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Saturday, February 26, 2005

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

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.

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.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from Juneau residents

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.

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

Student recognition
Recognizing the outstanding achievements of local students

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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