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Thursday, December 16, 2004

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.

New school needs an auditorium
I recently read an article in the Juneau Empire regarding the Dimond Park high school auditorium, gymnasium, and auxiliary gymnasium.

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.

Allow off-road area
Juneau is a city with a limited amount of things to do.

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.

Build a water park in Juneau now
I think we should build a water park in Juneau.

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.

Thank you to Southeast wrestling coaches
To Coach Eric Williams of Hoonah and his wrestling team, thank you so much for your input into our son, Matthew Ashenfelter's, life.

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

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.

Photo: Capitol talk
Gastineau Elementary second-grade student Michael Dale, far left, answers a question asked by Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho on Wednesday in Dirk Miller's first- and second-grade reading group.

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

Wal-Mart considers Juneau
Wal-Mart is considering moving into the Juneau building which Kmart abandoned in 2003, the Arkansas-based retailer confirmed Wednesday.

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

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.

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

Major changes proposed at Auke Bay
When the Don D. Statter Harbor was built in 1986, it was for transient users, not the live-aboards that now line it as well.

UAS looks to computers to improve teaching of writing
In a 21st century classroom, it helps to teach with 21st century tools, such as a "blog."

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.

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

Fishing quota fishermen get medical reprieve
Twenty-six-year-old Jason Miller spent the last three halibut seasons on his family's Petersburg vessel, writhing in a sea of pain.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

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.

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

Georgia May Stewart
Longtime Excursion Inlet resident Georgia Stewart, 74, died Dec. 11, 2004, in Palmer after a short battle with cancer.

My Turn: Auditorium or auditoria? There is a huge difference
Juneau now faces the need to downsize the second high school.

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.

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.

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.

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 Parks and Rec Ordway basketball standings
Standings through Dec. 12 for the Juneau Parks and Recreation Department's Adult Ordway Basketball League:

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.

Suns beat Jazz, improve to 19-3
Joe Johnson wanted the ball against the Utah Jazz - and his teammates were glad to get it to him.

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.

Wrangell posts layover win
The Wrangell High School boys basketball team made the most of its Monday layover in the Capital City.

Ketchikan, Juneau Christian School win tournament titles
Ketchikan teams won three of the four titles at last weekend's Rebounders/Fast Break middle school basketball tournament in Juneau.

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.

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.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Freighter to remain in pieces off Alaska's coast; salvage prospects to be assessed after winter
A Malaysian freighter that lost power and broke in half will stay off Alaska's coast for now, with efforts focused on removing oil from the stern section only, the Coast Guard said Wednesday.

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.

Alaska Stryker force slated for terror effort
Nearly 4,000 Alaska-based soldiers are heading to Iraq beginning next summer, Army officials said.

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.

Budget spends half of oil windfall
Gov. Frank Murkowski released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2006 Wednesday, with plans to spend over the next three years more than half of a projected $653 million windfall from high oil prices.

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

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.

what's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau.

Historical treasure trove
One day in August, local historian Jim Geraghty was browsing through the Internet auction site eBay, when he discovered and bid on a handful of early-20th-century Juneau photographs.

efstar seakae adds butoh to haunting '4.48 Psychosis'
Five years after British playwright Sarah Kane hanged herself at age 28 in London's King's College Hospital, theater critics are still split over the legacy of her short career.

Where's the love?
Dear LaRue, I have been dating this guy for a few months. We get along really well. He's really smart and he makes me laugh.

Diptych Master
At his Anchorage home, graphic designer and photographer Matt Johnson loves looking at contact sheets, fresh from the photo lab.

briefly
News of local arts

Orion Trombone Quartet returns to Southeast
It's been 12 years since four college kids from Ohio - two born and raised in Sitka - showed up with their trombones for a month-long tour of Southeast Alaska by ferry and floatplane.

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