Wednesday, March 2, 2005

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

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.

New capitol should be worthy of setting
Hear, hear. The responses here in Kodiak are anything but enthusiastic.

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

Taking the fight to the terrorists
When Sen. Ted Stevens addressed the Alaska Legislature last Thursday, he stated the party line on Iraq: It is better to fight the terrorists where they are than to have to fight them here at home.

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.

Mine will be a plus to the economy
The Kensington mine will be a valuable part of the Juneau economy and a great benefit to people trying to earn a living in the Juneau area. It is hard to overstate the importance of the living-wage, nonseasonal jobs that the mine will provide.

Driving too slow can pose problems
I am writing to ask Juneau drivers to please apply the rules of the road when driving on Egan Drive.

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.

Charitable agency hits clothing bonanza
March came in like Santa Claus for Catholic Community Service.

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

Images from another time: Juneau Cold Storage, 1979
A lone fishing boat is moored to the dock of the old Juneau Cold Storage in the winter of 1979. The cold storage was destroyed by fire in 1987 and removed.

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.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Judge: Man suing the city needs to clarify his claims
A lawsuit against a Juneau police officer, his department and the city will be dismissed unless the man who filed it can make it clear to the judge why he is suing and how he was damaged.

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

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

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.

Designer of glass dome wins contest
The dome wins. After meeting the four finalists Monday, a nine-member jury selected Los Angeles architect Thom Mayne to design a new capitol for Alaska.

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.

Montessori charter could affect district's finances
A Montessori charter school could cost the Juneau School District about $100,000 in its first year, district administrators say.

Rica 'Niemi' Swanson celebrates her first century
Former Douglas resident Rica "Niemi" Swanson celebrated her 100th birthday on Feb. 5, 2005, at the home of her daughter, Aileen Herring, in Anchorage.

Dancers wish Pioneers a happy Valentine's Day
The Janice Holst Dancers delighted residents of The Juneau Pioneers' Home with a Valentine's Day performance.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Living and growing: Ever wonder if God has forgotten you?
Have you ever wondered if God has forgotten you?

Ed and Nancy Warren Ferrell celebrate 50th anniversary
Ed and Nancy Warren Ferrell will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on March 3, 2005.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Book battlers compete at state
The Auke Bay Elementary School's third-grade team of Chris Herrick, Kathe Tallmadge, and Ali Eason and the school's fifth-grade team of Tom Parker, Kaila Buerger, and Anna Gregovich won the Juneau School District's competition on Feb. 5. They went onto compete in the statewide competition (via audio conference) in day-long battles on Feb. 17-18. Juneau placed sixth in the third/fourth and fifth/sixth levels.

Donald Bennett
Former Juneau resident Donald Patrick Bennett, 43, died Feb. 27, 2005, in Oakland Park, Fla.

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

Social Security privatization is a vital issue for all women
Social Security is a pay-as-you-go system in which today's workers, myself included, are paying the benefits of current recipients.

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

Alaska editorial: Time to think about the aging population
Researchers and analysts at the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development do a fine job each month of reporting aspects of the state economy, its labor force and issues relating to each.

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?

My Turn: Capitol, not Juneau Access, might be road to nowhere
Two proposed Juneau projects passed planning milestones last month. Let's evaluate these concepts to enhance life in the capital city, and see how they're doing on the journey from idea reality.

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.

ASAA tightens prep activity eligibility rules
The rules concerning Alaska high school sports just got tougher.

Local Sports
Southeast Conference Basketball Standings

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.

Tompkins takes first in downhill
Juneau monoskier Joe Tompkins claimed his third Disabled World Cup gold medal on Tuesday with a downhill victory in Klosters, Switzerland.

Sitka boys eke out triple-overtime win vs. visiting Barrow
Seniors carried the day for the Sitka boys Saturday, as Zach Carlson hit a clutch 3-pointer at the end of regulation and Andrew Broschat scored 38 points in an 81-77 triple-overtime win over visiting Barrow.

Skagway girls finally topple No. 1 Ninilchik
The third try was the charm for the Skagway girls in their efforts to beat perennial power Ninilchik.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

Republicans ready to push arctic refuge drilling
A Senate showdown over an Alaska wildlife refuge is expected within weeks as Republicans plan to use a budget measure to overcome strong opposition to allow oil drilling in the protected area.

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.

Leaders eye new legal line for ethics
Gov. Frank Murkowski has forwarded to the Legislature a proposal to limit state employees' personal holdings in companies they deal with on official business.

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

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