Friday, March 24, 2006

Business Digest
Staff reports from the business community

JDHS girls all business in win over Homer
As a theme for the Class 4A state girls basketball tournament, the Juneau-Douglas High School team chose "Taking Care of Business."

Chugiak stuns JDHS boys in state quarterfinals
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team's dream of a state championship came to an abrupt halt Thursday at Sullivan Arena.

Kake boys take fifth in Class 2A
Kake High School finished in fifth place among Alaska's Class 2A boys basketball schools Thursday after falling 77-57 to Unalakleet at Service High School.

Yakutat wins state title
Playing a fast-paced, exciting brand of basketball, the Yakutat High School boys hoops team captured the Class 2A state championship Thursday at Sullivan Arena.

Yakutat boys advance
The Yakutat High School boys basketball team advanced to its first state final since 1997 with a 63-52 win over Unalakleet on Wednesday at Sullivan Arena.

President's speech is 'deja vu all over again'
"We may face no greater challenge from a single country than from Iran."

Another explanation for low oil production
There's a widespread perception that declining oil production on the North Slope, which is lower than previous expectations, is due to depleting reservoirs. There's another explanation.

Crazy editorial on wolf control
Friends of Animals is an international, nonprofit, serious-minded animal advocacy organization based in Connecticut. Friends of Animals has many hundreds of Alaska members and another 200,000 nationwide.

Option for unwanted pregnancies
Thank you, Mr. Heidersdorf, for your well-written letter to the editor of March 14.

Stone should apply logic to Eaglecrest
After reading the Empire article on launch fees ("Boat launch fees double by 2006," March 15), the following statement caught my attention:

Photo: Passing on traditional values
Riverbend Elementary School third-grader Lorenzo Malacas, 8, serves a dish of food to audience member Gina Stafford during a potlatch Thursday at the Alaska State Museum.

Robot and police remove grenade from Aurora Harbor dock; no one injured
Juneau police removed a hand grenade from the Aurora Harbor fuel dock on Thursday afternoon after a man found the device stashed in the bilge of his sailboat.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Tee Harbor skiff access in jeopardy
A popular skiff launch site at Tee Harbor may go to the highest bidder if the city does not negotiate a deal with Alaska Mental Health Trust, the city's lands manager said.

Report raises fluoride fears
A city worker flipped the switch and fluoride filled the veins of Juneau's drinking water supply Wednesday - the same day a federal report's release may have given ammunition to those seeking a fluoride-free community.

AK Mental Health Trust offers parcels across SE
The Alaska Mental Health Trust is putting up nearly 100 lots for sale in Southeast Alaska.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Virtual Jackpot
Freddy Anderson hopes to take a virtual jackpot he won Monday and turn it into a real jackpot later this week.

Photo: Health interests
Dr. Mark Moyad of the University of Michigan Medical Center's Department of Urology, was the featured speaker at the Men's Health Forum on Wednesday at Centennial Hall.

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

Teachers, district come to agreement
The Juneau Education Association union and the Juneau School District announced Thursday they have agreed on a tentative three-year contract for teachers.

Staying the good course
For years Sidney Harris of the Chicago Sun Times was my favorite newspaper columnist. In one of his columns he wrote about walking with a friend along a street in downtown Chicago.

Student Artist in the spotlight: Leah Francis
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Parlez-vous Francais?
Juneau students attended the Alaska School Activities Association World Language Declamation State Competition in Anchorage.

Neighbors helping neighbors: Zach Gordon Youth Center
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

FYI
News about the people you know.

Parkin and Greer to wed
Laura Marie Parkin of Angoon and Ramadhani Greer of Ft. Wayne, Ind., will be married March 31 in Louisville, Ky.

Student artist in the spotlight: Shawna Else
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Student artist in the spotlight: Iris Neary
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Photo: Prideful donation
Juneau Pride Chorus Director Leslie Wood, right, presented a check in the amount of $500 to Hospice and Home Care Program Director Kim Redifer on March 7.

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks, neighbor

Barbara Cheatham
Juneau resident Barbara Mae Cheatham, 78, died March 21, 2006, in Juneau.

Royit Orvil Arns
Juneau resident Royit Orvil Arns, 49, died March 19, 2006, in Juneau.

Vec Cabutin Cabrigas
Juneau resident Vec Cabutin Cabrigas, 73, died March 20, 2006, at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Bessie Weokoluk
Juneau resident Bessie Weokoluk, 86, died March 20, 2006, in Juneau.

Opal Atha Sears
Juneau resident Opal Atha Sears, 92, died March 22, 2006, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home, surrounded by her loved ones, including her son, Bob Christensen; daughter, Barbara Crossen; and son-in-law, Bob Crossen.

Alaska editorial: Pebble open-pit mine is too risky
Here's why the proposed Pebble gold and copper mine is an unacceptable threat to Alaska's most productive and economically valuable fishery watershed:

My turn: Better uses of cash than dredging the channel
I have just read the opinion "Gov. wants to dredge channels" from the March 13 Juneau Empire and the letter to the editor "More than convenient" from the March 15 Empire.

My turn: Permanent Fund Corp. is not changing policy
Recently the suggestion has been made that the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. Board of Trustees is changing its policy of openness and transparency. This is simply not true.

My turn: Amending the state's constitution isn't easy
The framers of the Alaska Constitution wrote a document that was short and to the point.

My turn: Protecting the right to dissent
The U.S. Court of Appeals recently ruled that the principal of Juneau-Douglas High School violated Joseph Frederick's free speech rights when she punished him for holding a banner just outside school property reading "Bong Hits 4 Jesus."

Alaska editorial: State should increase funds for wildlife studies
The state Division of Wildlife Conservation has concentrated a lot of its resources and energy the past three years on predator-control programs - basically killing wolves to increase the number of moose available for hunters.

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.

Study finds Alaska villages that prohibit alcohol are safer
A study finds that villages that ban alcohol are significantly safer than those that don't and they have fewer serious assaults.

Rule would protect corals, seamounts
The National Marine Fisheries Service announced Wednesday a proposed trawling closure to protect coral under nearly 300,000 square nautical mile of Alaska waters.

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

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

Melting ice to trigger sea-level rise worldwide
Low-lying communities like New Orleans and Miami could face increasing peril as melting polar ice raises the ocean to levels not seen in thousands of years.

Coeur exec: Mine could face delays
Juneau's new Kensington Mine is in good financial shape but could face construction delays and difficulty maintaining its current work force if the federal government does not soon complete its review of the mine's major permits, the chief executive officer and president of the Coeur d'Alene Mines announced Wednesday.

Sen. Ted Stevens says Alaska is on its own
Sen. Ted Stevens told the Alaska Legislature on Wednesday that the state stands to receive less federal funding in the future and should rely more on its own money generators.

Bering Sea crab quotas bring big job losses
A new study found that one of Alaska's prized fisheries underwent dramatic job losses since the Bering Sea crab fishery moved to a quota-based fishery.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Lawmakers: More Exxon money
With the 17th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill approaching, some lawmakers are calling on Alaska's governor to claim an additional $100 million in damages caused by the spill.

Two missing from sunken ferry
Two passengers remained unaccounted for Thursday, a day after the ferry Queen of the North sank near this remote Inside Passage town, the head of B.C. Ferries said.

Governor wants newspapers' help on debate over ANWR
Gov. Frank Murkowski says he wants the help of Alaska newspaper publishers to explain to readers outside of the state the benefits of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Murkowski tickled to be with Elmo
Gov. Frank Murkowski has dined among world leaders and various celebrities throughout his career, but he didn't expect to add "Sesame Street" characters to that list.

Our Town?
The play "Bed Sheets" was conceived in Ketchikan, but could be talking about any Southeast Alaska town.

Juneau's Cultural Loss
When Holy Trinity Episcopal Church completed its parish hall in 1956, the new space quickly became a popular venue.

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

Cinema Guide
what's playing at the box office?

A Local Art Collector
When Tony Hand moved to Alaska in the late 1980s and started getting Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks in the mail, he decided it was time to start buying art.

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