This was Mardy Murie
This letter is a week late to answer the question in the paper, "Who is Mardy Murie?" Since the film was viewed late on PBS and the article about her 100th birthday in August was never carried in our local paper I will attempt to answer this question. After the passing of Rachel Carson and Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, the title of the Grandmother of the Conservation Movement went to Margaret Murie. She turned 100 years old on Aug. 18 of this year.

Need more nutritious school lunches
High school lunches need to be changed. The Juneau Empire recently printed an article on Juneau-Douglas High School lunches and the growing problem with their nutrition. Through our own interviews, phone calls, surveys, and more, we have discovered that the lunch system at the high school, while adequately supervised, could use an overhaul.

Favors road
I am not ashamed to be a supporter of the road into Juneau. I believe I speak for many of my neighbors and friends both in Juneau and other places in Southeast when I say it is time for this road project to be completed.

Locals also avoid farmed salmon
Thank you for featuring a front page story on the farmed versus wild salmon controversy. I am glad there are chefs and restaurants in the Pacific Northwest that have made a commitment to serve only wild salmon, and not serve salmon at all if what can be purchased is farmed. The quality of wild salmon, especially from Alaska waters, is known by chefs and quality-conscious restaurateurs to be the finest available in the world.

Supports road
As a longtime advocate for a Juneau road that would connect Southeast Alaska to the rest of the state, please count me as a citizen who agrees with the new governor's support for a Juneau road. I feel that, as our leader, he is on a responsible course because he includes the road as a part of his vision for the future of the state of Alaska.

Intuitive abilities enable healer to empower others
She doesn't make predictions and she certainly doesn't use a crystal ball. Instead, Juneau resident Sayahda takes an intuitive, but practical, approach to helping people get a handle on their lives. "I don't call myself a psychic; that I think has such a negative connotation," she said. "What I do is I assist people in listening to themselves ... paying attention to their hunches and following through."

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

City to re-advertise manager job; aims to recruit from Alaska
A Juneau Assembly search committee agreed Wednesday to re-advertise an opening for the city's top job. The committee also decided to continue working with Waters Consulting Group of Texas on the search for a new city manager, Mayor Sally Smith said. The opening will be re-advertised through Jan. 24, with an emphasis on recruiting in the state of Alaska, she said.

Photo: The giving spirit
National Guard Capt. Joel Gilbert, left, and Sgt. Andy Swanston load toys into a tracked vehicle Thursday at the Nugget Mall. The National Guard and KSUP/KINY co-sponsor the Great Alaska Toy Drive, which gives the gifts to charities that distribute them to needy families in Juneau.


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

This Day in History
In 1889, Adolph H. Ziegler, Alaska lawyer and legislator, was born in Maryland.

Fowler, Croteau to marry
Jim and Susi Gregg Fowler and Joe and Lori Croteau announce the wedding of their children, Micaela Rose Fowler and Travis Jon Croteau, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, at Northern Light United Church.

Barron, Landwehr to wed
Barbara Barron and Joe Landwehr will be married in Las Vegas, Nev. on the evening of Dec. 20, 2002.

Showtime in SE Alaska
It's the holiday season and along with the shopping, caroling, mistletoe smooching and all the other traditions that have been passed on for generations, Americans go to the movies. Boasting big blockbusters and eagerly awaited sequels, movie houses across the nation fill up during the last two weeks of December - even in Southeast Alaska. It's no big deal for modern Juneauites to drive to the nearest cinema to catch the latest flick. But for the Gross family, bringing movies to Alaska's Panhandle is a century-old tradition.

Thank you
...for the assistance; ...for your kindness and support; ...for your participation; ...for your hospitality; ...for the support;

Take a few moments to pray for peace, reconciliation
This past Sunday in church we sang one of the old songs of the church, "O Come Emmanuel." The words were written some time in the ninth century of the common Era and each verse expresses a hope that God will send someone to bring peace and an end to despair to the people of God.

Things you can learn from your dog
I lost my old dog Windy the morning following Halloween to an unknown individual who apparently was late for work, and had no time to stop and check the condition of the dog he/she had just ran over. Speeding through a residential area liberally posted with "Speed Limit 5 mph" signs, this individual neither slowed nor stopped. Just left poor old Windy lying in the street, broken and bloodied. She was three days shy of her 12th birthday, and it was hard, very hard, to let her go. Nov. 1 was, for me, a very black day indeed.

Floyd Rufus Couch
Juneau resident Floyd Rufus Couch died after a short illness Nov. 13, 2002, in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Edward Kenneth Haffner
Juneau resident Edward Kenneth Haffner died Dec. 16, 2002, surrounded by family at his home.

Alaska editorial: Plan for missile shield deployment a good start
The decision by President Bush to deploy an anti-missile shield will be good for the nation and good for Alaska. The benefit to the nation will be long-needed recognition that the world is a dangerous place in which missile technology is spreading and falling into the hands of people likely to use it.

A holiday tradition
For the past 10 years, Juneau's holiday traditions have included festive lights, cookies at the Governor's House - and a competitive, but very friendly indoor soccer tournament. The Holiday Cup tourney, which is expected to include 26 teams with about 300 kids ages 9-21 this year, has reached the decade mark and is still going strong. This year's tournament, the largest soccer tourney in Juneau, will begin Dec. 21 at Floyd Dryden and Dzantik'i Heeni middle schools, and continues through Dec. 31.

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Juneau girls down, but not out at Lathrop
The size of the deficit caught some of the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball players by surprise. The Crimson Bears, who had been tied with the Lathrop Malemutes at halftime, found themselves trailing by 13 points late in the third quarter of the season-opener for both teams at Lathrop High School in Fairbanks.

Murkowski appointment makes history
Mat-Su schools lay off 48 employees; Kenai awards contract to restore river; State wants more time for federal order; NMFS takes public comment on crab buyback proposal

Murkowski makes U.S. history
WASHINGTON - Lisa Murkowski, the newest member of the U.S. Senate, is making history before she ever sets foot in the hallowed halls of Congress.Murkowski, 45, is the first daughter or son to be appointed to the Senate by a father who is a sitting governor, according to a Senate historian. Several governors have appointed their wives to the Senate, but never their children.

Murkowski names daughter to U.S. Senate
Gov. Frank Murkowski today appointed his daughter Lisa Murkowski to succeed him as Alaska's junior U.S. senator. The appointment was made official after Lisa Murkowski was sworn in at noon in Anchorage. The announcement was met with some skepticism about the month-long interview process the elder Murkowski held with some 26 potential replacements.

Kenai considers cutting teachers in '03
HOMER - The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is developing plans for cutting 55 1/2 teaching positions for the 2003-2004 school year. Todd Syverson, assistant district superintendent, said the district's human resource department will ask principals for suggestions on where cuts can be made and what programs need to be protected.

State Briefs
Coast Guard ends search for pilot; Helicopter landings allocated; Assembly to re-hire lobbyists;

Two Scammon Bay teenagers rescued from drifting ice
ANCHORAGE - Two Scammon Bay teenagers riding a snowmachine were rescued in a blizzard Thursday afternoon on mushy pack ice west of Hooper Bay. The Alaska National Guard rescued the boys about 12 hours after authorities were first alerted that the boys were on a snowmachine when the ice broke off and began drifting.

Ketchikan borough sues veneer outfits
KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan Gateway Borough has filed a lawsuit against Gateway Forest Products and the Ketchikan Pulp Co., contending the two companies conspired to defraud the borough.

Kenai woman develops spa for animals
KENAI - Looking around the room, with the large oil painting portraits of assorted dog breeds, scented candles flickering and mood music coming from the tape deck, it was easy to see why Forest Gump was deeply relaxed. No, not the character Tom Hanks portrayed, but Forest Gump the bouvier des Flandres being given a massage at the Kenai Peninsula's new spa for pets.

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