Oil companies have enough incentive for gas pipeline
Major oil companies have all the federal incentive needed to construct a North Slope natural gas pipeline should Congress pass the energy bill, Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Wednesday. The bill doesn't contain tax credits guaranteeing a minimum price for the volatile commodity, but an $18 billion federal loan guarantee and other incentives make it a generous offer, she said.

Gay lifestyle undermines fabric of society
I wholeheartedly and 100 percent agree with Ione Ackerm and the letter she wrote regarding gay marriages.

Allow smokers freedom to choose
This a letter in response to the letter from Bob Cita re: "Smoking ordinance a necessary protection." Yet another "citizen" trying to force their personal beliefs down everyone's throat and control society to fit in their little box.

Machine tally less than perfect
I've been paying attention in the last couple of weeks to my grocery store receipts. Each market I tried had some error or another - always in the store's favor. At one, of all the items I bought, 15 percent rang up higher than the shelf price.

Stay away if you don't like smoke
This is my first letter to the editor. The smoking issue that the city Assembly is trying to force on the bars in Juneau is the reason I have taken the time to voice my opinion.

Literal guidance
Sarah Wolf's recent letter questions taking the Bible literally. It quotes an e-mail retort to Dr. Laura's citing of Leviticus 18:22 as authoritative. The e-mail mockingly asks for advice in following other biblical passages from Exodus and Leviticus in several contrived situations.

Pay attention to development plan
Don't be caught sleeping Juneau! A moratorium on development for the waterfront is one matter, but what about the problems looming when interpretation of the Assembly's proposed moratorium ordinance is applied by Assembly members on any development project that a majority of them choose not to support?

Gay marriage a threat only to the nosy
In reference to Ione Ackerman's letter on Dec. 7, "Yes, gay marriage is a threat," I must say I could not find anything in that letter that showed how it was a threat.

Engaging in 'cruel talk'
I was outraged by Ione Ackerman's Dec. 7 letter in reference to Ellie Sica's Dec. 5 letter entitled "Is gay marriage a threat?"

Wolf control a step in right direction
Congratulations to the state Board of Game for their recent action on wolf control. It's about time we had a board that rules in favor of Alaska residents without bending to the undue influence from the uninitiated and uninformed.

Douglas Highway a dangerous road
just want to make a comment on the pedestrian that was hit by a car on Douglas Highway. I drove back and forth on Douglas Highway for one year and during those trips I was surprised I didn't hit anyone.

No 'right' to a smoke-free bar
Smoking is offensive and it emits carcinogens harmful to humans into the air. However, I can never recall a situation in which I was exposed to secondhand smoke that was not either voluntary or that I could not escape from, had I wanted to leave.

Flu vaccine supplies close to running out in Juneau
Flu vaccines are almost completely depleted in Juneau, causing medical experts to recommend other preventative measures during what is shaping up to be a severe flu season.

Photo: Building on the water
Brian Deraimer works on his 16-by-16-foot float house Wednesday at Auke Bay harbor.

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

Corections to Dec. 11 issue of the Juneau Empire.

New system allows KTOO to expand legislative coverage
KTOO-TV may offer 24-hour coverage during some of the 2004 legislative session with a new computer-based system, Bill Legere, the station's president and general manager, said Wednesday.

Union manager Duncan cleared on ethics complaint
Union business manager Jim Duncan, former commissioner of the Department of Administration, will not face disciplinary action related to an ethics complaint filed against him, according to the state Department of Law.

Planning commissioners question Assembly action on appointees
Questions arose at Tuesday's Juneau Planning Commission meeting about why the Assembly did not endorse three of the commission's nine members this week.

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

Photo: Repairing Thane Road
Repairs to Thane Road progress Wednesday after a landslide washed out the hillside last week. The Alaska Department of Transportation hired Channel Construction of Juneau to repair the hill on the water's side of the road. The $90,000 job is expected to be completed by the end of the week.

Suit claims USFS overestimated timber demand
Conservation groups filed suit against the U.S. Forest Service on Wednesday, claiming the agency grossly overprojected market demand for Southeast Alaska timber in its 1997 management plan for the Tongass National Forest.

Photo: Mice and ice
Ed Carrillo adjusts Christmas lights Wednesday on his house at 7520 Glacier Highway.

Births, judgments and other legal proceedings.

Comments taken on Gustavus hydro plant
About two dozen people attended a public hearing on a proposed hydroelectric power facility and land exchange in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Wednesday evening at Centennial Hall. Four people spoke at the hearing, mostly arguing against the project on the grounds that there are viable alternatives that won't disturb the national park.

Molly Smith first finds 'Gold'
Midway through rehearsals for the first production of "Pure Gold," almost 25 years ago, director and Perseverance Theatre founder Molly Smith was convinced the play would be a disaster.

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

Initiative could connect Alaskans via TV, Internet
Southeast Alaskans anywhere in the region could watch graduations from afar, virtually tour Craig's new high school or see municipal government meetings under a plan envisioned by Juneau Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Todd Saunders.

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

Photo: Gastineau Channel Champs, 1929
This photograph of the Gastineau Channel Champs baseball team was taken in 1929 by Ed Andrews.

Only 1 shows up for new school debate
The lone person who showed up to comment Wednesday night about plans for a new high school in his Mendenhall Valley neighborhood had plenty to say to city staff and people working on the project.

Nine special ed parents share frustration
Some parents believe they have to work harder to see their children educated. But they don't believe they should have to.

Fiscal gap road show hits Juneau
As head of the state House Ways and Means Committee, Anchorage Republican Rep. Mike Hawker's mission is to craft a long-range fiscal plan for Alaska.

Photo: Passing through
A male orca whale travels through Gastineau Channel on Thursday outside of Aurora Harbor. Four orcas were seen together in the channel during the afternoon high tide.

Photo: Remembering victims
Mothers Against Drunk Driving Juneau Youth board members Alisa Simpson, left, and Naomi Sadighi help tie ribbons in remembrance of the 135 Alaska victims who were killed because of drunk driving between 2000-2002.

... for participating
Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) and ORCA would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for making the Fifth Annual Auction the most successful ever.

Juneau Digest
Local community news in brief.

... to Constance Hartle
The Juneau Community Charter School would like to thank Constance The Juneau Community Charter School would like to thank Constance Hartle for the wonderful work she has done through the Artist In the Schools program.

... for re-igniting memories
All of us at Wildflower Court would like to thank our neighbors, the Juneau Lyric Opera, for their performance of "High Tea" in our home.

... from the symphony
The Juneau Symphony musicians, chorus members and board would like to thank everyone who attended the performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 last month. We had a full house on Saturday and almost a full house on Sunday.

Fields and McDonald wed
Maggie McDonald of Seattle, Wash., and David Fields of Juneau were married in a ceremony on July 26 at St. Peter and Paul Church in Grangeville, Idaho. A reception followed at the McDonald family ranch.

... for friendship and caring
Dear friends, we can't begin to thank you for all the flowers, food, calls and visits during our recent loss.

... for helping with field trip
Ms. Yerkes' and Ms. Frame's classes would like to thank Terry Schwarts, Marianne Manning, Shannon Seifort, Lisa Golisek, Paul Snow, Merilee, Snow and Shanna Galluzzo for making our career exploration field trip possible.

Ford and Palomino Alcala to marry
Kathy Lynn Ford of Ketchikan and Marko Alexis Palomino Alcala of Lima, Peru, will marry in a ceremony at 10:30 a.m., Dec. 15, at Mendenhall Glacier. A reception will be held July 31, 2004, at the Pearson's Pond Luxury Resort and Adventure Spa in Lima, Peru.

My Turn: Question for Democrats is how to stay relevant
I think the Democrats have either topped out politically, or are on their way to a higher leadership. Howard Dean is close to a secure Democratic nomination. The liberal authors and satirists such as Molly Ivins and Al Franken are finally matching the right-wingers on the bestseller lists. Criticism of President Bush is becoming more pointed and hitting home, although the improving economy is bringing back Bush's characteristic hubris.

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.

Juneau's Glacier Swim Club finishes third overall in state age group meet
Juneau's Glacier Swim Club finished third overall in the Speedo-Alaska Age Group Swimming Championships held last weekend in Homer. The Juneau swimmers scored 373 total points, which put them behind just Alaska Pacific Swim Club of Anchorage (703.5 points) and Northern Lights Swim Club of Anchorage (543) in the final overall team standings.

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.

Wrestlers home for last time
There still are nearly two months left in the high school wrestling season. So you can understand why Juneau-Douglas High School senior captain Dennis Hall just realized this weekend will be the final home meets of his career.

Boozer scores 28 as Cavs beat Pistons
In board rooms, on chalkboards, and in dreams, this was the way the Cleveland Cavaliers were supposed to play this season. Beat the opposition up with interior strength, get production and steady nerves from the bench players, and let the future stars take over down the stretch.

Class 4A state wrestling rankings
The state's top Class 4A high school wrestlers in each weight division from the Dec. 4 rankings posted on the AlaskaWrestling.com Web site.

Photo: The baking must go on
Working from a wheelchair, chef Joel Chenet squeezes dough from a pastry bag Wednesday, three days after breaking his ankle during a deer hunt on Kodiak Island. Chenet, an avid outdoorsman and professional French chef, is co-owner of Mill Bay Coffee and Pastries in Kodiak.

Murkowski: State won't back off wolf program
Gov. Frank Murkowski said Wednesday the state won't back away from its aerial wolf control program in McGrath, even if an animal rights group follows through on its promise to target the state with a tourism boycott.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Homeland Security asking for info on gangs
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has asked federal immigration officials here to investigate gangs in Alaska. Robert Eddy, assistant special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Alaska, said he received a letter with instructions this week from his headquarters in Washington, D.C.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

Photo: Moose on patrol
Lisa Teaford holds up 3-year-old Lucy Teaford to get a better view of the moose outside their front door Tuesday in Anchorage. This young calf seemed very comfortable coming up to doors in the neighborhood and cleaned out any leftover pumpkins from the area.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

Wolves prey on dogs in Ketchikan again
Local dogs have been falling prey to wolves in a repeat of events last spring. Boyd Porter, wildlife management biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said he has received reports of two dogs killed by wolves and others injured.

Percy Martin
Character she plays: Cecelia Kunz, her mother-in-law.

What's happening
Upcoming arts and entertainment events in Juneau.

Tom Stewart
Character he plays: Bill Biggs.

Toe cartoon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Pat Denny
Character she plays: Mamie Jensen.

Kai Augustine
Character he plays: Mike Zamora

A golden silver anniversary
Twenty-five years ago, Molly Smith and her then-husband, Bill Ray Jr., returned to Juneau from Annapolis, Md., where Ray had just completed a stint in the U.S. Navy. Smith had a theater degree and wanted to direct, but didn't know what to do for her first play. She decided to interview 35 Juneau old-timers to get a sense of what the area was like before 1935. Susi Gregg Fowler wove those interviews into a script, and the result was "Pure Gold" - the first play at Perseverance Theatre.

Kay Smith
Character she plays: Bertha Goetz.

A waltz of the flowers
When Whitney Ric-kards was growing up in Utah, she would go to Ballet West's performance of "The Nutcracker" every year. "A lot of the younger girls would try out to be party girls, or if you were a certain height, you would try out to be a soldier," said Rickards, a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School. "It's been part of my life for a long time."

Movies: Where & when
Local movie times and showings.

Alaska Youth Choir to perform with Juneau Tuba Ensemble
The Alaska Youth Choir - a 30-member treble choir and a 35-singer concert choir - will hold its annual holiday show with the Juneau Tuba Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at Northern Light United Church and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at Chapel by the Lake.

New orchestra debuts at JLO's holiday show
Opera conductor William Todd Hunt wanted to lead orchestral pieces that were too small for the Juneau Symphony Orchestra, yet too large for a smaller chamber ensemble. So he founded the 30-piece Amalga Chamber Orchestra - a scaled-down collective, 70 percent of whom play in the symphony.

George Rogers
Character he plays: Les Parker.

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