Thursday, December 23, 2004

Don't give new school second best
I went to high school at a large suburban school, with 1,200 students in grades 10-12. Our school had one of those ghastly "auditeria," and I can testify from personal experience that they are sadly misnamed.

Be careful with Home Depot
As a former resident of Juneau, I suggest taking the cause-and-effect approach before you install Home Depot in your little village.

A fake town
I began sorting through the piles of catalogs, sales fliers, and subscription requests received today.

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.

How typically Juneau
Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.

More than just deer carcasses
Wednesday, Dec. 8, the Empire mentioned deer carcasses dumped along the Montana Creek Road. In the past, before the bridge was blocked, I counted 18 carcasses at one time. I realize this is offensive if dumped along the road system.

Government waste
The fast ferry Fairweather is as dependable and reliable as our governor. They are both costing the state money and both should be scrapped.

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.

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

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.

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.

Air North to return for limited summer service
The president and founder of Air North in Whitehorse said it's unfortunate the airline has had to cut the year-round link between the Yukon and Alaska capitals, but flights will resume on a lesser schedule for summer.

JDHS student to play in Marine band
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Anja M. Akstin will join the Marine Corps this fall with the rare honor of playing tuba in one of its 12 bands. Only 600 of 174,000 Marines play in a Corps band, said Anchorage-based Staff Sgt. William M. Kidd, who recruited Akstin.

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

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.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, a Wednesday story about the contract negotiations for Bartlett Regional Hospital misspelled the name of Mark Beattie, human resources system administrator of Bartlett.

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

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

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

Travel: Dutch experience
Early last spring, after the first week or our 2004 PFD trip to the Netherlands, my husband, Don, and I finally saw Dutch fields of pink, red and purple beginning to bloom.

Photo: Celebration, November 1982
Juneau residents gather in front of the Davis Log Cabin on the corner of Third and Seward streets.

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

My Turn: Preparing a bright future for Alaskans
When Alaska's 60 lawmakers return to Juneau next month to start the 24th session of the Alaska Legislature we have the opportunity to move our state forward on a host of issues ranging from education funding to natural resource development.

Petersburg Vikings sweep both titles in the inaugural Little Norway Invitational
Petersburg junior Aaron Phillips tipped in a shot at the buzzer to tie the game in regulation, then the Vikings ran away from the Cordova Wolverines in overtime as the Petersburg High School boys basketball team claimed the title of the inaugural Little Norway Invitational with a 63-50 victory Saturday in Petersburg.

Lack of Marlin lefty relievers bodes well for Juneau's Bentz
Matt Perisho took note of the signing of Juneau's Chad Bentz. He was aware of Rule 5 acquisition Luke Hagerty, whom the Florida Marlins must keep on the major league roster all of next season.

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.

Raptors silence Jazz
Jalen Rose's demotion overshadowed a rare Raptors win.

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.

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

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.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Recount to cost state $40,000
The recounts for Alaska's U.S. Senate contest and one state House race could end up costing the state up to $40,000, according to the state Division of Elections.

Emissions violator confined to halfway house
An Anchorage man was confined to a halfway house for violating the city's emissions inspection program.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

SEACC to file Kensington suit
The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council announced Wednesday it will sue the Forest Service because the agency approved the Kensington gold mine before marine scientists completed a review of the project's impacts on endangered sea mammals.

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

Alyeska still faces uncertain future
Alyeska Central School, a statewide correspondence school based in Juneau, may close if it doesn't make further cuts in expenses, officials with the Yukon Koyukuk School District said.

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.

Forest Service revises its rules
The U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday it is lifting the decades-old requirement that national forests, such as the Tongass, conduct detailed and lengthy environmental reviews of their land management plans.

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.

what's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau.

A monumental challenge
In honor of the state Board of Education's recent decision to make Alaska history a mandatory requirement for high school graduation, the Food Challenge took the opportunity to revisit famous Dec. 23rds in the state's lore.

Food Challenge III
The great essayist Henry David Thoreau once said, "I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion."

The Twelve Dates of Christmas
Ah, the holiday season - couples roaming the chilly flurried streets, holding hands, sipping cocoa, nuzzling under the mistletoe. Great for some.

Who took the challenge?
See who took last month's food challenge, and what they created.

briefly
News of local arts

Inner exploration: One man's journey from food to paint
If you've walked through the concourse in the Merchant's Wharf building at anytime in the past six months, you may have looked up at the high, white walls near the entrance to The Hangar on the Wharf.

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