Monday, March 7, 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.

Pipeline not exempt from antitrust laws
Your article (Legislators aim to head off gas monopoly: Three oil giants control 90 percent of North Slope gas reserves, Feb. 4, 2005) addresses the question of whether the prospective North Slope gas producers may own the North Slope gas pipeline they propose to build without violating antitrust law.

Ban Southeast mining
I totally disagree with Robert B. Robinson, who may not have lived in Southeast Alaska or any part of the state. There is no quality of life when it comes to mining. We have had mining in Alaska.

Too much liberalism?
I have to agree with John Coghill. It probably is a huge negative having the capitol in such a liberal town as Juneau.

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.

Crime victims should register
There is an important issue concerning the rights of crime victims I would like to bring to the attention of Empire readers.

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.

Designs wasted time, money
I was under the assumption that the new building is supposed to represent the history and purpose of our state government.

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.

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

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

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.

Fitness grant funds free activities
The Juneau School District is launching its new physical fitness grant with free activities for students.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

New Juneau District Court judge is sworn in
Keith Levy, Juneau's new District Court judge, said he went into law to help people.

Winter X Games thrill
A weekend full of traditional snow sports at Eaglecrest Ski Area ended Sunday with an event so extreme that one of the littlest competitors won its biggest prize.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe

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

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.

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.

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.

Out&About
A listing of outdoor events in town

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

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts

Tompkins: Winning downhill race was 'best run of my life'
Juneau monoskier Joe Tompkins posted "the best downhill run of my life, so far" when he won a Disabled World Cup race last week in Klosters, Switzerland.

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.

Eight Juneau skiers qualify for Alaska Junior Olympic squads
An early season lack of snow made training difficult for Juneau youth skiers, but they persevered to post top performances last month at Junior Olympic qualifying races at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood.

Blind musher confident as she hits trail
The tough part is over. That's how Rachael Scdoris felt at the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Hendricks is early leader
Jessica Hendricks of Copper Center was the first musher to reach the Skwentna checkpoint Sunday night as the 33rd annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race got underway.

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.

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.

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.

Photos: Pool party in the Capital City
Dozens of players from around Southeast - and beyond - took part in the three-day, three-event tournament. Results will run later this week in the Empire.

Sports Briefs
Bates, Kohrt among Juneau Golf Club Tournament winners

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

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

Photo: Successful crab harvest

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.

Lands bill advances, with some deletions
Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposal to transfer state land to the University of Alaska has advanced minus several parcels that had drawn objections in Kodiak and Ketchikan.

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

Declining bids leave some questioning ANWR projections
After shelling out an average of $564 per acre for North Slope oil leases in the 1960s, '70s and '80s, oil companies in the past 15 years have offered an average of only $53 per acre.

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