Friday, November 19, 2004

Increased class sizes
A looming budget gap is facing the Juneau School District that will severely effect the quality of education in our public schools.

Get real
Your recent article "USFS to cancel 20 timber sales" (Jan. 13) was just more evidence of the inappropriate influence that timber interests have over the Tongass National Forest.

May God help the pathetic
Your cynicism is pathetic. You must find it very hard to leave your home each day, knowing you will come into contact with these miserable excuses for human beings.

Helping Afghanistan
Solace International is a nonprofit organization in Anchorage dedicated to building schools for the girls of Afghanistan. In just over a year, the organization's founder, Nathaniel York, and his team have built two schools, filled them with benches and supplies, and outfitted 600 girls in school uniforms.

Is 'help' possible?
If you're so concerned about the wolf at the glacier, send a check to Alaska Fish and Game to pay for the relocation.

No illegal stops on Douglas
I am making a plea for the Douglas drivers not to stop for North Douglas drivers who are legally at a stop sign before entering out on traffic.

Seeking middle ground
I laud the newly fair and balanced nature of the Empire's editorial stances and reporting and commend publisher Robert Hale in particular.

Protecting rights
I am enthused by the notion of educating our young people against the dangers of indoctrination, as mentioned by Rick Thibodeau (Empire guest column, Nov. 16).

Fools and fanatics
To the mighty mudslingers on both ends of the political spectrum. You would all be well served to heed a couple of timeless truths.

Graduated driver's license safer
MacKenzie Allison raises a valid point in her letter concerning the new provisional driver's license soon to be in effect in Alaska (letters to the editor, Nov. 1).

Alarmed by convictions
Is it just me, or are recent convictions of sexual abuse to a minor alarming? Constantly the newspapers report sex offenders registering for 10 years and very little jail time. Have you readers ever visited the sex offender Web site? There are over 80 living in Juneau.

Call police on unlawful shooters
This letter is in response to Mary B. Goode's "Insufficient protection from bullets and traps" recent letter to the editor (Empire, Nov. 7).

Follow zoning plan
Chuck Ramage's recent "My Turn" on increasing housing densities here in Juneau leads one to believe the very gates of hell will soon be opening to consume our fair town if we don't do as he specifies and rezone Juneau now.

Proud of Alaska's balloting
Concerning some negative comments about Alaska's absentee ballots, I'm serving in the U.S. Coast Guard and am currently stationed in Portsmouth, Va.

No common sense
Thanks for posting Mr. Chandonnet's take on things.

No trip to Alaska
My wife and I were looking forward to a trip to Alaska to see this magnificent environment.

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

Acupuncturist releases CD-ROM on pain relief
Valerie DeLaune wants all her patients to take a tennis ball around to reduce their physical pain.

KSUP marks 20 years on the air
Long after Danny and the Juniors proclaimed "rock'n'roll is here to stay," the veteran local DJs at KSUP-FM hope live local radio will live on at their Juneau station.

Photo: Dockside mishap
The Big-B, a 24-foot hydrosport owned by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, sank earlier this week in Harris Harbor.

Northwest Digest
Staff and wire reprorts from around the state.

Snow boy
Erik Stromme, 11, gave up his ski gear for his art while taking a break Saturday afternoon at Eaglecrest.

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

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

Photo: Tangled deer
Klas Stolpe / Petersburg PilotA deer chews on a rope that became tangled in its antlers Tuesday as it wanders a backyard in Petersburg. Deer are commonly seen walking the neighborhood looking for food.

Clarification
In Thursday's This Week section, the Empire reported a $10 admission fee for a production of "Twelfth Night." Perseverance Theatre has since changed admission to pay what you can.

Photo: Overpass cleanup
City Street Department employees Craig Temanson, left, and Richard Madrid remove graffiti Wednesday from the Calhoun Avenue overpass.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Photo: Holiday decorating
Carol Munro of the state's garden and grounds crew installs holiday decorations Wednesday at the Governor's House.

This Day in History
In Alaska • In 1900, the Military Department of Alaska was established by the Secretary of War.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Around Town
Today Low Impact Exercise, 10 a.m., Juneau Senior Center and Valley Senior Center. Details: 463-6175. Toddler Time, 10 a.m., downtown library. Toddler Time at the Mendenhall Valley library starts at 11 a.m. Details: 586-5303. Toddler Play Group, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., REACH, 3272 Hospital Dr. A playtime for toddlers and class/support group for parents.

Towns search for solution to trash problem
For more than 10 years, Southeast Alaskans have barged much of their trash to the Lower 48.

Skiing and helping to ski
Jeffra Clough, a lifelong skier, has the perfect job for somebody who loves to play on snow-covered mountains. She's the director of the Eaglecrest Ski and Snowboard School and spends six months of the year on the slopes or convincing others to test them out.

Towns search for solution to trash problem
For more than 10 years, Southeast Alaskans have barged much of their trash to the Lower 48.

Fred Meyer slated to expand 40 percent
Renovations planned for Juneau's Fred Meyer store in 2006 will add more than 40 percent of floor space and turn it into one of the chain's "full-line stores," a corporate officer said.

Photo: Science, up close
Emma Good, 8, gets a chance to hold a green tree python, one of 40 snakes owned by Rich Culver.

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

FYI
Births

Juneau responds to the JDHS production of the 'Jungalbook'
If you had asked me last week what came to mind with "Jungalbook," it would have been the dancing Disney characters of Mowgli, Baloo and their peers.

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

Eagles gather at the glacier
Seven bald eagles huddle on the snowy shore and surround a juvenile eagle that hunches over a salmon.

Former Mayor Wayne Johnson celebrates his 95th birthday
Former Juneau mayor and business owner Wayne Johnson celebrated his 95th birthday Nov. 14 at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

Augusta K. 'Gussie' Byington
Sixty-year Juneau resident Augusta K. "Gussie" Byington, 102, died Nov. 13, 2004, in Autumn House in Montesano, Wash.

Call police on unlawful shooters
This letter is in response to Mary B. Goode's "Insufficient protection from bullets and traps" recent letter to the editor (Empire, Nov. 7).

No illegal stops on Douglas
I am making a plea for the Douglas drivers not to stop for North Douglas drivers who are legally at a stop sign before entering out on traffic.

Graduated driver's license safer
MacKenzie Allison raises a valid point in her letter concerning the new provisional driver's license soon to be in effect in Alaska (letters to the editor, Nov. 1).

May God help the pathetic
Your cynicism is pathetic. You must find it very hard to leave your home each day, knowing you will come into contact with these miserable excuses for human beings.

Alaska editorial: Alaskans differ over Electoral College
This editorial appeared in the Nov. 10 Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

Golden dome would make splendid capitol
It goes without saying that Alaska's proposed modern capitol must reflect its pioneering past and therefore Russian architecture.

Proud of Alaska's balloting
Concerning some negative comments about Alaska's absentee ballots, I'm serving in the U.S. Coast Guard and am currently stationed in Portsmouth, Va.

No common sense
Thanks for posting Mr. Chandonnet's take on things.

Musher races despite unsettling cancer update
BETHEL - DeeDee Jonrowe charged out of the starting gate of the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race on Friday night with questions on her mind but a smile on her face as she began her cold, dark run up the frozen Kuskokwim River.

Boozer scores 27, but Jazz lose to Magic
Grant Hill's game is back because his pain is gone.

Iten wins Kuskokwim 300 title
BETHEL - Kotzebue musher Ed Iten won the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race on Sunday, marking his best career finish.

At the Top of the World
Central Florida's Kingsley Edwards, right, drives past University of Alaska Fairbanks defender Brad Oleson during Central Florida's 74-63 victory Thursday night in the opening round of the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks.

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.

Chicks with Sticks are ready to face the Geezers in Breezers
There will be a battle of the sexes on Sunday morning, but it's for a good cause.

James to rest injured ankle
CLEVELAND - Cavaliers rookie LeBron James will be kept out of practice today to rest his sprained right ankle, which he injured in a win over Utah.

Flexibility is key to success
The key to John Kuterbach's success on the wrestling mat is flexibility - mentally and physically.

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.

Grant will update venues for Arctic Winter Games
A substantial federal grant will go toward much-needed repairs and upgrades for venues to be used to host the Arctic Winter Games in March 2006.

UAF faces tough field at Top of the World
No one can accuse the University of Alaska Fairbanks of plotting an easy path to the finals of the BP Top of the World Classic basketball tournament.

Sports in Juneau
NEW CALENDAR ITEM • Raincountry Flyfishers monthly meeting - Meet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22, at the home of John Lyman near the end of Fritz Cove Road (there is about a half-mile walk to the house from the end of the road and rubber boots are advised).

Juneau wrestlers split with Sitka
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team on Saturday avenged a loss to the Sitka Wolves a day earlier, claiming a 33-24 decision in a dual meet at Sitka High School to close out the regular season.

Musher drops from race to aid injured man
BETHEL - A musher competing in the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race is credited with rescuing a snowmachiner who he happened upon during the race.

Gov.: More funds to help prevent substance abuse
Gov. Frank Murkowski is calling on the Legislature to approve $7.1 million in increased funding for state programs that prevent substance abuse and fetal alcohol syndrome.

Alaska Digest
Charges leveled against Kenai Classic organizers KENAI - A state lawmaker wants the Department of Revenue to investigate whether the association which holds the Kenai River Classic is abusing its status as a nonprofit.

Feds take testimony on proposed trawler policy
KODIAK - Federal fisheries managers want comments on a preliminary decision not to reduce bottom trawling in parts of the North Pacific Ocean designated as essential fish habitat.

Fish and Game commissioner to take post with processor ships' association
Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Kevin Duffy announced Thursday he will leave the department after 24 years to accept a high-level job in the Bering Sea-Aleutian Islands pollock trawling industry.

Report: Alaska business has big tax burden
A new Federal Reserve Bank of Boston study says business taxes in Alaska are the highest in the nation, but oil taxes skew those figures and the average business shoulders a much smaller burden, according to a state official.

Indian Point may be listed on National Historic Register
The state will ask the federal government to list Indian Point on the National Register of Historic Places, officials said.

Alaska 99s celebrate 50 years encouraging women to pilot planes
ANCHORAGE - It's fair to say that women have played a major role in Alaska aviation history, and some of their exploits are legendary.

State pays thousands for upbeat tabloid
How much is 12 pages of good news worth to the governor of Alaska?

Driving out the darkness
Brittanie Colon, 10, lights a candle while taking part in a Martin Luther King Jr. candlelight prayer vigil Sunday at the Eastside Boys & Girls Club in San Antonio.

Court rebuffs Tlingits on mine
The Supreme Court of Canada unanimously rejected the Taku River Tlingit First Nation's claim that British Columbia ignored its concerns about a proposed multi-metal mine near the Alaska border.

Stevens disagrees with climate study's conclusion, fellow GOP senator
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, says he disagrees with a new scientific study's conclusion that the burning of fossil fuels is a major factor in climate change.

Demonstrators protest wolf-killing program
ANCHORAGE - Protesters gathered outside a Sitka bookstore Saturday to speak out against a state-sponsored program to kill wolves, and encourage people to tell their family and friends to boycott Alaska until the killing stops.

Trooper held on 11 criminal charges
A veteran Alaska state trooper has been arrested on multiple counts of sexual assault and other crimes against at least four women, authorities said Wednesday.

Hearing the sounds of the Earth
The northern lights sometimes whisper at the approach of dawn, while North Pacific cyclones whine with a strange and subtle tone.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

State health officials downplay tainted-salmon study
ANCHORAGE - State health officials are downplaying a study on farm-raised salmon that also noted contaminants in some wild Pacific stocks.

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

Thanksgiving's basic recipes
There are certain basic Thanks-giving recipes that, once mastered, need no adjusting from year to year.

Briefly
'Don Pasquale' enters its last week.

Oregon Ballet Theatre brings holiday tradition to Juneau
It's a holiday tradition in major cities across the country. You dress up, you go to the theater, and you watch "The Nutcracker," the famous ballet originally written by E.T.A. Hoffman, scored by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreographed by Marius Pepita and Lev Ivanov.

LaRue for the lovelorn: Know when to tell your friends to butt out
Flummoxed by love? Got bedlam in the boudoir? Just ask LaRue.

Photo: Enter 'The Nutcracker'
A sugar plum fairy dances in a scene from George Balanchine's version of "The Nutcracker."

Thanksgiving: A time to remember why we don't live with our loved ones
Thanksgiving is a very special holiday when we take a break from our hectic everyday lives to spend quality time with our loved ones, rediscovering all the reasons why we don't actually live with them.

Save your money - don't see 'Saw'
"Saw" is the reality television of a sick-minded serial killer.

Nationwide celebration of stories returns to Juneau
Tellabration!, an international day of storytelling traditionally held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, is returning to Juneau after a multi-year hiatus.

Young Company brings 'Twelfth Night' to stage
Perseverance Theatre's Young Shakespeare Training Company, now called simply the Young Company, will present a slightly pared-down version of the comedy "Twelfth Night" for its fall production.

Once upon a time, a journalist borrowed some photos...
This is the story of a circle that took 54 years to complete. The story begins and ends in Britain.

'The Nutcracker'
Dancing snowflakes: A scene from the Oregon Ballet Theatre's production of George Balanchine's version of "The Nutcracker".

Photos capture mixture of terror and hope
Lost Photographs of the RNLI" preserves a remarkable set of 37 dramatic photos borrowed from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's London headquarters in the late 1940s by American explorer, writer and filmmaker Amos Burg, who lived in Juneau.

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