Thursday, September 15, 2005

Business Digest
Staff reports of local businesses

Protect water quality
As one of many neighbors in the Matanuska Valley who fought to protect clean water from threats of coalbed methane development, I want to salute all the locals in the Juneau, Auke Bay and Haines region who have been speaking out to protect Berners Bay from contamination from the Kensington Mine.

Mine threatens healthy fisheries
I remember about 15 years ago the Kensington Mine project started to rear its ugly head and several fishermen went and testified.

The other facts on road debate
Michael Heiman's My Turn (Empire, Sept. 11) piece in favor of the Juneau to Skagway road is an excellent example of purporting to use facts while expressing one's personal views.

Army Corps shirks responsibility
The decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to allow Kensington gold mine to dump millions of chemically treated mine tailings into a pristine lake is immoral.

Road isn't federal priority
In Michael Heiman's column of Sept. 11 regarding the proposed road towards Skagway, he mentioned a controversial road from the 18th century in which a precedent was established for the federal government to build an access road into a community against its citizens' wishes.

Stand up for clean water
It's good to see the conservation community standing up against Coeur Alaska's plan to dump mine tailings into a Juneau lake.

Comic relief
I loved the Tier I cartoon by Toe in Sunday's paper.

Day care trumps water park
As a single working mother of a 2-year-old, I find it incredibly stressful and difficult to find adequate child care in Juneau.

Build the pool
Having lived in Juneau for nearly 20 years, I am excited that voters will finally be given the opportunity to vote on the construction of a valley aquatic facility.

Photo: Volunteer of the year
Jodi Kilcup, executive director of United Way of Southeast Alaska, presents the United Way of Southeast Alaska 2005 Volunteer of the Year award to Bill Elberson of Ketchikan during a ceremony Wednesday aboard the cruise ship Sapphire Princess.

School counselors' positions extended
The Juneau School District has extended the contracts of three problem solvers to address the district's dropout rate.

Unprecedented numbers leave for Katrina relief
Juneau resident Dale Kelley is packed and ready to go help Hurricane Katrina victims for a few weeks.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Running up a new flag
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Commander Gerald Dorsher runs up a new flag during a commemoration ceremony Wednesday at the USS Juneau memorial.

Photo: Along for the ride
Molly the dog looks out of her window of a Kelly Trucking of Montana semi-truck on Wednesday as it passes through Anchorage.

Gas cost up; Oil industry: Katrina did it
Every time Joyce Simons drives to Haines from her home near the Canadian border, gasoline prices go up.

Gov. Murkowski delivers gas terms to producers
Gov. Frank Murkowski said Wednesday he delivered to North Slope producers the state's terms for a natural gas pipeline agreement and he expects a response by next week.

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

Voters asked to OK bonds
Juneau voters will once again be asked to approve the issuance of general obligation bond debt for education - this time to renovate Glacier Valley Elementary School.

Photo: New firefighting tool
From left, Capital City Fire and Rescue firefighter-emergency medical technician Mark Fuette, firefighter-paramedic Marilyn DeVilbiss and firefighter-paramedic Todd Cameron practice using a new firefighting tool called the piercing nozzle Tuesday at the Juneau fire station.

Hiking the Great Wall
The Mongol attackers are long gone, but the vast brick-and-stone barrier that helped China repel them and other invaders still stands - and awaits a new horde of travelers who can explore and even camp out on the centuries-old fortification.

Candidates field questions from public
At their first public forum Wednesday, five Juneau Assembly candidates answered questions ranging from domestic partner rights to relocation of the Glory Hole shelter.

Alaska lawmakers seek tax breaks on fuel
State lawmakers are asking the governor to provide tax relief from ballooning energy costs before constituents are shoved into debt by high fuel prices this winter.

Groups work to keep kids in state for counseling
Parents and children's advocacy groups are working to bring back hundreds of emotionally disturbed Alaska children who have been shipped outside the state for psychiatric treatment.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Steps to a healthier SE Alaska
When I was a kid, I used to walk three miles in the snow to get to school."

Campaign contributions right now are on the back burner
With the present concern for hurricane Katrina, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, Social Security reform and other issues, the whole question of campaign contributions to political candidates is on the back burner. But the back burner is turned off.

Photo: Removing temptation
J.J. Johnson picks some pretty-ripe Braeburn apples last week off her backyard tree in Switzer Creek.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Mary Anita Abbott Aspinwall
Juneau resident Mary Anita Abbott Aspinwall, 66, died Sept. 10, 2005, in Seattle.

My Turn: Get real on potential gas line
As Alaskans consider our options for a North Slope gas project, we'll do well to remember that wishful thinking is no substitute for actual thought.

My Turn: Anti-mine letter writers miss points
Just when it appeared the Kensington project may actually proceed, the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council has filed a lawsuit to try once again to block Coeur Alaska from developing their permitted mine.

JDHS volleyball off to Washington
Though the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team already has four matches under their belt, it feels as if the season is just starting.

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.

Damian's TD late pass lifts Bruins to thrilling win
Beau Damian completed a touchdown pass to Franklin Hotch in the game's waning seconds as the Bruins earned a stunning 18-12 victory in the Juneau Youth Football League's Senior Division.

Juneau rocks the Klondike relays
On the surface, it's just a 108-mile stretch of land that connects Skagway to Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory.

Teacher strives for highest elevations in each U.S. county
Dick Ellsworth gets high in a natural County Highpointers kind of way.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Soldier from Palmer in Iraq roadside blast
Army Sgt. Kurtis Arcala had joined the military in hopes of paying his way through college and becoming a teacher.

Gov. Murkowski delivers gas terms to producers
Gov. Frank Murkowski said Wednesday he delivered to North Slope producers the state's terms for a natural gas pipeline agreement and he expects a response by next week.

Exotic fish show up in Kodiak fishing nets the last two weeks
Visitors are common in Kodiak and lately the island has been getting some with fins.

Photo: Along for the ride
Molly the dog looks out of her window of a Kelly Trucking of Montana semi-truck on Wednesday as it passes through Anchorage.

Groups work to keep kids in state for counseling
Parents and children's advocacy groups are working to bring back hundreds of emotionally disturbed Alaska children who have been shipped outside the state for psychiatric treatment.

Alaska lawmakers seek tax breaks on fuel
State lawmakers are asking the governor to provide tax relief from ballooning energy costs before constituents are shoved into debt by high fuel prices this winter.

Anchorage zoo installs treadmill for its elephant
A 16,000-pound treadmill specifically built to exercise Maggie the elephant arrived at the Alaska Zoo, but the question remains: Just how do you get a more than 4-ton animal fighting the battle of the bulge to use a treadmill?

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

what's happening
entertainment events around town

music briefly
news of local musicians

The art of song:
In the heart of the Romantic period, when lyric poetry was at its height, musicians seized upon the idea of reinterpreting text into their own compositions.

Tale of a cursed ship
In 1991, Kodiak marine biologist Brad Stevens was approached by an Anchorage archaeologist, Mike Yarborough, who had spent more than a decade researching the 1860 wreck of the 132-foot Russian American Co. ship Kad'yak.

Sixth Annual UAS Fall Lecture Series
News of upcoming lectures.

briefly
news of local arts

Cinema Guide
What's playing on the silver screen

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