Sunday, March 6, 2005

Caldecott, Newbery winners available at public libraries
The Caldecott and Newbery medal winners and honor books have been announced by the American Library Association, and we've got them here at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Make everyone millionaires
Social Security is one of many forms providing financial help in old age. Contributing to it is obligatory for most everyone, an implement introduced by the Roosevelt administration in the 1930s.

Inflation hits state salaries
Regarding the bill introduced by Rep. Mike Kelly that would increase employee contributions to PERS and TRS, I have to say that money and benefits need to stop being taken away from teachers, firefighters, police officers and municipal and state employees, or this state will have a difficult time finding quality workers.

Wants comments acknowledged
A year ago I presented to the Juneau Assembly an idea to change CBJ management policy to establish production statistics for city employees.

Studentsat science fair go for relevance
Brenna Heintz and Clay Wertheimer wondered if creosote-covered pilings at docks significantly added hydrocarbons to Gastineau Channel.

District to devise a new lottery for special programs
The Juneau School District will draft a standard procedure for the lotteries that fill slots in specialized programs when applications outpace openings.

Photo: At home in paradise
Chip Wagner, right, stops to talk to Chuck Collins on Saturday at the Sign Pro booth set up for the 26th Annual Home Show at Centennial Hall.

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

Trial set in alleged Radio Shack assault
Before catching a plane out of Juneau on Friday, the manager of the Radio Shack in the Nugget Mall again pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault.

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

Correction
Due to photographer's error, the breed of dog on the front page of the Friday edition was mis-identified. The dog is a Pomeranian.

Defense in Wigen killing slaps troopers
The man scheduled to stand trial in April for a Tenakee Springs woman's killing told an undercover Alaska State Trooper he felt like a "black man in a white man's world," his attorney said.

Bernard G. Skiman
Juneau resident Bernard George "Barney" Skiman, 88, died Feb. 27, 2005, in Juneau.

Steven Brian Barnes
Steven Brian Barnes, 52, died March 3, 2005, in Juneau. He was born to Glen and Dorothea Barnes on on Dec. 24, 1952.

Affirmative action must include action
I heard a story several years ago about an old woman who was killed by a polar bear.

Kudos for quick action to revamp state ethics laws
Thumbs up to Gov. Frank Murkowski for submitting to the Alaska Legislature a plan to limit the personal holdings that state workers may have in companies with which they conduct business on an official basis.

Empire editorial: Legislature needs to find middle ground with city harbors
Since 1992, Alaska cities have ended up with not only ownership of the state's harbors, but also the massive financial headaches that came with them.

Empire editorial: Permanent fund should be tapped to bring pipeline on line
The Senate Finance Committee approved a proposal Thursday that is likely to make many Alaskans holler: dipping into the Alaska Permanent Fund to cover some of the costs of building a gas pipeline from the North Slope.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe

Out&About
A listing of outdoor events in town

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts

Nordic skiers host first races for kids and adults
Rain or shine, Chatham Holt, 11, works hard on his glide.

Snow report
As of Saturday, Eaglecrest Ski Area had 31 inches of snow at the base and 142 inches at the top.

Mystery eagles
Reports of a rare Steller's sea eagle buzzed through Juneau late last winter.

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
Bates, Kohrt among Juneau Golf Club Tournament winners

Undaunted by injury, Buser aims for title
Fearless, foolhardy or just plain stubborn, four-time champion Martin Buser cheerfully started the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, a few days after the middle finger of his right hand was amputated above the second joint.

Sweep for seniors
The Wolves couldn't fend off the attacks of the Bears.

Juneau secures region'stop spot
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team posted a pair of convincing victories over host Sitka on Friday and Saturday - wins that may have clinched the No. 1 seed at the region tournament.

2005 Iditarod Starting Order
Starting order for the 2005 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Hometowns are in Alaska unless indicated otherwise:

Galena pins hopes on nuclear reactor
Electric stoves are a convenience, but in the Yukon River city of Galena, many people pass them by because the appliances suck up more juice than residents can afford.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Legislators look at who pays
Legislators began reviewing possible new tax measures on Friday, comparing the tax contributions of state industries and discussing three proposals for a state personal income tax.

Photo: And don't forget the luau
Josh Rose rides a wave Friday at Rotary Beach in Ketchikan.

Parents sue school district over rape of 6-year-old
A couple filed a lawsuit Friday against the Anchorage School District, saying their 6-year-old son was sexually assaulted by a classmate after the boys were left unattended in a school bathroom.

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