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Saturday, January 22, 2005

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Student recognitions
Outstanding actions of present and former Juneau students.

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from residents of Juneau.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Local Sports
Rankings and scores from your favorite 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.

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.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from around the state.

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.

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, the nation and the world

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

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