Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Alaskans shouldn't be left in the cold
With some home heating costs increasing as much as 50 percent this winter, thousands of Alaskans will face a financial dilemma.

Focus on drinkable water, Ketchikan
Vote "No" on the $38.5 port improvement bond. Vote "No" on the Berth IV dock. Vote "No" on the Pennock Island and Gravina Island improvements proposed by John Stewart and Steve Seley.

Fisheries revitalization receives another blow
The daunting task of fisheries revitalization was dealt another blow by the Board of Fish in Ketchikan last Sunday (Feb. 19).

Homeless situation getting worse
Recently I went up to Anchorage. I will tell you something, the situation up there is dire; there are people up there who have been homeless for years through no fault of their own.

Bill would protect senior citizens
I take this means to offer my sincere thanks to Josh Fink and the help from the Office of Protection & Advocacy and also to Rep. Mike Chenault to the help he has been in writing House Bill 399 to protect the unsuspecting senior citizens of Alaska from fraud by deceitful means - be they family, friend or just plain crooked.

Needing a little Alaska defiance
I agree with Robert Cunningham (Just build it, Feb. 13). The road out of Juneau should be built right up to the park boundary.

Pebble ruckus stirred up by greenies
Alaskans need to make a choice. Do we generate high-paying jobs by responsibly developing our natural resources, or do we condemn our children to a bleak future toiling in a low-paying, seasonal service company?

Students fast for 30 hours as part of fundraising effort
Some 51 middle school and high school students from Juneau and Haines spent their weekend on an empty stomach.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Police: Spate of burglaries calls for precautions
Juneau police advise people to lock their doors and windows when they leave their homes after a string of burglaries was reported in the Mendenhall Valley during the last two weeks.

Police seek ex-shuttle driver in meth bust
Juneau police and Alaska State Troopers on Tuesday were still looking for a former Frontier Suites Airport Hotel van driver who fled the hotel on foot Monday night after SEANET disrupted a small methamphetamine laboratory he had allegedly set up in a room on the fourth floor.

UAS to hold gear swap today
The University of Alaska Southeast's Outdoor Studies Program is gearing up for its final expedition of the year.

Board declines to close additional area to commercial Dungy crabbers
A bid to close three bays around Juneau to commercial Dungeness crabbing was quashed by the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

Photo: Dull, but a good provider
A male belted kingfisher stalks small fish Monday in Auke Bay. His white chest identifies him as a male.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Spring is, um, here
Arthur Olson does his spring thing Monday next to Twin Lakes. Olson was riding into town from the Mendenhall Valley amid breezy and cool conditions.

Police discovermeth lab
Police evacuated and sealed off part of the fourth floor of the Frontier Suites Airport Hotel Monday night during a raid on a meth lab, Juneau police said.

Photo: Mendenhall Lake glide
Juneau resident Lis Saya skates Tuesday on Mendenhall Lake near Skaters Cabin. Saya enjoyed the ice on the "funky old ice skates" she bought for $5 years ago, she said.

City wins OK for for higher copper level in wastewater
Juneau and state officials have convinced federal officials to reissue a permit they believe contained overly strict copper levels in treated sewage at the Mendenhall Wastewater Treatment plant.

Photo: On a quest
Rosie Swale-Pope, 59, sits in her sled Tuesday behind the Alaska National Guard Armory in Anchorage and talks about her frostbitten foot.

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

Brooks and Beck to marry
Amanda Brooks of Juneau and Brandon Beck of Haines will be married in a ceremony at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2006, at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Showtime At the Apollo
The Black Awareness Association hosted its fourth annual evening of entertainment with a theme based on the legendary "Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater" on Friday, Feb. 24, at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

The Bridge adult day-care program
"It's a blessing," says Melinda Carr about the Bridge Adult Day Program. "Every day I ask my mom how her day was and she says it was wonderful."

George H. Brabaw
Former Juneau resident George H. Brabaw, 82, died Feb. 20, 2006, in his home in Amity, Ore.

My Turn: Seniors don't have to stay
Honor your mother and father. These words ring through the ages. Speaking of ages, most human societies honor all aged seniors and elders, parents or not.

My turn: Abortion issue obscured by labels
Planned Parenthood's upcoming opening in Juneau has once again brought the debate over abortion to the fore.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Adventurer rescued from Yukon island
A British woman trying to walk around the world developed frostbite, and was rescued Sunday in blizzard-like conditions from her tent on a remote Yukon River island.

Cook Inlet belugas fading away
The white whales of Cook Inlet that have delighted locals and tourists for decades are slowly disappearing and perhaps headed toward extinction.

Oil firms grilled about profits, taxes
Alaska legislators on Monday questioned oil producer ConocoPhillips executives' fears about a proposed tax hike when the industry is seeing record profits.

Trapping class shows Interior students survival in the wild
High school students in Shungnak are taking it outside - to the woods behind the village and up Cosmos Creek - and earning credit this semester for picking up the specialized skills they need to succeed around their home village.

State offers storm aid
The state is offering up to $5,000 in aid for Southeast Alaska residents affected by November storms, Juneau emergency planners announced Tuesday.

Escape may put an end to temporary jail releases
The decision by an unsupervised Palmer prisoner last October to flee while attending his father's funeral may put an end to temporary releases for all state prisoners awaiting trial or sentencing.

Tongass sales comment period begins
The U.S. Forest Service proposes selling six parcels of land in the Tongass National Forest, including 6 acres near Juneau's Boy Scout Camp Trail and 10 acres near the Kensington Mine.

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

This Day in History
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Forest land sale to pay for schools
Lawmakers said the short-term gains would be offset by the permanent loss of public lands.

House panel on hold for maternity leave
While Alaska Republican lawmakers Lesil McGuire and Tom Anderson are in Anchorage awaiting the birth of their first child, the House Judiciary Committee is on maternity leave - for now at least.

State lawmakers ponder support of municipal harbors
Aging harbors around the state - many sorely in need of repairs and major maintenance - could see an influx of money under a bill moving through the Alaska House.

States vary in unplanned-pregnancy prevention
A wide gap exists among states in their efforts to help women reduce unplanned pregnancies and gain access to contraception, according to new research released Tuesday.

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