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.

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:

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.

On roads and smoking
I have a couple of stories I thought you might like to print in answer to a lot of stories that have been in the paper in regards to the road out of Juneau, and smoking or not smoking.

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

What if Home Depot leaves suddenly?
Everybody's excited! Home Depot is coming! Somehow this does not seem so inviting to me as I drive by the vandal-inviting cavernous Kmart store with its huge and useless parking lot. The Mapco Express is another testament to retail industry leaving Juneau with an unsightly mess to live with.

Low demand accounts for industry woes
George Woodbury spins a story about the timber industry in his latest letter ("Why timber sales were canceled," Jan. 15) that leaves out some important facts. Mr. Woodbury argues that timber companies haven't been cutting as many trees because the timber sales offered by the Forest Service are unaffordable.

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!

Big difference between cars, tobacco
On Jan. 8, Kenneth Perkins of Juneau submitted to the Anchorage Daily News an opinion titled "Who is behind this vendetta against smokers?" He wrote a similar piece published in the Juneau Empire.

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.

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

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.

City plans to improve dock for tourists
The city plans to upgrade the deck of the Alaska Steamship dock downtown, install bollards and do other work in preparation for the 2004 cruise ship season, officials said.

Seafood industry trade show draws businesses from throughout Southeast
Centennial Hall this week was full of fishing-related businesses and services offering free tide tables, glossy pamphlets, baseball caps - and dirt. Among the businesses setting up shop at the first Southeast Seafood Industry Trade Show was Kake Tribal, whose table featured a glass bowl full of its new gardening compost, Totem Soil, and a box of plastic bags so people could take samples with them.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Paul Edwin Shaw
Former Juneau resident Paul Edwin Shaw, 73, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003, in Lady Lake, Fla.

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.

My Turn: Abortion battle continues on anniversary of legalization
Thirty-one years ago the Supreme Court, in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, legalized abortion. The court decided women had the right to destroy their unborn children up until the moment of birth. An entire generation, over 40 million, has died as a result of that decision.

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

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.

Kimlinger earns all-tourney honors
Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball player Kerstin Kimlinger was named to the all-tournament team of the Husky Shootout in Kotzebue last weekend.<

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.

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

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.

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

Juneau boys preparing to face pressure
Hands were everywhere as the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team's starting five tried to move the ball upcourt during practice Tuesday night. The Crimson Bears were preparing for tonight's 6:45 p.m. game against two-time defending Class 4A state champion Bartlett in the first round of the East T-Bird Classic at East Anchorage High School. The Golden Bears beat Juneau 89-41 on Dec. 17 in the season opener for both squads, and they have lost just once in Alaska since the 2000-01 season.

Photos: Layover scrimmage
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team got a chance to practice against one of Southeast's leading Class 3A girls squads on Wednesday afternoon.

Alaska sportswriters' prep basketball polls
The Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, as voted on by statewide sports reporters and compiled by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

House committee votes to cut session from 120 to 90 days
Cutting the amount of time lawmakers have to pass bills in the Legislature from year to year may be a welcomed proposal to some Alaskans. But many in the Legislature oppose reducing the session from 120 days to 90 because it would give too much power to the governor.

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.

State study says private prisons prove cheaper
The state could save money by having a private company, rather than the state, operate a prison in Alaska, according to a state Office of Management and Budget study. But the cheapest option is continuing to send inmates to a private prison in Arizona.

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

Natural gas authority seeks more money, cites voters' support
The Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority is seeking more money to carry out its mission and as it does so, will remind the governor and legislators of how many Alaskans voted for creation of the body.

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

Anchorage Democrats introduce exit exam bills
Anchorage Democratic lawmakers have introduced three bills to change state law so students could receive a diploma without passing the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam.

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.

Supreme Court favors EPA in clean air case
Federal regulators can trump more permissive state officials in some disputes over costly measures to limit air pollution, the Supreme Court said Wednesday. The ruling departed from the court's trend toward granting state governments more power.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

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

State investigates death of assisted-living resident
The state is investigating the death of a man who died of exposure after walking away from an assisted-living home. James B. Hamilton, 69, was found dead Dec. 13 in a downtown ballfield near an Anchorage elementary school.

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.

What's Happening
Upcoming arts and entertainment events in Juneau.

Review: Tlingit Shakespeare
The precise chronology of William Shakespeare's plays is unknown, but "Macbeth" was probably the last-written of his four tragedies. Like "King Lear," it is a stormy drama of poor decisions, greed, terror and murder.

Movies where & when
Local movie times and locations.

Dancers FLY into Juneau
Houston's FLY Dance Company emerged as a regional phenomenon in 1993 when choreographer Kathy Wood wrote a piece called "Out of Context" that combined hiphop dance with Vivaldi. Since then, the five-member, street-dance company, still led by Wood, has traveled all over the world mixing disparate genres, high-energy moves and a clever interplay of personalities.

Toe Cartoon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Farewell to the funk
If a four-piece funk band can carry a grove in a rain forest, can it make a sound in the music-saturated underbelly of Portland and Seattle? Juneau band Dag Nabbit (Web site), one of the most well-received groups in the downtown bar scene for the last year and a half, is betting "Yes."

Think quick, listen and laugh
Improvisational comedy looks easy on television. The audience yells out "French fry," the performer assumes a mustache and a French accent, the audience laughs. But as the five members of new Juneau group Morally Improv-erished are finding out, wit and reaction merely plays a supporting role onstage. Trust and listening are key for the group not to flounder, and discipline is the quickest cure for devolution.

Aperture juror to speak at State Museum
Michelle Dunn Marsh, the managing director of Aperture West and the juror for the Alaska Positive 2004 photography exhibition, will give a free lecture on the history of the Aperture Foundation at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at the Alaska State Museum, 395 Whittier St.

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