Thursday, April 28, 2005

Don't make public service like the private sector
Labeling the PERS issue a "crisis" encourages legislators to make sweeping changes that may hurt Alaska's economy.

Bill protects consumers
Many Alaska home builders, contractors and construction industry participants have worked hard toward the passage of HB 81, sponsored by Rep. Tom Anderson.

Comments about wolf were thoughtless
I just read Holly Cockerille's letter regarding relocating humans rather than predators.

Some dog owners just don't get it
I consider it a privilege to be able to own my two dogs. With this privilege comes responsibility.

Speak out against UA land bill
The House of Representatives passed HB 130, a bill granting nearly 250,000 acres of state land to "fund" the University of Alaska in an archaic mode that came into existence when Abraham Lincoln was president. It is now moving through the Senate as SB 96.

Builders should follow state licensing law
In response to the misinformation put forth by Jim Callahan, in his letter on April 25, I need to respond.

Bills target workers' compensation benefits
The governor and the commissioner of labor claim that SB 130 and HB 180 will not diminish workers' benefits under workers' compensation. Don't be fooled by their promises.

Photo: Sunshine work
Neal Arnold, an employee of the Catholic Diocese of Juneau, applies masonry sealer Tuesday to the diocese office building on Sixth Street. The National Weather Service is predicting painting weather for the rest of the week.

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

Harmon's dad says he gave him money
More than two weeks after the prosecution told jurors to "follow the money" in the trial of the man charged with killing Maggie Wigen, the defendant's parents testified Tuesday that the defendant got plenty of money from them.

Sittin' on the dock of Auke Bay
Liz Snyder, left, plays guitar Wednesday as her friend Stephany Hanger casts her fishing line into Auke Bay from the Auke Bay boat harbor.

Hospital pact negotiations at an impasse
Employee contract negotiations at Bartlett Regional Hospital have reached an impasse.

Cleaning the pipes
City Water Utility Public Works Department workers Jason Haffner, left, and Jeremy Kostenko conduct mainline flushing by running water from a city hydrant Tuesday at Aurora Harbor.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Witness: Dam was changed
The small Tenakee Springs dam where searchers unearthed Maggie Wigen's body two years ago changed while searchers were looking for the woman - possibly after her alleged killer left town - a defense witness said Wednesday at trial.

Agencies for the homeless prepare pitch to city
Juneau nonprofit and government agencies serving the homeless met Wednesday to describe to a city board how they collaborate in helping their clients.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Waiting to depart
When playing the role of ignorant tourist, it helps to be in the habit of setting off for unfamiliar destinations with no plan upon arrival.

Panel targets soda, candy at schools
Juneau-Douglas High School would disable its soda machines during the school day, and all local schools would restrict fatty and fried foods, under a recommended policy.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

The joy and obligation of Passover
Passover (Pesach) begins each year on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Nissan. Passover is the first of three major festivals with both historic and agricultural significance.

Millard and Lium marry
Juneau residents Cedar Millard and Michael Lium were married on March 22, 2005, in Denver.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Moonrise
The full moon rises Saturday and illuminates Gastineau Channel and Sandy Beach.

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

Wiley and Bitonti to wed
Catherine Wiley of Altus, Okla., and Frank Bitonti of Hydaburg will be married at 2 p.m., May 28, 2005, at St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Church in Oklahoma City.

Bare root in bear country means promise
Every field of endeavor has jargon, we hear snips and bits drifting into general usage but much of it is still proprietary.

Photo: Slam winners
From left, Andria Budbill, Jaime Burrous and Beatriz Abella are all smiles after winning first place in the Green Eggs and Slam Poetry contest on April 17 at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium.

Howard C. Hayes Sr.
Juneau resident Howard C. Hayes Sr., 94, died April 24, 2005, at his home in Auke Bay.

Veronica 'Ronnie' (Constantino) Adams
Veronica 'Ronnie' (Constantino) Adams

Ramon 'Ray' Clark
Former Juneau resident Ramon "Ray" Clark, 72, died April 25, 2005, in Everett, Wash.

My turn: Withdraw SB113A: an improper fisheries act
In a Saturday session, the Senate Resource Committee felt the weight of dozens of coastal fishermen and businesses opposing Senate Bill 113A, "an act relating to the entry into and management of Gulf of Alaska groundfish fisheries."

Empire editorial: Wharf is waterfront's anchor, not its albatross
As the city of Juneau ventures to buy and destroy one of its most distinguishing and still-vibrant landmarks, a troubling picture of its waterfront plan emerges.

State gambles another $1.3 million on ANWR
With less than two weeks to go until this session's May 10 adjournment, the Capitol is abuzz with talk of retirement reform (along President Bush's effort to privatize social security), plans to rework workers' compensation benefits, and Sen. Ben Stevens' effort to tap permanent fund earnings for school construction projects.

My Turn: Dismantling retirement system leaves teachers with no safety net
With just a few days left in the legislative session, opposition is growing fast to proposals that would dismantle the state's retirement system.

Alaska editorial: Calls for change ignore truly needed campaign reform
It is a recent hallmark of our political process that legislators apply the label "reform" very loosely. It's a great-sounding term that invites instant, unquestioning support from everyone.

Local Track and Field: 2005 Alaska High School State Bests
2005 Alaska High School State Bests

Defending the crown
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team enters this season a little differently than previous years.

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.

Triple threat
Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team members Jordan Moser, left, Jordan Harvey, middle, and Katie Krehlik, right, warmup Monday by running the 100-yard dash.

Local Track and Field: Middle School Track Results
Middle School Track Results

JDHS set for three games in Anchorage
The Juneau-Douglas boys soccer team kicks off an important three-game series tonight in Anchorage when the Crimson Bears face Service at 6 p.m.

Mayor, two children missing after boat capsizes in Bering
One man died and a man and two children were missing Wednesday after their whaling boat capsized off St. Lawrence Island in the frigid Bering Sea.

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

Governor defends plan to sell plane, lease jet
Gov. Frank Murkowski says he has gotten a bad rap on his plan to sell one of the state's two propeller planes he uses for official travel and use the money to lease a jet.

Pipeline talks nearly done
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Wednesday told lawmakers they may soon have a gas pipeline proposal to consider, and it may take a special session to approve it.

Ketchikan residents taken aback by odd, swarming 'green fog'
Ketchikan residents are abuzz over a "green fog" that blew through town, prompting calls to police and a bit of speculation.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Game officials plan meeting that could restore wood bison to Alaska
State and federal officials agree that wood bison once roamed Interior Alaska. Meetings this week may advance the effort to bring them back.

Jawing days are done
About 40 onlookers of varying ages crowd around a table Saturday outside Kodiak College in Kodiak as biology professor Gil Bane dissects an 8-foot sleeper shark.

Committees hear proposals to tighten ethics laws
Proposed changes to Alaska's ethics laws were heard Tuesday in House and Senate committees, as lawmakers work to close holes in the statutes revealed by an investigation into former attorney general Gregg Renkes.

House OK's short-term licenses
The state House of Representatives approved a bill Wednesday allowing a $30 short-term commercial fishing crewmember license.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Senate OKs state control over wastewater permits
The Senate approved a plan Wednesday to take from the federal government the responsibility for permitting projects that discharge industrial wastewater in Alaska waters.

Suit faults gov't funds for school
A group advocating for the separation of church and state filed a lawsuit against the federal Department of Education over taxpayer money going to Alaska Christian College.

School funding changes added to bill
It would cost $82.5 million in new funds to hold all districts harmless under the proposal, the state Department of Education has said.

Weyhrauch marks $10 million for Glacier Highway extension
Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch added a $10 million Glacier Highway extension to a list of road projects that the Alaska House Finance Committee approved Tuesday.

Celebrating Love Not War
On behalf of the American Red Cross, two University of Alaska Southeast seniors are producing a modernized reader's theater version of "Lysistrata" - Aristophanes' millennia-old play about the foolishness of war.

Fred Machetanz exhibit opens May 6
Fred Machetanz is known today as one of Alaska's greatest painters, but in the early 1960s he and his wife, Sara, were struggling to get by.

briefly
news of local arts

Boogie-less?:
There have only been six Boardwalk Boogies in Pelican, but the three-to-four day party, normally held in early May, has become an institution in the town of 200, 70 miles west of Juneau on Chichagof Island.

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entertainment events around Juneau

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