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Monday, January 31, 2005

New non-fiction books appeal to local readers
Here's a sample of the new non-fiction at the Juneau Public Libraries.

False democracy
George Bush, with his 2 percent victory "mandate," wants to spread democracy throughout the world.

Drive carefully
A vehicle struck my daughter as she was crossing in the crosswalk.

Foreign struggles
I have been following the Juneau Empire's coverage on the U.S. "War on Terror" for a long time now.

Community arts fair at DZ draws hundreds
Willie Benning, a third-grader at Auke Bay Elementary, tried his hand at a potter's wheel for the first time at the community art fair Saturday at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Planned Parenthood raises funds for clinic
A Planned Parenthood abortion clinic could be opened in Juneau within the year if abortion rights groups can raise about $45,000.

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

Schools, parents seek more money
Although Gov. Frank Murkowski has proposed two years of increases to school funding, lawmakers this session are likely to hear the cry for even more money.

Juneau fans of paganism gather
Phyllis Smith doesn't mind if people call it Groundhog Day.

Photo: It might as well be spring
Vehicles parade through deep water Sunday on Anka Street near Glacier Highway in the Lemon Creek area.

City deportee gets reprieve
Juneau resident Ernesto Guillen packed his bags last week for voluntary deportation to Mexico and a painful separation from his wife and four children.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Duane Lewis Stone
Juneau resident Duane Lewis Stone, 44, died Jan. 23, 2005, in Juneau.

Empire editorial: Keep waterfront in the hands of residents
While city leaders debate raising taxes for cruise ships, another question needs to be answered: Who should be in control of Juneau's waterfront?

Murkowski is smart to review pipeline proposals
Alaska's lawmakers and Gov. Frank Murkowski's administration have some additional food for thought relative to the notion of an all-Alaska gas pipeline.

The Homestead Act and modern conservatism
In his inaugural address, which was largely about America's stance toward the world, President Bush's reference to the Homestead Act was tantalizingly tangential: "In America's ideal of freedom, citizens find the dignity and security of economic independence, instead of laboring on the edge of subsistence.

Cost of road access not excessive
Now that the Juneau Access EIS has been completed and public testimony has begun, there are some issues that need to be brought to light before a final decision is made as to which alternative is best for Juneau.

Milo to the rescue!
For the last year Milo has been training for a game he'll hopefully never have to play. The black and white 14-month-old border collie is preparing to become an avalanche search and rescue dog at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Out&About
A listing of outdoor events in town

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

The challenge is partly mental for ultra-endurance athletes
Out in the mean north wind and blowing snow, the night is already as cold and dark as the devil's heart, though it is only 6:30 p.m.

Snow report
As of Saturday, Eaglecrest Ski Area had 32 inches of snow at the base and 100 inches at the top.

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.

Seablazers sharp in Spokane
The Capital City Seablazers women's hockey team trounced its opponents earlier this month at the Spirit of America Tournament in Spokane, Wash.

Defense rules for Bears
The Ketchikan and Juneau-Douglas girls high school basketball teams had the chance to scout each other earlier this month when both squads played at the same Anchorage tournament.

Nets win as Carter's sharp and Jazz go flat
Vince Carter is having a good time on the court again - and it shows.

Shots don't fall for Juneau boys
Between airports and the hardwood, it was an up-and-down weekend for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team as the Crimson Bears posted a 1-1 record at Bartlett's Sheri Stears Memorial tournament in Anchorage.

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.

Juneau claims Southeast wrestling crown
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team won eight of the 14 weight classes to claim the overall crown at the Southeast Conference-Class 4A Championships held Friday at Sitka High School.

Governor twits Renkes for not seeking ruling
Gov. Frank Murkowski has censured Attorney General Gregg Renkes for not seeking an ethics ruling before participating in an international trade agreement from which he could have profited.

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

Alaska works on tsunami preparedness
The state of Alaska wants people to be more aware of the dangers of tsunamis, particularly in vulnerable populated areas such as Seward, Kodiak, Homer and Sitka.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state.

Fairweather flap pinches school travel
While the fast ferry Fairweather sits idle in Ketchikan because of a contract dispute, the only thing "fast" about the vessel is the way its absence is draining several schools' travel budgets.

Student attorney courts legal system
The first time Kareston Robinson received a follow-up call from one of her former clients at North Star Youth Court, she was a little worried.

House OKs ANWR resolution; Kerttula, 3 other Dems vote no
An "old friend" cleared the first hurdle of its annual journey through the Alaska Legislature on Friday, with the House of Representatives passing a request to Congress to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

Oil industry cries foul at tax hike - or is it crying wolf?
Between bites of vodka salmon at the swankiest hotel in town, Alaska lawmakers got food for thought from oil company executives doing business in the state: Leave oil taxes alone.

Lawmaker resurrects special elections bill
A Kodiak lawmaker has resurrected an effort to allow municipalities to avoid costly special elections.

Scientists watching Spurr, Veniaminof volcanoes
Scientists continue to monitor two volcanoes that the Alaska Volcano Observatory says could send dangerous ash into the air at any time.

State-union negotiations unproductive
State and union negotiators met twice last week in an effort to reach a labor agreement for the fast ferry Fairweather, but no resolution had been reached by Saturday.

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