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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Transportation plan threatens ancestral sites
The Kiks.adi Clan of Sitka is opposed to the current proposed route of the road to Rodman Bay.

Juneau's mountain gypsy
Twenty-four years ago, my wife-to-be and I motored up Gastineau Channel in our seine boat to find a new home in Juneau.

Citizenship the right way
I would like to know why some people in this community feel that Ernesto Guillen (Empire, Dec. 28) deserves special immigration treatment?

Sen. Stevens' bait and switch
During the recent election, Alaskans were repeatedly told that unless Alaska maintained its all-Republican delegation, Sen. Ted Stevens would be unable to deliver the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the generous federal appropriations to which Alaskans have become accustomed.

A sick rewrite of Indonesian history
On tsunami aid to Indonesia, Associated Press reporter Denis D. Gray stated, "Washington imposed a ban on U.S. military equipment to Jakarta in 1999 after the Indonesian Army and pro-Jakarta militias killed 1,500 people in East Timor in a failed attempt to repress an independence movement in what was then an Indonesian province."

Dog owners should show respect
I had a fabulous Saturday morning walking with my 2 1/2-year-old daughter on Sandy Beach.

Trampling on rights
An Associated Press article in Friday's Juneau Empire described how new Justice Department guidelines for treating rape victims omit mention of emergency contraception as an option in treatment.

No reason to peer at signatures
I am dismayed and disappointed the Northwest Cruise Ship Association has chosen to challenge the signatures gathered for the cruise ship initiative, i.e.: Responsible Cruising in Alaska.

Getting here from there
Old-timers may grumble that Alaska's growing population and modern conveniences have chipped away at its Last Frontier status, but try telling that to the state's lawmakers as they make their annual journey to the most inaccessible capital in North America.

Tongass land plan approved
Tongass National Forest officials said Monday they intend no major changes to the forest's 15-year plan despite intense pressure in Southeast Alaska to either restrict or increase timber sales in the 17-million acre forest.

Photo: Legislative welcome
Left to right, Michael Vigil of Chenega Bay, Rep. Woodie Salmon, D-Beaver, and Nancy Barnes of Rep. Albert Kookesh's office, mingle during the Community Legislative Welcome Reception on Tuesday night at Centennial Hall.

Architects impress capitol jury
Eight design teams spent Monday and Tuesday wooing the nine-member jury that will decide who should design a new capitol for Alaska.

Lawmakers eye gas line, weigh surplus
Construction of a natural gas pipeline and how to spend the state's projected oil surplus was on the minds of lawmakers Monday for the first day of the 24th Alaska Legislature.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of non-profit local events.

Assembly OKs land negotiation with Home Depot
The Juneau Assembly moved forward plans to build a Home Depot store in Juneau, unanimously authorizing negotiations for a sale of city land.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of non-profit local events

Superior Court jury to decide who's at fault in bus accident
Opening statements are scheduled this morning in Juneau Superior Court in a lawsuit filed against the city, Capital Transit and a bus driver involved in a 2000 accident involving the teenage son of a Juneau Assembly member.

Photo: Chilly Valley digit
A thermometer reads seven degrees in the Mendenhall Valley on Tuesday with temperatures in the single digits most of the day.

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

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau.

Carls and Johnston to wed
Former Juneau resident Erika X. Carls and Brendan P. Johnston of Lake Elmo, Minn., will be married in Saint Peter, Minn., on July 16, 2005. A reception in Juneau is planned for July 30, 2005.

Hoping for change
There are two words that come to mind when I think of this season.

Dvoraks to celebrate 50th
Doug and Ruth Dvorak will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with their children, grandchildren, family and friends on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005, in Palm Springs, Calif.

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

Photo: Local rhino caught on film
The pictured beast was photographed during a dive New Year's Day at the Ann Coleman Road dive site, 136 feet beneath the waves, by Tani Church Bell.

Pable "Pabs" Aton
Former longtime Juneau resident Pable "Pabs" Aton, 72, died Jan. 3, 2005, in Renton, Wash.

Will L. Riggen
Former Juneau resident Will Riggen, 78, died Jan. 1, 2005, of multiple myeloma.

William Edward Hixson
Former Juneau resident William Edward Hixson, 92, died Jan. 7, 2005, at Evergreen Health & Rehab in Bremerton, Wash.

Wendell K. Cary
Longtime Juneau resident Wendell K. Cary, 78, died Jan. 7, 2005, in Juneau.

Alaska Editorial: Constitutional gimmicks aren't fiscal responsibility
Many Alaska lawmakers, especially in the Senate majority, would like Alaskans to believe that a long-term fiscal plan has to start with a constitutional spending limit.

My Turn: Juneau needs to include public in harbor decisions
There's been a lot of news recently about changes to the Juneau harbors. I

How about adopting a child's perspective for the new year?
The day after her third birthday my daughter Rosie announced that she was done with her crib - the beautiful hand-made baby-jail without which she had been, until that day, unable to sleep.

Alaska editorial: Gender representation in the U.S. Senate
Congratulations to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who on Tuesday was sworn in by Vice President Dick Cheney to a full term in the Senate. She is the first Alaska-born senator to represent the state in the chamber.

Local Briefs
Staff reports of Juneau sports events.

Bear boys to face nationally ranked teams
Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball players will be living out of their duffel bags this month as they play nine straight games on the road.

Jazz beat Spurs to end 9-game losing streak
When Mehmet Okur's putback rolled in at the buzzer, the Utah Jazz celebrated as if they had just won a playoff series.

SportsBriefs
News of local sporting events.

Local Sports: ASBN STATE PREP BASKETBALL POLL
Results and rankings of local teams

Kayhi teams sweep round-robin games
Despite playing without senior center Tyler Richardson, who is out four to seven weeks with a broken right hand, the host Ketchikan boys beat Prince Rupert and Metlakatla in a weekend round-robin series.

Moore claims crown in the Copper Basin 300
Allen Moore, a veteran musher from Two Rivers, claimed his first victory on Monday when he won the 2005 Copper Basin 300.

Hoonah tops Don Hather tourney field
Free throws and a freak accident helped the Hoonah boys basketball team knock off the Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity team 74-70 in overtime last Thursday as the Braves went on to claim the title in the three-day Don Hather Memorial Tournament in Skagway.

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.

Juneau girls take first trip of season
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team has struggled at times this season to find chemistry on the court.

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.

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

Proposals could boost subsistence opportunities
The Federal Subsistence Board will consider 15 proposals affecting fishing in Southeast Alaska when it meets this week in Anchorage.

Power outage throws Kaktovik into deep freeze
Hotel caretaker Arthur Smith crawled out of two down sleeping bags - good to 40 degrees below zero - to answer the phone Monday at the Waldo Arms Hotel in Kaktovik.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state.

Legislators hear gas-line orientation
State Rep. Ralph Samuels told House members Tuesday that approving terms for a natural gas pipeline could be the biggest decision of their legislative careers, but they won't have much say in what goes on the table.

Fairbanks land sale to borough hits hurdle
The Fairbanks City Council threw a curve into the Chena Riverbend Project and plans to build a hotel, sports complex, offices and homes near Pioneer Park and the Carlson Center.

Photo: Taxiing swans
A brace of trumpeter swans begins a running takeoff Sunday on the frozen waters of Blind Slough north of Petersburg, on Mitkof Island.

Crews remove fuel from port side of freighter
Fuel removal resumed on the Selendang Ayu on Tuesday after crews built a steel barrier to protect workers from the fierce waves of the Bering Sea washing over the port side of the broken freighter.

Photo: State flag tribute at session opening
The Alaska Youth Choir sings "Alaska's Flag," the official Alaska state song, during opening day ceremonies Monday in the state Senate. The group also sang for House members

Dems tout oil-tax restructure
Claiming Alaska's oil production tax is outdated and irrational, five Democratic lawmakers filed legislation Monday to allow the state's share of oil profits to rise and fall with the price of oil.

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

Ex-U.S. attorney: Renkes may have broken conduct rules
Former U.S. Attorney Wev Shea told the governor in a letter that Attorney General Gregg Renkes may have broken various rules governing the professional conduct of lawyers.

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