Monday, January 17, 2005

The right plan
I applaud Fairbanks North Star Mayor Jim Whitaker for his proposal for a gasline route from the North Slope to Valdez and Southcentral Alaska.

Learn road rules
Regarding Aubrey Merritt's Jan. 13 letter to the editor about yielding at new intersection in the Valley: Finally, someone who knows the rules of the road.

Care for veterans
Have you ever wondered about the POW patch? Who designed it?

Support upgrades
The Juneau Docks and Harbor Board's efforts to establish a sustainable harbor system should be supported.

Alaska needs more legislators
Does Alaska need a new capitol in Juneau, and, if so, what design?

Other victim upset by deal
One Juneau resident says he knows what robbery victim Eric Drake has gone through for a year, and he's upset with suspect Aaron St. Clair Jr.'s plea bargain.

Photo: Trouble for the 2025 Canadiens
Mason Gallanos, 4, and his brother, Max, 2, face off Sunday on the ice at Twin Lakes.

Fair draws out the scientists in the students
John Correa and Taylor Dalton, sixth-graders at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, wondered which kind of paper airplane would fly the farthest.

State reaches a deal with one ferry union
State negotiators say they have made a deal with one union representing the crew of the fast ferry Fairweather but still threaten to pull the vessel out of service if agreements aren't reached with all three by Jan. 25.

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

City still pondering Breeze In expansion
The Juneau Assembly likely won't decide the fate of the Douglas Breeze In expansion until early this week, Mayor Bruce Botelho said Saturday after a three-hour hearing.

Photo: Urban sled dog shows 'em how to do it
Al Hill makes a run on his sled Sunday with his dog, Piper, at Twin Lakes.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of non-profit local events

Cops' association scoffs at city staff's proposal for weekends off
The Public Safety Employees Association has rejected a proposal by the City that claims to offer every police officer at least one weekend day off for at least eight months in a 12-month period.

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

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit events

King crab crisis in Russia touches down in Juneau
Juneau shellfish biologist Gretchen Bishop took one look at a batch of tiny, frozen king crab legs Thursday and recoiled.

Same-sex discussion bothers parents
Some Juneau parents don't like a draft counseling curriculum for the elementary schools that refers to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students.

Small crab legs in Juneau prompt Safeway recall
Safeway swiftly withdrew a cache of small king crab legs for sale at its Juneau grocery store Friday after local ocean activists accused the company of selling juvenile king crab from Russia.

Photo: In aid of women
Amalia Monreal, a child and family counselor, talks about healing powers and support groups during a women's conference titled "Hearing Women's Voices - It's a New Year," held Saturday at the ANB Hall.

Montessori parents seek charter school
Parents of Montessori students want to form a charter school within the Juneau School District.

B&Bs stung by utility-fee hike
Water is essential to make Juneau's Pearson's Pond one of the most romantic places in the world.

Higher rates are likely for all of Juneau's residents
If you think Juneau's water and wastewater rate is already too high, prepare for an increase. Both rates are likely to continue rising, an ad hoc utility advisory board concluded.

One year later
Healing his body from the slashing wounds left by a knife-wielding attacker was the easy part, Eric Drake said a year after he was left for dead in his taxi.

Don Louis Cafferata
Former Douglas resident Don Louis Cafferata, 75, died Dec. 30, 2004, after a short illness at St. Joseph's Hospital in Eureka, Calif. He was surrounded by his loving wife and daughters.

Empire editorial: Oil-tax hike a good first step
Gov. Frank Murkowski surprised more than a few people - including those in the oil industry - this week with his State of the State speech, in which he announced a hike in oil production taxes.

My Turn: Harbor board not hiding its actions
I must respond to Katharine Miller's My Turn guest column, "Juneau needs to include public in harbor decisions" (Empire, Jan. 12), about proposed harbor fee increases.

Murkowski's inaction in Renkes case a mystery
Surely Gov. Frank Murkowski is more objective about the potential ethics and professional-conduct violations facing Attorney General Gregg Renkes than he's exhibiting.

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Chain stores may be necessary evil
I 've been thinking a lot about big box stores and capitalism and the free-market system, and about the environment, and generally about standards of living and quality of life.

Snow report
An update on the conditions at Eaglecrest.

Tests show some bears can see color
Tests with black bears and polar bears indicate that they can see color. Researchers Ellis Bacon and Gordon Burghardt of the University of Tennessee concluded that black bears could discriminate between shades of color.

Out&About
Local events for the outdoors enthusiast.

Bruin vision
There are a lot of misconceptions about bears. "Grizzly bears can't climb trees," or "bears can't run downhill" - both untrue.

Outdoors Digest
Outdoor events in the Juneau area.

Outside opponents trounce Bear boys
The Juneau-Douglas High School basketball team got taken to school by a pair of nationally ranked prep schools this weekend.

Cavaliers rally to beat Boozer, Jazz
The Cleveland Cavaliers are doing just fine without Carlos Boozer.

JDHS wrestlers post 3-1 mark on Ketchikan trip
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team left half its squad at home, but the Crimson Bears still posted a 3-1 record in a two-day series of triple-dual meets with Ketchikan and Sitka this weekend at Ketchikan High School's Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.

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 local sporting events.

Chugiak nips Juneau girls in double OT
Though disappointed by the final score, Juneau girls basketball players spoke about their effort with pride Saturday after falling to Chugiak in double overtime.

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.

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

Wasilla man constructing 18-foot-tall not-a-robot
As Carlos Owens Jr. envisions it, the humanoid machine he's building will shoot nine-inch nails from the shoulders and 20-foot flames from the forearms. "You've got to have flame-throwers!" he says.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from around the state.

Income estimate from oil windfall dips $187 million
The state's forecast of its oil revenue surplus has been revised downward $187 million because of lower oil prices in recent months, Revenue Commissioner William Corbus said Friday.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Tax change steams oil companies
Oil industry representatives are crying foul over a plan by Gov. Frank Murkowski to increase taxes on some North Slope oil fields, arguing the governor gave them no warning before announcing the decision.

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

Feds set to stop Bering Sea crab derbies
Federal fishery managers are poised to eliminate open derbies for Bering sea crab fisheries in an effort to create a safer industry.

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