Wednesday, January 26, 2005

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Dayle Tennison is retiring from her position as manager of Centennial Hall on January 31. Centennial Hall celebrated its 20th anniversary in June of 2000; Tennison started working there in 1985.

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DZ Commons, Saturday, Jan. 29.

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The Methodist Camp is celebrating their 50th anniversary by inviting the public to the camp for a fun day of snow play, hot cider and to check out the new features of the camp this weekend.

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Ferry problems not union's fault
The state would like the public to believe that the reason a contract agreement can't be reached between the state and the three ferry unions is because the unions are unwilling to be reasonable. The union representatives have been working long and hard since last spring to try and get the state to present something fair to replace the expired ferry workers contract - the Fairweather employees have been working without a contract since day one.

Curriculum undermines parents
I agreed with Chris King's Jan. 19 My Turn. I agree that the school curriculum should not go to such great lengths to accentuate differences. I believe that sensitive and controversial topics such as sexual orientation should be left for parents to bring up and teach in a manner consistent with their own beliefs and morals. I read through the entire curriculum and I am troubled that these topics are brought up at such an early age. Children in these age groups are not naturally sexual, yet the curriculum states as an objective for the kindergarten through fifth grades to "learn about acceptance, tolerance and respect for other ... gay, lesbian, and transgender students." The wording allows counselors to bring up these subjects at anytime. At present, counselors do not have to notify parents what they are teaching and do not offer an opt-out.

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?

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.

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

Photo: Juneau fog slows air traffic
david j. sheakley / juneau empire

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

AroundTown
Today

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

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

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
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

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.

Photo: Dock walk
david j. sheakley / juneau empire

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.

High school students win construction competition
Five Juneau-Douglas High School students have won a national construction management competition.

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.

Photo: A capital quilt
Courtesy of Capital City Quilters

Thar she blows - not!
fern chandonnet / juneau empire

Taking ownership of your own feelings and thoughts
Daniel W. wanders

Photos: Red Cross Ball
Photos by Michael Penn:Vocalist Vicki Van Fleet sings with the Thunder Mountain Big Band at the second annual Red Cross Ball at Centennial Hall on Saturday. The theme for the semi-formal ball was "A Night in Shanghai." Some of the other festivities of the night included a silent auction and a cruise raffle.

Thank you
... to the wonderful people who helped

NeighborsDigest
Learn to fly-fish

Thank you
... for helping with Light-Up-A-Life

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Representative Bill Thomas (R-Haines) has written a letter to Governor Frank Murkowski regarding the ongoing labor negotiations concerning the M/V Fairweather.

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In the midst of an unpredictable election year, what better band to resurface than the once and, if they have their way, future leaders of buoyant, absurdist rock, the Presidents of the United States of America?

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Tickets are now on sale for the Juneau Symphony's winter concert series.

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Alaskans and visitors could see the cost of fishing, hunting and trapping licenses going up next year if a high priority request from the Murkowski administration for across the board sport fee increases is approved by the state legislature this session.

Rollien R. (Ray) Wells
Former Juneau resident Rollien R. (Ray) Wells, 89, died Dec. 16, 2004, in Albany, Ore.

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

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: A shock in the harbor
Proposed changes in Juneau harbor fees were discussed in I-Chun Che's recent article ("Board considers liveaboard hike," Juneau Empire, Jan. 7). However, the impact of changes on resident vessels that use the Don Statter Boat Harbor were not made clear. This is because the Docks and Harbors Board is considering Statter management changes separately from fee increases. I have analyzed the two actions, taken together. The results are shocking.

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.

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Army Spec. Bowdaies E. Bryant participated in the 55th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., as a member of the Joint Task Force-Armed Forces Inaugural Committee.

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Beth McEwen, deputy clerk of the City & Borough of Juneau, has been awarded the prestigious designation of Certified Municipal Clerk

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Emily M. White, Juneau, is on the Dean's List at Portland State University's College of Liberals Arts and Sciences for the fall of 2004.

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Do you know a real hero, someone who has done something extraordinary, perhaps saved a life or made a positive difference in the community?

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I love the snow. It's so beautiful and clean and makes everything so quiet. It brings out the best in nature and it brings out the worst in OUR nature!

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Which section of the paper do you like to read first?

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Hospice and Home Care of Juneau will be offering an Adult Bereavement Support Group called "Healing After Loss"

Sports in Juneau
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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.

Petersburg girls maintain perfect record
Emily Moran scored 24 points as the undefeated Petersburg Vikings held off the host Haines Glacier Bears 63-57 on Saturday to complete a sweep of their Southeast Conference-Class 3A girls basketball series last weekend.

Local Sports
Your local sports scoreboard and rankings.

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

Mount Edgecumbe boys sweep pair of games from Craig
Josh Thomas was the top scorer each night as he led the Mount Edgecumbe Braves to a weekend sweep over the Craig Panthers in a two-game Southeast Conference-Class 3A boys basketball series in Craig on Friday and Saturday.

Ballot reprint costs state more than $243,000
Lt. gov. loren leman pic

Photo: Raining infantrymen and HUMVEEs
mark farmer / the associated press

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

State to defend cruise initiative
ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska plans to vigorously defend itself against a lawsuit lodged by the cruise ship industry over a ballot measure to tax cruise ship passengers.

AG's purchase of 7,000 Coeur shares questioned
On the same day he dumped the stock shares that brought him under question for pushing an international coal deal, Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes sold his part in a company seeking to open a Juneau gold mine.

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.

Crab boat used sunken vessel's pots to overfish
ANCHORAGE - A Seattle skipper and his crew have been charged with illegally fishing for crab with pots that belonged to the Big Valley, a crab boat that sank the day the fishery was to begin.

This Day in History
In Alaska

AlaskaDigest
Staff reports from around the state.

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.

Wigen murder trial rescheduled
The attorney representing the man charged with killing Maggie Wigen two years ago in Tenakee Springs will have another month to prepare for trial - and argue to dismiss the charges.

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.

Ethics probe clears Renkes, governor says
Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes did not violate the state's ethics code in his financial dealings, though he violated state procedure by negotiating a state coal deal without first seeking an ethics review of his personal ties, a governor-appointed investigator said Tuesday.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from around the state.

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People in the Mediterranean have been cooking with onions for thousands of years.

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American Red Cross of Alaska Annual Ball

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