Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Don't underestimate little service dogs
This is in response to Luke Adams' letter to the editor on Feb. 2.

A reason for the substitute shortage
Regarding a shortage of Juneau subsititute teachers (Empire, Feb. 9): In the case of my daughter applying for substitute teaching, her application for whatever reason got set aside.

Helmet law justified for the kids' sake
When my children were toddlers in Juneau and riding behind me in a bicycle trailer, they wore helmets.

Let adults decide on marijuana usage
Marijuana should remain a legal choice for responsible adults. Anti-marijuana supporters don't appear to have any real-life knowledge of marijuana, or they say they don't.

Cruise industry pays its way
Those persons wanting to tax each cruise ship passenger $50 to visit our state must surely be in need of a windowdectomy.

Forcing democracy only at gunpoint
When does irony reach critical mass? I'm talking about the irony of war. For a "peace-loving nation" we always seem to be at war.

Just build it
Hello there. Anybody home? You want a road out of Juneau?

Photo: Thrill ride
Joann Simpson doesn't let a little rain get in the way of enjoying the recently opened tubing run Sunday at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Hung jury in Waterman trial
On the fifth day, after more than 30 hours of deliberations, the jury in the Rachelle Waterman murder trial announced it was unable to reach a unanimous decision on any of the seven charges against her.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Balloons with a message
University of Alaska students from across the state release balloons at a rally Monday at the Capitol.

Digital switch to take KTOO off radio for 3 days
Starting this morning and lasting until at least Wednesday night, KTOO-FM will be unavailable on the radio.

Gov. wants to dredge channels
Like other shallow waterways linked to Southeast Alaska's estuaries, the upper reaches of Juneau's Gastineau Channel are more for the birds than the boats.

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

Assembly mulls call for $30,000 ship terminal remodel
Citing tougher security measures since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Juneau Public Works and Facilities Committee on Monday recommended that the city appropriate $30,000 for a larger U.S. Customs Service presence at the docks.

Around Town
Around town is a listiing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Blooms for valentines
Lynne Clements, owner of Martha's Weddings & Flowers in the Mendenhall Valley, prepares flower bouquets Monday for Valentine's Day.

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

Gummow steps down as chief of Juneau police
Juneau Police Chief Richard Gummow has resigned his job due to the declining health of family members, city officials announced Monday.

Photo: Looking to the future
Patrina Kilkeary, right, and her daughter, Elizabeth, of Petersburg, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid during the second annual Alaska's College Goal Sunday at Juneau-Douglas High Schoo

My Turn: Injustice perpetrated in court of public opinion
Twelve Alaskans are currently weighing evidence in the trial of Rachelle Waterman.

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's JV easily tops Sitka twice
The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity and C teams picked up wins against visiting Sitka over the weekend.

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

Coghill files bill to upend ruling on gays
An amendment to the state constitution has been introduced in the Alaska Legislature with the aim of overturning a court ruling and banning benefits to the same-sex partners of public employees.

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

Push is on for liquefied natural gas
Since hurricanes Katrina and Rita slammed the Gulf Coast nearly five months ago, the region has lost more than 610 billion cubic feet of natural gas production.

Murkowski to submit oil tax rewrite Thursday
House Speaker John Harris says anyone at Juneau International Airport later this month will likely see five or six corporate jets parked on the tarmac as some serious debate over oil tax reform gears up in the Alaska Legislature.

Bald eagle edges closer to coming off endangered list
The American bald eagle, after battling back from the threat of extinction because of habitat loss and DDT, took another step Monday toward coming off the endangered species list.

Copter crew spots missing mushers in Yukon Quest
Nine mushers reported missing along a treacherous stretch of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race were found safe Monday with help from search aircraft.

Breakdowns push back arrival of new fire engine
If someone was trying to punish Michael Keenan, they couldn't have done a better job.

Group revives call for Alaska tourism boycott
An animal-rights group is renewing its call for tourists to boycott Alaska after legal challenges failed to end a program aimed at killing hundreds of wolves this winter.

Lots of free travel for two AK lawmakers
Private interest groups have paid for more than $180,000 in travel for two of Alaska's congressional members since 2000.

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

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Feds ponder selling Tongass land near Juneau, Kake
Long before whites came to Southeast Alaska, Tlingits maintained a fort on a small, treeless island off Kupreanof Island to guard the village of Kake.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Is Alaska pipeline secure?
The trans-Alaska oil pipeline looks like it would be an easy target for terrorists intent on destroying a valuable American asset, but those responsible for its safekeeping say looks can be deceiving.

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