Friday, February 10, 2006

Business Digest
Staff reports from local businesses

Teens don't need to see trial coverage
You have printed frequent front-page above-the-fold headlines and photographs of the Rachelle Waterman murder trial.

Cyclists have rights to the road too
Most places I travel in Juneau I ride my bike. I have been a little troubled by some comments I have received about my lifestyle.

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.

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.

U.S. government displays hypocrisy
In response to the Feb. 1 article "Palestinians rally behind Hamas, reject threats," the United States government has once again demonstrated that it is not about supporting democracy abroad, but it is about dictating to other countries how to run their own affairs.

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."

Airport parking fees go up, free time drops
Starting April 1, drivers will have 15 minutes to take care of business at the Juneau Airport, or they will pay to park.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Craig waits for jury's decision
Residents of Craig have closely tracked the murder trial of 17-year-old Rachelle Waterman, the former Craig High School student charged with conspiring with two older men to kill her mother.

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.

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

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.

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

Celebrate love of God this Valentine's Day
This is the month that we turn to looking at love. We look at romantic love, and we are reminded of what perfect love looks like.

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks, neighbor

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from around the community

Neighbors helping Neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

FYI
News about the people you know

Student artist in the Spotlight: Beatriz Abella
Showcasing our talented artistic youth

Photo: Battle winners
Congratulations to Mendenhall River Community School's fifth grade team, Veronica Buness, Jack Grommet, Adam Zamudio and alternate Devin Gross, for winning the Juneau School District's fifth and sixth grade Battle of the Books Competition.

Photo: Volunteering with smiles
Jan Cummins takes her children, from left, Carson, Casey, Cordell and Conner, every Tuesday morning to Wildflower Court so they may interact with the residents.

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: 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: Legislation makes ethics process work
Alaska has two sets of ethics laws. One covers the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and 15,000 state employees.

Alaska editorial: State should heed oil company's sense of caution
Floyd Norris, a columnist for the New York Times News Service, offered interesting comments last week about the record profits reported by Exxon Mobil and the company's apparent reluctance to invest a greater share of its continually ballooning earnings in oil production undertakings.

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.

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.

Alaska skiier suspended from first event
Kikkan Randall's coach says there's no chance the Olympic cross-country skier was involved with illegal doping.

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

Experts debate privacy, pot
Alaskans who smoke pot proudly point to a clause in the state constitution that the courts say allows them to keep up to 4 ounces in their homes.

Photo: Venting steam
Dave Schneider and Cyrus Read with the U.S. Geological Survey and Alaska Volcano Observatory work on a webcam located near Mount Augustine about 75 miles southwest of Homer, as Augustine steams in the background. Augustine has been active this winter.

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.

Government Up Close
Student leaders from across Alaska have converged on the Capitol this week to get an up-close-and-personal view of how state government operates in the Last Frontier.

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Lawmakers on fence over road funds
Some Alaska legislators say they are rethinking their commitment to building a Juneau access highway now that the proposed route wouldn't actually provide Alaskans a road link to their capital.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

State plans to turn over 2004 voting files to the Democrats
The state plans to turn over recently barred electronic voting files from the 2004 election to the Alaska Democratic Party, an official said Thursday.

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.

Boat engines calling whales to feast on fishermen's catch
Sperm whales in the Gulf of Alaska are likely using the sounds of fishing boat engines as underwater dinner bells to home in on longlines hung with valuable black cod, scientists said.

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

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

Committee to sort out drug bill's fate
A legislative conference committee has been appointed to sort out the differences between the Alaska House and Senate on a drug bill that tightens regulations on marijuana, methamphetamine production and steroids.

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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