Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Stick to facts
I support this road because Southeast Alaska needs it. If you look at all of Southeast you see a steady decrease in population.

Capitol designs exciting
I was in the fortunate position of being in Anchorage when the architectural designs for our new capitol building were unveiled.

Empire ignored second hearing
On Feb. 17 the Empire ran a front page photo of a bunch of protesters standing outside of Wednesday evening's public hearing on the Juneau Access project.

Vets deserve answers
Have you ever wondered about the POW patch? Who designed it?

Spend road money elsewhere
A Skagway resident phoned into a hearing last week in the Mat-Su on the Knik Bridge, and suggested that project could have the Juneau road money because the majority of the people here don't want it.

Republicans push big-brother role
With the war in Iraq an out-of-control quagmire and a federal deficit tallying so fast the numbers are a blur, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) believes the most important issue is preventing cable television and satellite radio subscribers from seeing someone naked or hearing a cuss word.

New teachers must be trained further
Thanks to the Juneau Empire for presenting both sides to an extremely complicated issue, teacher certification.

New capitol a bad idea
The four proposals for the new capitol building design are so out of touch with anything remotely resembling any design concept found in Alaska, or any where else for that matter.

Good and bad in road
I don't really know what to think about the road at this moment.

1925 diptheria survivor is 2005 honorary musher
In the winter of 1925, 20 mushers and 100 dogs worked in relays for 700 miles to deliver serum from Nenana to diphtheria-stricken Nome. The serum run is the genesis of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

AroundTown
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Teens charged in store burglary
Three cases of Budweiser could cost two teenagers up to 11 years in prison if they are found guilty of breaking into a downtown liquor store to steal them early Monday.

Raptor center seeks input
The Juneau Raptor Center may form a steering committee from the community to help shape plans for its permanent home, board members said.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Fixing city pipes
Ed Beam, a pipe layer for Arete Construction, stands between water mains as he works on a section of drain pipe Monday on Seward Street.

Proof of spring, for now
Crocus blooms reach for the sun Monday in a garden bordering Centennial Hall.

Assembly approves port fee increase
Despite objections from the cruise ship industry and a private dock manager, the Juneau Assembly on Monday approved increasing a tourism fee for port development.

Juneau says goodbye to Coach Richey
Juneau remembered Reilly Richey on Sunday and gave thanks - thanks for his strong faith, for the impact he had on local youths, and for just having the chance to know a man who touched so many lives.

Alaska editorial: Juneau should pay for new state capitol
It's time to put up or shut up. If Juneau wants to cement its role as Alaska's capital with a new capitol building, Juneau should pay for it.

My turn: University threatens lands while projecting wilderness image
In the March issue of Outside magazine, a University of Alaska Southeast advertisement portrays the university as situated in an "idyllic" environment, with "magnificent wilderness" surrounding campus.

Don't raise cost of recounts
A s one of the people who requested the recount of our U.S. Senate race, I am distressed that a successful exercise in democracy is being used as an excuse to raise the fee citizens must pay to a prohibitive amount.

My turn: Demise of coastal program will hurt Alaska dearly
The recent announcement by Gov. Frank Murkowski to allow the Alaska Coastal Management Program (ACMP) to expire this summer will have dire consequences for all Alaskans.

Sorlie first out of Shaktoolik
Norwegian Robert Sorlie was the first musher out of the coastal village of Shaktoolik on Monday in the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, but other contenders were in gaining on him with faster dogs.

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.

Boozer puts foot down, will not go to Cleveland game
Carlos Boozer's public cross-examination will have to wait.

Sorlie is first into Unalakleet
Every year around now, the same sickness grips this town on Alaska's Norton Sound coast.

Jesse LeBeau leads Ketchikan boys to Sitka sweep
Senior Jesse LeBeau scored 30 points and senior Casey Bass added 20 in their final high school home game as the Ketchikan boys beat visiting Sitka 83-64 on Saturday to complete a sweep of their Southeast Conference-Class 4A series.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE BASKETBALL STANDINGS
The latest SE hoops polls

Skagway to face Ninilchik in state tourney opener
The Southeast champion Skagway girls basketball team will face a familiar foe in the opening round of the Class 2A girls state tournament later this week in Anchorage.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Legislature debates public employee 'double-dipping'
City of Kenai retiree Fred Macvie is back on the job.

Photo: Dog daze
One of Iditarod musher Jeff King's dogs takes a break Saturday during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Grayling checkpoint.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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

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

Gear-mending on the Iditarod
Ally Zirkle puts new runners on her sled during a break in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday in the Bering Sea coast village of Unalakleet.

Communities ask Legislature for delay on coastal program overhaul
Communities across the state are asking the Alaska Legislature to put the brakes on a plan to restructure environmental oversight of coastal areas.

Ruling has lawmakers rethinking commercial fishing fees
A court decision in a class-action lawsuit by out-of-state commercial fishermen has Alaska lawmakers rethinking the state's fishing permit fees.

Scout chaperone dies as tree hits tent
An Anchorage man helping to chaperone a Boy Scout winter camping trip died when a tree blew down and fell on him.

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