Thursday, October 6, 2005

Business Digest
Staff reports of local businesses.

Same old spin doesn't work anymore
In Tuesday's paper, Mr. Walsh's ranting and raving about the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council's lawsuit brings back familiar shades of the old Alaska-Juneau mine days and that city development plum and battle he decisively lost then.

Mine's merit in economic diversity
I am writing in support of the Kensington mine in this latest round of attacks.

Work to end homelessness
What a wonderful story on your front page on Oct. 4 describing Juneau's Love INC project of providing a Katrina-displaced family a home with all the essentials.

Political balance at school events
On the morning of Sept. 26, the Juneau-Douglas High School held a meet the city candidates' forum.

Why the sales tax proposals failed
Like many Juneau voters, I voted against extending the one percent sales tax for the swimming pool and the airport, while voting for extending it for the other projects on the ballot.

Tailings are the ground you walk on
It amazes me when nonresident citizens or outside interest groups protest or testify against the Kensington Mine at the city Assembly chambers and argue the detrimental affect of tailings from mines.

Coeur Alaska shows dedication to Juneau
How much more does a company have to do to prove its value to Alaska?

Dump the rock, and the nonsense
Thanks to Murray Walsh who, in my opinion, hit a home run with his My Turn of Oct. 4.

Kensington: an unfortunate lawsuit
When my wife and I left Juneau a couple weeks ago for a short vacation I was feeling great about the progress being made at the Kensington Mine.

Hiring policy is political, not racist
Shane Wirtz, in his letter of Oct. 4, seeks to paint the Sealaska Native hire preference, and indeed any Native hiring preference, as racist.

Photo: Casting the bread
Chava Lee performs the ritual of Casting the Bread Upon the Waters on Tuesday at Cope Park as part of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year observances.

Resurgent mall gets 3 new tenants
The Mendenhall Mall has three new tenants and possibly two more coming this month, as it enjoys its highest occupancy rate in four years.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Center trains drivers for the long haul
There are only so many miles of road you can drive around Juneau, yet there seems to be an ever-increasing demand for commercially certified drivers.

Doll wins three-way Assembly race with ease
Juneau Assembly candidates Bob Doll, Merrill Sanford and Jonathan Anderson won their respective races in the city election, according to unofficial voting results tallied Tuesday night.

Mental health center closes
Since the Juneau Alliance for Mental Health closed its drop-in center on Front Street in late September, Willy Boy Denny, a 35-year-old man with severe depression, has spent many hours of his day staring at rain from his apartment at Salmon Creek.

Smith guilty
Jurors took less than three hours Tuesday to find Ronald Smith guilty of murder for the second time in the January 2000 robbery that left Kenneth Ike Thomas dead.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Valley glacier appears poised to leave lake soon
It may not take much longer for one of the world's most-visited glaciers to calve and melt out of its scenic toehold in Mendenhall Lake.

Voters sink pool, airport plans
Juneau voters on Tuesday snubbed a $28 million aquatic center and an airport terminal overhaul, and voted only for the sale-tax spending package led by sewer expansion and downtown parking.

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

Native scholar reminds gathering of cultural values
Walter Soboleff gave the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood a strong reminder of its cultural values in a keynote speech on Tuesday morning for the organizations' weeklong convention in Juneau.

Tuesday's city election results by precinct
Tuesday's results.

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

Photo: Fall chore
Gabby Martinez helps her mom rake up the leaves last week in their Juneau yard as the fall weather puts more leaves on the ground than remain on the trees.

The credit-card mentality of today
My father was a Norwegian-American.

Patz and Mearig marry
Mary Joanna Patz and Seth Adam Mearig were married Aug. 20, 2005, at the Shrine of St. Therese.

Rosh Hashanah - renewing life
Rosh Hashanah, "Head of the Year" or "New Year," is an annual judgment day in the lunar Hebrew calendar.

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Gerald James Miller
Longtime Juneau resident, Gerald James "Jerry" Miller, 80, died Oct. 2, 2005, at his home on Lena Beach in Juneau. He was born in Northville, Mich.

Rica Niemi Swanson
Longtime Alaskan and former Juneau resident Rica Niemi Swanson, 100, died Sept. 13, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

My turn: Constitution, law behind Sealaska's hiring policies
I want to respond to a recent letter to the editor challenging Sealaska Corporation's shareholder employment policy.

Alaskans, be thankful for our good financial fortune
In one week most Alaskans will receive the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend, many through the magic of direct deposit.

Alaska editorial: DeLay connection to Young is nonsense
Alaska Republicans have benefited from the Tom DeLay machine, and they all should answer whether or not they will continue to benefit from his dirty donations to their campaign funds."

Offense and defense leads Red Raiders to victory
The Red Raiders got it done on offense and defense to nip the Cougars 16-13 in a Juneau Youth Football League senior division showdown over the weekend.

High School Swimming and Diving Results
from the Bartlett/Chugiak Invitational

Leading the pack

Eagle Scout Trail Race Results
from Saturday

Juneau Parks and Recreation Men's and Women's Volleyball Standings
...as of Oct. 2

Alaska High School Swimming and Diving Performances
as of Oct 5

Photo: Leading the pack
Juneau-Douglas Katie Krehlik leads the pack during the state cross country championships on Saturday in Soldotna.

Making a splash in Juneau
After competing in six different road meets this season, the Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team finally gets a chance to enjoy some home cooking.

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.

McBride brings home the gold
Juneau-Douglas graduate Seth McBride and the developmental U.S. quad rugby team captured the gold medal at the World Peace games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

State division pressures Exxon Mobil to develop gas at Point Thomson
The state of Alaska has rejected a plan submitted by Exxon Mobil to develop natural gas in a reserve at Point Thomson, saying the company's plans are not specific on when it will drill.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Travel industry releases numbers
The desire to see Alaska's mountains, glaciers and wildlife drew about 1.4 million visitors to the state during the 2004 summer tourist season, up about 100,000 tourists from the previous year, industry leaders announced Tuesday.

Third try for gambling initiative
Undaunted by two rejections earlier this year, the mother of a Las Vegas investor is trying for a third time to place an initiative to legalize video gambling halls on the 2006 ballot.

'Papa Pilgrim' captured
The hunt for a self-styled Alaska mountain man wanted on incest and other charges ended Wednesday after he was recognized by a railroad police officer just back from vacation.

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

Mat-Su voters say 'no' to most proposals in borough
Voters in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough shot down most questions posed in a borough-wide election, rejecting higher property taxes, new debt, construction of five new libraries and a new animal shelter.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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

Photo: Serene scene
Seagulls fly overhead as geese swim Sunday at nearby Grassy Point at Ward Lake in Ketchikan.

Angoon alcohol vote to be decided by absentee ballots
The votes are in, but Angoon residents will have to wait to find out if their Admiralty Island community will remain dry.

Senator wants public to fund religious texts
A state senator is pushing a proposal that would allow families that home school to use state allotments to buy religious textbooks and other materials, as long as they include solid academics.

Gross Alaska presents indie film showcase
Gross Alaska is bringing four independent films to Glacier Cinemas as part of an experimental four-week showcase.

Cinema Guide
What's playing on the silver screen

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News of local arts

what's happening
News of local entertainment events

First Friday
A collection of 64 broadsides - matted poster-size papers, manually pressed with calligraphy, poetry and prose - is on display this month at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, 206 North Franklin St., to celebrate the art of the written word.

A prayer for all:
A little over 15 years ago, University of Alaska Southeast professor Jane Terzis was doodling, when she ended up drawing a character with a peculiar head shape.

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