Friday, February 3, 2006

Business Digest
Staff reports from the Juneau business community

Pro-choice and pro-life
Thank you for your thoughtful and intelligent editorial Sunday in support of the work by Planned Parenthood to provide a clinic for woman's health services here.

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.

Hooray for Exxon
This is the headline in today's Empire: "Wages and benefits paid to civilian workers rise by the smallest amount in nine years."

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

Consider picketing Planned Parenthood
This is in response to the editorial and a letter to the editor in the paper Jan. 29 favoring a Planned Parenthood clinic in Juneau.

Game Board needs broader membership
The recent unanimous Alaska Board of Game vote to adopt emergency regulations to reinstitute wolf control programs in five areas of the state should be of serious concern to Alaskans.

City overreaches with helmet ordinance
I find it interesting the government has taken on the role of parenting our children and telling citizens how best to take care of ourselves.

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.

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

City aims to buy armory site for new performing arts center
Juneau officials are negotiating to buy the downtown National Guard armory as a potential site for a performing arts center, former Mayor Sally Smith said.

Boy who inspired statewide marrow drive comes home
All hail - Cesar has returned to Juneau victorious after a nine-month battle.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Alaskans sick withSeahawks fever
It doesn't take long to learn that Juneau resident Traci Walker is a proponent of positive thinking.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

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

FYI
News about the people you know

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Sean Niewoehner
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Neighbors helping Neighbors: Alaska Community Services
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

National recognition
The World Affairs Councils of America awarded the Juneau World Affairs Council the President's Award for Excellence for All Volunteer Council on Jan. 20 at the WACA national conference.

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks

Student recognitions
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

Photo: Embarking on a new journey
Brett Jeffrey Riley, left, a 2005 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, shakes hands with Master Chief David Coffman after Riley's enlistment into the U.S. Coast Guard.

Brent, Grimm to marry
Jessica Grimm and Ernest Brent of Juneau will be married in a ceremony on Feb. 27, 2006, at the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. It will be a small private ceremony and reception.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Mildred Lang
Juneau resident Mildred Lang, 87, died Feb. 1, 2006, in Juneau. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Pioneers' Home in Juneau.

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

David Eugene Comer
Former Juneau resident David Eugene Comer, 51, died Jan. 19, 2006, in Milwaukie, Ore., after an extended battle with cancer.

Billie Jo Triplette
Juneau resident Billie Jo Secrist Triplette, 63, died Jan. 27, 2006, in Juneau.

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

John Lund
Former Juneau resident John Lund, 83, died Dec. 27, 2005, in Bremerton, Wash.

Douglas Franklin
Douglas Gregory Franklin, 56, died Jan. 25, 2006, in Las Vegas.

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.

Alaska editorial: Buckle up or else, Alaska
Alaskans have 90 days to get the message that buckling up is not only important, but also that the state is taking a stronger position on making sure people do it.

Alaska editorial: Use part of fund for communities
Communities need money and the state has the cash, so it's no surprise that legislators are considering several bills to share some of Alaska's high-price oil wealth directly with Alaska's cities and boroughs to spend on local needs.

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).

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

JDHS wins at Colony, heads to Wasilla
The Juneau-Douglas girls basketball team won again on their northern road trip, this time defeating the Colony Knights 45-41.

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.

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.

Tanker runs aground after ice floe strikes it
A small amount of fuel spilled into Cook Inlet after an ice floe hit a tanker that was being loaded with petroleum products, pulling it off its mooring and damaging the tanker's fuel arm.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

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.

Video shows teen saying she knew of plans to kill her mother
Five days after her mother's 2004 death, Rachelle Waterman told investigators she knew that the murder could occur on the weekend she was away playing volleyball, according to a videotape of her interrogation that jurors saw Thursday.

State releases final study of Juneau road
The state rolled out its final environmental study for the controversial road-ferry link from Juneau to Skagway Thursday.

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.

Feds raid charter flight company
Federal authorities on Thursday raided a charter flight company connected to the fatal crash of a military-style jet in Ketchikan and arrested a company associate on a weapons charge.

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: International partners
Kazuo Tanaka, consulate-general of Japan in Seattle, visits with guests before a luncheon hosted by Gov. Frank Murkowski and his wife, Nancy, on Thursday at the Governor's Mansion.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

Gov. Murkowski requests $294 million spending increase for this year's budget
An overgrown Medicaid program, sky-high fuel prices and a booming prison population are just a few of the costs that drive a whopping $294 million spending increase sought by Gov. Frank Murkowski to supplement this year's budget.

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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