Friday, March 3, 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.

Abstinence is not the solution
In his new book "Our Endangered Values," former President Jimmy Carter, a born-again Christian, identifies the "pro-life" movement as being counterproductive to the goal of reducing abortions.

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

Lower Slate Lake needs protection
More than 30 years ago, Congress passed the Clean Water Act to protect our nation's waterways from acting as dumping grounds for industrial waste.

Timber sale would erode area's culture
With the proposed Emerald Bay timber sale, the Forest Service is attempting to erode its own self-regulating rules and regulations concerning environmental protections and procedures.

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.

People should treat others with respect
Reading John Mielke's letter to the editor (Feb. 23) made me think about my friend, Sarah, who is happily married and living in North Carolina.

Ferry system was set up to fail
How amazing is it that the (Murkowski) administration now feels it is time to cut the fast ferries?

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.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Oaxaca trip inspires Pie in the Sky
Juneau baker Andrea Mogil always wanted to experiment with chocolate beverages, but she didn't know where to start until she talked it over with some people she met during her interpreter job last year on a state ferry.

School contract wins OK
The Juneau Educational Support Staff union and the Juneau School District announced Thursday they have reached a tentative three-year contract agreement.

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

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

New road plan restores Sunny Point funding
Juneau's new Sunny Point intersection and bus replacement projects will get full funding later this year, thanks to a redirection of federal dollars previously earmarked for two controversial bridges at Knik Arm and Gravina Island.

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.

Photo: Something to smile about
Nikki Box, 5, skates near a large smiley face Thursday on Twin Lakes.

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

FYI
News about the people you know

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from around the community

Neutering male cats shouldn't make the strong men cringe
It's time to bring up a topic that makes strong men cringe: Neutering male cats. "Everybody knows" about the side effects of neutering a male cat.

Photo: A part of Juneau's history
Sen. Kim Elton, left, and Rep. Beth Kerttula, right, present Juneau historian, volunteer and author Willette Janes, center, with a Legislative Citation honoring her for 40 years of contributions to the people and history of Juneau and Alaska.

Neighbor's mailbox
Props to the JDHS drama department

Neighbors helping Neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Student Artist in the spotlight: Hanna Rose Schempf
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Recreation access should be fair
Juneau is fortunate to have some very nice infrastructure, with facilities that benefit a large segment of the community.

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: Public needs time to consider oil tax
On a topic as important to Alaska as changing the way the state taxes the oil industry, the public needs to have confidence that any changes approved by the Legislature are indeed good for the state.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

JSC holds its first skills competition
The Juneau Skating Club held its first-ever Basic Skills Competition on Feb. 19 at Treadwell Arena.

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.

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.

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

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.

Alaska 20/20
A quality-of-life checkup by nonprofit Alaska 20/20 has found that the state's economy continues to chug along, though its fiscal future is uncertain and its efforts to retain college students lag.

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.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Photo: Trail mail
Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher Fabrizio Lovati from Vallee D'Aoste, Italy, signs a stack of mail during the Iditarod mushers' meeting Thursday in Anchorage.

Ferry chief: System needs to change
The state's ferry system chief says both roads and ferries are going to be needed to make the system less of a drain on the treasury and still transport residents through Southeast Alaska's archipelago of disconnected communities.

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.

Man killed in shootout at Homer airport
A Minnesota man named in a federal drug conspiracy case was killed and his 2-year-old son critically injured in a shootout with U.S. marshals and police at a small Alaska airport.

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

State's N. Slope oil lease sale rakes in $31 million
A state oil and gas lease sale generated more than $31 million in winning bids for acreage on the North Slope and the nearshore waters of the Beaufort Sea.

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.

Ted Stevens abandons plan to increase tankers in Puget Sound
In an abrupt reversal, Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens said Thursday he will not pursue legislation that could have loosened a law limiting oil tanker traffic in Puget Sound.

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.

State approval of herbicide spraying outrages Hydaburg
The state of Alaska approved a new permit Wednesday for a private trust set up by Klukwan Inc. to spray herbicides on nearly 2,000 acres of second-growth timber on Long Island.

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.

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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