Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Statute doesn't justify killing
The Board of Game is meeting March 10-20 in Fairbanks to consider adopting some controversial proposals that allow for increased aerial wolf killings (targeting an 80 percent reduction in wolves), classifying black and brown bears as fur-bearers to allow them to be trapped and their fur sold, allowing the harvesting of both female and young bears and allowing the use of airplanes and snow machines to pursue the wolves and bears.

Palin says editorial appealed to fear
The editorial you ran (Sunday) on my comments concerning moving the Legislature was no more than a scare tactic and an apparent attempt to stir up controversy.

President Bush lied through his teeth
Is it just me or is the Empire asleep at the wheel?

A road wouldn't just serve Juneau
Every time I read in the Empire a letter criticizing the road to Skagway, the thought comes to mind that people in Juneau think this road is just for them. For their information, those of us that don't live in Juneau will own part of that road also.

Keep the Capitol where it's safe
I would like to bring to your attention an example of excellent television journalism.

Teachers deserve their new contract
I am writing about the teachers' new approved contract. Teachers and school staff deserve the increase.

Don't legislate personal beliefs
"Go get health care on your own."

Boomers likely will leave city anyway
What baby boomers? (This letter is in reference to "Boomers may bust city coffers" on March 2.) I would like to know where Juneau is going to be getting all these retired baby boomers from in the next couple of years?

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Women have their day
As a teenager in Australia in the 1980s, postdoctoral research fellow Liz Conor and her friends were wrapped up in the new-wave fashions sweeping the planet.

Images from another time: 21-chain-saw salute, circa 1981
Juneau environmentalists protest the 1981 visit of James G. Watt, secretary of the interior under President Reagan, by greeting Watt with a 21-chain-saw salute at the Alaska Capitol.

Judge tosses out indictment
Rachelle Waterman's father expected to get her out of jail this morning after a Juneau judge Tuesday dismissed the indictment charging the 17-year-old Craig girl with murder and conspiracy in the 2004 slaying of her mother, Lauri Waterman.

Record numbers expected at Job Fair
The record number of employers coming to Wednesday's Juneau Job Fair reflects the success of last spring's event, an employment security specialist at the Juneau Job Center said.

Judge dismisses indictment against Rachelle Waterman
A judge this morning dismissed Rachelle Watermans seven-count indictment charging her with conspiracy and murder in the 2004 slaying of her mother, 48-year-old Lauri Waterman, on Prince of Wales Island.

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

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

Teacher contract talks break down
Contract talks between the Juneau School District and the teachers' union disintegrated Monday night, with representatives from both sides saying they will need outside help to reach an agreement.

Photo: Idita-walk
Mary Ellen Halstead has both hands full Monday while walking her dogs, from left, Mishka, Cholla and Kinski along Glacier Highway near Lena Loop Road.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

School Board OKs staff contract
The School Board voted unanimously to approve a contract agreement with the Juneau Educational Support Staff union at its regular meeting Tuesday.

Images from another time: Flying low, 1980s
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds fly over Gastineau Channel during a performance in the mid 1980s. The acrobatic team some consider the best in the world has performed several times in Juneau.

Christian school to shut down
After 26 years of religious and academic instruction, Juneau Christian School will close its doors at the end of this school year, church officials say.

Shortys celebrate 50th anniversary
Juneau residents Elizabeth and John Shorty Jr. will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 7 to 10 p.m., March 10 at the Baranof Hotel.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Photo: Under the blue
An out-of-town visitor reaches into a melted-out area to pull out a piece of garbage Feb. 16 from the Mendenhall Glacier.

This I Believe: Saying no offers freedom
I believe in just saying no. One of my earliest applications of this principle was when my granddaddy gave me a silver dollar for my sixth birthday.

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks

Daniel G. Moreno Sr.
Juneau and Sitka resident Daniel G. Moreno Sr., 78, died March 4, 2006, at Bartlett Memorial Hospital, with his family nearby.

Dawn Michelle Davis
Juneau resident Dawn Michelle Davis, 43, died March 3, 2006, in her home.

Alaska editorial: Build a bridge to the airport and the future
It's now or never for a bridge to connect the community of Ketchikan to its airport.

My turn: State GOP leader misleads
In his recent quotations regarding wiretapping and President Bush's violations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, Alaska Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich spread inaccurate and misleading information about the issue.

My turn: Marine highway system is sinking in a sea of red ink
Whether or not you support the road, by now it should be painfully obvious that the Alaska Marine Highway System is sinking in red ink.

Alaska editorial: Time for a comprehensive policy
The timing of President Bush's recent remarks about energy shouldn't be lost on anyone in Alaska.

My turn: Celebrate International Women's Day
Today is International Women's Day, a day to celebrate the economic, social and political achievements of women.

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 Sports Broadcasting Network Prep Basketball Final Regular Season Poll
For the week of March 5

JDHS athletes win at Arctic Winter Games
The Team Alaska snowshoeing squad, mostly comprising Juneau-Douglas High School students, cleaned up in the first two days of competition at the Arctic Winter Games.

JDHS grad Chad Bentz reassigned by White Sox
Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Chad Bentz was reassigned by the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

Juneau Parks and recreation Volleyball standings
As of March 5

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.

Capital City Classic keeps rolling along
What started as 74 contests culminated in four intense championship matches on Sunday in last week's Juneau Billiards Association's Capital City Classic pool tournament.

Bears' JV takes two at Angoon
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball junior varsity team completed its season last week with two wins at Class 2A Angoon.

Permanent fund to hire adviser on gas pipeline
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., which oversees the state's $33 billion oil-wealth savings account, plans to hire by next month an adviser who will recommend whether the fund should invest in a North Slope natural gas pipeline.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Feds to retool timber plan
The Tongass National Forest is getting ready to undertake a major re-evaluation of its forest plan, with a special focus on recalculating the market demand for Tongass timber.

Photo: Winter Games welcome
Dancers perform the greeting song Sunday to start the opening ceremonies of the Arctic Winter Games at the Soldotna Sports Center in Soldotna.

State wants to reduce ferry subsidy
Alaska's state-run ferries need a heftier chunk of state dollars than their counterparts in Washington state and British Columbia, but that margin could decline in the future, the state's ferry chief told legislators Tuesday.

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

State switches health insurance group
Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska will replace Aetna as the state's health care administrator for employees and retirees.

Leman certifies initiatives on oil tax, shorter sessions
Lt. Gov. Loren Leman on Monday certified two initiatives sponsored by state lawmakers for November's election.

Candidates weigh in on governor's tax proposal
If Gov. Frank Murkowski is successful in pushing through a new production tax and closing a fiscal deal for a North Slope natural gas pipeline, it may be a new governor who has to deal with the consequences.

Expert: Proposed tax rate behind times
Alaska is considering dropping a regressive oil tax system, but in favor of one that is not as progressive as it could be, an international petroleum consultant told lawmakers Monday.

House Panel considers plan to help fund local governments
Community leaders from around Alaska on Monday spoke in favor of a proposal to reinstate revenue sharing, using money from the Amerada Hess account.

State surplus to beat projections
The department raised its predictions on oil prices for the next three years in its regular spring forecast released Tuesday, a month earlier than usual. The announcement included key predictions on oil prices and production. A complete forecast is due in April.

Town of Dillingham installs 80 cameras to stave off terrorism
Dillingham is a quiet fishing village in Southwest Alaska, home to 2,400 people and not a single streetlight.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Senate seeks to revive Arctic drilling
The Senate will drop President Bush's proposals for new tax cuts and politically painful cuts to Medicare and instead revisit the battle over allowing oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as it takes up its budget plan for next year.

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