Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The Prozac downstream
Clean water is important and it is high time we the public put some serious thought to the matter.

Planned Parenthood does good work
The announcement of the new Planned Parenthood office in Juneau was wonderful news.

Marijuana bill encroaches on privacy
Alaskans cherish their right to privacy. Most agree that little governmental intrusion is one of the benefits of living in Alaska.

Sen. Kim Elton looks after Alaskans
If ever there was a time to nominate a governor, I would like to express a nomination for Sen. Kim Elton.

Make war on crime, not drugs
We (The People) must be very careful not to continue to create laws that will overburden our court system.

Photo: Clearing the decks
Bethan Gilmartin sweeps the deck of the sailboat she lives on Sunday in Douglas Harbor.

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

Assembly: Parents must pay $25 for kids biking without helmet
The Juneau Assembly passed an ordinance Monday night requiring everyone under 18 to wear a helmet while cycling here.

Photo: Art project
Nina Hees, right, and Katrina Buchanan, both 7, work on their weaving project during the Art for Kids Community Art Celebration on Saturday at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Defense assails Arrant's grilling
One of the men who pleaded guilty to murdering Lauri Waterman told an investigator her 16-year-old daughter knew about the killing, according to a recording played for jurors Monday.

Photo: Lend a hand
Jeff White teasingly reaches out for his son, Quinn, 9, while the family sleds Sunday at Savikko Park.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: High tech firefighter
Capital City Fire and Rescue personnel John Krebsbach, left, and Rhys Mateo wash one of two new fire engines Monday at the Juneau Fire Station.

Alaska editorial: Legislation on meth, marijuana is easy call
If ever there was a piece of legislation that everyone could get behind, House Bill 149 is it - well, almost.

My Turn: Work together to lower Alaska's high fuel costs
Oil at $65 a barrel with forecasts suggesting up to $70 a barrel to come; villages paying up to and over $4 a gallon for gas...

My turn: Resolve mixing zones with a new law, not regulations
During his Jan. 12th State of the Budget address, Gov. Frank Murkowski said that "the state will retain the current regulatory prohibition on mixing zones in salmon spawning areas,"...

Seahawks are also Alaska's top team
Would you know a Seattle Seahawk if you saw one? I mean it. Is there a man on this Super Bowl team from the North by Northwest whose face you would recognize if he came toward you in a shopping mall? Including that of the MVP of the 2005 NFL season, Shaun Alexander?

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.

Crimson Bear girls' JV takes two games from East Anchorage
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball junior varsity team earned a pair of close victories over visiting East Anchorage last weekend.

Interior residents hunker down during cold snap
Earl Cadzow says there is a palpable difference between 50 degrees below zero and 60 below.

3 legislators expect more than just bills
The stork is coming to the legislature. Three lawmakers are pregnant this session, with one due only weeks away.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Panel moves bill for more fishing opportunities
The Senate Resources Committee approved a bill Monday that would allow commercial fishermen who own two permits in a salmon fishery to get even more fishing privileges.

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

Senate bill charges Alaska wildlife viewers $5
Wildlife viewers would have to pay for the privilege under a Senate bill that tour operators say unfairly targets their industry.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Fuel costs drive Alaskans to cut their own firewood
Cutting your own firewood is once again fashionable in Interior Alaska, where residents are firing up their chain saws in hopes of slashing home heating bills this winter.

Kake fisherman curates for Museum of the American Indian
Longtime Kake fisherman Clarence Jackson, 71, has served on the board of Sealaska Heritage Institute for almost 20 years and is a respected elder and oral historian.

Fast-ferry decision expected
The Alaska Marine Highway System's experimental winter fast-ferry runs are attracting more passengers than when they began.

Photo: Another blast
Steam and ash billow from Mount Augustine on Monday, 75 miles southwest of Homer.

Consultant ousted after lawmakers say she aided governor's critic
Disciplinary action over a memo that was critical of the Murkowski administration's gas pipeline negotiations didn't end with last fall's purge at the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

Bones raise dispute between museum, Alaska Natives
Inupiats in Barrow want the Smithsonian Institution to return dozens of human skeletal remains unearthed in northern Alaska.

Murkowski mum on governor's race
Gov. Frank Murkowski's self-imposed deadline for announcing his re-election plans passes today with no word on whether the 72-year-old Republican plans to seek another term.

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