Thursday, December 8, 2005

BusinessDigest
Staff reports from local businesses.

Shameless waste of lives
Our Constitution unambiguously instructs Congress to provide a military that will aggressively defend the borders of these United States.

Please stop the nancification of cable
Last week, Sen. Stevens, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, hosted informal hearings on regulating cable and satellite TV programming.

Support wild fish over hatchery
Haines is known for its five runs of salmon - all wild - a value rare on this planet, and a tourist draw, that is best nurtured and promoted.

Environmentalists can be pro-development
In Andrew Green's Dec. 5 letter of appreciation for Gov. Frank Murkowski's policies, which according to recent gubernatorial approval ratings places him in a small minority, you can cut the irony with a knife.

In search of Baranov
Not many Russians have heard of the town of Kargopol, the birthplace of Alexander Baranov, who was chief manager of the Russian American Co. from 1790 to 1818.

Photo: Angels in the making
Gastineau Elementary School students, from left, Michelle Massad and Raven Joey, both 11, make snow angels Tuesday in front of the school while on recess from Shirley Walkush's fifth-grade class.

Former Assembly candidate eager to serve in Iraq war
While war drags on in Iraq, David Summers said he doesn't want to sit on the sidelines.

Holiday Tradition
T he Governor's Mansion opened its doors to the public Tuesday to continue a 92-year-old Christmas tradition.

AK Airlines capt. retires
After his last landing as an Alaska Airlines pilot Wednesday morning, Capt. Dennis Nolder hugged his 87-year-old mother, making her first visit to Juneau.

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

Images from another time: Fourth float, 1966
Children play and cheer for a mock football game on this Fourth of July float called "Little Today, Big Tomorrow" during the Juneau parade in 1966.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Man accused of stealing van on his way out of jail
A 21-year-old Sitka man released from Lemon Creek Correctional Center on Tuesday allegedly stole a van just a block from the prison and lasted only two hours on the street.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Images from another time: Hands across the channel, May 25, 1986
Juneau residents hold hands across the Douglas Bridge during the Hands Across America event in 1986.

Group calls for troop withdrawal
Local peace activists delivered a petition to the congressional office on Wednesday calling for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

Dick, Bays marry
Amy Rene Dick of Juneau and Charles Allen Bays of Phoenix were married Sept. 3, 2005, in Phoenix.

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

Photo: Chillin' out
This Great Blue Heron takes refuge from a harbor seal on Sunday atop a lamppost on the downtown wharf.

Time to sign up for Medicare Prescription Drug Program
Senior citizens over 65 have until Dec. 31, 2005 to enroll in the Medicare Prescription Drug Program for coverage beginning Jan. 1.

Student recognition
Recognizing outstanding academic performances

Joseph Demmert Jr.
Lifelong Alaskan Joseph Demmert Jr., 79, died Nov. 28, 2005, at Ketchikan General Hospital after a prolonged battle with cancer.

Margaret Branson
Seward resident Margaret Branson, 78, died Nov. 29, 2005, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage.

Mary Lou Knickerbocker
Former Juneau resident Mary Lou Knickerbocker, 84, died Oct. 29, 2005, in her retirement home in Boonville, Mo.

Jack Rowan Kelm
Former Juneau resident Jack Rowan Kelm, 77, died Nov. 3, 2005, at his Beach Road home in Haines of a suspected heart attack.

Fundraising year should speak volumes about governor's race
As the end of the year approaches, many common themes occupy our thoughts and activities.

My Turn: Alaska should act on identity theft
Understandably the next legislative session will be dominated by gas pipeline negotiations.

My Turn: A turning point in the health of world's oceansTurn
Alaska depends on its oceans - and what is happening to them is truly alarming.

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.

Time to finally drop the puck
They practice when most people sleep. While the vast majority of Alaskans cozy up in warm beds at 6 a.m., the Juneau-Douglas High School ice hockey team is on the ice.

9th Circuit to hear appeal of Exxon suit
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Jan. 27 in San Francisco over whether plaintiffs should get $4.5 billion plus interest in punitive damages from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound.

Panel holds off on creating group to oversee gaming
A legislative task force put off recommending whether an Alaska Gaming Commission should be created, with members acutely aware that an "aye" vote could be seen as an endorsement for expanding gambling in the state.

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

Plans to help cities headed to Legislature
Dozens of Alaska towns fighting for their existence will watch closely as the state Legislature allocates its oil wealth in 2006.

Plaintiff added to suit against priest
A fourth man has joined a lawsuit accusing a former Anchorage Catholic priest of sexual assault.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Jury convicts ex-police officer of killing 19-year-old in Nome
A former Nome police officer who testified he did not shoot Sonya Ivanoff was convicted Tuesday in the 19-year-old's death.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

Eagle River man believed to be held by Iraqi insurgents
A man believed taken hostage in Iraq was considered the new neighbor by the mostly lifelong residents of this birch- and spruce-covered hill overlooking downtown.

Scientists thank villagers for role in flu study
Two white wooden crosses stand unwavering in this wind-scrubbed village at the edge of the Bering Sea, marking a mass grave that holds the remains of dozens of people who died in the pandemic nearly 90 years ago, all but wiping out the community.

Developer plans tallest building in downtown Anchorage
A San Francisco-based developer plans to build a 24-story tower in downtown Anchorage combining luxury condominiums, offices, shops and parking.

Handel's "Messiah" is resurrected
George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" has become somewhat of an Advent tradition in Juneau, and all over the world.

35 years of Alaska Photography
When Fairbanks photographer and curator Barry McWayne moved to Alaska from San Francisco in 1968, photography was starting to generate some buzz nationally in the art world but the medium was not yet widely collected.

Cinema Guide
What's playing at the box office

Learning from classics
Juneau Dance Unlimited ballet master Philip Krauter has been a professional dancer since 1976 and has performed in more than 15 versions of "The Nutcracker."

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news of local entertainment events

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