Wednesday, December 22, 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.

Not buying Rumsfeld's logic
Secretary Rumsfeld said that you go to war with the army you have, not the army you would like to have.

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

Drop the Midas mentality in Berners Bay
King Midas learned that his power to turn everything that he touched into gold wasn't the great deal that he had hoped it would be.

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

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

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

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

Pretrial deadlines set in Craig murder case
Attorneys have until Jan. 20 to file motions to move or postpone a trial for a 16-year-old Craig girl and two men charged with conspiring to kill the girl's mother.

Photo: Rainforest wrangler
Tim Tong rides his horse downtown Tuesday after moseying in at sunrise from the Mendenhall Valley.

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

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

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

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

Hospital employees don't like proposed contract
Employees at Bartlett Regional Hospital fought for their health care at a hospital board meeting Tuesday evening.

Summer school kids getting better
Many students in Juneau's new version of summer school made significant gains in reading, school district officials say.

Among raft of Santas, this one is 'real deal'
Jack Marshall thought that playing Santa Claus would be a one-season stint. He's ended up portraying Santa for 26 years.

Images from another time: A sunny, dusty day in Juneau
Roger Jack, left, and his niece Lori Keene pose for a photo on a sunny day in Juneau in 1957.

Blood and Hall marry
Elizabeth Jane (Janie) Blood of Haines and Timothy B. Hall of Juneau were married at 6 p.m., on Dec. 21, 2004, at Port Chilkoot Bible Church in Haines, with a reception following at Haines Borough Public Library.

Photo: Pie bid fun for pioneers
Residents of the Juneau Pioneers' Home cheer on the Glacier Valley Rotarians as they bid on pies in November at the 15th annual pie auction.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

Living and growing: But the baby grew up
"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the fields ... And the angel of the Lord came upon them ... and the glory of the Lord shone round about them ... And the angel said to them: 'Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people.

Photo: Birthday girl
Megan Behnke, who turned 12 on Nov. 4, asked her friends to bring gifts for the dogs and cats at the Gastineau Humane Society instead of getting her anything.

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

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.

Outside editorial: Less acrimony in the upcoming legislative session
This is the season for peace and joy, and we hope members of the Alaska Legislature are basking in the mood of the moment.

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: 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.

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: Preserve Berners Bay's true value
Last week, the Forest Service approved Coeur d'Alene Mines' latest proposal for the Kensington gold mine on the north shore of Berners Bay.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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

Rep. Kott says he may give up his House seat
State Rep. Pete Kott said he might give up his seat if the right job offer came along.

Campaign finance initiative challenged
A ballot initiative proposing to tighten campaign finance laws and regulation of lobbyists has been challenged in an Anchorage court by the Alaska Libertarian Party and an Anchorage attorney.

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.

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

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.

NW Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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.

Photo: Icy dips
Sitkans gather on the Mount Edgecumbe boat ramp Saturday during the annual Polar Dip in Sitka. With temperatures in the upper 40s, approximately 300 people took to the water.

Study touts Yukon Flats gas
The Yukon Flats could hold almost as much natural gas as Cook Inlet, a government study has concluded.

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