Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Juneau needs to finish sewer projects
One of the primary duties of local government is to provide basic services. One of those basic services is sewer.

Not a good tradeoff on Seward Street
As a person who walks Seward Street at least once daily during the work week, I've noticed something which strikes me as a bit odd. T

Too much suffering
An article in the March 30, 2005, Toronto Globe and Mail, "The End of Hussein didn't mean freedom from hunger in Iraq," brings into question what good has come from our invasion of Iraq.

Leave cruisers alone
It's been a while since I've felt compelled to write a letter but, after the university land grab bill and the Anchorage newspapers' reaction to a new capitol in Juneau, the $50 cruise passenger tax finally burns me enough to say a few things.

Speak up against permanent fund grab
Eighty-three percent of Alaska taxpayers voted on Sept. 14, 1999, not to touch the permanent fund. Today, Senate Bill No. 98 is on the way for the governor's signature.

The people chose GOP
I'm responding to the March 28 letter on Republicans not acting democratically in choosing justices.

Confused ...
I am confused, President Bush says that the people, not the government, are smarter in investing for Social Security.

Cultural myopia
In considering whether or not to criminalize cannabis and get some patently outrageous "findings" about cannabis on the record, please think deeply about this question:

Wisconsin man's attack on Stevens was unjustified
You printed a letter from R.M. Burnhan of Madison, Wis., (April 7) which was both savage and disingenuous in his characterization of Sen. Ted Stevens.

31st Alaska Folk Festival kicks off today
Today is the first day of the 31st Alaska Folk Festival, and to some, therefore, it's spring.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Beanery out of the past - 1992
Port Du Nord Playboys band members Albert McDonnell, left, and John Palmes sing in front of the Armadillo menu board during a dance concert in November 1992 at the Tex-Mex restaurant.

Folk Fest Schedule
Today's Folk Festival Lineup

Gottardi anticipates next trial, wants new lawyer
The next time Rickey Gottardi stands trial on charges alleging he set fire to DeHart's Marina in September, things will be different, he said Friday.

Senate panel resists change to university land bill
A Senate committee struck down an amendment Monday that would allow further removal of some Southeast Alaska land parcels from a University of Alaska land grant bill.

Assembly OKs harbor fee increase
At its Monday meeting, the Juneau Assembly unanimously approved increasing the small boat harbor fee by 90 percent over the next three years.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

New sport chinook rules announced
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Monday new sport fishing rules for the Juneau area, in effect from April 25 to June 30.

Photo: You can do it
Darin Fagerstrom gives his daughter, Brita, 8, a few pointers Sunday on getting down the Eaglecrest slopes. The ski area closed for the season on Sunday.

Photos: Let there be folk
Singer-songwriter Kray Van Kirk of Juneau, above, plays acoustic guitar Monday on the first dayof the 31st Alaska Folk Festival at Centennial Hall. 150 acts slated to appear during the festival this week.

Early estimate: Valley high school costs over budget
The latest estimate for construction of the Dimond Park high school is $1.7 million over the budget.

DA: Money trail points to Harmon
Follow the money, Juneau District Attorney Patrick Gullufsen told jurors who will consider his case against the man charged with raping and killing 19-year-old Maggie Wigen two years ago in Tenakee Springs.

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

City says no to Intrastate Gas
The city decided Monday night to stay out of the gas business.

Photo: Getting the munchies
A bald eagle glides in to join a flock of about 20 other eagles snacking on some carrion that washed up Monday on the Aurora Basin breakwater.

Time to hang 'em up, skiers
Eaglecrest Ski Area finished the 2004-05 season just shy of its $1.1 million revenue target, despite a late opening and a weak March, general manager Kirk Duncan said Sunday.

Arnold Chase Walker Sr.
Former Angoon resident Arnold Chase Walker Sr., 65, died April 7, 2005, at Alaska Regional Hospital.

Stanley Morris Isaacs
Juneau resident Stanley Morris Isaacs died March 9, 2005, at Wildflower Court in Juneau.

William Vern Graves
Lifelong Juneau resident William Vern Graves died April 8, 2005, in Juneau.

Louell J. Riddle
Juneau resident Louell J. Riddle died April 8, 2005, in her home

My Turn: America's oil dependency drives the war in Iraq
Most Alaskans seem willing to trade the Last Frontier for another short term "fix" to feed the American habit.

My turn: Success at school starts in the home
Our country is presently facing the most challenging task of the century in the field of education - improving the quality of our educational system.

Alaska editorial: The effect of the first combat death in Alaska
The combat death of a young U.S. Marine from Salcha brought to life an occurrence that many, whether to slight or great degree, likely suspected would happen at some point during the war in Iraq.

Alaska editorial: Tuberculosis threat can't be ignored
The recent report of an increase in tuberculosis cases in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region confirms a warning from the World Health Organization and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis last month.

Juneau pair 15th out of 34 synchronized swim duets
Juneau synchoronized swimmers Sarah Felix and Kimiko "Koko" Urata finished 15th out of 34 duet performances last week at the 2005 Speedo Junior Championships in Canton, Ohio.

Local disabled vet skis at Snowmass
Susan Macaulay, a disabled Air Force veteran from Juneau, took part in the 19th National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic last week in Snowmass Village, Colo.

Juneau women's hockey team wins at Anchorage meet
The Juneau Lady Looters women's hockey team posted a perfect 5-0 record and won the intermediate division title at the 2005 Fools on Ice/Alaska Women's Spring Hockey Invitational, held April 1-3 in Anchorage.

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.

Senate OKs retirement reform bill
The Alaska Senate voted Monday for a reform of the teachers and public employees retirement system, asking them to contribute more of their paychecks to retirement.

Committee gives OK to workers' comp bill
Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposed revision to state workers' compensation laws was approved Monday by the Senate Finance Committee and now heads to the full Senate.

Alaska asserting rights to old trails under federal law
Alaska sued the Department of the Interior in U.S. District Court in Anchorage on Monday, seeking a clear title to historic trails across federal land, Gov. Frank Murkowski said.

Police add new Tasers to arsenal
Alaska State Troopers and Anchorage police are moving ahead with plans to outfit officers with more and better Tasers despite growing controversy about the electro-shock guns nationwide, including a million-dollar judgment in Alaska related to Taser abuse.

Legislature eyes school harassment
Alaska lawmakers are trying to make it easier for schoolchildren to keep their lunch money.

Bridge-crossing study finds there's abundant sealife in Knik Arm
The Knik Arm contains a menagerie of marine life hidden in the Inlet's silt-saturated tides, according to preliminary reports on a proposed bridge over the area.

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