Wednesday, December 29, 2004

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).

Mining plans disregard science
Millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars have been poured into research to understand and conserve the dwindling populations of the marine mammals and fish dependent on Berners Bay by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service, and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

Take back the bear
Imagine my surprise when there was a thumping and a banging on the eighth floor of the State Office Building this last week.

Show compassion for immigrant
I recently came across an article in the Juneau Empire (Dec. 28), saying that Mr. Ernesto Guillen has been arrested in Juneau and is to be deported to his native Mexico.

Chain stores, please
Here is what I want for Juneau. I want a Kay-Bee toys. I want a Wendy's.

Accident waiting to happen
I am writing to point out several hazardous road conditions for drivers to be aware of, in addition to hoping that one of the governing bodies or property owners might intercede to make the roads a little safer out there.

A nightmarish cost of living
I can relate to the sentiments of the Morrows and the cost of living in Juneau (Empire, Dec. 26).

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

A frivolous threat
Southeast Alaska Conservation Council is threatening to sue the Forest Service to stop the Kensington Mine.

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.

Judge firm on bail for Waterman
A 16-year-old Craig girl charged with her mother's murder left a Juneau courtroom in tears Tuesday after the judge rejected a plan that would have allowed her to return home to her father while awaiting trial.

Images from another time
Juneau activist Betty "Belle Blue" Breck put a stop to construction of the downtown parking garage in 1984 by claiming in court the city had violated bidding procedures when it awarded the garage contract using a design-build competition.

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

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.

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

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

Photo: Let there be light
The Juneau-Douglas High School Dance Team performs its Light March routine Tuesday at the high school gym during the Capital City Classic basketball tournament.

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.

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

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

Monday night blaze leaves two homeless
Left with only the clothes and windbreaker he was wearing when his home burned Monday night, and with his roommate in the hospital for facial burns, Gregory Williams said they will just have to start over.

Art gallery expanding selection of carvings
Story runs in this space.

Collection features rock legend, rodent icon
Juneau fans of memorabilia are invited to come see what secrets lurk deep in the closets of friends and neighbors during the city museum's three-part Juneau Collectors Series, running from January through September.

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

Photo: Oddly dressed tourist
Santa makes an appearance by the airport last week on his way through town.

George Danner Jr.
Lifetime Juneau resident George Danner Jr., 89, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Crimson Bear boys sharper than Dimond
According to junior Ryan Fagerstrom, the slogan for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team this year is "Fist, five individuals coming together as one."

Juneau girls, boys victorious
When its outside shooting vanished, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team started thinking inside the box.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Pollock fishermen wage campaign to cut salmon bycatch
Bering Sea pollock fishermen want to aggressively tackle the growing problem of unintentionally caught salmon.

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.

Data recorder from helicopter crash site recovered
The "black box" data recorder from a Coast Guard rescue helicopter that crashed killing six people was recovered Tuesday as work got under way to remove fuel from a freighter that grounded three weeks ago off Alaska's coast.

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.

Woman gives birth on floatplane to Ketchikan
The term "airborne" took on a new meaning when a Metlakatla woman gave birth high above Southeast Alaska on a floatplane to Ketchikan.

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.

Bill would have vandals pay more
A Republican and Democrat in the Alaska Senate have proposed a bill for the 2005 legislative session to toughen laws on minors caught vandalizing.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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