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Saturday, October 1, 2005

In the Stacks: Non-fiction for children
At the Juneau Public Libraries:

Sexy or not, pool is needed
I would like to respond to recent letters and cartoons relating to the Dimond Park Pool.

Devolved into an elitist community
Chuck Ramage's question to the community in his insightful Aug. 29 Empire article was, "Have we devolved into an elitist community?"

Christians should battle global warming
When I came home last April after 10 years in Australia, I was blown away by how far the glacier had retreated.

Tax relief from the mine?
As the Juneau municipal election approaches, I find myself mulling over several recent newspaper articles and statistics that are readily available for everyone's review.

Cahill worthy of respect
I have even more respect now for Joan Cahill, having learned of her deeply personal history of abuse (Empire, Sept. 25).

College lecture clouds campaign rules
Tuesday night while channel surfing, I was surprised to see Assembly candidate Jonathan Anderson on the air broadcasting a live two-hour lecture from the media center at the University of Alaska Southeast, where he is employed.

Make Juneau more affordable
Juneau faces many challenges and none more important than dealing with the cost of living. Juneau Economic Development Council recently published a survey of seven Northwest cities.

Teens need work
I am frustrated by the lack of jobs available to me solely because I am not yet 18.

Bunk about the pipeline
Larry Wood's letter of Sept. 28 concerns the Alaska Highway Gas Pipeline Project, which has been on the books for over 25 years.

Don't divide on mine issue
Mr. Rorick's My Turn column (Sept. 28) leads the uninformed reader to believe the Kensington Mine will be somehow in violation of the 1972 Clean Water Act.

Cahill isn't the communicator
I find great irony in that Assembly candidate Joan Cahill touts herself as a "communications specialist" and as someone who will listen to her constituents.

Projects, tax aren't needed
Juneau continues to perplex me. After raising assessed property values to record levels, our city found itself so drenched in money that it decided to temporarily lower the mill rate.

Blame starts in New Orleans
It is striking how many press accounts and letters to the Empire about recent hurricanes stem from an assumption that the federal government is omnipotently responsible for almost everything that happens to us.

Doll is the consistent candidate
We need to elect a candidate for the Assembly areawide seat who is honest and forthright, not someone who flip-flops on every issue.

Two groups mobilize over airport prop
Among all the projects on Proposition 1, the airport expansion probably generates the least excitement among voters. But two groups were recently organized to change that.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Riding for Polio
Motorcycle Bob Mutchler is visiting Juneau this week to cap a 50-state tour to promoting polio eradication.

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

DNA links Smith to scene of 2000 killing
Ronald Smith was arrested in clothes stained with blood from one of the victims of the 2000 crime that left Kenneth Ike Thomas dead, a DNA expert testified before the prosecution rested its case Thursday in Smith's second murder trial.

CSI wildlife: Finding crime clues in forensics
Brad Swanson has a love-hate relationship with forensic crime-solving television programs such as CSI.

Listening to elders to teach the young
Ideas from elders: Master of Ceremonies Lance Twitchell, left, listens to Walter Soboleff speak at a Native education conference Thursday at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

One-eigth of semester down; seven-eights to go
Between long stretches of grading, I spent part of the weekend polishing off what I thought was going to be a "killer column."

Photo: Brownies to the rescue
Brownie Troop 26 brought donations to the Gastineau Humane Society on Sept. 6.

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

General proposition: We are seafarers and fishermen
The sights and smells of the waterfront seem to be bred in our bones if you live in Alaska.

Washalefsky celebrates 80 years
Valeria Magdelina Washalefsky will celebrate her 80th birthday at 5 p.m., Oct. 1, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church.

FYI
News about the people you know

Barrans celebrate 60 years
Last week friends and family of Leo and Stina Barrans joined them in celebrating their wedding 60th anniversary. The couple wed on Sept. 30, 1945, in Juneau.

Becerra and Johnson wed
Mirtha Becerra and Adam Johnson of Juneau were married Sept. 17, 2005, in Missoula, Mont.

Photo: Fishing buddies
A bald eagle and a kingfisher search from the same perch for dinner on Sept. 23 in Auke Bay.

My Turn: Women need continued Alaska Legal Services
Alaska Legal Services Corp. is a private nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to victims of spouse abuse, partner abuse, child abuse and child sexual abuse.

Empire Editorial: There's not a bad project in the bunch
Juneau voters and interest groups have their favorites.

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 High School Swimming and Diving Performances
As of Sept. 28, courtesy of JDHS swim coach John Wray

JDHS faces its toughest test in Pasco
After stampeding their way through the Railbelt Conference, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team will face their toughest test of the season at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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

FAA investigates safety complaint
The Federal Aviation Administration plans to investigate safety complaints by three Alaska Airlines mechanics relating to the lubrication of a part on an MD-83 jet - the same part that failed and caused the crash of Alaska Flight 261 in 2000, The Seattle Times reported Thursday.

BP to shut down dozens of North Slope wells for repairs
BP has launched a shutdown of dozens of oil wells on the North Slope as part of an effort to improve safety in the aging oil field.

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