Let Congress decide about ANWR
In his single-minded drive to force the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, Gov. Frank Murkowski is not averse to the use of underhanded tactics.

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.

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.

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

Make hand recounts easy in the future
When the House State Affairs Committee took up HB 94 dealing with various reforms to our election process, Rep. Berta Gardner introduced an amendment calling for automatic manual counts of election results of at least 1 precinct per district.

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.

Opening the Gates
It took 24 years for New York City to finally approve Christo and Jean-Claude's art project, "The Gates."

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

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

Learning to skate
First-grader Forest Kobay-ashi, arms stretched wide, sailed on skates toward the opening in the boards at Treadwell Arena, hit the curb and fell down backward.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Photo: Let's go to the hop
Members of the Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team run and jump during a preseason workout Wednesday in the school commons.

Around Town
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Photo: Key rally
Key Coalition members attend a rally Wednesday on the steps of the Capitol. About 200 people marched to the Capitol from Centennial Hall for the rally.

Mall merchants express regret about incident
Members of the Nugget Mall Merchants Association have issued an open letter to the Juneau community expressing their regret about an incident at Radio Shack Friday night that led to the arrest of the store's manager on an assault charge.

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

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

My Turn: Base certification of teachers on standards
The state Department of Education has designed a proposed tiered, standards-based teacher-certification system that is responsible, reasonable and fair.

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: 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.

My Turn: Teacher licensure proposal untested and poorly defined
A qualified teacher in every classroom is the No. 1 factor for student achievement in our schools. The Juneau School District and districts throughout Alaska are struggling to recruit and retain quality educators. But a new Alaska teacher-licensure proposal put forward recently by Commissioner Roger Sampson of the Department of Education and Early Development fails to promote these efforts.

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.

Empire editorial: Activists shouldn't blast type of business they once advocated
Ketchikan's latest halting attempt to revive a dormant timber industry and recover its economy has again attracted the misguided wrath of a national campaign to seal off the Tongass National Forest.

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.

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.

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.

Eaglecrest hosting UAS Winter Games
There's snow on the mountain, but "Under the Sea" will be the theme this weekend at Eaglecrest Ski Area as the University of Alaska Southeast sponsors its own version of the Winter X Games.

Photo: New season, new team
Florida Marlins relief pitcher Chad Bentz - a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School - throws during a spring training practice session Wednesday in Jupiter, Fla.

Dzantik'i Heeni wins crown at Southeast wrestling meet
Willey Strehler and Bryce Saviers finished first in their weight classes last weekend to lead the host Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School wrestling team to the team crown at the 2005 Southeast Middle School Wrestling Championships.

Local Sports
Southeast Conference Basketball Standings

Local Sports
Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Polls

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.

Sports Briefs
News of local sports

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

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.

Utah places Carlos Boozer on injured list
The Utah Jazz placed forward Carlos Boozer on the injured list Wednesday as a foot injury continues to plague the Juneau-Douglas High School graduate.

Region teams near top spots in state polls
Four Southeast high school basketball teams are knocking on the door of No. 1 state rankings in the latest Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, released today.

House passes $70M boost to education
The House on Wednesday voted unanimously to raise school funding by $70 million, even as Democrats continued to argue that several school districts would still have to cut programs with that amount.

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.

House committee approves $284 billion highway bill
A House committee on Wednesday cleared the road for action on a six-year, $284 billion highway and mass transit bill, a major jobs and infrastructure initiative that stalled last year over a money dispute between the White House and Congress.

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

Lawmakers: UA lands bill needs work
The University of Alaska agreed to a few adjustments to the Murkowski administration's controversial land grant bill, but legislators said Wednesday it still needs work.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

Holm wants to cut public radio funding
A Fairbanks Republican who accused public radio and television of advancing a "political agenda" attempted to eliminate budget increases proposed by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

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.

Hometown Hero
Lisa Busch says she is a typical Sitkan. Friends and family members say she is far more.

Commerce official: Alaska may be able to block fish farms
Alaska officials probably could block development of fish farms in federal waters far off the state's shores, according to a U.S. Department of Commerce official.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

March & (art)Walk
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum's month-long exhibition, "12X12," began Tuesday morning, as Juneau artists Mary Anderson, Rick Clair and Rachael Juezeler stopped by the gallery to examine their blank foot-square canvasses.

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A look at the death, rebirth of 'Saxony Rediscovered'
I t was a day like any other at the Food Challenge office. We had just perfected "Saxony Redis-covered" - a delicious blend of chocolate, egg, ham and strawberry.

Channeling Patsy
Music fans know Patsy Cline as the regal voice behind dozens of country songs from the late 1950s and early 1960s.

News of local events around town

Piecing together Mozart:
Years ago when she was living in New York City, Opera to GO! founder Joyce Parry Moore would attend the annual Mostly Mozart Festival, a month-long tribute to the Austrian composer and some of his peers.

Inspired by Eggs
Late February means one thing in the Food Challenge household: the re-emergence of chocolate eggs at supermarket checkout aisles everywhere.

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