Friday, February 25, 2005

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.

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.

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

It's time for the road
I'm a 35-year resident of Haines. I've heard the same pros and cons of the proposed road between northern Lynn Canal and Juneau for at least as long as I've lived here.

After-hours drinking not a problem
Since the Empire has published what I consider unfair critical comment on the issue of legislators use of alcohol after hours and on weekends in their offices at the state Capital, I offer a few observations from a different point of view.

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.

Disappointed about Arctic Power decision
As a 43-year resident of Alaska and as a grandma, I am disappointed that Arctic Power was given more state money to continue their distortion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Have you looked at their Web page?

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.

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: Prayers for the pope
Charles Rohrbacher, left, and the Rev. Peter Gorges pray for Pope John Paul II on Thursday at the Cathedral of the Nativity during the regularly scheduled evening prayer service.

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.

Images from another time: Snowbirds over Douglas, 1983
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds fly over Douglas at treetop level as they arrive in Juneau in April 1983 before their flying show.

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.

Around Town
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.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

New capitol is tough sell to chamber
It is not just about the capitol. It's about the capital.

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

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.

Board approves major hike in harbor fees for small boats
Despite users' protests, the Juneau Docks and Harbors Board unanimously voted for increasing small-boat harbor fees by 250 percent over five years.

Student recognition
Recognizing the outstanding achievements of local students

Dzantik'i Heeni honor roll
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School staff released its honor roll students list. Each family is encouraged to celebrate this event and the accomplishments of their child.

Learning to communicate in Russia
Yesterday was a landmark day for me. Someone asked me for directions and I was able to give clear, concise directions (which they understood), and later when I was trying to find my way to a new place, I was able to ask for directions, understand what was said and follow those directions until I arrived where I needed to be.

A 'Steller' performance
Eleven teams of high school students from all over Alaska finished competing in the eighth annual Alaska Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl, the Tsunami Bowl, held at the Seward Marine Center and Seward High School.

Moniz and Ziegenfuss to wed
Juneau residents Jacqelli Moniz and Caleb Ziegenfuss will be married July 9, 2005, at Eaglecrest Lodge.

FYI
News from around Juneau

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from Juneau residents

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

Matthew R. Adams
Matthew Robert Adams died Feb. 22, 2005, in Juneau.

My Turn: Capitol designs just a starting point
Last Thursday, I smiled as I pored over the 16 boards representing the lasted round of the Capitol Planning Commissions competition submittals. Two thoughts went through my mind; one was the appreciation at the high level of design and the other was bracing for the inevitable skepticism that could erode popular support. What became apparent in discussing this issue was that the process and the importance of this opportunity succeeding were becoming lost.

My Turn: Alaska not ready to run wastewater permitting
Before she left government service for the private sector, former Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation head Ernesta Ballard set in motion a process for the state, rather than the U.S. EPA, to issue wastewater discharge permits.

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.

Juneau girls aiming to clinch No. 1 seed at region tourney
When the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team hosted Ketchikan last month, the Crimson Bears played sparking defense and posted a pair of commanding wins.

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.

Quest rookie Mackey wins by a whisker
Lance Mackey of Kasilof won the 2005 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race on Thursday, crossing the finish line in Fairbanks shortly after 1 p.m. following a late charge from Canada's William Kleedehn, who came in second.

Local Sports
Alaska Sporstwriters Prep Basketball Polls

Region tourney organizers seek volunteers for housing
Next month's Southeast Tournament will bring hundreds of basketball players, cheerleaders, dance team members and pep band performers to Juneau - and they all need a place to stay.

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

Treadwell Arena hosts third annual Rainforest Classic
Hockey teams from across Alaska and the Yukon are in Juneau today through Sunday for the third annual Rainforest Classic Old-Timers Tournament at Treadwell Arena.

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.

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.

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.

Power of five
It's fitting that there are five seniors on this year's Juneau boys basketball squad.

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

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

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

NorthwestDigest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Sen. Stevens: State must stave off pipeline delays
Ted Stevens gave a positive outlook for Alaska's economic future and played down his diminished role in Congress on Thursday in a speech to Alaska legislators.

Lawmakers OK funds for division after last election empties its coffers
The Legislature on Thursday passed a $694,000 supplemental appropriation to the state Division of Elections, which is broke after paying for last fall's election, Director Laura Glaiser said.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Photo: Snow dance
A snow sculpture of a bear and walrus performing an Eskimo dance is seen in Anchorage on Thursday, as part of the Fur Rendezvous snow sculpture competition.

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

Activists flood company with letters against veneer plant
Environmentalists faxed dozens of letters to a Washington state forest products company to voice concerns over its plans to reopen a veneer plant at Ketchikan's Ward Cove.

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.

Senator surprises some with support for fish farms
Sen. Ted Stevens surprised some Alaska fishermen Thursday when he said he believes the state should allow fish farms.

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.

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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