Thursday, January 26, 2006

Business Digest
Staff reports from local businesses

Who is the criminal?
A recent Juneau Empire article stated, "But Berkowitz added that the effort to criminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana may be futile as courts would still side with the constitution and not overturn their 1975 decision."

Don't compare Democrats to Osama
I was disappointed by the Empire's choice of an editorial cartoon in Monday's paper comparing the Democratic party to Osama bin Laden.

I do believe I'll have a laugh
I believe in laughter. Laughter that chortles, burbles and finally erupts into body-shaking joy.

We need to take clean water seriously
I live in Missoula, Mont., and have been an angler for 25 years.

Enough from the Republicans
When are we going to tell the Republicans enough is enough?

Remember freedom on Alito vote
According to Sen. Leahy of the Judiciary Committee, "The president is in the midst of a radical realignment of the powers of the government and its intrusiveness into the private lives of Americans. ...

Planned Parenthood can prevent abortions
I was very glad to read your article on the possible opening of the Planned Parenthood clinic here in Juneau this fall.

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

Planned Parenthood to open clinic in fall
Family planning service and abortion provider Planned Parenthood of Alaska is ready to open a clinic in Juneau this fall, according to its Anchorage-based leader.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Former Peace Corps volunteer recalls experience
Nearly 20 years have passed since Dave D'Amore landed with his Peace Corps cohort in Mali with hopes of making the world a better place.

Forum explores ties between population, environment
Conservationists will join family planning advocates in Juneau on Thursday to discuss how population affects the environment.

Wordsmiths battle to the final stinger
Elsa Robinson knew she would be the next Juneau School District Spelling Bee champion when she heard the word "fatigues" read aloud Wednesday night.

Accused killer's words questioned
Rachelle Waterman's comments to state troopers and her correspondence implicate her in planning her mother's death, her prosecutor told jurors while opening his case Wednesday.

Snow is fun for some, but it's work for others
While Tuesday's heavy snowfall was good news for many winter enthusiasts, it equated to a lot of hard work for others.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Photo: A call for more jobs and training
Alaska State Commissioner of Labor Greg O'Claray speaks Tuesday at the Alaska State AFL-CIO Legislative Conference at Centennial Hall. O'Claray spoke about job creation and getting youth involved in vocational training during his address.

Schriver and Beechum to marry
Kelli Jo Schriver of Big Timber, Mont., and Eric Beechum of Denver will be married May 13, at Chapel by the Lake in Juneau. A reception will follow the ceremony at the Thane Ore House.

Photo: Big Sister honored
Sheri Vidic was honored with Juneau Big Sister of the Year at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Alaska volunteer recognition reception Jan. 19 at the governor's mansion.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Photo: Rotary welcomes exchange student
Juneau Gastineau Rotary members...

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

I do believe I'll have a laugh
I believe in laughter. Laughter that chortles, burbles and finally erupts into body-shaking joy.

Photo: Roadrunners scholarships
The Southeast Roadrunners have awarded two annual "Ben Blackgoat Memorial Scholarships" of $500 each, to graduating members of the Juneau High School cross country team.

My Turn: What Senator's newsletter said about the gov's jet
Gov. Frank Murkowski's so mad at me I think I hear a sonic boom

My Turn: Resurrection of BBC bodes well for Alaska Natives
I am pleased to learn that the BBC Human Resource Development Corp. has been reactivated.

My Turn: Special needs kids need more
"The legislature shall by general law establish and maintain a system of public schools open to all children of the state, and may provide for other public educational institutions.

SE roundup: Dierick helps Yakutat sweep Thorne Bay in Class 2A showdown
Kyle Dierick exploded for 38 points and Sam Ferguson tallied 21 Saturday as Class 3A Southeast Conference-leading Yakutat completed a sweep of Thorne Bay with a 73-45 victory.

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.

Southeast Road Runners honor pair of runners
The Southeast Road Runners honored Saturday two graduating members of the Juneau-Douglas High School cross country team.

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.

Prep Basketball Alaska Sportswriters Poll
Here is this week's Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball poll with first place votes in parenthesies, best available team records and total points on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis.

Juneau Parks and Rec Adult Ordway Basketball League
as of Jan 22

Class 4A Wrestling Rankings
According to http://akmat.org

JDHS nears the end of first hockey season
For a team that started the season unsure of what the future held, the Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team hopes to end its inaugural year with a bang.

Dems demand governor's aide apologize for slamming Elton
Legislative Democrats are demanding an apology from Gov. Frank Murkowski's office for a letter that appeared in Sunday's Anchorage Daily News criticizing state Sen. Kim Elton, D-Juneau.

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

This year's legislative session a mad house from start
Legislators and their staffs don't usually work 14-hour days until the session's frantic end, and the bills don't usually flow quickly through committees.

Jet hits trailer; 1 dead
A small jet crashed into a mobile home park Wednesday, killing the pilot, who was found strapped to his seat 100 yards from the site, authorities said.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

State game board maneuvers to bring back wolf control program
The state Board of Game rewrote its aerial wolf hunting regulations Wednesday in a move to revive a program deemed illegal by a judge last week.

Candidates for governorship talk to labor
Gubernatorial candidates were snowing down Tuesday on Juneau's Centennial Hall as five stopped by for a dinner forum and two potential runners made speeches.

Marijuana bill passes on reconsideration vote
An effort to strip the marijuana provisions from a bill that also aims to crack down on the manufacture of methamphetamine failed in the Senate Wednesday.

Waterman trial begins today
Jurors selected Tuesday to decide the fate of 17-year-old Rachelle Waterman won't see naked pictures she allegedly sent to one of the men who pleaded guilty to killing her mother, a Juneau judge ruled after sending the panel home for the night.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Photo: Kid lobbyists
Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, R-Juneau, is given a plate of oranges Wednesday from Ian Lear, 5, left, and Clem Taylor-Roth, 4.

State rejects Dems' demand for vote data
The state Division of Elections has rejected a request by the Alaska Democratic Party to turn over electronic voting files from the 2004 election.

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

Cinema Guide
what's playing on the box office

briefly
news of local arts

Iraq play lets audience draw own conclusions
One moment, then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney is wondering "how many additional American casualties is Saddam worth?"

Chinese Spectacular
From his office in Branson, Mo., or his company's second headquarters in Shanghai, China, International Special Attractions producer Michael Wilson makes it his job to keep track of the more than 17,000 acrobats performing in China.

Burns' Night celebration set for Saturday at Centennial Hall
Burns' Suppers, or Burns' Nights, have been held on or around Jan. 25 ever since the legendary Scottish poet Robert Burns (born Jan. 25, 1759) died at 37 in 1796.

String ensembles to play concert
The Juneau String Ensembles, a new nonprofit umbrella group overseeing the youth groups Ursa Major, Ursa Minor and Aurora Strings, will host a concert featuring all three ensembles from 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Northern Light United Church.

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