In the Stacks: 8 books for young minds
Young Adult novels and stories generally have plots aimed at mature teens and readers in their twenties, though other age groups enjoy them, too!

Don't let outsiders hurt Alaska with boycott
Ellie Archer of Calgary wrote "leave the wolves alone." First it was Friends of Animals doing Alaska damage, now we have Canadians getting their digs in, too. Myself, having just returned from a two-week Alaskan visit in January, I saw no wolves, but I also saw very few moose and that tells me something. There's less moose, or at least I see less than my last four visits in two years. I wonder why? Could it be the wolves are taking more?

Not building school won't free up funds
Juneau has decided three times that we need a second high school. Those who have opposed this project are making a final pitch to stop a Valley school, arguing cost problems, flat enrollments, and that Juneau is a one-school town and shouldn't change.

What will the final bill for new school really be?
How many bonds do we need to build a new school? Over and over again? Not very optimistic when this keeps happening!

Three reasons to build toward a positive future
Even if we stop construction on the new high school we will still have to cut staff as planned now. Stopping construction will not free up funds to hire teachers.

Seeking fairness for Alaska Natives
During the primary election one candidate said the following: "Freedom is something that will never be given on a silver platter. Instead we have to suffer a heavy sacrifice for it." Surely this is not far from the truth for Native Alaskans who were given the exact tool to make it a reality. It's called the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA).

Canceling bus routes to save money is unwise
Canceling seven school bus routes to save money is an unwise idea.

It's time for another Boston Tea Party
This letter is in regards to Wednesday's front-page article that stated that Gov. Murkowski urges a resolution on taxes. He wants $100 million in taxes. In Tuesday's edition, Bush was quoted asking for $27 trillion in taxes. When are the American people going to wake up and smell what we're being fed? It was just a couple of hundred years ago that Americans gathered themselves together and had a big tea party and told a king "no more!"

Photo: Boom Boom Boom A Gator
The Juneau-Douglas High School cheer and stunt team leads the home crowd in singing the JDHS song before the start of Friday's Juneau-Sitka girls basketball game. The squad helps rally the crowd at JDHS basketball home games. The next home series will be on Feb. 20-21, when the Crimson Bear boys host Ketchikan.

Young readers vie for honors
Knowing which of 14 books contained a scene in which a character is surprised at being wished good luck was the charm for a trio of Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School sixth-graders Saturday.

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

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Loop Road house burned in training exercise
Twenty-five Capital City Fire and Rescue firefighters trained Saturday in a planned fire at a house on Mendenhall Loop Road near Auke Bay.

Jewelry store to replace Summit restaurant
The Summit Restaurant and the Inn at the Waterfront, upscale downtown businesses owned for 19 years by Juneau resident Ann House, closed Friday after House sold the building to Almod Diamonds.

Experts scheduled to address Capitol Planning Committee
Two preeminent scholars on capitols will visit Juneau, said Mayor Bruce Botelho after meeting with U.S. Capitol officials during a recent trip to Washington D.C.

Victoria Jean Gunn
Longtime Juneau resident Victoria Jean Gunn, 58, died Feb. 4, 2004, at her home in Lacey, Wash.

Leonard Peter Lowell
Juneau resident Leonard Peter Lowell, 83, died Jan. 31, 2004, at his home.

Toe cartoon
Editorial cartoon by local artist Toe.

Smoking ban would give freedom of choice
Imagine this scene on a bad night at a Juneau restaurant: A new prep cook starts a small grease fire in the kitchen, which opens onto the dining room. Soon the restaurant is hazy with smoke. What's worse: The restaurant won't open any doors to air out the eatery.

My Turn: Not building second high school is shortsighted
As a renewed debate has surfaced within our community generated by those who wish to attempt to cancel or further delay the construction of the new high school at Dimond Park, I wish to express my strong support for the project and to urge continuation of construction on its current schedule.

Web sites
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

Vintage snowmobile collectors rediscover a forgotten treasure
At times, Eileen Harrison can still smell the oil. It's been 35 years since Scorpion snowmobiles covered her family's front yard in rural Crow Wing County. But drops of the oil that spilled onto the snow and seeped into the ground still linger.

Out & About
Upcoming local outdoor events.

Snow report
Local snow conditions for skiiers.

Settling down for a long winter's nap
Across Alaska, there are secrets sleeping beneath the snow. Hibernating bears are biological wonders. Inactive all winter, they don't suffer bone loss, muscle atrophy or bedsores the way a person would. They don't eat, but their nutritional needs are met. They need water but don't drink. Their cubs, born during hibernation, are so fetal-like that one researcher called their development "an almost external pregnancy."

Due to incorrect information provided to the Empire, Friday's state wrestling preview story incorrectly reported that Juneau's Matt Barry was a late injury replacement for Ketchikan's Kenneth Davis. Barry actually replaced Region V champion Ty Wagner of Sitka.

Tired Cavaliers fall to Wizards
Now that they're finally relatively healthy, the Washington Wizards want to get their sickly record looking better. Gilbert Arenas scored 26 points, Jerry Stackhouse had 19 and the Wizards snapped an 11-game road losing streak with a 106-88 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.

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.

Photo: A breath of fresh air
Glacier Swim Club's Carissa Anderon, 7, does freestyle during the first heat of the 100-yard medley relay on Friday during the first day of the Mike Smithers Southeast Regional Championships at Juneau's Augustus G. Brown Swimming Pool.

Juneau's Monagle masters Sitka boys
Led by the interior play of sophomore forward Josh Monagle, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team claimed a pair of victories over the Sitka Wolves this weekend to open the Region V-Class 4A schedule.

Carrillo wins state crown
Juneau-Douglas High School sophomore Gerry Carrillo became the first Crimson Bear wrestler to win a state championship in three years Saturday night at Chugiak High School. Carrillo, the state's top-ranked wrestler at 103 pounds, claimed a 12-1 major decision over third-seeded Alan Bartelli of Wasilla in the championship final.

Getting defensive
The outcome of this weekend's Juneau-Sitka girls basketball series was summed up in the tipoffs. On Friday, Crimson Bear freshman Talisa Rhea nabbed the opening tip and fed teammate Mary Rehfeld for a layup just seconds into the game.

Immigration judge's order splits up Anchorage family
An Anchorage family faces separation after an immigration judge ordered the parents to leave the country by last Friday because they overstayed their tourist visas.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Ice along the Nenana indicates it could be an early breakup
Tickets for the Nenana Ice Classic went on sale this month, and judging by early ice measurements it could be an early breakup this spring on the Tanana River. Then again, it might not.

Conferees to consider dipping into permafund
State lawmakers, government officials and 55 delegates are packing their bags for Fairbanks this week to tackle the politically thorny question of whether to use earnings of the Alaska Permanent Fund for state government.

Alaska school districts facing huge budget cuts
School Districts across Alaska are facing sharp budget cuts. A standing-room-only crowd in Palmer on Wednesday night listened to the proposed cuts intended to remedy the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District' $8 million budget deficit.

Legislative roundup
Summary of activity at the state Capitol.

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