On the Move
Ridolfi Inc. to open Juneau office, Tillotson, Wierzelewski promoted at Key Bank

A right to healthy surroundings
Pete Schneider ("One can't ban all of society's dangers," Jan. 18) sounds like a person who is brain-damaged by tobacco smoke and/or is one of the tobacco people.

Don't force reciting of Pledge of Allegiance
I would just like to say I agree Ms. Spencer. I, too, am a high school student and I feel that saying the Pledge is stupid.

State Sen. Guess: Not trying to eliminate exam
I want to thank everyone from students to talk radio for discussing the "exit exam."

U.S. invasions were often for worthy reasons
Thomas Baxter in his letter to the editor of Jan. 23 making his argument that Iraqis are morally justified to kill our soldiers and civilian workers in Iraq because we are an invading force writes: "Never before have we as a country invaded a foreign land. Why now?"

Supporting Rep. Lynn; fighting for seniors
This letter is in support of Rep. Bob Lynn and his stand on supporting the Longevity Bonus program for older Alaskans.

You're not controlling just your life
This is concerning Ms. Holloway's letter about medical decisions being personal. She states she would never make personal medical decisions for someone else without their consent or, because it's her body, does not want anyone making decisions for her.

Businesses need market freedom
American companies need an exit strategy in a free market? After reading Ms. Walter's letter I'm left scratching my head.

You have rights regarding the Pledge
Julia Wilson's concern that students are being forced to recite the Pledge of Allegiance may be justified, but it is contrary to the policy of the Juneau School Board and if any teacher or administrator doing so it is in violation of that policy.

Drug testing is just poor policy
I spit my coffee out my nose and guffawed when I read in Sunday's Empire the article about the owner of AIH being busted for cocaine. AIH requires drug testing for its employees.

Faulty sales contributed to timber struggle
Here's another angle on the canceled Forest Service timber sales:

Valley intersection needs changes
On the morning of Jan. 22 we just missed having another student injured at the intersection of Haloff, Stephen Richards and Back Loop Road.

Truancy officer may be laid off
Every truant has a story, says Bonnie Lanz, the truancy tracker for the Juneau School District.

Stedman: Resources are top priority
Sen. Bert Stedman spent six months finishing the woodwork in his Sitka home, including carved banisters, Brazilian rosewood flooring and steamed cherry and padouk inlays.

Photo: Afternoon Moon
A crescent moon is seen through the trees from Douglas late Sunday afternoon.

Auction to help build schools for Afghan girls
How do you build a school in Afghanistan? You sell rugs in Juneau, according to Nate York, founder of the Anchorage-based nonprofit organization Solace International.

Art by GHS inmates
"Man Becomes Hawk," a carved mask by Juneau artist James Flake, is an angry piece of art, Flake said.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Taku winds whistle
Strong Taku winds blow the water off the surface of Gastineau Channel near Mayflower Island on Monday morning.

City tackles harbor upkeep
The long waiting lists for larger boat stalls in Juneau will be reduced thanks to a new $9.5 million deferred-maintenance program the city Docks and Harbors Department is undertaking.

Former JDHS student sues police over alleged harassment
A Juneau resident has sued local police, an officer and the city, claiming he was the victim of a "campaign of harassment, false arrests, illegal searches and destruction of property."

Around Town
Today Low Impact Exercise, 10 a.m., Juneau Senior Center and Valley Senior Center. Details: 463-6175. Toddler Time, 10 a.m., downtown library. Toddler Time at the Mendenhall Valley library starts at 11 a.m. Details: 586-5303.

DOT plan met with doubt, support
Preliminary plans to overhaul Southeast road and ferry projects met with opposition from some and jubilation from others Monday at a presentation by the state Department of Transportation.

Citizens seek vote to stop new school
Some citizens want the Juneau Assembly or voters to block a new high school until there are more students and a clear idea of how the school district can afford to run it.

Around Town
Today:Valley Toastmasters meeting, 6:10 a.m. every Tuesday, Henry's. Details: Jim, 789-3074.

Special session on budget puts crunch on House leaders
Governor Frank Murkowski's plan for a March 1 special session - timed to fall midway through the Legislature's regular session - is creating heartburn among lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

Convenience stores would expand under city ordinance
The Assembly Lands Committee agreed Monday to advance a proposed ordinance that would increase the size of convenience stores in residential neighborhoods, despite opposition by some residents.

Cold boom
Fierce winds hurl waves onto the log boom protecting the Douglas Harbor boat launch on Monday morning. Today is expected to be windy as well, with gusts reaching 80 mph at times downtown and in Douglas.

Mary Elizabeth Duncan
Angoon resident Mary Elizabeth Duncan, 73, died Jan. 9, 2004, at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka after a struggle with cancer.

Annita Juneve Ismert
Former Juneau resident Annita Juneve Ismert, 71, died Jan. 21, 2004, at her home in Woodburn, Ore.

Walk softly, carry a big gun
Please bear with me. I am an Alaskan, and Alaskans, for better or worse, are given to looking down on the rest of the nation. We mean no offense; it is just in our nature, and because of our place on this Earth, which leads us to be confused from time to time when we visit the Lower 48.

My Turn: Modest proposal for our schools
Under the guidance of my two dedicated and caring mentors at Juneau-Douglas High School, I have spent my first semester as a Master of Arts in Teaching candidate. This involves leading discussions; assigning and grading essays; inspiring creative writing; introducing students to new essays, novels, poems and plays; and encouraging critical thinking.

Skagway accepts Fulda Challenge
SKAGWAY - Biking up to the summit of the Klondike Highway is a challenge in the summer, but imagine trying it in a cold north wind or a snowstorm during the first week of February.

Vikings were the first champs
PETERSBURG - Nineteen twenty-nine was a good year. The mink farms appeared to be well stocked, two steam ships a week were docking in town, and the Petersburg High School Vikings won the very first all-state, or rather, all-territory, basketball championship.

Boozer earns Player of the Week honor
Former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball star Carlos Boozer on Monday became the first Cleveland Cavalier in two years to earn the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week honor.

Sports in Juneau
NEW CALENDAR ITEM:• Juneau Douglas Ice Association skating classes - Registration needs to be taken care of by Thursday, Jan. 29, for skating classes for beginer youth and adult skaters age 5-older, and pre-hockey skating lessons for ages 4-6.

Leader of the pack
Winning wasn't on his mind when Juneau's Joe Tompkins entered the starting gate for Sunday's Disabled World Cup Super-G race in Abtenau, Austria.

Local ASBN State Basketball Poll
The Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network high school basketball poll for the week ending Jan. 24. The

McGradys magical, but Cavs win
CLEVELAND - Tracy McGrady stopped himself. The Cleveland Cavaliers certainly couldn't contain him.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS Thursday, Jan. 29 • Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball - The Crimson Bears host the Dimond Lynx in a non-conference game at the JDHS main gym, varsity at 8 p.m., junior varsity at 6:15 p.m.

This Day in History
In Alaska • In 1917, the Canadian steamer Prince John was wrecked in Wrangell Narrows, but was later salvaged.

Alaska Digest
Fairbanks lawmaker: Split permanent fund: JUNEAU - A Fairbanks legislator wants to parcel out almost half of the Alaska Permanent Fund to residents in one giant dividend and use the rest for state services.

Southeast Alaska halibut harvest limit up 24 percent; season opens Feb 29
Southeast halibut fishermen can look forward to higher catch limits and a 8.5-month fishing season in 2004. The International Pacific Halibut Commission set the season and the allocations Friday in Juneau during the conclusion of its annual meeting.

Native language programs running afoul of No Child Left Behind
Some western Alaska schools that for decades have taught and helped preserve the Native Yupik language are in a quandary over meeting new federal testing requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act.

Federal judge rules that sport, commercial hunters should have voice in subsistence
ANCHORAGE - Sport and commercial hunters and fishermen should have a voice in the development of rules for the federal subsistence program, a federal judge has ruled.

Friends, relatives call off search for missing Southeast boater
ANCHORAGE - Friends and relatives have called off the search for a missing 48-year-old boater who was last heard from when he radioed for help around noon Thursday while en route to Craig.

Alaska Digest
Weather to start warming up this week JUNEAU - The temperature at the federal building peaked at 5 degrees Monday, but sustained winds of 20 to 25 miles per hour kept the wind chill in the 20-below-zero range, said Michael Mitchell, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.

This Day in History
In Alaska:• In 1905, the bill creating the Alaska Road Commission was signed into law by President Teddy Roosevelt.

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