'Runway in a trailer' provides lights
Let there be light.: Nowhere is that plea more important than at remote Alaska village airstrips, especially in an emergency.

Strand Hunt wins Nenana contract
FAIRBANKS - A Washington construction company has won a $13 billion federal contract to install pollution control equipment at Clear Air Force Station south of Nenana.

Home show celebrates its 25th year this weekend
The Home Builders Association of Juneau conducts its 25th home show this weekend, before changing its name to the Southeast Alaska Building Industry Association.

Let's make our bars emit clean air
It has been more than 17 years since the surgeon general's landmark report on secondhand smoke. Still tobacco smoke is one of the most common indoor air pollutants.

Need choice in airlines
I feel it is time for Juneau to get another airline carrier. While Alaska Airlines expands its service down south they seem to forget about those of us living where there is no other choice in airlines.

We own the permafund
Who owns the Alaska Permanent Fund and it's earnings? Read your Wally Hickel. We all do. Equally and without regard to race, age, economic status or political persuasion.

Protecting the goose that lays the golden egg
An Alaskan Fairy Tale: There is a goose that lays a golden egg. We call the goose the Alaska Permanent Fund and the egg is the earnings.

Fishing industry is a contributor
I advocate equitable corporate taxes, fair-value royalty payments and progressive personal income taxes to responsibly generate revenues to close our budget gap.

Mine poses no threat to commercial fishery
I write in support of Coeur Alaska's latest plan to develop Kensington Mine, near Pt. Sherman.

Fact is, we need government and need to pay for it
Mr. Bunde's letter (Feb. 4) in response to Paul Zimmerman (Feb. 2) is disingenuous. His question regarding support for "increasing royalties and severance taxes on those who extract our ... resources" is designed to deflect attention from the real problem that faces Alaskans.

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

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

President of pilot association speaks in Juneau
Visitors flying into Alaska face challenges they might not find in the rest of the country, the president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association said Tuesday.

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

Wolf on watch
A black wolf watches passing hikers and dogs Tuesday on the shore of Mendenhall Lake.

Businessman imports beef, exports salmon
Selling fish in Alaska is like selling sand in Arizona, according to Juneau businessman Bill White. It's high-quality beef that makes Juneau residents reach for their wallets.

Photo: Smile and say squeegee
Andrew Engstrom, owner of Capital City Windows, cleans the windows of the Court Plaza Building on Main Street, which is known locally as the "spam can" building. The photo, taken by George Bryson, won Engstrom first place in a photography competition on Feb. 14 at the International Window Cleaners Association in Dallas.

Couple pleads not guilty to charges in cabbie slashing case
The attorney for the woman charged in the Jan. 7 robbery and slashing attack on cab driver Eric Drake said he is not sure his client is fit to stand trial.

Agencies gear up for simulated terrorist threat in Juneau
In case terrorists ever target Juneau, local police, state troopers and the Coast Guard are responding to a simulated threat. For a week starting today there will be about 100 additional military personnel in the area, and Juneau residents could see more people in uniform.

City aims to save money by consolidating operations
The Public Works Department has city approval to move ahead with a $15 million plan to consolidate facilities spread throughout Juneau in an effort to save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

Around Town
Today: Day of Quilting, Sewing and Good Fellowship, 10 a.m. every Wednesday, Resurrection Lutheran Church. Quilts donated to Lutheran World Relief. Details: 586-2380.

Neighbors Digest
staff reports

Big Sisters and Little Sisters hang out
Big Sisters Elizabeth Medgyesy and Becky Chambers pose with a group of Little Sisters after a quick yoga practice at the Zach Gordon Youth Center.

Pets of the Week
Sallie Joe and Norman

Coleman and Lesh to marry
Catherine Coleman of Mission Hills, Kan., and Joseph Lesh of Gustavus, will be married at 5 p.m., April 24, 2004, at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kan. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. at the Webster House.

Local middle school students compete in regional math contest
A team of middle school "mathletes" from Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School won the Southeast Regional MATHCOUNTS Competition on Feb. 7.

Thank you
... for attending our concert

William Allen Ruhle
Former Juneau resident William Allen "Bill" Ruhle, 74, died Jan. 27, 2004, in Palm Springs, Calif.

Time for legislators to act on conference
Congratulations are in order to those who participated in last week's Conference of Alaskans. In three days, the 55 delegates of all political persuasions from all regions of the state were able to reach consensus on some of the thorniest questions facing the state.

My Turn: Valley high school is not needed and costs too much
The fix has been in on the proposed new Valley school for years. Perhaps that is why recent efforts to revisit the justification for building an expensive and unnecessary new facility have been meet with a mixture of fear, loathing and hysteria within the educational establishment.v

Nave, Isett claim titles in Timberwolf giant slalom
Julia Nave and Richard Isett Jr. won their divisions Sunday during the Juneau Ski Club's Timberwolf Gifts giant slalom races at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Waldman advances to Junior Olympics
Alpine skier Isabel Waldman of Juneau has qualified to participate in the USSA Rocky Mountain/Central Division J3 Junior Olympics, to be held March 7-14 in Winter Park, Colo.

Local and state sports news in brief.

Sports in Juneau
NEW CALENDAR ITEMS • Gastineau Channel Little League baseball open gyms - GCLL baseball open gyms for kids ages 8-12 will be held at Auke Bay School from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sundays beginning Feb. 21.

Sitka girls split with Ketchikan
Tawny Hoyt only scored four points on Saturday night, but she scored them at the best time for the Sitka High School girls basketball team.

Mavs shoot down Cavs
The Dallas Mavericks made their long shots, their short ones and just about everything in between. Once they heat up, there isn't much a defense can do but watch - and wish.

Sonner leads local swimmers at Alaska Masters state championships
Former Florida State University swimmer Ritchie Sonner won all six of her individual events to win her age group last weekend at the Alaska Masters Swimming State Short-Course Yards Championships in Anchorage.

Musher helps competitor's distracted team
First Eric Nicolier tried switching leaders after his team began to falter on the trail of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Alaska masters swimiming short-course yards championships
Results of the 2004 Alaska Masters Swimming State Short-Course Yards Championships held Friday through Sunday at Anchorage's Bartlett High School Swimming Pool.

Alaska sportwriters' prep basketball poll
The Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, as voted on by statewide sports reporters and compiled by the Fairbanks Daily-News Miner.

Kayhi boys slam Sitka, even series
The Ketchikan High School boys basketball team has been missing a couple of key cogs since early this season.

Steer still leads, Gatt closing gap
Zack Steer of Sheep Mountain held on to a narrowing lead Wednesday in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race as racers headed toward the Canadian border and the next checkpoint at Dawson City.

Local Region V Standings
The Region V basketball standings through games of Feb. 15. Standings are for all three Region V classifications and were reported to th

Driving upriver
EAGLE - Zack Steer of Sheep Mountain was holding on to his lead Tuesday in the 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.

Governor backs using fund revenue to fill deficit
Gov. Frank Murkowski won't call a special session of the Legislature or introduce any bills based on the conference he assembled last week to discuss the Alaska Permanent Fund and the state's budget gap, he said Tuesday.

Owner of lodge in national park challenges officials over pallets
ANCHORAGE - Lodge owner Doug Frederick wants the National Park Service to make an example out of him.

House panel calls for boost in school funding
A legislative committee says the state needs to put about $78 million more into Alaska schools to keep them from having to lay off teachers and cut services next year.

Photo: Sightseeing moose
Plodding, ambling solitary moose tracks are visible along many parts of Alaskan and Yukon Highways. This moose was nibbling willows along the shoulder of the Haines Highway near Million Dollar Falls.

Alaska Digest
staff and Wire reports

Legislation would expand naturopathic medical practice
If a patient comes to see Fairbanks doctor Scott Luper with a small laceration, he can't stitch it up. Though Luper has a medical degree from an accredited school, Alaska law doesn't allow him to perform minor surgery or prescribe drugs because he is a naturopathic physician.

Bill would impose tax on gas reserves
The state is reviewing applications to build a natural gas pipeline, but a legislator is worried there might not be an adequate supply of gas.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

Citizens push for recall
Left to right, John Vinduska, Ed Towpkias and Bill Marks of the Ogan Recall Committee watch Carol Thompson, right, collect the petitions to recall state Sen. Scott Ogan, R-Palmer, at the Office of Elections on Tuesday in Anchorage.

Yakutat man's assault charge dismissed
A first-degree sexual assault charge against a Yakutat man has been dismissed due to lack of prosecution. Alaska State Troopers arrested John Pavlik, 54, at his Yakutat home after they were notified Feb. 2 by Yakutat Clinic staff of a woman who had sustained injuries from an apparent sexual assault.

This Day in History
In Alaska: • In 1968, ARCO and Humble Oil hit oil at Prudhoe Bay.

Ketchikan looks again at annexation plan
In another reversal, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has resurrected plans to annex more than 3,000 square miles of surrounding land. The Assembly revived the proposal Tuesday, voting against an ordinance that would have repealed the expansion plan officially.

Due to a reporter's error, the story in Tuesday's Juneau Empire incorrectly identified the University of Alaska campus attended by speakers at the Elizabeth Peratrovich dinner.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the region.

Commercials a tough sell in Legislature
Radio and television ads promoting a new method of managing the Alaska Permanent Fund could have a tough time getting funding from the Legislature, according to some lawmakers on the House Finance Committee.

Alaska village wants panel to approve whale hunt
A village on Alaska's Arctic Coast wants a share of the whaling harvest. Point Lay, a community of 260 at the edge of the Chukchi Sea, has asked the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission for permission to take one bowhead whale every spring. It would be the first time villagers landed a whale in nearly 70 years, according to local elders.

Zither group to embark on world tour
Shortly after moving to Seoul, South Korea, in 1992 to study the kayagum, a zither known for its abstract and very un-Western repertoire, Juneau native Jocelyn Clark had a brainstorm.

Juneau gets a taste of outlaw country
It was a combination of resources, fate and luck in the form of an open tour date that Juneau resident Gene Nelson noticed on the Internet that brought Cracker to Marlintini's during a four-stop Alaska Solstice Tour in Dec. 2002.

Movies: Where & when
Local movie times and showings.

Graceful like a Swan
At Gustavus School, time has suspended, avian-human disputes have been set aside. And a swan and fairy princess have magically joined forces to make a fancy medieval dress, complete with bustle, for the Fourth Annual Wearable Art Extravaganza, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at the ANB Hall.

What's happening
Upcoming local arts and entertainment events.

Talking Taboos
Last February, University of Alaska Southeast freshman Dani Byers attended Perseverance Theatre's production of Eve Ensler's play "The Vagina Monologues" by herself. She couldn't convince any of her friends, mostly guys, she said, to attend.

A brief discourse on three separate East Asian long zithers.

CD review: Tabor sings on the 'Edge of Despair'
Listening to "Motel Lonely," the third song off Buddy Tabor's new compact disc, "Edge of Despair Children's Album," I'm reminded of a similar night I spent 2 1/2 years ago at a run-down motel near a dirt field in Umatilla, Ore.

Goese-Goble to play at Sitka Jazz Festival
Baritone saxophonist Alex Goese-Goble will be the lone representative from Juneau-Douglas High School in the 2004 Sitka Jazz Festival's All-Alaska Honor Jazz Festival, Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 19-21. But even if his demo CD wasn't chosen, as it was from entries around the state, he'd still attend.

Toe cartoon: In the Swamp
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Arts and entertainment news in brief.

Why they're in the play
About the cast in "The Vagina Monologues."

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