Sunday, October 2, 2005

Candidate Summers is committed to service
I have known Dave Summers for many years, and have seen him work in both professional and community groups.

Aquatic center grows the economy
I just don't understand why pro-development interests so actively oppose the Dimond Park community center aquatic facility.

Time for a change
I usually stay in the shadows when it comes to politics, but I had to write after seeing what took place last week with certain persons asking a young contender, Mara Early, to bow out of the race for the Assembly so the vote wouldn't be split.

Downtown not just for shoppers
The year was 1999. No, this wasn't when I moved hereto Juneau to be pastor of Resurrection Lutheran, but rather when I first visited this fine town.

Good ol' boys haven't delivered
There's been lots of talk about Mr. Powell asking Ms. Early to bow out of the Assembly race. I'm sure it happens more than we ever know. We're missing the larger picture.

Pool helps youths
I plan to vote for the new pool in the valley on Oct. 4. The majority of the population lives in the valley, and they need more convenient access to an affordable form of recreation and exercise that is available year-round regardless of the weather.

New pool, new opportunities
As a swimming instructor, former assistant pool manager and lifeguard, I think it is very important for any community to provide first-class swim instruction and recreational swimming for all ages.

Review candidates on qualifications
Assembly candidate Mara Early is undoubtedly an excellent young woman. Despite her youth and limited experience, she might very well serve as an effective voice on the Assembly.

A skeptic votes 'yes'
I'll be gone next week, so I went down to the Assembly chambers and cast my absentee ballot.

Mara Early has the experience
Last Thursday's article, "Assembly candidate Early pressured to bow out of race," contains some faulty assessments of a talented woman.

New pool is no revenue generator
David Rogers' My Turn in Tuesday's paper was well written and his support of the valley water park is obviously heart felt.

Sanford, Summers, Green would work with lawmakers
It is great that individuals step up to the plate and run for Assembly. It is unfortunate that apparently there have been efforts by some candidates and others to pressure a candidate for the areawide seat, Mara Early, out of the race.

Pools makes the city more livable
The Dimond Park community aquatic center is on the ballot with the intent to fund it with a temporary 1 percent sales tax.

Smith defense could wrap up its case Monday
With some cooperation from the Alaska Department of Corrections, the defense could wrap up its case Monday in the second trial for a man charged in Juneau's last murder, which was more than five years ago.

JHDS ensemble to play Carnegie Hall
The Juneau-Douglas High School Wind Ensemble is planning for the spring break of a lifetime.

Photo: Fall angling
Josef Holbert casts his fly rod and line into Gold Creek to clean the salt water from his gear Saturday after fishing in Gastineau Channel.

Assembly hopefuls tout affordable housing
Juneau Assembly candidates say providing affordable housing is their major platform.

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

Geoduck experiment expands
Juneau geoduck farmer Tom Manning wants to set up a small nursery to help boost the survival rate of his baby geoducks.

Photo: The pirates of Cope Park
Cameron Jardell points his sword at an enemy pirate ship Saturday on the uncharted waters of Cope Park.

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

Dale E. Nicholas
Former Juneau resident Dale E. Nicholas, 70, died Sept. 27, 2005, surrounded by family at his home in Marysville, Wash.

Ruth Elizabeth Terry
Mrs. Ruth Elizabeth Terry died peacefully at home on Sept. 29. A full obituary will follow.

Editorial: Vote for experience
More eyes will be on the race for the Juneau Assembly areawide seat than on any other on Tuesday, when voters head to the polls for the city election.

My Turn: Time for a qualified woman on the Juneau Assembly
Joan Cahill's candidacy highlights some important issues for our community. It would be refreshing to have the public interest and the private interests coincide. Joan has the balanced perspective to do this.

My Turn: Aquatic center: wrong priority, wrong rationale
I have been swimming daily at the pool for 10 years. In the last several years I have seen a declining use.

Boats need love in the winter
As the snowline creeps farther down the mountainsides and the temperature falls with it, boat owners are pulling their vessels from the water for the winter.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

Out&About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Juneau's Tyler Dinnan wins state title
After getting out-kicked for second place in last year's state championship cross country meet by teammate Tristan Knutson-Lombardo, Juneau-Douglas High School senior Tyler Dinnan decided Saturday it was time for him to do the kicking.

Pasco scores 41 points in first half to coast to 48-7 win over Juneau
Pasco High School from Washington state halted Juneau-Douglas' undefeated streak at seven games with a 48-7 victory on Saturday.

2005 Alaska Cross Country State Championships Results

JDHS girls show grit in 5th place finish
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls cross country team showed the grit and determination that served them so well throughout the season on Saturday.

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 break records and gain experience during busy three days of competition
Records fell for the Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team this weekend.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Ex-ferry dispatcher files sexual harassment suit
A former Alaska Marine Highway System dispatcher alleges she was sexually harassed by co-workers and demoted to a lower-paying job in retaliation for complaining.

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