Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Better ferries or new roads?
Recently SEACC announced that they had helped form a lobbying group to promote better ferry service in the state. This is the same organization that was foremost in destroying the timber economy of Southeast Alaska.

Bush's actions are the opposite of his words
I've discovered a way to understand Mr. Bush (sorry I can't call him president since I have too much respect for the office) is to ignore his speeches

Accusations unfair
This is great - I love to hear the pot calling the kettle black. I am not homophobic, but thanks for the rash judgment and stereotyping, something I thought people were trying to fight. I don't care what people do in their own homes; I am not willing to pay for their lifestyle.

Road needed for future growth
For several years now I have listened and read the discussions of all who cared to express their thoughts on both sides of the road issue. This has been for the most part a lively discussion and great entertainment regardless of what side of the argument you may be on.

Road might influence opinions on Capitol
I read with interest the article stating that Mayor Botelho is planning to form a committee that would review building a new capitol as "a move to ward off threats to relocate the capital."

Humans not defined by what they do
In response to Bobbie Haffner's letter of Nov. 19, I would like to clear up some misconceptions I believe she has.

A policy for equality
The Juneau Human Rights Commission would like to commend the Juneau Assembly and the city manager's office for their decision to provide health coverage for all city employees and their partners who are in long-term relationships regardless of the makeup of those relationships.

Policy makes move more attractive
I am really glad to hear that equal benefits for life partners is a part of the fabric in Juneau. I have considered moving there and this will probably tip the scales in favor of your fair city. Let me tell you why:

Donations help Glory Hole for Thanksgiving meals
Whether it's a boxed Thanksgiving meal, turkey sandwiches or a full traditional spread at area restaurants, there are plenty of opportunities for Juneau residents, needy or not, to partake in holiday festivities this Thursday.

Rep. Williams files to run for vacated Senate seat
Less than a week after Sitka businessman Bert Stedman was sworn in to serve out the term of former District A state Sen. Robin Taylor, Saxman Rep. Bill Williams said he will run for the seat in 2004.

Bookings open for marine highway summer sailings
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Highway System has opened for booking its summer sailings, later than usual and without changes sought by some port communities.

Libraries offer online tutoring service
Students in Juneau have one less excuse for less-than-perfect grades this year. The Juneau Public Libraries have partnered with Tutor.com to pair Juneau students with professional tutors for online homework help sessions.

Kerttula: Alaska needs to tap into China's expanding market
Everything's bigger in Alaska, but in China the superlatives are unrivaled. Touting a population of about 1.2 billion and an economy that has doubled its gross domestic product in a decade, China is experiencing intense growing pains as it opens to trade with world markets. But with increased manufacturing and job opportunities come many of the same challenges faced by Alaska: energy consumption, pollution, housing, conservation, education and health care.

Alyeska jobs to stay in Juneau
The Yukon-Koyukuk School District on Tuesday was awarded operation of the state correspondence school as a charter school, starting in July.

Assembly backs partners policy
The majority of the Juneau Assembly backed City Manager Rod Swope on Monday on his decision to provide health insurance benefits to domestic partners of city employees.

Thanksgiving brings mixed emotions for military families
Though Airman 1st Class James "Matthew" Spreter will be far from home this Thursday, his mother, Paula, is giving thanks that he'll be on a military base in Germany and not in Baghdad, where he spent the last seven months.

State begins retooling plans to enhance SE transportation
The scattered islands, ancient forests and mountain ranges of Southeast Alaska make for some of the most captivating travel scenery in the state.

Around Town
Today: Day of Quilting, Sewing and Good Fellowship, 10 a.m. every Wednesday, Resurrection Lutheran Church. Quilts donated to Lutheran World Relief. Details: 586-2380.

Around Town
Today Valley Toastmasters meeting, 6:10 a.m. every Tuesday, Henry's. Details: Jim, 789-3074. Sewing Circle, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Valley Senior Center. Details: Betty, 789-7236.

Grocers brace themselves for big day
Juneau residents may begin preparing for this year's Thanksgiving feast today, but produce managers at local grocery stores started weeks ago.

Eaglecrest to open Thursday
Those considering a move north after last year's dismal ski season in Juneau can take heart - Eaglecrest Ski Area will start this winter's season at 9 a.m. Thursday.

This Day in History
In Alaska: • In 1922, the Alaska Electric Light & Power Company installed Juneau's first radio broadcast station at its Front Street office.

This Day in History
In Alaska:• In 1969, the greatest deluge of mail to Gov. Keith Miller, more than 700 letters, hit the Governor's desk in Juneau following a televised documentary supposedly showing wolves being hunted for bounty.<

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

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

Elder's reach felt as far away as Russia
World War II veteran and Tlingit tribal elder James Wilbur Walton was remembered Tuesday for the dignity he showed as a citizen of the world.

A look at proposed SE projects
In March 2003, the U.S. Forest Service released a study titled Southeast Alaska Proposed Public Road and Ferry Projects. The document outlines some potential transportation projects in Southeast and was a starting point for rewriting the Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan.

Southeast Natives to test salmon in Shanghai schools
Some Southeast Natives are hoping to take advantage of China's growing market for Alaska seafood by distributing smoked salmon products to schoolchildren in Shanghai.

Juneau Digest
Children and young adults in City and Borough of Juneau never have to be stumped by a tough homework assignment again! Students from fourth grade to twelfth grade can simply visit any of the Juneau Public Libraries, either in person or online, to get immediate, free help from qualified tutors.

Boozer, Cassells to wed Christmas Eve
Natasha Renee Boozer and O'neil St. Aubin Cassells of Morrisville, Pa., will be married at 10 a.m. Dec. 24, 2003, at The Liberty Belle in Philadelphia, Pa. A reception will follow at The Liberty Belle at 11 a.m.

Donation to Juneau Hospice Foundation
Sioux Douglas, president of the Juneau Hospice Foundation, receives a $20,000 check from first lady Nancy Murkowski from the Waterfall Foundation.

Thank you
... for help with 'Read and Shine Under the Northern Lights': On Oct. 15, Gastineau Elementary hosted an evening of literacy. More than 200 people attended the festive salute to literacy, titled "Read and Shine Under the Northern Lights."

Williams' to celebrate 60th
The family and friends of Dean and Edna Williams congratulate them on their 60th wedding anniversary. Dean and Edna were married in Juneau at Northern Light Presbyterian church on Nov. 27, 1943.

Jones, Foster marry
Hilarie Denise Hall Jones of Juneau and Jared Lee Foster of Juneau were married May 3, 2003, at Douglas Methodist Church. A reception was held at the Twisted Fish Restaurant.

Pets of the week
KANE Kane has been declawed; is mellow, friendly citizen BUGSY No better fate could befall a beagler than beau Bugsy

Giving thanks in Juneau
Weighing a career move is always difficult, and many factors come into play in doing so: location, quality of life and living, leaving that which is familiar if not comfortable, and more than a little uncertainty and apprehension relative to that which is unknown.

My Turn:Seeking alternative news sources
Democracy, as it was established during the early creation of the United States, was limited in participation to a specific minority group: rich, white men. Today the U.S. boasts proudly of our democracy expanded through time with civil rights and women's liberation movements, and has even claimed a leading role as its global purveyor and protector. The problem is with less than 50 percent eligible voter turnout, our democracy is suffering from a lack of major public participation.

Local Sports
Local sports results

Juneau's karate kid
It's Wednesday night in a small, but crowded warehouse near the airport. About 30 members of the Juneau Shotokan Karate Club are taking a class - two-thirds are youths, with a few parents joining in - but one member stands out.

Sports in Juneau
NEW CALENDAR ITEMS:HoopTime Basketball registration: HoopTime Basketball, a non-profit AAU-sanctioned club, is accepting registrations for the 2004 season for boys and girls in grades 4 through 8. The season runs from Jan. 3 to April 15.

Great Alaska Shootout gets national airing
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The chance to play on national television in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout gives the University of Alaska Anchorage a slam dunk when coaches are selling recruits on the men's basketball program.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS:Friday, Nov. 28 • Youth wrestling day camp - Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling coach Kris Mercer is holding a wrestling day camp for youths age 5-18 on Friday, Nov. 28, at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Alaska Digest
Fisheries marketing board elects officers: JUNEAU - The new Alaska Fisheries Marketing Board has elected its officers and begun sketching out details on how to spend $8 million in federal funds.

Kenai doctor jailed on charges she stole more than $3 million from her mother
ANCHORAGE - A Kenai doctor was in jail Tuesday, charged with stealing more than $3 million from her mother.

Alaska Digest
State, ACS resolve lawsuit issues JUNEAU - The state and telephone service provider ACS Communications Inc. have resolved a lawsuit over a promotion that government attorneys said forced consumers to call to cancel a service they never ordered.

Teenager charged as adult in roadside stabbing
ANCHORAGE - A teenager accused of stabbing a man who stopped to offer him help has been charged as an adult with first-degree assault, the district attorney's office said.

Dashing through the songbook
Peter Anderegg grew up in Juneau and graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1973. When he moved back from Seattle in the early 1990s, he decided he knew what the town needed: Victorian holiday carolers.

Briefly
Local arts and entertainment news in brief.

A magical world awaits at the back of the closet
C S. Lewis and his magical world of all-knowing lions and polite British schoolchildren will return to the stage at Chapel by the Lake, as the youth of the congregation present "Narnia," a musical version of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, in the chapel sanctuary. Admission is free.

Fun Facts about caroling
Tidbids about caroling in Juneau.

What's happening
Local arts and entertainment calendar.

Gallery bounces back
A view into the past: Juneau artist Rick Clair painted "Deep Step, Georgia" after visiting a family cemetery in Georgia, where he discovered that he had an ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War. Courtesy of Rick Clair

Juneau filmmaker gets his hustle on
Due to last year's dreary and disappointing winter, Juneau filmmaker Scott Baxter couldn't shoot enough footage for his annual Southeast extreme sports video. So he had to get his hustle on.

Movies: Where and When
Local movie times and locations.

Toe cartoon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

From rags to riches: How the group got its Victorian garb
In 1992, Peter Anderegg began looking for period garb for The Victorian Carolers. He called costumers throughout the country and finally found a business in Los Angeles.

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