Thursday, March 2, 2006

Business Digest
Staff reports from local businesses

There's more to the Pebble Mine
Its interesting how lately just about anyone opposed to a development project is summarily painted "green" or "labeled an "Outside interest" by proponents of those projects.

Pavement won't improve Southeast
Rich Poor's most recent "My Turn" puts forth the misguided mentality that the more ground that's paved, the better off we are.

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.

Alaska's publicity campaign
In late January, it was reported in the national press that Gov. Frank Murkowski wants to hire a public relations firm to work on improving Alaska's image.

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.

Road will help our pocketbooks
What will the access road do for Southeast Alaska?

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

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.

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

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

Boomers may bust city coffers
Debate will heat up this spring when the Juneau Assembly decides whether to continue a senior sales tax exemption.

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.

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.

Photo: Caught snacking
A Sitka blacktail deer pauses from eating fresh greens Wednesday on the hillside above the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal.

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Making Education Count
Six Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School students are traveling to Anchorage today for a competition that really counts.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

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.

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."

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.

Alaska editorial: Not the time to bluff on oil tax rates in Alaska Hold 'Em
Trying to determine a fair oil tax plan between the governor, the oil companies and the Legislature is a lot like a game of Alaska Hold 'Em.

Alaska editorial: Elections shouldn't be shrouded in secrecy
The state Division of Elections has again refused the Alaska Democratic Party's request for database files of the 2004 general election results.

My turn: Teen pregnancy strongly tied to sexual abuse, not birth-control information
As assertions fly fast and thick about the consequences of Planned Parenthood coming to Juneau and the assumption by opponents that it will increase the incidence of teen pregnancy, let's insert a note of reality as opposed to conjecture into the discussion.

Juneau Parks and Recreation Youth Basketball League
As of Feb. 25

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.

Southeast Regional Middle School Championships
Feb. 24-25 at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School

Floyd Dryden wins Southeast regional mat championship
As Floyd Dryden Middle School wrestling coach Geoff Harden kept track of the team scores during last weekend's Southeast Middle Schools Regional Championships at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, he figured his team had a good chance to win.

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.

Dimond girls top Crimson Bears
In a battle of Alaska's top-ranked girls basketball teams, host Dimond defeated Juneau-Douglas 59-43 on Wednesday.

The house of concentration
Every Saturday morning, long before some people have even finished dealing with the previous Friday, members of Juneau's Shotokan Karate Club gather to practice a traditional form of Japanese karate.

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.

Oil firms urge no change to tax bill
For the second time in two days major oil company executives on Tuesday told Alaska lawmakers that a proposed 20 percent tax on net profits is high enough.

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.

Festival brings Jewish film culture to Alaska Interior
Almost a decade ago, Janet Schichnes and her husband Jerry Lipka caught the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, a cultural feast far removed from Fairbanks, their adopted home in Alaska's isolated Interior.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Rural tax legislation set for Senate vote
State Sen. Con Bunde wants to place a new tax on rural Alaskans, saying politically unorganized parts of the state need to start paying their fair share of education costs.

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.

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

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

Small producers back governor's oil-tax legislation
Like the major producers before them, small Alaska oil and gas companies on Wednesday backed the governor's proposal for a new oil tax system - but for different reasons.

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.

SE leaders criticize ferry test
Like a dose of bad medicine, the state's plan to tie up its two fast ferries next winter is sticking in the throats of many Southeast Alaskans.

Photo: Ruby's clear bill of health
Richmond, Utah, musher John Martin pets his dog, Ruby, after his team underwent its physical checkup Wednesday during the Iditarod Trial Sled Dog Race vet check in Wasilla.

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

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

Positive Image
University of Alaska Fairbanks fine arts student Da-ka-xeen Mehner won the Juror's Choice Ward in the biennial juried photographic exhibition Alaska Positive 2006 for "7/16th," a series of digitally transposed layers highlighting his mixed heritage.

briefly
news of local arts

Irish dance group to perform Sunday
The Trinity Irish Dance Co. has more in common with a ballet or modern dance company than production-oriented fare such as Riverdance or Lord of the Dance.

First Friday: panoramas, freezing oils, shadows and deer legs
Douglas artist Rachael Juzeler has been experimenting with rust, wood, ceramic, rope and sand assemblages for years.

Patsy Cline musical biopic set for Juneau revival
A year after selling out all but one Thursday show at Marlintini's Lounge, the cast and crew of "Always ... Patsy Cline" are remounting the country-music biopic for six more shows at the Mendenhall Valley bar.

'12x12' exhibition returns for second year
Retired art professor Fumi Matsumoto was contemplating whether to enter this year's "12x12" exhibition at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, when she thought of her friend and mentor, 82-year-old Liz Berry, battling Parkinson's disease in Fairbanks.

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