Wednesday, February 2, 2005

Business Digest
News from local businesses.

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.

Fairweather tied up in game playing
I'm extremely disappointed that the state decided to lock up the fast ferry Fairweather. It is unfair to the communities and citizens it was built to serve.

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.

Unbelievable audacity
After reading his My Turn column on oil taxes, I think Vic Kohring should resign as a state legislator and go to work as a press secretary for any one of the oil companies in Anchorage.

Spelling in tolerance editorial divides
As a woman who is part Athabascan living in Oregon, I am compelled to ask why in part of this editorial (Empire editorial, Jan. 23), blacks was spelled with a lower case "b" but Natives was spelled using a capital letter? Why the use of the word blacks in the first place?

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 money, Mr. Renkes
I am writing asking for money. Specifically, I am asking for money from Gregg Renkes and/or Robert Bundy.

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.

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.

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.

Guillen leaves the state
Heavy snow and intervention by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski kept illegal alien Ernesto Guillen wondering Tuesday whether he would be deported immediately after all.

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.

Photo: A family's sense of snow
Cassandra Martin, center, helps her brother, Chayton, 2, left, and sister, Kalli, 4, make a snowman Tuesday in front of their Mendenhall Valley home.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

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.

Photo: Fading into history
A derelict fishing boat lies on the beach Tuesday near the little rock dump.

Law chafes against the spiritual
Sending Grace Weinberg to her final resting place nearly came down to a choice of breaking the laws of this world or those of the next.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Snow slows traffic to a crawl
Traffic backs up Tuesday on Egan Drive from the Douglas Bridge past Juneau-Douglas High School.

Counselors ask district to keep 3 new positions
School counselors are urging the Juneau School Board to keep three new counseling positions in the secondary schools.

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

Student recognition
Recognizing outstanding achievments of Juneau's youth.

Time to take charge of heart health
In recognition that February is American Heart Month, I'm calling on all women to take charge of their health and fight heart disease before it's too late.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau.

Photo: Tripping the light fantastic
Members of the Juneau-Douglas High School Drill Team perform their light dance during half-time last week at the girls basketball game against Ketchikan.

Blair, Carnathan engaged to marry
Abigail K. Blair of Juneau and Brent V. Carnathan of Tupelo, Miss., will be married May 28, 2005, at First Baptist Church in Starkville, Miss.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community.

Donald Dugaqua
Kake resident Donald Dugaqua, 59, died Jan. 29, 2005, in Kake.

My Turn: Athlete examples cloud drug message
This past Thursday several hundred parents, myself included, proudly watched our children as they walked across the stage at Centennial Hall in celebration of the culmination of the fifth-grade D.A.R.E. class.

State shouldn't pay for needless recounts
With the legislative session fully underway, most Alaskans have shifted out of campaign mode (dreading the ringing of the telephone and averting one's gaze from the television during back-to-back-to-back advertisements) and are now settling in to the more passive role of watching laws being made.

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?

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.

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.

Local Sports
Rankings and scores from your favorite local teams.

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.

Local Sports
Rankings and scores of local teams.

Juneau JV hosts Klawock
Nellie Metcalfe scored 12 points and Veronica Lietz added six as the Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity girls basketball team beat Klawock 49-20 on Tuesday at the JDHS main gym.

Kayhi boys fall in title game at T-Bird Classic
The Ketchikan High School boys basketball team came up short in the fourth quarter as the Kings lost 76-48 to East Anchorage on Saturday in the title game of the East T-Bird Classic basketball tournament.

Bobcats stun Jazz with fourth-quarter rally
The Charlotte Bobcats first season has been miserable on the road, where the expansion team won just once it its first 20 tries.

Sitka girls post pair of victories vs. West
Ten different Sitka High School girls basketball players scored as the Wolves defeated the visiting West Anchorage Eagles 46-35 last Thursday for a sweep of their midweek Class 4A non-conference series.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Group targets wolf-kill program
An animal rights group said Tuesday it hoped to collect 28,000 pledges this month in support of an Alaska tourism boycott to protest the state's aerial wolf control program.

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.

New cost estimate for Ketchikan bridges up 37 percent
The estimated cost of two bridges linking Ketchikan to the island holding its airport has jumped nearly 37 percent.

Labor shortage expected to worsen
Alaska's construction industry is facing a worsening shortage of laborers as a result of the field's growth and an aging work force.

Study shows high profits for state oil
Despite the high cost of doing business in Alaska, the state is among the more profitable places to drill for oil in the world, according to an oil and gas industry report released on Tuesday.

Investigators say crab boat was overloaded
A crab boat that sank in the Bering Sea last month was carrying too much weight, according to Coast Guard investigators.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state.

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