Make a gas refinery just for Alaskans
All the talk to export Alaska's natural gas to the Lower 48 via Canada is open for debate.

Redfern's Taku River hoverbarge proposal is irresponsible
I hope the governor and our Southeast Alaska legislators are closely watching the state review of Redfern's proposal to barge Canadian mining ore down the Taku River using this untested, unproven technology.

Share the bounty with all Alaskans
There is always the good news and the bad news. The good news is that skyrocketing fuel prices are driving up the price per barrel of oil.

State's contract offer to supervisors is unacceptable
The Palin administration recently made a revised contract offer to the state supervisory employees' union. The previous offer was a 4 percent, 3 percent, 3 percent increase over three years beginning July 1, 2007. The revised offer includes similar terms, but no increase for July 1-Sept. 30, 2007. It also requires an additional 2.5 work hours per week, but pays for only one extra hour.

Disappointed in the Juneau Empire over Hoonah school story
I can't believe the Juneau Empire would print unsubstantiated accusations, such as the letter, "Disappointed in Hoonah school," from Hydaburg grandmother Jean Bland on Jan. 18. But then again, if you need to increase interest in your paper, you will print anything to do so.

Anti-abortion rally protests Roe v. Wade
Abortion foes held a rally on the steps of the state Capitol on Tuesday, the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Kensington owners buy Mexico mine
A recent purchase of a Mexico silver mine could make Kensington Mine's parent corporation the largest primary silver producer in the world.

Sealaska criticizes planned timber sale
The state and Sealaska Corp. raised environmental and economic concerns in initial comments on a draft for a proposed timber sale on Etolin Island, about 22 miles southwest of Wrangell.

King's dream alive in Juneau
Nearly 40 years after Martin Luther King Jr. fell to an assassin's bullet, part of his dream was realized in the multicolored faces of the Faith Community School Choir singing "Agree to Agree" during a ceremony to honor the famed civil rights leader Monday.

Photo: Car upended, driver injured in crash
Juneau Police Department Sgt. Dave Wrightson examines a 1984 Volkswagen on Tuesday near DeHart's Auke Bay Store. The driver, a 24-year-old woman, was transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital with unspecified injures. She was issued a citation on a charge of careless driving after losing control of her vehicle. The vehicle sustained approximately $3,000 in damage.

Photo: Winter training

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Alaska parents encouraged to ask for hearing test
New state regulations just went into effect requiring every birthing facility in Alaska provide a newborn hearing screening within one month of birth.

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Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported

Cub Scouts watch whales
Cub Scout Pack 6, from Auke Bay, poses for a photo during a complementary whale watching tour by Allen Marine on Sept. 8.

Pair to start local Haida dance group
JUNEAU - As children of the Haida people, Osce Robertson and Joy Rusch are seeking to form a Haida dance group in Juneau.

Mathcounts to hold regional competition
JUNEAU - This fall, middle school students in Juneau and Southeast had the opportunity to participate in Mathcounts, a nationwide math enrichment, coaching and competition program.

Thank you from the family of Irene Erickson
The family of Irene Erickson cannot begin to acknowledge and show enough appreciation for all of her friends and caregivers in her final days with us. The following deserve not only our heartfelt thanks, but recognition for their genuine assistance.

Thanks for supporting our finance class
The Juneau-Douglas High School finance and investing class extends a sincere thank you to members of the Juneau business community for their time and contributions to the fall semester class.

For recipes, ask Auntie Emo
Hey, Neighbors! Do you have a recipe to share? Dust off those old cookbooks and family recipe boxes, and get your search engines ready. Let's "Ask Auntie Emo." This feature in Neighbors includes sought-out and shared recipes from Southeast.

Andrew Ebona re-elected president of RurAL CAP
ANCHORAGE - The Rural Alaska Community Action Program Inc. (RurAL CAP) announces that Andrew Ebona of Juneau was recently elected president of the board of directors.

Pets of the week
You can visit these pets during visiting hours from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday or 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Gastineau Humane Society.

Tudtud, Fullerton wed
Jeane Luague Tudtud and Jon Leslie Fullerton were married on Dec. 1, 2007, at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cathedral in Juneau.

White, Gilchrest wed
Sharon K. Gilchrest and Richard E. White, of Juneau, were married in a civil ceremony on Jan. 11, 2008, in Honolulu.

Photo: Gamez is puck shoot winner
James Gamez celebrates with his $500 check for winning the McDonald's Puck Shoot on Jan. 12 at the Treadwell Arena, during the Juneau-Douglas High School hockey games against Su Valley. Gamez was captain of the Bears hockey team last season and is taking his check to Flagstaff, Ariz., where he is a freshmen at Northern Arizona University.

Employee Wellness Coalition to meet
JUNEAU - The Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition will host its monthly brown-bag lunch meeting from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Conference Room A of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau, 3245 Hospital Drive. Conference Room A is downstairs in the main clinic building.

Wisewomen celebrate National Heart Month
SITKA - The No. 1 killer for women in Alaska and the United States is heart disease. But heart disease also is one of the easiest diseases to prevent. To help inspire women this year to take better care of their hearts, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Wisewoman program is participating in the celebration of National Heart Month in February and National Wear Red Day on Feb. 1.

Virginia Atkins
Juneau resident Virginia M. Atkins died Jan. 19, 2008, at home after a brief illness. She was 80.

Cecilia Ann Wagoner
Juneau resident Cecilia Ann Wagoner died Dec. 30, 2007, following several months of ill health. She was 58.

My Turn: How to keep the ferry system afloat
The Alaska Marine Highway System's proposed 2008 summer schedule is in direct opposition to what the system's clientele wants and uses. These changes are not required or mandated - they are a choice.

My Turn: Capital Transit needs more than lip service
What is wrong with Capital Transit? It is public transportation, you know. The service has regressed to a joke. The public doesn't complain because it gets no response from the city or Capital Transit. Not even a feeble attempt.

Outside column: Next stop on campaign trail: Bizarro World
At least one clear winner has emerged in the presidential campaign so far: irony.

Outside editorial: Will MySpace deal make Internet safer?
In the latest round of Whac-A-Mole that is regulation of the Internet, 49 state attorneys general and MySpace last week agreed on a set of protocols that would ostensibly make the online community a safer place.

Outside editorial: A check in the mail?
Whether we need it or not, the federal government seems ready to give us a stimulus package - an ultra-expensive shot of economic adrenaline designed to get the drowsy economy up and moving again.

Outside editorial: A forgotten crisis in Myanmar
Was it only four months ago that the world was pledging to stand by the brave thousands who were marching peacefully for democracy in Myanmar? Was it so recently that the United Nations Security Council was proclaiming its readiness to promote reconciliation after those same thousands were swept off the streets and into prisons or unmarked graves?

Outside editorial: MLK's words are more relevant than ever this election year
Over the past couple of weeks, the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. have proved to be as powerful as they have ever been. One passage from his "I Have a Dream" speech from the Lincoln Memorial in 1963 seems particularly resonant.

Solo climber halts attempt up McKinley
A Russian climber gave up for now on his attempt at a solo winter ascent of Mount McKinley.

EPA orders man to restore beach
The Environmental Protection Agency says it has ordered a man living near Ninilchik to restore his beach.

Woman shot; police charge husband
A Fairbanks man has been charged with wounding his wife and firing shots that almost hit two others.

Opening statements presented at trial
Federal prosecutors claim former Fairbanks Mayor Jim Hayes had a hand in knowingly stealing government grant funds to benefit his family and church.

Parks office accepts shelter reservations
The city Parks and Recreation Department will begin taking reservations for Savikko Park, Cope Park, Riverside Rotary and Twin Lakes shelters beginning Monday.

Last fluent speaker of Eyak language dies
Chief Marie Smith Jones, the last full-blooded Eyak and the last person fluent in her Native language, has died.

Man faces 40 years in drug conviction
A 32-year-old Anchorage man faces up to 40 years in a federal prison following his guilty plea to a drug charge.

Southeast roundup: Klawock beats Juneau C team by two points
Klawock received 26 points from Ryan Armour and 24 points from Rick Carle to knock off the Juneau-Douglas High School C team 74-72 on Thursday.

Talisa Rhea earns Pac-10 Player of the Week honor
Talisa Rhea, a 2007 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, was named the Pac-10 women's basketball player of the week on Monday.

Photo: Duel on the ice
The Orange team's Kevin Ellsworth and the Fighting Sloth's Jason Bluhm battle for the puck during a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier B game Sunday at Treadwell Arena. Turn to Page B3 for a full recap.

Balanced scoring leads Doc Water's Pub
Six players scored goals in Doc Water's Pub's 6-3 win over Team 5 on Sunday in a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier A game at Treadwell Arena.

Juneau Parks and Recreation Adult Ordway Basketball League Standings
Juneau Parks and Recreation Adult Ordway Basketball League Standings

Sports in Juneau

Ferry supporters lambaste managers
State ferry officials said they produced a schedule with limited service on some key routes to save money, angering a bipartisan panel of lawmakers Tuesday.

State: Punitive damages warranted in oil spill
ANCHORAGE - A brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court says Exxon violated a social contract it had entered into with the state of Alaska when the tanker Exxon Valdez hit a reef in Prince William Sound in 1989 and spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil.

House committee passes partial birth abortion bill
A House committee approved a proposal Monday that would make performing a medical procedure widely known as a "partial birth abortion" a felony in Alaska.

Alaska cities ask for more state funding
The Alaska Municipal League wants state legislators to give 6 percent of all natural resource revenues to cities and boroughs, with no limit on the totals.

Jets, oil fields push up Alaska's emissions
ANCHORAGE - Jets and energy consumption in the North Slope oil fields help make Alaska one of the top per capita greenhouse gas emitting states, according to a new inventory.

Teen entrepreneur builds outhouses
PALMER - Daniel Buckingham points out features that come standard with his custom Alaska outhouse.

Stevens discusses Southeast issues in Ketchikan
Earmarks, a proposed cruise ship regulation, fishing rules and other issues were topics for Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, during a speech on a one-day stop in Ketchikan.

Alaska Marine Highway System schedules slated to arrive this month
The Alaska Marine Highway System promises to have a ferry schedule completed by the end of January, in time to meet some crucial publishing deadlines, but some legislators remain angry at system managers.

Anchorage police start charging for repeat visits
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have begun sending bills to people if officers have to make more than eight trips per year to their homes.

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Alaska school funding bill cruises through first step
A bill containing the funding increases for schools that a legislative task force recommended last summer got off to a smooth start Tuesday.

ConocoPhillips takes 50% ownership stake in proposed Canada oil pipeline
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Oil company ConocoPhillips Co. has taken a 50-percent ownership stake in a proposed oil pipeline that would deliver Canadian crude to U.S. refineries.

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