Monday, August 30, 2004

'The Fog of War' is among new DVDs at the Juneau library
New DVDs are being added to all the Juneau Public Library branches!

Some hope for Boy Scouts
I don't know Kyle Peterson. I'm sorry about that because the young man's letter to the editor (Aug. 25) supporting the road access for the capital city touched on a second personal issue I consider important as well.

Rice is a doctor
Mr. Finley, Condolezza Rice had two doctorate degrees before the age of 25. What are your qualifications?

Don't buy pets from puppy mills
We at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) applaud Linda Shipman for warning readers about the horrific treatment of dogs in puppy mills.

Split ballot affects privacy
The thing I didn't like about the split ballot was that everyone in the room could see and hear which ballot I chose, and I didn't want to make who I voted for everyone's business - even which ballot I voted on (since I'm non-partisan, I could choose from any of the three).

A railroad, not a road, is the future of Alaska
The new commuter rail station at Palmer is the future for transportation in Alaska.

Dilution no solution
It is with great concern that I read Mr. Murkowski's proposal to ease water quality standards regarding fish habitat. Mixing zones may be widespread, but that doesn't make them the correct answer. Other states also have graft, corruption, bribery and other forms of dishonesty. Does that mean we must blindly follow suit? I think not. Alaska, with its well-deserved reputation for top-quality fish products, needs to be more forward thinking in its approach to industry of any kind. One industry must not be allowed to undermine the foundation of another.

DVD verdict bad precedent
I hope and pray that, given the world-leading position of the U.S., that the jurors' acquittal verdict in the Petterson-DVD case, just ended in Anchorage, does not define judicial trends for the rest of this American century.

Get a real picture: School is crowded
My daughter suggests you send photographers over to the high school now to get a real picture of the situation there. "Especially during passing periods, it is really, really bad." Her AP literature class has 36 students (national standards for AP classes are for 20 or less in a class) and there are not enough desks for all the kids. My son's world history class does not have enough desks for all the kids. What more evidence do we need that we have more kids who want to go to high school than we have room for?

Never another split ballot
I was offended that on election day you were given a yellow card with a particular alphabet letter, as you all know what I mean: R-Republican, D-Democrat.

Sen. Murkowski changed positions
Lisa Murkowski has asked Alaskans to judge her on her performance as senator. Her performance, however, is sadly lacking. As a state representative, she wanted to impose an income tax. However, after her dad appointed her senator, she voted to grant special tax breaks to the cruise-ship industry. This was in exchange for a large donation to her campaign.

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

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

The sun gets credit at the Harvest Fair
Sunny weather this summer boosted Marilyn Helle's dahlias at the Juneau Community Garden and produced a seal-sized zucchini in Bonnie Herbold's plot.

Simulators cover driving basics
Remember in those old movies when a motorist turns his head to the passenger and yaks away for a couple of miles? John d'Armand can't stand that.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Photo: Getting down to earth
Workers demolish the 108-year-old burned-out Juneau Town Center building on Sunday afternoon.

Judge sends troopers for jury no-shows
A Juneau judge is sending Alaska State Troopers after people who didn't show up for a jury selection last week.

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

Dept. of Natural Resources evicts floathouses from coves
Brian Deraimer and Melanie Lombardo have a $25,000 pontoon boat and no place to permanently put it in the water. That's because the state Department of Natural Resources considers their boat a floathouse and sent them a notice Aug. 18 saying they had to make arrangements to remove it from an anchored spot between Smugglers Cove and Spuhn Island.

New fire chief urges more use of volunteers
Volunteers have always helped extinguish Juneau-area fires, and the new chief of the city's department said he is hoping to get volunteers more involved in the future.

Charlotte Arlene Cameron
Former Juneau resident Charlotte Arlene Cameron, 82, died Aug. 22, 2004, in her sleep in Puyallup, Wash.

Richard W. 'Smitty' Smith Jr.
Former Juneau resident Richard W. "Smitty" Smith Jr., 70, died June 1, 2004, in Coulee City, Wash., after an extended illness.

Mike Squartsoff
Douglas resident Mike Squartsoff, 72, died Aug. 24, 2004, at his home.

State too quick to take Native children
The 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act was heralded as a powerful weapon in the fight for Indian self-determination.

My Turn: Bush using war on terror as instrument of political power
George W. Bush is running for president on the claim that he can do a better job fighting terrorism than can John Kerry. But a skeptical person could easily conclude that the present administration is more concerned with using the war on terror as an instrument for its own political power than they are with truly protecting the American public.

Troubling signs from the state ferry system
Seeing the moving vans parked in front of the state's Department of Transportation offices last week was but another tangible reminder of the crummy hand Gov. Frank Murkowski dealt the state's ferry workers last spring,

Empire editorial: Don't stain Alaska's waters or its image
Few things could be worse for Alaska business than polluting both the state's salmon spawning streams and its name.

My Turn: Stand with children and not with alcohol
Drug-pushing as a profession engenders corruption, ruthlessness and denial.

Flocks of robins ready for migration south
Late summer in Alaska and trees like the mountain ash, with its bright orange-red berries, draw noisy flocks of robins.

Raven rules & hidden jewels
Eagles, wildflowers, a glacier, towering mountains and the occasional bear are elements that can enhance any outdoor experience.

Fish report
The week of Aug. 15-21 it took the average marine boat angler 95 hours to land a king salmon.

Out & About
A listing of outdoor events in town.

Juneau gridders fail big test
Facing the No. 1 West Anchorage Eagles wasn't difficult enough.

Bear girls sweep opener
For the first meets of the season, the Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team wasn't too concerned with team scores.

U.S. basketball team, Boozer win bronze medal
ATHENS, Greece - Bronze is better than nothing. That's one Olympic lesson the U.S. men's basketball team was able to understand.

Juneau Invitational Cross-Country Running Meet
Results of Saturday's Juneau Invitational cross-country running meet, held on a 5-kilometer course (3.1 miles) along the Treadwell Mine Trails, starting and ending at Savikko Park in Douglas.

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.

Alaskans shine at the Olympics
photo retrospective.

Juneau Invitational Swimming and Diving Meets
Results from the Juneau Invitational swimming and diving meets held Friday and Saturday at Augustus G. Brown Swimming Pool.

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.

Photo: Winning the bronze
Members of the U.S basketball team react at the end of a 104-96 victory over Lithuania in the bronze medal game Saturday at the Olympics Indoor Hall in Athens, Greece.

Boozer's prep coach pleased with his play
While some American fans may be disappointed at the U.S. men's basketball team's performance at the Summer Olympics, Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball coach George Houston is thrilled with the showing of Crimson Bear alumnus Carlos Boozer.

Juneau posts perfect score
Lexi Garvey and Megan Bush proved Saturday that in a cross-country running race, a sum can be greater than its two parts.

Legislators prod governor to ditch jet
Two state legislators are calling on Gov. Frank Murkowski to reconsider his plan to purchase a jet.

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation; In the world.

Court won't allow search warrants for less than four ounces of marijuana
The Alaska Court of Appeals ruled Friday that police cannot execute a search warrant in a person's home for possession of less than 4 ounces of marijuana.

NorthwestDigest
Headlines from around the region

Report shows juvenile salmon numbers are up
Federal biologists have recorded high numbers of juvenile pink and chum salmon in Southeast in June.

Citing fewer moose, state plans to widen wolf control
The state will expand its wolf control program this winter in areas of the state where biologists say moose numbers are declining.

State denies commercial crabbers Southeast fishery
King crab fishermen in Southeast Alaska are disappointed they have been denied access to their estimated $1.4 million fishery this fall.

Habits of belugas are key part of Knik Arm bridge plan studies
Studies under way in Upper Cook Inlet on the habits of beluga whales will have a major impact on how construction would proceed on the proposed Knik Arm bridge, linking Anchorage with the Matanuska Valley.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Bean's, Food Bank streamline operations
For a quarter century, Anchorage nonprofits Bean's Cafe and Food Bank of Alaska have shared the mission of feeding the hungry. Now they share a warehouse.

Palmer's $2.3 million train station opens for state's fairgoers
A new $2.3 million train station at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer will be used only a few days per year for now, but rail officials and Alaska leaders say it may be part of a commuter system someday.

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