Tuesday, February 17, 2004

On the Move
Catherine Barrett, CPA, has joined the staff of Logan General Tax Practice in Juneau. Barrett has 30 years of experience providing professional tax services to clients and will be responsible for tax planning and compliance for individuals, partnerships, corporations and LLCs.

Juneau SBDC to host seminars
The Juneau Small Business Development Center will host a Starting Your Own Small Business seminar from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17, and Thursday, Feb. 19.

A possible solution
I have been reading several differing opinions on the new high school plan. I have a possible solution.

Do the one-time payout with Permafund
I'm writing this correspondence to the issues of the Alaska Permanent Fund. With all the politics surrounding the fund and its billions I think that state representative (who proposed a one-time payout) has the best idea for the people and the state.

Needing to listen to the voters
Thomas Baxter's insight of how our government representatives seem to be working for themselves and not for the people was right on the money.

Simplified poll wording affects the results
In a recent poll taken by the Empire, the question; "Do you agree with the Alaska Board of Game's decision to allow the aerial hunting of wolves near McGrath, intended to increase the moose population?"

Not all nonsmokers avoid bars
All kinds of information, opinions and statistics are being presented for the proposed ban on smoking in Juneau bars. One being used is the population dynamics here in Southeast Alaska.

Repair costs will make road much costlier
Alaska Department of Transportation's construction cost estimates for the Skagway road are unrealistic. A former Alaska DOT planner has stated that a Skagway road cannot be built for $265 million.

Consider other lands than Berners for swap
Last September Sen. Lisa Murkowski came to Juneau to hear what the public had to say about her Cape Fox Land Exchange bill, legislation that would trade public lands in Berners Bay for scattered parcels of mostly clearcut lands and subsurface rights near Ketchikan.

Students deserve benefits of smaller schools
Once again folks are debating whether or not to go ahead and build the second high school. For many of us the debate's over, the decision is made and there are lots of good reasons to proceed. To name a few: it's close to the dense population in the Valley, it will provide community facilities for a host of activities, there will be a genuine campus, it's close to the university and it is needed now.

Support those who will help wildlife
I apologize as an outsider for getting involved in this, but I just have to get my say. I just read Ellie Archer's letter from your Feb. 5 edition and can only vehemently agree. What is going on up there?

Student's courage appreciated
I read Katie Damian of Juneau's letter to the editor "Stopping prejudice in high school isn't easy," and wish to applaud her letter as very good and her strength for approaching the issue.

Around Town
Today: Valley Toastmasters meeting, 6:10 a.m. every Tuesday, Henry's Restaurant. Public invited. Details: Jim, 789-3074.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Eaglecrest submits plan to cut losses
What started as a promising snow year with attractively discounted season passes at Eaglecrest is becoming another cause for debate about the ski area's financial future.

Photo: Sun on Sandy Beach
Walkers on Sandy Beach enjoy the sun Monday on Presidents Day.

Juneau honors Peratrovich, celebrates Native traditions
Elizabeth Peratrovich silenced the floor of the Alaska Territorial Senate in 1945 when she shamed legislators into passing an anti-discrimination act.

Valentine's Day king
Bill and Diane Nash show off the 35-pound king salmon Bill landed Saturday on Auke Bay.

Corrections
Due to an editor's error, a Web site address was listed incorrectly in a Neighbors press release published Friday.

This Day in History
In Alaska; In 1959, Humble Oil well at Bear Creek broke the record for the deepest exploration well ever drilled in Alaska - 14,261 feet.

Sparkling waters
The fishing vessel Phoenix motors into the sun-speckled waters of Tee Harbor on Monday, which was Presidents Day.

Around Town
Today Low Impact Exercise, 10 a.m., Juneau Senior Center and Valley Senior Center. Details: 463-6175.

Juneau man sees the history in the hills
For Jim Geraghty, the landscape that rises out of the Gastineau Channel has stories to tell.

Edward Frank Hubbard
Lifelong Alaskan and Hoonah resident Edward Frank Hubbard, Kaal'aani, Chief Aanyalahaash of Taku Tribe, 73, died Feb. 11, 2004, at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Mary Elizabeth Cesar
Juneau resident and lifelong Alaskan Mary Elizabeth Cesar, 86, died at Bartlett Regional Hospital on Jan. 12, 2004.

My Turn: Juneau already offers enough options for non-smokers
In your Sunday editorial (Feb. 8) you state that the time has come for the smoking ban to care for the worker.

My Turn: Learn the facts before you sign high school petition
The people behind the petition to stop construction of the new high school claim that the people of Juneau did not know the facts when they voted - twice - to build a new Valley high school.

Alaska editorials: Lawmakers should put more money into schools
Nothing better illustrates the urgent need to fix state finances than the funding crises now afflicting school districts throughout Alaska. State funding has long failed to keep pace with inflation, and the bills are finally coming due.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS Thursday, Feb. 19 • Middle school wrestling - Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School vs. Floyd Dryden Middle School, varsity 3:30-5:30 p.m., JV 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS Thursday, Feb. 19 • Middle school wrestling - Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School vs. Floyd Dryden Middle School, varsity 3:30-5:30 p.m., JV 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Borrowed dogs put Tetz back on trail
FAIRBANKS - Thomas Tetz staked his first campsite along the lonely and treacherous Yukon Quest trail Saturday night with a 14-dog team he hardly knows.

Sitka's Hoosier
When Roderick Wilmont was a freshman playing basketball for Sitka High School, only true hoops aficionados in Southeast Alaska ever saw him play - and they had to get to the gym early to watch the junior varsity or C team game.

Iron Dogs
Racers make last-minute adjustments as they await their turn at the starting line Monday morning for the 2000-mile Tesoro Iron Dog snowmachine race from Fairbanks to Nome and then on to Big Lake.

Red Wings win on disputed goal
DETROIT - A lack of action in the second period left Manny Legace with a case of the chills.

ASBN State Prep Basketball Poll
Local scores

ASU's record scoring streak ends
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Arizona State's NCAA-record baseball scoring streak ended at 506 games with a 6-0 loss to Oklahoma on Sunday.

Steer maintains Yukon Quest lead
CIRCLE CITY - Zack Steer of Sheep Mountain kept his lead Monday in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, leaving several competitors behind in the Circle City checkpoint.

Steer leads Yukon Quest, Kleedehn scratches
FAIRBANKS - Veteran Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race musher William Kleedehn scratched from the race Sunday after breaking his leg.

Railroad expands on ski train idea to draw summer riders
ANCHORAGE - When people consider taking a trip on the Alaska Railroad, chances are they envision a relaxing but sedentary experience: Settling back into a comfortable seat, gazing at spectacular scenery through big windows, maybe napping a bit or reading a book.

Stevens: Keep the GOP team in D.C.
Sen. Ted Stevens went to bat for a fellow Republican on Monday, spending much of his annual address to the Alaska Legislature recounting Sen. Lisa Murkowski's achievements.

Ketchikan water bottler makes first shipment
KETCHIKAN - A Ketchikan entrepreneur has expanded his water business and shipped the first large order under the Alaska Polar Water label.

Bill to inject $180 million into rural roads
The Denali Commission would get $30 million a year for six years to build roads connecting Alaska villages under an amendment approved by the U.S. Senate, Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, announced Monday.

Abortion votes put Sen. Murkowski in hot seat
ANCHORAGE - Sen. Lisa Murkowski's vacillating record on abortion rights is raising questions among critics on both sides of the issue.

Alaska's hardcore homeless cope with winter outdoors
ANCHORAGE - Ron Feldhouse draws the line at 45 degrees below zero. Then it's time to sleep indoors.

Finnish kicksleds make inroads in Alaska scene
SOLDOTNA - Norma Smith had never stood on the runners of a kicksled before she tried one out at the Kenai Peninsula Winter Games. Three hours later, she entered a race and kicked 150 yards across the finish line.

House GOP split on dividend protection
Republicans in the House of Representatives said Monday that the party is split over the question of enshrining Alaska Permanent Fund dividends in the state constitution.

Alaska Digest
rusted-out ferry Kalakala - at least for a while. Boat owner Steve Rodrigues said the tribe will let him moor the ferry at Neah Bay, for free...

Seizures of drugs, alcohol increase after Sept. 11
FAIRBANKS - Police at Fairbanks International Airport are reporting an increase in illegal drugs and alcohol seized from travelers' baggage.

Alaska Digest
Wire reports

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