Thursday, January 20, 2005

Empire plays judge and prosecutor
I'm sorry the Juneau Empire feels it necessary to prosecute and judge my son Aaron and daughter-in-law Violet St. Clair (Jan. 16 Empire, "St. Clair identified as 'person of interest' in two closed cases).

Tolerance teaching is laudable
Teaching the concepts of "good touch, bad touch" is comparable to teaching students tolerance for all people and families?

Brush off the snow and use headlights
We live in Alaska and it snows here during the winter.

Juneau's dumb idea
The proposed road between Juneau and Skagway is the dumbest idea from the dumbest bureaucrats in the dumbest city in Alaska.

Teach tolerance
In reference to the article "Same-sex discussion bothers parents" (Empire, Jan. 16) let me say that straight people aren't the only people who pay taxes, and just because gay marriage is banned doesn't mean that these relationships may not be recognized by the government, and that doesn't mean these are not families.

Accept different family types
Upon reading the article on the proposed school counseling curriculum (Jan. 16) I was infuriated by Chris King's comments.

Face up to wasteful mining
Coeur Alaska's gold mine in Berners Bay has, like all hardrock mining ventures, a challenging waste disposal problem: what to do with the 99.9 percent of the gold-bearing rock that doesn't contain gold.

Thanks for burying us
The city of Juneau has taken responsibility for plowing in Douglas this year, and already I can see the wondrous results.

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

Photo: Teaching a new dog new tricks
Ten-year-old Trevor Sanders holds his 3-month-old Australian shepherd-Sheltie puppy Marblez while listening to puppy instructor Marty Messick at Tuesday night's Puppy Kindergarten at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Updated school and city building closings for January 19, 2005
Juneau will close its schools and most city services today because of snow and the threat of freezing rain, City Manager Rod Swope said.

Snow pile-up shuts down schools, city departments
Juneau will close its schools and most city services today because of snow and the threat of freezing rain, City Manager Rod Swope said.

Snow provides school holiday
The same weather that kept children out of school Wednesday drove some of them indoors, though the ski slopes and sledding hills beckoned on a rare snow day.

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

Godfathers of the ice
Juneau's Twin Lakes remain abuzz with play long after summer picnics turn to ice, thanks in part to the weekly efforts of two men.

Photo: Taming the white beast
A large snowplow hurls snow from the Egan Drive and 10th Street intersection Tuesday afternoon.

Photo: Flying snow
Wayne Stauffer, supervisor for city street maintenance, throws piles of snow into a dump truck on 11th Street using a giant snow blower.

School district faces $625,000 in cuts for next year
The Juneau School District is looking at about $625,000 in cuts to balance its budget, even if the Alaska Legislature approves Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposed funding increases.

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

Search goes on for missing woman
Alaska State Troopers, local rescue teams and volunteers aren't giving up the search for a Douglas woman who disappeared Sunday night.

Photo: All-weather carrier
U.S. Postal Service mail carrier John Castillo treks through all the snow and cold weather on 12th Street in Juneau. Castillo, a mail carrier for nine years, asks everyone to make sure sidewalks are shoveled and dogs are tied up for fast, safe delivery.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

City hears Spuhn appeal
The Juneau Assembly will announce its decision on Spuhn Island development in early February, Mayor Bruce Botelho said after a two-hour hearing Wednesday evening.

Band to play benefit for tsunami survivors
Noon Hour Nook, a four-piece band with three members from Mendenhall River School, will play two benefit concerts for a Senegal mission trip and tsunami relief, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at Chapel by the Lake, and 7 p.m. Jan. 27, at the Friendly Planet, 200 Seward Street.

Christmas in Skagway? Right
This year's Christmas was going to be great. Yeah, right.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau.

Photo: Cityscape, Juneau style
Gold Creek burbles last week about 100 yards outside Cope Park, above the footbridge.

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

Mae Ellen (Haube) Singer
Juneau resident Mae Ellen (Haube) Singer, 37, died Jan. 12, 2005.

William Philip Dunn
Longtime Juneau resident William Philip Dunn, 75, died Jan. 13, 2005 at his home in Juneau.

Clarence Foster
Lifelong Juneau resident Clarence "Clancy" Foster, 84, died peacefully at home on Jan. 18, 2005.

Mae Ellen Singer
Juneau resident Mae Ellen (Haube) Singer, 37, died Jan. 12, 2005.

Mark Jacobs Jr.
Southeast Alaska resident, Mark Jacobs Jr., 81, died quietly at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka around 5 p.m., on Jan. 13, 2005, with his wife, Adelaide, and son, Harold, by his side.

Outside editorial: Let sleeping ANWR lie
Proponents of opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling are expected to make another push in Congress in the coming months.

My Turn: Juneau police struggle is a management issue
I am writing in regard to the Juneau Police Department issue of changing patrol officers' work schedules from 12-hour shifts to eight-hour shifts, an issue that has divided and alienated too many of those who protect our community on a 24-hour basis.

My Turn: Tolerance doesn't mean accentuating differences
Thank you for the article about the school counseling curriculum in Sunday's paper ("Same-sex discussion bothers parents"). Having been quoted, I want to clarify that I am in complete support of teaching our children respect and kindness to all individuals, regardless of our differences.

My Turn: Alaska Democrats won't rubber-stamp proposals
This is the year to stop talking and start doing. This is the year to move ahead on energy development, on education and on balancing the state budget.

Sports Briefs
Staff and Wire reports of local athletes.

Local Sports
Your local sports scoreboard.

Sitka boys split with Palmer, while girls sweep Moose
Just two days after being doubled-up by Juneau-Douglas, the Palmer High School Moose traveled to Sitka and had better luck against another Southeast Conference-Class 4A opponent.

Local Sports
Rankings and scores of local teams

Soldotna grad learns coaching ropes
Growing up in Soldotna, Molly Tuter had some pretty well-defined career goals.

Sports Briefs
Staff and Wire reports of local sports.

Bryant earns college hoops award
Drake University freshman basketball player Chris Bryant, a 2004 graduate of Metlakatla High School, was named the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week on Monday.

Seablazers head to tourney in Spokane
The Capital City Seablazers continue to blaze new trails for women's hockey in Juneau.

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

Kayhi leads region in season's first poll
The Ketchikan Kings boys and girls basketball teams lead the way among Southeast-Class 4A teams in the season's first Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, released today.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from around the state

Bill would fund Alaska Legal Services Corp.
A proposal by Sen. Ralph Seekins would create a special account to funnel money to a legal aid group that lost its state funding last year.

Bill would change sentencing to comply with high court
State judges would have a range of options when sentencing criminals - instead of the single, definite sentences they are now required to impose - under a bill in the Alaska Legislature.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from around the state

Labor spat grounds fast ferry
State officials have canceled the fast ferry Fairweather's sailings beginning Sunday and say they will send the vessel to Ketchikan until they can reach a labor agreement with crew unions.

Aleutians East Borough orders King Cove hovercraft
The Aleutians East Borough has signed a deal to buy a hovercraft linking King Cove and Cold Bay, part of a plan to improve safety for travelers between the two Alaska Peninsula communities.

Fairbanks homeless shelters fill up when temperatures drop
When the mercury plummets in Fairbanks, people living on the fringes show up at shelters and rescue missions to get warm.

City files lawsuit over roads money
The city of Anchorage has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging a state law that could dilute its control over federal dollars for roads.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

New rules proposed for state food handlers
The state has drafted new rules requiring more food safety training for food workers as well as labeling of farmed versus wild native fish at Alaska restaurants and food markets.

Cruise group sues state
The cruise ship industry's battle against a voter initiative to increase taxes and environmental scrutiny on Alaska's cruise lines intensified Tuesday when 14 tourism groups filed a lawsuit to block the initiative from the 2006 ballot.

Four Capitol Visions
On Jan. 14, the city selected four design teams - two from California, one each from Seattle and Massachusetts - as finalists in its state capitol design competition.

Yazdani ponders topographical dilemma
Iranian-born architect Mehrdad Yazdani, an artist with paintings in the New York and San Francisco museums of modern art, has a reputation for illustrating how public buildings can be both functional and beautiful.

Briefly
News of local arts

LaRue: A fact of life: If he cheats with you, he'll cheat on you
I met a man who is perfect for me. He's great and we are really into each other, but he's married.

Morphosis intrigued by challenge of cityscape
In the late-1990s, the University of Toronto asked Santa Monica architect Thom Mayne to design a graduate student housing complex in the middle of a complex cityscape.

Actors shine in 'Hedwig,' 'Midsummer'
For the last two seasons, Perseverance Theatre has filled its schedule with stories combining jealousy, transformation and the random, fleeting vagaries of love.

What's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau

Seattle-based design firm NBBJ carries tradition of Alaska building
During their visit to Juneau last December, Steve McConnell and Richard Dallam were inspired by a group of elementary school students on their way to see the governor.

Safdie hopes to blend East, West and Alaska
Among the four finalists selected to design Alaska's capitol, Moshe Safdie might be the most well known outside the field of architecture.

Brussels & Bruges
In 2003, my husband, Don, and I received a Christmas card from a daughter of one of my friends.

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