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Saturday, December 27, 2003

Avoid another tragedy
I noted with interest Tony Carroll's article of Dec. 22 entitled "Glacier Valley still needs crossing guards." As a valley commuter and a parent, my heart went out to the family and friends of Skyler Lee Kim following the tragic accident on the morning of Oct. 20, 2003.

Don't speak for us
I have lived in Juneau over half my life and 17 years have been working at the Triangle Club. A lot of you know me. For the first time in those years, I feel my job may be threatened because of Ms. Cahill's (JCAC), so-called "good deed," or speaking for us on "our behalf."

Businesses oppose smoking ban
I have been a bartender for 28 years (18 in this town alone). I am writing on behalf of the over 200 service people who work in bars, clubs and lounges in the Juneau area. I am writing to let you know how displeased we are with the proposed smoking ban in bars.

Larger view of district behind vote
There he goes again. As Clay Good's favorite Juneau target, I am pleased to correct his latest misstatement in the Empire. After voting against the teacher contract last week I issued a lengthy statement outlining my objections to the contract. This was clearly reported the following day in the Empire and other media.

All-in-one solution
Let's get practical. What Juneau needs is a road so that homophobic Christian fundamentalists can head up north and help shoot the wolves. I've been told it's God's country up that way and there's plenty of "clean air" to go around.

A good deed
Is there any hope? Recent events in my life led me to ask this question in regards to the seeming lack of honor, integrity and moral conviction among the younger generation in this town. (I know there are those who possess these traits so I don't want to start a flurry of angry responsive letters.)

Photo: Midnight Mass
Bishop Michael Warfel of the Catholic Diocese of Juneau celebrates Midnight Christmas Mass in the Cathedral of the Nativity Thursday. About 150 people attended the holiday service.

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

FYI
Births, judgments and other legal proceedings.

Photo: Torchlight Parade
A group of about 50 skiers carrying torches under the Hooter chairlift at Eaglecrest Ski Area resemble a molten lava flow in this 10-second exposure during the Torchlight Parade on Christmas Eve. The parade was one of the many events at Eaglecrest's annual Christmas Eve celebration.

Correction
The This Week section of Wednesday's Juneau Empire listed the wrong movie showing at the Goldtown Nickelodeon this weekend. "Attla" plays at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 26 and 27, and at 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28.

Juneau man wins Soldier of the Year
For Pfc. Walter Hotch-Hill of Juneau, being in the Alaska Army National Guard is like belonging to a big family.

Photo: Ed Stanyar, 1919
This photo, circa 1919, shows Ed Stanyar, an electrician who worked in power plants in Douglas, Thane, Salmon Creek and Mendenhall Glacier.

How to cope when the holidays get tough
With the stress of shopping for gifts, visiting with family and friends, and in some cases experiencing loneliness or loss from the death of a loved one, holiday depression can creep up unexpectedly.

MADD, theater team up to curb drunken driving
As far as Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Gross Alaska Theaters managers are concerned, Juneau residents have at least seven options for having a good time this holiday season without endangering lives: the theaters' seven movie screens.

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

Neighbors Digest
Community news in brief.

... for generously supporting senior Christmas dinner
On Dec. 14, the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association held its 29th annual Juneau Senior Citizens' Christmas Dinner.

Photos: 'Tis the season for year-end awards
Winners of the Home Builders Association's annual awards.

... for help with Volunteer Fire Dept. Christmas party
The Juneau Volunteer Fire Department wishes to thank the following merchants for their contribution to our annual Christmas party on Dec. 13.

... for making St. Therese's Endowment Evening a success
The Shrine of St. Therese Board wishes to express special thanks for the following individuals and companies who contributed to make the annual Endowment Evening on Nov. 1 a success.

Goenett and Lopez marry
Terrie Goenett of Juneau and Raul Lopez of Guadalajara, Mexico, were married in a ceremony on Nov. 29 at Valley Baptist Church.

Student recognitions
Achivements by local students.

Margaret C. Morgan
Margaret C. Morgan Juneau resident Margaret C. Morgan (Charles), Yee-Daawti, 83, died Dec. 18, 2003, at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Sandra Lee Robinson
Juneau resident Sandra Lee Robinson, 66, died Dec. 23, 2003, in Juneau.

My Turn: God's rules don't change when the society does
It is with sadness that I have read some of the debate in recent weeks over the subject of gay marriages. I reluctantly offer this input because I truly believe God is urging me to do so.

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.

Cap City Classic visiting teams
A look at teams visiting the Captial City Classic.

McGrady bests James in matchup of rising NBA stars
Tracy McGrady got the best of LeBron James this time. He's not making any promises about the future.

Capital City Classic tips off Saturday
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team will try to win their 11th straight championship and 12th overall when the Crimson Bears host the 13th annual Princess Cruises-Capital City Classic this weekend.

Boozer seventh among East forwards in All-Star balloting
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Carlos Boozer Jr., a 1999 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, is seventh among Eastern Conference forwards in ongoing balloting for the 2004 NBA All-Star Game.

Stepping out of the shadows
Once again, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team is poised to take its first step on the three-month journey to postseason play. And for the first time in their high-school basketball careers, Crimson Bear seniors Alida Bus, Kendri Cesar, Heather Dillon, Nicole Lupro and Tasha McKoy are out in front, ready to lead their team on the long road ahead.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation.

Memorial centerpiece will be made of jade
The centerpiece for the peace officer memorial here will be a 3,600-pound chunk of Kotzebue jade, donated to the city of Fairbanks by the NANA Native Corp. "It's a huge piece of rock," Mayor Steve Thompson said admiringly.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state

Deadly diet of hay can bring down a moose
Wolves, bears, hunters and motor vehicles aren't the only moose killers in Alaska. A bale of hay can bring down a moose just as effectively as a pack of wolves or a Suburban.

FBI looks for men who booked flight to village near pipeline
Amid heightened national security, the FBI is looking for a man who booked a flight to a remote village near the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

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