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Saturday, September 17, 2005

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

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.

FYI
News about the people you know

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.

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.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Skagway Invitational Cross Country Meet results
from Friday, 9 September

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.

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

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

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."

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

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.

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