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Sunday, March 2, 2008

'Dictators' should focus on feces, not smoke
This letter is regarding the debate over the smoking ban that went into effect in Juneau's bars on Jan. 2.

Missing men experienced seafarers
This letter is in response to Wednesday's article, "Search still on for two men and boat," regarding the vessel Transition.

Coast Guard ends search for mariners
The U.S. Coast Guard said Friday morning it had suspended its search for two mariners who were reported missing on Feb. 22. The agency and one of the missing men's brother said they assumed the men were dead.

Is 90 days enough?
Halfway through the first voter-mandated 90-day legislative session, lawmakers say the shortened sessions are doing what both supporters and critics promised.

School bonds not likely this year
The city won't likely be asking voters to approve any big-ticket school projects this year, according to Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho.

Photo: At the Home Show
Steve Cosgrove of Alaska Hearth Products shows off a wood burning stove to Scott and Kristie Balovich during the Home Show at Centennial Hall on Saturday. The show continues today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Around Town
Today

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Correction
The Feb. 28 Hooligan Spotlight "Alaska's beer pricing puzzle" gave incorrect information on Alaskan Brewing Company exports. Alaskan Brewing sells 95 percent of its product outside of Juneau, not outside of Alaska.

Helen Finney
Alaska Women in Timber, former Ketchikan City Council member and a co-founder of Alaska Cruise Lecturers Helen Finney died Feb. 25, 2008, in Ketchikan. She was 79.

My turn: Parallel Lynn Canal highway makes no sense
The Department of Transportation has been drilled by legislators for the past few weeks over the expected decline in federal money for transportation in Alaska and the ferry schedule. I don't understand how the DOT can constantly use the entire troubled ferry system's financial problems to support their own agenda - building a ridiculously expensive dead-end road to a new ferry terminal.

Outside editorial: Olympic speech
The following editorial appeared in the Washington Post:

Outside editorial: More safeguards
The following editorial appeared in the Washington Post:

Anyone look at the facts, figures?
Alaska Marine Highway System management juggled schedules to increase ferry service to Southeast communities where traffic and population are dropping, while reducing service to areas where population and traffic are growing.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by Local Artist Toe

Snowmachine group aims to boost good will
When the U.S. Forest Service granted access to parts of Spaulding Meadows to snowmachiners in the '60s, cross-country skier Bob Armstrong said he and other skiers were incensed.

Feathered invaders make a stop in Juneau
Thousands of redpolls - tiny northern finches - descended on Juneau in recent weeks.

Tundra trail project earns national award
HOOOPER BAY - A Hooper Bay resident and others who fought to keep four-wheelers from destroying important bird nests and berry patches have won a national award.

Butterfly makes early appearance in Alaska
FAIRBANKS - A colorful harbinger of summer made an early appearance in Delta Junction last month.

Photo: Circular corona
The Aurora Borealis spins above the Talkeetna Range and a hay field Friday on Farm Loop Road near Palmer. The center of the circular corona, usually near Earth's north pole, sometimes fluctuates further south and can be seen from a lower latitude as in this instance.

Out & About
Today: Public trap shoot, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Gun Club.

Juneau man arrested on burglary charge
JUNEAU - Juneau police arrested Hersey Detron Mitchell, 22, Friday morning on a felony charge of second-degree burglary.

School activities task force submits final report
JUNEAU - A task force assigned to come up with how the city and schools could best finance high school sports and activities submitted its formal proposal Friday.

Iditarod festivities start with salute to late champion
ANCHORAGE - Festivities at the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race included a salute to the late Susan Butcher, a four-time champion.

Man indicted for shaking and sexually abusing baby daughter
WASILLA - A Wasilla man is in jail after being indicted last week for shaking and sexually abusing his infant daughter, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Bears to play for region championship
With a regular season conference title on the line, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team made sure no upset would occur Saturday.

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Judge declares clean-water initiative unconstitutional
A Superior Court judge in Fairbanks has ruled a clean-water ballot initiative is unconstitutional because it usurps the Legislature's duty of allocating state resources.

Photo: Off and running
Aliy Zirkle, of Two Rivers drives her team Saturday down 4th Ave. in Anchorage, during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod. A record field of 96 mushers are running the 1,100 mile sled dog race to Nome.

War volunteers abound at Kulis Air National Guard Base
ANCHORAGE - All the members of the 176th Wing out of Kulis Air National Guard Base volunteered to serve their country. Some of them can't seem to stop.

Priests seek removal of Russian Orthodox bishop
ANCHORAGE - Priests in Alaska's Russian Orthodox Church have called for the removal of their top official in the state, Bishop Nikolai Soraich, claiming he has hurt the church and ruled by intimidation.

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