Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Be careful with personal information
This afternoon I received a request from "Key Bank" telling me that there were some questions about my account.

City shouldn't favor Home Depot
What is so special about Home Depot? That's the question I asked the Assembly Lands Committee last Monday and I am asking the same question here.

Don't live in the past
I'm writing in response to the "Stick to Local Businesses" letter (Heather-Mae Bucich, Dec. 20 Empire).

Forest Service shirking its duty
I'd like to add my voice to the chorus of those who oppose Coeur Alaska's plan for industrial development of Berners Bay.

Private profit over public use
It baffles and saddens me to follow the pending fall of yet another wild public place into the destructive hands of short-term, private interests.

Photo: Tryout for new gear
Ann Gifford watches her son, Bridger Vance, 11, play at Twin Lakes on Sunday with an electric remote-controlled vehicle given to him by his father for Christmas.

City police report man attacked two women downtown
A 24-year-old Juneau man was arrested early Sunday morning after reportedly sexually assaulting a woman, and shooting a dry-chemical fire extinguisher into the face of her female friend, in the kitchen of a downtown business sometime around closing time.

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

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

Photo: A view of 1941 Juneau
The "Indian Village" area of Juneau in January 1941. This view shows Indian Village homes on pilings before the tidelands were filled with tailings from the AJ Mine.

Environmental group hires former Mayor Sally Smith
Former Juneau Mayor Sally Smith is packing up for a months-long stint in Fairbanks, where she will try to help temper a well-known northern Alaska environmental group's radical-green image.

Snowfall keeps flights grounded
Juneau and much of Southeast Alaska were socked by a Monday snowstorm, with more expected today.

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

Longtime local to be deported
It doesn't matter that his four children are all U.S. citizens by birth. It doesn't matter that he has worked hard and paid taxes to the U.S. government for the past 17 years.

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

Janice Irene Dorrain Nidonovan
Longtime Juneau resident Janice Irene Dorrain Nidonovan, 60, died Dec. 24, 2004, in Juneau.

Rena Baty
Former Juneau resident Rena Baty, 62, died Thursday, Dec. 23, at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Lorena "Rena" Baty
Former Juneau resident Rena Baty, 62, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2004, at Saxt Hit SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Alaska editorial: Public aid to new Alaska Christian College goes too far
Alaska's congressional delegation has ladled an astonishing amount of public money on a tiny, brand-new religious school in Alaska.

My Turn: A vision of Bush's future America
As the Bush administration gears up for the next phase of its agenda, here's what to expect:

My Turn: More personal connections, accountability in government
For years I watched the program "Questions to the Prime Minister" in England. Then, my friend, and former "whip" of the minority party in England, Ken Eastham, explained to me the secret of these "questions."

My turn: Kensington Mine has made environmental strides
It is hard to believe that the Kensington Gold Project is really approaching construction.

Local Sports
Staff reports of Juneau sports events.

Bear boys cruise to first win
It was a ragged start for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team, so they turned to the defense for answers.

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.

Seattle snaps losing streak
Rashard Lewis and the Seattle SuperSonics are having a lot of fun this season playing with their up-tempo offense.

Chugiak edges Juneau girls in wild opening game
Monday's girls basketball matchup between Juneau and Chugiak featured late lead changes, dramatic 3-pointers, a frantic finish and a raucous crowd.

Looking for a dozen
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team hasn't been the most hospitable of hosts since the creation of the Princess Cruises Capital City Classic.

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.

Elderly Koyukuk man safe after night outside
An elderly Koyukuk man spent a night in zero-degree weather after losing his way on a snowmachine trip.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Retail choices grow outside Anchorage
In 2004, big box retailers turned their attention away from Anchorage to Alaska's other large communities, bringing huge buildings and hundreds of new jobs to Fairbanks and the Matanuska Valley.

Gas line will put heat on session
The Alaska Legislature may make one of its most far-reaching decisions in decades in the coming session.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Photo: A chat with the boss
Coast Guard Fireman Michael Joseph speaks with President Bush on Christmas Eve from the Coast Guard Long Range Navigation Station on Attu Island.

Prep for Natives' convention in full swing
Preparations for the 2005 Alaska Federation of Natives convention are well under way, according to organizers in Fairbanks.

Grounded freighter puts halt to fishery
State regulators have halted all commercial fishing in the Bering Sea near the wreckage of a grounded freighter where fuel oil has contaminated the water.

SE broadcaster gets Afghans tuned in to radio
Radio news in Afghanistan under the Taliban instructed women how to dress to show no skin. It was news you'd better use.

Center supports Guard families
Troops in Iraq aren't the only people who need support, said the wife of the man who will be commanding Alaska's National Guard soldiers there next year.

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

Group seeks overhaul of state health care services
A new group is seeking an overhaul of the state's system of managing health care services.

Except for wildfires, Alaska cities meet federal air standards
No monitored cities in Alaska have air pollution regularly exceeding federal standards for fine particles, though Fairbanks met the standards this year largely because smoke from summer wildfires wasn't included in ratings, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Sen. Stevens warns Alaskans will have to make do with less federal funding
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens said Alaska should expect to see less federal dollars in the near future, but not because he is stepping down as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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