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Friday, November 26, 2004

Residents should ask questions about road
When it comes to a new road, is it really as "harebrained," as Mr. Hardin writes in his letter (Nov. 15) to ask questions that should concern tourists and residents of Juneau alike?

Saddam, not Bush, was world's problem
Sybil Davis' assertion that "no link between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda has ever been established" ("Number of deaths in Iraq is no Joke," Nov. 22) is false, but beside the point. He presented enough of a problem by himself.

Deceptive plea calls for investigation
I expect I wasn't alone in receiving a plea from an organization called United Seniors Association (USA) asking me to contact Sen. Lisa Murkowski because some in Congress are going to try to repeal the new Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit. I quote from the brochure "...taking this lifesaving benefit from America's seniors. We need your help."

Time to wake up and smell the carcinogens
In regards to the Nov. 18 article, Sen. Ted Stevens disagrees with a climate study's conclusion ... It is apparent that Mr. Stevens lives in the dark.

Pros of do-it-yourself traffic management
When we returned to Juneau a year ago, we lived temporarily in North Douglas. The first morning I drove my wife to work, we left early in anticipation of long waits at the West Juneau intersection and jammed up cars on the bridge. You can imagine our pleasant surprise to discover the do-it-yourself traffic management that allowed cars from both ends of the island to easily pass through the intersection and on to the bridge.

Photo: You can always dream
From the late 1970s and into the early 1980s, Chuck Keen created Alaska Trams Inc., and purchased property to make a tramway from Mount Juneau to South Franklin Street. The tram was never realized, although materials were brought up the mountain to begin building the structure. This is an artist's rendition. Keen died in 2003.

Be thankful it's not 1984
A raging windstorm that flipped airplanes, sank boats and toppled power lines and trees into buildings left Juneau residents on Thanksgiving Day 1984 thankful to make away with their lives.

Photo: Making others happy on Thanksgiving
Volunteers, from left, Peggy Garrison, Mary Rehfeld and John MacKinnon, serve meals Thursday at the free Thanksgiving dinner sponsored by the Salvation Army at the Hangar on the Wharf. More than 300 people were served traditional Thanksgiving meals at the event.

Photo: Lending a hand
Dick Hand, president of Alaska Seafood Co., and Bill Kasparoff prepare turkeys for smoking Wednesday at the Alaska Seafood Co.

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

Driver wasn't drinking before fatal accident
The 19-year-old driver killed Oct. 30 in a vehicle collision with a rock wall on Glacier Highway wasn't drinking before the accident, police reported Wednesday.

Photo: A blast from the past- the big storm
The big blow: Winds up to a reported 90 mph and heavy seas battered Douglas Harbor during the Thanksgiving Day storm of 1984.

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

City agrees on HS architects
With the Juneau Assembly deciding not to seek proposals for a new high school design team, city officials project the Mendenhall Valley campus will be ready for students in mid-May 2008.

AK Legal Services assists the needy
John Black was down on his luck last October when he was kicked out of his apartment and lost his job at the same time.

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

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

City, JRC plan swimming pools
JRC-the Alaska Club has finished two phases of expanding its Mendenhall Valley facility. Now it plans to add a swimming pool.

Photo:Family that plays ...
Hunter Silides, center, pushes her son, Christian, 4, Wednesday on a swing set on Gold Street as she holds her 1-year-old daughter, Grace. The Silides family moved to Juneau from Fairbanks on Nov. 1 and they are enjoying the mild weather. Hunter's husband, George, is the new pastor at the Church of the Holy Trinity.

Lynn Canal businesses want ferry
A coalition of business owners in Haines and Skagway says it can run a ferry system between Juneau, Haines and Skagway cheaper than the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Gatekeepers find hidden elders who need help
Have you noticed newspapers piling up outside an elder's door? Or perhaps you know an older tenant who has started small fires by forgetting that she left a pot on the stove. The postal carrier may have noticed that the mail of an elderly man has been accumulating in the mailbox for three days. Or the power company supervisor notices that a faithful customer of 40 years has not paid her utility bill for the past four months.

NeighborsDigest
Points of pride about people in our community.

Anderson and Vinsel to wed
Dianne Anderson of Bellevue, Wash., and Mark Vinsel of Amherst, N.H., will marry on Sunday, May 20, 2004, at the home of Dianne's parents in Bellevue, Wash., with a reception to follow at the same location.

Neighbors' policy
The Empire welcomes submissions from readers. Here's how.

Perkins named alto 1's first chair at state festival
Lindsay Perkins, a Juneau-Douglas High School senior, was selected as first chair of the Alto 1 section of the All-State Mixed Choir at the All-State Music Festival in Anchorage on Nov. 20.

Thank you
Expressions of gratitude in our community.

ANS Camp 2 names its officers
On Monday, Nov. 15, members of the Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 2 met to elect its new officers for 2005.

FYI
Life and legal events of Juneau residents.

Eley and McClain wed
Maria M. Eley of Juneau, and Joshua J. McClain of Hamburg, N.Y., were married Aug. 15, 2004, at Chapel by the Lake in Juneau followed by a reception at Orca Point Lodge on Colt Island.

Marjorie Eileen 'Marj' Hughes
Juneau resident Marjorie Eileen Hughes, 83, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau.

Susan 'Su' Elizabeth Lachelt
Longtime Juneau resident Susan Elizabeth Lachelt, 54, died Nov. 20, 2004, at her home.

My Turn: 'Breaking New Trails': Public money for private interests
I read with utter fascination the 12-page enclosure in the Nov. 14 Juneau Empire titled "Breaking New Trails" and published by Governor Frank H. Murkowski at a cost of exactly six cents per copy. It was public money well-spent in my opinion, and I was reminded of an observation made by Mark Twain: "You tell me whar a man gits his corn-pone, en I'll tell you what his 'pinions is." I'd translate that into the local vernacular as, "You tell me where an Alaskan gets his sourdough/salmon/ moose/timber/minerals/pelts and I'll tell you how he'll vote."

My Turn: The tide waits for no one
I read with interest Ted Wright's last two articles relating to a lot of subjects he tries to explain with little clarity.

My Turn: Effectively managing predators in Alaska
Debates about predator control are often heated, in part, because Alaskans have different values and care deeply about how wildlife is managed in our great state.

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.

Local Sports
Staff reports of Juneau sports events.

Alaska's king of pins
When the Class 1A-2A-3A wrestling season started early last month, Rafael Ramirez-Ruiz set the goal of breaking a state record.

Chicago beats Utah for first win
Coach Scott Skiles changed the way the Bulls started the game, and Ben Gordon changed the way they finished.

Government OKs Tongass timber sale
The U.S. Forest Service has approved a timber sale to collect trees blown down by a 2001 storm in a roadless area of the Tongass National Forest.

Photo: Early delivery
Alisha Roberts, 4, left, and Lezzie Rustad, 3, play with the gifts they received Nov. 19 from an Alaska National Guardsman dressed as Santa Claus in the remote Neets'aii Gwich'in Indian community of Venetie, north of Fairbanks.

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

Abuse allegations increase in Bethel
In two separate lawsuits filed in Bethel Superior Court, 49 plaintiffs contend they were sexually abused for decades by Catholic priests and church associates in rural Western Alaska.

State high court closes loophole for 'soft money'
The Alaska Supreme Court has upheld a state regulation that political parties disclose the sources of so-called "soft money" contributions.

AlaskaDigest
Headlines from around the state.

Compromise proposed to protect Aleutian corals, trawlers
A compromise may be in the works to protect deep sea coral and sponge groves in the Aleutian Islands.

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

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state/the Northwest.

Fairbanks questions its 'dangerous' label
City officials say they're doubtful about some of the measures used to rank Fairbanks as the nation's fourth most dangerous metropolitan area in a new report.

Sen. Murkowski asks staff to quit and reapply
Staffers who want to continue working for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Washington, D.C., must resign and reapply for their jobs.

Review board confirms two House winners
The State Review Board is completing its examination of votes cast in the Nov. 2 general election and has verified the winners of two close House races.

Movies this week: 'National Treasure' fun but absurd
How do you get children to ingest something healthy?

'SantaLand Diaries': A holiday in tights
Well-acquainted with the humor writing of David Sedaris, Juneau attorney, actor and arts advocate Ben Brown set about securing himself the lone role in the one-man play "The SantaLand Diaries" as soon as he read the script.

Giving thanks: an evening of burlesque
Melissa Davis has a passion for burlesque dance, and John Leo has a passion for burlesque comedy.

Larue: He's not into you? Don't waste time wondering why
A guest recently on "Oprah" advised a woman left dangling by a guy that "He's just not that into you."

What's Happening
Entertainment events in Juneau.

'Little Red Riding Hood' returns
The three actors from Juneau Lyric Opera's May production of "Little Red Riding Hood" will re-stage their performance Thanksgiving weekend at Nugget Mall.

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