Monday, February 21, 2005

Books on Choctaw history, Southeast birds fill shelves
The Juneau Public Libraries has new nonfiction for (just about) everyone.

Traditional design needed
I was underwhelmed by the finalist sketches for a capitol.

Ugly designs picked
I think these people have lost their freaking minds. I would rather move the capital to Anchorage than look at one of these eyesores the rest of my life here.

Capitol designs out of place
After viewing the capitol visions, I am just appalled at how badly these fine companies have missed the mark in their concepts.

Firing raises concerns
It concerns this Alaskan resident that our elected officials are allowed to drink in the capitol building.

Ferry system is best option
Here are 11 reasons why ferry service between Auke Bay and Haines/Skagway, as described in the no-action alternative, Alternative 4A, and Alternative 4C of the governor's environmental impact statement makes the most sense.

Danger, expense seen in road
Northern Southeast Alaska's heavy snowfall a couple of weeks ago followed by rain, then snow, is not unusual.

Putting squeeze on Southeast
In the 30 years I've lived in Alaska, there has been dependable ferry service in Southeast.

Kids could design better
I had to pick myself off the floor laughing at the new capitol design proposals.

Juneau startled by designers' capitol visions
Capitol design competition adviser Don Stastny said a new state capitol is a legacy this generation of Alaskans can leave to their children, their children's children and future citizens of Alaska.

Panel weighs new approaches to JDHS climate
The group of teachers and community members designing small learning communities at Juneau-Douglas High School may present its recommendations Monday.

A cold reception
When Juneau's Capitol Planning Commission revealed four architecture teams' visions for an Alaska state capitol, the capitol competition's Web site became clogged with inquisitive traffic.

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

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

'Adequacy' suit receives its first hearing in March
Kristine Moore, a Wasilla parent of three children, said she has lobbied lawmakers for seven years to get more money for the schools.

AroundTown
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Sex offenders will receive new approach
When Juneau Superior Court Judge Larry weeks sentenced a 61-year-old sex offender earlier this month to serve eight years in prison, he said incarceration wouldn't be enough.

Clothes for the extravaganza
Artist Thea Howard, left, adjusts her creation - titled "Jet-Puffed Snowsuit"

Family strikes lode in chimney
A weekend chore turned into a treasure hunt in mid-January when Rosanne Funk and her family began cleaning out a forgotten eight-foot-tall chute beneath the fireplace in their 90-year-old Juneau home.

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

Rebecca Mass
Funeral and interment for Juneau resident Rebecca Mass will be held at 9 a.m., Sat., Feb. 26, at the Dooley Colonial Home in Westfield, N.J.

Grace Florence Curry
Grace Florence Curry, 90, died Feb. 13, 2005, in Juneau. She was born Oct. 28, 1915, in Ellenburg, N.Y., and lived in the Game Creek Community near Hoonah since November 1990.

Clara J. Benecke
Former Juneau resident Clara J. Benecke died Feb. 11, 2005, in Seattle, Wash.

Empire editorial: Time has come to speak out on road
Southeast Alaska residents have another month to tell the state what they think about the proposed road that would take away Juneau's dubious distinction of being the largest city in North America not connected to the highway system.

Alaska state Capitol is not a frat house
Thumbs up to Fairbanks Rep. David Guttenberg for seeing the wisdom in changing a policy that currently allows for state legislators and legislative staff to consume alcoholic beverages inside the state Capitol.

Identity is precious enough to protect
The matter that concerns me today is very sensitive. If any reader finds my words unmannerly, please forgive them.

My Turn: Road remains best way to address access issue
There is no more important "quality of life" issue facing Juneau than the question of whether our economy will survive if the capital or Legislature moves north.

Out&About
A listing of outdoor events in town

To Preserve & Protect
Todd Machacek said he has hunted bear - "of course" - black and brown. He's hunted moose. "I've hunted everything," he said. "I'm an outdoorsman."

Snow report
As of Saturday, Eaglecrest Ski Area had 37 inches of snow at the base and 127 inches at the top.

Bison hunt is a step back into Alaska's history
The three bison were all big, but one shaggy bull dusted with snow stood out.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

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.

Little takes Quest lead into Alaska
Kasilof musher Jon Little surged to the lead of the 22nd annual Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race on Saturday as the race crossed into Alaska.

Willomitzer leads mushers out of Eagle
Gerry Willomitzer was the fourth musher in and the first musher out of Eagle on Sunday during the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Missed free throws doom Juneau girls
Free throws proved very costly to the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team on Saturday.

Juneau boys unable to maintain fast start
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball got the strong start it needed in Friday's game at Lathrop, but the Crimson Bears were unable to keep their edge down the stretch.

IRS gives Alaskans new local-sales-tax deduction formula
Residents of communities with a local sales tax can deduct the tax payments from their federally taxable income using a new table issued by the IRS.

PETA asks state to feel for the kings
The world's largest animal-rights group asked Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski on Friday to declare king salmon, the state fish, off-limits to fishing.

Alaska Digest
Greens Creek gets environment ceritificate

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

Ketchikan cold-storage project no longer part of fed development grant
Ketchikan's proposed regional cold-storage project may be dead.

Photo: Winter fun in Anchorage
Bian Vukasim hits a snow berm as he competes in the stock car race Saturday during the Fur Rendezvous grand prix in Anchorage.

Photo: Raising money for music
Jamie Bremner, Malcom Barril, Mike Fishel and Beatriz Abella, all freshmen enrolled in the Juneau-Douglas High School String Orchestra, keep the music going during Saturday's "String-A-Thon" in the Floyd Dryden Elementary School gymnasium.

Feds help remove old lead cable from ocean bottom near Sitka
A pair of divers hauled about 500 pounds of World War II lead communication cable from the ocean floor near Clam Island, as part of a project to remove a segment of the 63-year-old cable from Sitka Sound.

Taku River to open for chinook
For the first time in three decades, Juneau fishermen will set their nets and bait their hooks in spring for Taku River king salmon.

Bear-viewing, bear-hunting debate heats up
When word spread that the state burned a bear-viewing camp near Chenik Lake on the south side of Cook Inlet in early January, it rekindled a clash over the management of state lands and the bears that live in the McNeil River area.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Officials call off search for lost climber
The search has been suspended for a climber missing on Mount Huntington inside Denali National Park and Preserve.

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