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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Don't be like Haines
Regarding Barbara C. Lewis' letter to the editor on cruise ship taxation (Empire, Jan. 11):

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.

Stevens is the greatest
I just read a letter written to the Empire (Jan. 11) from Tony Knowles' former spokesman, Bob King.

Sen. Murkowski won for right reasons
"Bait-and-switch" Bob King (letters to the editor, Jan. 11) needs to give it a break and accept that the voters have spoken.

To yield or not to yield...
I am writing to express my concern with the way people have been driving at the newest traffic light in the Valley - where Mendenhall Loop Road intersects Mendenhall Boulevard and Valley Boulevard. Unfortunately, it seems that there is a great deal of confusion as to who has the right-of-way when turning on a green light.

Healing the world after tsunami
My heart is full and overflows through my eyes as I pray about the effects of the tsunami.

'Auditeria' is no answer
Auditeria? There's a reason why this word doesn't exist in the dictionary.

ANWR effects minimal
In Prudhoe Bay you find North America's largest deposit of oil discovered to date.

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.

Mine proposal lose-lose for Juneau
I am a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School. I'm a runner and love to explore trails and other wild places around Juneau.

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

Advantages of Home Depot
If Wal-Mart comes to Juneau - which I doubt, if Juneau again refuses to give them the tax breaks they demand - I will not shop there, for all the reasons for which other writers have damned them.

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

Focus on the real criminals
This is in response to those who wrote that Ernesto Guillen (Empire, Dec. 29) broke the law and should be punished by being sent back to Mexico. Give me a break.

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?

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Bail set for man to be retried in 2000 killing
Four years after Ronald Smith was sentenced to serve 85 years for a Juneau murder, he can get out of jail for at least a few months by posting $250,000 in cash.

Child care providers need grants
Alaska child care providers, struggling to make ends meet, hope that changes to a grant program will provide them with more money.

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.

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

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.

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 Web site faces closure
A popular Web site that features Juneau photos will shut down soon if more people don't become paid members, its operator says.

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.

Photo: Shot ... score!
Jodie Pessolano watches the hockey puck skid by her during a Pond Hockey session Wednesday at the Treadwell Arena, where the temperature inside the arena appeared to be warmer than outside.

Corrections
Due to incorrect information given to the Juneau Empire, an article in Wednesday's paper on the design competition for a new state capitol misspelled the name of architect Mehrdad Yazdani of Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design of Los Angeles.

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

Gathering of women set for Saturday
Women from all over the community are invited to share their spirit Saturday morning at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall to commit to make Juneau and the world a better place.

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.

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau.

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

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.

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.

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

August Grunow
Former longtime Juneau resident August "Augie" R. Grunow, 71, died Dec. 29, 2004, in Portland, Ore., with his family by his side.

Maxine McCoy
Longtime Juneau resident Maxine McCoy, 86, died Jan. 1, 2005, at the Swedish Hospital in Seattle, where she had been undergoing treatment for a brief illness.

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

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

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.

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.

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 Briefs
Staff reports of Juneau sports events.

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.

Juneau boys rout Palmer to open trip
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team cruised to an easy win over Palmer on Wednesday to open a four-game road trip.

Jazz rally to eclipse Suns
The Phoenix Suns ran so much early they had nothing left at the end.

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.

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.

SportsBriefs
News of local sporting events.

Juneau girls fall to Service in overtime
Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball players came out of the locker room pumped up, hit their shots and held host Service in check for two quarters on Wednesday.

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.

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.

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the Northwest

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state.

Murkowski proposes jet lease in budget
Gov. Frank Murkowski has included in his proposed budget $1.4 million to lease a jet for the Department of Public Safety, a year after his plan failed to buy a jet with federal Homeland Security funds.

Senator calls for debate on Renkes
Sen. Hollis French said Wednesday the Legislature should take up conflict of interest allegations against Attorney General Gregg Renkes, including a debate on whether to begin impeachment proceedings against the attorney general.

Lawmakers have mixed reviews of state speech
Democratic and Republican legislators reacting to Gov. Frank Murkowski's upbeat State of the State address Wednesday night agreed that he identified some of the state's biggest challenges - education, substance abuse and jobs.

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.

Murkowski announces oil tax hike
Gov. Frank Murkowski used his State of the State address Wednesday to announce his intention to raise taxes on nearly 10 percent of the oil produced in Alaska.

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

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.

Reviving traditions
In the mid-1970s, Lakota artist Kevin Locke began teaching himself the Lakota language. It was then illegal, and spoken mostly by elders, in secret.

what's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau.

Transgender transformation
Almost five years ago, former Perseverance Theatre artistic director Peter DuBois approached Juneau singer-actor Rory Merritt Stitt with the idea of playing Hedwig, the transsexual rock star in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."

briefly
News of local arts

The art of packaging
In 1993, graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister opened his own studio in New York City, hoping to design packaging for albums and compact discs.

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