Monday, February 7, 2005

Check out youth chapter books at the library
Chapter books make great read-alouds for families or read-alones for kids, and we've got something for everyone at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Fair recounts should be a right
Ben Brown's opinion piece in the Empire Feb. 2 proposes a dangerous and undemocratic position.

City should close hill during storms
I have lived on the Ninth Street hill that goes up to the Governor's Mansion for nearly 20 years and have repeatedly witnessed the vehicle mayhem that occurs following heavy snow or ice rain.

Get the mine going
I agree 100 percent with Mr. Jim Wilson (Empire letters, Feb. 3) regarding giving the go-ahead to Coeur to get the Kensington Mine going.

A nearby sea of tranquility
There is a place near here that I could label with many superlatives.

Alien workers are not above law
I read the article on the Internet, "With all options exhausted, Guillen to be deported today" (Empire, Feb. 1). The man in the article has broken U.S. law four times.

Self-rescue is best chance for survival
I am writing in response to the article printed Jan. 30 in the Juneau Empire about avalanche search and rescue dogs.

Budget, then tax
Margo Waring's recent letter to the editor (Empire, Feb. 1) held that it was interesting that the cruise industry would want to see an actual budget before they would agree to a tax increase.

Coeur Alaska should leave the bay alone
Maybe I'm a cynic, but why does Coeur Alaska feel it is necessary to air radio ads about supporting public radio and building Southeast communities?

No heart of gold
Coeur Alaska would like Juneau to think that the corporation has a heart of gold. We have heard promises upon promises about how safe the Kensington Mine will be and how great it will be for Juneau.

Win at Berners and move on
The deadline for filing appeals to the Kensington Mine EIS is Monday, Feb. 7. SEACC has declared the intention to file such an appeal.

Photo: Rocking the boat
Alexis Todd-Harding hangs on with other children as Coast Guard Seaman Jennifer Tabbutt and Marine Safety Officer Greg Vance rock the boat in the Boating & Water Safety section of Kids Safe at Centennial Hall on Saturday.

Covered parking a priority for airport expansion
The terminal of the Juneau International Airport leaves a lot to be desired.

Officers file grievance seeking overtime pay
Claiming patrol officers on eight-hour shifts are entitled to overtime pay if they work more than eight hours in a day, the Public Safety Employees Association has filed a grievance with the Juneau police administration.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Through war, upheaval, Red Cross traces a friend
For more than 10 years of separation, Juneau resident Mark Stopha had been wondering whether his African friend Solomon Saidu was still alive. What separated them was more than half a globe.

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

Photo: Doing the right thing
Gill Grose scoops up dog droppings as Linda Shipman, center, and Vicky McLaughlin search for more along the airport dike trail on Sunday. The group of dog lovers called "Grateful Dogs of Juneau" spends one day a month on a "Poop Scoop" on local trails.

Foundation launched to assist local philanthropy
Juneau is filled with giving people, said Joyce Kilcup, who came to work last spring as executive director for the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Photo: Designs for Dimond Park high school
Chuck Tyler, an architect with the national firm Fanning/Howey Associates, points out details in two of four schematic designs for the Dimond Park high school at a meeting Friday of city and school district officials.

Are some 'A's' worth more than others?
Kate Diebels, a junior at Juneau-Douglas High School, was reluctant to take two Advanced Placement courses this year because they're a hard "A" to earn.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events. To be included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive. They

UAS lectures target science for Alaskans
In the decades he's spent studying the aurora, Fairbanks scientist Dirk Lummerzheim has never heard it make a single sound.

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

A shipboard (non)romance - or - Really, how was school today?
Juneau counselors Mary Bardone and Bill Platte got more than they bargained for when they signed on as two of three counselors on a ship for college students.

Mark Jacobs Jr.
Mark Jacobs Jr. died Jan. 13, 2005, in Sitka.

State needs to ensure teacher competency
Alaska's teachers aren't cozying up to the idea of having their competence tested before their state certificates can be renewed, and based on the testing method to which they're opposed, the state's Department of Education would be wise to consider an alternative.

Empire editorial: Legislature should bolster research and development
A laska lawmakers were asked to pump $2.5 million this year into the state's economic future last week by an unlikely economic adviser - the president of the University of Alaska, Mark Hamilton.

Out&About
Out & About

Sleds skim across the snow with an abundance of dog power
The lot at Hardware Ranch was in a frenzy. But it wasn't snowmobiles - several trailers sat empty, but not a distant engine whine remained - or kids leaping about, looking at hundreds of elk, begging for a sleigh ride.

Piecing together bear puzzle
A project involving bear hunters, antibiotics and barbed wire has provided revealing insights into one of the world's densest populations of black bears, on Kuiu Island in Southeast Alaska.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts

Musarra wins state crown for Juneau
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Sungie Musarra closed out his prep wrestling career by winning a state title on Saturday night, helping the Crimson Bears take fifth place in the Class 4A state wrestling meet at Chugiak High School.

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.

Bear girls shoot down Wolves
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team shot better than 60 percent from the floor and held Sitka's go-to player in check on Friday and Saturday.

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.

Boozer leads Utah over New Orleans
Right from the start, Carlos Boozer saw that Utah Jazz were determined to play as a team.

No place like home
After spending a month as road warriors, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team finally got to play a pair of home games over the weekend.

Gamers turning their online play into business
It's not a conversation you'd hear in a real-world battle.

This Day in History
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Mount Veniaminof's hot rocks and lava now visible more than 20 miles distant
Mount Veniaminof, one of Alaska's largest and most active volcanoes, spewed hot rocks and lava that was clearly visible to residents more than 20 miles away.

Alaska Digest
Pilot, dog found safe near Berners Bay

Angoon murderer sentenced to 30 years
Denni Starr was sentenced Friday to serve 30 years in prison for fatally stabbing Richard "Buddy" George, and another year for endangering their 17-month-old daughter.

State says cruise ship air pollution has gone down
Cruise ship companies operating in Southeast Alaska have paid $540,000 for air pollution violations since 2000, but the number of infractions has rapidly declined over the last four years, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Gregg Renkes calls it quits
Attorney General Gregg Renkes announced his resignation Saturday after months of battling criticism for alleged ethics breaches while shaping an international trade deal.

State game officials are pondering establishing a moose hunt on the Anchorage hillside
State game officials are considering holding a moose hunt in the Hillside area above Anchorage.

Students can earn a good letter grade in art of calligraphy
Students looking for a good letter grade at Kodiak College should consider signing up for Jim Peotter's calligraphy class.

NorthwestDigest
Staff reports from around the state.

This Day in History
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