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Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Mention of ethnicity was wrong
I read your article "Mall merchants express regret about incident," which was the follow up to the March 1 article "Manager charged with attacking man in store."

Capitol should evoke Alaska, not Seattle
Context. Such a simple concept, yet completely ignored in the newly revealed capitol designs.

In praise of catching wild fish
In the Feb. 22 paper, Patrick McGonegal argued that "fish farming is the future of the fishing industry."

Road would be closed in winter
The recent completion of the Department of Transportation's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and series of public hearings on Juneau Access Improvements bring to a head the long-standing controversy over building the road to Skagway versus improving ferry service.

The road will expand our horizons
Growing up in Juneau, I have learned that it's a very close-minded town.

Road to be costly, dangerous
I wrote Reuben Yost of the Alaska Department of Transportation months ago expressing concern that no information has been presented concerning earth (landslide) problems for the 68.5-mile proposed Juneau road route on the east side of Lynn Canal.

Prefers ferries to the road
During the scoping session of 1994, the Department of Transportation announced that the cost of the ELCR would be $516 million, or over $7 million per mile of road, for the 65 miles.

Road would change experiences
Growing up in Juneau has shaped who we are. We've grown up in a community with an appreciation for nature and conservation.

Photo: Whale of a show
A killer whale patrols the icy waters of Gastineau Channel on Monday off the DIPAC hatchery.

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

United Way hits heights with its '04 drive
Southeast Alaskans working in the private sector showed more generosity to United Way last fall than ever before.

Fairweather settlement is near
State and union negotiators agreed to a labor contract for Fairweather employees shortly before midnight Monday and the fast ferry will resume operations in Lynn Canal by March 24, state officials said Tuesday.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

AroundTown
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Fresh from Mother Nature
Donna Rabbage jigs for herring Monday at the Auke Bay boat harbor. Rabbage will use the herring to troll for king salmon this upcoming season.

Filipino Channel arrives in Juneau
For many of Juneau's Filipino residents, a hometown now is just a click away.

JDHS coach Reilly Richey dead at 51
As coach of the Juneau-Douglas High School football team, Reilly Richey instilled in his players the motto RIENG - Respect Is Earned, Not Given.

Planners OK subdivision with sewage requirements
The Juneau Planning Commission granted preliminary approval to a 22-lot residential subdivision at Lena Point Tuesday night, with a promise to keep it clean.

Images from another time: Where the elite and hoi-polloi met to eat
The late Isamu "Sam" Taguchi takes a cigarette break in 1982 in the kitchen of the City Cafe. Taguchi retired and sold the Juneau landmark diner in 1982.

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Gastineau Channel Historical Society presents oral history program Saturday
On March 12, an oral history program, "Arts, Crafts, and Curios: A Visit to the the early Souvenir Stores of Juneau," will be sponsored by the Gastineau Channel Historical Society.

Photo: Marveling at the landlubbers
Two Steller sea lions have a look around Monday at the Auke Bay boat harbor.

Living and Growing
Progress will finally bring equality for both men and women.

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

Wright and Soboleff to wed
Lifelong Juneau residents Angie M. Wright and Nathan J. Soboleff will be married July 9 on the shores of Tenakee Springs.

Kathleen Barnes
Juneau resident Kathleen McDermott Barnes, 94, died Feb. 28, 2005.

My Turn: Alaska is better off exploiting its wild, sustainable trademark
In my nearly 30-year career working with salmon and in Alaska's salmon industry, I see the issue of finfish (salmon) farming in Alaska's coastal waters as the biggest challenge facing our wild salmon resource, the wild salmon industry, and the coastal Alaska communities where these industry activities occur.

My Turn: Road to Skagway allows freest travel at lowest cost
Why are environmental groups like the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council so dead set against the Department of Transportation building Alternative No. 2, a road from Juneau to Skagway?

Alaska editorial: Use caution when talking about Alaska Permanent Fund
Most everyone has something to say about the Alaska Permanent Fund. At more than $30 billion, it's just too big to not talk about.

My Turn: Affordable transportation is an egalitarian imperative
Transportation is one of the core functions of government.

ASAA nixes reunification of split wrestling seasons
A Southeast-backed proposal to reunify the state's high school wrestling seasons was defeated last week by the Alaska School Activities Association board.

Sports Digest
Staff reports of local sporting events

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.

Mount Edgecumbe girls improve to 19-1
Skeeter Atoruk's 11 points led a balanced scoring effort as the Mount Edgecumbe girls beat host Metlakatla 63-25 on Saturday to complete a sweep of their Southeast Conference-Class 3A series.

Bears JV hoops earns weekend sweep of Wolves
Faifo Levale and Ryan Beason scored 10 points apiece on Saturday as the Juneau-Douglas High School boys junior varsity basketball team beat host Sitka 69-51. The win completed a weekend sweep for the Crimson Bears, who beat the Wolves 65-43 on Friday.

Southeast Conference Basketball Standings
Southeast Conference Basketball Standings

Sleepless Sorlie takes Iditarod lead
Dogs, not mushers, are tested for steroids, stimulants and other performance-enhancing drugs in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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.

Boulding: The musher's musher
Charlie Boulding, a man who reinvented himself a few times and came out of the woods to change sled dog racing, ought to make his next career in Hollywood now that he's running his last Iditarod.

Moving North - to write and mush
Writer Gary Paulsen left the Hollywood party scene years ago for a less glamorous life.

Forest Service plans Tongass study of second-growth trees
The U.S. Forest Service will study the quality of second-growth trees in the Tongass National Forest to prepare for future timber sales.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from around the state

Committee considers renewing rehire plan
Amid concerns about double-dipping by state employees on their salary and pension funds, an Alaska Senate committee Monday held over a bill that would extend the state's retire-rehire program until 2009.

Grizzly is shot after hibernating in diner
An old grizzly bear that chose a closed restaurant off the Dalton Highway to hibernate for the winter was shot and killed.

Fund's earnings tagged for gas line
Senate Democrats on Monday questioned the use of Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to pay for gas pipeline development work in a year of rich oil revenue, but were unable to remove the spending from a proposed supplemental budget appropriation.

Planners OK subdivision with sewage requirements
The Juneau Planning Commission granted preliminary approval to a 22-lot residential subdivision at Lena Point Tuesday night, with a promise to keep it clean.

AlaskaDigest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Voters may decide on cash for cities
A proposal in the Legislature would let voters decide whether to tap the Alaska Permanent Fund and send about $150 million annually to cities across the state.

Troopers dub Mat-Su area the meth capital of Alaska
The Matanuska-Susitna area is the methamphetamine capital of Alaska, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Ethics board passes on ex-AG Renkes
The Alaska Personnel Board on Tuesday dismissed an ethics complaint against former attorney general Gregg Renkes after the parties involved reached a settlement.

This Day in History
In Alaska

SEARHC, Yale conduct alcohol treatment study
For the first time, researchers are studying how to treat alcohol dependence with naltrexone in Alaska.

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