Conference of Alaskans




February 12, 2004

Relying on dropouts?
The need for a second high school is even more desperate than one might think from listening to the arguments.

There needs to be more spending on education
At the root of the current debate about whether Juneau should have one high school or two are sincere concerns for the quality of our children's education. Which choice will give students the most comprehensive curriculum, personal attention and rewarding high school experience?

Why smoking ordinance is valuable for health
On this 40th anniversary of the landmark Surgeon General's Report on Smoking (1964), we know some extremely vital things about tobacco and smoking.

New school is cheaper, better in long run
The debate over a new high school is heating up. The issues are complex, emotions are running high and there is much information to digest. There is considerable unavoidable uncertainty and those on either side of the issue are forced to make projections that can result in very different outcomes. Who to believe?

Is a payout really the answer to fiscal crisis?
We pay our government officials good money to figure out a workable plan to run our state. If we Alaskans take a one time payoff on our PFD and grant government access to the oil revenue how then can these high officials justify their position as state leaders and problem solvers? A child could figure a solution like that out and that is exactly the person we need to think about.

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

Births, judgments and other legal matters.

Empire names Thomson, Loomis to head newsroom
The Juneau Empire has filled the top two editorial positions in the newsroom. Brandon Loomis, an experienced reporter who grew up in Ketchikan, has been named city editor. His responsibilities are the daily management of reporters and photographers and editing local news and the opinion pages.

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

Photo: Following the crab
Mark Buchkoski prepares crab pot lines on the vessel Fortune on Thursday at Harris Harbor. Buchkoski and other crab fishermen are getting ready for the tanner crab season, which opens this Sunday for five days. "The F/V Fortune will be fishing where the crab are at," Buchkoski said.

Students, adults petition district to combat racism
As a student, Barbara Cadiente-Nelson left Juneau-Douglas High School because she couldn't take the racism there, she told about 60 students and adults who met Thursday afternoon at ANB Hall to talk about prejudice at school.

... for your comfort and prayers
Our heartfelt thanks are sent to the people who provided words of comfort and prayers during the brief illness and passing of Kenneth W. James, our brother, father, uncle, and grandfather, on Jan. 1, 2004.

Warwick and Morgan to wed
Sydney Warwick of Fairbanks, and Yuri Morgan of Juneau, will be married June 12, 2004, in Fairbanks. A reception will follow immediately after the ceremony.

Brown and Hinman to marry
Rachel Brown and Michael Hinman, both of Juneau, will be married in a private ceremony Saturday, March 20, 2004, at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Friends of the couple are invited to attend the reception at 6:30 p.m., March 20, at the Tlingit and Haida Hall on Hospital Drive.

Neighbors Digest
Community news in brief.

Student recognitions
Local student honors and awards.

Yoga heaven
With an exotic reputation that keeps many people at a distance, yoga has come a long way since it was introduced in the West in the 1960s. Originally intended for 12-year-old monks to prepare for long periods of sitting meditation, the Eastern practice of Hatha yoga has been modified to suit the fast-paced West.






My Turn: The Last Frontier - not the past frontier
Every day we are thankful to be Alaskans. We have the most beautiful place to live in the world and the best neighbors. We are most proud of the Alaskan tradition of helping each other when times are tough. Think of the 1964 earthquake. Alaskans put the state back together by facing the challenge head-on and working side by side.

Mixed conditions on '04 Yukon Quest trail
Mushers preparing to head out on the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Trail have an extra worry this year when it comes to getting to the finish line.

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 Gun Club trap shooting
Standings through week four.

On several occasions in Wednesday's and Thursday's Empire, the record of Hoonah's boys and girls basketball teams failed to account for several games played in early January at Skagway.

Sports Briefs
Local sports news in brief.

Juneau girls win at West
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team almost couldn't take the heat. Faced with hot hotel rooms, an overheated locker room - even record warm temperatures in Anchorage earlier this week - the Crimson Bears were sluggish on the court but managed to down the host West Anchorage Eagles 56-40 on Thursday.

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

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Conference backs guaranteed PFD
The Conference of Alaskans ended its three-day search for state funding solutions Thursday by recommending constitutional protection for Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks and use of some of the fund for state services.

Bill would lower tax for direct marketers
Lowering the tax paid by fishermen who sell their fish directly to consumers could spur more salmon harvesters to start value-added processing, according to a senator sponsoring such a tax break.

Legislators consider tourism tax bill
Several tourism businesses told legislators Thursday they want to tax their customers so they can spend more money marketing Alaska to visitors. But not all in the industry favor the plan.

Google bans ads that criticize cruise ships
Online search engine leader Google has banned the ads of an environmental group protesting a major cruise line's sewage treatment methods, casting a spotlight on the editorial policies that control the popular Web site's lucrative marketing program.

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