Friday, December 31, 2004

My New Year's resolution: quit thinking
If you are still looking for New Years resolutions for yourself, check the Web.

Losing our history
Oh joy. Another tourist building downtown. What a surprise. To my relief, the city is making the owners put up a false facade like all the others in the neighborhood.

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.

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.

Shame on USFS for its impact statement
I would like to denounce the announcement by the U.S. Forest Service's environmental impact statement and their OK for Coeur Alaska's proposal to use Cascade Point and Berners Bay to access the Kensington Mine.

Illegal immigrants break the law
I write in response to Jackie Edenshaw's letter ("Show compassion for immigrant" Dec. 29).

No trusting Leman with religious funds
Lt. Gov. Loren Leman wrote a pleasant Christmas editorial on religion and government.

Wal-Mart not such a good deal for all, especially workers
Regarding whether or not Juneau should welcome Wal-Mart, it's interesting to read about Wal-Mart employment in California.

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

Consider downside of big-box stores before buying in
Home Depot and Wal-Mart are planning to come to Juneau. The advantages of wider selection are obvious. Are there some downsides?

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.

A community, sans Wal-Mart
Here's what I want for Juneau: I want fair wages. I want stores downtown that sell something other than diamonds and T-shirts.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Student recognitions
Outstanding actions of present and former Juneau students.

My New Year's resolution: quit thinking
If you are still looking for New Years resolutions for yourself, check the Web.

Davenport and Freeman to wed
Jasmine Davenport of Phoenix, Ariz., and Matt Freeman of Juneau are to be married at 5 p.m. Dec. 31, 2004, at the Wright House in Mesa, Ariz., with a reception to follow at 7 p.m., also at The Wright House.

Photo: Christmas kayaking
A sunny Christmas lured Jeff Boucher, Chris Sture and Austin Sture onto the upper Mendenhall River for a few hours of kayaking fun.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

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

FYI
Statistics of Juneau

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.

Robert Hanley Jones
Former Juneau resident Robert Hanley Jones, 65, died on Dec. 24, 2004, surrounded by family at his home in Peters Creek (Chugiak), Alaska.

Hazel S. Lanz
Former Juneau resident Hazel Stella (Hanson) Lanz, 81, died of natural causes at Valley Hospital in Palmer on Dec. 11, 2004.

Bay is a sensitive sea of life
As a graduate fisheries student at the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (Juneau Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks), I am very surprised at even the minimal support in Juneau for Kensington Mine in Berners Bay.

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.

Patience pays off in Juneau girls' victory
You don't need to tell the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team that patience is a virtue.

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.

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

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.

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

Juneau boys fall to North Kitsap in finale
The streak is over. The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team's run of 11 straight Capital City Classic titles and 35 consecutive tourney wins ended Thursday in a 74-58 loss to North Kitsap at the JDHS main gym.

Alaskans eager to help victims
AL GRILLO / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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.

Abuse claim leads to settlement in Fairbanks
The Fairbanks Catholic Diocese has reached a settlement with an Anchorage woman who accused a retired Nome priest of sexually abusing her.

Judge lets finance initiative on ballot
An Anchorage Superior Court judge has ruled that a campaign finance citizen initiative does not violate Alaska's single-subject law and will be allowed to appear on the August 2006 primary ballot.

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.

It happened in '04
Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the northwest.

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

Lawmakers file 83 bills, amendments
Education funding, cruise ship taxation and construction of a new capitol are among the slew of new bills filed before the Alaska Legislature's session.

Southeast bucks National Guard recruiting trend
Southeast Alaska may be bucking a national downward trend in Army National Guard enlistments.

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.

what's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau.

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.

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.

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