Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Democracy protects minorities
It's interesting to me to hear from one Alaska senator that he "trusts the people" and therefore wants us to vote up or down on an amendment to our state constitution (SJR20) which seems to say that however the vote comes out is the way things will be.

Civil discourse on the road
It probably won't make any difference, but Janet Kussart's My Turn in last Friday's Empire (Fe.b 17) just begs for a response.

Ignorance breeds teen pregnancies
I was a high school art teacher in Texas until I returned to Juneau this past fall.

Learn to handle the responsibilities of sex
Understanding the intensely personal nature of the whole argument and with respect to those who disagree, I'd like to weigh in in favor of Planned Parenthood coming to Juneau.

Government's policies deny rights
It's not the government's job to sanction heterosexuality or homosexuality, nor is it in a position to judge the marriages of its citizens.

Abstinence pledges don't always work
It's easy to see the rationale of some of the people raising their war cry over Planned Parenthood's pending opening of a Juneau clinic:

Statesmen would protect rights
It is that time of year when Alaskans will be bombarded with gubernatorial candidate material.

Learn to handle the responsibilities of sex
Understanding the intensely personal nature of the whole argument and with respect to those who disagree, I'd like to weigh in in favor of Planned Parenthood coming to Juneau.

Web site reveals gold's poisonous allure
As Coeur d'Alene Mines likely prepares its corporate response to Matt Clifford's My Turn, which appeared last Thursday's Empire (Feb. 16), I think it would be good for folks in Juneau and Alaska to take a hard look, as I have, at the Clark Fork Coalition Web site and read what this coalition is working hard to set right there.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

It may seem to some a dirty job, but others say you need to do it
Rainforest Naturopathic Medicine offers something that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "spring cleaning.

Photo: End of season
Taku Smokeries/Fisheries employees Bill Razpotnik, left, and Gary Isturis sort tanner crab Tuesday on the Taku dock.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: The U.S. Navy in Juneau, June 1988
The U.S. Navy warships O'Callahan and Bradley slip into their berths in 1988 at the U.S. Coast Guard dock.

Juneau fisheries scientist offers photo-filled story of South Africa
The African landscape contains such diverse wildlife and culture that words just could not describe it fully.

School Board, district look to better ties with Natives
The Juneau School Board discussed on Tuesday possible refinements to its Alaska Native student success strategy.

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

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

University of Alaska Southeast plans trail link to neighborhood
Extending Auke Lake Trail into a loop connecting the University of Alaska Southeast with its neighborhood is part of a national trend to connect the community to its neighboring university, planners say.

Master class
Master class: Alexander Tutunov, a Russian classical pianist, poses with some of his piano master class students at the Egan lecture hall on the University of Alaska Southeast campus.

Feeling the power in music
I believe in the healing and redemptive power of music. I broke up with a girlfriend when I was in graduate school.

AWARE will honor women of distinction
AWARE will hold its tenth annual Women of Distinction dinner and silent auction at 5:30 p.m. on March 11 at Centennial Hall.

Mitchell and Anderson to marry
Former Juneau residents Darcy Anne Mitchell and Richard Anderson are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage on Aug. 5, 2006, in Hood River, Ore.

Figuring out where God is
I recently spoke with an intake counselor at a cancer treatment center. In addition to all the usual questions, she asked me a few others: Do I believe God has a plan for my life?

A community gets together to do the right thing for an injured cat
The little cat hung limply in the policewoman's hands, so weak she couldn't lift her head. She reeked of the diesel fuel that soaked every hair on her body and her legs were burned.

William G. Edwards
Former Juneau resident William G. "Bill" Edwards, 65, died Feb. 11, 2006, at home after his effort to beat lung cancer.

Patrick T. Brokaw
Juneau resident Patrick Thomas Brokaw, 39, died Feb. 16, 2006, in Juneau.

My Turn: United States is not doing its share to stop the population explosion
I don't believe there is anyone who would disagree with there is a correlation between the environment and quality of life.

My Turn: Berners Bay area a sanctuary to cherish, not one to pave
Anywhere else on Earth, Berners Bay would be recognized as a national treasure

Sloss and Lear combine forces to win Alfalfa II
The youth team of Jared Lear and Marlena Sloss captured the Alfalfa II Cross Country Ski Race on Saturday at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

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.

SE report: Wrangell girls stay hot with pair of wins over Petersburg
The Wrangell girls basketball team continued to impress over the weekend with two wins over Petersburg.

Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network Prep Basketball Poll
As of Feb. 19

Juneau Bowling Center League Standings
Sunday Mixed Week 12

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.

Norman Vaughan, Mellen Shea honored in 2006 Nome serum run
It was a bittersweet start to the eighth annual Serum Run in downtown Nenana.

Lawmaker touts Yukon River ferry
An Alaska Bush lawmaker would like to see state ferries cruising up and down the Yukon River as they did during the mining heyday the 19th century.

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

Senator: ANWR fight is not over
Expect another fight over opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling in Washington this year, Sen. Lisa Murkowski told the Alaska Legislature in her annual address Tuesday.

Trade group predicts 13 percent increase in Alaska construction
Alaska should see another booming year in construction, according to an industry trade group.

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

Voters could have say in shortening session
Voters may get to decide on legislation that would shorten Alaska's regular legislative session from four months to three.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Photos: Orcas come back to Kodiak
A killer whale, at right, spouts from its blowhole as it swims earlier this month off the stern of the fishing vessel Kanerva in St. Paul Harbor in Kodiak.

State: Abuse program will be scrapped
A government program intended to help prevent child abuse in Alaska is scheduled to be dropped this year because researchers have found it's ineffective.

Young: Bridge ought to be built
Congress approved millions of dollars for bridge projects in Ketchikan and Anchorage and the state should respect the intent of the federal government - even without "earmarks," said U.S. Rep. Don Young.

Agreement reached on gas pipeline
Gov. Frank Murkowski said Tuesday he has reached an agreement with oil producers to build a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope, though a contract is not yet ready for legislative review.

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