Thursday, November 24, 2005

Business Digest
Staff reports from local businesses

Are gas prices dropping?
I've just heard on National Public Radio that the prices for gasoline have dropped 18 cents across the nation in the last few weeks.

Bridges are overdue for local economies
They are bridges to the future, not a bridge too far or a bridge to nowhere.

Questionable city leadership for yokels
Just a few comments on the Juneau scene, as seen from the far side of the traffic circle.

Murkowski should think of the people
I applaud Ernestine Hanlon for speaking out! It is time for our governor to think of the people.

Robbery on bridges
I agree with Chris Herby (letters to the editor, Nov. 23) that federal funding should remain with proposed bridges in Ketchikan and Anchorage.

Trying for a bridge for 30 years
I want to make a few comments regarding Alaska's nationally renowned proposed bridge projects.

Juneau gas prices don't come down
Imagine my surprise as I was driving past Fred Meyer, which has one of the lowest gas prices in town at $2.85, and heard the voice on the radio tell me that the national average for regular gasoline was $2.24.

Soaked city on the move
Juneau has never recorded so much rain at the airport as it has in the last seven days, National Weather Service forecaster Carl Dierking said Tuesday evening.

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

Capitol Makeover
For months, craftsman John Carlson and a crew of seven, including his wife, have worked long hours in Haines on furniture to revamp Juneau's state House and Senate chambers.

Wind whips Southeast after record rains
After a record-setting week of rain, it was the wind's turn to batter Juneau.

Bringing In The Season
Lights, music, dancing and Santa Claus arriving from the air will provide a festive backdrop for the holiday season in the coming weeks in Alaska's capital.

What's happening
Some of the highlights for Juneau's holiday season

Venturing north of the Arctic Circle
There are no trees here. But barren it's not. This is eye-candy terrain, rich with nature, culture and history, from the Eskimo settlement of Anaktuvuk Pass to other stops above the Arctic Circle.

Glory Hole provides
Despite record rainfall, Juneau residents have a lot to be thankful for this week.

Corps suspends mine's permits for review
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers notified Coeur Alaska and Goldbelt on Tuesday it has suspended their water discharge permits related to the Kensington Mine.

Juneau featured on major U.S. fishery port list
Commercial fishermen landed almost twice as much fish in Juneau in 2004 as they did the previous year.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Public market expands with ANB crafts fair
The three-day annual Alaska-Juneau Public Market includes an additional venue down the street this year.

Organic farm gains Juneau following
Jan Beauchamp and more than 450 Juneau residents pick up boxes of organic food shipped every week by a grower in Washington through a subscription program.

Images from another time: A bishop ordained, 1996
The Rev. Michael Warfel lies prostrate before 15 bishops and other Catholic clergy before an altar set up for his elevation to bishop on Dec. 17, 1996, at Centennial Hall.

Images from another time: Valley Lumber fire, 1996
Juneau firefighters battle a blaze that destroyed Valley Lumber in the early morning hours of Oct. 8, 1996.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Pilgrims' tale
Juneau Christian School teacher second-grade students perform a Thanksgiving play, "A Promise To Remember," for their parents Wednesday.

Photo: Something for breakfast
Juneau Elementary Support Staff (JESS) Chapter Vice President and Glacier Elementary School custodian Jorge Cordero presents JESS member Stacy Morehouse with a check in support of elementary school breakfast programs.

What if we all communicated as persons beloved of God?
It was Christmas, and our United Methodist house in Helena, Montana was full. Some of our children and some of their children and spouses were there.

Reifenstein and Gende marry
Ami Lynn Reifenstein and Scott Michael Gende were married on Aug. 19, 2005, in a garden ceremony at the home of the bride's parents on Auke Lake in Juneau.

Howard and Fankhauser to marry
Christin Howard of Las Vegas and Caleb Fankhauser of Juneau will marry on April 28, 2007, in Las Vegas.

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from around the community

Clifford Berg
Longtime Juneau resident Clifford Berg, 88, died on Nov. 11, 2005

Dorothy Ann (Nething) Swearingen
Dorothy Ann (Nething) Swearingen

My Turn: Which is sick, the park or the people?
Gunakadeit Park has been diagnosed as a sick puppy.

My Turn: Reality of Juneau Access
After reading all the distortions about Juneau Access, here is the real truth from my personnel experience.

My Turn: Administration should be honest about its goals
In a series of speeches that began on Veterans Day, President Bush and Vice President Cheney have issued their equivalent of Bill Clinton's "I did not have sex with that woman" speech, and Richard Nixon's "I am not a crook" speech.

Alaska editorials: End of bridge earmarks leads to priorities
The national outcry over the "bridges to nowhere" may end up producing a real opportunity for Alaska.

Nine tabbed for AWG
Nine children from the Juneau and Douglas area will represent Alaska in the indoor soccer competition in the upcoming Arctic Winter Games, March 5-11 in the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Janes claims championship in table tennis
Juneau can now claim to be home of a world table tennis champion.

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

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

Company drops N. Pole refinery expansion plans
Flint Hills Resources Alaska has scrapped plans for a $200 million expansion to produce low-sulfur diesel fuel in North Pole.

Coast Guard's oldest cutter to see last sail in '07
The Kodiak-based cutter Storis, oldest in the Coast Guard fleet, will be decommissioned in 2007, ending the vessel's 50-year history in Alaska.

Former Nome officer denies role in 19-year-old's murder
A former Nome police officer on trial for the second time in a first-degree murder case took the stand as a defense witness this week and denied he shot and killed a 19-year-old woman.

NorthwestDigest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Army makes clearer how soldier died
A Fort Wainwright soldier killed over the weekend had been standing guard during a raid of a terror cell in Iraq - not caught in an ambush as Alaska military officials initially reported, an Army commander in Mosul said Tuesday.

Santaland is coming to town
Just days into Perseverance Theatre's one-man, second-stage production of "SantaLand Diaries" last November, lead actor Ben Brown (Crumpet the Elf) was already talking about the possibility of taking the show on a tour of Southeast Alaska.

Bringing the ballet back
L'Ecole de Ballet, the 12-year-old ballet company based out of the American Legion hall in Auke Bay, returns to the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium Thanksgiving weekend for its first in-town production of "The Nutcracker" since 2002.

Burlesque yum yum style:
In what's quickly becoming as much of a Thanksgiving tradition as Public Market and fluorescent seasonal affective disorder lights, Kitschy Yum Yum Burlesque Co. is back this weekend with another holiday send-up of American politics, Puritanism and seasonal mores.

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