Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Two sides of the new Alaska quarter
I would like to offer two possible ideas for the new quarter-coin honoring our state of Alaska.

Slow it down in the neighborhoods
For the masses I am sure this will sound like one more whiner complaining about people speeding, but I hope you read on anyway.

Robertson not first with assassination call
It's interesting that Lisle Hebert has "found religion" when it comes to attacking Pat Robertson over the 700 Club leader's call to assassinate ideologue Hugo Chavez.

Past the attacks and sleight of hand
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Southeast Region Director Malcolm Menzies' mean-spirited attack on Alaska Transportation Priorities Project coordinator Emily Ferry should be recognized for what it is: an act of desperation by a deeply conflicted government employee who knows his road dreams are in deep trouble.

Skeptical about the airport project
Although the Juneau airport is in dire need of a makeover, I ponder the question if the citizens of Juneau should be asked to pay for the 20 million dollar price tag over four years using increased sales tax revenue.

Bayview no different than Bonnie Brae
In response to the letters concerning the Bayview subdivision sewer, I do not agree with their opinions, simply for the fact that it is not the taxpayer's fault that their sewage is not in compliance.

Where was the national media?
The Kelo versus New London Supreme Court case made some minor headlines for about three days this past June.

Good luck in the vigil, Cindy Sheehan
Cindy Sheehan continues her vigil outside of Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, as Dubya calmly sails past Ronald Reagan's record of most time spent on vacation of any American president.

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

Assembly cautious about harbor power proposal
The Juneau Assembly will be cautious before applying to take over harbor power from Alaska Electric Light and Power Co.

Photo: Enjoying the liquid sunshine
A group of kayakers enjoys a rainy outing Monday in the waters in Fritz Cove near the north Douglas boat ramp.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: A taste of fall
Kelsey Dill, left, and Casey Germain walk under a canopy of autumn leaves on Marshall seedless ash trees in Marine Park.

Official: Most local bears are behaving
Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials set out two bear traps Monday in the Mendenhall Valley.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Development consultant: Less parking could be more
It sounds like a paradox.

Photo: Making a splash
Shaun Guthrie follows through with a nine-iron Monday while practicing his swing with friends at Savikko Park.

JDHS grad says storm reminds him of priorities
From a Houston hotel room, where he said his baby was smiling and his dog was wagging its tail, Jason Bigelow said it's easy to forget the water inside his New Orleans house may be 7 feet deep.

More Alaska pork hauled over coals
A transportation bill President Bush recently signed into law has drawn more criticism from federal spending watchdogs because it includes $3 million for a documentary about engineering feats in Alaska.

Restructuring GCI lays off three Juneau workers
Three Juneau residents are among 77 General Communication Inc. employees being laid off this month in company restructuring.

Two candidates for Juneau Assembly seats decide to drop out of the race
Two Juneau Assembly candidates withdrew Tuesday from the Oct. 4 election.

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

Getting the feel for the Southeast
Students coming to Juneau from all over the nation are converging on the University of Alaska Southeast this week to get a feel for the state.

Photo: Mario eats Juneau
Ken Hill of Taku Store recently met celebrity chef Mario Batali, right.

Lindsay and Weimer wed
Former Juneau residents Pastor Greg Lindsay and Lisa Weimer were married July 24 in a private ceremony at the home of Brad and Dixie Siegel.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Jones and McBride to marry
Former Juneau residents Sarah C. Jones and JD McBride will be married at 1 p.m., Sept. 24, 2005, at the Penrose House on Fort Carson Army Base in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Photo: Fall colors
Devil's club shows off its fall colors by a waterfall next to North Douglas Highway.

Judy George
Juneau resident Judy George died Aug. 28, 2005, at her home in Douglas.

John L. Craft
Former Juneau resident John L. Craft died July 28, 2005, at home in Paris, Tex.

Jim Cargill
Former Juneau resident Jim Cargill died Aug. 23, 2005, in Chowchilla, Calif.

Judith Ann George Duksa.aat' Tlaa
Juneau resident Judith Ann George died Aug. 28, 2005, at her residence with her husband Cyril, family members, and friends by her side.

My Turn: Seeking answers while supporting our troops
My son is returning to Iraq. I have never been a supporter of this war, but for his sake I have kept my views to myself at those times when the Empire wrote stories about his return from Afghanistan in 2002 and Iraq a year later.

My Turn: Student privacy rights top military recruitment needs
The recent mailing from our school superintendent included information and forms regarding family and privacy rights.

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.

Juneau Youth Football League roundup: Huskies edge Sitka 6-0 to open the JYFL season
The Huskies nipped Sitka 6-0 on Saturday, as the Juneau Youth Football League opened the season in the junior division.

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.

High School Football Crimson Bears 36, Patriots 13
Saturday's varsity boxscore from North Pole

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Record-breaking produce shown at state fair
The Alaska State Fair has just begun its seasonal run in Palmer and mammoth produce already is shattering fair records.

Alaska law enforcement getting rid of body armor after fed trials show defects
Police, FBI agents and other law enforcement agents in Alaska are getting rid of a defective body armor that, according to federal trials, loses some ability to stop bullets after light use.

University officials rethinking plan to cancel tuition break for the elderly
A flurry of letters and phone calls has prompted University of Alaska officials to rethink a proposal that would do away with a tuition break for the state's oldest residents.

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

SeniorCare to pay for drug costs through summer 2007
While Alaska seniors anticipate a new Medicare drug plan starting next year, a state program will continue through summer 2007 to provide additional relief.

National Park Service investigates orca death
The National Park Service is investigating the death of a juvenile female killer whale discovered on a beach in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve on Friday.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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