Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Complete thoughts
Complete thoughts

Tech takeover
BlackBerrys, Sidekicks, cell phones... oh, my! The infiltration of work life into personal life has left many workers feeling overworked and overwhelmed. While technology has helped businesses stay in close contact with clients and employees - with many companies subsidizing cell phone usage and portable digital assistants - it seems work follows us everywhere.

Know it all
Know it all

Hold the obnoxious
We all have stories of rude co-workers who seem to be so enthralled with their own digital conversations that they lack the courtesy to those around them. A businessman emphatically talking away on his cell phone in the elevator, a peer typing incessantly on his or her PDA while in the midst of a conversation with you - it seems the more technology allows us to communicate, the less time is spent acknowledging those around us.

Alaskans like their personal freedom
Thanks for publishing Stan White's outstanding letter, "Stance on pot governor's undoing," on Aug. 29.

Juneau's taking it in the tush without road
Juneau needs a road out of town badly.

Davis Street turned into unpassable mess
Davis Street has been an unpassable dirt and rock mess for almost two months, with no end in sight.

Move to prevent Juneau brain rot
It appears that Juneau brain rot exists.

Vandalism evidence of terrorists in our midst
I am not Jewish, but I am outraged and dismayed by the recent vandalism that occurred at Juneau's Jewish synagogue.

The best candidate for Alaska governor
During primary election night, Aug. 22, I stood at the Egan Center and thought about the next four years and what the next governor faced.

Tongass should be name of new school
It's a joy to talk about names for the new high school ("Give the new school a non-wussified name," by Korry Keeker, Aug. 24 Hooligan) and a relief from so many crises within our state, nation and world.

Maybe something good can come from synagogue vandalism
We can imagine the sense of violation and dismay that the members of Juneau's Jewish community must feel in response to the shameful graffiti emblazoned upon their synagogue.

Correcting, clarifying road arguments
My letter on Aug. 25 requires me to correct an error.

Hooligan wasting Empire's, readers' money and time
I have two degrees in journalism and a long career in communication.

Silly road talk
Road this and road that. Nothing the environmental crowd says anymore makes sense.

How Empire can truly relate to the young
If Mr. Hale is sincere about his efforts to attract the younger readers, as he points out in his editorial about the Hooligan, why not donate copies of the Empire to the schools for the kids to read?

Cartoon creates a dilemma for reader
As a female, I am insulted by the message of the political cartoon, "Young Woman's Values Class," (Aug. 30).

No one's forcing you to read Hooligan
I wish I could say that I'm surprised to see the various reactions to Hooligan's recent features.

After successful recovery, sea lion returns to Juneau
Ajawan, a Steller sea lion, seemed to know he was back in his old neighborhood when officials took him to Benjamin Island on Tuesday morning to release him into the wild.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events. To be included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Photo: Into the deep blue
A lone kayaker paddles on the sparkling waters of Auke Bay on Tuesday as the state ferry Taku makes its way to the Alaska Marine Highway terminal.

Around Town
Listing of local nonprofit events.

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

Rainfall sets new record
Lydia Hays walks Monday past a tree showing its autumn colors along Douglas Highway. Hays was upbeat about walking to work at Alaskan and Proud market in the heavy rain. "I love it," she said.

Official: Road project cost will increase
The road project that would link Juneau to a planned ferry terminal near Skagway and Haines will cost more than initially expected, according to Malcolm Menzies, the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Southeast Alaska director.

Correction
The Empire incorrectly reported Aug. 18 that Anisia Sisikin, 22, was convicted of driving while intoxicated.

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

Photo: Ice arena opens
Weldon Else, left, and Aaron Day enjoy an open skate Tuesday at the Treadwell Ice Arena.

Photo: Turning 50 Alaska style
In celebration of turning 50 on Aug. 27, Gastineau Elementary School teacher and librarian Paige Merriam took a zipline tour with Alaska Zipline Adventures...

Meaning of work and Labor Day
Labor Day is a national celebration of the achievements and contributions of workers, not just the unofficial end to the summer season.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you, Juneau, for helping Master Gardeners with Garden Tour a success.

Neighbors Digest
Friends of Beechum family to hold benefit concert and auction

Feline instinct to hunt can cause cat napping
First comes a soft little inquiry, "Mrrrrp?" in my ear.

Albert N. Hester
Juneau resident Albert Nicholas Hester, 64, died Aug. 25, 2006, of natural causes at home.

Mark D. Miles
Juneau resident Mark D. Miles, 51, died suddenly on Aug. 29, 2006, while on a business trip in San Diego.

Leon D. Stuck
Juneau resident Leon D. Stuck, 44, died accidentally on Aug. 30, 2006, while working on the job in Yakutat.

Swastika graffiti dismaying but not shocking
One year ago the Jewish community in Juneau moved into its first home.

Saturday's Sitka Invitational Results

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.

Correction
Due to an error by the sports editor, there was an mistake in the results from the Sitka Cross Country Invitational, which ran Sunday on Page B2.

Hurricanes open JYFL season with impressive win
The Hurricanes impressively opened the Juneau Youth Football League season with a dominating 64-12 victory over Sitka last weekend to open senior division play.

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.

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

UA hires new scientists for Polar Year
The University of Alaska is getting a jump-start on the International Polar Year by hiring a baker's dozen of budding scientists.

Coast Guard cutter returns to port early after diver deaths in Arctic
The Coast Guard cutter Healy is back in port after aborting an Arctic voyage for research into global warming two months ahead of schedule because of the unexplained death of two divers.

Alaska Digest
A Fort Wainwright soldier has been killed in Iraq, the first Stryker Brigade member to die since the nearly 4,000-strong combat team had its deployment extended, Army officials said Tuesday.

Northwest Digest
A report by an organization that provides legal advocacy services for people with disabilities has concluded that the Alaska Psychiatric Institute lacks a way of dealing with patients who resist being discharged.

Senate hopeful returns $14,000 in contributions
Republican Senate hopeful Mike McGavick of Washington has returned $14,000 he received from executives with an oil services company under investigation by the FBI, his campaign announced Tuesday.

Gray whales put on show near Barrow
In an ancient ritual that often precedes their long migration south, gray whales are rubbing bellies and scratching backs in the Arctic Ocean surf, sometimes just feet from squealing crowds of people.

VECO executives upped donations in past two years
The four VECO Corp. executives named in an FBI warrant used to raid six Alaska legislators' offices have long been top Republican donors, but the money really started rolling in when natural gas pipeline talks heated up.

Summit gives tips to keep kids safe
Sharon Freeman described in detail for a group of a dozen or so parents and school officials the morning last March when she found her son, Andrew, dead in his closet.

Kodiak offers wounded veterans an opportunity for outdoor adventure
Peter and Beverly Malley and a host of other Kodiakans welcomed four injured war veterans to Kodiak via the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization that helps wounded veterans adapt to debilitating injuries and adjust to life after war.

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

Photo: One tough buck
Brent Vincent of Sulfur, La., is bucked off a bull called Microchip on Sunday at the finals of the Professional Bull Riders Enterprise Tour.

Photo: Convicted of bribery
Former state Sen. George Hohman, D-Bethel, works on Feb. 8, 1985, while incarcerated at the Palmer Correctional Center.

BP appoints ombudsman to hear employee complaints
Just days before being summoned to testify at a congressional hearing, British petroleum giant BP has asked a former federal judge to serve as its ombudsman and hear complaints from BP workers in Alaska and elsewhere about the company's operations.

Officer revives infant after car flips in ditch
An Anchorage Police Department sergeant revived an infant trapped in water an estimated five minutes after a car flipped near a marsh.

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