Thursday, March 30, 2006

Business Digest
Staff reports from the business community

Vote no on port revenue bond
Ketchikan is proposing a $38.5 million port revenue bond issue to pay for a combination of downtown dock renovations, ground transportation improvements, realignment of the Casey Moran Float and a new waterfront promenade from downtown to the Newtown area.

Speaking of disease, war and statistics
There has been a lot of talk about war lately. People throw out statistics reputedly showing how many of our soldiers have been killed fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and implying that this should justify troop removal.

Legislators need to secure roof funds
I am concerned with our state legislators securing funds for the Susitna Valley High School roof. Since the problem was brought into the limelight a few weeks before school started in September...

On the subjects of peace and freedom
On the subject of peace. I believe none of us want war.

Practicing free speech deserves respect
The recent appellate court decision holding that Joseph Frederick was exercising free speech rights by displaying "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" during an Olympic torch rally near the high school raises some interesting questions.

City wants scaled-down airport project
Some Juneau Assembly members want the Airport Board to come up with a scaled-down version of their airport project, which is essentially the same project voters rejected in October.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Spring rite of passage
The U.S. Coast Guard's Elderberry, a buoy tender from Petersburg, floats Tuesday along the Gastineau Channel, putting out seasonal buoys, which mark potential hazards and help aid boaters in navigation.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Biologist files suit over Tongass road building
A Petersburg federal wildlife biologist and a national whistle-blower group have joined forces to challenge new roads built in the Tongass National Forest without environmental studies.

Images from another time: Alaska Folk Festival, 1991
The group Women with Hair - Julie Mae Piggott, left, Katie Henry, Will Putman and Rex Blazer - perform a standard 15-minute set at the 1991 Alaska Folk Festival at Centennial Hall.

JDHS grad killed in crash
Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Shawn M. Mickelson, 22, died after his 2003 Yamaha motorcycle struck the side of 2004 Ford F150 pickup truck Monday morning in Anchorage.

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

Photo: Wishing for fish
Reel fun: Graciela Vazquez looks up at her dad Richard while she tries to catch a fish off the pier near the DIPAC hatchery Tuesday.

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

Prehistoric asparagus good with cheese
I once heard an "ugly American" story told by a friend who visited France.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the community

Photo: Winners of the battle
The 2006 state Battle of the Books competition winners are, from left, Chris Herrick, Ali Eason and Kathe Tallmadge of Auke Bay Elementary School.

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks, neighbor

Student recognition
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding scholars

Langel and Sanbei wed
Joleen K. Sanbei of Juneau and James S. Langel of Roseburg, Ore., were married June 11, 2005, in Juneau, with a reception at the Buoy Deck.

Petershoare and Belardi wed
Juneau residents Alicia Petershoare and Brent Belardi were married Feb. 25, 2006, at the Stratosphere Chapel in Las Vegas. Friends and relatives were in attendance.

Shawn Mickelsen
Former Juneau resident Shawn Martin Mickelsen, 22, died March 27, 2006, in Anchorage.

Shawn Mickelsen
Former Juneau resident Shawn Martin Mickelsen, 22, died March 27, 2006, in Anchorage.

Obituary Lourdes "Londing" Abad Holganza
Former longtime Juneau resident Lourdes "Londing" Abad Holganza, 88, died March 1, 2006, at Downey Hospital in Los Angeles.

My turn: Alaska's needs should come first in pipeline deal
The gas tax and pipeline contract are the biggest Alaska public finance issue in the last three decades and now it all has to be done in a 30 days or so?

Alaska editorial: State should exercise caution on Pebble Mine
The state has a golden opportunity to make a wise decision. As movement of the Pebble Mine project across Cook Inlet begins to pick up the pace, many have voiced their concerns, fears and dissatisfaction with not just the process, but the whole concept.

My turn: Pebble Mine poses threat to Native way of life
I have lived in Nondalton all my life, and my home is a very important part of my life. I am intimately connected to the environment I live in and I am extremely concerned about my traditional and ancestral lands, so I think it is my responsibility to protect this land for future generations.

Alaska editorial: State gets F+ for gun control
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has issued its 2005 state-by-state report card on the success of its gun-grabbing agenda.

Alaska editorial: Plaudits for efforts to save budget surplus
The Legislature is on the verge of making a good, thoughtful move regarding the state's $1.4 billion budget surplus from the current fiscal year. It's setting just under half of it aside, removing it from consideration in the fiscal 2007 budget that is working its way through the House and Senate.

My turn: Certificate of Need program a useful tool
Over the past several months, a number of letters to the editor and paid advertisements have appeared in the press advocating for the repeal or amendment of Alaska's Certificate of Need statute.

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.

New intermediate bracket starts today
The Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament's new four-team intermediate bracket tips off today, and tournament officials hope it adds a wave of new energy to the 60-year competition.

Juneau squads play for state titles
The fledgling Juneau-Douglas Ice Association entered new territory in March by sending teams to the state hockey championships for the first time.

Huna Totem eliminates Yakutat from C bracket
The Huna Totem Oldtimers kept their hopes of a third consecutive Legendary C Bracket title alive in the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament with a 90-74 win over Yakutat on Tuesday in an elimination game.

Gold Medal roundup: Huna ANB knocks off Angoon in Mighty B elimination game
Huna ANB received 29 points from Travis Dybdahl and 23 points from Nate Strong in a 84-76 victory over Angoon in a Mighty B bracket elimination game on Wednesday.

Photo: Showing some pride
David George, 8, is in the spirit to root for the Huna Totem Oldtimers during their Legendayry C bracket game against Yakutat on Tuesday.

Metlakatla Git' Taquan upends Juneau in Millenial Women's bracket action
The Metlakatla Git' Taquan squeaked by the Juneau Imperials for a 61-59 victory in second round play of the 60th Annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament Millennial Women's bracket on Tuesday.

Defense leads the way in Angoon's win
While most of the games at the 60th Annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament feature high-flying offenses, Wednesday's intermediate bracket battle between Angoon and Yakutat proved a defensive struggle.

Kake Tlingit Heat survives Yakutat in B bracket battle
Brandon Jackson made the most of his second chance on Tuesday for the Kake Tlingit Heat.

Tlingit Heat defeats Haines
The Kake Tlingit Heat finished Wednesday's Mighty B bracket elimination game on a 14-5 run to defeat Haines Merchants 85-78 at the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament on Wednesday.

Ketchikan women hold off Angoon Kwaan
Lelani Finau poured in 20 points as Ketchikan nipped Angoon Kwaan 61-54 in the Millenial Women's Bracket on Tuesday at the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament.

Green Team moves on past tough Metlakatla
The Juneau Hangar Green Team ended Metlakatla Sons of Tradition's run through the Legendary C bracket with a 94-82 victory Wednesday at the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament.

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.

Cities could compete for legislative 'hall'
A proposal making it easier to relocate Alaska's capital is gaining traction in the Legislature.

Seafood packing company Trident buys Ocean Beauty
Trident Seafoods Corp. of Seattle plans to take over Ocean Beauty Seafoods Inc., creating the state's largest salmon processing company.

States win cash settlement for drug suit
The maker of the antidepressant Paxil agreed to pay $14 million to state Medicaid programs, including Alaska, to settle allegations that it blocked generic versions of the drug from being made, causing the states to pay higher prices.

House passes 'unsustainable' budget
Good thing the price of North Slope crude closed at $64.50 Wednesday.

Cruise ship traffic stresses harbor seals
When large cruise ships get too close to harbor seals, the animals become distressed, according to a new federal study.

State's two senators vote against creating ethics office
Alaska's two U.S. senators joined many of their colleagues in voting against creating a new in-house Senate ethics office.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

State plans to combat avian flu
State and federal scientists are drawing battle lines against the Asian H5N1 flu virus in Alaska, extending from the Yukon-Kuskokwim delta to the state's small domestic bird flocks.

Forest Service looking beyond timber for revenues
The lure of money is shaping the nation's 155 national forests: more advertising, more fees, more roads to draw timber sales and lumber mill jobs.

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

House roll call on budget
Results Wednesday as the Alaska House, on a 27-12 vote, passed the 2007 state operating budget. Conferees from the House and Senate will meet later in the session to work out a final budget.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Study: Need for Tongass logs in flux
The Forest Service unveiled a new Tongass timber study Tuesday that shows a more extreme range of options for the future of Southeast Alaska's logging industry.

Tenakee Springs still searching for revenue source
The city of Tenakee Springs is hoping it can sell a 5-acre parcel of raw land to raise money to support its fuel department and its fledgling core services.

Canadian premiers throw support to pipeline
If the Alaska Legislature approves a possible contract to build a $25 billion natural gas pipeline, the next phase will be smoothing roadblocks with the state's Canadian neighbors, Gov. Frank Murkowski said Tuesday.

Poker: a hobby or an addiction?
Alaskans are divided on a bill that would legalize poker playing in bars or other establishments.

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

Ohio caller looks forward to contra dances at Alaska Folk Festival
There is plenty to like about contra dancing, Becky Hill, the guest caller for the 32nd annual Alaska Folk Festival said from her home in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Cinema Guide
what's playing at the box office

32nd Alaska Folk Festival Schedule
beginning April 3rd

briefly
news of local arts

The Queen of Folkabilly
Nanci Griffith was just three weeks old, no bigger than a fret board, when a ceasefire was declared in the Korean War on July 27, 1953.

Printmaker, art makes folk fest debut
Former Alaska resident Kate Patera has never been to the Alaska Folk Festival, but her hand-colored, wood-block print of a cricket playing a fiddle will be all over town for the next two weeks.

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

Photo group opens spring exhibit
The Alaska Photographic Arts Association will open its Members' Annual Spring Exhibit from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, one week before First Friday, at the KTOO studio, 360 Egan Drive.

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