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Saturday, February 4, 2006

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."

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Student recognitions
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

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.

FYI
News about the people you know

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 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.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

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 mailbox
You've got thanks

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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