Thursday, February 3, 2005

Business Digest
News from local businesses.

Legal immigration is better
Suppose I go to California and buy a house, intending to make it a vacation getaway. I come home and am unable to return to California for five years.

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?

Reopen historic mine
Kensington is not a new gold mine. I have a U.S. Geological Survey map of the Berners Bay area dated 1908, and there are nine gold mines including the Jualin, Bear, Ivanhoe, Northern Bell, Indiana, Horrible, Kensington and Comet.

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

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.

A little wintertime help for pedestrians
I don't understand why only the roads get plowed here, especially when some children have to walk to and from school.

Whittier reborn
It was in 1993 that I first entered Whittier by speeder car, riding the rails from Portage because no road access existed. A group of us, at the behest of Gov. Walter J. Hickel, looked at the potential of bringing joint road-rail access to Whittier.

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.

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.

Group to study new police shifts
Almost one month after Juneau Police Chief Richard Gummow changed patrol officers' shift from 12 hours to eight, the department is ready to evaluate the new shift's effectiveness.

Photo: Getting a workout
Marian Koelsch takes advantage of the recent snowfall on Wednesday at the Mendenhall Campground.

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

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

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

Photo: Management concerns
Sen. Kim Elton, D-Juneau, speaks Wednesday at the Native Issues Forum at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. He talked about his concerns with the management of the Alaska Marine Highway System.

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.

Photo: Hot food and fellowship
Bruce Baird, standing, the minister of the Church of Christ, speaks to, from left, Katie Paden, 12, Slader Marshall, 13, and Kyle Schmitz, 14, during the church's weekly free supper.

City seeks dismissal of harassment suit
An attorney representing the city is requesting dismissal of a lawsuit from a former harbors employee seeking at least $350,000 for alleged sexual discrimination and harassment.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Wilfred Baptiste
Wilfred Jordan Baptiste died Jan. 14, 2005, in Las Vegas.

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

My Turn: Social Security 'reform' will bankrupt system
The Bush administration has begun its assault on Social Security the way it began many other policy initiatives: with a wide-ranging disinformation campaign.

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.

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.

My Turn: Continued trawling destruction is a disgrace
Alaska's oceans are a commanding force that spark feelings of wonder and gratitude for many people in our state.

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.

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.

Juneau girls crack top five in state hoops poll
Two dominating wins over the weekend propelled the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team to new heights in the Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, released today.

Local Sports
Rankings and scores from your favorite local teams.

Local Sports
Rankings and scores of your favorite local teams.

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.

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 Briefs
Staff reports of local sports teams and personalities.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state.

Bill proposes a big-game board
A bill to re-establish a state board regulating big-game hunting is winding its way to the Alaska House floor.

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.

State prevails in oil royalty lawsuit
The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the state and against oil companies that claimed they qualified for lower royalty payments on a North Slope oil reservoir.

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.

Arctic wildlife refuge defenders fear time is up
Members of Congress who have successfully blocked oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for more than a decade vowed to do everything, including a Senate filibuster, to protect the preserve again this year. But they say there is a real possibility they will fail this time.

Plan would use permafund to cover deficits
Legislative talk of a long-term fiscal plan is scarce in a year when the state expects hundreds of millions in windfall oil money.

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.

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News of local arts

what's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau

Eros makes an appearance at First Friday
For the third annual Eros and Art show, Juneau-Douglas City Museum director Jane Lindsey decided it would be fun to go back to the roots.

Jawbone named headliner
A virtual dream team of old-time musicians has joined to form Jawbone and will be featured as the guest artist at this year's Alaska Folk Festival.

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