Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Business Digest
News from the business community

Why trust Rice?
On Feb. 9, I heard Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice begging European leaders to heed her warning about a nuclear threat from Iran.

Road could add Juneau to vacation dreams
My dream vacation is to tour Alaska in my motor home in three or four years following my retirement.

Best access not considered
I am writing to comment on the Juneau Access Project being discussed in our communities. Several things bear mentioning.

United States lacks responsibility
Every day we teach our children about taking responsibility for their actions.

Support for Tulsequah Chief Mine
As a member of the Taku River Tlingit First Nation, I wish to declare that I support the principle of responsible development within our traditional territory.

Abortion procedures are not natural
After reading the letter by Chris Joy (Empire, Feb. 4) that said "Abortion is a natural and necessary right," I was trying to figure out how anyone could make the leap of reason to say abortion is natural.

Fish farming is future
Apparently the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is working to legalize fish farming in federally controlled waters, beyond the three-mile state jurisdiction.

Juneau can't afford charter Montessori
Juneau Board of Education should not grant the sole remaining charter school charter to the Juneau Montessori School.

Empire needs to be more objective
On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities held a public hearing on the Juneau Access project.

Medical requirements put cabdrivers out of work
Taxi driver Jason Morrow has been out of work for seven days.

Bill requires voter OK for capitol
When Reps. Bill Stoltze and Carl Gatto heard of Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho's efforts to build a $100 million capitol in Juneau, they proposed having voters' approval of all the costs associated with construction.

Photo: Remodeling job
Edmund Burke, Job Center employment and training manager, talks Tuesday about the changes at the Juneau Job Center.

AroundTown
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Carnaval Atmosphere
Photos from the Wearable Art exhibit last Saturday at Centennial Halll

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Panel: Publicity, preferences could diversify school programs
The Juneau School District should publicize its districtwide programs better and use an admissions preference for low-income minority students, some members of a task force said Tuesday.

Photo: Makeover for Seward Street
Ole Taug of Arete Construction works on removing pavement Tuesday from Seward Street in the first phase of the street's $4.58 million makeover.

The lone wolf of Mendenhall Lake returns
A black wolf trots across frozen Mendenhall Lake on Monday near Skaters Cabin.

Recommendations for school reform may take a while
Small learning communities at Juneau-Douglas High School may be years away from becoming a reality.

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

Photo: A Juneau family scene
Three snow-dusted totem poles known as "A Southeast Family," carved by Juneau Tlingit artist Mick Beasley in 1996, keep watch Monday near the Terry Miller Office Building.

Neighbors Digest
Coast Guard Women's Association scholarship

Student recognition
Recognizing the accomplishments of Juneau's outstanding youth

Now is the time to fix the cat, before there's too much light
Two months from now, every female cat in Juneau that hasn't been spayed will be going into heat. It's triggered by the lengthening hours of daylight. When we have 12 to 14 hours, look out!

Wildflower people
On Feb. 10, Wildflower Court honored those who had been employed for landmark years or are retiring.

Sperl and Baxter marry
Summer L. Sperl of Petersburg and Daniel L. Baxter of Juneau were married at 3:30 p.m., Dec. 29, 2004, in Petersburg.

Girmscheid and Lessard marry
Juneau residents Suzanna Rae Girmscheid and Michael Noel Lessard were married Feb. 11, 2005, at Mendenhall Glacier.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Lindley and Lockhart to wed
Juneau residents Kara Lindley and Josh Lockhart are engaged to be married.

My Turn: Outsourcing torture a stain on the national character
Recent news reports have shed light on a practice which should be of concern to all Americans.

Empire editorial: Capitol design needs to be one Alaskans can rally behind
The four designs for a new Alaska capitol stopped many Juneau residents cold when the concepts were unveiled last week.

Alaska editorial: Attorney general's resignation shows the constitution works
In the wake of the Renkes affair, state Sen. Fred Dyson, R-Eagle River, has introduced a constitutional amendment to elect Alaska's attorney general.

My Turn: Show some character and rehire Capitol guard
Reinstate Dan the security guard at the State Capitol in Juneau. It's about character.

My Turn: University lands bill a bad idea
The recent discussion of House Bill 130 in the House Resources Committee demonstrates that transferring high-value public land utilized for recreation, subsistence, tourism, or other commercial uses is poor public policy.

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.

Viking girls edge by Wolves in overtime
Hannah Meucci scored four of her six points in overtime as the Petersburg girls edged visiting Wrangell 38-33 on Saturday for a sweep of their Southeast Conference-Class 3A 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.

Local Sports
Southeast conference basketball standings, ASBN State Prep basketball poll

Edgecumbe boys jump to 10-0 in region
Freshmen led the way for the Mount Edgecumbe boys basketball team last week as the Braves posted a pair of commanding wins over visiting Haines.

Photos: Swim champions
Photos from Juneau's Glacier Swim Club race

Glacier Swim Club claims team title at Southeast meet
Girls ruled at last weekend's Mike Smithers Southeast Alaska Swimming Championships in Petersburg.

Little is first Quest musher into Central
Kasilof musher Jon Little was the first competitor to reach the Central checkpoint late Tuesday during the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Jazz: Boozer will remain with Utah
Utah Jazz officials strongly denied rumors Monday that the team was planning to deal power forward Carlos Boozer in advance of Thursday's NBA trade deadline.

New hockey horizons
The sport of sled hockey met the city of Juneau on Tuesday at Treadwell Arena - and it had quite an ambassador.

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

Internet, big boxes put lid on institution
After more than half a century selling working attire to Alaskans, Brewster's Clothing & Footwear will close at the end of February.

Wash. drops suit against ex-ferry, Alaska processor
The Washington Department of Natural Resources has dropped its lawsuit against the foundation that owns the art-deco ferry Kalakala.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Celebration location still up in the air
Months after they were offered a chance to bid against Juneau to host Southeast Alaska's largest Native cultural event, it's unclear whether smaller Panhandle cities are prepared for the spectacle.

Committee looks at ballot initiative bill
A bill to put some distance between lieutenant governors and ballot initiative summaries was criticized by Republican members of the Senate State Affairs Committee on Tuesday.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Photo: And they're off
Jacob White hangs onto the sled Sunday as his dogs take off from the start of the two-dog class race of the Fur Rendezvous Jr. Champion Sled Dog Race in Anchorage.

State managers consider overhaul of Nelchina hunt
State game managers are considering an overhaul of rules in Nelchina so that any state resident will be able to subsistence hunt in areas north and east of Anchorage for caribou and moose.

Senator wants to make dividend fraud a felony
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee wants to make lying on permanent fund dividend applications a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

State to check out people who take care of elderly, disabled
The state is requiring expanded background checks for long-term caregivers to the elderly, the disabled, the handicapped and other vulnerable people.

Aquaculture threat looms over Alaskans
Millions of fish raised in underwater cages in federal waters off Alaska's stormy coast?

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

Taylor named ferry chief
Former Sen. Robin Taylor, who once called fast ferries "a cruel joke," has been appointed head of the Alaska Marine Highway System, the state Department of Transportation said Tuesday.

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