Saturday, January 21, 2006

Don't make Alaska a police state
Those who give up freedom for security deserve neither.

Enough Murkowski naysayers
As a labor leader and lifelong Alaskan, I am very encouraged at the steady direction our governor is taking Alaska as outlined in the State of the State address.

Mine waste versus channel sewage
I am confused. There are people in Juneau who are more concerned with having 100 percent clean, purified water running through our swamps and muskegs north of Berners Bay while they give a pass to the city of Juneau to systematically pollute Gastineau Channel and its tributaries with sewage.

More disasters in store for 2006?
It's 2006 and we have two and a half years left of George Bush's catastrophic presidency - catastrophic because of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and Bush's reactions to these events.

Why go to Argentina?
The Alaska Permanent Fund insert in the Jan. 16 Empire included a lovely photo of the Perito Moreno Glacier near El Calafate, Argentina. We took a picture from almost the same spot in November.

No pass means school on Saturday
Juneau-Douglas High School students had better have a good excuse or a hall pass if caught roaming the halls during class hours starting next week.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Web site calls for attacks on pipeline
A Web site claiming to be affiliated with al-Qaida has called for attacks against the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

Juneau Airport Board eyes roof renovation
With little money or idea what the future holds, the Juneau Airport Board Terminal Enhancement Committee decided Thursday to take a first step in addressing the airport's most pressing needs.

Photo: Brothers of the year
Jeremiah Beedle, left, accepts his Big Brother of the Year award with his little brother, Chris, 12, during a ceremony Thursday at the Governor's Mansion.

Fiddlehead Restaurant owner looks for buyer
Many Juneau residents and legislative staffers returning to town after the holidays are hearing the shocking news: Their favorite restaurant is closed.

FYI
News about the people you know

Morford, O'Halloran to marry
Juneau residents Genia Morford and Gerald O'Halloran will be married at 9 a.m. Feb. 1 in San Diego.

Living and growing: Words of wisdom from a child: 'You have nothing'
You are probably aware of the story of the emperor's new clothes.

Photo: Pacific Challenger
The tug Pacific Challenger waits for the tide to change at about 9 a.m., Jan. 6, in Gastineau Channel.

Neighbors helping Neighbors: American Diabetes Association
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from around the residents of Juneau

Student artist in the spotlight: Franky Gonzales
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

My turn: Alaska senators face a moment of truth on Alito
Sen. Ted Stevens and Sen. Lisa Murkowski are currently faced with a vote in the U.S. Senate that will forever define them and will chart the nation's course for a generation.

Alaska editorial: Skeptics play role in gas line negotiations
House Republicans should get a nod of appreciation for inviting the former commissioner of the state Department of Natural Resources to discuss his concerns about the Murkowski administration's efforts to secure a contract with three major oil companies to build a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope.

Alaska editorial: Without earmarks, bridges lose appeal
Can you hear that infectious sound of troops whistling "Colonel Bogey's March" from the movie "Bridge on the River Kwai?"

Protecting the glass key for Crimson Bears
Throughout most of the season, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team has utilized strong second halves to win games.

Juneau Parks and Recreation Ordway Basketball League Standings
as of Jan 15

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.

Lawmakers hear plan to expand deadly force
The places where a person could justifiably kill in self-defense would be expanded under a bill now working its way through the legislative committee process.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

Senate gives thumbs-up to marijuana bill
The Alaska Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would give Gov. Frank Murkowski ammunition as he tries to overturn a 31-year-old court precedent allowing marijuana in the home for personal use.

Steady fight to keep the capital
Alaska Committee members again find themselves defending against a threat to move the capital, but say their method is not to respond in knee-jerk fashion.

Legislators delve into alternative economic options
With a revenue surplus of $1.2 billion and everyone sticking their hands out, Alaska legislators are turning to experimental economics for answers.

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