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!
Association to hold Ecotourism Conference
The Alaska Wilderness Recreation and Tourism Association will hold its 11th annual Ecotourism Conference in Sitka on March 1-3.
Juneau School Board's blindness
As Alaska's oil wells are drying up, Juneau's school board still does not grasp the urgency of providing high schoolers with value-added earning skills.
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!"
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.
Impressed by woman's strength after attack
Kudos to Katherine Tanner, the woman who last week told Judge Patricia Collins that she kept her eyes open during a near fatal attack by her husband because she was afraid she might never open them again.
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?
Facts, not fantasy, support one high school
Gianna Giusti (letter to the editor, Feb. 2) wonders why two teachers support the initiative to hold the School Board and Assembly accountable for the impact of building a big new high school.
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.
Spinning the truth on transportation plan
Lew Williams manages to put so much spin on the truth that it makes me dizzy. It's one thing to pontificate and another to tell straight-out lies.
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.
Three Juneau residents win vehicles in nationwide contest
Last Tuesday evening, John Orbistondo attached a sticky note to his wife Darla's cellular phone. It read "OnSTAR."
Jillian Messerschmidt, left, leads her Labrador, Ruby, out for training as her father, Steven, brings in one of Ruby's pups, Copper, and her uncle, Forrest, works with the other pup, Belle, in the Mendenhall Wetlands on Sunday.
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.
Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.
Long-time curator of city museum calls it a day
When Mary Pat Wyatt began assessing the assortment of objects that would become the initial collection of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, she was dismayed.
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.
Due to a reporter's error, the Sunday Empire's Legislative Roundup misstated a state House vote.
Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.
'Unsuccessful photographer' finds happiness in Juneau
Juneau makes David Depew a better person. A slight man with a mustache and beard that would suit the star of a late 19th-century Wild West show, Depew said he is certain of it. "I tend to become what I do," the six-year Juneau resident said.
Today:Low Impact Exercise, 10 a.m., Juneau Senior Center and Valley Senior Center. Details: 463-6175.
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.
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.
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.
My Turn: Bill better than an initiative to ensure change in Senate process
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof..." (Article I, Sec. 3 United States Constitution - Adopted 1787, Ratified 1788)
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.
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."
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.
Out & About
Upcoming local outdoor events.
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.
Boozer leads a double-double life
CLEVELAND - Kneeling at the scorer's table waiting to get into a game last week, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Jeff McInnis looked up just as Carlos Boozer streaked by.
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.
Results from the Class 4A state wrestling championships held Friday and Saturday at Chugiak High School. Results are for the championship and consolation finals. The fifth-sixth place matches did not count in team scores.
Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS Friday, Feb. 13 Roughhouse Friday boxing - Roughhouse Friday boxing presents the "Valentine's Day Massacre," with Al Valentine vs. Justice "Cheesy" Cortese as the main event.
Transfer rules make a farce of prep sports
The Alaska School Activities Association officially let its high school basketball season become a farce last week.
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.
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.
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.
Ready for The Show
After three years of toiling in the minor leagues, Juneau's Chad Bentz thinks he's ready for "The Show."
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.
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.
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.
News in brief from around the state.
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.
Timber developer considers Petersburg
A Washington timber developer wants to inject some much-needed dollars into Petersburg's economy by building a new sawmill.
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.
This Day in History
In Alaska: In 1883, the McFarland Home for Girls, a Presbyterian institution, burned to the ground.
Summary of activity at the state Capitol.
Sea cable boosts fiber-optic capacity
ANCHORAGE - On Friday, it was 2,800 tons of cable, neatly coiled in the belly of a ship berthed in Seward. Next spring, it'll be stretched out under the sea, providing Alaska with another high-speed communications link to the Lower 48.
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.
Seekins targets bears
FAIRBANKS - The same state senator who last year spearheaded the bill that brought aerial wolf hunting back to Alaska now is taking aim at bears.
White House opposes Young transportation plan
WASHINGTON - Two Bush administration Cabinet secretaries have urged the president to veto any transportation funding bill that requires an increase in gas taxes, a direct threat to Alaska Rep. Don Young's six-year spending plan.
staff and Wire reports
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