Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Lessons in war
Secretary Rumsfeld's recent callous actions towards American servicemen and women fighting in Iraq have one positive aspect: They teach us that supporting the troops and supporting the Iraq war are two different things.

Police management should listen to officers
In his Dec. 17 guest column, Juneau Police Department Chief Gummow states, "We value and support all JPD employees.

Shift change effects are far-reaching
I read with great interest the latest move by Juneau city officials to change your police department's shifts.

Stick with local businesses
I would like to encourage the Juneau Assembly to vote against Home Depot coming to Juneau. If they decide to consider accepting HD's offer, at least insist on an economic impact study first. It is important to know long-term goals.

Alaskans show respect for wolves
I held a howl-in outside the Capitol on Thursday. It was hard to tell what was howling harder - the wolf recording or the wind.

Agencies right to question mine proposal
Congratulations to the National Marine Fisheries Service and federal Environmental Protection Agency).

Salmon bycatch still a problem
The Alaska Marine Conservation Council (AMCC) placed an ad in the paper last week reporting that the Bering Sea trawl fleet intercepted 487,500 salmon in 2004.

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

Police, city cannot agree on shift change
Juneau Police Chief Richard Gummow has faced opposition from patrol officers after he proposed changing their shift from 12 hours to eight.

Photo: Coats of many uses
Joe Geldhof, left, Ben Goldrich, center, and Chris "Tiny" Olson, all of the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association, pose with a van full of donated coats and other warm clothing that will be driven to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and given to the Oglala Sioux Indian tribe.

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

Permafund bonds would fund projects
Federal money would cover more than half of Gov. Frank Murkowski's $1.46 billion plan for capital improvements in 2006 and almost a quarter would come from a $343 million bond package.

Gyms, auditorium compete
Supporters of performing arts and athletics are concerned about some of the tradeoffs designers are thinking of for the Dimond Park high school.

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

Photo: Eaglecrest teaser
Mikael Shilling, 9, takes a turn sledding down the tubing hill during a family outing Sunday at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Photo: Open house at the fire station
Captain George Reifenstein reads "Carl's Christmas" to Nathan Kiefer, 2, center, Taylor Reifenstein, 4, standing left, Noelani Tillson-Diorec, 2, and Jordan Flory, 9, during the Children's Christmas Open House on Saturday at the Auke Bay Fire Station.

City dumps controversial bus-fare hike
Inundated with petitions, the Juneau Assembly is reversing its decision to collect bus fare from all seniors and disabled riders. I

New school faces more cuts
The Dimond Park high school will have less usable space than planners previously believed, Juneau School District officials said late last week.

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

Business Digest
Reports from Juneau's local businesses.

Photo: Hydrant duty
Loni VanKirk, with the Juneau Water Utility Division, clears snow from a fire hydrant Monday on Pioneer Avenue in West Juneau.

Postal Service business peaks
Playing Santa Claus is a good way to describe Juneau postal workers' job this week, Postmaster Kent Eriksen said.

Panel recommends city deal with Home Depot
The Home Depot has cleared one obstacle to building itself a home in Juneau.

Ruth E. Willard
Former Southeast Alaska resident Ruth E. Willard, 66, died of natural causes on Dec. 14, 2004, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Alaska editorial: Temporary surplus saps Senate enthusiasm for fiscal plan
A, long run of $40 a barrel oil gives Alaska a chance to stabilize the state's shaky long-term finances.

My Turn: Embrace peace and comfort in any tradition
I glanced at the newspaper on Wednesday afternoon, looking for some distraction from the rain pelting my already darkened windows.

My Turn: Manage harbor for residents
Local boaters who actively utilize Statter Small Boat Harbor in Auke Bay are encouraged to take notice of potential regulation changes that are being proposed by the Juneau Docks and Harbors Board.

Ketchikan basketball team is on a mission
In Southeast Alaska, where nearby towns are often separated by water, high school basketball fans often go to great lengths to travel a short distance.

Jazz end loss streak
Another 50-point game by Allen Iverson wasn't enough for the Philadelphia 76ers.

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.

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.

Crawford busts a move as Knicks win
Not since Michael Jordan broke Bryon Russell's ankles in the 1998 NBA Finals has a member of the Utah Jazz been so thoroughly faked out by a crossover dribble.

Alaska improves, but still ranks high for fire deaths
Alaska shows significant improvement in the past two years, but a look at the preceding decade shows that the state consistently ran well ahead of the national average in fire deaths.

North Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Cooper Landing man is in the clover
Some people believe the Kenai Peninsula is the luckiest place on Earth. Cooper Landing resident Ed Martin Sr. said he believes it is time somebody proved it.

State officials concerned spill will affect fisheries
State conservation officials plan to monitor the water quality off Unalaska Island to find out whether fuel spilled from a grounded freighter will affect Bering Sea fisheries scheduled to open next month.

Self-taught engineer designs Bush plane
Bill Montagne has swagger. It comes with the territory. He's a self-taught aerodynamics engineer and test pilot who designed a plane for the Alaska Bush that he says can fly circles around the competition.

Not every bird is a snowbird
A sharp-shinned hawk loitering at a bird feeder, mallards lounging in a section of the Chena River that never freezes and robins flying around Fairbanks.

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

Woman sues Hoonah over drug-enforcement dog bite
A woman is seeking more than $50,000 from the city of Hoonah, claiming police negligence allowed a drug-enforcement dog to bite her in the face last year.

NW Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Ferry system needs just under $100 million next year
The Alaska Marine Highway System needs about $97 million in fiscal year 2006 to stay afloat.

Alaska continues trend toward employment growth
Alaska is continuing its trend toward uninterrupted employment growth.

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