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Monday, February 28, 2005

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BusinessDigest
News from Juneau's business community

Abortion not simple procedure
I want to thank Sam Guthrie for his bold and clear statement of facts and to the Juneau Empire for the willingness to print it.

Empire misses the boat
The Empire's opinion that the road will flood the city with what it cannot handle says little for the vitality of its citizens. "Thousands of RVs," "...demand for limited property," "...little to add to our lives...," sound more like Chicken Little than the flagship journal of Juneau's marketplace for discussion.

Lands should be open to public
I have been an Alaskan resident since 1977. Like many of you here in Alaska, I cherish, value, and love the Alaskan lifestyle and the ability to set foot somewhere very few have ever been.

River more important than mine
Juneau was recently host to a public forum on the proposed re-opening of the Tulsequah Chief mine, thanks to the efforts of Mayor Botelho and the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council.

DOT hides road cost
Maybe this isn't the best time of year to be talking about building a new way out of Juneau. Everyone starts to get a little stir crazy in February, so it's hard to be objective.

Ferry fares are too expensive
For years, I have encouraged friends and family to ride the Marine Highway System, when time permits, up the Inside Passage.

Capitol design should fit Juneau
I really appreciated your editorial comment on the Capitol design. I was shocked when I saw the artists' renditions/proposals.

Build consensus, not a road
There are many good reasons not to build a road from Juneau to Skagway.

Ship out fast ferries
I would hope that we have now learned our lessons regarding the lack of reliability and the economic fiasco the fast ferry, Fairweather, has created for the Lynn Canal community, as well as the state.

Gay, lesbian group holds its first prom
For the first time in five years, Vini Lata put on his red cummerbund. He was getting ready to go to the first winter prom held by the Southeast Alaska Gay and Lesbian Alliance.

Defendant in Wigen case will dispute evidence, statements
The attorney for James D. Harmon, charged with raping and killing Maggie Wigen in Tenakee Springs nearly two years ago, gave notice last week that he plans to call expert witnesses to dispute scientific evidence and question statements his client allegedly made to state troopers.

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

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: California dreaming
Caleb and CarrieAnn Baker, left, and Naomi Matz see the sights Sunday as they walk along the trail at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Photo: Burnin' rubber
Stephanie Messing, front, and Sue Baxter work Saturday on cards decorated with rubber stamps and other materials at the Burnin' Rubber rubber stamp workshop at Centennial Hall.

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

Fishermen poets lament, celebrate lives at gathering
The gathering had its roots in nighttime radio chatter among lonely commercial fishermen on the open sea. One fisherman would tell a story or recite an original poem, and the requests would come in: "Tell us another."

Students excel at Native science fair
Two Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School girls placed first at a Native-oriented science fair in Anchorage this month.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Lucy Bell DeAsis
Lucy Bell DeAsis, 99, died Feb. 25, 2005, in Juneau.

Nancy Ann Murray
Former Juneau resident Nancy Ann Murray, 65, died Feb. 12, 2005, in Phoenix, Ariz.

Empire editorial: Robin Taylor must champion improved ferry service
Former Alaska state Sen. Robin Taylor's appointment to head the Alaska Marine Highway System adds to the cloud that has hung over Southeast Alaska's lifeline lately, and will fuel the swirling conspiracy theories of those who suspect that the Murkowski administration is sinking the system to prop up an expensive road-building plan.

Cartoon by Toe
Cartoon by Toe

History trumps rhetoric
Heated opposition to moving the capital from Juneau is matched by rhetoric from Southcentral Alaska pushing the move and opposing a new Capitol Building in Juneau.

New Juneau capitol is a realistic goal
On Feb. 18, a day after Juneau's Capitol Planning Commission unveiled the four designs it is considering for a new capitol to sit atop downtown's Telephone Hill, attendees at a Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau luncheon couldn't believe the concepts they'd seen on the front page of that day's Juneau Empire.

Out&About
A listing of outdoor events in town

The simple joys of HIKING
Skis on their feet and poles in their hands, they are ready to brave wind, snow and rain.

Outdoors Digest
Recreational trail grants awarded

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts

Snow report
As of Saturday, Eaglecrest Ski Area had 41 inches of snow at the base and 149 inches at the top.

Photo: Former Sitkan JV player Roderick Wilmont
Michigan State's Maurice Ager (13) puts up a shot against Indiana's Roderick Wilmont during the first half of Sunday's game in Bloomington, Ind.

Boozer still sitting with a sore foot
Utah power forward Carlos Boozer missed his fourth straight game Sunday as he recovers from a strained ligament in his right foot.

Juneau girls clinch No. 1 region seed
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team clinched the top seed in the upcoming region tournament with a pair of wins over Ketchikan this weekend - but the Crimson Bears will be wary when the postseason comes around.

Split ends streak
It was an evening 25 years in the making.

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.

Poor conditions force changes to Iditarod restart
Weather was again the culprit behind a last-minute decision to move the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race farther north, race officials said Saturday.

Rainforest on ice
Teams from both sides of the border claimed titles Sunday at the third annual Rainforest Classic Old-Timers Hockey Tournament at Treadwell Arena.

Army chaplains extend support to combat zones
Fort Wainwright Army chaplain Capt. Herman Cheatham is preparing for spiritual battle.

Photo: And they're off ...
John Erhart, from Tanana, takes off Friday on the first day of the Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Race in Anchorage.

House panel to review 10 tax measures
After four weeks in the making, an omnibus tax package spearheaded by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch will be split into separate pieces.

Biologists break ground in studies of blue crab
A groundbreaking experiment to learn more about blue king crab larvae has produced surprising results for research fishery biologist Dr. Brad Stevens and his team.

Ketchikan city, borough bid to host Celebration
Ketchikan has joined Juneau in bidding to host the 2006 Celebration, an event that highlights Southeast Alaska Native culture.

Threat to pull out of coast plan
Local governments and some state legislators are worried that if Gov. Frank Murkowski pulls the state from a coastal management program, Alaska would lose its influence over federal projects.

Pros and cons for Ketchikan with Wal-Mart
Nearly four years after Wal-Mart opened its doors in Ketchikan, Julie Rowe said she isn't ashamed to tell people she shops there "for some things," something she couldn't do when she moved there.

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