Thursday, February 16, 2006

Business Digest
Staff reports of local business news.

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

What is gained by plagiarism?
I read with interest the letter by Wade R. Rogers about a slip of the tongue by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

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.

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

People need to face facts about teen sex
It seems that every other week another pro-life group comes out swinging with made-up statistics showing that Planned Parenthood causes teens to have sex. Quite frankly, this needs to stop.

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.

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.

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

Juneau group to offer sexuality education
A holistic sexuality course for elementary-age children in Juneau is planned for this spring.

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

Tlingit teacher mourned
The Alaska Panhandle has lost one of its beloved teachers of the Tlingit way.

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.

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Girl recognized for heroism
When 10-year-old Sylina Jackson saw a neighbor's Labrador retriever heading for her little brother 2½ weeks ago, she didn't have time to think, and the boy didn't know what was happening until the attack was over.

Add boulders to hazard list
A Juneau women says she is lucky to be alive after a truck-size boulder slammed into the side of her house Sunday.

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.

Dropouts build home for low-income residents
Juneau high school dropouts have an opportunity to construct a house from the ground up this spring after the city decided to donate a vacant lot in the S'it'tuwan Subdivision.

ID thief sentenced to serve 2 years
Before being sentenced Wednesday to serve two years in prison for stealing the identity of one of her Bayview neighbors, Susan M. Marthaller said she only wanted to provide a better life for her two sons.

Downtown Juneau, circa 1983
Juneau peace activists protest next to the Dimond Courthouse. The protesters objected to the Reagan administration's involvement in Central America.

Neighbors Mailbox
You've got thanks

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.

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from around the community

Robert G. Lium
Juneau resident Robert G. Lium, 76, died Feb. 12, 2006 at his home in West Juneau following a short illness.

Agnes Bellinger
Juneau resident Agnes Martha Tlunaut Bellinger, 78, died Feb. 14, 2006 at her home.

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.

My Turn: Montana dams show folly of dumping tailings
When I heard of Coeur D'Alene Mines' proposal to dump toxic mine tailings into a lake that feeds into Berners Bay, I had to write a word of warning. I live in Missoula, Mont., downstream from two tailings facilities

SE roundup: No. 1 Yakutat tops Lumen Christian
The Yakutat boys basketball team, Alaska's top-ranked Class 2A squad in both the Alaska Sports Broadcasters and Prep Sportswriters polls, demolished host Lumen Christian 79-25 on Wednesday.

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.

Prep Basketball Alaska Sportswriters Poll
Here is this week's Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball poll with first place votes in parentheses, best available team records and total points on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis.

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

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

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.

Glacier Swim Club travels to Ketchikan
For the younger athletes of Juneau's Glacier Swim Club, this weekend's Southeast Regional Championships in Ketchikan represents the biggest event of the season.

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.

ASBN Prep Basketball Polls
as of Feb 12

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports

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.

Fairbanks diocese blasted for withholding documents
A national organization for survivors of priest sexual abuse blasted Fairbanks Catholic leaders Wednesday, saying officials are trying to keep records of an accused priest secret as the case heads for trial at the end of the month.

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.

Reallocation of petroleum-reserve grants approved
The state Senate has approved a reallocation of revenues from the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska despite protests from communities affected by nearby oil and gas development.

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.

New Nat'l Guard recruits won't go to Iraq
Anyone joining the Alaska National Guard for the next several years will not be deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan unless he or she requests the assignment, Brig. Gen. Craig Christensen said Wednesday.

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

Gov. delays bill at request of oil companies
The heads of three major oil companies on Wednesday asked Gov. Frank Murkowski to delay filing a bill to tax their companies' net profits until they can meet, the governor's chief of staff said.

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.

Prepare for the Extravaganza
No one who attended last year's Juneau Wearable Arts Extravaganza at Centennial Hall will soon forget the sight of the lit scrim rising and Suzanne Sakewitz emerging as some sort of 7-foot-tall garden mummy mermaid.

A journey to Seattle & the past
My husband, Don, and I are strong historical preservationists and have been since our high school years in Seattle and Everett, Wash.

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Music Maker supports blues artists
David Butler learned how to play the guitar when he was a teenager, a long time ago now, and he never stopped.

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