Thursday, September 23, 2004

Government silliness discriminates
There have been some bad ideas in my day - "open-classroom" schools, platform shoes and Vietnam - but never, never before have I seen such unabashed silliness, governmentally funded silliness (GFS), as the "Healthy Marriages Initiative."

Land swap is raw deal
It is refreshing to see that the Juneau Empire, which supports the current Kensington Mine design, has reached the same conclusion that those opposed to the mine have reached.

Stand by your country, not by failure
There's a big call up for the National Guard to Iraq all over this vast nation, including sons and daughters, husbands, wives, fathers and mothers here in Alaska.

Real transparency in judicial appointments
On Sunday past you published another column from Jim Clark, chief of staff for Gov.

Governor's trip slaps Taku workers in face
I hope the governor enjoyed the trip he took on board the state ferry Taku, the same vessel his administration is laying up on Tuesday the 26th and looking to sell.

Juneau grows without a road
Does Juneau really need a road out?

Bush's thought police
While watching the news this morning a lady at a Mrs. Bush speech was arrested for standing on a public spot and talking to reporters wanting to ask the Bush people why their members of the administration support the war in Iraq with our children and none of theirs.

Harbor electric problem solved
Rationing is not new, and was done during World War II, with items such as copper and gasoline.

World not imprisoned by pro-Bush media
Let me share with you something from the front page of the Bangkok newspaper last week:

Marine highway suffers from state's decisions
The schedule is getting worse and long-term ferry customers are now feeling the effects.

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

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

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

Food: Who took the challenge?
And here are our winners:

Prop. 2: Unused bonds would help renovate schools
If local voters redirect $18 million in bonds that were sold to build a new high school, Juneau's elementary schools will be spruced up and many of the district's schools will be more accessible to people with disabilities.

Food: Now for a real challenge - mango and hash
In Indian culture, the mango takes many forms.

Marina set afire; 1,600 gallons of fuel spill
Flames shot 60 feet into the air and damaged a marina ramp after an arsonist set a fire early Tuesday at Auke Bay, and more than 1,600 gallons of diesel and gasoline spilled into the harbor from ruptured fuel lines, officials said.

Food: Invention & innovation
I n the news business, we have what we call "the window of stupefaction."

Arrest made in Auke Bay fire
An Auke Bay boat resident with a criminal record that includes burning another man's vehicle was arrested Tuesday night and accused of cutting fuel lines at DeHart's Marina and lighting the fuel with a blowtorch.

Photo: Running in a hard-driving rain
Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country running team members go on a training run through Evergreen Cemetery.

Food: September Food Challenge recipes
Here are the recipies for the 13 winning dishes.

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

Children and family grief support
I first became aware of bereavement services for children when my lifelong friend, Karen, became a volunteer facilitator at The Center for Grieving Children in Portland, Maine.

SEARHC Foundation acknowledges major charter donors
Approximately 100 honored donors and guests gathered at the ANB Hall in Juneau on Thursday, Sept. 16, to witness recognition of The SEARHC Foundation's first major Charter Donors.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau.

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

Photo: Fall - it's the berries
A crow snacks on mountain-ash berries last Sunday along Channel Drive.

Evelyn Winifred Navarro
Longtime Juneau resident Evelyn Winifred Navarro died on Sept. 11, 2004, at Wildflower Court.

Rikki Leeann Hudson
Rikki Leeann Hudson died Sept. 13, 2004, in Port Protection after falling off a floathouse barge and drowning.

My Turn: Administration ignores experts
As I watch things unravel in Iraq, I often wonder how we got into this mess.

My Turn: Juneau classes are too crowded
I have recently been reminded that the Juneau School District has an active board policy that calls for lower numbers in class sizes.

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.

Klondike Trail of '98 International Road Relay results
Complete team results and partial individual results from the 22nd annual Klondike Trail of '98 International Road Relay, held Sept. 10-11 on a 10-stage, 110-mile course from Skagway, Alaska, to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

Juneau Parks and Rec Adult Volleyball
Standings through Sept. 19 for the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreations men's and women's volleyball leagues.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

This Day in History
Today

Groups protest agencies' policy to speak with one voice
Environmental groups and open government advocates are protesting a new policy by three Alaska state agencies that bans separate written opinions about resource issues.

Supreme Court hears arguments on Anchorage mayoral election
The Alaska Supreme Court heard arguments on whether to overturn the results of last year's election of Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Southeast leaders propose new roads, hydroelectric projects
Southeast Alaska leaders pitched new roads and hydroelectric power projects as priorities for the region on the third day of their economic summit.

Trial for Angoon killing begins
Denni Starr screamed and begged the father of her children not to die on the day she is accused of stabbing him in their Angoon home, a state investigator said Tuesday during the first full day of testimony in the second-degree murder trial.

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

Democrats file initiative to tighten campaign restrictions
Democratic lawmakers turned in more than 36,000 signatures to the state Tuesday for a proposed ballot initiative to reverse campaign finance laws passed this year by Republicans in the Alaska Legislature.

Coast Guard investigates Fairweather accident
The state's fast ferry Fairweather will be back in circulation today after undergoing minor repairs following an accident on Tuesday that caused it to plow into the stern lines of a cruise ship and mooring dolphin in Skagway.

Fast ferry plows through ship's lines
The state's new fast ferry Fairweather slammed into three stern lines of a cruise ship docked in Skagway on Tuesday and also may have hit a mooring dolphin, leaving cracks in the side of the ferry.

Corrections
A story in Wednesday's Empire about Juneau's Proposition 2, to redirect $18 million in school bonds, incorrectly stated what would become of the bonds if voters reject a plan to use them for new purposes.

Bear baiting opponents cry foul over election pamphlet
A group that wants to ban bear baiting claims the state election pamphlet contains lies and misinformation.

Tongass official aims for more timber sales
The Tongass National Forest superintendent told Southeast leaders gathered here for an economic summit on Tuesday that he plans to increase timber sales in the forest over the next few years.

Celebrating Singer
Juneau Public Libraries Director Barbara Berg started reading the stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer in college.

what's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau.

The Swamp
Comic by local artist Toe

movies where & when
Movie locations and showtimes in Juneau.

Harvest Festival, concert take over park
Bands scheduled to play Juneau's Rock the Vote concert, 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, under the Marine Park shelter (bands listed in alphabetical order, not necessarily in order of appearance):

'An Evening of Opera'
Soprano Kathleen Wayne and her husband, tenor Dan Wayne, were thinking of planning a recital when they realized the obvious.

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