Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Hate begets hate
I recently encountered a quote attributed to Richard M. Nixon that strikes me as surprisingly true: "Those who hate you don't win unless you hate them back; and then you destroy yourself."

Not the only great breakfast in town
I am writing in response to Rebecca Braun's comment in her letter about Costa's Diner.

Stop driving and talking on phone
As a motorcycle rider, I am acutely aware of the driving habits of the automobiles around me because my life depends on this awareness far more than most people's.

Governor longs for the good old days
"Zippee de doo dah, oh what a wonderful day" is the theme of Gov. Murkowski's recent newspaper tabloid - and vastly hyped political blather at considerable cost to Alaskans.

Divergent views in the Empire
The column "Edge of the Village," by Ernestine Hayes, in Sunday's paper, tells the wise and age-old true story of the kind of respect for the whole-of-nature that all of us would be well advised to emulate.

Deer carcasses litter Juneau roads, trails
Juneau has a carcass problem.

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

Photo: Chanukah begins
Chava Lee, right, lights the first candle of the Chanukah Menorah on Tuesday, marking the beginning of the celebration of Chanukah during a lighting ceremony at the Nugget Mall.

Images from another time: Capitol saver
Former Democrat Alaska Gov. Bill Sheffield, bottom right, gives his inaugural address on December 6, 1982 in the 8th-floor atrium of the State Office Building.

Capital relocation: It's back
A group of Kenai Peninsula residents has formed a committee to lobby for moving the state capital out of Juneau.

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

Funds sought for art teachers
A local nonprofit group will raise funds to help hire two art teachers for the Juneau elementary schools.

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

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

Photo: Christmas treats
Jessica Miller, left, and Nell McConahey, volunteer workers for the annual governor's open house, prepare banana cream tarts Monday at the Governor's House.

Fee for airport parking revised
After months of meeting with tenants and employees, the Juneau International Airport administration proposed revising its monthly employee parking fee from $35 per person to $35 per space so employees can share a parking space.

Lands committee gives nod to rezoning for apartments on Lemon Creek
The Assembly Lands Committee approved a proposal Monday night to change 6 acres of land near Lemon Creek from the rural-reserve and industrial zone to a residential zone, with up to 10 homes per acre.

Juneau man enters guilty plea in sexual abuse of minors
He will be on probation for 10 years with the eight years hanging over him, which means if he commits crimes, he will need to serve those eight years.

Arizona to get a taste of Alaskan
Alaskan Amber is flowing into Arizona this winter, making the Grand Canyon State the ninth to stock Juneau's brew.

Photo: Music at the mansion
The Juneau-Douglas High School Jazz Choir sing holiday songs Tuesday during the annual Governor's open house.

Cruise line pleads guilty to dumping
Dumping 20,000 gallons of untreated sewage into the waters off downtown Juneau two years ago will cost Holland America more than $2 million.

Photo: Winter on the way
The sun peeks through the clouds before sunset Monday, lighting up an otherwise normal, gray December day at Auke Bay harbor.

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

Teacher receives vocational award
Lesslie Knight was the recipient of the Juneau Rotary Club's Individual Vocational Service Award last week at the Juneau-Douglas High School staff meeting at JDHS.

Olaf "Ole" H. Thorgaard
Olaf "Ole" H. Thorgaard, 90, died on Nov. 25, 2004, in Tenakee Springs.

Why oppose wholesome activity like golfing?
I couldn't be more pleased that the West Douglas Golf Course project is ready to move ahead.

Alaska editorial: Support initiative to cap campaign donations
Unless the Alaska Legislature gets the message sooner, in 2006 Alaska voters should rein in lax campaign spending and lobbying rules lawmakers treated themselves to in 2003.

Energy plan will tap Alaskan reserves
When I hear my children say "I can't," I - like most parents - remind them that they can do anything if they put their minds to it and work hard.

Alaska Editorial: Tighten disclosure law, not campaign contributions
The folks who for some reason believe Alaska's campaign finance law should be more stringent than those governing federal elections are at it again.

No menu, no prices and no cash register
After months of watching the "Costa's Diner" mural materialize in the hall of the Merchants Wharf, I'd heard she finally opened Saturday.

Juneau Parks and Rec Ordway Basketball standings
Standings through Nov. 28 for the Juneau Parks and Recreation Department's Adult Ordway Basketball League:

Slumping Jazz drop their fifth game in a row
Shaquille O'Neal got his 10,000th career rebound and his team won its second straight game.

Petersburg wrestlers return to competition, win Southeast crowns
Petersburg wrestlers Levi Newman and Neil Jenny competed in their first matches of the season last weekend, and made up for lost time by claiming region crowns in their respective weight classes.

Losing is in the eye of the beholder
In last Sunday's Empire, a letter by Ken Coate conveyed an attitude toward local athletic activities, and the coverage of those events in this paper, that readers ought to think about.

New surroundings
When he left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Utah Jazz this summer, Carlos Boozer gave several reasons for the move.

Photos: Snyder takes his shot
Mitch Snyder of Skagway shoots a free throw during a shooting competition during last Wednesday's game with the Utah Jazz

Local Sports
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.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the northwest

Lawmakers criticize Renkes
Alaska lawmakers from both major parties said they have growing concerns about Attorney General Gregg Renkes' role in a potentially lucrative coal deal with Taiwan involving a company with personal ties to him.

Attorney general's involvement in Taiwan coal deal goes deep
Attorney General Gregg Renkes played a much larger role than he previously stated in pushing a $1 billion coal deal between Alaska and Taiwan that would benefit a Denver company in which he owned stock.

Legal insanity definition challenged
Two Anchorage residents charged with first-degree murder are challenging Alaska's legal insanity law, among the strictest in the nation.

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

Octopus doesn't give up on offspring
She didn't want to leave (her eggs). As the water was going down she was going down with it. She would spray a burst of water on the rocks on top of them.

State history is now mandatory course
The state Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to require high school students across the state to study Alaska history before graduating.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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

Storm creates water crisis in Western Alaska village
The powerful storm that pounded Western Alaska in October left the village of Nunam Iqua without fresh water, forcing the community to fly in as much as 500 gallons a day after its reserves ran out.

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