Friday, December 24, 2004

You're nobody without a Web cam and an audience
Got a Web cam? No? Then I'm sorry, but you're officially a nobody. Not having a Web cam is worse than not having tri-color holographic business cards.

Coal lumps to vandals
It just breaks my heart with what is happening in Juneau: the vandalism, the increase in crime, the insensitivity we have towards each other anymore.

No reason for recount
I cannot understand why the Division of Elections felt it was necessary to have recounts in the Murkowski and June races.

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.

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.

Support other beliefs
Kudos to Mrs. Parry Moore (Empire guest column, Dec. 21). She said what my soul has wanted to say.

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.

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

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

Forest industry wastes time, money
Republican Rep. Richard Pombo summed up the Forest Service on the Tongass perfectly when he said in a recent Empire article detailing national forest planning regulation changes...

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.

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.

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

Juneau honors Guard troops
Desert camouflage makes for a conspicuous outfit on a rainy December night in Juneau, but most conspicuous Thursday night at the Moose Lodge was the respect men wearing it earned.

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

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Institute says book teaches language, values
When a Tlingit boy is rude to his mother and contemptuous of a piece of salmon, it's an opportunity to teach respect.

Mobile home blaze leaves 6 homeless
A fire in a Switzer Village Mobile Home Park unit left six people without a home for Christmas.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Readers like 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
Readers have written the Empire in the last week to rave about Perseverance Theatre's version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The following is a sample of the letters we have received:

Student Recognitions
Outstanding actions of present and former Juneau students.

Neighbors Digest
UAS closed for the holiday season

FYI
Statistics of Juneau

The Holiday Seen at the Grumpsicle
Backstage photos from the Grumpsicle and pictures from A Holiday for All at Treadwell Arena.

We remember them
The Hospice and Home Care of Juneau's Remembrance Gathering took place on Nov. 28 this year, with Sheryl Weinberg as the guest speaker.

Steven T. Clark
Longtime Juneau resident Steven T. Clark, 35, died Dec. 22, 2004.

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.

Empire editorial: An appropriate holiday gesture
Perhaps it was the holiday spirit that moved the Juneau Assembly to action.

Liberated by speed
Skiing is freedom to Joe Tompkins and Chris Devlin-Young, a chance to climb out of their wheelchairs and regain some of the self worth lost in accidents that swept away the use of their legs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

It's time for ASAA to take a stand on travel
In Alaska high school sports there are two classes of teams- those who pay a lot for travel and those who pay a lot less.

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

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.

Alaskan fined $10,000 in Canada for shooting sheep
Canadian authorities have fined a North Pole man $10,000 for illegally shooting a sheep just inside the border.

Alaska regulators want authority to grant own water discharge permits
Mining and timber interests say they will likely throw their weight behind Alaska regulators who want to gain the authority from federal regulators to grant their own water pollution discharge permits.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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.

Senior citizens group plans appeal for dismissed longevity bonus lawsuit
A group of senior citizens is planning to appeal a decision by a Fairbanks judge who dismissed their lawsuit seeking a return of the state Longevity Bonus program.

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

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.

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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