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Thursday, November 22, 2007

In contempt of high court's abortion ruling
On Nov. 2, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled by a 3-2 margin that the state law requiring parental consent for a child's abortion is unconstitutional. Saying that the Alaska Constitution denies parents the right to control a serious medical procedure on a minor is a travesty.

Academy is not for underachievers
I'm outraged and quite disappointed by Jean M. Mischel and Paul M. Skan's Nov. 12 My Turn editorial "Don't let focus on dropouts hurt high achievers." There is a common phrase, don't judge a book by its cover.

What is torture?
Waterboarding is not torture. Being forced to jump 200 stories to your death - because of searing lungs, burning eyes and melting flesh - is torture.

Daughter alleges abuse in military
I heard there is a big local issue about truth in recruiting and the fact that women are not safe in the U.S. military. I was asked by a Juneau friend to write the following letter.

State workers' rights include free speech
Some Alaska State Employees Association staff and leaders have totally forgotten that the association's constitution not only protects free speech but requires the union to encourage it.

Build road to Skagway
In case most of the readers don't remember, the original plan for the Juneau Accesss Road was to go straight through to Skagway.

New poll riles advocates of Juneau road
Juneau access road opponents conducted a statewide poll that they said shows 80 percent of Alaskans would rather the state spend money on their local transportation projects than on building the road.

Bishop Michael Warfel prepares to leave Juneau
Bishop Michael Warfel, the first Catholic priest in Southeast Alaska elevated to that position, leaves Juneau in January for reassignment to the Diocese of Billings in Great Falls, Mont.

Business Digest
KeyCorp declares regular dividend; Hospital appoints chief nursing officer; Workshop offered on business creativity

Around Town

Season of Plenty
Juneau's charities have been in full swing this past week organizing meals and volunteers for Thanksgiving, a holiday that they say is hard not only for those living on a low income, but also for those without friends and family to share it with.

Correction

School Board mulls offer for settlement in Bong Hits case
The Juneau School Board held a closed-door executive session Tuesday to discuss a recent settlement offer in the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case.

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

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

Sealaska releases new language tools
Seventy-year-old Tlingit teacher Ruth Demmert has seen firsthand how the Internet and computer technology can inspire the younger generation of Alaska Natives to embrace its culture.

Greens Creek Mine put up for sale
The company that owns a majority stake in Greens Creek Mine on Admiralty Island announced Tuesday it is looking into selling its share of the property if it can fetch a premium price.

Afghanistan ambassador details successes, struggles
Afghanistan ambassador to the United States Said T. Jawad emphasized Tuesday night that there are significant differences between Iraq and his home country.

Legislative session boosts businesses
A special session of the Alaska Legislature in the slow fall season can't help but boost business downtown, but some proprietors say it could have been better.

City pays $200,000 to speed up construction of high school
The city of Juneau has agreed to pay Coogan Construction as much as $700,000 extra to finish Thunder Mountain High School on time, an incentive created in part because of a 60-day setback caused by bad weather.

Juneau man charged with online enticement of teen
A Juneau man was arrested Sunday after being accused of trying to entice a friend's child into a sexual encounter over the Internet in August 2006.

Around Town

Photo: Traveling for the holidays
Sarita and Dan Knull walk Wednesday into the Juneau International Airport terminal with their children Caton, left and Austin. They flew to Washington state to be with family during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Douglas to hold lighting of Christmas tree Friday
Douglas will kick off the Christmas season with its annual community tree lighting at 6 p.m. Friday at Waterwheel Plaza and Douglas Community United Methodist Church at 1106 Third St.

Man allegedly pulls out knife during fight near Juneau bar
A man who called police for help after a bar fight was later arrested and accused of starting it, Juneau police said.

Correction

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for contributing to our championship

Vergano, Egan wed
Jill Egan, of Juneau, and Sandy Vergano, of Randolph, N.J., were married on Oct. 7, 2007, in Portland, Ore.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for opening your cupboards and hearts for families

Be thankful for good health on Thanksgiving
Among the things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving is the good health of my family. I was reminded of this during a recent trip to the hospital.

Abbott, Sims to wed
Calista Sims, of Juneau, and Charles Abbott, of California, will marry at 2 p.m. on Nov. 23, 2007, in Juneau.

Photo: Practical math
Coast Guard Capt. Michael Cerne teaches the importance of personal flotation devices and vessel safety last Friday to sixth-grade advanced math students at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. When asked if they go boating, all of the students raised their hands.

Teens Against Tobacco Use members join Great American Smokeout
The local Teens Against Tobacco Use group chose the theme "If you Must Smoke, Smoke Salmon!" for this year's Great American Smokeout event on Nov. 15.

Neighbors Digest
First Church of Christ, Scientist to celebrate Thanksgiving; Sponsor-a-Family needs sponsors this holiday season; Friends of the Alaska State Museum to hold workshop for youth; Denali KidCarepediatric dental clinic to be held in Angoon; Learning Connection extends its hours for month of December

Let us embrace unity in the midst of our diversity
My inaugural contribution to Living and Growing is accompanied by a host of feelings. Among them, sadness at the passing of longtime contributor, Kathleen Wakefield, yet gladness that she is finally home in glory (Please pray comfort for family and friends missing her).

SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium patient housing project in Sitka breaks ground
A decade-old dream came closer to reality on Friday, Nov. 16, when the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium broke ground on a new $3.45 million patient housing facility across from the SEARHC Mount Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Recognitions
Emily Elizabeth Osborn was awarded a Child Development Associate credential in recognition of outstanding work with young children. The credential was awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C., which represents he early childhood education profession.

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Gleceria Lumba
Longtime Juneau resident Gleceria Calbonero Lumba died Nov. 19, 2007, surrounded by her daughters, sons and friends. She was 79.

Laura Bohulano
Juneau resident Laura Tajaran Bohulano died Nov. 18, 2007, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau, where she resided for eight years. She was 90.

Empire editorial: Governor needs to step in to restore legislative integrity
Too many Alaska legislators still don't get it. A surprising number act as if they don't have a grasp on the basic concept of conflicts of interest.

Outside editorial: C'mon, be thankful: Do something nice for the person who creates the spread
The following editorial first appeared in the Dallas Morning News: As seasoned editorial writers, we normally attempt to tailor a message to influence as wide an audience as possible.

My turn: Don't let misconceptions hurt students
I am a Juneau-Douglas High School student who focuses on my academics and achievements while also taking part in my Native heritage through song, dance and cultural events. I attempt a balancing act with a "normal" social life outside of such.

My Turn: Thoughts about oil and Arctic refuge
I am glad to hear that Gov. Sarah Palin has helped increase the taxes on the oil that we are allowing a company to come in and take from our natural resources surplus.

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.

Three JDHS runners to compete in California
Three members of the Juneau-Douglas High School cross country team will try their hands at one of the nation's biggest racing events in December.

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 Digest
JDHS girls soccer team to hold skills clinic

Alaska Sports Hall of Fame voting ends Sunday
Now in its second year, the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame is holding public nominations for its second class this week. The public vote will end this Sunday at midnight.

Juneau Parks and Recreation Ordway Basketball League
As of Nov. 20

Alaska priest abuse cases still pending in Fairbanks diocese
Victims of sex abuse by Alaska-based Jesuit priests have settled for $50 million in a lawsuit against a Catholic organization in Oregon, leaving the diocese in Fairbanks as the sole defendant in the case.

Alaska Digest
Architect firmto hold open house; Ketchikan settles with construction company; Kevin Fryslie to head Anchorage FBI office; Missing 14-year-old found dead in Bethel; Wasilla man charged in infant's death; Anchorage man pleads guilty in drug slaying

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Three may be ousted in Chatham recall vote
Three of five members of the Chatham School Board were voted out of office in a recall election Tuesday, according to preliminary unofficial election results.

Photo: Iced berries
High-bush cranberries hang on branches lined with fresh snow Nov. 11 in the Kenai Mountains near Cooper Landing.

Alaska recovers $19 million in Qwest settlement
Alaska will receive $19 million from a settlement reached with Denver-based Qwest Communications International Inc., the Department of Law announced Wednesday.

Student numbers drop in Fairbanks
A number of Fairbanks-area schools with large military-dependent populations have seen marked declines in enrollment the past two years, the aftermath of shifts in the military population here, especially on Eielson Air Force Base.

Eyak Tribe redirects hazardous materials
Neither sleet, nor rain, nor the dreary grayness of a chilly autumn day in Cordova could dampen the spirit driving the Native Village of Eyak's electronics recycling program.

NovaGold proceeds with Rock Creek project
ANCHORAGE - troubled road, but the Rock Creek mine is expected to be in commercial production after the first of the year, according to Doug Nicholson, who managed the project for owner NovaGold Resources Inc.

Alaska Digest
More troops due home for holidays; Kenai bookkeeper sentenced to 10 years; Public can weigh in on budgetary process; Comments accepted on Denali project; Man accused of killing baby appears in court; Six minors charged in vandalism spree

This Day in History
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