Thursday, January 12, 2006

Business Digest
Staff reports from local businesses

Wrong solution to airport parking
The recent news that the Juneau Airport Board is considering changing the fees for parking and eliminating the half hour of free parking should be looked at carefully.

Fact not fiction about Gustavus
I take exception to Mr. Ben Brown's article on Gustavus (Juneau Empire, Jan. 4) wherein he portrays the community's relationship with Glacier Bay National Park, the Falls Creek Hydroelectric Project and the commercial fishing phase-out.

It's still dog poop
I was standing in the rain in the Capital School playground the other week when I came to a startling realization.

Middle schoolers to compete
Nearly 50 Juneau scientists will step out of their offices and laboratories today and go back to school.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: On the ball
Miles Bedford, a 13-year-old seventh-grade student at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, explains his science-fair project Wednesday in the school's commons. Bedford's project is called "The Physics of Hitting."

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

Photo: Legislative reception
Laury Scandling, principal of alternative high school Yaakoosgé Daakahidi, speaks with Rep. John Coghill, R-North Pole, and Sen. Fred Dyson, R-Eagle River, during the 21st annual Legislative reception.

Assault gets man 4-month sentence
A former manager of the Nugget Mall Radio Shack said Tuesday he was "blown away" by a sentence that orders him to serve four months in jail for assault at the store.

Photos: A different way to dance
Choreographer Becky Engstrom, top, helps Juneau-Douglas High School students Meagan Wiley, center, and Kael Wanamaker perform a dance exercise Wednesday in the school's dance studio.

Commission reviews Home Depot plans
The Juneau Planning Commission discussed Tuesday night whether to approve a preliminary plan for a Home Depot store west of Costco in the Lemon Creek area.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Planners OK zip line tour south of Douglas
While some told Juneau planning commissioners Tuesday night they think Mount Roberts or Eaglecrest would be more appropriate places for tourists to be gliding through the rain forest treetops, several Juneau residents said they are looking forward to Alaska Canopy Adventures' becoming a good neighbor to Douglas.

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

Home Depot on track for January '07 completion
Home Depot could open early next year, with a store typical of any that people might find in big cities, according to plans shared with city planners Wednesday.

A single, supreme four-letter word
And the Greatest of These ..." People who know me know that I am fascinated by words. Words - just words - words in all kinds of categories.

Bartness and Reyes marry
Juneau residents Kari Bartness and Chris Reyes were married at 2 p.m. Dec. 10, 2005, at Valley Chapel. A reception followed the ceremony at the chapel.

Girl Scout cookie season is here
Girl Scout cookies will be sold until Jan. 29 throughout Juneau. More than 800 Girl Scouts throughout Southeast Alaska will be taking orders with cookie delivery in March.

Edwards and Hanmer to marry
Chad David Edwards of Juneau and Denae Alice Hanmer of Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia, will be married March 11 in Merewether Beach, New South Wales.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from residents of Juneau

The first cookies
yummy recipes...

Alaska editorial: Alaska schools need help with energy bills
The same surge in oil prices that is filling the state treasury is also draining the budgets of Alaska's school districts.

Alaska editorial: Shortened session is not good for Alaska
As the Alaska Legislature begins its 120-day session this week, it would be good for Alaskans to follow along with an idea of trying to understand how the process would really work if the session were reduced in length by 25 percent.

My Turn: Build joint garage and transit center downtown
The city's Americans with Disabilities Act Advisory Committee is charged to advise the Juneau Assembly on issues related to an accessible capital.

My Turn: Consider a compromise for the Juneau-Skagway road
Since the time of my first ferry ride up Lynn Canal in March 1976, I have been opposed to building a road through this magnificent area.

Juneau Bowling Center League Standings
from Sunday

JDHS girls head north to face South
All four Juneau-Douglas High School sports teams will be in action this weekend, as the boys basketball and hockey teams host games and the girls basketball and wrestling teams travel to 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.

Juneau's Joe Tompkins takes eighth in Utah
Juneau monoskier Joe Tompkins earned a pair of eighth-place finishes on Jan. 4-5 at the Huntsman Cup races in Park City, Utah.

SE roundup: Wrangell girls earn a sweep of Metlakatla
The Wrangell High School girls basketball team earned a weekend sweep against Metlakatla over the weekend.

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.

Bentz signs with ChiSox
Chad Bentz, a 1999 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, signed a minor league contract Saturday with the world champion Chicago White Sox.

Photo: A point on the rim of fire
A steam plume drifts from Mount Augustine volcano last week west of Homer.

Blue man busted after robbery
Memo to robbers: If you disguise yourself as a Smurf, make sure you wipe behind your ears afterward.

Transport official explains shortage of funds
A state transportation official told legislators Tuesday that they shouldn't blame Alaska's two controversial bridge projects for the state's trouble securing funding for other long-awaited transportation projects.

Volcano blasts ash in two explosions
Augustine Volcano erupted early Wednesday, sending an ash plume 28,000 feet into the Alaska sky.

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

Hickel calls for oil tax plan
Former Gov. Wally Hickel says the oil industry has too much influence over Alaska's government, and called long overdue a plan to tax oil companies as long as Alaska's natural gas remains buried in the tundra.

Guard members killed in chopper crash identified
Three Anchorage area men and a Washington state native were the four Alaska Army National Guard crew members who died in a weekend helicopter crash in northern Iraq.

Murkowski: Pay teachers for results
A proposed $5,500 bonus paycheck for improving student academic performance could come in handy for teachers, Juneau Education Association President Carol Shurson said.

Legislators may divert money for delayed roads
Some House Republicans said Wednesday that they might consider funneling additional state dollars this year to federal highway projects in Alaska that are now delayed in part because of large allocations for two large and controversial bridge projects.

State House approves police stops to enforce seat belt requirements
The Alaska House of Representatives approved a bill by a 21-18 margin Wednesday allowing law enforcement officers to pull over motorists in Alaska for seat belt violations.

Lawmakers try to toughen pot laws
Lawmakers for the second year are trying to toughen Alaska's marijuana laws, but critics say state government should leave the little guy alone and go after commercial growers.

Fuel relief, support for ferries at top of Native priority list
Alaska Natives sent a message to two members of Juneau's legislative delegation on Wednesday that they want to see action on fuel cost relief and better support for ferries this session.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Murkowski wants PR to guide nation
With Congress defeating a plan to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and removing earmarks for two projects criticized as "bridges to nowhere," Gov. Frank Murkowski used his State of the State address Tuesday night to express his frustration.

Cinema Guide
what's playing at the box office

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

Miller's mirror to society
A rigid belief system. A claustrophobic environment beset by paranoia, gossip and the fear of the unknown.

briefly
news of local arts

Dillingham and friends tell variety of stories downtown
Brett Dillingham, Riley Woodford, Lily Hudson and Adrian Minne will host an evening of storytelling 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at the downtown Juneau Public Library.

Family Grind, Bump-N-Grind new to town
A group of Juneau artists is starting a monthly open-mike variety series at the VFW Hall in conjunction with First Fridays and wants to get the word out to interested performers.

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