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Thursday, February 10, 2005

Draw the circle wider to include all
I was glad to see the Empire's coverage of the recent controversy over the PBS children's show, "Postcards from Buster."

Salmon more precious than gold
As long as the sky is blue, and grass is green, and salmon run free, men of low principle will trade what feeds us for gold and toxic waste. Trade the Mother that nurtures us all for pennies on the dollar.

Lawmakers drink in the office
Drinking on the job. Can you? Most of us cannot drink on the job or even go to work if we have been drinking.

Speak for ferries
Southeast Alaskans need ferries to travel to Juneau for medical appointments, make airport connections, and to access through connections to other Southeast Alaska ports, Prince Rupert, and Bellingham.

Speak out for Berners Bay
I was disappointed but not surprised to learn when I came home from college for the winter break that the Forest Service had approved the ill conceived plan to build the new Kensington Mine site inside Berners Bay.

Ask questions of Coeur
Any reasonable person should ask a few questions about the proposed Kensington Mine project in Berners Bay. I respect an informed decision even if I disagree with it. So let's ask some questions and you decide.

Build the freedom road
We Alaskans value our freedoms. Freedom of speech without government suppression.

Veneer plant jobs suspect
The Alaska Journal of Commerce published an article titled "New life breathed into veneer plant" (Jan. 24)), but I don't expect to see long lines at our real estate offices or the new car dealerships any time soon.

No money for road
I agree with Janet Kussart on her letter about who is actually going to foot the bill for a road out of Juneau.

Tulsequah forum packs Centennial
Canadian and U.S. officials spent more than an hour on Monday night describing regulatory hurdles for the Tulsequah Chief mine, but a large number of Juneau residents and tribal representatives told the officials they are still worried about the mine's impacts on the Taku River.

Alaska Club ponders building community pool in the Valley
For about 20 years, city officials have been talking about building a swimming pool in the Mendenhall Valley, and now the city may get one with a new high school at Dimond Park.

Planning Commission says industrial park needs traffic lights
If an industrial park is developed at the longtime home of Juneau Ready Mix in the Lemon Creek area, city planning commissioners want to see more traffic signals going up on Glacier Highway.

Legality of port fee hike questioned
A private dock manager and cruise ship officials are challenging the legality of the Juneau Assembly's proposed port development fee increase.

Alaska's schools seek more money
Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposed increases in education funding aren't enough to stave off cuts, school officials from around the state told the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

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

Images from another time: Back after years away
A Western Airlines 727 lands in Juneau in the winter of 1983. The flight was the first for Western after an absence of some years.

Chug! Chug! Chug!
Alika Bradley, 17, a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, is cheered on by his classmates during Homecoming week's root beer and ice cream eating contest Wednesday in the school commons.

Abuser of minor settles for 15 years
A man facing 45 counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor has agreed to serve 15 years in prison, according to a document filed by his attorney.

Images from another time: Run aground
The Majestic Explorer sits high on the rocks on East Brother Island in Fredrick Sound on Sept. 10, 1982. The accident led to the death of one passenger during the evacuation of the cruise ship.

Photo: Renewal at the shrine
Roofer Josh Houston removes shingles Tuesday from the roof of the chapel at the Shrine of St. Therese.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events.

Pipe bursts in State Office Building
A 2-inch-wide pipe burst in the ceiling over the Alaska State Library early Wednesday, with water raining down on government books and documents.

AroundTown
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

School district counts on lawmakers, city to increase funding
The Juneau School District, like other districts around the state, has built next year's budget on Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposed increases in funding.

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

Undertake a free, responsible search for truth and meaning
A friend had a poster that stated, "This life is only a test. It is only a test. If it were a real life, you would have been given instructions and told what to do."

Student recognition
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth.

Thank you
Messages of thanks from the community, to the community.

Miller and Piukala to wed
Juneau resident Jessica Lynn Miller and Maika Piukala of Haalalo, Tongatapu, will marry at 3 p.m., Feb. 19, 2005, at the Moose Lodge in Juneau.

'Swingin' in the Rain'
Juneau Jazz and Classics hosted "Swingin' in the Rain", a winter cabaret gala, Friday at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Woods and Sohl to wed
Brooke N. Woods of Juneau and Walter F. Sohl of Port Aransas, Texas, are engaged to be married.

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

P.E.O. raises money for school breakfasts
P.E.O. Chapter G's holiday 2004 fund-raising effort raised $1,000 for local school breakfast programs.

Roy R. Greening, M.D.
Roy Richard Greening, M.D., 85, died Feb. 5, 2005, in Juneau.

Ann Marie Doogan
Ann Marie Doogan, Sister of Saint Ann, 85, died Feb. 6, 2005 at St. Ann's Residence in Victoria, British Columbia.

Sister Ann Marie Doogan
Sister Ann Marie Doogan, a member of St. Ann's Parish in Juneau, died Feb. 6. She had been in the convent more than 70 years.

My Turn: No need for road
The hot question around town these days is not "can we build a road?" but "is it worth it?" The majority of people in the Lynn Canal have said no, for good reason. Basically, there is no good reason to build the road.

My Turn: Oil tax decision is part of state duty
By now most readers are aware of the administrative action I took in January to aggregate Prudhoe Bay and its satellite fields under a single taxation formula. I have tried to remind all of those concerned with my decision that as chief executive of Alaska under our constitution I have a very broad responsibility to all the people of Alaska. While I have always considered the oil industry a valued "partner" with our state, it is important to be ever mindful of the fact that industry and government owe allegiance to very different bodies. Industry has a responsibility to serve the best interests of its shareholders, and government has a responsibility to serve the best interests of its citizens.

Seniors return to lift Hoonah girls to crown
Seniors Cassandra Peters and Kristi Skaflestad returned from injuries just in time to lead the Hoonah girls to the title at last weekend's Icy Straits Invitational in Hoonah.

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.

Local Sports Standings
Standing from your local sports teams

Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Polls
The latest hoops polls.

Denver holds Utah starters to just 19 points
The Utah Jazz have been frustrated all season, but their despondence reached a new low after their starters combined for just 19 points.

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.

Hoonah boys stay perfect this season
Balanced scoring trumped individual efforts as the undefeated Hoonah High School boys basketball team won the sixth annual Icy Straits Invitational last weekend in Hoonah.

Edgecumbe boys, girls leap in polls
The Mount Edgecumbe boys and girls basketball teams are racing up the rankings of the Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls.

AlaskaDigest
Staff reports from around the state

Land grants worry villages
Some Southeast Alaska villages say they have a lot to lose from the Murkowski administration's proposed bill giving 260,000 acres of state land to the University of Alaska.

Bill rebukes slavers, but business will go on
The state could cut financial relationships with companies that do business in countries that support slavery and human trafficking, under a bill heard by a Senate committee Tuesday.

FERC rules on access to proposed Alaska gas pipeline
Federal regulators on Wednesday issued rules on how exploration companies would tap into a gas pipeline from the North Slope.

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

Bill would make steroids without prescription illegal
Shannon Sawyer loves wrestling, football and bodybuilding and says he's never used steroids in his life.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state.

Demographer predicts robust population growth
Alaska's population is expected to grow by more than a third over the next quarter century, according to a state statistician.

Interim attorney general named
Scott Nordstrand will take over as interim attorney general when Gregg Renkes steps down on Friday, according to the governor's office.

Longtime Ketchikan residents leave state
As a kid growing up in Ketchikan during Prohibition, Charles "Chuck" Lester Cloudy collected whiskey bottles to sell to local bootleggers.

briefly
News of local arts

Juneau Pride Chorus to celebrate 'Freedom to Marry Day'
The Juneau Pride Chorus always puts together a show in early February. This year, they've expanded to two performances that happen to coincide with Freedom to Marry Day, a national movement in support of same-sex marriage.

Argentine couple returns for show at The Plant People
When Alex Appella left Juneau with her husband, Magu, in October 1999, she had just started to get serious about her bookbinding hobby.

Musical to raise money for Haitian youth
To raise money for a youth charity in Haiti, Juneau-Douglas High School actors and backstage staff will put on an extra performance of an upcoming musical.

what's happening
Entertainment events around Juneau.

Musical features six arts groups in tsunami benefit
Six local arts groups are teaming up to host "Island Relief," a benefit to raise money for the Asia Tsunami Disaster Relief Fund, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at Northern Light United Church.

A musical patchwork
Bridget Easaw always regrets that she was born late in her grandmother's life, and that her grandmother didn't have a chance to make a quilt for her as she had done for her 40 other grandchildren.

A stop in Juneau
Armen Ksajikian left his home in Los Angeles in 1989 for the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. It was his first trip to Alaska, but far from his last.

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