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Saturday, January 24, 2004

Second high school needs to be a priority
We'll have new roads, but no new schools? Great. The financial crises thrust upon communities, large and small, throughout Alaska is intolerable. Refusal to have a comprehensive fiscal plan with a broad-based income tax has created a nightmare in terms of meeting human needs.

An alert clerk
According to Alaska statute, liquor establishments are not allowed to sell alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person.

Treat, don't jail, marijuana addicts
I agree with state Attorney General Gregg Renkes that "It has been nearly 30 years since the Supreme Court last reviewed marijuana ... they (should) take a fresh look at this drug, based on the most recent information available." ("State appeals legal pot ruling," Jan. 21). But I disagree that Renkes' "fresh look" necessarily supports his position of state jail for marijuana possessors.

Logical growth
If Home Depot is coming to Juneau I want to speak out against them building a new store and putting in another huge parking lot while the Kmart parking lot sits empty. What happened to the idea of a new "box store" taking over the Kmart building?

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

Correction
Due to an editing error, the wrong day of the week was listed for the Fireside Chat "Damsels and Dragons: Alaska's beautiful aerial insectivores," at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. The correct date is Friday, Jan. 23. The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a second show at 8 p.m.

Planned Parenthood draws debate
Planned Parenthood drew heated attacks and passionate defenders at Juneau rallies held Thursday on the 31st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Anti-abortion and abortion- rights groups held noon and evening rallies in front of the state Capitol, marking the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1973 that made abortion legal in the United States.

FYI
Births, judgments and other legal matters.

Birth center raising funds for new building, more services
The Juneau Family Birth Center, which hopes to raise $2.7 million for a new building that would house more services, is making progress.

Social services panel streamlines process for receiving city grants
The city Social Services Advisory Board is revamping the application process for block grants after facing complaints and problems in fiscal years' 2003-04 budget cycle.

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

3rd Wearable Arts Exhibit to open Feb. 6
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum joins the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council in exhibiting several fun, funky and chic wearable art outfits in the Third Wearable Art Exhibition at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. The exhibit opens with a public reception at 4:30-7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6. This year will feature a special selection of wearable art pieces modeled by the artists.

Neighbors Digest
Community news in brief.

... for all who contribute to SAGA programs
The Southeast Alaska Guidance Association (SAGA) would like to acknowledge those who have contributed to our programs (Serve Alaska Youth Corps - SAYC, Young Alaskans Building Affordable Housing - YABAH, Eagle Valley Center - EVC, Rural Outreach Prevention Education - ROPE) this past year, and in doing so have contributed to "helping people make the connection between what they learn and how they live."

... for warm welcome of the 23rd Legislature to Juneau
Thank you to the Alaska Committee, the city of Juneau, the Chamber of Commerce, the Convention and Visitor's Bureau, and all the volunteers for once again going the extra mile to welcome the 23rd Legislature to Juneau.

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.

Photo: Summer SAGA orientation
Last summer's Southeast Alaska Guidance Association's orientation team poses for group photograph at Sandy Beach.

My Turn: POMV approach is a worthwhile resolution
The New Year has arrived and with it come resolutions! Many of us will be pledging to reduce holiday weight or debt, or both. But there is another resolution worthy of our consideration: Senate Joint Resolution 18.

Closer, but same result: Bartlett buries Juneau
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team made a better showing, but drew the same result as they dropped an 88-61 decision to Bartlett in Thursday's first-round action of the East T-Bird Classic at East Anchorage High School.

Return to wrestling
Several dozen Juneau middle-school wrestlers kicked off the 2004 season in front of a large crowd of vociferous fans Thursday at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

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.

Strong quarter carries Kings
Already the NBA's best home team, Sacramento wants to be Kings of the road, too. Peja Stojakovic scored 27 of his 37 points in the second half Thursday night as Sacramento opened its longest road trip of the season with a 95-89 win over the undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers.

Photo: Kodiak crab catch
Amor Gregorio, Susan Macadaam and Zellia Latonio sort and case up tanner crab sections at Alaska Fresh Seafoods in Kodiak. The gutted, gilled and cleaned crab is packed raw and frozen for Asian markets. Only 35 percent of the 795,000-pound quota has been taken, according to Mike Ruccio, Kodiak area shellfish biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Group seeks to build Alaska gas pipeline
A group of gas pipeline operating companies and Alaska Native corporations has applied to the state to build a natural gas pipeline that would bring Alaska's known 35 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves from Prudhoe Bay to the Lower 48, Gov. Frank Murkowski announced Thursday afternoon.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

9 million acres to open to drilling
Interior Secretary Gale Norton signed off on a plan Thursday to open 8.8 million acres of Alaska's North Slope to oil and gas development, some in areas important for migratory birds, whales and wildlife.

This Day in History
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