Thursday, February 9, 2006

Business Digest
Staff reports from local businesses

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.

Get creative with new arts center
With good intentions and astute planning, the citizens of Juneau stepped forward and voted with their pockets to approve the construction of a new high school in the Mendenhall Valley.

How did Washington use surveillance?
While defending domestic wiretapping, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Monday, "President Washington, President Lincoln, President Wilson, President Roosevelt have all authorized electronic surveillance on a far broader scale."

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.

Road cuts out other opportunities
Despite the fact that the proposed Juneau road will result in longer and less predictable travel times, increase transportation dangers in the winter with avalanche risks, and cost the state some 45 percent more than the existing ferry system to operate over the long run, Gov. Frank Murkowski keeps pushing for the dead end.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Photo: Speaking to the masses
Alaska State American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Executive President Jim Sampson speaks Wednesday to a Union Rally in front of the Capital.

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

There's just no substitute
The substitute teachers' pool appears to be drying up in the Juneau School District, according to administration.

Jury deliberates while Waterman waits for verdict
Jurors deliberating Rachelle Waterman's murder-conspiracy case on Wednesday asked for a legal definition of "intended," a word they would have to apply to the girl's actions if they are to convict her in her mother's killing.

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

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

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.

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks...

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.

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.

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

Herbert Mead
Former Juneau resident Herbert Malcolm Mead died Jan. 19 at the Mount Diablo Hospital in Concord, Calif. after a lengthy illness of lung and heart disease.

Karen Ann Rusher
Former Juneau resident Karen Ann Rusher died Feb. 4, 2006 in Puyallup, Wash.

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.

Alaska editorial: Kudos to House for standing up to Senate
The Alaska Senate, after pushing around the House last session, figured it could do it again this year. But the House said no, and deserves praise for standing its ground.

My Turn: Does life begin at conception or when personality forms?
Once again, the issue of abortion has reared its ugly head in Juneau, and once again the issue has shown an almost complete lack of thought behind the assertions of its proponents and opponents.

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.

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.

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.

Augustine coverage a model in tracking eruptions
From his home in Nanwalek, Vince Evans can stare across Cook Inlet at Augustine Volcano as it pumps out ash and steam. But like many in the isolated village, Evans prefers to check the Internet for the latest on the eruption.

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.

Few candidates apply to be rural judges
Not enough qualified candidates are applying to be judges in rural Alaska, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander Bryner told lawmakers Wednesday.

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

Mining has top state-hire rate
Alaska's mining industry hires Alaskans at a greater rate than any other large industry in the state, according to a report published Wednesday by the Juneau-based McDowell Group.

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.

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

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

Study: Growth in fishing industry
Aaron Severson is one young fisherman who is banking on a good future for commercial fishing in Alaska.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Cruise tax sails forward
An Alaska Superior Court ruling has cleared the way for a citizens' initiative taxing the cruise ship industry to appear on the November ballot.

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.

Perfect timing: Crabtree's first record appears in time for 'Sawyer' concert
Dave Crabtree's first record, "This is Me," showed up at his house last weekend. It's perfect timing for an official release party at the "Tom Sawyer" concert.

Cinema Guide
what's playing at the box office

briefly
news of local arts

Together again: Punk rockers join forces for Saturday concert in Juneau
Santa Cruz, Calif., punk legends Camper Van Beethoven never really broke up when the band dissolved in 1990.

Juneau's progressive force
Last August, Andy Engstrom and Ward F. Ward started thinking about paying homage to some of the bands that inspired them to play music.

Shirley Mae Springer Staten to sing with Juneau Pride Chorus
Anchorage singer and speaker Shirley Mae Springer Staten will perform as a guest artist Friday night with the Juneau Pride Chorus, then lead a free workshop Saturday on beginning a Threshold Choir in Juneau.

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

A winter festival of music
Pianist Arnulf von Arnim and violist Paul Rosenthal will play in the Sitka Summer Music Festival's Winter Classic Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Northern Light United Church.

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