Saturday, December 3, 2005

Falling for lies on Iraq
Like Brett Dillingham (Dec. 1 letters to the editor), I too found strange (to say the least) Michael Heiman's Nov. 30 My Turn regarding how America's invasion of Iraq is comparable to its participation as an ally in World War II.

No comparison to World War II
Michael Heiman's Nov. 30 My Turn appears to be indicative of the break with reality that many in our country have experienced.

Looking at global warming through poetry and science
A poet and a scientist will bring the Evening at Egan lecture series to a close tonight with a discussion blending arts and science relating to climate change in the Arctic.

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

Photo: Skaters' season returns
Nikki Box, 5, follows her father, Steve, using a plastic step stool as a brace while they skate Thursday at the north end of Twin Lakes near the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Winter sunset
An early afternoon sunset leaves a colorful sky reflected in Auke Bay on Thursday. Juneau temperatures reached a high of 22 degrees and a low of 10 Thursday, with no rain or snow.

Photo: Out of the blue
The fast ferry Fairweather heads north last week for a quick trip.

Teacher talk: GervOlympics: Taking a big risk on just a hunch
Not long into the school year, I started dreaming again about an event that I have always wanted to put together and do with my geometry students.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southeast Alaska
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

FYI
News about the people you know

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from residents of Juneau

38 JDHS students selected for band, choir festivals
Each year high school student instrumentalists and vocalists work to achieve the honor of being selected to perform in the Southeast Alaska Honor Festival and the All-State Music Festival.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Andrew Moeser
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Frances Joy Geerhart
Former Douglas resident Frances Joy (Dawson) Geerhart, 58, died Nov. 18, 2005, with her family by her side at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Wash.

Irene Gene Satko
Longtime Juneau resident Irene Gene Satko (Hill), 81, died Nov. 30, 2005, at her home in Juneau.

John Brantner
Former Juneau resident John Brantner, 97, died Oct. 5, 2005, at his Green Lake home in Seattle, in the care of his family.

Betty Lou Hart
Juneau resident Betty Lou Hart, 71, died of cancer on Nov. 29, 2005, at her home.

Alaska editorial: Consider cutting size of 9th Circuit Court
The effort to break up the supersized 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gained the backing recently of the U.S. Department of Justice, which supported the claims of those who have long argued that the 9th Circuit - and therefore the people it is supposed to serve - is suffering under its own weight.

My turn: Kensington Mine will produce toxic tailings
The Empire recently published a My Turn article on the Kensington Mine that attempted to address the issue of the toxicity of the mine tailings that would be placed in Lower Slate Lake.

Bears ready for new challenge
After about four-and-a-half weeks of relentless practice and conditioning, Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling coach Kris Mercer rewarded his troops with a much needed five-day break after the Brandon Pilot Invitational Tournament.

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.

15-story tower to be one of largest Anchorage buildings
A real estate development company plans to build a 15-story, 300,000-square-foot office tower in Midtown Anchorage.

Photo: Off to serve
Seven-year-old Kristina Cheney hugs her father, U.S. Army Spc. Kristopher Cheney, as he holds her after a deployment ceremony Tuesday at the Buckner Physical Fitness Center on Fort Richardson near Anchorage.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

State levies $150 fine against Ben Stevens for not revealing chairmanship
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

UA timber sale planned near resort
University of Alaska plans for a timber sale on 800 acres near a Craig fishing resort include road building and some harvesting by helicopter.

Study: AK fishermen rank well on bycatch
Alaska comes out looking pretty clean in a new report showing that the U.S. fishing industry discards more than 25 percent of what it hauls aboard vessels each year.

Fight expected over hike in school funds
Alaska lawmakers are certain education funding will increase next year, but they will have to fight over a desired amount.

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

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