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Saturday, January 29, 2005

Sex ed program informative
This letter is really my way of saying thank you to the Juneau School District, but it's mostly my way of saying thank you to Nancy Seamount. I graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 2001 and at the time I didn't realize how amazing my sex education really was.

Don't take parent's role in counseling
I would like to comment on the proposed school district counseling curriculum changes. Each of us is deserving of respect from our fellow men. As a step-parent I know the joys and challenges of raising a blended family.

What part of abortion is health care?
I want to commend the Juneau Empire for a far more balanced news report on the demonstrations in Juneau commemorating the 32nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

JDHS volunteers learn how to save lives
Some Juneau-Douglas High School students have applied to be American Red Cross volunteers and teach fire safety in the elementary schools.

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

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

A Judge's Life
James Wickersham came to Alaska more than a century ago, armed with legal training, political aspirations and the organizational skills and persistence to write things down every day.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau.

FYI
News from around Juneau.

Photo: City lights
Traffic streaks up and down Egan Drive like shooting stars on a typical winter evening in Juneau.

Public invited to celebrate the arts
On Saturday there will be a community-wide celebration of the arts hosted by nonprofit group Arts for Kids. This free event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. All are welcome. There will be a variety of fun, hands-on art activities that are appropriate for children and adults of all ages.

James and Callahan wed
Juneau resident Debi Callahan and John James of Sitka were married on Jan. 12, 2005, at Chapel by the Lake in Juneau.

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

Brooks and Hall to marry
Juneau residents Rebecca Hall and Mitchell Brooks will marry on Feb. 5, 2005, at St. Brendan's Episcopal Church in Juneau.

Practicing the art of patience
Nine months after my partner's unexpected death, I found myself at the end of my emotional rope. I still woke up with tears in my eyes more often than not, a truly disheartening way to start the day. I had tried sitting with my grief, honoring my grief, embracing my grief - I was sick of my grief. Clearly, it was time to take action.

My Turn: Governor was right to change the oil tax
Gov. Frank H. Murkowski's announcement of the Department of Revenue decision to apply the Economic Limit Factor (ELF) in a way which recognizes the actual changes in operation and administration of six fields satellite to the Prudhoe Bay field has put the spotlight on a portion of our tax laws that is much talked about and little understood.

My Turn: Gov. Murkowski can't tax Alaska into prosperity
O n Jan. 12, the governor delivered his annual State of the State address. The speech covered many areas, but the administration's new policy toward Alaska's oil industry is a major deviation. Several changes were outlined, most notably a change in tax policy with the result of oil companies being sent an immediate tax bill of up to $150 million, directly contradicting the anti-tax rhetoric of the 2002 gubernatorial campaign. Do you remember the governor's promise to "grow our way instead of taxing our way out of the budget deficit?" It still can be achieved.

Juneau girls host first Southeast opponent
It's been more than three years since the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team lost a conference game, but this season's Crimson Bears know they'll have to work harder to maintain that streak.

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.

LOCAL SPORTS
Rankings and results of local teams.

Travel woes plague Bear boys
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team picked up lots of bonus miles Thursday while trying to get the Anchorage for Bartlett High School's Sheri Stears Memorial tournament.

Lightweights carry heavy load for Bears
The little guys will take center stage when the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team competes in the Southeast Conference Championships today in Sitka

All-Alaska gas line gains momentum
Once discredited as a pipe dream, an all-Alaska gas line is gathering interest.

State to honor oil tax agreements
The state will honor agreements made with North Slope oil companies prior to changing the tax structure for several North Slope satellite fields, Gov. Frank Murkowski said Thursday.

Photo: Totem pole refurbishing
Michael Naab, director of the Ketchikan Museum Department, cleans the Chief Kyan pole Wednesday in Whale Park. The 28-foot red cedar pole, carved by Israel Shotridge, was raised in the park in 1993.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Judge refuses to suspend Alaska's wolf control plan
An animal rights group was unsuccessful Thursday in its attempt to persuade a judge to suspend Alaska's aerial wolf control program, now in its second year.

Photo: Newest fighter
A U.S. Army 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team patrols the backwoods of Fort Richardson this week in Anchorage.

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

Kodiak tanner crab fishermen refuse to fish, hold out for higher prices
Tanner crab fishermen continued to refuse to fish nearly two weeks after the season opened, waiting for a processor to offer a price they say is fair.

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