Monday, September 20, 2004

Local father and son publish Baranov biography
Aleksandr Andreevich Baranov (1746-1819), chief manager of the Shelikhov and Russian American Company settlements in North America from 1790 to 1818, is sometimes casually and speedily dismissed by modern historians as a drunken megalomaniac, a no-count, a bumbling puppet.

In the stacks: Find out why people lie and what you can do to help solve the world's problems
Non-fiction for art lovers, adventurers, and armchair philosophers at the Juneau Public Libraries.

BusinessDigest
Business headlines

Vote for Knowles
As my mind starts flying in the Senate Race, I am already tiring of weak and misleading comments that are coming from the Republican camp. Their current message seems to be "stick with the team that can bring the most pork." This is possibly one of the worst arguments ever for keeping a member of Congress in their post.

School underfunded
I would like to express my dissatisfaction with the Senate Finance Committee and the Murkowski administration in regard to the lack of appropriate funding for the Mount Edgecumbe High School (MEHS) expansion.

A costly road
I am just shaking my head, for anyone who knows the road to anywhere will cost money - money to maintain the condition of the roads all year long.

The plaque of war
I spent Tuesday evening meditating with friends around a table on which 1,000 candles were set. The candles represented the men and women and children killed and injured in the bloody Iraq war.

Stop preying on grief
Cindy Cashen (Empire My Turn guest column, Sept. 14), needs to let a family grieve for their son before she whips out a column to unleash her own pain and anger.

Murkowski understands
After a little pondering it is easy to come to the conclusion that Lisa Murkowski is the only candidate running for U.S. Senate to vote for. Please compare Lisa Murkowski with all other candidates running for the Alaskan U.S. Senate seat and the choice is clear.

Disgusted with Assembly
This is going to be an unusual letter coming from me, because it doesn't fully reveal my complete and utter disgust with the current regime in our Assembly.

Bush must go
Sept. 8th's PBS evening news show spoke hard truths about the war in Iraq.

Real glory is in peace
The United States is fighting a war against an enemy using guerrilla tactics and fighting in their home territory.

Getting around U.S. Junta
If you've ever had any wariness as to the validity of the Bush White House, not knowing what to believe or disbelieve from this non-committal administration, attending Dahr Jamail's lecture last Thursday night (Sept. 9) at the Chapel by the Lake may very well have restored some of your sanity.

Icy Strait Point project means business
When this village's inaugural cruise ship season ended Sunday, 32 ships filled with tourists had come and gone and Native Tlingit residents said their lives had changed forever.

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

Correction
A reporter incorrectly stated the title of Teri Tibbett's book in an article that appeared in Thursday's Empire. The title is "Listen to Learn."

Young children get to play in ensemble at Auke Bay
The 24 second-graders quietly file in to Ann Boochever's music room at Auke Bay Elementary School on Friday morning.

Researchers say small is better, but with a purpose
A lot of research has shown that small high schools have higher academic achievement, fewer dropouts and more engaged students than do large schools. Small high schools are particularly effective for students who are ethnic minorities or from low-income families.

Perseverance Theatre to undergo $1.1 million renovation, expansion
Perseverance Theatre wants to bring a higher level of acting to Juneau with its plans for physical and artistic improvements to the theater in Douglas, Artistic Director PJ Paparelli said Friday.

Latest Dimond Park HS cheaper
Local voters on Oct. 5 will take one more swipe at the issue of whether smaller or larger high schools are better for students.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

City, builders promote homes for singles, families
With the introduction of cottage housing in Juneau, home ownership might not be a pipe dream for single people in Juneau.

Locals clean hundreds of pounds of garbage from Sandy Beach
Nine-year-old Ben Krall walked along Sandy Beach in Douglas with his mother Saturday, collecting garbage from beach parties and rusted metal left over from the days of the Treadwell Mine.

Photo: On the lookout for bargains
Ashley Likins considers a buying pink nightgown as her sister, Jami Likins, and Jami's daughter, Chloe, 4, watch Saturday at the Community Garage Sale at Centennial Hall.

Elizabeth Ellen "Betty" Harris
Juneau author, artist, and Master Gardener Elizabeth Ellen "Betty" Harris died peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 16 at her 12th Street home, surrounded by family and friends. She was 79.

Blake Adam Sanford
Juneau resident, Blake Adam Sanford, 21, unexpectedly passed away in his home on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004.

Empire editorial: Berners Bay land swap
-is poor value for Southeast

My Turn: The human face of fetal alcohol syndrome
The human face is diverse, complicated, wonderful and engaging. In one another's faces we see the emotions of life. We want to put a human face on children, adults and families living with the pain of a disability that is misunderstood and 100 percent preventable. Many families in Juneau suffer hurtful and unnecessary blame because a human face is not put on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

My Turn: Not neo-imperialism, but needed review
Sen. Kim Elton's Sept. 13 My Turn column wrongly characterizes the constitutional requirements for nominating and selecting judges and grossly mischaracterize the governor's actions.

My Turn: Family landlocked in an overstressed school system
Our family moved to Juneau from the Seattle area last month. My teenage daughter's old high school had 1,200 students but started at the 10th grade. Junior high went through ninth.

Empire editorial: Troubling report card
Alaska got an "F" for affordability in its annual review by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education this year. We're not sure that on the bell curve it's fair to flunk this state when a full-time resident undergraduate at the University of Alaska Southeast can cover tuition and fees for less than $2,000 a semester. However we will agree that the trends that led to the mark are troubling.

Coming Home
The annual September run of coho salmon, coupled with the pleasant weather this week, has provided anglers with ample opportunity to get a few more rod hours in before the end of the season and one last chance to fill the freezer with fish for the approaching winter.

Out & About
A listing of outdoor events in town

Fish report
Here's last week's fishing report from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

Kittlitz's murrelet retreats with the glaciers
What does Kittlitz's murrelet have in common with tidewater glaciers?

Juneau JV girls claim victory in Petersburg
Isabel Bush claimed the title by 39 seconds over teammate Carly Craig as they led the Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity girls cross-country running team to victory in the Petersburg Invitational-Jack Eddy Classic held Saturday in Petersburg.

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.

Crimson Bears play in first prep matches
The Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team played its first prep matches in school history this weekend, posting a 2-3 record at the Alyeska Pipeline-Fairbanks High Schools Tennis Invitational tournament held Friday and Saturday at two locations in Fairbanks.

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.

Pat's wins women's CCSL title
Pat's Douglas Inn claimed the women's championship in the Capital City Soccer League, knocking off Seventh Heaven 2-0 in the title game held Sept. 8 at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park football field.

Juneau is back on track
Juneau-Douglas High School quarterbacks Chris Hinkley and Pat Kohan don't mind sharing playing time - not when the combination is nearly perfect.

Juneau spikers sweep at Sitka
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team improved its season record to 10-0 this weekend with a pair of Southeast Conference road victories over Sitka.

Governor yields on nominees
Gov. Frank Murkowski has decided after all to make a judicial appointment from nominees sent to him by the Alaska Judicial Council, according to the governor's chief of staff.

State plan for transportation leans toward more roads
Longer, more direct drives and shorter ferry rides are at the heart of the Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan released this week.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

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

Gustavans buck logging plan
Fed up with clearcuts at nearby Point Couverden, residents of Gustavus have a new idea for logging in their northern corner of the Tongass National Forest.

Photo: For public service
Assistant Attorney General Keith Levy, right, presents lawyer Art Peterson with the Jay Rabinowitz Public Service Award on Friday at the Baranof Hotel. The award is given by the Alaska Bar Foundation to "an individual whose life work has demonstrated a commitment to public service in the State of Alaska." Peterson is the second to receive the award.

Banner year for salmon trollers
Juneau fisherman Mark Stopha feels like a lucky guy. As a new fisherman, he doesn't have to pine for the "good old days" of Alaska fishing.

Alaska fishing industry takes a new look at benefits of value-added products
Behold the lowly humpy and dogfish, all dressed up as salmon Benedict with dill havarti and grilled salmon Caesar salad.

University scientists discover new habitat
The discovery of Alaska's newest underwater habitat - and possibly a new marine species - began with a runaway sieve.

AlaskaDigest
Headlines from around the state.

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