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Thursday, January 27, 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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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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DZ Commons, Saturday, Jan. 29.

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Bring back the Fairweather
Gov. Murkowski was recently quoted in our local paper as saying "improving transportation and access are among my top priorities for Alaska."

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.

Capitol competition promotes democracy
I would like to thank the people of Juneau for the Alaska Capitol Design Competition.

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.

The truth about Social Security
The Social Security Act enacted in 1936 or 1937 created the Social Security Program which has been hugely successful and has amassed a tremendous surplus intended to pay ongoing and future benefits.

ANB hosts session's first Native forum
A handful of Juneau residents served as a reminder to state legislators Wednesday that some of their biggest concerns don't involve lofty matters such as a multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline contract.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: A job well done
Gerald Dorsher, left, director of the Juneau Festival Association, chats with Dayle Tennison, manager of Centennial Hall, during a farewell party held in her honor Tuesday night. Tennison, who has worked at Centennial Hall since 1985, will step down from her post Monday.

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

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

AroundTown
Today

Photo: Dock walk
david j. sheakley / juneau empire

UA encourages Natives to study science
Greg Chilton, a Juneau-Douglas High School student, studied the drawing of a tire on paper and looked up at a computer screen Wednesday.

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

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

NeighborsDigest
Learn to fly-fish

Thank you
... to the wonderful people who helped

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.

Photo: A capital quilt
Courtesy of Capital City Quilters

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

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

Thar she blows - not!
fern chandonnet / juneau empire

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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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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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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.

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

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

My Turn: Travelers are the losers in Fairweather dispute
It appears that the Murkowski administration and the marine employee unions are at loggerheads with regard to a contract to operate the new ferry Fairweather.

Empire editorial: Dump Renkes, ethics code
Far from being the last word on Attorney General Gregg Renkes' ethics and standing as Alaska's top lawyer, Tuesday's release of a report about his actions in a state coal deal is only the start of needed change.

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.

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

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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?

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.

Sports in Juneau
NEW CALENDAR ITEMS

Juneau football team jumps conferences
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team is changing conferences.

Local Sports
Here are the Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, as voted on by statewide sports reporters and compiled by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Local Sports
SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Lopez leads Jazz over SuperSonics
The Utah Jazz may have found a point guard they'll stick with.

Kayhi boys, girls still lead region in polls
The Ketchikan and Juneau-Douglas boys basketball teams may have split their two-game series last weekend, but there is a clear Southeast favorite in the season's second Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, released today.

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.

Bears head back north
This weekend is the final leg of the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team's month on the road.

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.

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.

Commission recommends incentives to organize Alaska
A commission that reviews local government issues is again recommending to the Legislature that more boroughs be formed in Alaska to help pay for schools and other services.

ANWR lobby group asks state for $1.1 million
Arctic Power, Alaska's top lobbyist for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, is asking the Alaska Legislature to put up more than $1 million toward its efforts.

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

Zoo group: Alaska's elephant should be moved
Alaska's only elephant should be moved to a zoo with better facilities and programs where she can enjoy the company of other female elephants, the head of a national zoo group said Wednesday.

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.

Lawmakers agree state ethics laws fall short
An outside investigator shined a light on a murky area of Alaska ethics law when he found that the attorney general's potential to profit from a state business agreement did not rise to the standard for lawbreaking.

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.

Gov. Murkowski bill raises recount costs
Requested election recounts like last year's U.S. Senate race tally would cost the recount proponents $50,000 instead of $10,000 under a proposal by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

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

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

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.

Murkowski to reprimand atty. general
Gov. Frank Murkowski said Wednesday he plans to issue a letter of reprimand to Attorney General Gregg Renkes for his role in a trade agreement in which he had a personal interest.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska

AlaskaDigest
Staff 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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LaRue: Barma and dregs
I have a hard time saying no to guys who hit on me and then I end up giving them my number and have to screen my calls until they give up.

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News of local arts

What's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau

'Bad Larry' ski crew returns, as JUMP celebrates Winter 2005 festival
Kanaan Bausler, Will Geiger, Jessie West and Donovan Bell aren't the only kids filming ski stunts in the backcountry at Eaglecrest Ski Area. But their fledgling crew, Bad Larry Productions, is slowly building a good reputation.

Presidents learn about retail, enjoy simpler life
When the Presidents of the United States of America last visited Marlintini's in May 2004, the trio had just finished engineering, producing and mixing "Love Everybody," its first album since 2000.

A MAMMOTH UNDERTAKING
Juneau Symphony orchestra Kyle Wiley Pickett considers Gustav Mahler's "Symphony No. 1," also known as "Titan," to be the most musically challenging piece the orchestra has attempted.

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American Red Cross of Alaska Annual Ball

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