Leave oil for future generations
Sen. Ted Stevens says time is of the essence to build a pipeline to sell off our natural gas and send it elsewhere. I disagree. Leave it in the ground 30-50 years as a legacy for our children and grandchildren. It will only be more valuable then, after our oil resources have been depleted.

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.

Zoning change won't benefit neighborhood
We are writing to alert concerned community members and homeowners throughout the Casey Shattuck subdivision to a proposed rezoning which would create a "light commercial" area out of an entire block in this subdivision.

Mother reunited with her runaway daughter
Betty Brown spent most of the month looking for her daughter. She drove around town, put up more than 250 fliers, and knocked on doors hoping to find her 15-year-old daughter.

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.

Photo: A snowy stroll
Waughnita James walks with her daughters, Aiyana, 4, and Kellie, 6, on Sunday along Renninger Drive as it starts to snow.

Around Town
Today, Feb. 25

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.

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

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:

Governors offer a pool of would-be veep picks
WASHINGTON - The Republican and Democratic nominees are certain to come from the Senate. Thus, the nation's governors seem a ready pool of would-be vice presidential candidates who could provide management experience lacking at the top of each ticket.

Petra 'Peaches' Conrad
Longtime Juneau resident Petra "Peaches" Conrad died peacefully on Feb. 22, 2008, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home. She was 82.

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.

Alaska editorial: The state should think now about energy alternatives
We've been talking about getting new energy supplies for Southcentral Alaska. But it's been just that: Talk.

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

My Turn: Preying on the homeless
There is a troubling nationwide trend of beating up homeless people, not to rob them but for "the mere sport of it."

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.

My Turn: City has tied its neck in a noose with smoking ban
The intention of Juneau's smoking ordinance was to give nonsmokers a chance to enjoy public places without having to endure noxious tobacco fumes. The trouble with the ordinance is that it gave no alternative for those who smoke. As predicted, nonprofit organizations and smokers in general have been successfully finding loopholes in the present ordinance or simply breaking the new law.

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.

Report shows confusion before fatal shoot-out
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers have released a report on a fatal shoot-out at the Homer Airport two years ago that left the gunman dead and his 2-year-old son permanently brain-damaged.

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.

Search continues for missing boaters
JUNEAU - A search for two men who went missing while traveling from Juneau to Ketchikan continued Sunday with air and ocean missions, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

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.

Woman killed in crash on Parks Highway
WASILLA - A Wasilla woman was killed Saturday night in a three-vehicle crash on the Parks Highway.

State launches effort to aid eroding villages
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin's administration has developed a plan for tackling several erosion problems in a half dozen Alaska villages because of global warming.

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.

JDHS boys sweep Kayhi
Both the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball junior varsity and 'C' teams defeated visiting Ketchikan on Friday and Saturday.

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.

Sports in Juneau

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.


Lawmakers go to work on state budget
State lawmakers on the House Finance Committee are poised to tackle a state operating budget that's about three weeks early this year, but leaves open some of the Legislature's toughest questions and myriad loose ends.

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.

Bush official doesn't apologize for timber policies
He overhauled federal forest policy to cut more trees - and became a lightning rod for environmentalists who say he is intent on logging every tree in his reach.

Natives in Aniak claim racial profiling
Tribal leaders in Aniak say Alaska Natives are being unfairly targeted by law enforcement officers in the western Alaska village, a claim that Alaska State Troopers deny.

This Day in History
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Yukon Quest's Mackey honored at banquet
Bill Pinkham proposed marriage, Hugh Neff offered to pay a Native musher's entry fee and Lance Mackey nearly broke down after winning an award he's long coveted at the finish of the 25th Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Wainwright unit steps up care for wounded soldiers
Fort Wainwright officials have unveiled their latest Warrior Transition Unit facilities.

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