Monday, September 12, 2005

PFD idea honors Hammond's principles
One way to honor Jay Hammond is following his example. Part of his Alaska Permanent Fund philosophy was that it's better for each Alaskan to have direct say on using state investment profits than just leaving it all to government.

Roundabouts work
I just returned from a 10-day driving trip in New Zealand, where the preferred traffic control method is "roundabouts." They outnumber traffic lights by a large margin throughout the country. In my experience, they work extremely well to control the flow of traffic, but they do require a different mindset.

Let there be more light around town.
OK, so there is light on Seward Street. How about some lights on the crosswalk on the Douglas Highway and Cordova Street intersection?

Those who use it should pay
I have sent two letters to the editor regarding the proposed water park in the Mendenhall Valley.

Accountability a must after Katrina
We are all saddened by the tragedies surrounding the loss of life and homes on the Gulf coast.

The joys of garage sale traffic
Imagine this scenario: It's another beautiful Saturday morning in Juneau, and you are very carefully pulling out of your driveway so you don't hit another car or, worse yet, some poor soul in a hurry to get to the garage sale across the street.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Riverside Rotary Park memorial enhanced
Destiny Sargeant said she will never forget the importance of Sept. 11 after walking through the rubble at ground zero as fires smoldered on.

Alaska celebrity
A mother black bear walks across the road Thursday at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. A group of would-be paparazzi and other onlookers carefully stand by.

Photo: The Age of Steam lives
John George, right, and his wife, Patty, standing, give harbor rides on their steamboat Sunday for donations to the American Red Cross.

Higher wages pay off for Costco
Juneau's lone warehouse outlet Costco is paying employees some of the highest wages in the retail business, as the company experiments with new policies to beat the competition.

Juneau manager: City doesn't aim to vie with businesses
Juneau city manager Rod Swope told local business leaders Friday the city has no interest in competing with the private sector.

New funeral director joins Juneau mortuary
Jon L. Fullerton is used to his friends' joking about his profession.

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

Projects compete for tax money
Although the city election is almost a month away, competition among different projects for the temporary 1 percent sales tax is as fierce as that among Juneau Assembly candidates.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Historical group to present Burg program
The Gastineau Channel Historical Society will co-sponsor a free, 90-minute presentation about world traveler and longtime Juneau resident Amos Burg from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

New joint facility at university opens
michael penn / juneau empire Inside ceremony: University of Alaska Southeast student activities director Tish Griffin and her daughter, Anna, cross the gymnasium with decorations after rain chased the dedication ceremony inside.

Photo: Wearing Old Glory
Linda Smith wears a flag while attending ceremonies Sunday at the September 11th Memorial Brick Plaza at Riverside Rotary Park.

Photo: Memorial ceremony
Troop 11 Boy Scouts Trevor Larsen, right, Ryan Farrell, center, and Alex Botelho, all 14 years old, raise the nation's flag Sunday at the September 11th Memorial Brick Plaza at Riverside Rotary Park.

Harlena Sanders
Hoonah resident Harlena Evanne Sanders, 12, died Sept. 6, 2005, at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

Sylvia Ann Kitajima
Juneau resident Sylvia Ann Kitajima, 29, died Aug. 16, 2005, in Fairbanks.

Elvan Guy John
Former Juneau resident Elvan Guy John, 86, died Aug. 18, 2005, at Synergy Adult Family Home in Bellevue, Wash., following a stroke.

Alaska editorial: ; Are North Slope gas line concessions really needed?
Is Alaska North Slope natural gas a marginal prospect that needs state concessions before a pipeline can carry it to U.S. markets?

My Turn: Editorial page, TV guide changes aren't for the better
I agree that moving the Empire opinion page to the next-to-the-last page in section A is a bad idea.

Commentary: A trap or box of wisdom: Reaching into the unknown
I was born and raised at the edge of the Indian village in Juneau, but when I was a teenager my mother and I moved to Northern California, where I lived for 25 years before coming back home.

My Turn: Historical perspective on road controversies
I am noticing more bumper stickers from both sides of the argument: "Want More Roads? Move Down South," and "Don't Want Roads? Pelican Needs You."

Accessing Nature
Nature is even more accessible at the Mendenhall Glacier this year.

Out&About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Crimson Bears show ability to bounce back
Saturday night against host Wasilla, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team found themselves behind for the first time all season.

Crimson Bears 'unleash the beast' over the weekend
With two wins and a handful of personal bests, the Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team enjoyed a successful weekend in Ketchikan.

Juneau-Douglas sweeps a pair from Ketchikan
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team extended its winning streak to four games this season with a pair of straight-set victories over host Ketchikan this weekend.

Bears' J.V. throws 5 TD passes in win
The Juneau-Douglas junior varsity football team did their best impersonation of the Crimson Bears' varsity squad with an impressive passing performance Saturday.

Juneau improves to 5-0
This just in. Juneau-Douglas is pretty darn good.

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 football 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.

To the hoop
Jerry Krause, Gonzaga University director of men's basketball operations, instructs 12-year-old Jordan Jeans on layups during Saturday's basketball camp at the new University of Alaska Southeast's new student recreation and Army National Guard readiness center.

JDHS handles cross country test at Dimond
In their first major statewide test of the season, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls cross country teams made solid accounts for themselves Saturday at the Dimond Lynx Adidas meet at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.

Halibut harvest could force showdown with fishermen, council
Halibut is a hot commodity for Alaska fishermen but it is swimming into a maelstrom.

Taiwan firm signs deal to buy more Southeast timber
A Taiwan company will buy another $1.7 million of Southeast Alaska timber from a subsidiary of Sealaska Corp., Southeast Alaska's regional Native corporation.

Former NFL star among the rescued from Bering Sea
Pro football Hall of Famer Larry Csonka was among six people who spent a harrowing night aboard a rolling and pitching boat in the Bering Sea before being hoisted to safety aboard a Coast Guard helicopter.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Hundreds attend museum expansion opening
Hundreds of people showed up for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the official opening of the University of Alaska Museum of the North expansion.

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

UA cites heating cost as one reason for requested increase
The University of Alaska system is expected to ask the state Legislature for a $47 million increase next year to cover increases in operating costs including the cost of heating fuel.

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