Thursday, February 24, 2005

Montessori works
I feel compelled to respond to Ms. Edith McHenry's letter of Feb. 22. I am the parent of a Glacier Valley second-grader; he is in a Montessori classroom.

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.

Wearable-art show was vulgar
On Saturday evening we attended the Juneau Arts & Humanities sponsored 5th Annual Wearable Art Fashion Show.

Attention docks and harbors users
There's a lot going on with Juneau's docks and harbors right now: proposed rate increases, liveaboard fees, shore power system changes, and lots of Docks and Harbors Board meetings to attend, not only to learn more about what's happening, but to offer comments, ideas and suggestions.

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

Is alcohol the explanation?
All Alaska legislators should not be painted with the same brush, and my comments are of the "if the shoe fits" kind.

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.

Greeks, Romans got it right
Wow. I was flabbergasted by the pictures of the final four designs for the new Capitol. As a lover of modern architecture, I think they're terrific.

Start over with Capitol design
I was so stunned at how totally inappropriate all four Capitol designs were.

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.

City worries about fast ferry access
Juneau Deputy Mayor Marc Wheeler had to cancel his plans to play in a hockey tournament at Haines Junction in January, because the state pulled the fast ferry Fairweather out of service in a labor dispute Jan. 23.

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

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

Body found in woods; no foul play suspected
Police have requested an autopsy for a 37-year-old man who was found dead in the woods near Trout Street in the Juneau International Airport area 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.

Images from another time: Studio 221
Juneau dancers left to right, Sybil Davis, Bev Skaggs, Franz Schneider, Barbara Campbell and Theresa Scott practice at the dance Studio 221 on North Franklin Street for the Alaska Statewide Dance festival held in Fairbanks in March of 1986.

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.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Juneau man pleads guilty in sex case
A 20-year-old man agreed to serve at least four years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to two sex crimes against a 7-year-old girl.

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

AroundTown
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Study says schools need more money for teachers
The Juneau School District would receive more money if the Alaska Legislature adopts the recommendations of a new study that looked at geographical differences in energy costs and salaries.

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

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.

Neighbors Digest
Coast Guard Women's Association scholarship

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

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

Student recognition
Recognizing the accomplishments of Juneau's outstanding youth

Vicki Converse
Vicki Converse, 97, died Feb. 22, 2005, at Juneau Pioneers Home.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Second half begins sour for the Jazz
After blowing one big lead, the Dallas Mavericks made sure their next one was never in jeopardy.

Juneau girls fall in state hoops voting
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball slipped in the latest Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, released today.

Former Empire sports editor earns national writing honor
Former Juneau Empire sports editor Charles Bingham's coverage of Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Chad Bentz's rise to the major leagues was honored Wednesday in a national sportswriting contest.

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.

Local Sports
Alaska Sporstwriters Prep Basketball Polls

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.

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

Quest enters final stage
The top five teams were separated by less than two hours Wednesday night as the leaders of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race reached the final checkpoint before the finish line in Fairbanks.

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

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

Alaska Supreme Court chief justice addresses Legislature, calls on it to raise judges' salaries
Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander Bryner on Wednesday told a joint session of the Legislature that state judges' salaries may soon rank among the lowest in the nation.

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.

Prices rise, but travelers still cruising
Alisa Skulpong considers herself pretty savvy about bargain vacations.

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.

Former cod fisherman now leads offshore aquaculture effort
Twenty-five years ago, Richard Langan fished for cod off the Gulf of Maine.

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.

Fishermen fear offshore farms
Juneau resident Richard HofMann has been a salmon troller for almost 30 years and recalls long, noisy disputes with Canadians over transboundary salmon runs.

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.

Taking off on the Web
A few days before New Year's, state employee and local musician Jay Caputo launched the Web site Juneaumusic.com .

what's happening
News of local entertainment events

Kerstan shares his passion for opera with community
German director Michael Kerstan grew up with opera. But when it came time for college, he turned away from the stage and studied education, politics, psychology and sociology.

Album's relatively cheery (for Buddy)
I listened to Buddy Tabor's 2004 album, "Edge of Despair (A Children's Album)" a few too many times in a row one gloomy night last February, so I was careful to listen to his new record at least 30 feet away from any window ledges or sharp drop-offs.

briefly
News of local arts

Clown spreads the universal language of laughter
W hile visiting Singapore in November to represent the United States at the first Clown-Around-The-World Festival, Char-lie the Juggling Clown found time to visit a hospital and prison, on top of his stage schedule.

Unique 'Vermonter' somehow works as a sandwich
There's this fuzzy memory I have of being back at the county fair a couple months, or maybe a year, after I graduated from high school.

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