Saturday, March 3, 2007

The English language is on its own
The correction published in the Feb. 23 Juneau Empire stated that "the town of Bellevue, Wash., was misspelled."

Vast doesn't necessarily last
Visitors come to Alaska for its pure, authentic, untouched beauty. It's true, Alaska is a vast land, but vast doesn't necessarily last.

Talks with Iran, Syria a positive step
Calling a conference of Iraq's neighboring states in Baghdad is a positive step towards stability. I commend the Iraqi government for inviting the governments of Iran and Syria to the table.

Kudos to Juneau Public Works
I was driving on Mendenhall Boulevard the other day, and I had to stop to let two snowplow drivers do their thing and then let me pass.

A reminder about SEACC ownership
I'd like to submit a reminder to Bradley Fluetsch who finds fault with SEACC receiving "Outside" money (Feb. 8 Juneau Empire). The Tongass National Forest belongs to every U.S. citizen, not just residents of Southeast Alaska.

March winds create miserable conditions
Wind and snow fouled up plans for ferry passengers to college actors Thursday as Juneau braced for worse under its first blizzard warning in recent memory.

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

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

Photo: What a pane
ason Karasch, right, and Doug Maller of Speedy Glass bring window panels Thursday into Centennial Hall as they set up for this weekend's Home and Garden Show, which runs through Sunday.

Photo: A work in progress
Emily Barnak paints the words "In His Eyes" on the window Thursday of the Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery on Seward Street in preparation for artist Erik Behnke's art show.

Photo: Paving a way
Members of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Tobacco Team pose with their "Paving the Way" award presented during the Alaska Tobacco Summit held Feb. 5-6 in Juneau.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for: Helping with BIG Campaign, Making our hoe down a success, The first Murder Mystery benefit, Contributing to our performances & Celebrating Elizabeth Peratrovich

Recognitions
Poetry Omnibus Winners Announced The Arts & Humanities Council, with Poetry Omnibus coordinator Kristan Hutchison, is pleased to announce this year's winners of the Poetry Omnibus contest. The submissions were judged by distinguished Alaska poets Jerah Chadwick, of Unalaska and Anne Hanley, of Fairbanks.

Of all citrus fruits, blood oranges are most dramatic
One of the bright spots in the produce aisle during the winter months are the citrus fruits. Oranges, lemons and grapefruit are plentiful, delicious and inexpensive right now.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Alex Soboleff
"I like dancing with everyone. It's fun. It's comfortable to dance at school because everyone is doing the same thing. I practice at home and sometimes at recess. I've been dancing about one year."

FYI
Births and Marriage licenses

Shedding season is here
Tumbleweeds of cat fur are rolling across the floors in even the best kept homes. It's shedding season, prompted by the lengthening hours of daylight.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Bartlett Regional Hospital
Volunteer coordinator: Dana Haff, coordinator, Volunteer Services and Community Partnerships

Photo: Women of distinction
Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies will honor the four Juneau winners of the Women of Distinction award - from back left, Joyanne Bloom and Ann Lockhart; from front left, Connie Munro and Doloresa Cadiente...

My turn: Go with the original sewer phasing plan
Please consider my opinions in response to those expressed by Ronald G. Clarke in his Feb. 26 My Turn.

Outside editorial: Inconvenient truths for repressive regime
Whatever changes have happened in Cuba with Raul Castro at the helm, the repressive fundamentals remain the same. The dictatorship is compelled to control all media because it is threatened by the truth.

Alaska editorial: An extra driving test is not necessary
Young Alaskans go through several steps to graduate to a "regular" driver's license when they're 18 or, with signed parental permission, prior to becoming 18.

Bears look to finish strong
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team's younger players may get a chance to show their stuff this weekend at Sitka.

Ayers strong as BC falls to No. 1 Vandy in baseball
Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Joe Ayers nearly helped Boston College upset the nation's top-ranked college baseball team, Vanderbilt, on Sunday in Nashville, Tenn.

JDHS, Kayhi boys to play for big stakes
When the Juneau-Douglas and Ketchikan boys basketball teams face off, it's one of the season's most anticipated and intense games.

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.

Effect of 90-day sessions may hit staff paychecks
Alaska voters last year cut the Legislature's work days by a quarter, but didn't cut lawmakers' pay. Legislative staffers, however, may be seeing smaller paychecks.

Fund to adopt new strategies
The Alaska Permanent Fund will adopt some new investment styles, trying some profitable but potentially risky new strategies to make money, its board of trustees decided Thursday,

State budget ready for lawmakers' consideration
Gov. Sarah Palin's staff on Thursday rolled out changes to the proposed state budget that fell short of targeted spending cuts, but did not stray far from the basic goals outlined in a spending plan last December, two weeks into Palin's term.

ConocoPhillips posts $2.3 billion profit
Buoyed by high oil prices, ConocoPhillips posted a $2.3 billion profit on its Alaska oil production last year, according to an annual report the company filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Juneau voters differed with state on sessions
A ballot measure requiring 90-day legislative sessions did poorly in Juneau, where many staff members live and where many business owners worried that it would be bad for business.

Palin set to announce gas pipeline plan
Lawmakers are eager to see Gov. Sarah Palin's plan, which she hopes will spur the construction of a multibillion dollar natural gas pipeline.

Veteran mushers prepare for 2007 Iditarod
Defending champion Jeff King shot back with one word when asked to describe his team for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race set to start Saturday.

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

Northwest Digest
Ulmer named interim UAA chancellor, Anchorage goes cop shopping in Montana, Wyden vows vote on timber payments & 83-year-old stabbed his wife 100 times

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