Monday, November 15, 2004

BusinessDigest
Business headlines

On the move
Business moves in Juneau

A harebrained excuse for not building road
Keep the RVs out? I've heard it all (letters to the editor, Nov. 10). Now that's a harebrained excuse for not building a road. Let's not build it because people with RVs will use it to invade our city and overuse our resources. Do you not want tourists to come to Juneau? And about the waste generated by RVs ... do you expect visitors to hold it until they leave your city?

New marching orders
The new mandate for President Bush has made me finally re-examine my liberal beliefs. I'm big enough to admit when I've been wrong and I'm trying to amend my muddleheaded, lefty ways. History begins today.

Not so simple
It's been interesting listening to opinions about last week's national election. Many of the pundits are at a loss to explain it, but they didn't predict it either so perhaps it's not surprising. While groping for an explanation, they talk of the great divide between "red" and "blue" states, and the sinister influence of evangelical Christians. I think both characterizations are oversimplified, and in some cases intellectually lazy.

A spiteful column
The column, "Here's some more truth about the election," (Fern Chandonnet, Nov. 11) was filled with many hateful comments, obscuring any hope of making a salient point.

In God and voters we trust
Mary Noble (letters to the editor, Nov. 7) would like to know what the voting public in America were thinking when they went to the polls on Tuesday.

Morally corrupt editors
On Nov. 11 I read all the letters to the editor and then read Fern Chandonnet's opinion column.

A profane editor
Brandon Loomis' farewell to Taco Bell (Empire, Nov. 12) was poignant and cute.

Don't use Constitution
I am an Alaskan, 30 years residing in this Great Land.

Don't argue with idiots
Mr. Chandonnet's comments (Empire, Nov. 11) about the presidential debates reminded me of something Dilbert once said: "Never argue with an idiot.

Longtime Native leader Richard Stitt dead at 74
Richard Stitt, a prominent figure in Southeast Native organizations, died of cancer Sunday in Juneau. He was 74.

Plastics recycling gets a boost
In Saturday morning's drizzle, Colleen Campbell had her 3-year-old daughter in her thoughts as she recycled plastic milk jugs at the landfill.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Smoky fire causes minor damage to Capital Chevrolet
Capital Chevrolet dealer Ryan Carter watched firefighters clear his business of smoke about an hour after he saw a fire burning in the second floor of his business late Saturday afternoon.

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

To capture the aurora
Norio Matsumoto expected to go to college, find a job and get married.

New coral photographic guide could help fishermen, scientists
A CD-ROM version of this guide is also available for $31.50 from the National Technical Information Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161, or from its Web site at www.ntis.gov.

Juneau scholar, poet wins award from First Peoples fund
One day, subway riders in New York City, looking up from their tabloids and reading the ads that run above the cars' windows, saw this poem: "Granddaughters dancing,/ blossoms / swaying in the wind."

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

Two Mexican nationals arrested after complaints of gun incidents
Juneau police arrested two men from Mexico who matched the descriptions of men who reportedly threatened people with a handgun early Saturday downtown.

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

Photo: The making of a hot dog
Sarah, a 4-year-old Chihuahua, models Kollean Gouyton's dog scarves on sale during the craft fair Sunday at the Nugget Mall.

My Turn: Juneau needs higher housing densities
I have had many conversations with the city regarding the severe housing shortage in Juneau and to be honest, and to borrow a phrase from Mike Barnacle, "I get so frustrated I want to set my hair on fire." So I have decided to speak directly to our community.

Empire editorial: Thumbs down to state GOP legislative leaders, thumbs up to the city
Thumbs down to the Alaska Republican legislative leaders who continue to undermine democracy by demanding that GOP members vote not with their conscience, but with their party.

An honorary White American eyes suburbs
In cultural adoptions, individuals are ritually accepted into social groups different from the ones to which they belong.

Out&About
A listing of outdoor events in town

Nervous energy: Red squirrels enliven the winter forest
As winter settles in on the forests of Alaska, wildlife quiets down.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

Archery finds an audience
Nick Yurko fell in love with bows and arrows at age 15 in Ohio.

Utah's Okur puts hurt on old team
Just a few days after receiving his NBA championship ring, Mehmet Okur reminded his former team what they let go.

Juneau spikers finish fifth
It was hard for the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team to be disappointed, even though the Crimson Bears lost their last two matches of the Class 4A state tournament.

Juneau wrestlers savor the spotlight
The spotlight was on a handful of Juneau-Douglas High School wrestlers at Saturday's competition in Ketchikan - and the Crimson Bears held up to the pressure.

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.

Yukon Quest: Fallen trees almost quash 2005 Quest
The record-setting wildfire season of this past summer almost spelled disaster for the 2005 Yukon Quest sled dog race.

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.

Craig, Petersburg post best state finishes in years
Instead of the usual two-and-out and early elimination, the two Southeast representatives stuck around a bit longer at this years Class 3A state volleyball tournament.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Principal fired after asking to be whipped
A principal at a Christian school who was fired for being voluntarily whipped in front of two students does not regret his decision.

State's elderly numbers growing
Alaska was supposed to be a one-year stint when Lorene Harrison arrived in 1928 to take a job teaching music and home economics in Anchorage, a small frontier town in the wilderness.

State House factions enter into coalition
House Democrats have teamed up with Republican colleagues to form a new Republican-led majority coalition.

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

NorthwestDigest
Headlines from around the st ate

Municipal League calls for more state spending on cities
Leaders of Alaska cities called on the Legislature and Gov. Frank Murkowski to loosen purse strings and share wealth from state coffers with municipalities.

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

Bank heists not a good idea
Robbing a bank is not a smart crime to commit in general, but robbing one in this state is downright dumb, said Tom McClenaghan, special agent in charge of the FBI in Alaska.

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