Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Don't lose your empathy, Juneau
I just read Matunding's plea for a more rigid adherence to the traffic laws at the Douglas/North Douglas intersection.

Ernestine Hayes is simply brilliant
Ernestine Hayes is my new hero. Her article "An honorary White American eyes suburbs" was brilliant.

Alaska doesn't need an income tax
Contrary to the assertions made by the misguided folks at Alaskans for Fair Taxes ("State Still Needs an Income Tax," Nov. 17), the last thing Alaska needs is an income tax...

No peace in occupied Iraq
America will not win the war on terrorism, because there is no terrorism.

Graduated license program not enough
While I definitely admire the recent implementation of the graduated driver's license program, I still believe that focusing on teen drivers is only a start.

Juneau chooses freedom over fear
This letter is in response to Russ Kelly's letter that ruminated on the 4th of July parade and suggested that a man in a mask was responsible for delivering Juneau for John Kerry.

A view from the other side of Douglas
This is in response to Leimomi Matunding's letter to the editor on Thursday, Nov. 18. Let's reverse the roles here, and let's say that you live in North Douglas versus Douglas.

Apology about Eaglecrest Remark
Referring to the article Friday (Chicks with Sticks are ready to face Geezers in Breezers) the Empire has me quoted as saying some things which I unquestionably did say, but which I realize did not come off in the way I would have liked, and I owe an apology to the hardworking people at Eaglecrest.

Cap the capitol with an onion dome
The idea of a golden onion dome atop a new capitol (Loomis, Nov. 19) is so gloriously grand that if it should now not materialize, I will be forever looking at Telephone Hill with a sense of something having gone awry.

Housing issues differ from boat issues
After reading Mondays article in "My Turn," and Tuesday's article on the harbor board, I'm sitting here at Douglas Harbor wondering, "Don't they get it?"

Why garbage will keep crossing state lines
Jon Bolling is quoted as saying "Who's to say that some legislators in Olympia will decide they don't want to take our garbage?

Photo: Gearing up for black cod
Jason Bakk, a deckhand on the fishing vessel Northern Explorer, secures ice totes Monday while the boat is tied up at the Intermediate Vessel Float downtown, near Taku Fisheries.

Photo: Modern rhythms
Zoe Hawkins-Wells, a dancer and choreographer from Key West, Fla., leads a workshop on modern and African-influenced dance Monday at Juneau-Douglas High School.

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

Photo: Getting ready to give
Tanya Holley prepares Thanksgiving food baskets Tuesday at St. Vincent de Paul.

Panel: Thumbs up to lease for 18-hole course
Juneau's golf enthusiasts are one hole closer to playing on a standard 18-hole course.

Search called off for men lost near Horse Island
The Coast Guard announced Monday it had suspended its search Sunday afternoon for two 30-year-old men missing since their 26-foot cabin cruiser was reported capsized at 4 p.m. Saturday near Horse Island, 12 miles west of Juneau.

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

Juneau Public Market is back
For Jeanne Mungle, this year's Juneau Public Market will be her fifth as a vendor.

Photo: Images from another time
The late Catholic bishop of Juneau, Michael Hughes Kenny, carrying the cross, leads a Pilgrimage for Peace in 1984 from St Paul's Catholic Church to the Shrine of St. Therese

Photo: Going to market
Fabric artisan Sydney Mitchell on Tuesday holds one of the many one-of-a-kind scarves she has made and will sell at the Public Market this weekend.

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

Bill includes $2 million for Juneau road
Southeast Alaska transportation projects will receive millions from a $388 billion spending bill passed by Congress over the weekend.

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

Committee pushes signs to let tourists know where they are
City leaders are trying to prevent this common summer scene downtown: Tourists standing at intersections, looking confused, with a map in hand.

Photo: Compelling gloom
Rain, low tide and a lowering sky do their best but don't quite extinguish a lovely view last week of False Outer Point, the Mendenhall cirque, and exposed flora and fauna.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau.

Association to hold juried photography exhibit at Juneau-Douglas City Museum
The Alaska Photographic Arts Association is holding its first-ever juried photography exhibition at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum throughout the month of December, with an opening reception during Gallery Walk, 4-9:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3.

Student recognition
Outstanding actions of present and former Juneau students.

Experience the power of gratitude
The race began under sunny skies and fair winds. We sailed south down Gastineau Channel, colorful spinnakers billowing in the breeze.

Paul Rod Ramirez
Longtime Juneau resident Paul Rod Ramirez, 84, died Nov. 19, 2004, at the Bartlett Regional Hospital.

George Johnson Jr.
Longtime Juneau resident George Johnson Jr., 48, died Nov. 17, 2004, at the Anchorage Native Medical Center.

Richard James Stitt Sr.
Longtime Juneau resident Richard James Stitt Sr., 74, died Nov. 14, 2004, at his home.

My Turn: A simple proposal
We have a fine hospital in Juneau, but the administrators of the hospital are not medical doctors, brain surgeons, or other specialists.

My Turn: We need an effective U.N.
N o matter which side of the political spectrum you're on, or like me find yourself with a foot in both camps, your world is affected by the United Nations.

Alaska editorial: Delegation needs to convey urgency of Arctic warming
A distinguished group of scientists from Arctic nations, looking at the science on global warming, has issued a report that should give every Alaskan pause.

Local Sports
Staff reports of Juneau sports events.

Hornets win first game to spoil Stockton's big day
Darrell Armstrong grabbed the game ball from the scoring table and Lee Nailon grabbed coach Byron Scott in a big hug.

Local Sports Briefs
Staff reports of Juneau sports events.

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.

A rechristening in Washington
The 73-year-old former Washington Senators public address announcer was not about to let a protester ruin another big baseball day in the nation's capital.

Alabama, Washington headline Great Alaska Shootout
Favorites have had a habit of stumbling at recent Great Alaska Shootouts.

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.

Boozer's big move
The jolly laugh and wide grin are the same, just like the tightly groomed goatee, the sweat-soaked jersey and the workmanlike stare after a rebound and outlet pass.

Companies bid on Cook Inlet oil, gas tracts
Several oil and natural gas companies have bid on more than a dozen tracts in the Cook Inlet region owned by the Alaska Mental Health Land Trust.

Sportsmen may face higher fees
Fishermen, hunters and trappers would pay more for license and tag fees under a proposal being put forward by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation.

Ketchikan agrees to auction off Loggerville
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has agreed to auction off the floating logging camp called Loggerville if it remains on borough property after the end of the month.

GOP penalizes ringleaders of failed coalition
The House majority has punished the Republican ringleaders of a failed bipartisan coalition that tried to seize control of the Alaska House of Representatives earlier this month.

Sen. Stevens gives boost to Denali Commission budget
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens has boosted the budget of the Denali Commission by almost 30 percent in one of his last acts as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

New report shows variety in killer whale eating habits
A new report documents the varied diet of a Prince William Sound killer whale that washed up dead on Latouche Island in 2003.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Photo: High costs
Totem Ocean Trailer Express' North Star, left, sits at the Port of Anchorage behind a smaller container ship, the Horizon Tacoma, as they are loaded for a trip to Tacoma, Wash.

Canadians call for fish-farm moratorium
The majority of Canada's North Coast community leaders want to quell the rise of salmon farming in their region.

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

Moody's upgrades Alaska's general obligation bond rating from negative to stable
Alaska's general obligation bond rating has been upgraded from negative to stable by Moody's Investors Service, one of the state's top three bond rating agencies.

Gustavus preserves its shoreline for the future
Gustavus has joined in a $3.2 million land sale with The Nature Conservancy to protect its eight-mile shoreline.

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