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

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.

An improv pitch
The art of improvisational comedy lives on in Juneau! A select group of friends and family was able to catch a "test flight" of the Morally Improv-erished comedy troupe earlier this month.

A pitch for slower speeds
I, too, was almost run down by two teenage boys who didn't even stop to see if I was OK. I waited for the light to turn green and the white hand to give me the "OK to cross the street" signal.

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.

Ask who profits
I am writing because I feel that Alaskans are not getting a true picture when privatization of state jobs is proposed. The current Request For Proposal (RFP) titled "Procurement Services, Supply Chain Management and Electronic Commerce Tools" that is posted on the state Web site brings up many questions.

A disturbing DEC effort
The U.S. Supreme Court usually comes down on the side of "states' rights" and when it doesn't it raises a few eyebrows. Recently, the court rejected the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation's efforts to weaken standards designed to protect Alaska's air quality.

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.

Republicans vs. Republican Moderates
Ray Metcalfe selected stale voter registration data to spin his Jan. 25 tale in the Juneau Empire. Alaskan voter registration had exploded by 156,000 registrations due to federal restrictions on voter file purges. The first 2001 purge removed approximately 20,000 voters. Metcalfe's conclusions should be purged as well and his facts revisited.

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?"

Smoking ban will only inconvenience
I'm a nonsmoker that does not support the drive to ban smoking in the bars of Juneau. These businesses and their patrons should have the freedom to decide whether they want smoking instead of being forced to stop by some crusade.

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.

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

House committee shows little support for $100 cruise ship tax
A proposed $100 cruise ship head tax hit a storm of opposition in its first hearing Tuesday.

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.

Residents call for ballot initiative to block new Valley high school
Citizens have begun the political process to ask the Juneau Assembly or voters to stop construction of a second high school.

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.

Around Town
Today:Harbor Board Audit Committee meeting, 8:30 a.m., Assembly Chambers. Details: 586-5240.

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.

Mayors chastise lawmakers for shifting fiscal burden
Alaska's mayors have given an unprecedented "no confidence" vote in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

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.

Mine options out for review
The clock is running on the public comment period for the Kensington Mine's draft supplemental environmental impact statement, with public meetings scheduled in late February in Juneau and Haines.

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

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

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."

Commission approves AK Glacier Seafoods dock
An Auke Nu Cove seafood processing dock gained approval from planning commissioners Tuesday night, with several saying the dock should have been part of plans for the operation they approved in 2002.

Winter icing
The captain and crew of the fishing boat Cobra gather Monday on the deck at New Thomsen Harbor in Sitka after returning from a trip.

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.

Wind power
Tim Gray skates with a small trainer kite Tuesday during a work break at Twin Lakes.

Bill to limit teen drivers' licenses stalls
For Chelsea Walker, 16, getting a driver's license is a "really big thing."

Thank you
... for stopping, viewing, purchasing GHS art

The Sea Otter Wars of Southeast
In July 1776, the same month that a congress of American rebels issued its Declaration of Independence, Capt. James Cook of Great Britain sailed north in an effort to locate the Northwest Passage for George III.

Pets of the week
Bear is a real find, a wonderfully well-trained hunting dog who's also a loving family pet, 'Lady Gray' (the) sweet, spayed tabby steals hearts with her quiet and ladylike ways.

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

Harriette McCluggage
Former Juneau resident Harriette McCluggage, 97, died Jan. 21, 2004, in Missoula, Mont.

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

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.

Undecided: New kid on the block
Almost three months after moving to Juneau from balmy Georgia, I'm feeling a bit remiss that I've not gotten as ensconced in the community as I'd like to be at this point.

My Turn: With timber in decline, now's the time to diversify Southeast Alaska's economy
As a lifelong Southeast Alaskan, I have become increasingly concerned about a gap between the Southeast Conference's goals for our economy and the true needs of our region. The group recently announced that it is looking to hire a chief for its new Timber Industry Economic Revitalization Program.

Sports in Juneau
NEW CALENDAR ITEMS • 4-H shotgun shooting program - The 4-H shooting sports program will be offering a nine-week shotgun shooting program for youths on Tuesdays starting Feb.

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

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.

Skagway girls maintain perfect season record
Junior Savannah Ames averaged 23 points a game as the undefeated Skagway girls posted a 4-0 record on a Prince of Wales Island road trip last week.

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.

Juneau JV, C boys sweep in Petersburg
Ryan Fagerstrom scored seven of his 11 points in the fourth quarter to help the Juneau-Douglas High School boys junior varsity basketball team hold off a late rally by the Petersburg JV on Saturday, as the Crimson Bears claimed a 56-54 victory and a sweep of their two-game series in Petersburg.

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.

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

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

This Day in History
In Alaska: • In 1925, the city of Juneau purchased its first combination grader and snowplow, costing $1,600.

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.

Citizens' group forms to protect permanent fund
ANCHORAGE - A group of activists is fighting the latest efforts to use the earnings from the Alaska Permanent Fund to fund state government.

Alaska Digest
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