Friday, September 16, 2005

Business Digest
Staff reports of local businesses

A judge against women's rights
I've been listening to the confirmation hearings for John Roberts.

Kensington Mine threatens fishery
It is my understanding the Environmental Protection Agency has, for the first time since the Clean Water Act of 1972, agreed to let Coeur Alaska dump mine waste into fresh water, the fresh water in question being Lower Slate Lake located in proximity to Lynn Canal.

Fear the modern fearmongers
A sign on the door at the Skagway ferry terminal Saturday said "MARSEC Level 1 Heightened Security Risk."

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.

Tailings dump a terrible precedent
I am appalled by the imminent Kensington Mine industrialization of Berners Bay.

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.

President Bush is man of integrity
In response Joshua Edward's letter (Empire, Sept. 13) regarding the federal response to Hurricane Katrina, I want to point out a few things that Mr. Edward is either oblivious to or is conveniently ignoring.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

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

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.

Former residents to appear on 'Oprah'
Two longtime Juneau residents will be featured on "Oprah" today, as part of a program on identical twins and transgender issues.

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.

Prayers, party to aid Katrina relief effort
The aftermath of the hurricane that rocked the Gulf Coast has sent emotional shockwaves that have been felt as far away as Juneau.

Photo: Can't wait
Becky Engstrom steers her daughter, Claire, 2, across Front Street on Thursday downtown.

Photo: Coming mother
Two cinnamon-colored black bear cubs chase after their mother Thursday as they cross the road at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center.

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.

Mayor testifies on behalf of Roberts
Juneau mayor Bruce Botelho testified Thursday in front of a Senate panel in Washington supporting Supreme Court nominee John Roberts.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FYI
News about the people you know

Rife, Benson to marry
Former Juneau resident Kimberly Lynn Benson and Ryan Wayne Rife of Oak Ridge, Tenn., will be married at 6 p.m. May 13, 2006, at Wedding in the Sky in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Photo: Raffle winners
Senior Regent Tina Schmitz, center, presents certificates to Kathy Swanson and Marty White, the winners of a raffle and auction by the Women of the Moose Juneau Chapter No. 439.

It is all in the proof
While I was doing some serious spring cleaning last May, I came across a dozen blank books that I used for journals.

Yadao, Martin wed
Juneau residents Rhodalie Grace Guimmayen Martin and Bernard Tumbaga Yadao were married at 2 p.m. July 16, 2005, at Valley Chapel in Juneau. A reception followed at the Tlingit and Haida Community Building.

Party like it's 1929
Often as I've read of the 1920s and '30s in Wrangell, Tenakee Springs and Juneau, I'm struck by how people enjoyed all-night partying.

Photo: Downtown monkey business
Devon Baxter, in a gorilla suit, fools around with a tourist on Aug. 19 along South Franklin Street.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Photo: New to the fleet
Juneau Pioneer Home residents and their technicians enjoyed an outing on Aug. 19 on board the Orca Odysea.

Robert J. Hillyer
Juneau resident Robert "Bob" J. Hillyer Sr., 81, died Sept. 14, 2005, at home.

Alaska editorial: Some forms of gambling already exist in Alaska
It would be one thing, perhaps, to condemn poker parlors as an evil crack-in-the-door that will soon open the way for big gambling operations in Anchorage and Alaska - if it weren't for the fact that gambling is rampant here already.

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.

My turn: The greatest treasure in Alaska is clean water
Alaska's clean waters are one of our state's great treasures.

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.

Skagway Invitational Cross Country Meet results
from Friday, 9 September

Crimson Bears can wrap up Railbelt title with victory tonight
Tonight's contest versus visiting Colony may be the most important game of the year thus far for the Juneau-Douglas High School football team.

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.

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.

Ellefson runs with her body and spirit
When she talks about running, Merry Ellefson's voice swells with emotion.

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.

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

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.

Study: High mercury levels in market fish
High concentrations of mercury were found in store-bought swordfish in Alaska and 21 other states targeted in a study released Thursday by environmental groups.

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: Abandoned ship
The fishing vessel Perseverance struck a rock and began taking on water Saturday in the Icy Straits near Spasski Island.

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.

Northern forests wane, while tundra grows greener
Recent studies show plant life in Alaska's northern forests is declining, while the tundra is seeing accelerated growth triggered by rising temperatures and concentrations of carbon dioxide.

Anchorage representative enters governor's race
Anchorage state Rep. Eric Croft is the second Democrat to announce his entry in the race for governor.

Man alleges harassment, sues state
A man working as an Alaska probation officer has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Corrections and three women, including his former supervisor, alleging she allowed "a sexually hostile workplace."

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

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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