Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Research needed on police shift changes
I read with great interest the latest move by Juneau city officials to change your police department's shifts.

Ethics column wrong
I write in response to Lew Williams' Dec. 12 column in defense of Attorney General Renkes.

Juneau police deserve more
For the past 26 years I've practiced law as an adversary to the police.

Attorney general is bound by ethics rules
I recently worked for the state of Alaska as a contracting officer for General Services.

Keep troops healthy, clean up environment
Before the government puts a lot of pressure on Ted Stevens about our planet being hot, let the government clean up the dirty laundry in its own backyard.

An old rationale for pipeline
Although it has been some time since sailing in and out of Valdez on tankers, I can certainly see a similarity with the "selling to drill" in the Arctic reserve now with the old arguments for Prudhoe Bay and Valdez.

What a loss really means
Although I am now at college, the homepage on my laptop is set to the Juneau Empire Web site and I still try to read the paper every day and stay caught up with what is going on back home.

Ethical lapse clear
Lew Williams' attempt (Empire, Dec. 12) to portray Attorney General Renkes as an innocent victim of "Wall Street shenanigans" is interesting, but beside the point.

A threat greater than terrorism
In Bush's first year in office, he lowered taxes for the rich because he said it would stimulate the economy.

Support police in shift change
Thanks to all who attended the Assembly meeting on Nov. 29.

Photo: All wrapped up
Willow Ritter wraps a Christmas gift Monday at the Nugget Mall. The American Association of Retired Persons is offering a gift-wrapping service from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Capitol panel makes 1st cut
After sifting 43 portfolios, a jury selected eight architectural firms from all over the world to continue on to the second stage of the design competition for a new capitol.

Cruise line apologizes for sewage
A Holland America corporate officer apologized Monday in Juneau's federal courtroom for the cruise ship Ryndam's negligent dumping of about 20,000 gallons of untreated sewage in Gastineau Channel two years ago.

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

Images from another time: Cape Coral, 1968
The U.S. Coast Guard's Cape Coral cruises Gastineau Channel in 1968. The 95-foot boat was stationed in Juneau from 1954 to 1983.

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

Photo: End-of-semester grind
Brian Haas, a senior anthropology major at the University of Alaska Southeast, works on a paper Monday at the Egan Library.

Auke Bay kids perform Russian folk
It's time for the winter concert at Auke Bay Elementary, and music teacher Ann Boochever has her glockenspiels lined up. Glockenspiels, xylophones, metallophones and contra bass bars, and about 120 third- and fourth-graders.

City looks beyond downtown for dock
While passenger demand makes adding a new cruise ship dock seem unavoidable to city officials, a new dock's location remains in question.

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

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

Photo: Explaining the ways of weathermen
Tom Ainsworth, meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service's Juneau Forecast Office, talks during an open house for local media on Tuesday about disseminating information on weather warnings.

Photo: Ballots revisited
Hari Dev Singh Khalsa, center, an observer for Alaskans for Fair Elections, watches as election-recount workers Patricia Hampton, left, and Sallie Regan count ballots Monday at the Mendenhall Mall for the House District 5 and U.S. Senate races.

Working to keep students in school
Imagine a Juneau-Douglas High School freshman in a three-student science lab group.

Marr and Polley to wed
Cynthia A. Marr and Nicholas C. Polley, both of Juneau, are to be married at 2 p.m., on Dec. 18, 2004, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 5100 Glacier Hwy.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

Here's a Dog Task Force update
The CBJ Dog Task Force (DTF) has worked for more than a year on the issue of dogs in public spaces and incorporated public comment received this summer into final recommendations.

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

Tagaban and Rosson to wed
Michelle Patricia Little Tagaban and Logan Wyatt Rosson will be married at 2 p.m. on Dec. 18, 2004, at the Glacier Valley Church of God in Juneau.

Frankie Zona Stauffer
Former longtime Juneau resident Frankie Zona Stauffer, 93, died Dec. 6, 2004, in Centralia, Wash.

Fear the next wave of education reform
Most of my wide range of friends and colleagues in education in both Alaska and California would agree with most of what Michael Heiman (My Turn, Nov. 29) had to say about No Child Left Behind. In fact, a very close friend of mine here in Juneau who has recently retired from education cleverly dubbed the act No Lawyer Left Behind because the act is a litigious magnet, almost certain to attract ambulance-chasing special education attorneys into lucrative lawsuits against school districts.

Alaska editorial: Governor's mansion needs a face lift
Here's another reason to fix the fiscal gap: Alaska should be able to maintain the governor's mansion without bake sales and car washes.

Juneau finishes 3-1 at Sitka dual meets
Juneau senior Jake Ritter moved up a weight class on Saturday and pinned Sitka's Tyler Holmlund, giving the Crimson Bears a 32-27 victory over the Wolves in a dual meet at Sitka.

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.

Boozer, Utah Jazz nip Los Angeles Clippers
On the verge of a five-game road trip, the Utah Jazz knew how much they needed to win at home Tuesday.

Tompkins third at Breckenridge
Joe Tompkins, a U.S. Disabled Alpine Ski Team member from Juneau, took third place among mono-skiers in the giant slalom race Friday at the Hartford Ski Spectacular in Breckenridge, Colo.

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.

Nationals waive Bentz
Chad Bentz's bid to return to the major leagues was sidetracked Monday when the Washington Nationals placed the left-handed pitcher from Juneau on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.

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

State worst in bioterror readiness
States are slowly getting better prepared to handle bioterrorism, but most still don't have statewide response plans and federal funding is declining, according to a new report.

Agencies raise concerns over mine impacts
Two federal agencies are taking a dim view of the proposed Kensington Mine's environmental impacts as the project heads toward a major milestone next week.

PETA suggests animal hoarder get counseling
An animal rights group is recommending that an Anchorage woman accused of neglecting more than 100 cats in her home get psychiatric help if convicted of animal cruelty.

Salvagersmay move ship's bow
Marine salvagers could decide by today whether they will attempt to float and move the bow section of a freighter broken in two off the coast of Alaska.

Program prepares workers for marine jobs
Jacob Case is studying to be a marine industrial coater in an apprenticeship program geared to provide Alaska Ship & Drydock the skilled workers it needs.

Oil spill could be smaller than feared
Salvage and recovery plans for the broken freighter Selendang Ayu continued to inch forward Monday as Coast Guard officials confirmed some good news - the initial spill off Alaska's coast may not have been as large as feared.

State health officials investigate flare of syphilis
State health officials are investigating an outbreak of syphilis spreading mainly in men having unprotected sex with other men.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state/the Northwest.

Santa visits Southeast towns by Alaska Marine Highway
Santa's giving his reindeer a break and taking the ferry this week as he travels to coastal communities throughout Alaska's panhandle.

Recount to be complete by week's end
Hundreds of white ballot boxes lined the walls of the Region 1 elections offices Tuesday, while counters and observers pored over ballots cast in the Nov. 2 election looking for discrepancies.

Washington study: State's development picture looks bleak
Alaska's economic development prognosis is close to flunking, according to an annual report card produced by a Washington D.C.-based organization.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

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