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Thursday, December 9, 2004

Critical thinking is the thing
When I was a high school student, somewhere back in the Middle Ages, I found history to be the most boring of all subjects.

A few steps further on Celebration proposal
Regarding a new venue for Celebration: Hooray!

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.

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

Disgusted with criminal rights
I just want to know what is wrong with this world when we give someone less jail time because someone pleads guilty to something as disgusting as abusing a minor.

Undemocratic America
Heroism is trampled under the complications of truth that our society has wrought in these days.

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.

Gates grant could provide new type of school in Alaska
A grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will allow Antioch University Seattle to explore establishing Native-oriented high schools in Alaska that include college courses.

Jurors review capitol designers
Nine architectural jurors are in Juneau poring over portfolios to choose among the applicants to design a new capitol for Alaska.

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

Photo: Aiding Mother Nature
Nathan Abbott knocks ice off of one of the two snowmaking machines, as Eaglecrest Mountain Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Brown checks the quality of the fresh snow Wednesday.

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.

More ferry trips planned to Glacier Bay
Ferry traffic between Juneau and Glacier Bay's Bartlett Cove will increase to six days per week for the park's upcoming 2005 summer visitor season.

Big Brothers Big Sisters marks 25 years
Instead of going out to mark his 24th birthday tonight, Juneau resident Cody Bennett plans to celebrate being a former "little."

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

Coogan Construction patriarch dies
Jack Coogan, patriarch of a longtime Juneau construction family, died Tuesday at Bartlett Regional Hospital after suffering a work-site heart attack, his family said.

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

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.

Getting hooked on the Bard through acting
When someone admits they're ugly, what do they do, teaching artist Ishmael Hope asked student actor Ami McRae.

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

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

Photo: A star performance
ReBecca Troutt, 15, practices singing, "Here I Am To Worship," a song she will perform with Adrian Slater during the 32nd Annual Singing Christmas Tree.

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

Travel: Back to Banff
It's a bit odd watching many of the world's most active people gather in a breathtaking mountain playground so they can turn into couch potatoes.

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

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.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

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Mary Louise (Thompson) McClinton
Longtime Juneau resident Mary Louise (Thompson) McClinton died Nov. 30, 2004, in Seattle.

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

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.

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.

Tompkins takes off
Juneau mono-skier Joe Tompkins is ready to take off as the U.S. Disabled Alpine Ski Team opens the 2004-05 season.

Hoonah spikers draw on heritage
When Hoonah High School volleyball players open state tournament competition today in Anchorage, they're going to make the court their home.

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

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

Alaska state volleyball champions
The Alaska state high school girls volleyball champions since 1976-77.

Southeast class 2A volleyball awards
Awards from the Southeast Class 2A volleyball tournament, held last Friday and Saturday at Klawock:

Jazz sing the blues after loss to Magic
Cuttino Mobley and Steve Francis have been playing basketball with each other long enough to know how to put away a team.

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the northwest

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.

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.

Organizers request U.S. Senate recount
It was down to the wire Wednesday for voters requesting a recount in the Alaska U.S. Senate race.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

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

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.

what's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau.

Film about Alaska's patron saint plays Juneau
Saint Therese of Lisieux, the patroness of Alaska and the namesake of the shrine at Mile 23 of Glacier Highway, comes to Glacier Cinemas this week in "Therese," a major motion picture funded entirely by private donations.

briefly
News of local arts

Six questions you should always ask a potential date
I was on a first date with a boy we'll call Wayne. We had a lovely evening. Great dinner. Great conversation.

For director, theater and cast, the woods are magic
Michael Penn/Juneau Empire

It's all collective
Juneau's Plein Rein, the outdoor-painting collective that's traveled through Italy and beyond, has returned to the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council gallery for its second show in six months.

Obsessed
As a photographer, I have long been a fan of another local photographer, Rob-ert H. Armstrong.

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