Sunday, October 9, 2005

Fight for your rights
In response to Shane Wirtz's recent letter, I agree 100 percent. I have been saying for many years this is the only state where open discrimination is allowed.

A very sad electorate
I wish someone could give me a reasonable explanation as to the lack of civic duty by almost 71 percent of the voting population of Juneau.

Not all shareholders are Native
In regards to Mr. Shane Wirtz letter on Oct. 4, I am an Alaska Native and have been a shareholder of Sealaska for 35 years.

A disappointing mine subsidy
I was disappointed, but not surprised, to learn the state will be picking up the bill for upgrading Coeur Alaska's road from Slate Creek Cove to their Kensington Mine.

Ignorance of cultural relations
Shane Wirtz's Oct. 4 letter and some of the recent replies have reminded me of much hopelessness surrounding the way people view Alaska Native issues.

Alternate garbage and recycling
I wonder if curbside recycling pickup might work on an alternating schedule with garbage pickup. One week have garbage pickup, and the next week have recycle pickup.

Juneau: A bingo kinda town
The ambient sound in the Tlingit and Haida Community Council hall Friday night was comparable to that of a busy public library - except numbers were being called out over a loudspeaker in a slow and steady cadence as the anticipation began to grow in the crowd of slightly less than a hundred.

Local volunteers join Day of Caring project to care about Juneau
Local volunteers were generous enough to spend two days this week to show how much they care about the community.

Heating oil price takes a big jump
Juneau residents are bracing for an expensive winter as heating oil prices are already higher than last year and expected to rise a bit more.

Learning to skate
Shawn Knoedler and his wife, Chandra Travers, help their daughter, Nova, to skate along the flume trail on Saturday.

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

No change after absentee review
An examination of almost 2,000 questioned and absentee ballots Friday didn't change the Juneau municipal election results.

Environmentalists, firm agree to mediate over Kensington Mine
Three environmental groups and the developers of the Kensington Mine have agreed to enter mediation over their legal battle about tailings disposal at the gold mine, northwest of Juneau, according to Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho.

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

Genevieve Igtanloc-Goldbach
Former Juneau resident Genevieve "Jane" Igtanloc-Goldbach, 66, died Sept. 24, 2005, at her home in Anchorage.

Gladys June Paul (Dailey) Burkhart
Gladys "Laddie" June Burkhart, 77, died Oct. 1, 2005, in Wasilla from a long illness.

Editorial: It's time for more modest proposals
City leaders can easily learn from the message voters sent in last week's election: They're not willing to buy into capital-improvement projects unless city leaders do a better job of selling them on actual need.

My Turn: Build a valley pool, not a new recreation center
My "no" vote on the sales tax proposition for the Mendenhall Valley pool was to send a message that we need a pool, not an amusement park.

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

Downtown Geology Lesson
One doesn't need to travel to the Juneau Icefield or Kuiu Island to learn about the geology of Southeast Alaska. A walk around downtown Juneau offers plenty of information to the attentive.

Juneau-Douglas advances to semifinals
Juneau-Douglas High School dazzled the home crowd with a stunning air show Saturday en route to a 39-7 win over North Pole in the state football quarterfinals.

JDHS box score

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. It

Bears hold court at the JIVE tournament
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team has a history of playing close matches with the Colony Knights, but coming up on the short end of the score.

Sophomores lead the way for JDHS
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls swim team just missed out on winning a state championship last year with a freshman-dominated squad, losing by one point to Service.

PFD - Fund is Jay Hammond's legacy to the state
When the first 2005 Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks are distributed on Wednesday, Alaska residents should take a minute to thank former Gov. Jay Hammond for his legacy to the state.

PFD - Fighting PFD fraud
Early last month, Paul E. Kent pleaded guilty to federal charges of wire fraud when he obtained more than $17,000 in Alaska Permanent Fund dividends for himself and his three children.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

PFD - Trips, art and saving accounts
The Alaska Permanent Fund dividends won't be directly deposited into Alaska bank accounts until Wednesday, but many Alaskans already have plans on how to spend them.

PFD - Alaska Permanent Fund grows in value
The 2005 Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks will be $845.76 when they're released later this week, which is the lowest they've been since 1988.

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