Thursday, January 5, 2006

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

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."

Look at effects of existing mine
Mr. Thomas (prophetic words) states "in the end, however, it will be up to the citizens of Alaska to decide whether or not that mineral extraction will be worth the short-term economic gains (jobs) and irreversible devastation and degradation of the natural resources which will be impacted by those mining operations."

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.

Correcting the Rev. Michael Nash story
The allegations in the Associated Press article "Vatican Boots Juneau Priest" were shocking, but no more shocking than the misrepresentation of facts.

The search for a piece of Russian America
Editor's note: In late November, Juneau writer Allan Engstrom and Vladimir Kolychev, the president of the Moscow Historical Society of Russian America, set off in search of the roots of Alexander Baranov, who was chief manager of the Russian American Co. from 1790 to 1818.

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

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.

Dumped glass irks recyclers
Just like he has done for years, Wilson Valentine washed and carried his glass bottles to be recycled at Juneau's recycling center this week.

Eaglecrest may ask city for money
If Eaglecrest Ski Area doesn't get enough snow for skiing this year, its board will ask the city for $350,000 to cover the loss in revenue.

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

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

Students battle over known world
The race for the coveted title of Floyd Dryden Middle School geography bee champion was whittled Wednesday to two students and three questions - and ultimately decided by one very small European country.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: A snowy flyby
A raven flies through a snow flurry Wednesday over the parking lot at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

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?

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.

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from around the community

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.

Natalie Ellers
Longtime Juneau resident Natalie Ellers, 90, died Jan. 3, 2006 at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

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: The Ben Stevens recall dismissal heads to court
On Jan. 4, 2006, Alaska Superior Court Judge Craig F. Stowers will hear oral arguments regarding an appeal of the state's rejection of the application to recall Alaska Senate President Ben Stevens.

Juneau Masters Basketball Association Standings
as of today

Juneau Pool League Standings
As of Dec. 29

Hockey tourney rings in season
The Juneau-Douglas Ice Association recently hosted the Holiday on Ice 3-on-3 hockey festival at Treadwell Arena. The round-robin tournament featured 75 local youth players and lasted five days, ending Dec. 30.

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.

Alaska's Y2K 'millennium bug' immunity law expires
The Y2K "millennium bug" threat disappeared when the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, 2000. Six years later, the last Alaska remnant of the Y2K scare has also been erased.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Images from another time: North Star III, 1973
The North Star III sets sail for Alaska from Seattle in August 1973. The ship was operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and it served many Alaska communities, bringing needed supplies from 1962 through 1984.

Accident raises questions about airline's outsourcing
Almost eight months after Alaska Airlines hired an outside company to handle ground operations at its primary hub in Seattle, an accident aboard a Burbank, Calif.-bound flight has raised questions about outsourcing jobs.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

Economist: State economy poised for more growth
Alaska's economy has expanded for years, and one state analyst sees no reason why that trend shouldn't continue in 2006.

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

Dump suggested for Southeast AK
One way to solve Southeast Alaska's costly garbage problem is for the region to create its own dump, said Rollo Pool, executive director of the Southeast Conference.

Lawmaker wants eminent domain for development
Several Alaska lawmakers want to limit governments' power to seize private property after last year's U.S. Supreme Court decision on eminent domain, but one sees an opportunity to spur oil and gas drilling.

Towns look at new boroughs, but see system flaws
The town of Hoonah and some neighboring northern Panhandle villages are taking another look at the option of forming a borough.

Cinema Guide
what's playing at the box office

what's happening
news of local entertainment evnts

First Friday: Artists show off an eclectic mix of art to begin the new year
Two years ago, Juneau photographers Barbara and Micheal Francis Kelly found themselves in the habit of taking morning walks in the forest with their cameras usually in their hands.

Telling stories in song
Singing an original song in public for the first time can be intimidating, even for a seasoned performer.

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news of local arts

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