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Wednesday, February 1, 2006

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

Governor, chief of staff stick out tongues
I take great offense with Gov. Murkowski's chief of staff, Jim Clark, calling my senator, Kim Elton, a "Maytag repairman" because he is monitoring the use of the Department of Public Safety jet.

The Clarence Darrow of fishermen
Having just returned from the Board of Fish meeting in Ketchikan, I just wanted to let those Juneau (and Sitka) trollers who maybe aren't otherwise aware of what an intelligent, hardworking and persuasive group of representatives we have on our own board of the Alaska Trollers Association.

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.

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.

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

Pigeons in peril: Is salt the culprit?
Some urban wildlife observers fear the salt on Juneau's roads and sidewalks is killing more than two birds with one stone.

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Photo: Historic tug, circa June 1982
The historic tugboat Arthur Foss arrives in Juneau for a port call under the spray of a firefighting boat.

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.

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks

Photo: Aiding seniors
Richard Listowski of the Juneau Democratic Party presents Mary Fritterer, director of Alaska Community Services, with a check for $500.

Photo: Volunteer power
Volunteers Doug and Anne Gregg attended the thank-you party last year at Wildflower Court. For the last two years, the couple plays music, sings and shares stories with the residents.

Student recognitions
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Missing out on family and growing up
Sometimes I wish people knew what my life is like. My life is not easy.

My Turn: McGuire bill helps fund agency offering legal services to poor
Most Alaskans are fortunate not to have to worry about engaging the services of an attorney except in a few circumstances.

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: 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,"...

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.

SE roundup: Kake girls split with Hydaburg in pair of Class 2A matchups
Stasha Guthrie helped the Hydaburg High School girls basketball team earn a split with Kake on Thursday by scoring 24 points in a 48-42 Class 2A Southeast win.

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

Photo: Splash landing
A white-winged scoter glides in for a landing Monday in the waters of Wrangell Narrows near Petersburg.

Lawmakers weigh money, management for state ferry system
Directors of the state ferry system on Tuesday made a budget pitch to lawmakers that included plans to improve rider satisfaction and performance - at a higher cost.

Judge backs wolf control program
A judge on Tuesday denied a request by an animal rights group to immediately halt the state's aerial wolf-killing program.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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

Fishermen vie for northern Panhandle sockeye
Juneau gillnetter Jev Shelton is worried about seine fishermen picking off the sockeye salmon headed for northern Panhandle spawning grounds.

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.

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.

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.

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

Killers' stories contradict each other
Rachelle Waterman's biggest problem with her mother's murder was that the killers destroyed the family's Plymouth Voyager, one of the men who has pleaded guilty to murder in the case testified Tuesday.

Sen. Seekins' latest ethics bill raises new questions
Alaska Sen. Ralph Seekins on Tuesday presented a new version of his bill to change the state's ethics laws, but the measure raised even more concerns and questions from lawmakers.

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