Friday, November 25, 2005

Business Digest
Staff reports from local businesses

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

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.

Go stand in the corner
I just read the article about how they think seniors are abusing their city tax-exempt status because they buy gifts for their families or a meal once in a while dining out, yet the governor can blatantly steal our tax dollars to buy himself a damn jet airplane that the voting public said 'no' to.

A tax on seniors for questionable expenses
After 40 years of living in Juneau, I have become eligible for senior tax benefits, which were a consideration for remaining in Juneau after retirement.

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

Alaska needs to shake secrecy
I believe that wherever there is secrecy, there is always deception.

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.

Governor raids fund, gives away resources
While our governor gives away the farm and its resources, he has the gall, once again, to suggest a raid on the Alaska Permanent Fund for the purpose of revenue sharing with the various communities.

Why pipe our gas out?
Here is a thought: Those in the Alaska Legislature are in a huge hurry to give the North Slope gas reserves to some processor in the Lower 48.

Who's the opportunist?
I laughed out loud when Gov. Murkowski dismissed critics of his jet purchase as "political opportunists."

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

Getting fit to fight
How many pounds does one have to lift in order to beat cancer? A new group of fitness addicts are hitting the gym to find out.

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

Images from another time: Lassie visits, 1968
Alaska first lady Ermalee Hickel, Lassie, and regional forester Howard Johnson meet in June 1968 at the Governor's Mansion.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

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

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

Photo: Thanksgiving dinner
Ted Rado receives a bun from Mayor Bruce Botelho at the end of a serving line during The Salvation Army's annual Thanksgiving dinner Thursday at The Hangar at the Merchants Wharf.

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

Douglas tree to light up Third Street tonight
Douglas denizens young and old will gather in the 1100 block of Third Street tonight for the annual Douglas Community Tree Lighting, a 5-year-old event sponsored by the Douglas Fourth of July committee

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.

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.

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.

Grant brings art to students
Juneau's elementary students can now get an early start in art education.

Photo: A hairy pupil
Wayne Kubli fiddles while the bear on the wall at City Hall listens.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Madison Gregory
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Lamb, Mello wed
Former Juneau resident Melissa Lamb of Coeurd'Alene, Idaho, and Ben Mello of Foster, R.I., were married Oct. 1 in The White Elephant Hotel in Nantucket Island, Mass.

I'm thankful for many reasons
As the wind and rain rattle my little house and threaten to tear off my siding, I find myself hunkering down and focusing on the short, disrupted school calendar set before me.

Student recognition
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

Neighbors helping Neighbors: Southeast Regional Resource Center (SERRC)
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Giving back
Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School Principal Laury Scandling (left) accepts a $500 check from school board member, Margo Waring. Looking on are Superintendent Peggy Cowan (right) and Yaakoosge Americorps volunteer Christy Bergman.

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

FYI
Births

May, Rackley engaged
Erin Rackley of Juneau and Darrin May of Elmira Heights, N.Y., were engaged Nov. 1.

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.

Alaska editorial: Boarding schools are worth the money
When it comes to educating rural Alaska students, Mt. Edgecumbe is a welcome success story.

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.

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

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.

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.

Elmendorf troops celebrate holiday away in Kyrgyzstan
U.S. troops deployed in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan celebrated the Thanksgiving Day holiday Thursday, complete with roast turkey, a parade of makeshift floats and a Santa Claus.

Trial delayed in murder of teen pizza-parlor worker
The trial in the killing of a teenage worker at a pizza restaurant six years ago has been delayed again.

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

NorthwestDigest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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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