Thursday, September 2, 2004

Era Aviation may be sold by parent company
Era Aviation's parent company is deciding whether to sell the air carrier, Rowan Companies Inc. officials said.

Logging with a smaller footprint
Lew Williams' opinion piece and other letters about how good things are on the Tongass National Forest really got me thinking.

Road opponents are elitist
For those people who sport the elitist bumper sticker, "If you want more roads, move down south," I would like to know what your retirement plans are.

Misguided racial comments
First of all, I wish to thank the Juneau Empire for the thoughtful coverage given to the series of Native Education forums over the last three months.

Dog committee's real agenda
The Dog Task Force has recommended banning dogs on many of our trails; and a closer look at their recommendations reveals that, basically, all new and proposed trails are closed to dogs.

Conflicting ferry messages
On page A4 of the Juneau Empire for Sept. 1, Transportation Commissioner Mike Barton asserts, "to suggest that we would allow our vessels to run down to the point that they would not pass Coast Guard certification is simply irresponsible."

Split ballot disenfranchises
I am registered as a nonpartisan voter and was angry when I went to vote at the primary election and was told that I had a choice of three ballots.

Road is a bad idea
To Mary (Lihou, Empire letter, Sept. 1) and the other pro-roaders, get real.

Another truth about Fahrenheit 9/11
Lisle Hebert is most likely correct when he states that he is no authority on Michael Moore's movie "Fahrenheit 9/11," and suggests if you want to find out the truth on Moore's movie that you go to a Web site that defends and supports the notion that the movie is truthful.

A home of his own
Paralyzed from the neck down, John Hinchman was told he'd have to live in a nursing home for the rest of his life.

Chief: High fire risk calls for sprinklers downtown
Juneau's fire chief said downtown Juneau is at high risk for fire and he will propose that old buildings meet new standards with fire-suppression sprinklers.

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

EPA may finish its investigation into rubble today
The Environmental Protection Agency could determine today whether asbestos in the demolition rubble at Front and Seward streets will require special handling, a spokesman for the federal agency said.

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

JDHS's Smith a finalist for Teacher of the Year
"Slope! I love it!" Jonathan Smith cries out when one of his biology students suggests the terrain's slope should be part of an environmental study for a hypothetical miniature golf course above the Gold Creek flume.

Planning Commission OKs permit for Kensington Mine
The Juneau Planning Commission approved a proposed allowable-use permit for the Kensington gold mine Tuesday night.

Warm summer creates stench
Unlike most Juneau residents who embrace sunny days, Bobbe Palmer and her neighbors have mixed feelings.

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

Photo: Channel lights
Lights from the cruise ships, left to right, Zaandam, Radiance of the Seas and Diamond Princess, reflect Monday in the tranquil waters of Gastineau Channel.

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

Photo: Fending off erosion
Chuck Flory walks his dog, Milo, on Tuesday along the Airport Dike Trail.

Temporary roofing workers started Skinner building fire
Two men working atop the Skinner building on Front and Seward streets when a fire broke out on Aug. 15 were temporary employees paid in cash, according to a report from Juneau's fire marshal.

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

Hymer and DeVincent marry in June
Mary Ellen Hymer and James Joseph DeVincent were married June 26, 2004, at the Mendenhall Glacier Pavilion.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

Yatchmenoff and Demmert to wed
Brandi Jo Yatchmenoff of Petersburg and Joseph F. Demmert of Seattle will be married at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004, at the Juneau Christian Center.

Bill and Charlotte Heard to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary
Bill and Charlotte Heard are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004.

Wolf and Kemp marry in Oregon
Sarah Wolf of Roseburg, Ore., and Joe Kemp of Juneau were married May 29, 2004, at the Inn at Ottercrest in Newport, Ore.

Help is available for elderly who drink
Aging is accompanied by losses of many kinds...

Robert H. Howe Sr.
Former Juneau resident Robert "Bob" H. Howe Sr., 74, died Aug. 18, 2004, at his home in Surprise, Ariz.

Adeline May Jim
Angoon resident Adeline May Jim, 63, died Aug. 28, 2004, at her home, surrounded by family and friends.

Bill M. Patch
Tenakee Springs resident Bill Patch, 65, died Aug. 26, 2004, in Juneau after a cancer-related illness.

Mereritt G. Monagle
Former Juneau resident Mereritt G. Monagle, 78, died Aug. 17, 2004, at his home in Prescott, Ariz.

My Turn: Fire could have been prevented, stopped
As a licensed professional fire protection engineer with over 20 years experience advising businesses how to prevent fires, and a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), I observed the Skinner building fire on Aug. 15 with more than casual interest.

Firefighters worked hearts out
I read Mr. Anderson's My Turn in the Sept. 1 edition of the Juneau Empire regarding the operation of my fire department on the Skinner building fire with great interest and I would like to comment upon his allegations.

Alaska editorial: A welcome call for openness
This editorial appeared in Thursday's Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

Alaska editorial: Price swings show danger of relying on oil for budget
This editorial appeared in Saturday's Anchorage Daily News:

My Turn: Changes lead to better ferry operation
I want to set the record straight in response to Juneau Empire publisher Bob Hale's "Vantage Point" column in Sunday's newspaper regarding our management of the Alaska Marine Highway System.

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.

Sports Briefs
Staff and Wire reports of Juneau athletes.

Commission continues ethics inquiry on Masek
The Alaska Public Offices Commission will resume deliberations Thursday over accusations that state Rep. Beverly Masek improperly used money from campaign and legislative office accounts for personal expenses.

Part-time professors keep community classes going
It didn't look like a room full of college instructors.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Alaska delegates cheer on fellow Republicans in New York
Karoline Beckeris was all smiles this week as she sat only a few yards away from her political heroes.

Fairweather stalled for repairs
A malfunction in the state ferry Fairweather's jet propulsion system has prompted ferry system operators to cancel today's trip to Sitka.

Alaska awarded $500,000 grant to promote marriage
The state of Alaska is urging community and religious groups to apply for federal grants promoting marriage.

Homeland Security rejects Murkowski jet
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has rejected a request by Alaska officials to purchase a jet with federal homeland security funds, saying the state failed to meet the required parameters.

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

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the Northwest.

Ferries need $20 million to stay afloat
Record high fuel costs combined with increased labor expenses could bankrupt the state ferry system and halt some vessels by 2006 without help from the Legislature, according to ferry system officials.

Myths: An early form of science
No one can say precisely when the stories contained in "Metamorphoses" were first written. The Roman poet Ovid compiled them around 3 B.C., at which point they were already well-shrouded in oral folklore.

what's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau.

'Over the Rainbow'
An interactive version of the "Wizard of Oz" that's screening in Juneau this weekend comes highly recommended by munchkins.

First Friday: Quilts, Tongass, marabou coho and Cajun picture boxes
Four years ago, Petersburg artist Susan Christensen was content as a painter. She worked on large canvases, and occasionally glued pieces of clothing into her work or added stitching in the middle of a piece.

movies where & when
Movie locations and showtimes.

'METAMORPHOSES'
Midas - King Midas is a wealthy man, but bored. When Bacchus offers him one wish, he asks that whatever he touch turn into gold. He delights in his power, until his daughter leaps into his arms.

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