Affordable recounts
Amy Paige makes several good points in her March 3 letter, "Make Hand Recounts Easy."

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.

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

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.

Firmly rooted
Now that an architect has been chosen to design "the first state capitol of the 21st century," there is something he really should know.

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 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.

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

Artists' challenge
Artists Sarah Banks, left, and Jane Stokes work on their exhibit pieces for the "12x12" show Thursday at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

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

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.

Photo: Drive-time collision
Members of Capital City Fire and Rescue move a victim of a two--car accident to an ambulance Thursday at the intersection of Egan Drive and Sunny Drive.

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

Arts for Kids offers six hours of storytelling
Last April, University of Alaska Southeast student Lyle James entered his first public speaking competition, the school's second annual Native Oratory Contest.

Juneau wins bid to keep Celebration
Celebration is coming back to Juneau in 2006.

Photo: In search of sea slugs
Alex Kirkbride, a photographer from New York, prepares to dive Thursday in Sunshine Cove.

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: Juneau Cold Storage, May 1987
The cruise ship Fairsea is tied up at the old downtown ferry terminal as Juneau Cold Storage lies in ruins after being destroyed by fire in May 1987.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Harbor handoffs prove costly
Local control comes at a price.

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

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.

Valley school design chosen
Juneau's high school at Dimond Park will have two classroom wings that extend from an atrium, a long commons that runs beside walls of glass, and a box-like space to hold the gyms, auditorium, and art and music rooms.

Coping with a sad anniversary
I remember the lines on her feet, like a dusty map.

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

Mattocks and Gilmet to wed
Brenda Gilmet of Palmer and Randy Mattocks of Juneau are engaged to be married. The couple will wed in September in the bride's home state of Kentucky.

Stringing along
Teacher Julia Bastuscheck leads students from the Juneau-Douglas High School string orchestra on Friday, Feb. 18, during the String-A-Thon fund-raiser.

News from around the community

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Omholt and Sullivan to wed
Colleen Sullivan, formerly of Juneau, is engaged to Kris Omholt of Kalispell, Mont. Omholt is originally from Helena, Mont.

Tallman and Bentz marry
Tennie Rose Tallman of Anchorage and Juneau resident Joshua Allan Bentz were married Dec. 28, 2004, on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Love Story: Buying a book
My brother Alex wanted a copy of 'War and Peace' by an Old Russian au-thor Tolstoy, so he went to a famous bookshop in Swards Road and asked for it.

Love Story: My dream has come true
I first met this girl when I came to Juneau in 1991 to help my brother move to Anchorage.

Science winners to compete in international fair
The winners of the Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair, held Saturday in Juneau, are Joey Bosworth and Erika O'Sullivan in a group project on the effects of age and succession type on the composition of forest overstory and understory; Sara Bogert, who studied how carbon source affects microbial sulfate reduction in mine tailings; and Sam Post, who studied how wing curve affects lift force.

John A. Aldrighette
Former Juneau resident John A. Aldrighette, 52, died March 2, 2005 in San Antonio. He was born March 29, 1952 to Arthur and Beatrice Aldrighette.

Ellen Kay O'Brien
Former Juneau resident Ellen Kay (Strohmeyer) O'Brien died Feb. 24, 2005 in Bellingham, Wash. at Shuksan Health Care.

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

My turn: A great step for fishermen and the sea
Kudos to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, one of the eight regional councils that manage federal marine fisheries in the United States, for unanimously voting to close nearly one million square kilometers of ocean waters off Alaska to destructive bottom trawling, an area nearly twice the size of the state of California.

My turn: Award winners leave out key info about life with paralysis
At the Academy Awards, two films with negative portrayals of disability won Oscars, drawing ire from disability rights' groups.

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.

No Rust: Yakutat hammers Angoon
The Yakutat boys basketball team had a three-week break between regular-season and postseason games.

Southeast Class-2A Boys Basketball Tournament
The latest basketball polls.

Five-time champ Rick Swenson pulls out of Iditarod
Rick Swenson, the only five-time winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, dropped out of the running Thursday - the first time he's scratched from the 1,100-mile trek to Nome in 29 years on the trail.

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.

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

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.

Short-handed Klawock girls eke by Angoon
Heading into the most important game of their season, Klawock girls basketball players were shaken up when they learned their star center couldn't play.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

Bill seeks end to fishing 'derbies' in Gulf of Alaska
State regulators want to end open access to several Gulf of Alaska commercial fisheries, a system they say creates yearly fish derbies that shrinks seasons, hurts the quality of the catch and endangers fishermen.

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

State OKs aerial spraying on land near Hydaburg
The state's approval of a Klukwan Inc. permit to use helicopters to spray herbicides on clear-cut land has some skeptics fearing that the precedent means there's more spraying ahead.

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.

Wash. group seeks Alaska-style ship laws
As the cruise ship business booms, Washington laws lack sufficient teeth to keep the giant vessels from polluting the state's waters, according to a new report from an environmental group.

Highway bill bolsters Alaska projects
The House approved a mammoth highway and transit bill Thursday that aims to reduce traffic congestion nationwide and bring jobs to every lawmaker's home district.

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.

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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