Saturday, January 15, 2005

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

FYI
Statistics of Juneau

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

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

Sports Briefs
Juneau wrestlers head to triple-dual meets in Ketchikan

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.

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