Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Don't be spoon-fed
It's one thing to spread ideologically orthodox rhetoric to domestic and international audiences. It's another to actually do something.

Send Maggie to a sanctuary
Although I applaud the American Zoo and Aquarium Association's efforts for stepping in to encourage the Anchorage Zoo to release Maggie the elephant to a place with a warmer climate, companionship in other elephants, and a larger outside yard, another zoo is not the place for Maggie.

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

Tax cruise ships, build seawalk
On February 9, the Assembly's Committee of the Whole will look at a proposed hike in the port development fee paid by cruise ships. I support the proposed hike in the port development fees.

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

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

With all options exhausted, Guillen to be deported today
Monday evening was perhaps the last day Ernesto Guillen would spend with his family for a long time.

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

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

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

Juneau officials still talking to Canadians about mine forum
Juneau officials haven't given up hope that Canadian government officials will attend a public forum in Juneau on the proposed Tulsequah Chief mine next Tuesday.

Docks staff pushes for new digs
A 12-by-20-foot wooden shack is home base to 10 security officers and 10 crossing guards who help almost 850,000 cruise ship passengers in Juneau every year.

Photo: Where's that satellite?
Jim Ward of Color Vue aligns a satellite television dish to the proper 117-degree magnetic heading and 17-degree elevation needed for reception Monday on Evergreen Avenue.

Plaintiff in bus accident awarded medical expenses
A car passenger injured in an accident with a bus more than four years ago on Egan Drive can only partially blame the bus driver, a Juneau jury has ruled.

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

Outside editorial: Murkowski's oil tax appropriate
Frank Murkowski and Ken Thompson are good character witnesses for the $150 million-a-year tax hike the governor recently ordered on Prudhoe Bay satellite fields.

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.

Outside editorial: Give the capital back to Sitka, or to Adak, or ...
As many who have tried to reach or leave Juneau in recent days can heartily attest, there absolutely must be a better place to locate the state capital. But where?

Sports Briefs
Jessica Hendricks, a 22-year-old musher from Two Rivers, bested many Iditarod and Yukon Quest champions Sunday to become the first woman to win the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race.

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.

Tompkins finds his X factor
Joe Tompkins considers himself a fierce competitor, but on Monday the Juneau mono-skier wasn't worried about winning. He just wanted to be a part of history.

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.

Local Sports
Rankings and scores of local teams.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

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.

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.

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

Republicans: Budget plans too expensive
House majority leaders took some of the air out of the governor's proposed budget Monday, saying the spending increases outlined there may be hard to meet once the state burns through its oil revenue windfall.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state.

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.

Fish, game boards consider 4 candidates
Four candidates for the job of state Department of Fish and Game commissioner position will be interviewed in late February by a selection committee made up of Game Board and Fisheries Board members.

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.

Board creates steelhead fishery
Southeast Alaska subsistence fishermen will be able to catch steelhead under rules approved by the Federal Subsistence Board.

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.

Army Corps tabulates costs to move Shishmaref
Relocating the eroding village of Shishmaref to solid ground could cost $180 million, according to a new study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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

Photo: Eagle on the mend
At the Bird Treatment and Learning Center in Anchorage, volunteer Cindy Palmatier holds the head of a bald eagle in January while her husband, Todd Palmatier, feeds it a formula that includes baby food and meat.

Photo: It's gotta be here somewhere
A sea lion climbs aboard the Mar Del Norte last week at the Petro Marine dock in Kodiak while looking for a meal of bait or leftover fish

Earned income credit not a big hit in Alaska
Low-income workers in Alaska have lost tens of millions of dollars in recent years by not participating in a federal program known as the earned income tax credit.

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