Sunday, September 3, 2006

The minds of people who kill for sport
I have to say that I agree with Lynn Escola (Aug. 23) and Joel Bennett (Aug. 27) about the photo in the Aug. 20 edition of the Empire. It was in bad taste and shows a lack of respect for living things. But then again, it lets us peer into the minds of people who kill for sport and, even worse, the minds of those who defend them.

What do you think about what I heard?
In the presentation "What I Heard about Iraq," sponsored by Veterans for Peace, I found something very disturbing. I asked the speaker from the presentation to write down her speech for me. After carrying it in my purse for several months and reading it numerous times, I am still undone by it.

Photo: Beating the odds
About 500 people either ran a 5K course or walked two miles Saturday morning during the 15th annual Beat the Odds women's race against breast cancer at Riverbend Elementary School.

Black Hawk pilots return from Iraq
Even the rain was a welcome sight for Alaska Army National Guard soldiers returning to Juneau this weekend after serving a year in Iraq, they said.

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

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

Susan Cherry
Longtime Juneau resident Susan Cherry, 65, died Aug. 22, 2006, following a brief battle with cancer.

Landslide cuts power to Greens Creek Mine
Heavy rains led to a minor landslide on Admiralty Island that temporarily cut off power to Greens Creek Mine on Friday.

Doreene Cleveland
Juneau resident Doreene Diane Cleveland, 69, died Aug. 27, 2006, at home.

Susan Cherry
Longtime Juneau resident Susan Cherry, 65, died Aug. 22, 2006, following a brief battle with cancer.

Alaska editorial: Measure 1 means voters tired of politics as usual
There's no better indicator that voters are tired, really tired, of politics as usual than the results of last week's Ballot Measure 1.

Toe Toon

Should Ketchikan rejoin Alaska?
Maybe we should secede," was a comment at the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce meeting the Wednesday after the Aug. 22 primary election. The comment was in jest. Seceding had been tried and failed.

Photos: A look at the catch by Juneau-area anglers
Monster haul: Rick Aberle, of Minneapolis, Minn., caught this halibut on July 29 in Lynn Canal while fishing with Ben Ng aboard his boat, the Relentless.

Out & About
Today: Juneau Cup, round seven. Sponsored by the Juneau Yacht Club. Details: Jim, 723-9003.

Hundreds of dead birds wash up on Unalaska Island
Hundreds of dead sea birds washed ashore on Unalaska Island over a two-day span and scientists are trying to figure out why.

Outsiders: John Unzicker
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Outdoors section.

Salmon roe can be a delicacy if prepared right
I was horrified when I pulled into my driveway one day this spring and discovered two large skeins of king eggs curing in the sun, contaminated with a vile slew of painfully bright-pink chemicals with which my roommate had treated them.

Cottonwoods color Southeast forests in vivid shades
I think my favorite tree around here is the black cottonwood, perhaps in part because we live surrounded by the somber greens of spruce and hemlock and I miss the interesting variety of deciduous trees typical of my native Midwest.

Putting the lid on SALMON jarring
When a household has an abundance of salmon, preserving one of Alaska's finest offerings should not be left solely to the freezer, said Juneau residents Shirley Campbell and Celina Tandy.

Capital City Soccer League champions

JDHS, Kayhi split series
If this weekend serves as an accurate preview of things to come, expect a thrilling volleyball season in the Southeast Conference.

JDHS boys and girls cross country teams both win in Sitka
Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls cross country teams enjoyed another victorious weekend with wins in Sitka on Saturday.

Friday's JDHS box score

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.

Sitka Cross Country invitational results

Well-prepared Moose upend Crimson Bears
Juneau-Douglas High School took to Fred Machetanz Field on Friday against the Palmer Moose as the defending large-school state football champions and the state's top-ranked team in the Alaska Sports Broadcasters Network poll.

Capital City Soccer League - Final Standings

This Day in History
In Alaska, the Nation and the World

State's political past not free of corruption
The Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of the Capitol is not the only time Alaska lawmakers have been scrutinized for political influences.

11-year-old claims cabbage crown
Had it been a contest of looks, some cabbage other than "Bruce" might have won the Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off on Friday night at the Alaska State Fair.

Northwest Digest
Black bears have arrived earlier than usual in the town of Craig, digging in the dumpsters for food because of low salmon returns and a shortage of berries, officials said.

Club goes from joke to Federal warrants
The Corrupt Bastards Club started as a barroom joke last spring among Alaska legislators whose names were linked to large campaign contributions from oil field services company VECO Corp.

Raids dim chances for special session
Lawmakers haven't shown enough willingness to consider Gov. Frank Murkowski's natural gas pipeline contract to merit another special session, House Speaker John Harris said Friday.

Iditarod champion remembered
Grizzled dog mushers, politicians, a computer mogul and a Hollywood filmmaker were among the crowd of hundreds that gathered in the heart of Interior Alaska on Saturday to remember the woman some say helped define the modern Iditarod.

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