The Alaska Club expands
Construction at the Valley JRC The Alaska Club, intended to make the fitness center more "family friendly," will be complete by the end of March, club officials said.

Cape Fox Corp. sending one of its final shipments to Asia
KETCHIKAN - Cape Fox Corp. is shipping one of its final two shipments of logs to Asia.

Bill speeds up buy-back process
A new bill would speed up the process for permit buy-backs in state fisheries.

Mine Alternative B is safe, economical option
I urge the citizens of Southeast Alaska to voice their support of Alternative B of the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) of the Kensington Gold

Publisher is wrong
Bob Hale, publisher of the Juneau Empire, is wrong. In my opinion, he wasted a perfectly good My Turn column on Sunday by discussing how bad smoking is. Everyone knows already.

Education tax would help solve fiscal problem
Pass SB 137, the Education (Employment) Tax. I am tired of the debate of sales vs. income tax.

Outsiders' opinion not worth a "plug nickel"
Why is it that the outsiders from the Lower 48 think that their opinions about Alaskan policies and government should mean doodah to us? If you people want to make a difference in Alaska, move up here, get a job and make a significant contribution to Alaska's economy.

Too many ignoring the city's noise rules
The CBJ noise ordinance is not working. Three times in one week I've had to phone police to force developers to comply.

Focus on pedestrian safety, not dogs
After reading the editorial, "Are you a dog owner in denial?" (Feb. 22) I have to admire the ability of the writer to truly focus on non-safety issues. The stated concerns (stepping on doo, getting jumped on by friendly dogs and wildlife impacts) don't even rank on my scale of walking-related issues.

Tobacco is a killer
I've read much discussion of secondhand smoke on these pages over the last few weeks, and one fact needs to be emphasized: breathing secondhand smoke is dangerous to your health.

The state is not responsible for health
My opinion on the smoking ban is this: I don't understand why they are picking the smokers out the crowd. Drunk drivers cause a lot more deaths each year than a smoker could ever do, yet you don't see them getting stronger jail time when they kill someone with their car.

Due to an editing error, the names of the second-place winners in the Fourth Annual Wearable Arts Extravaganza were inadvertently omitted.

Ordinance to block school introduced
The Juneau Assembly introduced an ordinance Monday similar to an initiative to block construction of a new high school, though members say their motives are different and they really back the school construction.

Alaska Digest
Students charged in anti-Native graffiti JUNEAU - Police said a misdemeanor charge has been filed against one boy and is pending against two others in connection with the painting of anti-Native graffiti outside Juneau-Douglas High School last week.

Critics want greater say on Kensington
Some Juneau residents who attended a Tuesday meeting about the Kensington Mine worried they weren't given a proper opportunity to voice their concerns about the project.

Police reported Tuesday that Kuhaneck was not transported to the state prison. Kuhaneck's ticket showed he was cited on a charge of driving while under the influence and that he admitted to taking prescription drugs.

Around Town
Today Valley Toastmasters meeting, 6:10 a.m. every Tuesday, Henry's Restaurant. Public invited. Details: Jim, 789-3074.

Around Town
Today Day of Quilting, Sewing and Good Fellowship, 10 a.m. every Wednesday, Resurrection Lutheran Church. Quilts donated to Lutheran World Relief. Details: 586-2380.

Commission asks for more work on city waterfront plan
Envisioning a great downtown waterfront may be easier than developing a waterfront plan.

Operating a sub from land
Jacob Smith, a Coast Guard electronics technician from San Pedro, Calif., shows a submersible remote-operated vehicle Monday at the Coast Guard dock in downtown Juneau.

UAS to offer math, marine biology degrees, more health programs
The University of Alaska Southeast can start dangling several newly offered degrees and certificates before prospective students.

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

Always ready
A Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team, out of San Pedro, Calif., lowers a person from a Jayhawk helicopter onto the Petersburg-based Coast Guard cutter Anacapa on Tuesday in the Juneau harbor during Unified Defense 04 training.

Homeland security exercise includes descent on Malaspina
There was no Juneau trial of al-Qaida terrorists, no actual explosion at the Princess Cruise Dock.

'Pachyderm' takes spelling bee
In the end, it was "pachyderm" that decided the Juneau School District's spelling bee Tuesday night at the Harborview Elementary library.

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

Assembly OKs city's first avalanche response plan
The Juneau Assembly approved the city's first urban avalanche response plan Monday.

AWARE to honor women of distinction at Centennial Hall
On Saturday, March 13, AWARE (Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies) will hold its eighth annual Women of Distinction Dinner and Silent Auction at Centenni

Better not to fuss about diction - go for the croissants
Who can complain about a plane trip when the destination is France? Thankful for short legs, I settled in to enjoy the hospitality of British Airways. My son, Shane, fell into a state of semi-hibernation, taking little food or drink, never leaving his seat during the 10-hour flight to London.

Pets of the week
Serena is a very sweet young malemute-husky mix. She is a spayed female, just two years old. Blue has dense, plush fur that's the rich shade of gray called "blue." This 2-year-old, neutered male shorthair also has a delightful personality.

Ice walk
Glacier hikers wind their way up the Mendenhall last weekend with the requisite crampons, ice axes, helmets and packs.

Thank you
... for coming to our aid.. for working so hard to help find Taz

Juneau: A doctor's best memories
Although explorers, prospectors and missionaries generally top the lists of those who shaped Southeast Alaska into what it is today, a physician and an educator need to be given credit.

Juneau Digest
staff reports

A supportive spouse
George M. Irwin was born in Dayton, Ohio, according to his profile in the third volume of Ed Ferrell's valuable dictionary of Alaska-Yukon pioneers.

James Bronnee
Juneau resident James "Irish Jim" Bronnee, 60, died Feb. 23, 2004, in a hospice home in Flagstaff, Ariz., due to complications from cancer.

Alaska railroad extension could solve political, economic issues
I t's an obscure note in history: Had any federal funds been left over from construction of the Panama Canal, they were to be assigned to Alaska railroad construction.

Go with better instead of bigger on downtown waterfront
P roposed condominiums to be built over tidelands at the east end of the Douglas Bridge is one issue about which the city should have some real reservations.

Alaska editorial: Changing the dividend
This editorial ran in Friday's (Soldotna/Kenai) Peninsula Clarion:

ASBN State Prep Basketball Poll
The Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network high school basketball poll for the week ending Feb. 21. The poll released on Feb. 23 is for Class 4A and Class 3A teams and was selected by a panel of ASBN broadcasters, sports reporters and devoted high school basketball fans from around the state.

Chief boys sweep Braves in two key Region V-3A games
Chief boys sweep Braves in two key Region V-3A games

Gatt's nearly got it
Barring unforeseen problems on the trail, Hans Gatt will win a record third straight Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race sometime early this morning.

Juneau's Expo
Montreal Expos relief pitcher Chad Bentz of Juneau fields a grounder during spring training on Saturday. Bentz, who was born with a deformed right hand, catches and fields with his left hand.

Cavaliers rally from 25-point deficit to beat Hornets
CLEVELAND - In four days, they've beaten the defending NBA champions, won at Madison Square Garden and rallied from 25 points down for a victory.

Region V Standings
The Region V basketball standings through games of Feb. 22. Standings are for all three Region V classifications and were reported to the Juneau Empire by school officials and basketball coaches.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS Friday, Feb. 27 • Fight Night Boxing - Doors open at 7 p.m. and boxing starts at 8 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS Friday, Feb. 27 • Fight Night Boxing - Doors open at 7 p.m. and boxing starts at 8 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

Gatt's lead grows down final stretch
Two-time defending champion Hans Gatt was the first musher into the Carmacks checkpoint Monday to extend his lead in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Foundation to give $20 million in arts funding
Almost 100 Juneau residents affiliated with the arts showed up at Centennial Hall on Monday to hear the Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation describe details of its 10-year, $20 million statewide Arts and Culture Initiative.

Ketchikan artists plan Native wax museum
KETCHIKAN - Ketchikan artists and retailers want to establish a Southeast Alaska Native wax museum north of Ketchikan to depict what life was like for the Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian people hundreds of years ago.

Alaska Digest
staff and Wire reports

Legislation would force supervisors out of union
Gov. Frank Murkowski wants to eliminate union protection for several hundred state employees who work as supervisors or in personnel management.

Students press for university funding
A coalition of more than 50 University of Alaska students sent an Alaska-size message to state lawmakers Monday, asking for $10.5 million in increased university funding.

This Day in History
In Alaska • In 1909, the first stamp mill in the Interior began operation near Fairbanks.

This Day in History
In Alaska: In 1913, legislators in Juneau for the first Alaska Territorial Legislature decided to meet in the Elks Hall rather than the Odd Fellows Hall.

GOP kills effort to guarantee dividend
Republicans on Tuesday swatted down a Democrat plan to guarantee the Alaska Permanent Fund would continue to pay dividends to eligible Alaskans.

Bill opens kids' library records to parents
State Sen. Lyda Green believes parents should know what their kids are checking out of the library. The Wasilla Republican has introduced a bill that would require public libraries to give parents access to their children's records on request.

Bill speeds up buy-back process
A new bill would speed up the process for permit buy-backs in state fisheries.

House OKs 3 bills on victims rights
A trio of victims rights bills passed the House on Monday, including a measure to analyze events surrounding domestic violence fatalities.

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