Anchorage is much cheaper than Juneau
This letter is responding to quotes from Rep. Andrea Doll's My Turn on Jan. 8.

Find a way to solve school space issues
I just came from the (Jan. 7) site meeting at Mendenhall River Community School. The bottom line is finding the Montessori learning community a home that will not disrupt the learning community of its host school.

Limit entry to charter fishing industry
The latest concern over the catch rate by clients of charter operators furthers the need for some form of limited entry into the charter industry. There is a limited resource that all user groups target: salmon and halibut.

Anchorage is cheaper than Juneau - so what?
In Joshua Lovett's letter to the editor on Jan. 15, he argued that the capital should be moved to Anchorage because "The basic fundamental point is that Anchorage is cheaper."

Stomach virus hits hard in Juneau
A stomach virus is making the rounds in Juneau, taking people as many as four days to recover.

Board OKs district plan for Next Generation
The Juneau School District's plan to retool high school education was approved by the Juneau School Board on Tuesday night.

Photo: Choir rings in new session
The Alaska Youth Choir under the direction of Missouri Smyth, center, sings the state song, "Alaska's Flag," on Tuesday during opening ceremonies of the legislative session in the House chambers.

Juneau's delegation prepares bills
With a new legislative session starting today, members of Juneau's all-Democratic delegation have several bills they hope to persuade their mostly Republican colleagues to adopt.

Strong wind gust breaks record at Juneau airport
A gust of wind broke records at Juneau International Airport Sunday night, and windy weather elsewhere caused harbor damage and a power outage in the Mendenhall Valley.

Police department in need of dispatchers
While police officers are now staffed at nearly 90 percent, the Juneau Police Department is in serious need of dispatchers, Sgt. Dave Campbell said.

School Board holds out for more options on Montessori
Juneau School Board members decided to broaden their search Tuesday for a home for the district's Montessori program.

Around Town

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Photo: Preparing to discuss state of the state
Gov. Sarah Palin, left, works on her State of the State address Monday with members of her staff, Deputy Communications Director Beth Leschper, center, and audio visual technician Jason Bluhm in the Capitol. Palin will deliver the address to the Alaska Legislature today.

Sealaska's historical photo collection grows
While Southeast Alaska Natives traditionally passed history down by sharing elaborate stories, the Sealaska Heritage Institute is finding out that handing on the culture these days requires more than just a good ear.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

The date for the School District Facilities Committee was incorrectly listed in Monday's Juneau Empire. The meeting will be held at noon today in the Juneau Fire Hall classroom. For more information, please call 463-1750.

Photo: 'No mas Navidad'
Antonio Caranza, a cook at El Sombrero Mexican restaurant, takes down a Christmas tree on Monday on the restaurant's balcony. "No mas Navidad," Caranza said.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported

Neighbors Digest
Chez Alaska Cooking School to host hands-on class this Saturday; Sealaska accepts applications for college, voc-tech scholarships; Training program seeks Alaskans 55 and older looking for work; American Red Cross to hold instructor training course; The Learning Connection offers Juneau Construction Academy

Pets of the week
You can visit these pets during visiting hours from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday or 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Gastineau Humane Society.

Satisfying the insatiable need for attention is a full time job
My boy is standing beside me as I write, pulling on my finger. He wants me to come with him. Ignoring him is not possible and hasn't been since he learned that by merely pulling on my finger, he can make me rise from my chair and follow him to almost any location in the house.

Chamber Music Night: Stringing it together
Two ensembles - Ursa Major and Aurora Strings - of the Juneau Strings Ensembles, which also includes the beginner ensemble Ursa Minor, will perform the annual Chamber Music Night at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Northern Light United Church.



James Alan Hettwer
Former Juneau resident James Alan Hettwer died Jan. 19, 2008, at his home in Post Falls, Idaho. He was 48.

Phyllis Ann Albright Beima
Former Juneau resident Phyllis Ann Albright Beima, of Ellettsville, Ind., died Jan. 11, 2008, at Meadowood Retirement Community in Bloomington, Ind. She was 76.

Raymond James Martin
Former Juneau resident Raymond James Martin died Dec. 21, 2007, in Ennis, Texas. He was 58.

Joseph Malenowski
Former Juneau resident Joseph Stanley Malenowski died Dec. 17, 2007, in Wasilla. He was 52.

Karen Olsen
Former Juneau resident Karen (Monson) Olsen died Jan. 10, 2008, at her home in Anchorage, surrounded by her family and friends. She was 53.

Outside editorial: Party on: New ethics law cracked down on lobbyists - or did it?
t's not yet clear, and it may not be for some time, exactly which candidates will be nominated by Republicans and Democrats at their conventions this summer.

My Turn: Why can't we all just get along?
I went to the Adolescent Montessori Program. Now let's be honest with ourselves: When you read that, what did you think? I'm guessing it was something along the lines of, "Eh, she went to a private school," or "Stupid smart kids, thinking they're better than everybody else."

Outside editorial: A true horse race
This month is offering a serial look at the strengths and weaknesses of our candidates for president. Iowa provided insight into their ground games: Barack Obama stirred the young and the loyal, while Hillary Rodham Clinton fizzled; Mike Huckabee energized the Christian right, where support for Mitt Romney failed to gel.

My Turn: Not fair that property owners pay taxes for all
It seems to me that the current system of obligating the property owners to pay increased taxes on the land and improvements they own is flawed.

Outside column: Fluoride-Gate, naming names at Centers for Disease Control
Americans' distrust of societal institutions continues to grow, and now comes evidence of yet another burgeoning scandal: Fluoride-Gate.

My Turn: See the TransCanada job through
Is it not amusing to hear "talking heads" tell us how indignant they are to have TransCanada meet the requirements for the next phase of a state gas line license under the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act?

Outside editorial: It's good to see President Bush still trying to broker a Middle East solution
Ambitious is too mild an adjective to describe President George W. Bush's goal of brokering a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians before he leaves office in a year. Audacious is more like it.

Outside editorial: U.S. should give Sudan envoy more support to end genocide
The international community has failed to muster the will to bring peace to Sudan's Darfur region after four and a half years of a genocidal conflict that has claimed more than 200,000 lives and driven 2.5 million people from their homes.

Rennie scores a hat trick to lead CCFR to victory in Tier A
Gary Rennie scored a hat trick and Shannon Seifert had a goal and two assists in the Capital City Fire and Rescue's win over Air Excursions 5-1 in a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier C game on Sunday at Treadwell Arena.

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.

Photo: Flying on the edge
Despite an equipment malfunction, Juneau Ski Club racer Sophia Wahto managed to ski to victory in the women's giant slalom race Sunday at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Rocket research range may receive more NASA funding
With NASA getting more money for a specialized rocket program, the Poker Flat Research Range may be getting busier in the future.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

State to pay $2.4 million to settle trial
The state of Alaska will pay $2.4 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of two teens who were abused and neglected in state foster care, ending a trial about to enter a second week.

High-speed chase ends in semi truck driver's death on the Parks Highway
A semi tractor driver led law officers on a high speed chase down the Parks Highway, then killed himself near Nenana, Alaska State Troopers said.

Legislature returns for short session
Lawmakers slowly trickled into the Capitol on Monday, bracing for their first 90-day legislative session, a time frame cut by nearly one-third and mandated by voters.

Alaska Digest
Sponsors ready with clean water initiative; Man sentenced in Petersburg murder; Bald eagles fly to Anchorage for rehab; Town of Huslia holds memorial potlatch; Superintendent calls for longer school days

Palin touts gas line progress
Gov. Sarah Palin, in her second State of the State speech Tuesday, promised to plow ahead with her agenda, which includes her quest for a natural gas pipeline and personal freedom and responsibility for Alaskans.

Republican leaders call for Cowdery to step down
The latest calls for Republican Sen. John Cowdery to step down are coming from his own neighborhood, though Senate leaders say the ailing lawmaker should be back in his Juneau office this week.

Deal brokered for timing of governor's speech after eleventh-hour standoff
As one wag described it, lawmakers were at sixes and sevens in the hours before the start of the 2008 legislative session.

Angoon council works to revive government
After months without city meetings, the Angoon City Council has named a new mayor and is trying to nurse the town's ailing local government back to health.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Cowdery resigns as chairman of Senate Rules Committee
Sen. John Cowdery, R-Anchorage, announced his resignation as chairman of the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday during the governor's State of the State speech.

Alaska Digest
Alaska Youth forEnvironmental Action to host youth summit; Agency begins area assessment in Arctic lease sale proposals; Anchorage continues to see increase in building construction; State troopers make arrests in Anchorage and Kenai Peninsula; Judge denies Kott request for delay in start to prison term; Alaska Railroad plans open houses on capital projects

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