Alaska exports grow by almost nine percent
Alaska exports increased last year by almost 9 percent to $2.7 billion, according to Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Sugary drinks can cause tooth decay, too
I was glad to see the article in Sunday's paper titled "Soft drink debate." The increase in soft drink consumption in the U.S. not only leads to obesity and earlier-onset diabetes, but an increase in dental decay in children, teens and adults.

Racism should not be a part of childhood
I am no longer a resident of Juneau, but for a good portion of my life I was. I attended Glacier Valley Elementary, Floyd Dryden Middle School and graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School. From the time I was a fourth-grader till my senior year in high school I was made fun of because of my race.

Smoke-free air is what's healthy
In his diatribe, "Be Responsible: Don't let clear air advocates speak for you," smoker William Tuss makes it clear that he either doesn't understand and/or doesn't care about protecting everyone's right to smoke-free air.

The Permanent Fund Dividend vs. income tax
Over the past 22 years I have received $23,009.38 in Permanent Fund dividends. My immediate family of four has received $92,037.52 since this program began. This has been free, unearned cash we have enjoyed just for being Alaska residents. Have we spent this money wisely? I think we have.

Don't let effort on 2nd school go to waste
I urge Juneau residents to reject the current proposal to derail the Valley High School.

Jury finds Juneau man guilty of drug conspiracy
A Juneau man was found guilty of a federal drug conspiracy charge Thursday in a case resulting from the seizure of more than a pound of cocaine from a car driven off a ferry in August.

Short season, sweet meat
The first shellfish fishery of the year started Sunday, when boats headed out to harvest tanner crab in areas around Juneau. "It's a short fishery, but it's an important start for the fisherman and for our facility as well," said Eric Norman, general manager of Taku Fisheries. "Hopefully everybody makes some money and gets the year rolling."

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

Births, judgments and other local legal matters.

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

Photo: Building the Douglas Bridge, 1980
Work progresses on the Douglas Bridge in this photo taken in May 1980. Construction of the bridge was completed in 1981, and the old bridge, which opened on Oct. 13, 1935, was removed. Some of the old bridge was recycled and used in new home construction in Juneau.

Panel puts smoking ban on the table
In a blow to bar owners, a city committee decided Thursday to offer the option for discussion that all public facilities and businesses be smoke-free in Juneau.

... for caring so much
The Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood were founded on Christian principle. Since the beginning of time, Tlingits have cared for each other and worked to uplift and encourage people.

Neighbor's Digest
Community news in brief.

Student recognitions
Local student achivements.

... for 'Dinner with Friends'
The Montessori Adolescent Program families would like to thank the following individuals and businesses that played an instrumental role in this year's primary fund-raiser, the play "Dinner with Friends."

Photo: Ram watch
ukon sheep often descend Sheep Mountain, along the Alaska Highway west of Haines Junction, during winter. This ram was on an outcropping not 25 feet from the road.

My Turn: Democrats seek fair share for Alaska oil
Alaska is at a crossroads. We can decide to thrive. Or, instead, we can decide to plead poverty, pretend we need to cut education funding, and pretend the state cannot afford to help keep our communities safe.

Gatt snares Quest lead into Dawson
Two-time defending champion Hans Gatt took the lead Thursday in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, arriving first at the Dawson City checkpoint.

Juneau girls on road for season's first Kayhi games
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team will open a new chapter in a long rivalry this weekend, as the Crimson Bears travel to Ketchikan for a two-game Region V-Class 4A series.

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.

Photo: New black belt
Juneau Shotokan Karate Club member Ira Rosen recently earned the rank of Sho Dan, first-degree black belt in Shotokan Karate.

Bears host confident Kayhi boys
Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball coach George Houston took a trip to Ketchikan last weekend to scout a couple of games, and he saw a team that nearly played to perfection.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Lawmakers eye 10% cuts in agencies
State agencies may be subject to significant cuts in the next fiscal year as the Legislature tries to trim $80 million to $100 million from Gov. Frank Murkowski's budget proposal.

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

State legislation would tighten limits on telemarketers
Pesky telemarketers banned from making unsolicited phone calls under a new federal law would face additional restrictions in Alaska under a proposal in the Legislature.

Strength of yellow cedar leads to creation of new species designation
Alaska yellow cedar has proved so strong the American Lumber Standards Committee has created a new species designation for the rot-resistant wood.

Seven indicted on black bear poaching charges
Five Anchorage men have been indicted by a federal ground jury on felony charges of poaching black bears and conspiring to sell gall bladders and other body parts.

Transportation plan draws some critics
Critics have taken aim at the Murkowski administration's latest update of the Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan.

Subcommittee suggests $89 million in Medicaid cuts
Proposed cuts in the Department of Health and Social Services budget could mean the state no longer pays for eyeglasses, hearing aides, speech therapy and emergency dental care for low-income adults, a department official said Thursday.

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