Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Permanent fund trustees shouldn't push POMV
I recently received a copy of a flyer, possibly with the newspaper, from the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. entitled "Permanent Fund 101." The flyer describes some basic history of the permanent fund dividend. I assume the flyer was paid for using public funds. The flyer, however, also argues for the establishment of the percent of market value payout method, or POMV.

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.

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.

Sea lions at Auke Bay
Someone should inform the sea lions in Auke Bay that they are not conforming to expectations by living there. Writers of previous letters implied that sea lions will not stay in an area with boat and ferry traffic, harbors, sewage discharge, construction or other human activities.

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

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.

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

Lands bill tranfers land without use provisions
The University Lands Bill unabashedly transfers large swaths of Southeast lands to the university without any provisions for responsible use.

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.

AroundTown
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Souvenir spoons reveal many stories of Alaska
June Hall bought her first souvenir spoon in Richard Wood's Heritage Book Shop in downtown Juneau 20 years ago. It was an old Mayer Brothers silver spoon with "Juneau" engraved on the bowl.

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.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Facts about the Juneau Access Project
Juneau is the largest community on the North American continent not connected to the highway system, according to the state.

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

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.

State offers road project to Juneau
The state of Alaska's controversial road-building plan to link the capital city to Skagway and the continental highway system is up for public review in Juneau today and Thursday.

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: Looking toward April
Juneau-Douglas High School runners, from left, seniors Greg Frank and Tristan Knutson-Lombardo, and juniors Wesley and Tyler Dinnan run in a pre-season workout Tuesday to the top of Blueberry Hill.

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

AARP's legislative priorities
The top priority of AARP Alaska this legislative session is the development of a comprehensive fiscal plan.

Kempton and Straube to wed
Shannon Kempton of Juneau and Phelan Straube of Anchorage were married at 5 p.m., Dec. 12, 2004, at the Fourth Avenue Theatre in Anchorage.

Chenoweth and Sears to wed
Juneau resident Ben Chenoweth and Michelle Sears of Bountiful, Utah, will be married at 7 p.m., Feb. 18, at Salt Lake City Temple in Utah.

Student recognition
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding scholars

Photo: They also snack who wait
A bald eagle perches in a tree overlooking Auke Bay on Tuesday near the ferry terminal. Some fishing boats were trolling for winter kings nearby and the national bird might have been waiting to experience the trickle-down effect.

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.

My Turn: Water is still safest route in Lynn Canal
It's Feb. 11, 2005 and I'm sitting here in Skagway wondering what transportation will be like in 20 years.

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.

Alaska editorial: Don't count ANWR cash before it's time
Ah, Alaskans can see the extra money now and are probably dreaming up ways to spend it.

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.

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.

Kayhi girls split pair of games vs. Wolves
The Ketchikan girls converted 18 of 33 free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter Saturday to post a 48-37 victory over visiting Sitka and earn a split of their Southeast Conference-Class 4A series.

Kasilof rookies lead in Quest
Rookie musher Jon Little took the lead of the 22nd annual Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race on Tuesday.

Ketchikan boys win two games against Sitka
Jesse LeBeau scored 23 points - including five 3-pointers - in each game as the Ketchikan boys swept host Sitka on Friday and Saturday in a Southeast Conference-Class 4A series.

Lakers rally to beat Jazz; Boozer sidelined with injury
Kobe Bryant is rounding into All-Star form. It sure didn't take long.

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.

Yakutat boys, girls edge past Juneau JV
Sam Ferguson and Kyle Dierick scored 18 points apiece to lead the Yakutat boys to a 70-69 overtime win over the Juneau junior varsity boys Tuesday at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym.

Local Sports
Southeast Conference Basketball Standings, ASBN Basketball Poll

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.

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.

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

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state.

AlaskaDigest
Staff Reports from around the state

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.

Photo: Snowy preparation
The crew of the F/V Mary Ann loads crab pots in a snow storm in Petersburg on Friday in preparation for Monday's opening of the brown and tanner crab season in Southeast.

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

Photo: Snow catcher
Haley, a 3-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, leaps for a mouthful of snow as owner Michael Droege clears his driveway last week in Anchorage. Droege describes his dog as a "snow nut."

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.

House panel to hold off on university lands bill
Alaska House Resources Committee co-chairman Jay Ramras, R-Fairbanks, has decided to hold until March a controversial bill granting the University of Alaska 260,000 acres of state land.

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.

Bill in House committee hikes school funding
Proposed state funding for schools is inching up as a bill moves through committees in the House.

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.

New applicants emerge for Fish and Game post
Eight candidates will be interviewed for the vacant post of Fish and Game commissioner, the executive director for the Alaska Board of Game said Tuesday.

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

Senator proposes electing AG
In the week following the resignation of Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes, a proposal has been introduced that would make the job an elected one rather than a position appointed by the governor.

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