Thursday, February 17, 2005

Road could improve locals' lives
The first time I was able to read a bumper sticker was about 25 years ago at Cope Park. "Build The Road" it read.

Isolation creates Juneau's lifestyle
I have spent my entire life here in Juneau. I don't like any part of the Juneau road plan. It's expensive, damaging and unnecessary.

What's behind recent wave of vandalism?
I have lived in Juneau for over 25 years. Recently, my vehicle has been burglarized three times.

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.

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.

Happy hour at the Alaska State Capitol
After growing dissatisfied with the Juneau bar scene, I was happy to hear I can be hanging out at the Capitol drinking during poker night.

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.

All that a tourist needs
When I was a very young girl, my family, aunts, uncles and cousins often had picnics at the amusement park on Lake Coeur d' Alene. I especially remember the high Ferris wheel and the pink cotton candy.

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.

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.

Harborview Elementary students find that coffee, books go together
Some students at Harborview Elementary have created their own blend of Heritage Coffee, and they are selling it to raise funds to bring a New Hampshire children's author to Juneau.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Road hearing reveals city's divided line
About 50 residents testified Wednesday night in the first of two Juneau hearings about the Juneau Access Project, a proposed 68.5-mile road from Juneau's Echo Cove to Skagway and the continental highway grid.

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.

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

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.

Assembly denies Spuhn Island appeal
The Juneau Assembly rejected neighbors' appeal against a planned Spuhn Island development, the city announced Wednesday.

Bird deaths linked to salmonella
Jim Bentley doesn't have to meet any health department standards outside his West Juneau home, but he isn't sure that the bleach and blowtorch he's been using will keep his bird feeders clean enough.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Taking pride in Peratrovich
The Juneau Dance Group performs during the annual Elizabeth Peratrovich Day celebration on Wednesday at Tlingit-Haida Community Center.

Board wants diversity in proposed charter school
Juneau School Board members, considering a proposed Montessori charter school in work sessions this week, raised concerns about equity.

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

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.

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

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

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.

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

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

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.

My Turn: Jet debate should focus on Public Safety needs
The mission of the Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS) is to preserve the public peace, protect life, property and wildlife resources - a daunting task.

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.

My Turn: Plan to use helicopters balances safety, forest protection
The Alaska Region Forest Service and the Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station will begin a congressionally mandated, 10-year program to inventory and analyze Alaska's national forest wilderness areas this year.

Local Sports
Alaska Sportswriter Prep Basketball Polls, results of Southeast Road Runners' Sweethearts' Relay

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.

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

Local Sports
Southeast Conference Basketball Standings, ASBN Basketball Poll

Little still in the lead at last report
All 19 remaining mushers were on the trail to Dawson on Wednesday, the fourth day of the 22nd annual 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.

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

Juneau boys, girls heading to Fairbanks
Juneau-Douglas High School basketball teams will get their last taste of out-of-region competition before the postseason as the Crimson Bear boys and girls head north this weekend for games in Fairbanks.

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.

Juneau girls jump up to third in poll
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team jumped up one spot in the latest Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, released today.

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.

Similar struggles
Being born with an underdeveloped right hand didn't keep Chad Bentz from fulfilling his baseball dream. Neither did club feet discourage Jim Mecir, nor extra fingers and toes stymie Antonio Alfonseca. All three relief pitchers made it to the big leagues, and none think of his birth defect as any big deal.

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

AlaskaDigest
Staff Reports from around the state

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

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

Photo: Fast ferry launch
Derecktor Shipyards launches the M/V Chenega on Sunday in Bridgeport, Conn. It is the second fast ferry for the Alaska Marine Highway System.

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.

Ethics committee put on hold by Legislature
Alaska's Select Committee on Legislative Ethics has been unable to conduct business for more than a week because the Legislature has not appointed the members necessary to hold meetings.

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.

Medicaid cuts could cost state millions
The federal government plans to slash the amount it contributes to Alaska's Medicaid costs beginning in October, which could mean a $53 million loss to the state next year and $73 million the year afterward, according to state estimates.

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.

Group petitions to list polar bears as threatened species
A conservation group filed a formal petition Wednesday seeking to list the polar bear as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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."

what's happening
Entertainment events around Juneau

Final preparations
Way back at Juneau's first Wearable Arts Show, in 2000, Thea Howard had the idea to construct a snowsuit out of marshmallows.

briefly
News of local arts

Students learn about Haiti's poor while rehearsing musical
Weeks before rehearsal started for "Once On This Island," the Juneau-Douglas High School spring operetta about a poor peasant girl on an unnamed island resembling Haiti, the 50-member cast set about studying Caribbean culture.

Designer brings mobile theories to Juneau
Teaching in North Carolina in 1996 and 1997, Los Angeles-based architect Jennifer Siegal began paying more attention to trailers.

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