Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Agencies ignore Berners Bay
Mining always leaves a place worse off than before. It's a fact, no matter how Coeur sugarcoats it.

Use money for safe, necessary roads
I think we're just fooling ourselves if we believe the proposed road from Juneau to Skagway will be a safe and reliable way to get in and out of Juneau.

Road offers safety, recreation access
I would like to voice my support for the Juneau Access Alternative 2, the road to Skagway. Having a road would not only give Juneau residents the freedom to leave at a moment's notice to venture north, it would also give our neighbors the same opportunities to travel to Juneau at a much lower cost.

Berners Bay is priceless
It's sad that Alaskans seem willing to permit Coeur Alaska to despoil Berners Bay by building the Kensington Mine.

It's high time for immigration reform
This is in response to Tiffany Sargent Thompson's letter to the editor of Feb. 3.

Capitol guard broke rules
Regarding the Capitol security guard fired for writing a letter about drinking in the Capitol: It is not a happy event anytime someone loses their job, justified or not, and I am sorry for Mr. Bussard.

Fish and Game Dept. oddly silent
Like most, I'm not against development per se. The golf course in north Douglas sounds great.

Photo: Setting up for the extravaganza
Sybil Davis and her husband, Ken DeRoux, are part of a crew of local talent working on props for next weekend's 5th Annual Wearable Art Extravaganza. Sponsored by Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, the event is on Saturday, Feb. 19, at Centennial Hall.

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

One-woman Peratrovich play to premier in Juneau
Diane Benson couldn't help but identify with Elizabeth Peratrovich once she set about writing a play about the Alaska Native activist's historic anti-discrimination testimony in front of the 1945 Territorial Senate.

Photo: Valentine's Day messenger
Three-year-old Graham Sutch does his best Cupid imitation - though with a plastic sword, not a bow and arrow - as he runs up Seward Street on Monday with Valentine's Day balloons for his valentine, mom Nancy Sutch.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

AroundTown
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Groups say arts center should have two venues
A handful of arts organizations told the Performing Arts Center Commission on Saturday that any future center should contain at least two differently sized venues.

Incoming governor, 1982
Former Gov. Jay Hammond, left, gives incoming Gov. Bill Sheffield a tour of the Alaska Capitol in November 1982. Sheffield was elected after a bitter campaign that pitted him against Anchorage Republican Tom Fink, whose main plank was to move the Capitol from Juneau.

Jury awards worker $500K
A Juneau jury awarded a whistle-blowing former state employee almost $500,000 last week for his dismissal, according to his attorney.

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

Photo: Way to go
Tlingit language teacher Vivian Mork, right, high-fives her students, left to right, Aaron Cohen, 7th grade; Evan Anderson, 8th grade; Logan Terry, 7th grade; Shilo Valle, 8th grade; Michael Chilton (behind Mork), 8th grade; and Alex Gendrom, 8th grade.

Photo: Angels in paradise
Jayden West, 3, makes a snow angel as he and his mother, Christy Long, take a walk Sunday on Mendenhall Lake.

Mary Hanninen
Homer resident Mary Kathleen Hanninen, 71, died Jan. 22, 2005, in Yuma, Ariz.

Fate of correspondence school should make us wary
Two years ago, when Gov. Frank Murkowski unveiled his first state budget proposal, he touted his plan to reduce spending by eliminating duplicative state services and improving efficiency.

Outside editorial: Praise for Rep. Young's independence from Bush administration
Heading into President Bush's second term in office, U.S. Rep. Don Young is showing his trademark independence.

Rookie musher Perrino takes early lead in Yukon Quest
Rookie musher Sam Perrino has claimed the early lead of the 2005 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

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.

Quest mushers hit the trail
John Schandelmeier is hoping a team of discarded dogs helps him win his third Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Nave leads JSC skiers at Alyeska
Former Juneau skier Kristen Brandner took first place, and current Juneau Ski Club member Julia Nave finished fourth overall at the Kensington Gold Mine Cup girls slalom race held Saturday at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood.

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.

Suns outscore Jazz 136-128
Amare Stoudemire had 42 points and 12 rebounds, Steve Nash matched a season high with 18 assists and the Phoenix Suns held off the Utah Jazz 136-128 on Monday night.

Borough prepares for plant shutdown
Lost jobs, shrinking property and sales tax revenues, business losses and other ripple effects on the Kenai Peninsula Borough's economy are expected when Agrium USA's Nikiski fertilizer plant closes in the fall.

Geoduck fishery planned for clam farms
Aquaculture sites leased to geoduck clam farmers will be opened to commercial divers to clear out wild stocks.

Bill would open up child custody
When Johnny and Mary McGrew returned to their Anchorage home from a fishing trip in July 1999, their world was turned upside down by the homicide-suicide of their son and the mother of their two grandchildren.

Lands bill hits boiling point in Legislature
The Alaska Municipal League and residents from across Alaska are begging legislators to put the brakes on the Murkowski administration's fast-track legislation to grant 260,00 acres of state land to the University of Alaska.

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

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state.

Bush budget calls for deep cuts in rural Alaska
The Bush administration's call for drastic cuts in spending on new water pipes, sewers and other projects in rural Alaska had Sen. Lisa Murkowski singing, but the tune wasn't one of praise.

N. Dakota excels in bingeing, Alaskans in drug use
North Dakota has the highest rate of binge drinking in the country, while Alaska has the highest rate of illegal drug use, says a government study released Monday.

Salmon take breaks record
Southeast Alaska's commercial salmon harvest in 2004 hit records and then some, state biologists reported.

Tenakee eyes solutions to its fiscal crisis
It's not news to residents that Tenakee Springs has had some financial problems. But Shelly Wilson, mayor of the town of 150 people, said she was frightened when she realized how serious the problems are.

Finance co-chair criticizes energy assistance program
The selection of communities to receive money under the governor's proposed $6.45 million small city energy assistance program seems arbitrary and potentially divisive, Sen. Gary Wilken said Monday.

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

This problem solver finds innovative use for bad shortening
Michael Lengenfelder found a novel use for 57 cases of bad shortening when the U.S. Department of Agriculture ordered him to get rid of the stuff.

Salvage, cleanup of Aleutian wreck halts for season
Salvage and cleanup operations of a bulk freighter that wrecked in the Aleutian Islands have been shut down until spring, responders told lawmakers Monday.

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