Thursday, December 1, 2005

Business Digest
Staff reports from local businesses

There is irony at 35,000 feet
The Salmon-Thirty-Salmon on the cover of the November Alaska Airlines magazine peered out at me from the seat pocket on a recent flight to Anchorage.

Iraq never attacked the United States
With all due respect, I found Mr. Michael Heiman's Nov. 30 My Turn entitled "Iraq invasion is more like World War II than Vietnam" rather strange.

A comic reflection
What a welcome irony to open the Thanksgiving Day Empire and see the comic and opinion pages facing each other.

Running on empty
This is the question of the hour. I know that the prices of gas have budged a bit, so we all know that the gas stations have received a new batch of petro from down south.

Prince of Wales lacks road plowing
It's a fact of life; winter is on its way. It's Monday morning, we've had our first early morning snowfall and I'm praying that the highway is already plowed.

Why gas prices don't drop faster
I'd like to take a crack at answering Chris Watson's excellent question (from Nov. 30) of why Juneau isn't seeing gas prices drop as quickly as the rest of the country.

Alaskans need energy dividend
The price of oil has gone up, the state is making money hand over fist and there is no end in sight.

Turning over the Tongass is outlandish
Until about six months ago, Sealaska Corp. told its shareholders that it believed it owned 3 billion board feet of timber.

Ferry system is going down
As of today the updated ferry schedule does not show any scheduled ferry to Pelican in November.

Juneau gas prices not going down
I would like to know why it is that for the last six to eight weeks the gas prices across the nation has dropped so much but yet here we have not seen hardly a penny in reduction.

Suggestions for possible diabetics
As a future health care professional, I will be dealing with many people with diabetes. I would like to offer some suggestions for those that may not know they have diabetes.

Historical reminders to the 'tolerant'
In his pre-Thanksgiving "Living & Growing" essay, the Rev. Dan Wanders recalls an idyllic family gathering rich in diversity and tolerance.

City official recommends taking a break from trails
Hikers should stick to flat trails until it's clear where recent rains have softened mountainsides, Juneau's emergency program manager said Wednesday.

After-school study pays real dividend
School is a bit more cool when cash is the reward for studying, students in a Juneau Native study hall program say.

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

Slide could be cleaned up this week
A week after a mudslide tore over the cul-de-sac at the end of Wickersham Avenue, state crews continue cleaning up the mess below on Glacier Highway.

Bear skull sales bite gift shop
They can appear innocent enough, sitting out in the open in tourist gift shops. Some are even "priced to sell."

Images from another time: After the first win, 1972
Sen. Ted Stevens is sworn in as senator for Alaska in 1972 in the nation's capital.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

State recognition
The Alaska School Counselor Association has named Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School counselor Sally Donaldson the Alaska counselor of the year.

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

Photo: Nature's creation
Nature shows off its ability to make abstract art in the form of icicles hanging from a rock wall Wednesday along Thane Road.

Photo: Travelin' tree
David Lendrum transports an Eastern White Pine on Tuesday at a construction site in Douglas.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Kinneen and Jenson to marry
Sara B. Kinneen of Petersburg and Derek J. Jenson of Juneau will be married at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 29, 2005, at Viking Hall in Anchorage.

A little something for the cat
Cats love tearing into gift-wrapped packages, especially when there's something special for them inside.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Richardson, Chaudhury marry
Emily Camille Richardson of Anchorage and Sanjay Chaudhury of Kolkata, India, were married on Nov. 17, 2005, in their Juneau home. Charlotte Carroll presided as marriage commissioner

A cell phone may just be the right gift
Looking for the right holiday gift for an enemy? Give him a cell phone.

Big Brothers and Sisters' appreciation
Director of partnership development for Big Brothers and Sisters Betsy Brenneman, center, presents a plaque and bowl for Kids' Sake Certificate of Appreciation to GCI Director of Operations Warren Russell, right, and Business Manager Rachael Hodgson, left, for their continued support of Big Brothers and Sisters' annual fundraising campaign.

Robert Holm Pilcher
Juneau resident Robert Holm Pilcher, 93, died Nov. 28, 2005, of bile duct cancer at his home.

Betty Lou Hart
Juneau resident Betty Lou Hart died in her home the morning of Nov. 29, 2005, following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Mona K. Jackson
Kake resident Mona K. Jackson died Nov. 9, 2005, at her home.

Alvin Osterback
Lifelong Alaskan Alvin Osterback, 90, died of natural causes Nov. 24, 2005, at Mary Conrad Center in Anchorage.

Alaska editorial: Stevens shouldn't be surprised by response
Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens might ask himself how he'd respond if Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell wanted to change the way oil tankers operate in Prince William Sound, especially if her bill went against the wishes of most Alaskans.

My Turn: Iraq invasion is more like World War II than Vietnam
It is sophomoric to assume that Iraq is more like Vietnam than it is like World War II.

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.

Bears' Hinkley earns Gatorade football award
Juneau-Douglas High School junior Chris Hinkley's athletic life is divided into two major parts - football season and ski season.

Turkey Shoot Results
from November 20

Ordway Basketball League Standings
as of Nov. 27

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.

State in a dither over road funding
State officials remain in a fog over where they will put millions in federal dollars for transportation over the next three years.

Speaker fined for misuse of contributions
The Alaska Public Offices Commission on Wednesday fined House Speaker John Harris for misusing $6,929 in campaign contributions, money he spent last year stumping for other Alaska Republican candidates and in his bid to become speaker.

Third try for gambling initiative thrown out
Three times they've busted, but the sponsors of a plan to legalize video gambling in Alaska aren't ready to fold.

Fishermen worry about mixing zones
To Juneau salmon troller Steve Ricci, a state proposal to allow new pollution discharges in fish streams appears to be a threat to his livelihood.

Regs set to control costs of home care
The state adopted tighter regulations Tuesday to save money on a costly program to care for the disabled and elderly in their homes.

Fairbanks bishop apologizes for church abuse
The bishop of the Fairbanks Catholic Diocese published an open letter apologizing to victims of sexual abuse by church representatives.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Right to Life wants access
An attorney for Alaska Right to Life said the group should not be barred from trade shows in public buildings because its message might offend people.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Slashed tires on 45 buses close most Mat-Su schools
Officials were forced to close schools north of Anchorage on Tuesday after vandals damaged the tires on 45 buses.

Sex abuse suit adds 2 plaintiffs
Two more men have claimed they were sexually abused by a former Anchorage Catholic priest.

In Color
The Juneau Empire celebrates Friday evening's Gallery Walk with "In Color," an audio slideshow exploration into the creative processes of five participating artists.

First Friday: Bright colors and Alaska motifs on display at December Gallery Walk
Here is a comprehensive look at all the shows, available at press time, that are planned for Friday night's Gallery Walk:

Cinema Guide
what's playing on the silver screen

Set sail to 'King Island'
It's been four years since Perseverance Theatre's last production of the holiday oratorio "King Island Christmas," and those that have seen the play before may be surprised by director David Charles Goyette's visual interpretation.

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

Symphony offers musicians space to create
The annual Juneau Symphony Showcase is the time of the year when the orchestra members venture off into whatever strange new lands happen to strike their creative fancy.

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