Feed students right
Regarding Marilyn Linsell's pragmatic letter about the schools getting rid of soft drinks, I'd just like to say a "hear, hear!" Across the county, corporations like Coke and Pepsi are bribing themselves into poorly funded schools as sponsors. I dare say we will see a "Coca Cola High School Class of 2010" or maybe even before.

POMV makes permanent fund temporary
The Permanent Fund Corporation proposes to spend over a million dollars to "educate" us about their proposed POMV (Percent of Market Value) approach. The proposal would allow "up to" 5 percent of the book value of the Permanent Fund on one predetermined day, calculated as a five-year average, to be spent for some combination of dividends and other expenditures, such as state government.

Conservatives are not blind
POMV makes permanent fund temporary

Speak up about payout
Have you heard of the $20,000 dollar payout plan, HJR 31? If you love it or you hate it, whether you like it or do not, I just want Alaskans to be in on this conversation. Maybe you have another idea? Let's hear it. That is exactly the purpose of public comment and the committee process. Please take the time to speak on the issue.

Empire coverage of artist's past excessive
This is in response to the Feb. 26 article regarding local artist Mark Horn's surrendering three pieces of art containing eagle feathers that were featured in an exhibit at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council (JAHC).

Comments were lost at mine meeting
On Jan. 28, Steve Hohensee of the U.S. Forest Service told the Juneau Empire that the preferred option for the Kensington Mine had not yet been selected. "We're leaving it open until we hear comments from the public."

TSA's vendetta
As an American I stand in outrage at yet the latest policy of passenger harassment by the TSA. This agency should be investigated by Congress for its criminally deceptive policies that lead to the entrapment of innocent law abiding air travelers.

Make big box stores prove their worth
As nice as a big box would seem, what are the economic impacts of a big box store? When a big box opens a store they expect to do $3.5 million in sales monthly, over $40 million a year. How is our community going to support this?

Tolerance begins at home - with parents
I just read the letter about the racial tauntings. As a mother of a middle school student, I am responding.

Parents responsible for racism
I am quite disturbed about the solution for the racism noted in our local high school of requiring action by the baby sitters (teachers) to solve this very serious problem. Unfortunately it appears no one wants to address the primary cause of racism, which is parents. This problem starts in your homes, not in the school.

There is no 'right' to smoke in public
Smoking is not an unconditional "right." Smoking is only a "right" as long as it is an activity that is not harmful to others.

Brand new in 1941
Sisters Merele Jack-Ross, now deceased, and Beverly Jack-Brisco, now living in Wichita Falls, Texas, model new dresses their mother, Dorothy Wallace, ordered from Montgomery Ward.

Kmart lot turned training course
Miller Ross, a bus driver for Princess Tours, practices backing his bus up at a course set up in the parking lot of the vacant Kmart building

Alternative high school to move to Harborview
To save money, the Juneau School District will move Yaakoosge Daakahidi, the alternative high school, to the basement of Harborview Elementary School, officials said at Tuesday's School Board meeting.

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

Around Town
Today: Day of Quilting, Sewing and Good Fellowship, 10 a.m. every Wednesday, Resurrection Lutheran Church.

Photo: Hard at work
Leonard R. Johnson digs a hole to install a new mailbox for a friend, as it snows Wednesday along North Douglas Highway.

How to entice the independent travelers?
Cruise ship passengers flood Juneau's streets by summer, but it isn't helping Rick Kasnick fill beds at his Driftwood Lodge.

Ordinance tightens up trash standards
All trash bins in Juneau would need metal lids, and residents would have to secure lids on outdoor trash cans under a proposed city ordinance to thwart bears and ravens.

Board plans to change school starting times to cut buses
The Juneau School Board on Tuesday approved a new policy to govern when bus service will be offered.

Dr. Seuss' birthday bash
Volunteer Kim Rivera reads the children's book "Horton Hatches The Egg" to brothers Zachary Hebert and Nikolaos Hebert during the Seussentennial celebration, marking Dr. Seuss' 100th birthday on Tuesday at Gastineau Elementary School.

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

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

Due to a reporter's error, a story in Wednesday's Empire listed the incorrect number of visitors to Juneau in 2003. A total of 93,500 travelers arrived in Juneau via ferry or air travel, and 776,991 visited Juneau on cruise ships.

Juneau residents learn how police department works
Police work isn't like you see on television. Reggie Cruz said his Tuesday nights this year have taught him that in Juneau "it's way different."

Travel: Thailand - The 'Land of Smiles'
Our next stop after Tokyo was Bangkok, and we arrived there in the middle of the night. My girlfriend and I planned on spending only two days in that city before heading on to Cambodia, so we were eager to begin exploring.

Auke Bay celebrates its students
Parents lining the walls Friday morning at Auke Bay Elementary's gym could hear the children before they could see them.

Neighbors Digest
staff reports

Cry with me for our beloved soldiers
I'm back and still in the band of the living. I borrow this expression from a letter written on Jan. 1, 1876, by J.H. Wait, who was the brother of my great great-grandfather. He lived in West Potsdam, New York, and was writing to his relatives in Detroit.

It's never too late to grieve
Hospice and Home Care social worker Jamie McLean was 19 years old and in college when her mother was dying from breast cancer. Jamie made weekly trips to the hospital and was upset by the changes she saw in her mother's condition.

Thank you
... for help with 'Meeting the Challenge'

Pets of the week
Abby is dear tabby, full of love, cuddles; People puppy is at her best just hanging out

Leonard Peter Lowell
Juneau resident Leonard Peter Lowell, 83, died Jan. 31, 2004, at his home.

My Turn: A vote against school is for crowding
As someone who has worked daily in the Marie Drake building for more than a decade, I want the public to understand the practical realities of voting to reconsider a second high school. Here's what your vote endorses.

My Turn: Proposed expansions for convenience stores are bad for the neighborhoods
Most people are probably not aware that some of Juneau's liquor store owners are asking the Assembly to amend our convenience store regulations. By allowing stores to expand and stock more liquor at cheaper prices, these proposals will have negative social and economical effects upon the neighborhoods in which these stores have been allowed to operate.

Governor should trim office's budget request
I f Gov. Frank Murkowski really is considering a budget increase for his office while the Legislature is eyeing 10-percent cuts in many - if not most - state agencies, he's sending the wrong message during these lean economic times.

Gymnasts claim a bronze ulu
Two local gymnasts won bronze late Tuesday night, as they helped the Team Alaska junior female gymnastics squad take third place in the team gymnastics event at the Arctic Winter Games in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Juneau JV boys topple Hoonah
Hoonah brought the most fans, but the Juneau junior varsity boys won the battle on the floor as the Class 4A Crimson Bears swept the Class 2A Braves Monday and Tuesday in a non-conference series at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Garvey strikes late to lead Juneau JV girls over Hoonah
Lexi Garvey hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:36 to play as the Class 4A Juneau junior varsity girls overcame a fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Class 2A Hoonah 40-33 on Tuesday at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Boozer an NBA bargain
A Cleveland Cavaliers game-day practice was ending earlier this month in Detroit, and Jeff McInnis was looking for a little action from former Juneau-Douglas High School star Carlos Boozer.

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.

Alaska sportswriters' prep basketball poll
Here are the Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, as voted on by statewide sports reporters and compiled by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Sports in Juneau
• Juneau Billiard Association - Capital City Classic pool tournament: Sign up now for the 2004 tournament, the JBA's largest pool tournament of the year in Juneau.

Cavs crush Hawks
On his bobblehead night, LeBron James again left everyone shaking their heads. "He just amazes me," Cleveland Cavaliers coach Paul Silas said.

Bush strikes gold at Arctic Winter Games
Megan Bush became the first Southeast Alaska individual athlete to win a gold ulu in the 2004 Arctic Winter Games when she won the 5-kilometer cross-country snowshoe race Tuesday at Birchwood Trails in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Brandner, Yankee, Harmon win events
Juneau Ski Club members Kristen Brandner, Nick Yankee and Mark Harmon all posted victories last weekend as the Alyeska Cup State Alpine Skiing Championships and Junior Olympic Qualifier Series Ski Races wrapped up at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood.

ASBN state prep basketball poll
The Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network high school basketball poll for the week ending Feb. 28.

Mushers prepare to hit the trail
When the Iditarod gets under way this weekend, fans of the 1,100-mile mile race across Alaska will get a look at a record number of the remarkable athletes. Oh, and the humans might also get some attention.

Fighters claim three title belts
Three local pugilists earned Juneau Fight Club titles during the Fight Night Boxing show held Friday at Centennial Hall.

Alaska Digest
staff and Wire reports

Charges of threatening dismissed in Kmart case
The state has dismissed charges of witness-threatening against the man convicted in the 2002 Kmart theft.

Photo: Craig convention, 1950
This photograph shows, from left, Alaska Territorial Gov. Ernest Gruening with Ethelyn Jones and her husband, C.M. Jones, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Craig Convention on Nov. 15, 1950.

Alaska Native leaders plan international summit
Alaska Native leaders are planning an international summit this summer to exchange information about developing the economies of rural and indigenous communities. Organizers say representatives from cities, villages and development organizations in Asia and South America are expected to participate.

Ketchikan approves proposal to move ferry system out of Juneau
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough approved a proposal to the state on Monday to move the administrative offices of the Alaska Marine Highway System and about 40 jobs out of Juneau to Ketchikan.

State regulators investigate 1,600-gallon spill at Kuparuk oil field
About 1,600 gallons of a petroleum product called naphtha spilled out of split tubing at the Kuparuk oil field on the North Slope. State environmental regulators are investigating the spill, which was discovered Saturday at a plant that refines crude oil into diesel fuel used to run trucks and power generators at Kuparuk. Naphtha is a byproduct of the refining process.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

Photo: Fairweather glimpse
The new Alaska Marine Highway high-speed ferry Fairweather motors through Long Island Sound Wednesday morning after leaving Derecktor Shipyards in Bridgeport, Conn., traveling 22 knots. It will go through the Panama Canal before arriving in Juneau on March 24, depending on weather.

Foreign processors angle for AK pinks
A Seattle-based company is asking permission to bring in foreign processing vessels like those the governor rejected from last year's pink salmon fishery, though a survey of this year's pink runs predicts U.S. processors again can handle most of the catch.

Dissident shareholders to get day in court
Hoonah resident Karl Greenewald Jr. said he is looking forward to his day before the state's highest court. That will be Tuesday in the Dimond Courthouse, where the Alaska Supreme Court will hear arguments in his appeal of a dispute that some Huna Totem Corp. shareholders have been living with for seven years.

This Day in History
In Alaska: n 1891, the Trade & Manufacturing Act was extended to Alaska.

Salmon tax bill meets opposition from harvesters
Salmon fishermen are opposing a bill that would allow for an increase in the taxes they pay to support regional hatcheries. Senate Bill 322 would allow regional hatchery associations to increase the salmon enhancement tax to up to 30 percent. Currently fishermen pay up to 3 percent, and each regional hatchery association sets its own assessment.

Wolf-control boundaries expand near McGrath
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is expanding the boundaries of a controversial aerial wolf-control program near McGrath. The decision Tuesday - two days after hunters killed the first wolves near the Interior village - widens the program area from about 1,750 square miles to 3,600 square miles.

Small ships fear pollution controls
Small cruise ship companies operating in Alaska waters are looking for an exemption from the state's wastewater pollution law, saying expensive upgrades could put them out of business.

Northwest Digest
News in brief from around the region.

Man arrested for breaking into Southeast cabins, stealing skiffs
PETERSBURG - A man suspected of traveling in a stolen government skiff and burglarizing Southeast cabins has been arrested.

Toe cartoon: In the Swamp
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Famous Quotes
Quotes from "As You Like It."

The buildup to the wedding scene...
Sir Rowland de Bois has died and his oldest son, Oliver, has possession of his estate. Oliver denies his brother, Orlando, education and property.

'As You Like It':
Theatre in the Rough co-director Katie Jensen has been acting for 28 years, and Jacques - the cynical, love-wary lord of William Shakespeare's comedy "As You Like It" - is the toughest role she's played. The play opens at 8 p.m. Friday, March 5 and runs through March 27.

Four selected for All Alaska exhibition
Four Juneau artists had work selected for inclusion in the 30th All Alaska Juried Art Exhibition, a biennial exhibition and the largest display of Alaska artists in the state. Guest juror Michael Rush, the director of the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, selected 96 works by 74 artists out of 910 works by 260 artists. The exhibition begins at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, then tours the state.

When Doves Fly
As a young girl in Osaka, Japan, in the early 1970s, Kuniko Yamamoto's original ambition was to be a dancer. As she grew older, her dreams shifted to the theater - a place where she could combine three of her passions: movement, music and magic.

Local arts and entertainment news in brief.

First Friday
A clock, students, seagrass and thriftiness among offerings for March's First Friday.

What's happening
Upcoming local arts and entertainment events.

Movies: Where & when
Movie times and titles at local theaters.

Symphony showcase breaks from tradition
The Juneau Symphony's annual showcase traditionally has been a venue for its players to break off into small ensembles of two, three and four musicians.

Thailand: the 'Land of Smiles'
Our next stop after Tokyo was Bangkok, and we arrived there in the middle of the night. My girlfriend and I planned on spending only two days in that city before heading on to Cambodia, so we were eager to begin exploring.

Thailand: the 'Land of Smiles'
Our next stop after Tokyo was Bangkok, and we arrived there in the middle of the night. My girlfriend and I planned on spending only two days in that city before heading on to Cambodia, so we were eager to begin exploring.

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