Thursday, February 2, 2006

Business Digest
Staff reports from the Juneau business community

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.

Why should we pay a private attorney?
The recent news item about the awarding of a contract for $50,000 to an Anchorage attorney to address a constitutional amendment to disallow benefits for gay employees caught my eye.

Taking advantage of 'service dogs'
Just this past evening I was walking through the grocery store and something caught my eye.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

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

Art specialists touch on Northwest Coast Native art
Northwest Coast Native art has a fresh audience in Juneau.

Residents decry snowy sidewalks
With its steep and picturesque downtown hills, Juneau has often been characterized as a miniature San Francisco.

Killer's credibility questioned
One of Lauri Waterman's acknowledged murderers denied in court Wednesday that he wrote a letter to her daughter before the killing pleading to resume a sexual relationship.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks

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

Student recognitions
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

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.

Mary Sharpnack
Juneau resident Mary Darlene Sharpnack, 56, died Jan. 30, 2006, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau, after a long illness.

Milliree Morgan
Former Juneau resident Milliree Morgan, 85, died Jan. 2, 2006, at Petersburg Medical Center.

My Turn: State needs a rainy day account, not a tier to nowhere
I have followed with both interest and concern the numerous articles and letters regarding the financial woes of Alaska Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) and the Alaska Teachers' Retirement System (TRS).

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.

My Turn: Mental Health Trust, look at potential Mitkof timber harm
I have known for a long time the state Mental Health Trust owned quite a bit of property above our house and around Petersburg.

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.

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.

JDHS wrestlers look to finish strong at state
Despite qualifying 13 grapplers for this weekend's Alaska State 4A Wrestling Championships at Chugiak High School, the Juneau-Douglas High School will probably not challenge for a team title.

Crimson Bears work overtime to beat host Wasilla
Talisa Rhea's 3-pointer with 2 seconds remaining in the second overtime lifted the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team past host Wasilla 62-61 on Wednesday.

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

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.

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.

Ex-NFL star pleads guilty to filming without permit
Former NFL star Larry Csonka, the host of a cable television outdoors show, pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegal filming in the Tongass National Forest.

New oil tax pitched again, details still uncertain
Gov. Frank Murkowski's lead oil and gas consultant on Wednesday made a second pitch to lawmakers to restructure the state's oil production tax, but details remained vague on when an actual proposal would be written and from where it would come.

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

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

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

Killer's credibility questioned
One of Lauri Waterman's acknowledged murderers denied in court Wednesday that he wrote a letter to her daughter before the killing pleading to resume a sexual relationship.

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.

House rejects marijuana-meth bill
The Alaska House rejected on Wednesday a bill that aims to penalize marijuana use and curb home manufacturing of methamphetamines.

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

briefly
news of local arts

First Friday: Ice, primroses, Portugal and famous photographs
A few days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center, Alaska State Museum curator Mark Daughhetee was still haunted by the image of the first plane crashing into the north tower.

Cinema Guide
what's playing at the box office

Scaled back but still powerful
Since he took over as conductor of the Juneau Symphony, Kyle Wiley Pickett has directed 22 concerts with the full orchestra. April's presentation of Verdi's "Requiem" could include more than 200 performers alone.

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

The Bastards to say farewell to Juneau
For years, The Bastards have been "that punk band," toiling away on the bar scene in a town dominated by bluegrass, blues-rock and peace-loving singer-songwriters.

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