Tuesday, August 31, 2004

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

Another Christian view of war
Last week Mr. Cox offered one Christian perspective on the war in Iraq that seemed to offer "eye for an eye" as both a guide to rulers and as justification for the invasion of Iraq.

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.

Support your claims about Moore
Many conservatives, perhaps most, don't want to believe the information in the movie "Fahrenheit 9/11" and insist that it is made up of lies.

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.

Address assaults on Natives
I find it interesting that nothing was said about the beatings that happened to our local Natives this weekend...

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.

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?

Grandma says vote 'no'
After months of endless meetings and deliberations, the Juneau Assembly and School Board have reaffirmed their original position; a second high school will improve education in the district.

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.

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).

Whiners blame Republicans
When you choose between the lesser of two evils, you are still choosing evil.

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.

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

Photo: Baiting up
Sean Kveum, left, and Ben Botts bait longline gear Monday aboard the fishing vessel Steadfast in Auke Bay Harbor. The Hoonah fishermen are preparing to fish for black cod in Chatham Strait.

Audit questions conflicts on airport board
The Juneau Assembly reduced potential conflicts of interest on the Juneau International Airport Board when it declined to reappoint a member Monday.

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

Police look into reports of assaults against Natives
Juneau police are investigating several recent reported assaults against Alaska Natives, though they cannot say whether the incidents are related.

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.

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

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.

City proposes conditions for mine
Juneau officials hope to place 45 conditions on the proposed Kensington gold mine before granting Coeur Alaska approval to develop the project.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Jurors contact court after news of crackdown
More than half of the people who didn't show up in court last week as prospective jurors contacted people at the courthouse Monday, a day after a news report of an impending crackdown.

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

Darren Lane Sanders
Former Juneau resident Darren Lane Sanders, 43, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2004, in an Asheville, N.C., hospital.

Charlotte Arlene Cameron
Former Juneau resident Charlotte Arlene Cameron, 62, died Aug. 22, 2004, in her sleep in Puyallup, Wash.

Alaska editorial: Don't manage wildlife by urban whim
This editorial appeared in Saturday's Voice of the (Anchorage) Times:

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.

My Turn: Bureaucrats hinder business
Small businesses are the engines of a free economy. Governor Murkowski promised Alaskans a positive approach to small business.

The pizza lady knows too much
Remember when only hippies and Zen Buddhists said things like "All things are connected?"

JYFL scores
Scores from Saturday's Juneau Youth Football League games.

Alaska's Olympic medalists
A list of Olympic medal winners from Alaska.

Alaska state football polls
Here are the Anchorage Daily News/Alaska State Coaches Football Polls, as voted on by high school coaches and compiled by the Anchorage Daily News.

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.

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.

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.

NorthwestDigest
Headlines from around the region

Political neophyte gears up for race
A woodworking political neophyte who raised just $1,500 campaigning against a 10-year incumbent pulled off last week's biggest Alaska primary election upset.

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.

Anchorage wasps send dozens to emergency room
Wasps are sending more people to emergency rooms in Anchorage this year but bug experts say humans should be grateful that the carnivores prey on so many other pests.

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

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the northwest

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.

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

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.

Feasibility of N. Slope gas project under study
The Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority is preparing reports on the feasibility of an Alaska liquefied natural gas export project that would market North Slope gas.

Crewman missing from vessel with troubled history
A crewman is missing from a fishing boat on which the crew mutinied last year, tying up the skipper because they feared for their safety.

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