Friday, December 17, 2004

Help the homeless
You're sitting under the bridge, you're wet and cold, it's 25 degrees out. You're so hungry that dirt starts to sound appealing. It gets worse. You look to the small bundle on your right, your baby girl, curled up in a ball trying to sleep.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Local council supports fishing, hunting fee hikes
Upon listening to a tale of woe about crumbling fish hatcheries and declining wildlife surveys in Alaska, the Juneau-Douglas Fish and Wildlife Advisory Council agreed Thursday to support the state Department of Fish and Game's legislative drive to increase sportfish and hunting fees.

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

Photo: Captives for good cause
Janice Lobaugh, left, watches Donald Schultz, Dutch Knight and Amy Tonsgard raise "bail" Thursday during a fund-raising event at the Breakwater Inn for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.<

Heavy wind, record rain hit Juneau
Cal Richert said it was a rough flight into Juneau on Thursday. Once in town, he had to clean up some of the mess.

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

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.

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."

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.

Knitters catch up to 'Runaway Mittens'
It's not every theater director who assembles the cast at rehearsal and asks them to put their knitting down.

Panel finds no middle ground on fluoridation
There seems no middle ground on the issue of Juneau's fluoridation.

Home Depot wants to open store 'ASAP'
The Home Depot hopes to open a store in Juneau "as soon as possible," a corporate spokeswoman said Thursday.

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

The perfect holiday gift
It's getting closer to Christmas Day. You may have all your Christmas shopping done, and, then again, maybe you are still looking for that perfect gift for someone.

Student recognitions
Student recognition for December

Photo: Generations of scouts
Attending a Boy Scout ceremony in October at Chapel by the Lake are Troop 6 Scoutmaster Ron Josephson; his two sons, Matthew and Tom K. Josephson; and Ron's father, Tom A. Josephson.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

FYI
Statistics of Juneau

Kolden and Woodruff to marry
Sarah Kolden and Luke Woodruff of Juneau will be married barefoot on a beach on Jan. 7, 2005, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Juneau can 'Handel' the 'Messiah'
It was my great fortune and privilege to be part of the "Messiah" performances on Dec. 12 and 13.

Burns and Clayton wed
Elizabeth Lee Burns and Brian Scott Clayton of Juneau were married at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 2004, at the Aladdin Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

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

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

Oppose Gravina bridge
My philosophy of life being a Alaskan Native.

New shifts improve policing
Due to concerns expressed by the Public Safety Employees Association (PSEA) regarding my decision to return to eight-hour shifts, I believe it's important to provide additional information regarding the benefits we confidently expect to accomplish with this change.

Get thee behind me, Wal-Mart
During my exploratory visit to Juneau a year ago, I met a man who told me I was stupid to even consider moving here.

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

Marlins snag Bentz
Juneau pitcher Chad Bentz's time as a free agent was brief.

Sports Briefs
Yukon Quest announces low musher turnout for 2005 race

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Salvage team takes another look at ship
A salvage team will take another look at whether thousands of gallons of heavy fuel can be removed from a section of a grounded freighter earlier determined unsafe to touch until spring.

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

Juneau weatherman pressed into service
Weather forecasting can be more than a job. But Chris Maier, the warning coordination meteorologist at Juneau's National Weather Service office, said he's enjoying the adventure.

Oil producers propose building pipeline
Alaska's three largest North Slope oil producers are proposing to build a pipeline to bring North America's largest natural gas reserves to the Lower 48.

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

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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