School district doesn't offer choice
I'd like to respond to Juneau School District Superintendent Peggy Cowan's inaccurate characterization of school choice cards as "incomplete" when completed without including a "second choice."

State supervisors, prepare for a strike
It has become increasingly apparent that the state of Alaska is refusing to budge from its recent wage offers to the state Supervisory union. These offers won't even keep up with the rate of inflation and will further erode our already dismal salaries.

Hoverbarge plan worries Taku River users
Lodge owner Errol Champion is more pessimistic and worried than ever after spending the last week driving snowmachines on the Taku River.

District to try to 'sell' new high school
Superintendent Peggy Cowan said the Juneau School District will promote the new high school in coming days in an effort to increase the low number of students who want to enroll there next year.

Community reaches out to prisoners
John Kobbe has been out of prison for nearly two years, the longest stretch of freedom he's known in 23 years.

Photo: Building bridges
Josh Rauwolf, 13, works on his bridge during the E-Week Build a Bridge Challenge Saturday at the Mendenhall Mall. The event was sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

Juneau Assembly to review smoking ban, labor agreements
The Juneau Assembly will review the city's smoking ban, labor agreements and sewer extensions at its 7 p.m. Monday meeting at City Hall.

Photo: Up, up and away
Glacier Valley Elementary School third-grader Tyler Osterhout, 8, left, watches Dan Spencer of the Challenger Learning Center of Kenai release his paper rocket Friday at school. Spencer spent a week getting students interested in science by teaching them about living in space, rockets and robotics.

Around Town

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

My Turn: Classes for family of mentally ill provide insight and support
Being an advocate for the mentally ill will often take you on an arduous journey.

Empire editorial: Time for honesty about valley high
What happens if you build a high school and nobody wants to come?

Legislators lose confidence in top state commissioner
Karleen Jackson, who heads the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), is the boss of 3,500 employees, supervises a budget of $2 billion, and is responsible for the health and well-being of every Alaskan.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Black bear takes tracking collar from a mountain goat
In a bizarre twist, a black bear north of Juneau equipped itself with a Global Positioning System tracking collar that biologists originally put on a mountain goat.

Venture beyond ski area boundaries at your own risk
T he untracked snow beyond the Eaglecrest Ski Area boundary might look inviting, but the backcountry environment outside the boundary is avalanche terrain.

Chitina dip-netters have a good season
FAIRBANKS - Dip-netters at Chitina scooped more salmon out of the Copper River last summer than they have since 2001.

Basic hunter education course offered in Juneau
JUNEAU - The Juneau Hunter Education Facility will offer a Basic Hunter Education Course March 6-8 at the Juneau Hunter Education Facility at 5670 Montana Creek Road. Times are 6-9 p.m. Thursday, 6-9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Former Iditarod champion helps blind musher
KENAI - Joe Runyan is a name familiar to most fans of sled dog racing.

Out & About
Today: Public trap shoot, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Gun Club.

Missing Juneau man found after being gone overnight
JUNEAU - Police reported that missing Juneau resident Larry Mulgrew, 67, was found Friday morning in "good condition."

Coast Guard on the search for two missing mariners
JUNEAU - Two helicopters, a cutter and two aircraft were being used Saturday to search for two men that left Juneau in a fishing vessel earlier in the week and were reported missing Friday night.

Government offers energy assistance to low-income Alaskans
ANCHORAGE - The federal government is releasing more than $775,000 to help eligible low-income families in Alaska meet home energy costs this winter.

New trial date set for man charged in Caribou Hills wildfire
KENAI - A new trial date has been set in the case of a California man charged in a wildfire in the Caribou Hills that blackened more than 55,000 acres last summer and destroyed 53 cabins.

Gov. Palin travels to Washington to attend meeting
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin has left for Washington D.C., where she'll attend the National Governors Association winter meetings.

Several hundred people attend land swap discussion
FAIRBANKS - Several hundred people attended a discussion on a proposed land swap between Alaska's largest private landowner and the federal government, with most opposing the swap.

Longtime Alaskan named new Sitka park superintendent
SITKA - A longtime Alaska resident has been named the new superintendent for Sitka National Historical Park.

Ketchikan, JDHS boys split at home
A big man from Ketchikan hurt the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team Saturday. It just wasn't the post player everyone expected.

Lady Kings sweep visiting JDHS
The Ketchikan High School girls basketball team sealed the top-seed in the Southeast Conference Tournament with a sweep of visiting Juneau-Douglas on Friday and Saturday.

Photo: Mixed doubles dart tourney
Hayden Garrison competes in Saturday's mixed doubles dart tournament at Squire's Rest.


Palin's gas line team gets the word out to the public
While Gov. Sarah Palin's gas line team is reviewing TransCanada's proposal to build a pipeline to bring the North Slope's vast gas reserves to U.S. markets, top team members have fanned out throughout the state to bring word of the effort to the public.

Skier survives massive avalanche after being buried for 40 minutes
ANCHORAGE - A skier was buried for as long as 40 minutes in a massive avalanche Saturday near the site where two snowmachiners were killed by another slide earlier this month.

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