Saturday, November 29, 2003

Perseverance pays off for community
Jeffrey Herrmann wrote a great letter regarding Perseverance Theatre and its impact on Juneau's economy. Perseverance generates jobs, increases quality of life, and brings along artistic talent and fresh ideas to our community.

A day to skip shopping
Americans are addicted. Not to drugs, but rather to consumerism. While we only make up 6 percent of the world's population, we consume over 30 percent of its resources. To break this down, the average American consumes five times more than a Mexican, 10 times more than a Chinese person and 30 times more than a person from India. We spend our lives working to earn money so that we can buy more. Our consumerism is killing the planet.

Questioning authority on marijuana
An open letter to Governor Frank Murkowski and Attorney General Gregg D. Renkes of the state of Alaska regarding Alaska Supreme Court ruling Noy v. State:

Obedience a part of faith
In response to Mr. McGonegal's letter concerning the issue of benefits for domestic partners: I believe that the gentleman may have a good point in regards of fairness and equality. However, I resent his attack upon the Christian community in Juneau and I further resent him using a statement by Jesus Christ that he (and many others) confuses as simply a testimony of tolerance.

Concern is about local criminals
Mr. Drummond seems to think that my concerns are not applicable to the road. My concerns for the safety of my child are not unfounded. I am not worried about the crime rate in Whitehorse. I am concerned about the crime rate in Juneau. I am not talking about the transient criminal that comes down the pike into Juneau, but the resident Juneau criminal having an easy means of escape and an additional hundred miles of roadway to dump my child's body.

Around Town
Today

Photo: Helping hand for Thanksgiving
Dick Hand, president of Alaska Seafood Co., hangs turkeys on racks in preparation for smoking them for Thanksgiving. Hand and his employees, Jason Wiard, center, and David Pribis, volunteered their time to smoke 35 turkeys for Thanksgiving dinners for the needy. The dinners were hosted by the Hangar on the Wharf and the Salvation Army.

21st Juneau Public Market offers mix of familiar artisans and new vendors
The Juneau Public Market is a place where entrepreneurs can test how their product sells, where established summer businesses can make some off-season sales, and where hobbyists can earn extra money for their Christmas shopping.

In search of the perfect Juneau Christmas tree
Finding a Juneau-grown Christmas tree is more difficult than you might think. Even if a person is lucky enough to find a spot where tree-cutting is allowed, more often than not the tree will lose its needles within a few days of being chopped down.

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

Farewell, Rosalee
Rosalee Walker says she arrived in Juneau in 1967 with a rock-hard chip on her shoulder that gradually dissolved during the years she spent in the community. But every time she returns to Baltimore, Md., to visit her daughters, they note how her demeanor changes when she gets off the plane.

FYI
Births

Two more seats added to capitol-planning panel
Local residents are so interested in serving on a new committee that would set the vision for the state's capitol that Mayor Bruce Botelho added to the seats for members of the public, he said this week. Botelho increased the number of public seats from five to seven on the Capitol Planning Committee. He announced formation of the committee last week.

... for participating in the Juneau Feet First Clinics
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Juneau Feet First Clinics. We started offering the clinics two years ago to meet the need for routine foot care for persons unable to provide their own.

Neighbors Digest
Community news in brief.

Blumenshine and Votipka to marry
Former Juneau resident Treva Blumenshine and Michael Votipka of Milliken, Colo., are engaged and plan to wed in June 2004.

Deadline approaches for student letter contest
Thomas Sorensen and Daniel Stoops are proof that local students can do well in the Letters about Literature contest. They won honorable mentions in the 2003 contest and may enter again for 2004, they said.

... for your money, support during this difficult time
On behalf of the Sharclane Family, we all would like to give a great big thank you to Mt. Edgecumbe/SEARHC Hospital, SEARHC Juneau Medical Center, Bartlett Regional Hospital and Wildflower Court for taking good care of our father Elijah Sharclane.

Photo: Douglas 70 years ago
This photograph shows Douglas as it appeared in the early 1930s. The town was established as a mining community in 1881, and prior to that had been referred to as "Edwardsville," presumably after early resident and miner H.H. Edwards. In 1902, the "City of Douglas" was incorporated.

... from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Juneau
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Juneau would like to extend great appreciation to CellularONE for their generous support and contributions to our program. The Juneau Clubhouse depends on the generosity of individuals and local organizations to help support our programs and activities that serve youth.

... for helping distribute 1,000 pairs of shoes
Thanks to the cooperation of Juneau's three Rotary Clubs, Big K Footwear Wholesaler, Footstar Meldisco, Catholic Community Service and numerous other individuals, businesses and organizations. Footwear For Families was once again able to distribute over 1,000 pairs ($20,000 worth) of new boots and shoes throughout Juneau and many communities in Southeast Alaska.

My Turn: Seniors see attack on services from an unexpected source
Getting old ain't for sissies." Various seniors tell me this with increasing frequency. Once, Alaska seniors and elders were revered for their contributions to this state. There were entitlements to Pioneers Home care, the Longevity Bonus and tax exemptions. But - as with the Permanent Fund dividend - the greed and arrogance of lawyers, legislators and others representing special interests have struck down entitlements.

No. 2 Duke rolls at Shootout
Luol Deng and Daniel Ewing each scored 20 points and No. 2 Duke defeated Pacific 82-69 Thursday in the opening round of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

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.

Nizich stars as UAA women win Shootout
University of Alaska Anchorage senior guard Tanya Nizich is a dangerous weapon for the Seawolves' offense. Whenever teams collapse on the Seawolf forwards in the paint, Nizich's job is to find open space on the perimeter for a 3-point shot. When she hits them - and Nizich, a Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, just moved into third place for most 3-pointers on UAA's career rankings - it opens up room for the forwards to work.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Former House speaker dies at 65
Ramona Barnes - a tough-talking, gritty Republican from Anchorage who rose to be the first woman speaker of the House, died Wednesday. She was 65.

National parks draw tourists to Alaska
Alaska has more than two-thirds of the national park land in this country, and the parks are a tourist draw that generates more than $100 million a year for the state's economy, a new study shows.

Judge halts aerial wolf-shooting plans
A Superior Court judge on Wednesday issued a court order to temporarily prevent the shooting of wolves from airplanes under a state predator control program.

Photo: Happy trails
Terrie Dunn exercises her sled dogs Vince, left, and Jewell Saturday on a trail in Kenai. Mushers on the Kenai Peninsula are reveling in great trail conditions this winter, after struggling at times last winter to train on glare ice.

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