Saturday, February 11, 2006

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

FYI
News about the people you know

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.

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.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from around the community

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.

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks, neighbor

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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