Saturday, February 1, 2003

Clearcuts aren't forests
Retired U.S. Forest Service forester Wayne Nicolls chastises me in his My Turn column of Jan. 29 for my public opinion on Ketchikan Assemblyman Dick Coose's role in the waste of public money.

Ego, ideology, oil
As President Bush moves America ever closer to war with Iraq, several perplexing questions remain. Why do nations immediately bordering Iraq, including Jordan, Turkey and Iran, implore the U.S. to avoid war?

Science fiction horror
I would like to call upon high school teachers who are opposed to a war with Iraq to ask their students to write to President Bush.

Who are the vandals?
Instead of spending last Sunday enjoying the Super Bowl, the snow, and the day off, I spent my day dealing with the results of a senseless act of vandalism. Late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, someone broke out two of my car windows.

The best I can do
I lived and worked for several years in Egypt and India and I have come to know that being from different cultures, worshipping God differently, speaking different languages do not make us dissimilar.

Three questions
I am writing in response to the anti-abortion protesters out there when the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade made the news.

Historic building vs. place to park
The city's plan to turn two downtown buildings into a parking lot is drawing a mixed reaction from nearby residents and businesses.

Family portrait (before the rain)
Depicted is the Wetherington family - during better times Wednesday in their Valley yard.

FYI
Births, Marriage Licenses, Business Licenses, Court Records and Judgments.

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

Judge to decide if accused can see his children
Juneau Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks is deciding whether a man accused of sexually abusing two young relatives can visit his children while he is out on bail.

Ski area to open bunny slope
Eaglecrest Ski Area will open its beginners' hill this weekend, but the rest of the slopes will remain closed.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Sandwich Ministries feeds Juneau's hungry
Sandwich Ministries is the calling of Juneau resident Norma Watt. It is, quite simply, making sandwiches for hungry people.

'Money Smart' classes set
"Money Smart" classes will be held for five Saturdays, beginning Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Floyd Dryden Library.

Pruning trees and shrubs - trimming or torture?
When does tree trimming become tree torture? How does tree topping make trees unhealthy and dangerous, in addition to ugly? Why can't pruning turn a large tree into a small one?

City Museum to hold mask-making class
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is taking registration applications for a mask-making class with Roblin Gray-Davis.

Hotel chain donates $24,000 to Red Cross
Aspen Hotels has contributed $24,000 to the American Red Cross as part of its "Room by Room" campaign that it launched in August.

Learning through play
On any given day at Juneau Co-op Preschool, children are baking gingerbread people, visiting with a corn snake or painting a picture with blueberry juice.

My Turn: Renewable energy for Southeast
As more houses and businesses become "wired," we will experience a dramatic increase in electricity consumption. Yes, the electronic age is natural resource-intensive!

Preserving Brandon's spirit from the stands
The Juneau-Douglas High School gym will be full of wrestlers, coaches, parents and fans for this weekend's region meet. But there will be someone missing.

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Ready for regions: region V-class 4a wrestling tournament
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team won the Region V wrestling title last season. But the Crimson Bears weren't really sure if they should be listed as the defending champions as they prepared to host this weekend's Region V-Class 4A tournament.

State proposes fine for BP explosion
State safety officials have proposed a $6,300 fine against BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. for a North Slope well explosion that critically injured an oil field worker last August.

Salmon task force: Call to help fishermen
Tax breaks for commercial fishermen who invest in new equipment and a $5 million state appropriation for seafood marketing are among 14 pieces of legislation proposed by the Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force.

AIDEA picks director
Anchorage resident and businessman Ronald W. Miller was appointed executive director of the Alaska Industrial Development & Export Authority/Alaska Energy Authority by the board of directors Thursday.

Negotiator helps end armed standoff
Alaska State Troopers took a Palmer man into custody Thursday morning after an armed standoff.

Petition to protect state permanent fund rejected
An initiative petition aimed at blocking the Legislature from spending Alaska Permanent Fund earnings on state government was rejected Thursday, Lt. Gov. Loren Leman said.

Coast Guard suspends search for man
The Coast Guard has suspended a search for a Romanian man who was reported missing early Thursday from a ship in western Alaska.

Alaska population grows since census
The latest estimate of Alaska's population has been completed by the state Department of Labor.

This Day in History
 

Two more arrested at meth lab
Authorities arrested two men Thursday at a residence with a suspected methamphetamine operation.

More geoducks ship out live this season, for higher price
It might be the Year of the Goat, but it's geoduck clams from Southeast Alaska that will be on the menu for many when the Chinese New Year begins Saturday.

Lawmakers grill feds about Bush's schools law
Lawmakers questioned a federal official Thursday about whether President Bush's "No Child Left Behind" education law will work in Alaska.

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