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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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