Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Support Second Chance Act of 2005
The Second Chance Act of 2005 (HR 1704) was introduced to the 109th Congress last year. This legislation aims to reauthorize the grant program of the Department of Justice for reentry of offenders into the community.

A poor attack on Planned Parenthood
I'm fascinated by the letter written by the president of Alaskans for Life (Empire, Feb. 3). I sincerely hope this was a bad example of their views, because Ms. Barnack made some pretty arrogant assumptions.

Not just lap dogs
This is in response to Luke Adams' letter to the editor on Feb. 2, whereby he questions the legitimacy of service dogs and their owners.

City should clear snow
I found it unbelievable that our city and state officials would pass the buck on responsibility over clearing the snow off of the sidewalks.

Law is flexible on service animals
We at Southeast Alaska Independent Living are writing in response to Luke Adams' Feb. 2 letter regarding service dogs.

Psychologist: Girl saw murder plot as a fantasy
Rachelle Waterman "didn't see the danger of hanging around with creepy older guys," a clinical psychologist testified Monday during the girl's trial on charges that she plotted her mother's 2004 murder.

Murder case hangs on acknowledged killer's credibility
Rachelle Waterman's fate may depend on whether jurors believe one of the men who killed her mother was a credible witness - or the "devil" incarnate, as the defense argued.

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

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

Waterman remembered for generosity, kindness
Lauri Waterman made a substantial contribution to Craig in life, and the city has honored her in death, according to her neighbors.

Images from another time: A bridge too low, mid-1970s
A delivery truck knocked down the footbridge that spans Calhoun Avenue in the mid-1970s.

City to drop water level for work on Twin Lakes
Twin Lakes users should stay off the southern lake's ice for the next two weeks as the city lowers the water level and installs a new sewer pump lift station near the Salmon Creek bridge, officials say.

New Twin Lakes playground delayed at least 1 more year
Children will have to wait at least one more year before enjoying a new community playground at Twin Lakes, one disappointed organizer said Tuesday.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

School Board: Put it on the plastic
The Juneau School District is getting its first credit cards.

Photo: Headed for Carnegie Hall
Members of the Juneau-Douglas High School jazz band...practice Tuesday in the JDHS band room for their upcoming performance in the "Hot Spaghetti.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Believing she's happier than ever before
I believe in being myself. No matter how out of the ordinary I may seem, I take pride in the fact that I don't rely on anyone else to determine who I am. I haven't always felt this way.

Photo: Winners are ...
The "Return of the Reading Books" team won the second year in a row for the third- and fourth-grade division.

Neighbors Digest
Daffodil Days, an annual fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, is again coming to Juneau.

Mixing religion and politics needn't be volatile
As one of the city's newer residents, I am enjoying getting acquainted with the mix of people, weather, cultures and sheer beauty that is Juneau, Alaska.

Photos: Reliving Winter
As the rain pours down this week, winter seems but a distant memory. But, icicles decorated downtown buildings a mere week ago.

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks...

My Turn: Service dogs help with many invisible disabilities
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as any animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.

My Turn: America's internal threat
I have believed for some time that if this country falls, it will be to internal enemies, not to terrorists or foreign powers.

My Turn: It is annexation without representation for islands
It is with amusement I read that the Juneau Assembly is considering annexing more of Admiralty Island.

My Turn: Pipeline negotiations are proper
I am responding to former Gov. Tony Knowles' recent comments (My Turn, Jan. 27) on the Murkowski administration's negotiations toward a natural gas pipeline contract with the major North Slope oil producers.

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.

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.

Villagers say warmer climate is forcing community changes
Fire breaks protecting homes were never part of the traditional culture in Huslia, an Athabascan village on the Koyukuk River.

Lawmakers expect longer session as oil tax, pipeline contract loom
A month into the session some Alaska lawmakers are saying that two big items will keep them here for an extended session.

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

House OKs legislation to help needy receive legal help
The Alaska House on Monday passed a bill creating a special account to fund a nonprofit law group that represents poor Alaskans in civil legal matters.

Mining jobs could jump in next five years
The number of mining jobs in Alaska could increase dramatically over the next few years, industry officials told Alaska legislators Tuesday.

'Buckwheat' 1,600 miles into trek across country
Anyone who was in Chicago Monday and saw Carlin "Buckwheat" Donahue strutting down Chicago's famed Lakeshore Drive with his backpack would have seen little sign of his past struggles with diabetes, his heart and injured feet.

Photo: Crafter of the constitution
Judge Thomas Stewart speaks at a public symposium on Alaska's constitution held last weekend in Schaible Auditorium at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Wildlife sanctuary
C anada unveiled a 16-million-acre preserve in British Columbia on Tuesday, including parkland covering an area twice the size of Yellowstone, teeming with grizzly bears, wolves and wild salmon in the ancestral home of many Native tribes.

Lobbyists bag $14 million in Alaska in '05
The number of registered lobbyists has dropped each year since the Alaska Legislature loosened reporting requirements in 2003, but that doesn't mean there are fewer influence peddlers roaming the Capitol.

Scientists: Ice melting faster than expected
Scientists on Monday painted a gloomy picture of the effects of global warming on the Arctic, warning of melting ocean ice, rising oceans, thawed permafrost and forests susceptible to bugs and fire.

Salcha residents seeking way to get out of Tanana River area prone to flooding
In recent years, flooding along the Tanana River in Salcha has become more than an inconvenience. Some homeowners now are looking for a way out.

Hamilton: University needs to focus on remedial studies
About 40 percent of University of Alaska students require remedial classes just to prepare for freshman-level courses, UA President Mark Hamilton told lawmakers Tuesday.

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