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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Doll, Dems push child health care
Juneau Rep. Andrea Doll is pushing a bill that would allow more poor children to get state-provided health care. She's got bigger goals than that, however.

Leave predator control to nature
To me, state predator control work is a bit like Bush's unsuccessful "Help Iraq" program. Man can't even control business and political predators much less decide which life to take in the wilds.

Capital move will make road opponents happy
In Monday's Juneau Empire, Henry Garcia, an Alaska Marine Highway System employee for 17 years, had it right. Those blocking the road should be happy when the capital moves.

Being friendly with predators will make them more dangerous
I've just read the Juneau Empire's story about Romeo the wolf (Feb. 8). This is a very interesting story because wolves are so rare in much of their former range.

Grownups should leave wild animals alone
There are so many people in Juneau with small minds. Children know to leave wild animals alone, why don't these grownups learn from smart kids for once?

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

Photo: Kinder-chorus line
Kindergarten and first-grade students sing a song about Elizabeth Peratrovich Friday during the Elizabeth Peratrovich Day Celebration at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events. To be included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Photo: Homecoming Hoopla 2007
Juneau Douglas High School sophmore Lawrence Fenumai peforms a Fijan Dance. Members of the JDHS senior class perform their "We got the spirit" cheer Friday during the homecoming pep assembly at the school's gym.

Progress check: Kensington Mine two-thirds complete, tailings issue still in limbo
On a crisp day in early February, a helicopter lands on a beach 45 miles north of Juneau after a 30-minute flight passing over Berners Bay and national forest land covered in muskeg and scrub forest.

Project Playground looks for more donations, volunteers
With spring on the way, Project Playground organizers are making a final push for donations and volunteers to build a virtual fantasyland for kids at Twin Lakes.

Photo: Keeping kids safe
Russell Terrill of Northland Audiology uses a small camera to show Emilee Watts, 4, the inside of her ear during Kid Safe at Centennial Hall. The event is organized by Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Charles Lee Nelson
Charles Lee Nelson died Feb. 10, 2007, in Angoon. He was 23.

Mary Edith Jordan
Juneau resident Mary Edith Jordan died Feb. 13, 2007, after a severe asthma attack. She was 51.

Outside editorial: Study: Napping is great
Scientists say we need to wake up to the benefits of a good nap.According to a recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, people who napped 30 minutes a day, three times per week, were 37 percent less likely to die of heart disease.

Toe Toon

My turn: Wolf-control programs carried out under the guise of 'science'
Alaska's aerial wolf-killing program now covers five areas equal to about two-thirds the size of Wyoming, and wolf control using snowmachines and other non-aerial methods is effectively underway over additional areas as well.

Empire editorial: Department shuffle comes down to protecting wildlife
The debate over what to do with the state's Division of Habitat is not about shuffling bureaucrats and cubicles.It's about restoring one of the state's vital checks and balances that former-Gov. Frank Murkowski ditched in 2003.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities. To have your group included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Outsiders: Cameron Byrnes
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Outdoors section.

Porcu-power: chemical warfare
Porcupines have more in common with bees and skunks than most people realize.A bee sting, a stinky blast from an angry skunk, or a swat from a porcupine are memorable experiences.

Hiker's paradise only yards away
From a point between the end of Crow Hill Drive and the water tower above, the Gastineau Meadows Trail winds gradually upward through scattered shore pines.

Homer supports move to expand bear sanctuary
The Land's End Resort in Homer is just a short flight from some of the best bear-viewing in the world. Homer would like to keep it that way.

JDHS boys sweep Wolfpack to extend win streak to 10
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team extended its winning streak to 10 games Saturday by securing a series sweep of West Valley.The top-ranked Crimson Bears topped the Wolfpack 79-44 on Saturday and won Friday 64-26.

Crimson Bears stay perfect in conference play
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team made visiting Ketchikan pay for its fouls in two wins this weekend.The Crimson Bears made 51 of 67 free throws in Saturday's 73-54 win and Friday's 57-43 victory.

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.

Doll, Dems push child health care
Juneau Rep. Andrea Doll is pushing a bill that would allow more poor children to get state-provided health care. She's got bigger goals than that, however.

Alaska Digest
The Bureau of Land Management is calling for nominations to its statewide 15-member advisory council.

Industries bump up greenhouse gas emissions rates
Alaska puts more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere per person than any other state because of huge industries operating in such a sparsely populated place, according to a report commissioned by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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