Thursday, September 29, 2005

Pool not essential, but brings enjoyment
The upcoming local election has some very important issues that will impact Juneau for years to come.

Sanford steps up
Last winter I daily witnessed elderly persons, women carrying tiny children and others waiting for the city bus at a mall in the valley.

Arrogance in Assembly race
Voters need to remember the words of Bob Doll.

Let's build a drag strip instead
Consider the idea of not expanding the airport, and instead use all the money to build a new drag strip.

A risky mine
Coeur Alaska is a subsidiary of Coeur d'Alene Mines.

It's common to ask candidates to quit
What's new? Why all the hype? Jim Powell and others were just doing what folks have been doing since the beginning of time.

Murder trial focuses on a shotgun
Ronald Smith never asked to borrow the shotgun he allegedly used to threaten trailer residents on Village Street at the scene of Juneau's last murder more than five years ago, its owner testified Tuesday.

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

Candidates address senior issues
At an AARP forum Wednesday, all of the Juneau Assembly candidates told seniors that they would never change the city's current policy of letting them ride city buses for free.

Groups fight for and against pool
Opposition to a proposed Dimond Park aquatic center is mounting as longtime supporters try to rally support for an Oct. 4 vote to dedicate sales taxes to the project.

Photo: Until next year
Princess Cruises' Diamond Princess departs Tuesday as the last cruise ship of the season in Juneau.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Catching rain drops
Qyirynn Slater, 4, catches rain drops as her mother, Stefanie Osborne, takes her and her little brother, Orion Osborne, 1, for a walk Wednesday in the rain on Second Street in Douglas.

Photo: Out for a ride
James Hardisty pops a wheelie Wednesday while riding his mountain bike on Basin Road on his way to Perseverance Trail.

Tribal Fires: Tales from Burning Man
"Sure, I'll take a coupla' beers," the topless gatekeeper replied while she searched our vehicle to ensure we didn't have any "stowaways" hidden inside avoiding the gate price.

Photo: Caw
A raven sculpture sits in the Egan Library courtyard Tuesday at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

School Board Election: Waring credits grasp of issues to volunteer work
Juneau School Board candidate Margo Waring says she has a good grasp of local educational issues from her years of experience as a volunteer parent in the Juneau School District.

Unions, groups endorse hopefuls
Several unions and organizations have announced their endorsements for Juneau Assembly candidates.

Convict says Smith helped kill Thomas
Rey Soto recalled in detail Tuesday the events that led to the death of Kenneth Ike Thomas in January 2000, a story his one-time co-defendant's new lawyer told jurors to question.

School Board Election: Ford touts his 20 years as an education lawyer
Juneau School Board candidate Mike Ford says his 20 years of experience as an education lawyer for the Alaska Legislature would be an invaluable asset to the Juneau School District.

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

School Board Election: O'Brien sees seat as next step in 'natural evolution'
Sean O'Brien says running for a seat on the Juneau School Board is the next step for him in the process of volunteering for the school district.

Here's a remedy for little lives
Let's start with a bit of dialogue from a not-too-old film.

Thank you
messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Walter and Cavender marry
Juneau resident Wade Walter and Heidi Cavender of Ukiah, Calif., were married June 18, 2005, in California.

Photo: Neighbors
A sow black bear and her two glacier-colored yearling cubs graze last week at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Mary Paddock
Haines resident Mary Helen Clayton "Chickie" Paddock, 67, died Sept. 17, 2005, at her home.

My Turn: Alaska deserves a better airport for its capital city
One way we can improve the perception of Juneau throughout the state and demonstrate our commitment to a better capital city is to vote 'yes' to upgrade our airport.

My Turn: The reasons behind the Kensington lawsuit
On Sept. 12 the Sierra Club filed litigation over the Corps of Engineers' granting of a permit that allows Coeur d'Alene Mines to discharge 4.5 million tons of mine waste into a lake.

My Turn: Kensington mine is a threat to Berners Bay fish habitat
The Sept. 16 "My Turn" column explains how the Corps of Engineers violated the federal Clean Water Act by permitting the Kensington Mine to dump 4.5 million tons of tailings into Lower Slate Lake above Berners Bay.

My Turn: Why is Murkowski pushing the inferior gas line route?
G ov. Frank Murkowski has now asked that Alaska invest $4 billion to promote and build the Murkowski trans-Canadian "Let's rape Alaska and Alaskans again at any cost" natural gas pipeline.

Bruins score on the ground and in the air in win
Beau Damian ran and passed for touchdowns as the Bruins defeated the Red Raiders, 14-6, in the Juneau Youth Football League Senior Division last weekend.

Photo: Watch out below
James Langendorf of the Hurricanes runs for yardage as the Cougars' Matthew Maka prepares to make the hit during action in the Juneau Youth Football League last weekend.

JDHS boys vying for 3rd straight state title
Juneau-Douglas senior cross country runner Tyler Dinnan hasn't lost a race this season.

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' girls team prepared for state meet
Juneau-Douglas High School cross country athlete Katie Krehlik is among Alaska's top long-distance runners, but not because she's consumed with being the best.

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.

Juneau Gun Club wants people to hit the target
Fresh off a solid performance last month in Whitehorse, local sport shooter Mal Menzies wants to get more people involved in shooting.

Bears prepare themselves for three swim meets in three days
The Juneau-Douglas swimming and diving team embarks on the toughest stretch of their schedule as they travel to Cordova for a dual meet versus the Wolverines.

Activists push to send pork money for hurricane relief
Activists in Alaska are turning up the pressure on U.S. Rep. Don Young and the rest of Congress with new grass-roots drives to advocate sending money from the recent federal transportation act to the Gulf Coast for hurricane rebuilding efforts.

Driver charged in crash that killed mother, injured son
A man was charged with manslaughter in the death of a woman whose vehicle was forced off the road last year, causing it to flip several times, according to Anchorage police.

State will pay for mine road from Slate Creek Cove
The state of Alaska will foot the bill for construction of the Kensington gold mine's access road from Slate Creek Cove to its mill site on the west side of Berners Bay.

Southeast Alaska legislators talk about spending surplus
Southeast Alaska legislators on Tuesday discussed how to spend the state's expected general fund windfall from higher oil prices next year.

Alaskan Amber to take flight aboard Alaska Airlines; other brews to follow
Passengers aboard Alaska Airlines flights will have the option of buying a bottle of Juneau's home-grown beer starting Saturday.

University of Alaska Fairbanks study proposes green, stable solution for mills
A University of Alaska Fairbanks study recommends that struggling sawmills, closed pulp mills and their communities consider investing in producing medium density fiberboard.

SEACC will not sue over SE timber sale
The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council announced this week that it will not appeal a series of federal timber sales planned at Point Couverden, east of Gustavus.

Advocacy group: Anchorage is nation's top spot for youths
A children's advocacy group has named Anchorage as the top spot for young people nationwide.

The Search for Papa Pilgrim: Hunt for fugitive a challenge
With a land mass comprising one-fifth of the continental United States, there are simply many places to hide in Alaska.

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

Panel pushes more oil drilling
Offshore drilling advocates today begin a new drive to expand oil and gas exploration in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, with legislation that could open some waters to rigs within 90 days of passage.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Attorneys pan ethics-complaint provision
A proposed law to fine anybody who speaks publicly about an ethics complaint against an Alaska lawmaker would likely be tossed out by the courts as a restriction on free speech, two legislative attorneys said Tuesday.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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

State to intervene in lawsuit against mine permit
The Alaska Department of Law will intervene in a lawsuit filed by environmental groups that challenges the federal approval of a permit for the Kensington Mine.

'The Outraged Body'
The characters in Anchorage artist Lisa Gray's collage exhibition, "The Outraged Body," look at ease, striking proud poses in a Renaissance-type gloom.

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News of local arts

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

Fish Aid: Benefit Friday helps Gulf of Mexico fishermen affected by hurricanes
A group of Juneau fishermen has organized a benefit concert this Friday for Gulf of Mexico fishermen affected by hurricanes Rita and Katrina.

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