Seward businessman touts laminated veneer
ANCHORAGE - Seward businessman Dale Lindsey and an Alaska forest products consulting firm are working with a Canadian forest products company on a possible $60 million project to build a laminated veneer lumber mill.

Gear failure halts Northstar oil
ANCHORAGE - An equipment failure has halted production at Northstar, an island oil field in the Beaufort Sea, and repairs could take as long as three weeks, according to officials with BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. said.

Where are Juneau's preeminent scholars?
In my opinion, lack of education is why Juneau is just a tourist town.

Stabbing suspects shouldn't get bail
I find it outrageous that Judge Froehlich set bail for those two cowards. The cab driver, Eric Drake, paid a high price being so brutally attacked. Even if those two go to jail he will continue to pay so that they both get three square meals a day, a warm place to sleep, free medical care, free education, job training, counseling, and I'm sure the list goes on and on.

That was a poor vote on initiative resolution
Shame on you Beth Kerttula. On Feb. 4 the single most important piece of anti-capital move legislation this session, HJR 5, was brought to the floor of the House of Representatives, and you voted against it and defeated it. Not only did you vote against it once, but twice. Luckily for Juneau the second time around your vote did not matter.

Claims about SE roads are baseless
If a tree falls in the middle of the woods and no one hears it, does it make a sound? What if a log raft is untied in the middle of the forest and no one witnesses it, does it really happen? Lew Williams' Feb. 1 ramblings on ferries, roads and timber

Willing to sacrifice PFD for the kids' sake
As a father of two young children I hear my fair share of youthful, self-centered bickering. How many times must parents endure our kids' "mine, mine, mine" daily mantra? The current debates over use of PFD monies and disappearing funding for education rings of the same childish quarrels.

Time for solutions
After reading all of the recent articles and letters it is safe to say we have a serious problem with our schools. Actually, there are many problems: overcrowding, teacher layoffs, buildings that need maintenance, charter school and alternative school cuts, dropout rates, curriculums we can't afford and, let's not forget, a lack of funds to pay for the buses that take the kids to school.

Don't endanger charter school with cuts
The Juneau Community Charter School is part of the Juneau School District, open to any child via a yearly lottery. It probably gives the most bang per buck of any money spent on public education in Juneau.

Is conference really impartial?
The Preliminary Report of the state of Alaska's Long-Range Financial Planning Commission (Aug. 12, 1995) shows that the commission chair was Brian Rogers.

Leaders must be held responsible for choices
We need the people at the top to be laid off. TWe need the people at the top to be laid off. Their decision to try and build a new high school is outrageous. They can't even keep the teachers employed.

Stopping prejudice in high school isn't easy
I am Katie Damian, a junior at Juneau-Douglas High School. I was one of the many students who heard about the racial sign on the bus derogatory towards Natives. I think it's absolutely wrong. People should not be racist, especially on a public school bus in front of high school students. It's just as wrong as putting up signs saying "white trash" or "stupid Mexicans."

Smoking, non-smoking night life can co-exist
Much of the discussion about whether or not Juneau bars should be smoke-free has hinged on the words "freedom" and "choice."

Racism is just not acceptable to district
Recent racist activities brought forward a need to address the Juneau School District's stance on racism.

Surfbird retires after 50 years on SE waters
Since 1969, the vessel Surfbird, owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has carried hundreds of volunteer and professional biologists along the coasts of Southeast Alaska.

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

Police search for clues in Lemon Creek shooting
Juneau police are investigating a possible drive-by shooting after a man was hospitalized with an apparent gunshot wound early Wednesday. Police Sgt. Troy Wilson said he could not release information about the man, who was taken from the Lemon Creek area to Bartlett Regional Hospital. The man received a leg wound that did not appear to be life-threatening, Wilson said.

Olympic skier returns home to share skills at Eaglecrest
Hilary Lindh has traveled the world as a three-time Olympic skier and the 1997 world downhill champion, but she was born and raised in Juneau. Now she's coming back to Eaglecrest to share some of her skills this weekend.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Around Town
Today: Day of Quilting, Sewing and Good Fellowship, 10 a.m. every Wednesday, Resurrection Lutheran Church. Quilts donated to Lutheran World Relief. Details: 586-2380.

Alaska Digest
Planning commission approves school permit JUNEAU - Planning commissioners granted a conditional-use permit Tuesday night including 20 conditions that would allow construction of a new high school in the Mendenhall Valley.

Rowcroft attorney wants next trial to be moved out of town
The next time Frank Brian Rowcroft stands trial, his attorney wants it to be outside of Juneau.

Photo: Trip to the dentist
Dental assistant Kathy Bergy, left, watches as Shannon Mason, 4, and Katelyn Reddekopp, 4, open wide for Dr. Mohammed Awad during the Children's Dental Health Fair on Wednesday at the SEARHC dental department.

This Day in History
In Alaska: • In 1888, Marie Drake, author of the lyrics to Alaska's Flag, the state song, was born.

Boat owners face bigger fees under new proposal
Boat owners would pay more to dock their vessels at the city's harbors under a new Juneau Docks and Harbors Board proposal.

Kmart thief lands 21/2 years
Frank Brian Rowcroft was ordered Tuesday to serve 21/2 years in jail and complete 500 hours of community service for the theft of nearly $100,000 from Juneau's Kmart store almost two years ago.

Breaking the waves
Workers for the Juneau Docks and Harbors Department on Tuesday lower an anchor that will hold a 200-foot-long log boom at the entrance of the Douglas Boat Harbor.

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

Priest: Listening key to racism problems
Suspending students who engage in racist incidents doesn't solve the problem, the Rev. Michael Oleksa told about 100 people who gathered at Juneau-Douglas High School on Tuesday night to hear him speak about culture, prejudice and racism.

Photo: Musical treat
Liz Leach listens intently while Juneau Community Charter School students Jacob Moser, left and Orion Cohen, right, perform a piano recital Wednesday at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

Through sickness and health, to France and back: a family adventure
Here's the thing: A couple of years ago now, my husband, Robin Walz, a history professor at UAS, tossed his hat in the ring for a chance to teach for a semester in Angers, France, through the Northwest Council on Study Abroad (NCSA). Suspecting that I might have minor misgivings about his spending five-plus months in France's Loire Valley while I stayed home tending hearth and home, he had the foresight to consult me.

Neighbors Digest
staff reports

Early Juneau movers and shapers
Many small towns are founded on the rock of ordinary people who help to establish commerce, society and the arts.

Pets of the week
Lucky is sleek, shiny imp; Gwen the Tuxedo cat fond of laps

Robert Grant Mitchell
Douglas resident Robert Grant "Bob" Mitchell, 86, died Feb. 8, 2004, at his home in Douglas.

My Turn: Prison expansion needed, but private options need scrutiny
I support the expansion of the public prison system in Alaska, specifically at the already developed location just north of Palmer. For four years I have been working on public prison legislation.

Racism, dropouts and a 2nd high school
I am very disappointed some members of the community want to stop construction of a second high school. Their petition, if successful, will increase the dropout rate, increase racial tensions and reduce education opportunity for the minority, disadvantaged and at-risk students of the Juneau-Douglas community.

Hoonah boys edge Chevak in OT thriller
Hoonah's Devin Moritz hit a 3-pointer with eight seconds left in overtime to give the Braves the lead, and the Chevak Comets missed a layup at the buzzer as host Hoonah escaped with a 77-76 victory in Saturday's boys finale of the Icy Strait basketball tournament.

Sports in Juneau
NEW CALENDAR ITEMS • Gastineau Channel Little League registration - GCLL volunteers will be set up at Nugget Mall on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, Feb. 22 from noon to 4 p.m. to register kids for teeball, softball and baseball.

Region V Basketball Standings
The Region V basketball standings through games of Feb. 9.

Alaska Sportswriters' prep basketball polls
The Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, as voted on by statewide sports reporters and compiled by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Hoonah girls are perfect at Icy Strait Tournament
Six players scored at least eight points for the Hoonah High School girls basketball team as the Class 2A Braves closed out the Icy Strait Tournament with a 68-14 victory over the Class 2A Chevak Comets on Saturday 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.

Bear girls head north
After a successful series against Sitka last weekend, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team is turning its attention north this week.

Canadians win Challenge
Canadian couple Greg and Denise McHale claimed the team title in the 2004 Fulda Challenge, a cold-weather extreme sports circuit that ended Sunday in Dawson City, Yukon Territory.

Juneau girls victorious in battle of Bears
Senior Tasha McKoy scored 18 points - most on layups off steals - and freshman Talisa Rhea chipped in 10 as the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team used energetic defense to trounce Bartlett 61-37 on Wednesday night in Anchorage.

Boozer is thriving as an NBA throwback
Joe Tait noticed it a year ago. Carlos Boozer walking down the Gund Arena hallway, holding hands with his wife and talking to anyone who wanted a moment.

Nets rout Cavaliers
New Jersey's interim coach has a permanent NBA record. Not bad for a kid who couldn't even make his high school basketball team. Lawrence Frank improved to 9-0 since taking over the Nets, who got 27 points from Kerry Kittles and won their 10th straight game Wednesday night, 105-85 over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

This Day in History
In Alaska: • In 1888, Marie Drake, author of the lyrics to Alaska's Flag, the state song, was born.

Photo: Racing to the finish
Joe Redington drives his team of sled dogs to a second-place finish in the Exxon Mobil Open on Sunday at Tozier Track in Anchorage.

Wildlife group turns to feds to stop aerial wolf hunting in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - A national wildlife group is asking Interior Secretary Gale Norton to turn her legal eye on Alaska's aerial wolf control program and find that it violates federal law.

Poll results
Results of straw polls taken Wednesday during the Conference of Alaskans.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

Alaska Digest
Planning commission approves school permit JUNEAU - Planning commissioners granted a conditional-use permit Tuesday night including 20 conditions that would allow construction of a new high school in the Mendenhall Valley.

Judge denies request to move ex-cop's trial
The trial of a former Nome police officer accused of murder will be held in the community, after a judge denied a defense request to move the case elsewhere.

POMV plan wins informal thumbs-up
FAIRBANKS - A new method of managing the Alaska Permanent Fund would prevent the possibility of a zero dividend, a scenario that Alaskans faced last year, according to the fund's trustees.

Conference strays from agenda, takes look at income tax
The Conference of Alaskans, tasked with answering four questions regarding the Alaska Permanent Fund and the fiscal gap, strayed outside of the confines of its agenda Wednesday to explore taxes and other solutions.

Hammond shakes up conference agenda with his proposal for state's fiscal woes
FAIRBANKS - It didn't take long for delegates to the Conference of Alaskans to stray from the agenda set by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Bunde wants permafund to cover workers comp
Sen. Con Bunde proposed the state use the Alaska Permanent Fund to plug a $20 million hole in a program intended to pick up unpaid workers compensation claims.

Legislature may provide more funds for schools
Pressure is mounting on the Legislature to put more money into education as school districts around the state write budgets that call for deep staff cuts next year.

Toe cartoon - In the Swamp
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Banff Film Festival returns to Juneau
From ice-climbing in the Canadian Rockies to paragliding in the Himalayas, from the nomadic lives of Tibetan herders to the climbing adventures of Biscuit the dog, this year's Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour seeks to capture the spirit of mountain adventure. The festival travels to Centennial Hall on Friday, Feb. 13, and begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available only at the door, which opens at 6:15. The cost is $12 for general admission, $6 for students.

Student creations: From pop cans to the Queen of Hearts
For Juneau-Douglas High School geometry teacher Mary-Lou Gervais, the annual wearable art show is a rite of passage to spring.

Pipe thawing impetus for 'Copper Girl'
Sometime in the middle of lying under her Highlands home and trying to unfreeze her water pipes, high school geometry teacher Mary-Lou Gervais realized she had a good idea for the fourth Wearable Art show.

Welcome to Oz
Kansas, as described in the first chapter of L. Frank Baum's 1900 novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," is "a broad sweep of flat country that reached to the edge of the sky in all directions." As visualized by director Ryan Conarro in the opening scenes of Juneau-Douglas High School's adaptation of the 104-year-old story, it's a drab, starkly lit expanse with monochromatic tones and undercurrents of dysfunction.

Discussing Oz
"Oz" characters discuss the meaning of the play.

Local arts and entertainment news in brief.

Valentine's Day: What a drag
Shortly before Halloween, in the fall of 2002 in Ann Arbor, Mich., John Lamb found a short skirt left lying in his room and decided it was his. A few days later, when the witching hour approached and the ghouls came out to play, he stuffed himself into the skirt, slipped on a tube top and walked across town to read poetry in a bookstore.

What's happening
Upcoming local arts and entertainment events.

Movies: Where & when
Local movie times and locations.

Is being a writer worth the spoon-ring job?
Right before I moved to Portland, my landlord, Joe, wandered over to give me some advice about making it in the world Outside.

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