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Tuesday, March 1, 2005

BusinessDigest
News from Juneau's business community

Capitol drinking is a problem
Because the legislators have made it clear that their ethics related to the use of alcohol are unique from those of any other United States citizen, I have adapted the Short Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test (MAST) to our legislators' special circumstances.

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.

Where's the outrage?
Watching C-Span a few days ago, I listened to several panel speakers expressing utter dismay as to why there wasn't more national outrage to reports of prisoner abuse at Guantanimo Bay and Abu Graib.

Access road ignores Haines economy
Is it the Murkowski administration's plan to make the ferry service to Haines so horrid this year that even those historically opposed to the Juneau road will become supporters? If so, it is not working; it is just making folks angry.

Get a baby-sitter
We too were disappointed by the Wearable Art show.

Road is costly
Mr. Murkowski wants a road, a jet, a fleet of fast ferries, ferry offices in Ketchikan and who know what else.

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.

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."

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Manager charged with attacking man in store
The manager of the Juneau Radio Shack has been charged with assaulting a Juneau teacher on Friday at his Nugget Mall store.

Architects willing to adjust capitol plans
The four architectural teams selected to design Alaska's new capitol said they are willing to take citizen's suggestions and modify their projects.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Photo: Early intro to the Senate
Sen. Gretchen Guess, D-Anchorage, talks with her husband, Jeff Tyson, as he holds their 26-day-old daughter Carolyn Marie Tyson-Guess on Monday after the senator introduced her child for the first time to her fellow lawmakers at the Alaska Capitol.

Photo: Rockfish on the docks
Angelo Capua, a fisherman aboard the Lively Jane, weighs rockfish he was selling Monday on the dock at Harris Harbor.

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.

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

Ruth M. Kenworthy
Juneau resident Ruth Kenworthy died Feb. 25, 2005, at Bartlett Memorial Hospital.

Alaska editorial: Poor timing for capitol construction
The thinking behind those pushing for construction of a new state capitol building is a mystery.

My Turn: Empire's Juneau Access economics don't add up
Did the writer of the Sunday editorial (Empire, Feb. 20) trashing the Juneau Access road even read the supplemental draft environmental impact statement?

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.

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.

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.

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.

The power of teamwork
Nine years after helping the Juneau girls basketball team win a state title, Shanie Wery found herself on the streets of Baghdad, in battles with much higher stakes.

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.

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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.

Law would let tourists fish on commercial boats
Alaska fishermen could give tourists a glimpse of life on a commercial fishing boat if legislators approve a seven-day crew license bill proposed by Rep. Carl Moses, D-Unalaska.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Bill would tap permanent fund for construction
A bill filed Monday would tap earnings from a legal settlement within the Alaska Permanent Fund now worth $424 million to pay for capital projects in the state.

Workers' salaries targeted to bridge gap in retirement funds
The state is looking to fill a $5.6 billion hole in Alaska's retirement system, and some lawmakers are eyeing the paychecks of teachers and public employees as a partial solution.

Bill aims to stop drivers from watching DVDs
The distractions of the road used to be the kids in the back seat, a dropped french fry, fiddling with the radio dial.

Judge won't throw out Greenpeace charges
Ketchikan District Court Judge Kevin Miller has denied motions to dismiss state charges that Greenpeace and ship agent Willem Beekman violated oil spill prevention laws last year.

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