Friday, January 28, 2005

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."

Don't take parent's role in counseling
I would like to comment on the proposed school district counseling curriculum changes. Each of us is deserving of respect from our fellow men. As a step-parent I know the joys and challenges of raising a blended family.

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

What part of abortion is health care?
I want to commend the Juneau Empire for a far more balanced news report on the demonstrations in Juneau commemorating the 32nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

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.

Sex ed program informative
This letter is really my way of saying thank you to the Juneau School District, but it's mostly my way of saying thank you to Nancy Seamount. I graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 2001 and at the time I didn't realize how amazing my sex education really was.

JDHS volunteers learn how to save lives
Some Juneau-Douglas High School students have applied to be American Red Cross volunteers and teach fire safety in the elementary schools.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

A Judge's Life
James Wickersham came to Alaska more than a century ago, armed with legal training, political aspirations and the organizational skills and persistence to write things down every day.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Brooks and Hall to marry
Juneau residents Rebecca Hall and Mitchell Brooks will marry on Feb. 5, 2005, at St. Brendan's Episcopal Church in Juneau.

Practicing the art of patience
Nine months after my partner's unexpected death, I found myself at the end of my emotional rope. I still woke up with tears in my eyes more often than not, a truly disheartening way to start the day. I had tried sitting with my grief, honoring my grief, embracing my grief - I was sick of my grief. Clearly, it was time to take action.

FYI
News from around Juneau.

Photo: City lights
Traffic streaks up and down Egan Drive like shooting stars on a typical winter evening in Juneau.

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

Public invited to celebrate the arts
On Saturday there will be a community-wide celebration of the arts hosted by nonprofit group Arts for Kids. This free event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. All are welcome. There will be a variety of fun, hands-on art activities that are appropriate for children and adults of all ages.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau.

James and Callahan wed
Juneau resident Debi Callahan and John James of Sitka were married on Jan. 12, 2005, at Chapel by the Lake in Juneau.

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: Gov. Murkowski can't tax Alaska into prosperity
O n Jan. 12, the governor delivered his annual State of the State address. The speech covered many areas, but the administration's new policy toward Alaska's oil industry is a major deviation. Several changes were outlined, most notably a change in tax policy with the result of oil companies being sent an immediate tax bill of up to $150 million, directly contradicting the anti-tax rhetoric of the 2002 gubernatorial campaign. Do you remember the governor's promise to "grow our way instead of taxing our way out of the budget deficit?" It still can be achieved.

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.

My Turn: Governor was right to change the oil tax
Gov. Frank H. Murkowski's announcement of the Department of Revenue decision to apply the Economic Limit Factor (ELF) in a way which recognizes the actual changes in operation and administration of six fields satellite to the Prudhoe Bay field has put the spotlight on a portion of our tax laws that is much talked about and little understood.

LOCAL SPORTS
Rankings and results of local teams.

Travel woes plague Bear boys
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team picked up lots of bonus miles Thursday while trying to get the Anchorage for Bartlett High School's Sheri Stears Memorial tournament.

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

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

Lightweights carry heavy load for Bears
The little guys will take center stage when the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team competes in the Southeast Conference Championships today in Sitka

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.

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.

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.

Juneau girls host first Southeast opponent
It's been more than three years since the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team lost a conference game, but this season's Crimson Bears know they'll have to work harder to maintain that streak.

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.

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from around the state.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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: Newest fighter
A U.S. Army 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team patrols the backwoods of Fort Richardson this week in Anchorage.

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

Kodiak tanner crab fishermen refuse to fish, hold out for higher prices
Tanner crab fishermen continued to refuse to fish nearly two weeks after the season opened, waiting for a processor to offer a price they say is fair.

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

Photo: Totem pole refurbishing
Michael Naab, director of the Ketchikan Museum Department, cleans the Chief Kyan pole Wednesday in Whale Park. The 28-foot red cedar pole, carved by Israel Shotridge, was raised in the park in 1993.

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.

State to honor oil tax agreements
The state will honor agreements made with North Slope oil companies prior to changing the tax structure for several North Slope satellite fields, Gov. Frank Murkowski said Thursday.

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.

Judge refuses to suspend Alaska's wolf control plan
An animal rights group was unsuccessful Thursday in its attempt to persuade a judge to suspend Alaska's aerial wolf control program, now in its second year.

All-Alaska gas line gains momentum
Once discredited as a pipe dream, an all-Alaska gas line is gathering interest.

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.

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.

What's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau

briefly
News of local arts

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.

'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.

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