What's in store for fall
Fine art, found art, foreign films and jazz harp are part of the entertainment line-up this fall in the capital city. Visiting authors will read and talk about their work, dance instructors will teach the Tango and dozens of concerts and art exhibits are in store in the coming months.
Jamming on the harp
Oppermann writes his own music, builds his own instruments and creates an unusually eclectic sound
The official word
The "Venting" My Turn from Mark Regan in last Monday's Empire deserves some follow up. Regan asks for proof of "official" community opposition to development in the southeast region.
A simple message
Affirmative Action is a dormant issue, but still needs debating and deliberation. Affirmative Action may well lead to new insight to help resolve the issues we face today in Alaska.
Radical green rally cry
Lie, exaggerate, divide, confuse, harass, intimidate, sabotage, terrorize, maim, even kill.
Ax sport fishing
People who marched for subs
Wanamaker can help with Legislature issue
As the local election approaches, an important consideration will be how candidates for the Assembly might contribute to the coming campaign for retaining the Legislature in Juneau.
Subsistence is part of our Native spirit
I am appalled by the shallow-minded viewpoint of some of those who write to the Word of Mouth, but none has angered me more than Patrick McGonegal's letter on Aug. 24. The mentality that exists with a portion of the urban population such as his will continue to bitterly divide the state between the rural and urban populations.
There they go again - those wacky Anchorage greenies and other fellow travelers bent on stopping development. This time though, they've gone too far.
Vote for change
It was with great joy that I and many others read that Chuck Collins had filed to run for the areawide Juneau Assembly seat, as we know him to be a very personable, reasonable, honorable, plain-speaking individual who is extremely well-informed regarding the issues, and has a passion for positive change. Folks who know Chuck know that he is, as he says, a person who can fix problems. He is a good listener with thoughtful, constructive ideas, and would undoubtedly be a voice of reason and reconciliation; a stabilizing and uniting force in the Juneau Assembly.
Murray Walsh's latest letter is, as usual, most entertaining. Since he is such a voluble writer, I hope he would be able to share with us his version of the history of the IHH deals, and a listing of how much they have cost the taxpayers so far.
A positive opportunity
The October municipal election is going to be a major factor in the future of Juneau as we again face the threat of a capital move. Moving the Legislature will surely be followed by moving the commissioner
Let's pull together on subsistence issue
I wonder if my fellow Alaskans know the percentage of fish and game that is taken through the practice of "subsistence." It is about 1 percent of all fish and game taken.
Ban denies freedom
I will be out of town when the Assembly is taking up this issue, so I am writing. There are a few things to consider before the proposed anti-smoking ordinance affecting all offices and businesses in Juneau is passed.
Governor treasonous; Empire editor naive
How naive of you in your editorial of Aug. 29. The framers of our constitution made it difficult to change the constitution's protections, for majority and minority alike, so current whims and present day political correctness did not deny certain rights to all.
Dispatch with alacrity
Bears are creatures that can be trained. It is taught by its mama to either fish and eat berries, beach grass, etc., or eat garbage. Once a bear becomes accustomed to the free lunch of garbage eating, they are no longer willing to forage for
Man who brandished a gun in church pleads guilty to charges
A man who threatened to shoot himself while holding police at bay at a church on Glacier Highway in April pleaded guilty to a charge of felony assault Wednesday.
Due to a reporting error, the affiliation of Harold Frank was misrepresented in an article on the Taku River on Page 15 of Thursday's Empire. Frank is an environmental planner for the Douglas Indian Association under a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Weekend Best Bets
This weekend kicks off the fall entertainment season in style with two concerts and CD release party for The Panhandle Crabgrass Revival Band.
State gains in suit over gated road
A Superior Court judge issued two rulings this week that favor the state in its lawsuit with Channel Construction over public access on two roads near Eagle Beach.
Exxon makes last payment
ANCHORAGE ExxonMobil will deposit $70 million into an Alaska Department of Revenue account this week, the last annual payment of its $900 million damage settlement with the state and federal governments from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
Two runs this weekend support breast, prostate cancer survivors
Fear still dominates some of her days since Bryn Nelson was rediagnosed with breast cancer in February.
Knowles proposes bill for pipeline
ANCHORAGE Gov. Tony Knowles is proposing what he calls national interest legislation to make development of an Alaska natural gas pipeline economical.
Ships in port Saturday
Ships expected in Juneau's port
Drunken driving limit lowered to 0.08
JUNEAU Alaska drivers be warned. With the long Labor Day weekend on hand, it will take fewer drinks for a driver to be considered legally drunk.
Travel agents protest drop in rates paid by airline companies
PETERSBURG Travel agents in Alaska and elsewhere were asked to close their doors for two hours Thursday in reaction to cuts in commissions paid by some major airlines.
News of Public Record
Investigators complete inquiry into whale death
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve has completed its investigation into what caused the death of a humpback whale last month, but officials won't disclose any details.
Happenings in Juneau
Bear killed by bow, arrow
Officials today were investigating the death of a black bear killed by an arrow in the Churchill Trailer Park in Lemon Creek.
Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:
City panel: Time to cull bears
The city's urban bear committee suggested Thursday that some of Juneau's bears be killed or relocated, but emphasized that more public education, enforcement and outreach are needed to resolve garbage problems.
Internet changing library use
Juneau residents are visiting public libraries more often but aren't using them the same way they did a decade ago, according to librarians.
POLICE AND FIRE
Juneau Police and Fire news
Orcas in the channel
A pair of killer whales surfaces near the Douglas Bridge this morning. Whale sightings in the downtown area have been rare.
Hulse thrives in court, on the trail
Although Carrie Hulse is comfortable both in a courtroom and picking her way around devil's club, she doesn't think she stands out in a crowd.
Looking toward a new library
Richard Cavanaugh, 13, and his brother Chad Guerrero, 12, visit the Mendenhall Valley library about three times a week. They live a couple of blocks away and stopped by Monday afternoon with little brother James, 5, in tow to check out Super Nintendo codes on the Internet.
Vaccines hold up students
Several hundred children in Juneau got a late start on classes the first day of school Wednesday because they didn't have all their vaccinations or proof they had the shots.
Items of community note
Anniversary: Franklets celebrate 40th
George and Judy Franklet will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Sept. 2. A small family gathering is planned at the couple's home.
Living and Growing
From the Bible we are taught that Jesus Christ gave his life for others, specifically, for you and me. Would anyone really do that? Sacrifice himself for the good of other people, some of whom didn't even like him? What kind of world would we have if everybody started doing that?
Wedding: Cary, Betz to marry in October
Sonja DeAnn Cary and Timothy James Betz are planning an Oct. 20 wedding. The wedding will occur in an outdoor ceremony at the Finch Arboretum in Spokane, Wash. A reception will follow at Jadwin's restaurant.
Federal funds tie Alaska into poison center
Alaskans have a new resource for information on poisoning. It's a number 1-800-222-1222 that connects all callers in Alaska with the Oregon Poison Control Center.
Thank You Letters
Letters of thanks
Word of Mouth
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Outside editorial: A deal is a deal: U.S. should pay dues to U.N.
Suppose you disagree with someone about a debt. So you compromise. You agree to pay more than you think you owe; he agrees to accept less than he thinks you owe. You shake on it.
Bush's choice is a worthy break in tradition
In his smart break with tradition, President Bush has chosen well in nominating Air Force Gen. Richard Myers to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Marine Gen. Peter Pace, now head of the Miami-based U.S. Southern Command, vice chairman.
Talk who?The river that runs past us
Juneau residents are familiar with Taku the ferry, Taku the winds and Taku the inlet. A few even work their way up the base of the river, where fresh water tumbles across the border from Canada.
Paddling and politics in the wild
When Ian Kean loads a raft for a trip down the Taku River, he brings gourmet food, wine and a heavy environmental agenda.
Taku River draws National Geographic to Juneau
The Taku River is becoming better known outside Alaska. Already major newspapers in the U.S., England and Canada have featured the Taku, including The Washington Times, The Guardian, and The Globe and Mail.
Hunted by swarms of hunters and mosquitoes
It was the last day of moose season, and Earle and I were still quite a ways from our truck. We were slowly hauling the medium-sized moose across the tundra. It was cut into quarters and we had big pieces in game bags in our packs on our backboards.
Out and About
What's in season, what to do, and what else is the woods.
Last week about 85 percent of sport fishing effort was concentrated on salmon fishing, with most anglers targeting coho. Folks trying to catch a halibut accounted for only 15 percent of the total rod hours.
Chugiak Mustangs 'loaded for Bears'
The Chugiak Mustangs are undefeated and ranked second in the state's coaches polls, but they will be wary when they play the fifth-ranked and undefeated Juneau-Douglas High School football team in a Cook Inlet Football Conference game at 2 p.m. Saturday at Chugiak High School. The game will be broadcast locally on KINY, 800-AM radio.
JSA softball champs seek donations for National Qualifying Tournament
The Excalibur Drilling & Blasting/Northern Lights Development men's softball team is seeking donations in order to participate in the National Softball World Series Qualifying Tournament held on Sept. 20-23 in Portland, Ore.
Sports In Juneau
Saturday, Sept. 1
In Thursday's season preview story about the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team, the name of returning senior defensive specialist Krista Heard was inadvertently omitted from the list of varsity players.
SPORTS IN JUNEAU
Sports events calendar
JDHS runners travel to Homer, Seward
By Jeff Kasper
Crimson Bears older and wiser
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team is hoping older and wiser means better performance as the Crimson Bears prepare to open their season this weekend at the Sitka Jamboree.
Sitka goes airborne to beat ACS, 38-25
Sitka High School quarterback Travis Bradshaw threw for 319 yards and five touchdowns Thursday afternoon as the Wolves came from behind to beat the Anchorage Christian Schools Lions 38-25 in a Greatland Conference game at Anchorage Football Stadium.
Dangerous ice arches threaten glacier hikers
Kenai Fjords National Park has canceled nature walks at Exit Glacier near Seward to keep visitors away from potentially deadly ice caves and arches.
Seward inmates carve 30-foot totem
Inmates at the Spring Creek Correctional Center have finished carving a totem pole that represents all Natives.
Police check underage tobacco sales; Duck season begins Saturday; Prison term set for importer of nude dancers; Doctor sentenced in sex-for-drugs case
Ships cited for labor violations in Seward
The Immigration and Naturalization Service is citing cruise ships for allowing foreign nationals to handle cargo at the port in Seward.
BP exec talks about pipeline
Oil companies evaluating whether a natural gas pipeline should be built from the North Slope to the Lower 48 have not yet found a project that pencils out, a BP Exploration (Alaska) executive said this week.
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