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Thursday, September 7, 2006

Business Digest
Meeting to focus on balancing work, life

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

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?

Juneau's ugly side
All of Juneau should be disgusted by those who perpetuate hate and intolerance.

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

Spending less due to new cruise ship tax
I would like to comment about Alaska's new "do-not-visit," $50-per-person tax on cruise ship passengers.

Limits on river gatherings illogical
We had a town meeting on Aug. 28 in Wrangell to discuss the possibility of a 12-person limit for private-party gatherings on the Stikine River.

Hooligan goes too far
I agree with Sue Miller's comments in her Sept. 1 My Turn.

Bad articles better than no free press
It seems to me that there are an awful lot of people claiming to own your publication.

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.

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

Dangerous crosswalk
Yes, we now have our tax dollars spent on fancy lights in the pavement, newly painted crosswalk stripes on the pavement, and expensive controls to activate warnings for both drivers and pedestrians at Douglas Highway and Cordova Street.

Iraqi civilian to speak about country's condition Friday
Rana Al-Aiouby, like many in Iraq, saw her life dramatically change after the United States began a bombing campaign in her country in 2003.

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

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

Voters asked to extend tax Oct. 3
City officials say $106 million to $125 million in services would be lost over five years if voters don't renew the 3 percent sales tax in October.

Images from another time: The play's the thing

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.

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

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

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.

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...

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

My Turn: Sell Hooligan separately and see if it survives
Much has been written recently regarding the Hooligan section and I thought I would put in my two cents worth.

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.

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.

Saturday's Sitka Invitational Results

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.

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.

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.

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.

Inupiaqs of Anaktuvuk Pass name mountain for Norwegian explorer
After hearing about the "inland Eskimos" of Alaska, Norwegian explorer Helge Ingstad lived among them for nine months, learning the language, listening to their stories and recording their songs.

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.

Murkowski drops plans for session
It will be up to a future governor to sign a contract for a $25 billion North Slope natural gas pipeline to Canada, Gov. Frank Murkowski's top aide said Wednesday.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

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.

Alaska Digest
Man arrested in valley on sex assault warrant

Scientists find melting permafrost may release methane
New research is raising concerns that global warming may be triggering a self-perpetuating climate time bomb trapped in once-frozen permafrost.

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

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