No to fish farms
Fishermen, sportsmen, environmentalists, conservationists, Native people and local communities all become allies when it comes to fish farms. It makes me wonder who Sen. Ted Stevens is supporting.

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.

Don't privatize Social Security
There is certainly a drumbeat within the Bush administration to privatize Social Security.

We need road access
All you have to do is look at the ferry schedule and see how many days and hours that are wasted meeting the ferry schedule on a round-trip ticket to Haines or Skagway traveling from outlying areas in Southeast Alaska.

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.

Governor misses mark
Frank Murkowski came into office and immediately set out to remove Alaskans from decisions affecting coastal communities.

Montessori a proven method
Empowerment is the essence of Maria Montessori's educational strategies. During the late 1800s she was the first woman to be licensed as a physician in Italy, and later changed her vocation to teacher.

Guess who will pay
I would like to comment on Ms. Kussart's letter, which appeared in the Feb. 8 edition of your paper.

Road to Skagway is a bad idea
To build a road from Juneau to Skagway is the worst idea I've heard since the proposal to build a dam across the Yukon River or the proposal to move the capital.

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit events

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.

26th Home Show to feature more than 50 vendors
The Southeast Alaska Building Industry Association is inviting people to get more out of staying home by going out this weekend.

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

Lighting up
Jennifer Poches, an apprentice electrician for Juneau Electric, installs a streetlight Thursday on the side of Miner's Mercantile.

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.

Seat belt legislation passes state Senate
JUNEAU - The Senate voted Thursday to make failure to wear a seat belt a primary offense for which a police officer can pull over a driver.

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.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau

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


Photo: Cruising in style
Evelyn Hatmaker takes her dog Bruno for a stroll Thursday on Front Street. Bruno, an 11-year-old Pekinese mix, has an ailing heart, so he gets to ride in a buggy on his daily outings.

Cities seek funds to buoy up harbors
Harbormasters from all over the state are asking legislators to help them keep the harbors afloat.

JDHS wins state ocean sciences bowl for the third year in a row
Juneau-Douglas High School students have won the Alaska region of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl for the third year in a row and the sixth time in past eight years.

Demmert and Tupou to wed
Klawock resident Cicely Demmert and Leitoni Tupou of Tongatapu, Tonga, will be married at 1 p.m. March 5, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Student recognitions
Recognizing scholastic excellence

Arland, Bina Harris celebrate 50
Arland and Bina Harris celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 26.

Supporting school breakfasts
Southeast Alaska Panhandlers make a $500 donation to the Riverbend Elementary School breakfast program. Teacher Mary McBride, second from left, accepts the donation.

Daffodil daze
Donna Sheridan and Laraine Derr, volunteers with the Juneau chapter of the American Cancer Society, hold symbols of spring amid Daffodil Days table-top reminders.

Students appreciate counselors' advice, help
The Juneau-Douglas High School counselors celebrated Counselor Appreciation Week last month by offering students prizes for short writings on the topic.

Larson and Sears wed
Juneau residents Cecilia E. Sears and John Larson were married Dec. 18, 2004, in a private ceremony at their home.

News from around the community

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

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.

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.

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.

My Turn: University lands bill not the way to generate funds
Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposed legislation (HB 130 and SB 96) to convey 260,000 acres of land to the University of Alaska has received a firestorm of opposition from many individuals and communities throughout Southeast Alaska.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
News of local sports

Mary, Kate & Ashley
The three seniors on this season's Juneau girls basketball team have been playing together for years.

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.

Kake player scores 58 pts.
On senior night in Kake, Tim Demmert made sure to leave a lasting impression on his town's basketball fans.

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.

Juneau boys head to Sitka for crucial conference games
The Sitka boys basketball team has the chance to play spoiler in the waning regular season. The Juneau boys want to make sure the Wolves wait a week.

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.

Bentz pitches in first game for Florida Marlins
Florida Marlins relief pitcher Chad Bentz appeared in his first spring training game of the season on Thursday, pitching a scoreless inning in an 8-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

Local Sports
Southeast Conference Basketball Standings

Local Sports
Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Polls

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.

Proposal taps permanent fund for gas pipeline
The Senate Finance Committee wants to earmark Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to pay for preparatory work for a proposed gas pipeline from the North Slope.

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

Bill would send fish tax back to communities
A proposal to encourage exporting unprocessed fish through tax incentives cleared its first hurdle in the Legislature Thursday.

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.

Seat belt legislation passes state Senate

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

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Soldotna officer battles mushrooming feral bunny population
Soldotna's only animal cop says she's got a handle on the stray dog population. It's those cute bunnies that drive Marianne Clark batty.

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

Bill would send millions to beleaguered cities
A proposal in the Legislature would provide $50,000 grants to Alaska cities hit by hard by rising costs and reduced state funding.

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.

China's new treatment site may boost Alaska timber exports
China will open a new plant to fumigate logs, eliminating a barrier to Alaska exports, Gov. Frank Murkowski's office said.

Proposal taps permanent fund for gas pipeline
The Senate Finance Committee wants to earmark Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to pay for preparatory work for a proposed gas pipeline from the North Slope.

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.

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.

what's happening
news of local arts

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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