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Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Road is a waste
The Juneau-to-Skagway road doesn't make economic sense for Haines.

Ferry slowed down by lack of schedule
It's quite a thrill and an honor to work on the Fairweather, the fast ferry.

Berners Bay will be changed by road
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season officially underway, apparently Goldbelt has decided to do a little hustling of its own.

No to proposed Fish and Game fee hikes
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game is proposing a 100 percent increase for residents to buy a hunting license and only an 18 percent increase for nonresidents.

Americans are invaders
The war in Iraq has nothing to do with fighting terrorism or saving the Iraqi people.

Bring back the stapling of TV Week
Apparently management of the Juneau Empire does not feel that adequate binding of the otherwise commendable TV Week section of the Sunday edition of the paper is important.

Taking another look at waste disposal
Chaz Miller's thoughts on garbage transport out of Alaska (Nov. 24, 2004), do not fairly account for the concerns of some Southeast Alaska communities.

Association encourages hockey
I would like to clarify what may be a misperception as a result of a previous letter to the editor.

NBA could learn from Gold Medal
I've said this for years, but at this point I feel my thoughts should be made public.

Please help stop wolf killings
Please, please, stop this carnivore genocide.

Why not seasonal mining at Kensington?
As the U.S. Forest Service nears its final decisions for the Kensington Mine in Berners Bay, I've done a little bit of figuring.

Capitol design competition jury selected
Juneau resident Puanani Maunu is one of the nine jurors chosen by the Capitol Planning Commission to select designs for a new capitol.

Photo:The big blow's aftermath, 1984
Workers remove debris from a heavily damaged Marine Park in November 1984 after a big storm swept through Southeast on Thanksgiving Day.

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

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

Fire and Rescue teams with FEMA, offers free inspections
Capital City Fire and Rescue has teamed up with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the State Fire Marshal's Office to provide free fire safety inspections for homes.

Commission gives go-ahead to golf-course lease
After 10 years of planning, Totem Creek Inc. is one shot away from building a standard 18-hole golf course.

Photo: Spirit of the season
Becky Janes puts her donation into the Salvation Army kettle Monday on Front Street as Bob Rose rings a bell and looks on.

Police upset about shift change
Despite the dangers on his job, Juneau Police Officer Paul Comolli likes the flexibility of his schedule. Working on a 12-hour shift, he is off every two or three days.

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

It's a matter of degrees
December is hitting Juneau, but looking a lot like November, thanks to just a couple of degrees. Temperatures for November were 3.5 degrees above normal for the month even before Tuesday's above-average temperatures were figured in, said Pete Rahe of the National Weather Service in Juneau.

Sealaska dividend is $1.23 per share
As Sealaska Corp. distributes $4.7 million in dividends to shareholders today, Florence "Flo" Kenney will use hers to buy a Dyson vacuum cleaner.

Planners OK Goldbelt plan to blast rock
Goats horned in on the city of Juneau's plan to allow quarry blasting for a Kensington Mine-related road this winter and early spring.

Photo: Be careful what you wish for
A pedestrian walks through a February 1981 blizzard on Third Street in Douglas.

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

Photo: Finalists in the spotlight
Sitka's George Wathen, in blue, faces off against Juneau's Clinton Clark under the spotlight in the Nov. 20 finals of the Brandon Pilot Invitational wrestling meet at Juneau-Douglas High School.

City museum, Sealaska will host Native arts and crafts fair
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum and Sealaska Heritage Institute will host the Ninth annual Native Arts & Craft Fair from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3, and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, at the City museum.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

Assembly members wear MADD's funny ties for safety
Mayor Bruce Botelho led last week's Assembly meeting wearing a tie with large, colorful felt letters glued to it.

Melissa Athena Rogers
Longtime Juneau resident, Melissa Athena Rogers, 31, died Nov. 24, 2004, at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Marjorie Jean "Marge" Swanson
Longtime Juneau resident Marjorie Jean Swanson, 79, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004, at her home in Juneau with her family at her side after a long and brave fight against cancer.

Su Lachelt
There will be a celebration of life for Su Lachelt at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004, at Chapel By the Lake.

Alaska editorial: PETA's appeal to be nice to fish
Every once in awhile, a story comes along that defies belief. We aren't talking about alien abduction stories, or two-headed-babies-with-a-gift-for-opera stories.

Alaska editorial: Time to consider Fish and Game license fee increases
This editorial appeared in Friday's Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

America suffers from loss of short-term memory on Iraq
I have been reading with interest many letters regarding Iraq, Saddam Hussein, President George W. Bush, and U.S. policy.

My Turn: Teach Alaska's history
What did Alexander Baranov, Gen. Billy Mitchell, Bennie Benson, Elizabeth Peratrovich and Libby Riddles contribute to Alaska? If you don't know, perhaps you too could benefit from the teaching of Alaska history.

Schick leads Juneau club swimmers at ABC Invitational
Cody Schick of Juneau's Glacier Swim Club won five races and took second place in six others during the Southeast ABC Invitational held Nov. 12-14 at Ketchikan's Mike Smithers Pool.

Local Sports Briefs
Staff reports of Juneau sports events.

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.

Jazz fall to blazing Suns
Even when Steve Nash is woozy, nobody seems to be able to slow down the Phoenix Suns.

Skagway long-distance, cell phone service down
Long-distance and cell phone service in and out of Skagway went down on Tuesday and could remain out for several more days, according to phone service provider AT&T Alascom.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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

New SE ferry to cost $16.9 million
The Inter-Island Ferry Authority plans to award a $16.9 million contract to Washington firm to build a new ferry for Coffman Cove, Wrangell and Petersburg.

The halibut season: More positive news
The halibut season rounded out its 10-year anniversary this November on a positive note - three solid years of high prices.

U.S. Senate recount sought
A Fairbanks group wants a recount of votes cast in the U.S. Senate race and is seeking donations to pay for it.

State till bulges with oil income
Record-high oil prices will send hundreds of millions to state coffers, but lawmakers and budget analysts are warning against calling new revenues a surplus.

Campaign finance reform goes to ballot
A campaign finance reform citizen initiative is headed to voters in 2006.

Slain Craig woman's daughter arraigned in Ketchikan court
The daughter of a slain Craig woman was arraigned Monday on charges that she conspired to have her mother killed.

Families program graded so-so
A 10-year-old program to fund at-home help for stressed-out new parents hasn't made much of a difference, a study has found.

Regulators fine seafood processors $3.44 million
Federal regulators on Monday fined Icicle Seafoods and two other companies $3.44 million, saying the companies worked as one to corner the Adak crab market, processing millions of pounds above their limit over the past two years.

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

Canadian author, Klondike chronicler, Berton dies at 84
Canadian author and broadcaster Pierre Berton, who grew up in the Yukon Territory and became one of the country's most recognizable and beloved media personalities, has died at age 84.

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