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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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: 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.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau


Student recognitions
Recognizing scholastic excellence

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.

News from around the community

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Local Sports
Southeast Conference Basketball Standings

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Seat belt legislation passes state Senate

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.

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