Tuesday, March 14, 2006

State not interested in fixing retirement
Claiming that the fiscal "sky was falling" on the state retirement trust fund, last session the Murkowski administration and Republican Legislature demanded an immediate solution despite that the $6 billion shortfall in the fund was really caused by administration management. Rather than take time to study the problem and possible solutions, a hastily written and ill-conceived Senate Bill 141 was rammed through the Legislature. The hastily fashioned legislation contains a number of serious problems. For example, the 401(k) Tier IV retirement plan developed with bill 141 does not meet Internal Revenue Service requirements.

City should cover cost to relocate
You asked for alternative programs or policies for seniors if the sales tax exemption is eliminated. My suggestion is to grant each senior $1,000 to assist in relocation costs outside of Juneau, upon submission of moving cost and/or airfare with proof of purchase or rental in the new location.

Denying equal protection is wrong
For nearly 15 years, my husband and I have enjoyed the benefits associated with my husband's employment with the state of Alaska.

Road will change city for the worse
I hate to envision how much Juneau will change for the worse if and when the road-to-nowhere project comes to pass. I was born and raised in Juneau, and I lived my life there until developments in my own backyard stirred me to leave.

Time for new approach to state ferry system
I was flipping channels, waiting for the Duke North Carolina game to start last Saturday, and on Channel 7 (Gavel to Gavel) was (Alaska Marine Highway System head) Robin Taylor.

Some suggestions for the city
The city should consider replacing the current sales tax exemption for seniors with a sales tax exemption for lower-income people of all ages.

Stand by our country's principles
Foreign policy has always been about national self-interest. I agree completely with Mr. Byrnes ("No new evil," Feb. 15) on this point.

Abstinence works, not mixed messages
In her March 5 letter, Dee Longenbaugh says that abstinence doesn't work. Abstinence is the only approach to sexual activity that works flawlessly every time it is tried - no pregnancy, no sexually transmitted disease or any of the other problems associated with promiscuous sex. What doesn't work is mixing abstinence and contraceptive programs together. The mixed message that results undermines the abstinence message. Imagine a drug prevention program that tells kids to say "no" to drugs and then offers them drugs.

Road will change city for the worse
I hate to envision how much Juneau will change for the worse if and when the road-to-nowhere project comes to pass.

Most retirees are just getting by
As one of the beneficiaries of the senior sales tax exemption, I admit a somewhat keen interest in the debate about whether it should be kept or not. I also admit it isn't an easy call.

We need to protect our land and waters
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sen. Ted Stevens, because he is not supporting Northern Dynasty and its pebble mine.

Three people homeless after their house burns
Tom Walls woke up early Sunday with flames batting at the window of his basement apartment at Third and Gold streets.

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

Blaze destroys Historic church
An intense fire annihilated Juneau's second oldest church and a downtown home, blasting through the Gold Street neighborhood early Sunday morning.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Whale of a bagel
Spencer Miller, 18, and Carly Turnbull, 17, share a few bagels and enjoy the sun Sunday in the parking lot of Silverbow Bagels.

Photo: Tuning up the pipes
Jessa Ramirez and Olivia Pitesa sing "The Little Beggarman" during a Juneau-Douglas HIgh School Woman's Choir rehearsal Monday in preparation for the spring concert at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the school auditorium.

Old church and hall a loss to town
All that remains of 110-year-old Holy Trinity Episcopal Church after a Sunday morning fire is charred wood and the building's foundation.

Two Juneau men sought in valley shooting
Juneau police are seeking two "persons of interest" who may have been involved in Sunday's shooting outside a Jennifer Drive home in the Mendenhall Valley, they reported Monday.

City to adjust school funding
The Juneau Assembly will decide tonight whether to appropriate $285,900 as partial funding for the Juneau School District's general operations.

Ten people lose jobs when diner closes unexpectedly
Downtown Juneau eatery BaCar's closed its doors suddenly and indefinitely Sunday afternoon, after serving customers on Seward Street since 2003.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

City ponders schools' request to deal with funding limit
Dwindling enrollment numbers have forced the city to find creative ways to funnel money to schools, resulting in an ordinance first heard by the Juneau Assembly on Monday.

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

Woman seeks help after husband's search called off
While frantically calling state and federal officials for help in resuming a search for her missing husband, Jennifer Nebert said she received a call from the Coast Guard Monday to tell her the search would remain suspended.

City paves way for Lena subdivision
Soon 44 high-priced lots within Juneau's Lena Point subdivision will go to the highest bidder, a result of a Juneau Assembly decision Monday night amid concern over affordable housing.

Church seeks aid, ways to help others after fire
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church leaders said Monday that they are working to keep their own disaster from hurting others in Juneau.

Who says it's almost spring?
Today would be a particularly good day to bundle up, even if the calendar says spring is just a week away.

Alaska editorial: Proxy hunting limits should be reconsidered
Proxy hunting, established by the state Board of Game in 1993 as a way for hunters to provide traditional meats for others who are elderly, blind or disabled, has proved a valuable program for some but an open door to abuse by others.

My turn: Who will pay for access?
I am in favor of improved access and transportation. I am, however, not convinced the proposed road to Katzehin River Delta and a ferry shuttle is the answer.

JDHS boys and girls draw unfamiliar foes
In addition to uniforms and sneakers, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls basketball teams should bring their alarms clocks to Anchorage next week.

Juneau Parks and Recreation Co-Ed Volleyball Standings
...as of March 12

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.

Juneau Billiards Association Standings
...week 20 Standings

Iditarod leaders duke it out along Bering Sea coast
Two Iditarod champions jockeyed for the lead Sunday as the teams arrived on Alaska's windy, unsheltered western coast in the final quarter of the 1,100-mile sled dog race.

Former governor keeps going strong
Former Gov. Bill Sheffield has a lot he wants to see get done before he finally retires. He's working on a project to improve the Ship Creek dock area that will add trails and community gathering places to a spot that is now drab and aged.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state

'Sliding scale' to be introduced to bill that revamps state oil taxes
An amended version of the governor's proposal for a new oil tax regime may include a so-called "sliding scale" that would collect more tax on oil producers' profits when prices are high, says House Resources Committee Co-Chairman Ralph Samuels, R-Anchorage.

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

Survey finds hunger widespread among Alaska Natives
Hunger is no stranger in the homes of Alaska Natives from the North Slope's Point Hope to Bristol Bay's Dillingham and on to Klawock in the Southeast.

Crews continue to mop up Slope's largest oil spill
Heavily bundled crews braved merciless cold Monday to continue cleaning up the largest crude oil spill ever on Alaska's North Slope.

CONTACT US

  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-3028
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES

SOCIAL NETWORKING