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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Not Gov. Egan's ferry system
I fully expected to see the Fairweather pulled from service. I just wasn't sure which excuse the state would use to facilitate their agenda.

Roads overcome isolation
I rarely if ever see letters to the editor that are favorable in regards to the Juneau-Skagway road.

State jet is worth considering
The Alaska Department of Public Safety has proposed to lease a turbo jet to better meet its responsibility for protecting lives, property and wildlife resources in Alaska.

Grateful for snowplow drivers
This is in response to Rob Kindred's Letter to the editor, "Thanks for burying us," on Jan. 19. How can someone complain about the snowplows when we are in the middle of one of the largest snowfalls in Juneau in quite some time?

Red-face test for ethics
There is an excellent self-assessment tool for ethical decisions. If a manager has some niggling doubts about a situation that, while she knows it's technically permissible, she's just not so sure it's morally right, she can use the Red Face Test. She simply takes a minute to picture herself explaining her decision in front of her staff, clients or constituents. If she believes she can do that without a red face, her decision is probably OK. Ordinarily, a person with a good moral compass knows in her heart that if she had doubts in the first place, it's probably not the right thing to do, but the Red Face Test can help when the circumstances are particularly sticky - like personnel issues, for instance.

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

UAS adds to its capacity for research
The University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau has added a natural science lab for faculty research and hopes to build a separate seawater lab at the Auke Lake campus.

Dude! Check out the move!
The breakable crust at the Eaglecrest Ski Area on Sunday gave Justin Papenbrock a trip into the ungroomed fringe and a new perspective.

Road study goes online for review
The state would save about $6 million annually by building a road from Juneau to Skagway and reassigning the fast ferry Fairweather elsewhere in Southeast Alaska, according to a draft environmental report by the state.

Phto: Channel view
The national bird, on a perch near the downtown cruise ship dock, peers out over Gastineau Channel on a rainy, foggy, normal Monday afternoon.

City puts off cruise ship tax hike
The Juneau Assembly delayed voting on a measure to increase taxes on cruise ships to pay for future waterfront projects on Monday night after facing strong opposition from cruise line operators.

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

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

Photo: Above the gloom
Rich Riggs of Sitka rides the Hooter chairlift on Sunday at the Eaglecrest Ski Area. Skiers at Eaglecrest managed to spend the day above the low-lying fog, but met less than superlative snow conditions.

Photo: Homecoming spirit
JDHS senior Mary Rehfeld paints a poster for Homecoming and Spirit Week, which starts Sunday, Feb. 6.

Photo: Winter sport
Ashley Christian, 16, watches as the cue ball she just hit rolls down the pool table Monday at the Zach Gordon Youth Center. Her opponent in the game was 14-year-old Clifford Brown.

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

Court rules against dissident Huna shareholders
Dissident Huna Totem shareholders are not entitled to financial damages from the corporation for alleged recall election irregularities by corporation directors six years ago, the Alaska Supreme Court has ruled.

Assistant attorney general appointed to Juneau District Court
Assistant Attorney General Keith Levy has been appointed to the bench in Juneau District Court.

Stanley Ray Miller
Longtime resident Stanley Ray Miller, 77, died Jan. 18, 2005, in Juneau.

My Turn: Logical reasons to challenge cruise initiative signatures
On January 18, the North West CruiseShip Association (NWCA) filed a lawsuit asking the courts to take a second look at the signature-validating process on a cruise ship petition.

Alaska editorial: Low-key energy secretary could help push Bush's agenda
It should be a surprise to no one, of course, that President Bush's nominee to become the nation's next energy secretary is a supporter of the president's energy policy goals, which include opening the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

My Turn: Cruise industry throws galley sink at tax initiative
The North West CruiseShip Association's recent My Turn column (Empire, Jan. 24) regarding their legal challenge to the Cruise Ship Ballot Initiative misses the boat on every fundamental issue.

Sonics leave Jazz singing road blues
When Rashard Lewis gets on a roll, it's sure tough for anyone to slow him.

No snow moves races
Even though Juneau received nearly 3 feet of snow last week, there's still not enough at Eaglecrest Ski Area to hold a legal race.

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.

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.

Buckwheat Ski Classic registration opens
Registration is underway for the 19th annual Buckwheat Ski Classic, to be held Saturday, March 26, north of Skagway.

Local Sports
Your local sports scoreboard and rankings.

Six railbelt utilities consider joining forces
Six utilities serving the power corridor between Fairbanks and Homer are considering teaming up, a move pres to share resources.

Bill bans automated calls from campaigns
Automated telephone campaign messages would be outlawed under legislation introduced by a Soldotna lawmaker.

Record tracks Renkes moves
Documents released by Gov. Frank Murkowski's office shed more light on the connections between Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes and personal business ties involving a proposed state coal deal with Taiwan, the Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday.

Land decision may doom Ketchikan cold storage
A refusal by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly to provide land may doom a proposed regional cold storage project.

Brady recalls early days of Alaska aviation
Carl Brady and Era Aviation have been a constant in Alaska's aviation industry since 1948, when the Arkansas-born man brought the first helicopter to the territory to take advantage of the area's budding government presence.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from around the state.

Gustavus gets 2nd newspaper
Nine months after Gustavus was incorporated as a second-class city, the Southeast town of 450 people has found itself with a luxury that metropolises a thousand times its size lack: two newspapers.

Legislature fast tracks prison bill
Lawmakers are speeding through the Legislature prison sentencing revisions that will bring Alaska into compliance with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the constitutional rights of defendants.

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

Bill funds tsunami warning system fix
Senators from states most vulnerable to tsunami activity Monday introduced legislation to upgrade and modernize the nation's tsunami warning system.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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

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