Business Digest
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September 8-14, 2005




Hurricane Katrina is a reminder that we never know when or where tragedy is going to strike. As the fourth anniversary of 9/11 nears, we are also reminded that we do not choose tragedy - it chooses us.

Kids borrowing items from the Juneau Public Libraries this summer could enter a contest and be rewarded by local businesses. Prizes were given each week.


No dice road supporters
What irks me regarding the road-out-of-Juneau debate is the idea that anyone not supportive of the road just needs to be fed another analysis and then the road will be favored.

Money for victims, not roads
May I publicly add my fervent plea to that already expressed by Judy Schuler in her letter in Friday's Empire, and of those, I'm confident, being felt by many others.

Retro politics
The Murkowski administration is now conducting state-sponsored whale watching trips.

Thankful for Stevens' efforts
We are disturbed by the attempt to recall Sen. Ben Stevens.

Help out bat study, but be careful
As a physician-scientist involved in research of viral infections transmitted from bats to humans in Southeast Asia, I have read the bat story involving David Tessler (Empire, Sept. 4) with great interest.

Cheaper fares for Juneau
The price of getting out of Juneau appears to be a primary motivating factor for many of the road supporters in Juneau.

Donor funds museum's winter hours
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum's tradition of free winter admission could have ended this year after one of its main sponsors, Harold Fossum, died in December.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Photo: Let there be light
Chuck Platt, a wireman for Chatham Electric, installs one of nine streetlights Wednesday on Seward Street.

N. Douglas drivers are warned not to stop at roundabout
Drivers from north Douglas seem too polite for the roundabout that opened in August on the Douglas side of the bridge, according to a state traffic engineer.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Danson visits city, cheers state's ocean conservation
Ted Danson is playing a role that many people might not recognize.

Bear dines out in neighborhood
Tuesday's raid happened in broad daylight, and it wasn't the first bold adventure for this brazen bear.

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

Photo: Come and get me
A silver salmon leaps out of the water as fishermen line the banks of the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon last week on the Homer Spit in Homer.

Neighbors Brief
Brandon Wigfield of Juneau was elected to serve as Grand Worthy Advisor for the grand assembly of Alaska, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls when the statewide meeting was held in Juneau in June.

America is whistling in the dark
Years ago, when I taught psychological anthropology, I tried to explain the difference between fear and anxiety.

How do you meet responsibilities?
Brooke is in fifth grade. He wants to eat breakfast each day before school but sometimes his family does not have enough food.

Photo: Women of the Moose helping children
Senior Women of the Moose Regent Tina Schmitz, center, presents certificates to Kathy Swanson and Marty White

Kirchhoff, Posey to marry
Rachael Kirchhoff of Juneau and Zachary Posey of Redmond, Wash., will be married in a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, 2005, in Seattle.

Longs to celebrate 50th
Richard and Elaine Long will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 10, 2005.

Christianson, Denton marry
Former Juneau residents Joy Christianson and Todd Denton were married Aug. 13, 2005, in an outdoor wedding at the University of Alaska Southeast Noyes Pavilion.

The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is accepting bids for services to seven northern Panhandle communities for about one month while the M/V LeConte is out of service for its annual overhaul.

Twenty-four swimmers got their feet wet in Ketchikan for a first-of-its kind swim that raised about $15,000 for the American Diabetes Association, said Gretchen Klein, who organized the event with Willie Schulz.

The Juneau Family Assistance Center is holding a Care Package Drive at Safeway, Super Bear and Alaskan & Proud 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Satuarday.

Joe Stehlik
Former Juneau resident Joe Stehlik, 93, died Sept. 1, 2005, in Palmer.

Mark Allen Smith
Juneau resident Mark Allen Smith, 42, died in a boating accident on Aug. 30, 2005 when he was commercial fishing.

Richard W. Freer
Former Juneau resident Richard W. (Dick) Freer, 91, died Sept. 3, 2005, in Portland, Ore.

Roger McFarlane Pugh
Roger McFarlane Pugh, 47, died suddenly last week Aug. 30, 2005, while at his home on the Taku River in northern British Columbia.

My Turn: Juneau access road is environmentally best bet
There are many valid opinions on either side of the controversial Juneau Access Project.

My Turn: What is the true cost of war?
Throughout history, wars have had a lasting impact on our world.

Commentary: Sales tax proposals offer three separate decisions
The recent back-and-forth about how best to spend the city's optional 1 percent sales tax has resulted in a nice range of options to be presented to voters at the municipal election on Oct. 4.



Juneau Gastineau Humane Society Shelter: 789-0260

The American Red Cross is taking donations to help the thousands of victims

Should the city of New Orleans be rebuilt?

ADN/ALASKA State Coaches Football Poll
Here are the Anchorage Daily News/Alaska State Coaches Football Polls, as voted on by high school coaches and compiled by the Anchorage Daily News.

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.

Lincoln Maka's four TDs lead Cougars to victory
Lincoln Maka rushed for four touchdowns to lead the Cougars past the Hurricanes 24-13 last weekend in the Juneau Youth Football League senior 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.

Fish Report: Coho catch stays above average
Here is the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's fishing report for the week that ended Sunday:

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

State fights cruise lines' claims in tax lawsuit
The state of Alaska filed court arguments Tuesday stating that the cruise ship industry's legal challenge to an upcoming voter initiative for a $46-per-passenger cruise ship tax undermines Alaskans' right to use the initiative process.

Passport requirement affects sports community
A proposed federal regulation requiring Americans to carry passports when crossing from Canada back into the United States has Canadians worried about popular sporting events they host in Whitehorse.

Lawmaker calls for audit into state's pension retirement systems
A lawmaker has called for a legislative audit to find out how the state's pension retirement systems ended up with a $5.7 billion shortfall.

Native hunters squeamish about Webcast walrus kills
A pair of Web cameras providing Internet images of walruses basking on Round Island will be shut off this week at the request of Alaska Native leaders, who do not want viewers to see the animals shot and butchered during the traditional fall hunt.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Alaska Army sergeant killed in Iraq
Army Sgt. Matthew Charles Bohling was a lifelong Alaskan who loved hauling in salmon or kicking up mud in an off-road vehicle.

8-inch snake found dead on Haines road
There aren't supposed to be snakes in Alaska, but evidence to the contrary may have been found in Haines.

Hurricane survivors join relatives in Alaska
After Hurricane Katrina and the sweltering nightmare that followed, Alaska represents one word for survivor Josette Autry.

Growth in cruise industry continues, but more slowly
The International Council of Cruise Lines has issued a study showing that Alaska continues to be the "busiest cruise destination market" in the United States.

Ocean group seeks to spread Alaska successes elsewhere
The leaders of Oceana, an international environmental group meeting in Juneau this week, said Tuesday they will put pressure on the rest of the coastal United States, Chile and Europe to adopt Alaska's high standards for protecting marine species.

Telecom, media workers among top AK earners
Alaska's information sector provides the state's third-highest-paying work force, a jump ahead from its status a decade ago, according to state economists.

Boar of a different kind scavenges Kodzoff Acres
Animal control officers are waiting for the owner of a 60-pound pig to step forward after they captured the swine at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the backyard of a Kodzoff Acres mobile home.

In his studio at the University of Virginia, professor of composition and computer music Matthew Burtner uses a bank of Linux and Macintosh computers to create music about nature.

A tale of Unrequited love
For his directorial debut at Perseverance Theatre, artistic intern David Paul has chosen Federico Garcia Lorca's "Blood Wedding," a play he's read repeatedly, directed as part of class exercises and wondered how to fully adapt to a stage.

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