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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

A radical initiative
Mr. Geldhof's comment that the cruise industry ballot initiative "is really about taxation" (Empire, Feb. 9) is an attempt to focus public attention to just a small section of this sweeping initiative.

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.

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

Dredging extravaganza
It is hard to believe that this governor wants to waste money on dredging channels.

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.

No new evil
In response to the Feb. 10 letter "U.S. government displays hypocrisy," democracy is great, but terrorists are terrorists.

Dredging would help
In regards to dredging Gastineau Channel, it is difficult for our fellow citizens in Juneau that are not in marine-related work to appreciate what it could mean to be able to use our waterway.

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.

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 listing of nonprofit local events

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

Photo: Hoping for a king
Mark Smith fishes for winter king salmon Tuesday off the float next to Taku Smokeries/Fisheries.

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

Taku less likely to open this year to anglers
Alone in his boat, Juneau angler Ron Taug had some chaotic moments trying to land Taku River king salmon with two rods last spring.

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.

Murder trial ends in hung jury
Seventeen-year-old Rachelle Waterman left court in handcuffs Tuesday morning, still facing murder charges after jurors deadlocked on charges alleging she conspired in her mother's 2004 murder.

Around Town
Around town is a listiing of nonprofit local events

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.

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

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

Clinic to spur teen sex or curb abortion?
Planned Parenthood of Alaska's anticipated arrival in Juneau has some fearing rampant teenage sex and others saying the clinic will cut down on the city's need for abortions.

Pet of the week: Toban and Snowflake
Toban and Snowflake aren't doves that cry

Photo: In service
Coast Guard Family Resource Specialist Betsy Longenbaugh presents a certificate of training to United States Coast Guard ISC Ketchikan-Juneau Detachment Ombudsman Tonette Jordan during the annual Ombudsman Conference held in January in Juneau.

Remembering a civil rights leader
The Alaska Native Brotherhood, the Alaska Native Sisterhood, Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Sealaska Corporation, S.E. Alaska Village Corporations and SEARHC, as Indian entities, recognize Mrs. Elizabeth Peratrovich as our civil rights leader.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from around the community

Neighbors Mailbox
You've got thanks

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

My Turn: Alaska needs climate change commission
At long last, the state of Alaska may be starting to take climate change seriously. The bills introduced by Sen. Olson (SB 278) and Rep. Joule (HCR 30) to create an Alaska climate change commission and task force are one small step for the Legislature, one giant leap for all Alaskans. It's about time.

ASBN Prep Basketball Polls
as of Feb 12

Ordway Basketball Postseason Results
Juneau Parks and Recreation Ordway Basketball Postseason results

Juneau Parks and Recreation Youth Basketball Standings
as of Feb. 4

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

Petersburg powers its way past Skagway in boys basketball
Michael Serafini poured in 12 points, as the Petersburg boys basketball team coasted past Haines 56-26 on Saturday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Alaska's spending spree could bring a tough crash after oil prices fall
If America is addicted to oil, as President Bush put it in his State of the Union address, then Alaska may be the nation's top junkie.

Guardsmen recall drama of rescuing lost mushers
Dog after dog scurried into the helicopter, finally free of the ripping wind. When every inch was covered by small furry bodies, rescuers closed the doors and began handing more animals through the windows.

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.

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.

Sen. Ted Stevens promotes subsidies for rural Internet
Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is promoting subsidies to help bring high-speed Internet service to rural areas of the United States.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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

Mudslides move cars, knock Unalaska building off foundation
Rain and strong winds triggered mudslides in Unalaska that moved a bunkhouse off its foundation, collapsed a warehouse and pushed cars and shipping containers into Dutch Harbor.

Man allowed to withdraw plea in infant murder case
A man who earlier pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in the death of his infant daughter has been allowed to withdraw the plea.

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