Friday, February 11, 2005

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.

This reader's not buying Coeur's line
Did you know that Lower Slate Lake will have a dam 128 feet high and 500 feet long? It will "store" 4.5 million tons of tailings.

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

Governor working in state's interest
Regarding the Feb. 9 My Turn column by Gov. Murkowski, "Oil tax decision is part of state duty:

Coeur mine is a financial risk
If I was looking into buying stock for my personal portfolio, I wouldn't invest in any Coeur mine.

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.

Keep Arctic National Wildlife Refuge safe
I am amazed and deeply grateful to the elected representatives who are voting to safeguard the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Photo: Perpetual job
City crews work Thursday afternoon removing snow from David Street on Douglas Island.

City signs lease for Douglas golf course
Chip Parr has the perfect name for a golfer.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

City settles over sewage violations
Juneau will pay $36,793 to settle two sewage-treatment complaints by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Scientists serve as more than observers at JDHS student fair
When students stand beside their cardboard panels at a science fair next month, you'll see charts, graphs, photos, and the inevitable trays of plants.

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

Dick and Bays to marry
Amy Rene Dick of Juneau and Charles Allen Bays of Phoenix, Ariz., are engaged to be married.

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Jack and Kadinger to marry
Louise Anne Jack of Hoonah and Lee A. Kadinger of Hustisford, Wis., will be married at 5 p.m., Feb. 19, 2005, at Glacier Valley Church of God in Juneau.

AWARE to honor 4 women for community contributions
AWARE (Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies) will hold its ninth annual Women of Distinction Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday at Centennial Hall.

VanDalen and Sanders to wed
Lacey VanDalen of Lynden, Wash., and Mark Allen Sanders of Juneau will be married Aug. 27, 2005, at the SAGA Lodge.

FYI
News from around the community

Greentree and Tschirgi to wed
Diane Elizabeth Greentree of Thorne Bay and Charter Brandt Tschirgi of Lander, Wyo., will marry at 3 p.m. Feb. 19, 2005, at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

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.

Sexton "Joe" Alexander Johanson
Former Juneau resident Sexton "Joe" Alexander Johanson died Jan. 13, 2005, in Newport, Ore.

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: There are other options for saving Social Security
In his State of the Union Address, President Bush laid out his plan to "fix" Social Security.

Thirty years later
As Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball players aim for next month's Southeast and state tournaments, they'll take time this weekend to honor those who blazed their trail.

Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Polls
The latest hoops polls.

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.

Crimson Bear girls prepare to host young squad of Knights
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team hosts a young Colony squad for this weekend's homecoming games.

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.

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.

Juneau boys see Colony games as way to move up
Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball players see a big opportunity when they host the Colony Knights at 8 p.m. today and Saturday for homecoming weekend.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state.

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.

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

Governor hikes budget request to $141 million
The governor is asking lawmakers to approve more than $141 million in supplemental budget requests and funding for new programs, $16 million more than what was earmarked in his original budget proposal.

Saving books
Sheri Somerville, an employee at the Alaska State Library, stands books in front of fans and places blotter paper between pages to absorb moisture from books damaged in Wednesday's water-main break at the State Office Building.

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.

Ice carvers head east for seafood marketing event
Ice carvers John Iverson and Scott Hanson are going to head to Boston to create an eye-catching fish.

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

Council shuts down trawling grounds to preserve corals
In what is believed to be the largest closure to bottom trawling in U.S. history, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted unanimously Thursday to close roughly 375,000 square nautical miles of the seafloor off the Alaskan coast to protect corals, sponges and other sensitive species.

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.

Lawmakers eye boost in per-student funding
Per-student spending in Alaska would jump to $4,896 - a $320 boost over last year's increase - under a proposal approved Thursday by the House Education Committee.

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.

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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