Wednesday, January 4, 2006

Gravina bridge drives development
While I agree that the Gravina Bridge seems like a "bridge to nowhere" and there are other projects that probably need the money, especially Ketchikan's water delivery system, I refer you to Kodiak and their "bridge to nowhere."

Prophetic words on Alaska mining
I have been reading the numerous articles and letters to the editor about the Kensington and Pebble gold mines with varying degrees of curiosity, sadness and outrage.

Young workers are unfairly mistreated
My son recently turned 14 and has begun trying to get a job.

Photo: 'twas the season
Charter Tschirgi removes Christmas lights and decorations Monday from the tree in front of his home on Glacier Avenue.

City's 1st baby of '06 weighs in
Joseph Wulfe Zimbleman waited for his mother to celebrate her 34th birthday Friday to become the first baby born in 2006 at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Bill limits classes to 20 students
Legislators are taking another crack at reducing classroom sizes in the upcoming session.

Photo: Legislator supplies
Sarah Lowell moves office supplies Tuesday at the Capitol. Lowell and other workers for Legislature Supply have been unloading vans containing supplies into the Capitol in preparation for the 24th Legislature's second session, which convenes on Jan. 9.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Photo: The volunteer solution
Volunteers, led by Kodiak District ranger Wayne Biessel, second left, haul a footbridge back into place Monday after a year-end storm surge dislodged it into Lake Gertrude in Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park in Kodiak.

Recent JDHS grads to counsel younger peers
The Juneau-Douglas High School career center is taking advantage of graduates returning on their winter break to help younger students figure out what to do after high school.

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from around the community

Watch for labels; they're everywhere
Ask yourself this: What do I think of labels? What would I label myself? Have I ever noticed how society is divided into different groups?

Photo: A season of tranquility, so far
Mount Juneau is reflected Monday in the tranquil waters of Douglas Boat Harbor. In Juneau, winter has trotted in like a lamb.

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

Winter cruise
Juneau resident Lynn Reinwand kayaks Christmas Day on the Mendenhall River. The recent warm weather has left the upper reaches of the river ice free.

Monroe John Wobick
Anchorage resident Monroe John Wobick, 73, died Dec. 24, 2005, of lung cancer at his residence in the comfort of his family.

My Turn: Road will provide work for road crews, coroner
I read the articles on the proposed road out of Juneau in Alaska Magazines' October ("Road to the Future" by Peter Porco) and November ("Swimming the Road" by Nick Jans) issues.

The Alaska Observer: Gustavus should be model for rural power production
Last month I had the distinct pleasure of visiting seven Southeast communities to tour a one-man show for Perseverance Theatre.

My Turn: Northwest Arctic: a fresh start in K-12 education
Voters are transforming public education in Northwest Arctic Alaska. The winds of change for K-12 education in Northwest Arctic Borough schools first began blowing strong four years ago.

Juneau Bowling Center League Standings
week 8

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.

Can peninsula deal with volcano blowup?
Ninety-four years ago in what is now Katmai National Park and Preserve, Novarupta Volcano exploded, launching an estimated 21 cubic miles of material into the atmosphere over a three-day period, and burying the surrounding landscape with an ash flow 100 to 700 feet deep.

Commission urges new type of borough
A legislative commission plans to submit a plan for a new type of borough in an attempt to organize more of rural Alaska.

Fairbanks firm wants to lure private jet traffic
Bob Hawkins is using red carpet, microwave ham and cheese croissants and fly-in fishing trips to lure corporate jet travelers to Fairbanks.

Army to fence Fort Richardson
The Army will begin construction next month on a 25-mile fence to separate Fort Richardson from Anchorage neighbors from Eagle River to Muldoon.

Angoon man still missing; troopers suspend search
Searchers on Tuesday found only the sea bag of a 36-year-old man missing since he fell from a skiff in Angoon's harbor Sunday.

NorthwestDigest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Coast Guard captain's son recalls Storis' historic journey
When the Coast Guard cutter Storis broke through ice and into uncharted territory on its historic voyage through the Northwest Passage, 13-year-old Tim Wood had a view from the deck.

Angoon still searching for missing man
Searchers in Angoon planned to continue looking for a longtime resident of the Admiralty Island community this morning after a Coast Guard helicopter crew failed to find any trace of the man who fell into a harbor Sunday night.

Ice study boosts data on big fields, warming
Columbia Glacier has retreated nine miles over the past 20 years in a meltdown punctuated by ice quakes and submarine gushes of water triple the flow of the Mississippi River.

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

Award-winning romance novelist blushes at her own prose
When Jackie Ivie writes the steamy sex scenes for her romance novels, she is clearly trying to titillate her readers.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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