Legislation protects fish, fishermen from pesticides
This winter the state Legislature will consider a bill important to public health and the Alaskan salmon industry. Right now it is legal for private corporations to spray toxic chemicals from airplanes in Alaska. Senate Bill 233 would ban this practice to protect our health and natural resources.

Better long-term alternatives than drilling
After reading the article about Gale Norton signing a plan to open up 8.8 million acres of Alaska to oil and gas development, my mind once again turns to ANWR and the oil drilling debate. When will the truth be told? I once supported drilling in Alaska, until I did a little research and uncovered some rather interesting facts.

Don't compare abortions to 9/11
In response to Friday's (Jan. 23) article "Planned Parenthood Draws Debate:" James Sedlak is absolutely out of line to compare abortions to Sept. 11. The two are so ridiculously different; to compare them like that is outright ignorant. A terrorist attack vs. a woman's choice. How exactly are they related? He is using Sept. 11 as an emotional trigger in attempt to make us draw a connection between abortion and an act of religious extremists.

A few questions for our politicians
Politician, why are you afraid? Why do you fear the work of parliamentary debate and seek ease in the political force of caucus voting?

Juneau to host homeland security conference
Representatives of Alaska's communities will converge on Juneau in mid-March to participate in the state's first homeland security conference.

Updates on previous Empire articles.

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

Births, judgments and other legal matters.

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

Wetlands neighbors call for nonhunting buffer
One year after the state intensified its education of duck hunters on the Mendenhall Wetlands, nearby residents are still looking for ways to protect their families and homes from being sprayed with shot.

Juneau to become first Alaska city to receive new wind-shear detection system
A low-level wind-shear detection program that soon will be in place at the Juneau Airport will be the first of its kind in Alaska, and one of 10 in the United States, Federal Aviation Administration officials said.

Woman sentenced to six months for embezzling almost $27,600
A 61-year-old woman was ordered this week to spend six months in jail after pleading guilty to second-degree theft from a local construction company.

Wolf killing ban in question
Protections for wolves on Douglas Island and for a white bear seen near Juneau likely will be reconsidered when the state Board of Game takes up Southeast issues in the fall.

Heidersdorf and Gilday to wed
Katherine J. Gilday of Juneau and Theodore D. Heidersdorf of Juneau will be married at 5 p.m. on July 31, 2004, at the Shrine of Saint Therese. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. at Glacier Gardens.

Photo: Generous donation
Jetta Whitaker, left, executive director of the Glory Hole, accepts a check for $2,300 from Juneau-Douglas High School InterAct club officers Alida Bus, Lena Gilbertson, Zoe Olson and Tim Peterson. The money was earned through pledge money for sleeping out in the JDHS parking lot on Nov. 1, 2003, for the Homeless Awareness Project.

Leamer and Foss wed
Lola L. Foss of Sitka and Kelly O. Leamer of Juneau were married Jan. 1, 2004, at the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. A reception will be held in August aboard a chartered catamaran. Friends and relatives are invited to the reception.

Student recognitions
Achivements by local sudents.

Bell and Kohlhase to marry
Robin Francia Kohlhase, daughter of Robert Kohlhase and Susan Penning, will marry Mark Bell on April, 10, 2004, in Seattle.

Neighbors Digest
Community news in brief.

My Turn: Income tax is fair, hiking fees are not
Yes, I had listened to the broadcast of the City-Borough meeting, but wasn't paying a lot of attention other than the sewer and water people said maintenance and improvements were overdue. My mental question was - why? Why wasn't this done as we went along?

Crimson Bear boys host Malemutes
When most schools schedule their homecoming games, they usually find a mediocre opponent so they can give their homecoming crowds an easy victory.

Juneau girls crunch Dimond
Practice pays off. Zone defense is what the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team prepared for, and zone defense is what the Crimson Bears got - and exploited - in a 49-37 home victory over the Dimond Lynx on Thursday evening.

Juneau wrestlers head to regions
Yes, the Crimson Bears want to reclaim the championship that Ketchikan has won four of the past five seasons. But there are more important things to accomplish. The main goal of the region meet will be trying to qualify as many wrestlers as possible for the Class 4A state championships the next weekend at Chugiak High School.

Adult Ordway league basketball standings
Final standings for the Juneau Parks and Recreation Department's Adult Ordway Basketball League.

Alaska state wrestling rankings
Here are the state's top wrestlers in each weight class for the Class 4A season as ranked by the Web site, http://www.alaskawrestling.com, which is run by Palmer's Eric Wade.

Local Briefs
Local sports news in brief

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.

Rolling Cavs dare to talk playoffs
Day after day, LeBron James politely answers the same humdrum questions. But Thursday, facing the usual bouquet of microphones and tape recorders, the rookie star was quizzed about something rarely talked about in Cleveland the past few years.

Lawmakers may restore $88 million in cuts
The Legislature is poised to restore more than $88 million cut from state accounts following a partisan fight between Majority Republicans and Democrats last session.

New bill would require elections for Senate vacancies
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski may not have to run for election this fall on the same ballot as a citizens' initiative that's critical of the way she got her job.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Photo: Talking fish and game
Alaska Rep. Nick Stepovich, a Fairbanks Republican, talks with Rep. Peggy Wilson, a Wrangell Republican, during a House Fish and Game Committee meeting Wednesday at the state Capitol.

This Day in History
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