit to stop the Tulsequah Chief Mine they say would hurt Alaska wild salmon and a Canadian caribou herd.

Around Town
Listing of local nonprofit events.

Good Wellness
Nancy Barnes dances with the Yees-Ku-Oo group during the Eagles vs. Ravens Wellness Challenge Grand Finale, held Sunday at the Tlingit and Haida Community Council Building.

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

Jerrold James Wahl
Former Juneau resident Jerrold "Jerry" James Wahl, 67, died Aug. 25, 2006, at the Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville, Tenn.

Swope should be held accountable
In light of the recent news regarding the Juneau Public Safety Employees Association prevailing on both issues that went before an arbiter this past January, one has to ask who is accountable.

Photo: Race to the finish
Jacob Caggiano, right, and Nicholas Wright sprint to the finish line of the one-mile Eaglecrest Road Race on Saturday to kick off the Blueberry Festival.

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.

Special teams shine as JDHS runs to 3-0
Punting, special teams and field position are definitely not the most exciting words associated with football.

Paul's running adventure
The saying goes that even a journey of 1,000 miles must begin with a single step.

Sports in Juneau
Listing of local sport events

Eaglecrest Road Race results
Sunday, Eaglecrest Road

Friday's JDHS box with stats
Juneau-Douglas 41, North Pole 0

JDHS boys, girls win in Ketchikan
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls cross country teams won their regular-season debuts on Saturday at the Ketchikan Invitational.

Lawmakers seek money behind tax attack ad
A proposed tax on natural gas reserves has come under attack in a television advertisement and two legislators say they are determined to find out who is paying for the ads.

Alaska Digest
Two men in their early 20s were arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault Tuesday after jumping out of a black van and beating up two boys on Basin Road.

BP fixes compressor, restores some Prudhoe Bay production
Partial production has been restored to the Prudhoe Bay oil field after BP PLC fixed a compressor that went down last week, a company spokesman said Monday.

This Day in History
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Anchorage, Seattle mayors look to build ties
Plans for two historic celebrations in 2009, honoring the centennial of the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, and Alaska's 50th year of statehood, are gathering steam in Anchorage and Seattle.

Alaska Digest
Police are investigating a series of spray-painted swastikas and gang-related graffiti, left sometime Sunday night or Monday morning near Cope Park in downtown Juneau and Cordova and Nowell avenues in Douglas.

Iditarod next challenge for Iowa wrestler
Former Shenandoah resident Matt Anderson is mushing full speed ahead to the 2007 Iditarod.

Guitar makers discuss tree use, conservation
Bob Taylor, president and founder of Taylor Guitars, admits his company doesn't need 250-year-old Sitka spruce to make perfectly fine sounding guitars.

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

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