The great cycle of life's stuff
With the Christmas decorations put away until next season, and the new year well underway, I am moved to ponder the great cycles of life. Like the great cycle of water: Snow falls on the ground, becoming slushy oatmeal that makes walking an annoying, dangerous experience.

Logging not the economic future of Southeast
The Forest Service's latest announcement that it will cancel 20 uneconomical Tongass timber sales ("USFS to cancel 20 timber sales," Jan. 13) offers yet another opportunity for reflection on the wasteful uses our forest is being put to.

Whose Constitution?
Kudos to Rep. Bob Lynch, who upholds the original document, rather than this corrupted version being foisted on us now:

Taxes are needed
I just read this opinion article ("This is no time to panic") in the Juneau Empire online and was shocked at the narrow-mindedness of the author:

Kudos to Lynn
I applaud the guts and integrity Rep. Bob Lynn showed in being the lone Republican to vote for the care of our elders. The only man to vote for what is right rather than what the majority votes shows what a true leader and representative of the people he is.

The state and the wolf
This is in response to Brad Nelson's ranting and raving about the wolf at the glacier. Actually my letter is aimed at Brad, the rest who think like him and the Juneau Empire. I am intrigued to know why the Juneau Empire would print something that was obviously written by someone who never achieved education past the sixth grade. Furthermore, I think it is truly sad that many Alaskans have forgotten the reasons why Alaska is special!

A recommendation for 'Dinner with Friends'
Want a great evening at the theater? Go see "Dinner with Friends." It's thought provoking, entertaining and - this may surprise you - funny. But maybe it's not so surprising.

Assembly exercises excessive control
Our Assembly mouths that they support economic development, yet pass more restrictive and costly regulations. With the last go-round of anti-smoking, a few bars and restaurants spent money and time so they could meet the regulations to serve smoking customers.

Not at all happy with Native leaders
I have some shares in two Native corporations, Sealaska and Goldbelt. I would like to comment on the article in the Anchorage Daily News on Dec. 21 about regulation overhaul revising rules that the Native corporations are under in banking and securities in the state of Alaska.

'Friends' inspiring, not depressing
Here are some truths, which are actually related: 1. Relationships are often complex, defying simplistic pigeon-holing.

This Day in History
In Alaska • In 1946, the Coliseum Theatre and Apartments in Juneau burned, leaving 19 families homeless.

Around Town
Today Valley Toastmasters meeting, 6:10 a.m. every Tuesday, Henry's. Details: Jim, 789-3074.

A-J managers, 1930s
The Alaska-Juneau gold mine's management team in the 1930s included general superintendent L.H. Metzgar, Joe Williams (standing at far right), Arthur Riendeau (next to him), and P. R. Bradley (to the left of the woman).

Around Town
Today:Day of Quilting, Sewing and Good Fellowship, 10 a.m. every Wednesday, Resurrection Lutheran Church. Quilts donated to Lutheran World Relief. Details: 586-2380.

A reporter's paraphrase of a comment by the Rev. Alonzo B. Patterson in Tuesday's Empire article about Martin Luther King Jr. Day should have said, "God helped Patterson replace hate with love."

Task force finalizes comments on salmon bills
The Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force declined to approve a bill Monday that would put constraints on the Alaska Board of Fisheries' ability to create salmon harvesting cooperatives, but created a subcommittee to look into cooperatives.

Green Party co-chairman resigns, will run for office
Alaska Green Party Co-chairman Jim Sykes is stepping down as a party official to run in the next statewide election in November.

Photo:Seafood Show
Kara Winegar, project assistant for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, shows a salmon evaluation guide to Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Shawn Lansing at the Southeast Seafood Industry Trade Show on Tuesday at Centennial Hall.

Filipino tradition
The Filipino Community Dancers perform a traditional dance at the 75th birthday celebration for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday at Centennial Hall. The dancers are, left to right, Janel Saceda, Christine Bernaldo, Megan Moslato, Sammy Alex and Vernadette Lumbab.

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

Alaska Digest
Belugas in Cook Inlet hold steady ANCHORAGE - The beluga population in Cook Inlet is depleted, but appears to be steady, according to scientists.

Soap Box Derby, 1947
Children compete in the Soap Box Derby at 12th Street near Gold Creek in this photo taken in 1947 by Paul Sincic.

Living King's principles
When Alonzo B. Patterson was growing up in rural Mississippi, his father, Alonzo, was a sharecropper.

Diesel fuel dumped into Juneau home;
State environmental officials are trying to figure out where more than 600 gallons of diesel fuel went after it was accidentally pumped into the wrong pipe at a Juneau home.

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

Saunders to leave Juneau Chamber of Commerce
After six months in the position of executive director of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce, Todd Saunders plans to vacate the position to staff a U.S. Small Business Administration office in Juneau.

Thank you
... from the Glory Hole, ... for clearing sidewalks

Tennison and Kaiser to marry
Kelley Tennison of Juneau and Clay Kaiser of Stevensville, Mont., will be married at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004, in the small chapel at the Chapel by the Lake. A reception will follow at 5 p.m. at DIPAC. Friends and family are invited to the wedding and reception.

Neighbors Digest
Sharing expertise Full Lives, a statewide education, training and networking opportunity for community-based direct-service professionals, those who supervise them and individuals and families receiving services, is searching for professionals in the direct-support field to share their expertise with others at the 2004 Direct Support Conference.

Pets of the Week!
Beautiful Malia is gregarious goofball, Deishu is big, neutered, powerful, sweet babe

Photo: Neighbors in paradise
From left, Tamara LeRoy, the two dogs Jake and Sadi, Scott McMeen and Ragan Funderburk gambol on Mendenhall Lake during a spell of sparkling weather earlier this month. Kelly McMeen took this fine photo with a digital camera and submitted it to Neighbors.

Annabelle Simpson Connor
Former Juneau resident Annabelle Simpson Connor, 85, died Dec. 6, 2003, at her home in Mercer Island, Wash.

Herbert Roy Smelcer
Former Juneau resident Herbert Roy Smelcer, 59, died of leukemia on Jan. 12, 2004, in Seattle.

My Turn: Alaska, don't be fooled again
In 2002, over 138,000 voters created the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority to construct our own gas line from the North Slope to Valdez, where the gas would then be converted to LNG and shipped to market. Despite this clear expression of intent and will by Alaskan voters, a tremendous amount of time and energy has been spent on the Canadian Highway gas line.

Alaska editorial: When taking a stand was to be applauded
The following editorial appeared in the Peninsula Clarion: It used to be an honorable thing for people to stand up for what they believed to be right. They were respected. They were role models. They were leaders. They were the people elected to office because they were courageous in their convictions.

United Way again seeking donations for region
It is my pleasure to serve as an Honorary Chairman of this year's Southeast Alaska United Way fund-raising campaign.

Crimson Bears get a taste of the Arctic
Juneau JV girls go 2-1 in Kotzebue

Mushers getting shot of cold this winter
WASILLA - After several mild winters, mushers this year are learning a thing or two about a real Alaska winter

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS: Thursday, Jan. 22 • Middle school wrestling - Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School vs. Floyd Dryden Middle School, varsity 3:30-5:30 p.m., JV 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Robert Strle of Fairbanks averaged more than 100 mph to claim the title in the 35th annual Alcan 200 snowmachine race Saturday just north of Haines.

Taking control
CLEVELAND - Carlos Boozer provided the short-handed Cavaliers points, rebounds and assists. But more importantly, Boozer gave them heart - and a win.

Mt. Edgecumbe boys beat Sitka to win home tourney
Josh Thomas scored 26 points and Matt Mercier added 17 as the Class 3A host Mount Edgecumbe Braves knocked off cross-town Class 4A rival Sitka Wolves 75-64 on Saturday in the final game of the Tip-Off Tournament.

Sports in Juneau
NEW CALENDAR ITEM • 2004 Nordic Ski Workshop - The Juneau Nordic Ski Club and Eaglecrest Ski School will cohost this popular nordic ski clinic that takes place on Feb. 6-8 at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

The Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network high school basketball poll for the week ending Jan. 17. The poll released on Jan. 19 is for Class 4A and Class 3A teams and was selected by a panel of ASBN broadcasters, sports reporters and devoted high school basketball fans from around the state. Team records and vote totals were not available for all teams.

Drive to recall state Sen. Ogan underway
PALMER - Organizers are collecting signatures in an effort to recall Sen. Scott Ogan, who is under fire for what some residents perceive as a conflict of interest over coal bed methane drilling.

This Day in History
In Alaska: • In 1911, Mount Wrangell erupted and Central Alaska was shaken by an earthquake.

Gas development authority abandons plans for lobbyist
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority has dropped its plan to hire a lobbyist to help push for additional legislative funding.

Report advises against year-round halibut season
A 10.5-month halibut fishing season would be easier to implement than a year-round season, according to a study presented Tuesday at the International Pacific Halibut Commission's annual meeting.

Alaska Digest
Group aims to protect Kenai Peninsula moose...

Murkowski pushes caps on spending
Gov. Frank Murkowski supports proposals to cap state government spending to assure voters that the state will not overspend if it is allowed to tap the earnings of the Alaska Permanent Fund.

Bill addresses coal-bed methane, land concerns
ANCHORAGE - A proposed state Senate bill is intended to solve several contentious issues for development of Alaska's coal bed methane reserves.

Congress poised to OK money for Kachemak ferry
HOMER - Congress is poised to approve millions to design a ferry that backers say could jump-start a housing boom on the south shores of Kachemak Bay.

Companies vie to provide state with new exams
ANCHORAGE - Five testing companies are vying to revamp Alaska's standardized tests into exams that are better aligned with what students are supposed to be learning and meet demands of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Dems call for outside probe of GOP head
Senate Democrats are calling on the state attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate alleged conflict of interest charges against Alaska Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich.

State appeals legal pot ruling
The state Supreme Court could decide whether Alaskans legally can smoke pot in their own home.

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