Friday, January 21, 2005

Schools needed snow day Tuesday
We woke up today, Tuesday Jan. 18, to yet more snow.

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).

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.

Liveaboard fee hike is arbitrary
Thanks to everyone who came to the Docks and Harbors Finance Committee meeting Tuesday night, and an even bigger thank you to everyone who spoke on proposed fee increases.

Empire wrong to print crime-suicide link
I am sick and outraged by your front page on Sunday of Jan. 16, 2005.

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.

100 percent subterfuge
The other day I bought a bottle of apple juice to go with my lunch. I picked the brand that advertised "100 percent juice" in block letters at the top of the label.

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

A threat to the ferry system
Well, from the news I find that the Department of Transportation's (DOT) plan to rationalize the Alaska State Northern Ferry route by proposing different road accesses to Sitka to reduce costs has reached Juneau.

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.

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.

Troopers suspend search for lost woman
Alaska State Troopers have suspended their search for a Douglas woman who went missing Sunday before her car was found at the end of North Douglas Highway.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Harbor cleanup
Ron Hilbert of the city's harbor department uses a snow blower to remove snow Thursday morning from the Douglas Boat Harbor docks.

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.

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

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.

Photo: Spell-bind
Sixth-grader Cole Carnahan of Harborview realizes his mistake spelling the word "mistletoe" during Thursday evening's spelling bee at Mendenhall River Community School.

Photo: Ready to have a ball
Manuel Hernandez, left, and Jeremy Bauer, volunteers for the American Red Cross, finalize work on the set design for the second annual Red Cross Ball, which will be held Saturday night at Centennial Hall.

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

Leaders look at how to get Native culture into schools
Juneau needs a Web site that lists cultural events and provides information about cultural programs, says Victoria Johnson, an advocate for Native programs in the schools.

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from residents of Juneau.

Photo: Spot recording
Jaren Rhea, left, Sierra Tagaban and Jonah Swanson record a radio advertisement for "A Community Arts Celebration" at KTOO. The free event is sponsored by Arts for Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting art education in the Juneau Public Schools, and will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School commons.

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

DOT & PF commemorates 100 years of public service
It isn't every day that a person gets to celebrate a 100th anniversary, but that is just what we at the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) have in mind.

Student recognitions
Outstanding actions of present and former Juneau students.

Henning and McGee to marry
Denise Henning and former Juneau resident Rylan McGee will marry on Oct. 8, 2005, in Hartford, Wis.

Raymond Couts
Juneau resident Raymond Edward Couts, 81, died Jan. 11, 2005, peacefully at home.

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

Enrique Raul Ruiz
Former Juneau resident Enrique Raul Ruiz, 26, died in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, in an auto accident on Jan. 6, 2005.

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

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.

Stanley Ray Miller
Longtime Juneau resident Stanley Ray Miller, 77, died Jan. 20, 2005, in Juneau.

Empire editorial: Hold the juvenile crabs
As distasteful as it was to Juneau consumers and ocean activists to find undersized Russian king crab legs in an Alaska supermarket last week, Safeway's prompt response and recall was sweet.

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.

Empire editorial: It's time to push education funding
The Juneau School District's announcement on Tuesday that it must pare $627,000 from its proposed budget for fiscal year 2006 shows that the state and city still have a long way to go in meeting one of their most important duties.

Sports Briefs
Staff and Wire reports of local sports.

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.

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.

Seniors' last homestand
This weekend will be the last time the six seniors on the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team compete in their home gym, in front of their classmates, family and friends.

Local Sports
Rankings and scores from your favorite local teams.

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.

Juneau boys ready to pick up intensity
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team had some fun last weekend, playing a couple of nationally ranked fifth-year prep school teams and two in-state rivals.

Local Sports
Rankings and scores of local teams

Sports Briefs
Staff reports of local sports figures and events.

Bill cuts parties out of absentee ballot requests
A proposal in the Alaska Legislature aiming to protect the privacy of those voting by absentee ballot got its first hearing in the Senate State Affairs committee Thursday.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from around the state

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.

Bush's energy secretary nominee vows to support ANWR drilling
President Bush's nominee for energy secretary promised to be an energetic advocate of oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

Workers flood Kodiak aid agencies
Cannery workers imported from Anchorage but not yet working are putting stress on Kodiak's social service agencies.

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.

Photo: Snowy roost
A bald eagle sits in the top of a snow-covered oak tree during heavy snowfall Thursday in Petersburg.

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

EPA, watchdog group raise concerns about Valdez oil tanker port
An oil industry watchdog group and a federal agency are raising concerns about changes planned for the crude oil tanker port in Valdez.

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.

Tax legislation would boost revenue for fishing towns
More money could go to some Alaska fishing communities and a little less could go to others under a proposed bill to redistribute revenue from the state's raw fish tax.

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.

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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