Friday, January 14, 2005

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Deserving protection
Last week, President Bush toured the country attacking consumer legal rights.

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

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.

Unfair harbor fees
I appreciate the recent Empire editorial criticizing the proposed harbor fee increases.

No snowmobiles
The glacier is a sacred, quiet and beautiful retreat ... a place to take a relaxing walk after a hard day's work.

Powell will be missed
In government, especially in the area of foreign policy, diversity of thought is a strength, not a weakness.

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

Bring troops home
On Wednesday there was an announcement that the Bush administration has now formally ended its search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Expert sacrifices
I must say to Mr. and Mrs. Liston (letters to the editor, Jan. 6), how wise you are for living in Anchorage and not at 245 Behrends Ave.

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

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

Jury selects four finalists to design a new capitol
It's just four now. After two rounds of reviews and interviews, a nine-member jury selected four architectural teams Wednesday to design a new capitol for Alaska.

Meetings focus on northern SE access
Preliminary plans by the state - one aiming to improve transportation in northern Southeast and another to provide better access to the city of Sitka - were presented Thursday night at Centennial Hall with mixed reactions from the audience.

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

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.

Dismissal sought for citizen's suit
A man suing a Juneau police officer and his department for harassment could get his day in court this fall, though an attorney hired by the city argued Thursday for the case to be dismissed.

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.

Defense seeks postponement of Maggie Wigen murder trial
March is too soon to try the man charged with raping and killing Maggie Wigen in Tenakee Springs in 2003, his attorney wrote in a motion filed with the court this week.

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.

Photo: Making the most of the snow
Max Stanley, 14, skis onto a homemade ramp as Curtis Mangusso, 14, watches Thursday afternoon at the corner of Third and H streets in Douglas.

City plans more work at JDHS
Juneau-Douglas High School will see further renovation this summer, including the addition of a playing field, the downtown school's first.

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

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.

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.

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: New help for immigrants
Tom Nelson of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development gives a tour of the Office of Citizenship Assistance to an adult ESL class from the Southeast Regional Resource Center.

Feds give nod to road out of capital
The Federal Highway Administration has signed off on a draft environmental study that could pave the way for building a road from Juneau to Skagway or improving northern Panhandle ferry service.

Photo: Holiday Leftovers
Anja Akstin, a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, plays the tuba for the Wind Ensemble during the Winter Holiday Leftovers band concert Tuesday night at the high school auditorium.

YIA survey shows adults willing to buy alcohol for minors
Last weekend, teens working with Mothers Against Drunk Driving's Youth In Action and state Alcohol Beverage Control officers discovered that it is not difficult to find adult strangers who will buy alcohol for teens.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

FYI
Statistics of Juneau

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

Wilson and Begenyi to wed
Eileen Wilson and Barry Begenyi of Douglas, are to be married on June 18, 2005, at the Cathedral of the Nativity in Juneau, with a reception to follow at the Baranof Hotel.

Pablo 'Pabs' Aton
Longtime Juneau resident Pablo "Pabs" Aton, 71, died Jan. 3, 2005, in Renton, Wash.

Dalpha J. Reid
Juneau pioneer Dalpha J. Reid, 90, died peacefully on Jan. 12, 2005, at the Juneau Pioneers Home.

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.

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

My Turn: Don't blame crew for ferry struggles
It appears that there is an attitude concerning the crew of the Alaska Marine Highway System. The administration paints a picture that the crew members of the ships are overpaid employees who ask too much of their employer. Here is the real picture.

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.

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

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
Juneau wrestlers head to triple-dual meets in Ketchikan

Sacramento ends Utah's win streak
Check out this stat line from the Utah Jazz's black-and-blue rivalry with the Sacramento Kings: Two missing teeth, 18 stitches, at least one concussion, three technical fouls and one big flagrant foul.

Sports Briefs
Staff reports of Juneau sports events.

Eagles blast past Crimson Bear boys
The shoe was on the other foot for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team on Thursday.

Juneau girls top North Pole
Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball players took their coach's words to heart, and it paid off with a big win.

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.

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.

State high school wrestling rankings
The state high school wrestling rankings for the Class 4A level as posted on the www.AlaskaWrestling.com Web site on Tuesday, Jan. 11. Rankings are the opinions of coaches and fans and are compiled by Eric Wade of www.AlaskaWrestling.com.

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

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Tsunami warning buoys broken
A network of expensive tsunami detection buoys off the West Coast could offer better protection against devastating waves like the one that struck in the Indian Ocean - if they all worked.

Broken pipes, flooding follow freeze in Kaktovik
After days of subzero temperatures with no heat, the Arctic village of Kaktovik faced a new problem Thursday: broken water pipes and flooding.

Photo: Spill casualty
Catherine Berg, regional spill response coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, holds a dead auklet Thursday on a beach damaged by oil from the freighter Selendang Ayu near Unalaska.

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the Northwest

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.

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.

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.

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."

what's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau.

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