Thursday, March 10, 2005

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

Hunters of wolves need to be controlled
I would like to take a moment and state my opinion on this ridiculous aerial wolf control program from Alaska's governor and Department of Fish and Game.

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.

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

Fund ferry tickets
If the cost of ferry tickets is one of the strongest incentives for the road to Skagway, why not strive to reduce the cost of travel to nearly zero. It's doable if we create a ferry permanent fund for the users of the ferry.

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

Fish farming is dumb
You have got to be kidding. Fish farming anywhere in the world is the dumbest idea I have ever heard.

Weigh in on plant
The Juneau Empire missed the mark in the March 3 editorial: "Activists shouldn't blast type of proposal it once advocated."

Schools need plan for long-term funding
It's almost spring, and it's that time again. It's time to wage war with the legislators in an effort to get adequate school funding for the children of Alaska.

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.

Road links to Canada
Last week four hockey teams from the Yukon participated in the Old-timers Hockey Tournament hosted in your city. We had a great time and the local old-timers hockey organization has to be congratulated on a job well done.

Empire should clarify its sources
Thank you for stating the Empire is predisposed on issues such as the Juneau Access road (Empire Feb. 20).

AroundTown
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Harbor handoffs prove costly
Local control comes at a price.

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.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Images from another time: Returning victorious, March 1982
Former legendary Juneau-Douglas High School men's basketball coach Jim Hamey, bottom left, is greeted by students at Juneau International Airport in 1982, when the team arrived after winning the state 4A basketball tournament.

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.

Breaking the cycle
A prison address shouldn't be hereditary, a former Philadelphia mayor said Wednesday, shortly after arriving in Alaska for the first time.

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.

Advocates rally for breast cancer screening program
Advocates rallied at the Capitol Wednesday for funding breast and cervical cancer prevention for women without insurance.

Ripping it up
North Pacific Erectors workers Jim Bradley, left, and Chuck Adams, operating the fork lift, remove decking and stringers Wednesday from the cruise ship dock.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Gilbert James Sr.
Gilbert James Sr., 72, died March 7, 2005, in Juneau.

My Turn: Sexual abuse survivors stigmatized by diagnoses
With over a decade of experience as a nurse in mental health and chemical dependency and as a graduating social science student at University of Alaska Southeast, I feel obligated to address a potential correlation between girls' sexual trauma and their elevated rates of inpatient psychiatric admissions as adults.

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?

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.

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.

Three teams lead boys field at 2A region tourney
Three leading Class 2A boys basketball teams emerged from the pack during the regular season.

Former champion Robert Sorlie retains Iditarod lead
Norwegian Robert Sorlie held fast to his lead Wednesday in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, followed by the two mushers who trailed him in his 2003 victory: Ramy Brooks of Healy and Jeff King of Denali Park.

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 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 Digest
Staff and wire reports from around the state

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, the nation, and the world

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

This Day in History
In Alaska

Dog killed in illegally set trap near park trail
A family pet died when a spring-loaded baited trap set up in Chugach State Park near a trail snapped shut on the dog's neck.

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.

Alaska oil tops $50, state coffers fill up
The price for Alaska oil rose above the $50 mark again, continuing the state on its way to a hefty budget surplus for the fiscal year.

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.

Resolution opposing fish farms passes
A resolution telling Congress and the president to keep fish farms out of federal ocean waters in Alaska was approved Wednesday by the House Fisheries Committee.

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

Schools beg senators for more funds
Alaska educators and lobbyists are attempting to convince senators to bump up the $4,919 per-student spending proposal passed by the House last week.

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.

Appearances can be deceiving
T he Turtle Island String quartet is traditional in appearance only - violin, violin, viola and cello.

what's happening
News of local arts

Students prepare for 'Give and Take'
It's fair to say that Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School eighth-grader Andrew Sigler was somewhat stunned after first listening to Juneau composer Stefan Hakenberg's "Give and Take," a four-movement, 20-minute symphony composed for the Juneau Student Symphony.

Capital City Quilters to hold show this weekend
Jamie Bursell learned how to quilt from her grandmother, and the first project she completed was made out of old clothes.

Connections with the sea
Three years ago, Homer fisherman Alan Parks began interviewing commercial fishermen and subsistence harvesters about their connection with the sea, on behalf of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council.

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Entertainment events around Juneau

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