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.

The bare, down-to-earth, truth
Thanks to Janet Jackson, we have another reason to call TV the boob tube. Fortunately, FCC chairman Powell is on the job, expressing the moral outrage we all would if we weren't too busy watching football.

Abortion not about choice, but about killing
Ms. Janowiec in her Jan. 30 letter to the editor states: "Anyone that has any knowledge about how and why our country was founded will agree that it's about choice and the freedom to have control over your own body."

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.

Another option for high school dilemma
Almost all of us agree that Juneau-Douglas High School is overcrowded. How should we deal with the situation, both now and many years down the road?

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.

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.

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.

Family training
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.

'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.

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.

Around Town
Today: Valley Toastmasters meeting, 6:10 a.m. every Tuesday, Henry's Restaurant. Public invited. Details: Jim, 789-3074.

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."

Due to a reporter's error, the Sunday Empire's Legislative Roundup misstated a state House vote.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Fire wipes out electricity to 7,500 users
Electricity went out for about half of Juneau's Alaska Electric Light & Power customers early Monday after a utility pole caught fire at Airport Boulevard and Old Dairy Road.

One child at a time
Eight years ago, then 8-year-old Barbara Dude and Karen Musslewhite met at a local fast-food restaurant for a snack.

Training to fight fires
Capital City Fire and Rescue firefighter and EMT John Krebsbach turns off a fire hydrant Monday in front of the Glacier Valley Fire Department.

Assembly may curb authority of Docks and Harbors Board
The city would control every dollar of purchases by the Docks and Harbors Board and Department down to a bag of nails, according to an ordinance that the Juneau Assembly introduced Monday night.

Halting new school could pose bond dilemma
If Juneau voters block construction of a second high school, the city will have to decide what to do with about $18.2 million in bonds it has sold for the project but not used.

Around Town
Today:Low Impact Exercise, 10 a.m., Juneau Senior Center and Valley Senior Center. Details: 463-6175.

Frank Aaron Wilson Sr.
Longtime Douglas resident Frank Aaron Wilson Sr., 85, died Feb. 5, 2004, in Douglas.

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)

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.

Ricky, you can't go home again
CLEVELAND - Ricky Davis returned to Gund Arena and hardly recognized the place. The crowd was rowdy, the Cleveland Cavaliers' mascot made fun of him and he got booed.

Ready for The Show
After three years of toiling in the minor leagues, Juneau's Chad Bentz thinks he's ready for "The Show."

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.

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.

Getting wet and wild
The Mike Smithers Southeast Alaska Regional Swim Championships this weekend were a blend of the old and the new for Juneau's Glacier Swim Club, with a lot of fast times thrown in.

Wrestling Results
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.

Tompkins ends Worlds with two ninths
Juneau monoskier Joe Tompkins closed out the International Paralympic Committee's Disabled Alpine Ski World Championships with a pair of ninth-place finishes last week in Wildschnau, Austria.

Kleedehn looks to win this year's Yukon Quest
WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory - After coming in second last year, William Kleedehn has an understandable goal for this year's Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Sports in Juneau
NEW CALENDAR ITEM: • Juneau-Douglas High School indoor soccer minicamp - The sixth annual JDHS indoor soccer minicamp takes place on Monday, Feb. 16, at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School and is for boys and girls ages 5-14.

Carissa Anderson's name was misspelled in the cutline from a photo of her swimming in the Mike Smithers Southeast Alaska Regional Swim Championships that ran Sunday's Juneau Empire sports section.

This Day in History
In Alaska: • In 1883, the McFarland Home for Girls, a Presbyterian institution, burned to the ground.

State makes tentative deal to buy North Pole oil refinery
Flint Hills Resources has secured a tentative crude oil contract with the state that will allow it to buy the Williams Alaska Petroleum refinery at North Pole.

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.

Hammond backs state income tax
Attention is focused on the state budget gap this week, and former Gov. Jay Hammond says he has a proposal that would double the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend, stabilize it and plug the deficit.

This Day in History
In Alaska: • In 1881, miners agreed to rename "Harrisburgh" "Rockwell" and establish mining laws. In December, miners again changed the name to "Juneau City."

Bill would do away with 58-foot seine boat limit
A few extra feet on a fishing vessel may not sound like much, but Juneau fisherman Scott McAllister says lengthening his boat could open up a whole new market for his fish.

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.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

High-speed connection
Some 2,800 tons of undersea fiber-optic cable is shown coiled up in the belly of the CS Bold Endeavour, berthed in Seward. Workers are to begin laying the 1,544-mile cable between Seward and Warrenton, Ore., that will provide a high-speed communications link between Alaska and the Lower 48.

Alaska Digest
Seniors can apply for SBS scholarship ANCHORAGE - Applications are now available for high school seniors to apply for the Spenard Builders Supply (SBS) scholarship. A $2,000 to $4,000 scholarship will be awarded to assist an Alaska high school senior in pursing a vocational career for the benefit of Alaska's future.

Alaska Digest
staff and Wire reports

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.

Timber developer considers Petersburg
A Washington timber developer wants to inject some much-needed dollars into Petersburg's economy by building a new sawmill.

Poll says most Alaska voters prefer taxes over tapping permanent fund
ANCHORAGE - A poll commissioned by the Anchorage Daily News suggests that most Alaska voters would rather tax the oil industry or resurrect the income tax than tap the Alaska Permanent Fund to fix the state's fiscal crisis.

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