Saturday, November 27, 2004

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."

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?

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: 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: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.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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.

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.

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.

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

NeighborsDigest
Points of pride about people 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.

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

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.

Thank you
Expressions of gratitude in our community.

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.

FYI
Life and legal events of Juneau residents.

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.

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.

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."

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 world.

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.

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.

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.

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.

AlaskaDigest
Headlines from around the state.

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