Thursday, December 30, 2004

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

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

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.

Irony of Home Depot debate
My partner and I applaud the city's decision to begin negotiations to sell land to Home Depot.

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

Elated about prospect of big retailers
I have been reading the letters in the Juneau Empire opposing the possible land sale to Home Depot.

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.

Light a candle for Ernesto Guillen
I would like to voice my frustration in the Ernesto Guillen deportation case (Empire, Dec. 28), as my husband and I are in the same predicament.

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.

Show respect for cemeteries
I may be wrong, but I could swear that cemeteries are not playgrounds. For years now Evergreen Cemetery has been used as a local playground.

Big retailers good for Juneau
I agree with the letter about not living in the past. I live in a small community here in Angoon and I agree that Juneau needs a business like Home Depot and Wal-Mart.

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.

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

Retail building OK'd for waterfront
The Juneau Planning Commission has approved a new retail building downtown for the tourist trade.

Smokers stock up on cigarettes to avoid tax hike
Customers at Lucky Raven Tobacco in Soldotna are stocking up on cigarettes to avoid a state tax rate increase.

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.

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.

4 seek district court position
Juneau District Court will be without a judge for two months.

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.

Egan overpass closer to reality
Juneau will get its first-ever highway overpass as early as 2006 - a rite of passage of sorts for a town where car traffic has grown tremendously over the last few decades.

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.

Photo: Cleaning up
John Campbell of the Alaska Department of Transportation Maintenance and Operations Division clears snow and ice Wednesday from the sidewalks along Douglas Highway.

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

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

Photo: Finally frozen
John Ingalls gets ready for a game of hockey Wednesday on a frozen pond next to the Juneau Pioneer's Home. Ingalls and a few other hockey enthusiasts took advantage of the recent cold weather to test their game.

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

Fishing: Fishermen see signs of growth
Southeast's salmon and halibut fishermen are optimistic about the year ahead.

Alaska's capitol: Plans for a new capitol moving along despite opposition
If building a new capitol in Juneau only involved a design competition, the project would be going pretty well.

Housing: Property values in Juneau continue to increase
Home ownership is thriving in Juneau, but a shortage of available land for development is making it more difficult and expensive to find a home.

Mining: Mines forge ahead with new construction
Not long ago, mining in and around Juneau was in a serious slump.

Oil and gas: Oil field construction may pick up in 2005
Oil and gas activity continues at a modest pace around the state. The upcoming 2004-2005 winter exploration season looks to be a repeat of last year, with a handful of exploration wells drilled mainly by independent companies. ConocoPhillips Alaska, the one slope producer still exploring, has yet to announce its plans for the winter.

Building: Three major building projects well under way in 2005
By the end of next year, Juneau residents should see the exteriors of a big addition to Bartlett Regional Hospital and a fisheries research center at Lena Point.

Tourism: Is Juneau ready for a million cruise passengers?
Some summer not so far away, a million cruise passengers might visit Juneau.

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.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

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

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.

Amy Lou Barney
Lifelong Juneauite Amy Lou Barney died Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage.

Correction
A Dec. 24 obituary for Steven T. Clark omitted a survivor, brother Mark Clark of Juneau.

Roger Iversen
Lifelong Alaskan Roger Bernard Iversen, 65, died at his Anchorage home on Dec. 20, 2004, of kidney cancer.

My Turn: No need to help big boxes
I was surprised to see that some Juneauites would like to see Wal-Mart take over our city retail business.

Woeful December continues for Utah Jazz
This was one game the Utah Jazz just couldn't steal from the Los Angeles Clippers.

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.

Scoreboard
Standings through Dec. 21 for the Juneau Parks and Recreation Department's Ordway Adult Basketball League.

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."

Showing off their skills
While dunking a basketball may seem like a solo art, a little teamwork made the difference in Wednesday's Capital City Classic slam dunk competition.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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.

Lawmakers to push budget amendment
Two House lawmakers are proposing a balanced budget amendment to the state constitution, which they say is an important first step to a long-term fiscal plan.

Late priests accused in suit
A man filed a lawsuit in Bethel this week that claims he was sexually abused by two priests while serving in Western Alaska villages during the 1950s and 1960s.

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

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

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.

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

Tok Lodge destroyed in fire
The Tok Lodge has been reduced to cinders. The fire broke out sometime before 4:10 a.m. Tuesday and destroyed the lodge, which was more than 50 years old.

Federal regulators approve $118 million sale of Anchorage's Era Aviation
Federal regulators have approved a bid to buy Era Aviation, making completion of the $118.1 million sale possible by the end of the week.

Corpse comic finds new life on the Internet
One night about 10 years ago at the Frontier Room, the historic dive bar on First Avenue in Seattle, cartoonists Pete Morrissette and Sam Roberts were struck with inspiration.

LaRue: No New Year's kiss? No big deal
New Year's Eve always imparts some sort of magical line of demarcation between what was and will be. Well, at least what could be. If we've got someone to spend it with, somehow we have something to show for the year we endured.

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