Monday, September 27, 2004

Fall is the perfect time to check out new fiction at the Juneau library
New fiction for rainy days at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Alaska should celebrate Pew fisheries report
In the Sept. 21 Empire article, "Governor to protest fisheries intervention," Elizabeth Bluemink wrote, "Though the two commissions had many similar findings, Alaska Republicans, including U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, lambasted the Pew commission because it proposed eliminating the current framework of regional fishery management councils." Not so.

Stop teaching my daughter to back-stab
The other day, my 9-year-old daughter and I were discussing politics.

Berners Bay land swap rips off Alaskans
With its beauty and abundant wildlife, Berners Bay is one of Juneau's wild jewels.

Firefighters prove their worth yet again
Once again, Capital City Fire and Rescue has proved it's worth and worthiness of praise and admiration.

Build it! It's time for a road to Skagway
Fast ferry? Or half-fast ferry?

MADD provides a shoulder to cry on
We, the board members, would like to clarify MADD's mission and activities for the sake of Joyce Reid and others who may be uninformed.

'Special trips' more troubling than collision
The unfortunate incident involving the new fast ferry Fairweather is just that - an unfortunate accident.

Split grades between the two high schools
I have been on the fringe of the second high school construction issue, but heard an interesting idea from my friend today.

Ocean management needs change
In the realm of modern ocean science, there is surprisingly little debate.

Skagway road question divides
On Oct. 5, 2004 an advisory question concerning Juneau access is going to be on the ballot. The question will be stated: "Which of the following do you support for improved acess from Skagway to Juneau: improved ferry service or road?"

More details needed on second high school
With less then two weeks to go for the Propositions 1 and 2 election the School District hasn't published a plan or sketch of the new school

Bill is bad
There is a bill that Sen. Murkowski wants to pass that will needlessly cut off access to public lands. Her super-complex Alaska Lands Transfer Acceleration Act is meant to settle all outstanding Alaska land claims but ends up cutting the public out of land settlements. That bill is such a boat full of holes that it should be scuttled. It seems like Ms. Murkowski is desperate to pass anything, no matter how bad, just to prove she can. She should not fast-track this bill in any way, and should check back in with those average Alaskans she is supposed to represent to see what we say.

Land in Berners Bay should not be traded
The land in Berners Bay described in the Cape Fox Land Entitlement Adjustment Act of 2003 should not be traded out of public ownership.

Danger, Juneau
The most dominating news stories in this country over the last several weeks has been the devastating hurricanes pummeling Florida and the Gulf Coast states. Millions of people have had to evacuate their homes and drive to safety inland or go to designated evacuation shelters in their communities.

Season saw independent, cruise-ship visitor increase
More people visited Juneau by land and sea this summer, resulting in bigger sales overall, cruise ship and retail officials said.

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

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

Moose hunt popularity may shorten kill window
The growing popularity of the fall moose hunt in Gustavus likely will result in a shorter reporting window next year in an effort to maintain Department of Fish and Game harvest levels.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Assembly candidates for District 1 air their views
Some people criticize Assembly member Jeannie Johnson for being pro-business and pro-development. Johnson said that's a fair description of her and she sees no reason to apologize.

Concert brings out new voters
Jay Boggs, 19, of Juneau said he's seen the "political propaganda machine" at work and he wants to play a part in deciding who leads the country for the next four years.

Southeast families prepare for callup
Carla and Ionel Casulucan celebrated the birth of their third child, a daughter named Jordan, three weeks ago. A few days later, they found out that Ionel's unit of the Alaska Army National Guard - A Company, Third Battalion, 297th Infantry - had been placed on active duty.

Assembly nears OK for waterfront plan
Some Juneau Assembly and committee members say the city should stall its waterfront planning process to give the cruise ship industry more time to comment about where docks should be built.

Assembly candidates for District 1 air their views
Juneau Assembly candidate Jeff Bush says he's running because the current Assembly isn't doing enough for schools.

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

Robert Sylvanus Roys
Long-time Juneau resident Robert Sylvanus Roys died Sept. 16, 2004 at his home.

Janette Helen Edwards
Janette Helen Edwards, 89, died September 1, 2004, of natural causes in Ketchikan.

Empire Editorial: Keep agency debate on resources out in the open
A little more than a week after the governor's aides say that this administration is all about transparency in government, a disturbing report comes out.

My Turn: Older workers: another potential Alaska gold mine
Many Alaska employers are missing out on employing some outstanding workers, in many cases because they have accepted some outdated clichés: "He or she is 'too old.' 'Too slow.' 'Too behind the times.' He or she 'didn't have the right look.'" But the truth is, older Alaskans can be extremely valuable workers.

My Turn: Swap is political payback
Locking up and cutting off access to heavily used public lands in Alaska? It may not sound very Republican, but that's exactly what Lisa Murkowski is trying to do with her Berners Bay land swap.

Toe Toon
Comic by local artist Toe.

Spotting a magpie is a sure sign of autumn
Cruising up Gastineau Channel last week, I saw one of the sure signs of fall.

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:

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts

Beating the snow to the summit
The steep section of the hike seemed more like climbing a ladder than walking a trail.

Ketchikan girls, Sitka boys claim Kayhi swim meet titles
The Ketchikan girls and the Sitka boys swimming and diving teams claimed their respective titles Friday and Saturday in the Ketchikan Invitational Swim Meets at the Mike Smithers Pool.

Crimson Bears remain undefeated on season
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball squad played on the edge Friday, then played at their peak Saturday to post a weekend sweep of the host Ketchikan Kings.

Juneau spikers post sweep in Ketchikan
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team faced a tough test at Ketchikan this weekend, but the Crimson Bears persevered to post a two-night sweep of the Kings.

Juneau runners sweep region crowns
A season's worth of tapered training is starting to pay dividends for the Juneau-Douglas cross-country running squad.

Juneau finds 'Angelo with the answer'
How would the Juneau-Douglas High School football team respond?

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.

Celebrating the healing power
By Alaska Native leader David Katzeek's count there were millions of American Indians in Washington this week when the National Museum of the American Indian opened - not just the 30,000-40,000 reported.

Senate vacancy initiative still not settled
Sponsors of a ballot initiative to fill U.S. Senate vacancies by election rather than gubernatorial appointment say they may be headed back to court over what they call biased ballot language approved by Lt. Gov. Loren Leman.

Kotzebue jail closure causes prisoner problems
Kotzebue's closure of the northwest Arctic's only regional jail has created unexpected ripples stemming from the state's need to house prisoners nearly 200 miles away in Nome.

Photo: Scary fish, for some
Maliah Baguiran, 8, second from right, laughs as Tristin Lewis, 8, right, cringes next to a coho salmon Friday at Campbell Creek in Anchorage.

Sitka jury finds Starr guilty
A jury on Friday convicted 24-year-old Angoon resident Denni Starr in the stabbing death of her boyfriend, Richard "Buddy" George.

NorthwestDigest
Headlines from around the region.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from around the state

Alaskans, Yukoners protest missiles
Emily Tredger says the United States' missile defense system is a topic frequently debated during current event discussions at her school in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

Grant will help link Alaska stations
Public broadcasting in Alaska took one step closer last week to completing a project that would link 30 television and radio stations across the state through a high-speed data network, allowing them to provide broader statewide news coverage.

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