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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

President Bush not trampling rights
Under the Bush administration, the U.S. Justice Department did what no other administration had done before - it prepared comprehensive guidelines for treating rape victims.

Thanks for burying us
The city of Juneau has taken responsibility for plowing in Douglas this year, and already I can see the wondrous results.

Road costs underestimated
Concerning the proposed highway to Skagway costing about $300 million, I find that number quite surprising.

Irresponsible mining
As a member of the high school club Alaska Youth for Environmental Action, I am in favor of reasonable and sustainable development and the use of our natural resources.

Tolerance teaching is laudable
Teaching the concepts of "good touch, bad touch" is comparable to teaching students tolerance for all people and families?

Accept different family types
Upon reading the article on the proposed school counseling curriculum (Jan. 16) I was infuriated by Chris King's comments.

Juneau's dumb idea
The proposed road between Juneau and Skagway is the dumbest idea from the dumbest bureaucrats in the dumbest city in Alaska.

We won't profit from mine
I would like to take this opportunity to voice my opinion against the Kensington Mine's current plans to build in the Berners Bay area.

Updated school and city building closings for January 19, 2005
Juneau will close its schools and most city services today because of snow and the threat of freezing rain, City Manager Rod Swope said.

Rescue team searches for lost woman
The search for a Douglas woman who went missing Sunday night continues today near the end of North Douglas Highway, according to the Alaska State Troopers.

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

School district faces $625,000 in cuts for next year
The Juneau School District is looking at about $625,000 in cuts to balance its budget, even if the Alaska Legislature approves Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposed funding increases.

Snow pile-up shuts down schools, city departments
Juneau will close its schools and most city services today because of snow and the threat of freezing rain, City Manager Rod Swope said.

Search goes on for missing woman
Alaska State Troopers, local rescue teams and volunteers aren't giving up the search for a Douglas woman who disappeared Sunday night.

City celebrates King's birthday
Juneau celebrated civil rights in song Monday.

Godfathers of the ice
Juneau's Twin Lakes remain abuzz with play long after summer picnics turn to ice, thanks in part to the weekly efforts of two men.

Photo: Fun (?) under the sun
William Thornton is half-hidden by a snowbank as he clears a sidewalk Monday outside Merchants Wharf in downtown Juneau.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Big snow hits Juneau, finally
After a couple of months of snow deprivation, Juneau residents got a big consolation prize from Mother Nature on Monday.

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

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

Photo: Teaching a new dog new tricks
Ten-year-old Trevor Sanders holds his 3-month-old Australian shepherd-Sheltie puppy Marblez while listening to puppy instructor Marty Messick at Tuesday night's Puppy Kindergarten at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Photo: Taming the white beast
A large snowplow hurls snow from the Egan Drive and 10th Street intersection Tuesday afternoon.

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

Christmas in Skagway? Right
This year's Christmas was going to be great. Yeah, right.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau.

Photo: Cityscape, Juneau style
Gold Creek burbles last week about 100 yards outside Cope Park, above the footbridge.

Thank You
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community.

Frank Howard Brown
Former Juneau resident Frank Howard Brown, 71, died Dec. 20, 2004, in Newport, Ore.

Barbara 'Bobbie' Evelyn Rice
Longtime Juneau resident Barbara Evelyn Rice, 81, died at her home in Juneau on Jan. 15, 2005.

Mae Ellen (Haube) Singer
Juneau resident Mae Ellen (Haube) Singer, 37, died Jan. 12, 2005.

My Turn: Alaska Democrats won't rubber-stamp proposals
This is the year to stop talking and start doing. This is the year to move ahead on energy development, on education and on balancing the state budget.

Alaska editorial: Governor's State of the State address surprises
High oil prices give Frank Murkowski the chance to be an old-fashioned democratic socialist - more money for education, kids, seniors and social workers, plus higher taxes on the oil industry and state ownership of the means of production.

My Turn: Tolerance doesn't mean accentuating differences
Thank you for the article about the school counseling curriculum in Sunday's paper ("Same-sex discussion bothers parents"). Having been quoted, I want to clarify that I am in complete support of teaching our children respect and kindness to all individuals, regardless of our differences.

My Turn: Police shift change bad for city
I want to express my outrage regarding the decision by Juneau Police Department administration to force police officers into 8 eight-hour shifts.

Outside editorial: Let sleeping ANWR lie
Proponents of opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling are expected to make another push in Congress in the coming months.

Alaska editorial: An opportunity for fiscal responsiblity
There's no denying that there's a bit more optimism among elected officials in Juneau. It was evident in Gov. Frank Murkowski's State of the State speech on Tuesday.

Local Sports
Rankings and scores from local teams...

Tompkins wins bronze
Juneau mono-skier Joe Tompkins returned to his element on Monday and reached the podium for just the third time in a Disabled World Cup race.

Still rockin' after 100 years
Put away that hockey puck and stash the basketball. To play Fairbanks' oldest organized sport, you need a rock and a broom.

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.

Soldotna grad learns coaching ropes
Growing up in Soldotna, Molly Tuter had some pretty well-defined career goals.

Jazz ring up Bell in 4th to beat Lakers
Raja Bell contributed very little during the first three quarters Monday night, playing nine minutes and scoring two points.

Sports Briefs
Staff and Wire reports of local athletes.

Jay Hakkinen qualifies for 2006 Olympics
Biathlete Jay Hakkinen of Kasilof has secured a spot in the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy. He is the first Alaska resident to earn a spot in the 2006 Olympics.

Bryant earns college hoops award
Drake University freshman basketball player Chris Bryant, a 2004 graduate of Metlakatla High School, was named the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week on Monday.

Local Sports
Your local sports scoreboard.

Sitka boys split with Palmer, while girls sweep Moose
Just two days after being doubled-up by Juneau-Douglas, the Palmer High School Moose traveled to Sitka and had better luck against another Southeast Conference-Class 4A opponent.

Atlanta's last holdovers
Keith Brooking made it to the Super Bowl in his very first season - playing for the Atlanta Falcons, no less.

Photo: Lakota dancer
Kevin Locke, a Lakota and Anishinabe American Indian, performs a hoop dance Saturday in Petersburg. Locked performed in Juneau on Monday night at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium. The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council and other arts groups sponsored his Southeast tour. Locke, 51, has been touring since the mid-1970s from his home in Wakpala, S.D.

Trial begins for Nome police officer charged with murder
Nearly a year and a half after a 19-year old woman was found shot to death, the trial of a former Nome police officer accused of her murder begins today in Nome Superior Court.

Man sues over disabled parking at fishing spot
A Soldotna man has filed a complaint against the city, saying the lone "handicap only" fishing spot in town is discriminatory because it's not properly patrolled.

Fairbanks homeless shelters fill up when temperatures drop
When the mercury plummets in Fairbanks, people living on the fringes show up at shelters and rescue missions to get warm.

Search for crewman halted as CG resumes quest for others
Separated from the others, Cache Seel clung to the hull of the Big Valley as the 92-foot crab boat slammed against the waves of the churning Bering Sea.

Bill would change sentencing to comply with high court
State judges would have a range of options when sentencing criminals - instead of the single, definite sentences they are now required to impose - under a bill in the Alaska Legislature.

UAF tightens faculty policies
The University of Alaska Fairbanks has approved a policy change to recognize degrees only from accredited universities when it comes to decisions of hiring, promotions, tenure or transferring credit.

Cruise group sues state
The cruise ship industry's battle against a voter initiative to increase taxes and environmental scrutiny on Alaska's cruise lines intensified Tuesday when 14 tourism groups filed a lawsuit to block the initiative from the 2006 ballot.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from around the state

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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