Economics killed mills, not environmentalists
The Tongass timber industry's mantra that environmentalists caused the death of the pulp mills rings hollow in light of the recent decision of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Hold public hearing about Berners Bay
The U.S. Forest Service, as good stewards of public lands, should be straight with the people of Juneau and hold a public hearing in regard to the proposed development alternatives in Berners Bay.

Legislators should heed Conference of Alaskans
It is very interesting, distressing, and disappointing to see that our elected legislators cannot manage to accomplish in the 17 years I have been a resident of Alaska and Juneau what the Conference of Alaskans recently accomplished in just three days.

Educators must stop racial harassment
As the older brother to a freshman sister at Juneau-Douglas High School, I am deeply concerned and distraught at the negative racial issues that have taken place over the past couple months at this educational institution.

Dog day afternoon
Nina Jahnke holds up her dog, Rio, so it can have a sniff of 9-month-old Alain Soltys-Gray, while the three stroll with Soltys-Gray's babysitter Thursday on 12th Street.

Offerings at new school stir debate
A meeting intended to help plan academic programs and after-school activities at the proposed second high school instead raised questions about the practicality of splitting the staff and students between two high schools.

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

Dock in the making
Smart Construction owner Bill Smart stands watching as, clockwise, Ned Hamlin, Shawn Anna and Will Singer tie a finger float to the new dock in Douglas Harbor on Thursday. The city expects to finish the new dock by June.

Around Town
Today Low impact exercise, 10 a.m., Juneau Senior Center and Valley Senior Center. Details: 463-6175.

An Associated Press story that appeared in Thursday's Empire erroneously reported that a bill eliminating union protection for some state employees applies to supervisors and confidential employees.

Egan Drive upset
The driver of a Toyota 4Runner, far left, watches with Sgt. David Campbell, Capt. Blain Hatch and Capt. Bob Kolvig as a tow truck prepares to upright the vehicle, which skidded out of the northbound lane of Egan Drive near Vanderbilt Hill Road Thursday morning. No one was injured in the rollover.

Doing the downtown shuffle: Hi Tec electronics store moving up the street
A store Juneau residents know more for its random mix of electronics and leather clothing than for its name is cleaning house and moving out.

Juneau man gets 2 ½ years for sexual abuse of a minor
A Juneau man who pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor was sentenced Thursday in Superior Court to 2 ½ years in prison.

City hikes moorage rates, drops new maintenance fee
The Docks and Harbors Board dropped a new $100 annual maintenance fee, but passed other new moorage rate increases after boat owners voiced opposition at a public hearing Thursday.

Dog day afternoon
Nina Jahnke holds up her dog, Rio, so it can have a sniff of 9-month-old Alain Soltys-Gray, while the three stroll with Soltys-Gray's babysitter Thursday on 12th Street.

Rude and Kingsland to marry
Charles and Marian Kingsland of Hoonah would like to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathryn Kingsland, to John Rude, son of David and Mary Rude of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The wedding is planned for June 19, 2004.

Newman and Nichols to wed
Kim Nichols and Aaron Newman are engaged and plan an April 26, 2004, wedding in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Tongass employee earns award
The Forest Service Alaska Region recently recognized an employee from the Tongass National Forest's Hoonah Ranger District for his accomplishments and contributions to civil rights.

Bringing down the house
Courtesy of Southeast Alaska Building Industry AssociationA playhouse is disassembled after the Southeast Alaska

Student recognitions
Lorenz, Vick nominated for Military Academy

King and queen of the weekender
Courtesy of Mary CapobiancoStudents from Floyd Dryden Middle School raised $1,212 for the Glory Hole by supporting their "king and queen of the weekender" candidates.

Recent births at Bartlett Regional Hospital: • On February 18, 2004, a son, Nicolai John Myskowski, weighing 6 pounds 14 ounces to Terri Myskowski and Christopher Myskowski.

Thank you
... for generous donation: SAGA is thrilled to thank and acknowledge ConocoPhillips for its $10,000 donation to help fund the Young Alaskans Building Affordable Housing (YABAH) program in Juneau.

Neighbors Digest
staff reports

Alma Pearson Meier
Former Juneau resident Alma Pearson Meier, 83, died Feb. 19, 2004, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage.

By way of introduction
Friends down south urged me not to make this a weekly travelogue of the Alaska boy come home from the city. The notion also struck me as self-indulgent, and I assured them I'd be good.

Seniors gear up for last hurrah
t will be an emotional weekend for the four Juneau-Douglas High School seniors on the boys basketball team. The senior Crimson Bears - guard Alex Heumann, center Adam Nelson, forward David Jones and guard Rob Carte - will be playing their last home games at the JDHS main gym when Juneau hosts the Sitka Wolves at 8 tonight and Saturday.

Juneau girls hit the road for two Region V-4A games in Sitka
The Region V-Class 4A regular-season title will be on the line this weekend as the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team travels to Sitka for a pair of games.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS Today, Feb. 27 • Fight Night Boxing - Doors open at 7 p.m. and boxing starts at 8 p.m. at Centennial Hall. Many bouts will feature Juneau Fight Club members vs. Ketchikan Fight Club members.

Nine more mushers finish Yukon Quest
Dog teams continued to cross the finish line in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, one day after Hans Gatt became the first musher to win three titles in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Plane crash kills pilot after takeoff from base
ANCHORAGE - An Air Force pilot died on a night training mission when his A-10 jet aircraft crashed after takeoff from Eielson Air Force Base outside Fairbanks.

State could raise fines for skiing violations
Skiing in a closed area could cost an Eaglecrest devotee $150 if a new bill passes the Legislature this session.

Alaska Digest
staff and Wire reports

This Day in History
In Alaska: • In 1892, Auke Tlingit Chief Kowee died at the age of 75. He was credited with guiding Joe Juneau and Richard Harris to the original gold discovery near what is now Juneau.

Should Alaska cities receive dividends too?
A portion of the Alaska Permanent Fund would be used to help cities hit hard by state budget cuts under a proposal approved by a House committee on Thursday.

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