Designate a driver
St. Patrick's Day provides an opportunity to celebrate the rich Irish heritage. As many of us here in Juneau toast St. Patrick on March 17, K&L Distributors would like to take a moment to salute the millions who make designated drivers part of their party plans.

Proof requested
In response to Nancy Glass's reply to the wolf population on Douglas Island.

Lack of Common Sense
Recently, your paper carried an insert under the banner of Common Sense for Alaska. Although Common Sense's Web site lists me as still being on its board of directors, I have not been on that board and have had no association with Common Sense for at least seven years. No one from Common Sense approached me regarding the content of that insert.

Alcohol tax won't eliminate problems
An increase in the alcohol tax can be an important component of a comprehensive package to raise state revenues. Alcohol-related problems are estimated to cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars each year. It is not unreasonable that all consumers of alcohol should pay more to offset these costs.

The cold hard truth
The No. 1 problem facing our state is the fiscal gap in excess of $1 billion. Legislators must recognize they are serving at a pivotal point in state history and our future economic prosperity depends on the actions they take in the next three years.

Adding to a good team
We are writing to comment on the recent article in the Empire regarding paramedics and our fire department. Both of us, as well as our firefighter-medics, are pleased with the positive response of our city Assembly members in working toward increasing the number of skilled paramedics in the fire department, and we thank the Assembly for its support. We feel this will greatly enhance the pre-hospital care provided in Juneau and Southeast Alaska.


Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Ramseur takes Knowles administration into the sunset
David Ramseur's paperwork is stacked neatly in small, staggered piles down one side of his desk. So it's no surprise when Gov. Tony Knowles' new chief of staff says his main goal in closing out the two-term Democratic administration this year is simply making sure that mistakes aren't made.

Drunken driver gets 6 months in jail
A 20-year-old Juneau man was sentenced to six months in jail Thursday for a drunken driving accident that injured a passenger.

Dryden students unmask talents
W hen Charles Buggs stepped in front of a sixth-grade class at Floyd Dryden Middle School on Thursday, he was carrying a bag full of faces. A box of eyes and noses was on a nearby counter. Each student held an assemblage of "bones," waiting to hear how to flesh out their creations with paper and glue.

Unusually colorful meteor lights up skies over Juneau Wednesday night
A meteor in bursts of green and yellow light flashed across the sky east of Juneau late Wednesday night, some residents said. Mark Olsen, who lives at Lena Point, said he was just going to bed at about 11 p.m. when "I saw this kind of greenish light coming down Lynn Canal. I thought it was a plane at first."

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Gurton, Mead wed
Amy Sue Gurton of Boston, Mass., and Travis George Mead of Phoenix, Ariz., were married Feb. 8 at the Grove at Silk Purse Ranch in Las Vegas.

Creating a civil conversation
You may have seen Mike Lukovichs political cartoon in the Empire on Tuesday. The first panel shows an affable-looking man speaking to a crowd, saying, "I'm a Democrat and I like the President." The next panel shows the crowd pummeling him with fists and clubs, and the correcting voice that floats from the affable mans battered body says, "I-I mean Love!!!"

Photo: Archery tournament
The Safari Tournament on Feb. 27 at Floyd Dryden Middle School had over 50 shooters. Devin Bliss, left, won first place in traditional, John Hill took first place in limited, John Wehnes won first place in freestyle.

Ten JDHS students receive Student Recognition awards
Ten Juneau-Douglas High School students received Student Recognition awards for the month of February at a ceremony held last week in the school library.

Hays, Rose to be married
Juneau residents Heather Hays and Ben Rose will be married at 11 a.m. on March 30 at the Juneau Christian Center. A reception will follow immediately at Centennial Hall. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited to the wedding and reception.

Senior Menu
Monday, March 18

Three students advance to state science fair
Organizers of the 10th annual Capital City High School Science Fair have released a complete list of the awards given at the event March 2 at the Marie Drake gym. The fair attracted about 114 students.

Girl Scout week marks 90th anniversary
Girl Scout week, which is March 10 to 16, commemorates the 90th anniversary of the founding of Girl Scouting in the United States. Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council will celebrate this special anniversary with special events throughout the year.

My Turn: High stakes and a clear choice
Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives took a major step toward returning America's government to its people when it passed the bipartisan Shays/Meehan bill campaign reform bill. The Shays/Meehan bill would begin to clean up our political process by:

Duke crushes Winthrop to open title defense
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Jason Williams and Juneau's Carlos Boozer had towels over their shoulders with eight minutes left. Mike Dunleavy had bags of ice on his knees and Mike Krzyzewski barely moved from his seat.

Ketchikan girls to face Juneau for title
It was more of a struggle than expected, but the Ketchikan High School girls basketball team earned a spot in today's Region V-Class 4A championship game with a 49-39 victory over the injury-riddled Sitka Wolves on Thursday night at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym.

Chiefs chop down a giant
A broken nose did not hamper Chris Bryant as his game-high 28 points led the Metlakatla Chiefs to a stunning 70-52 upset over the Wrangell Wolves in Region V-Class 3A boys basketball playoff action Thursday.

Kings advance to Class 4A boys final
The Sitka Wolves' gameplan heading into Thursday's Region V-Class 4A playoff game was to shut down Ketchikan standouts Russell Miller and Jesse Richardson.

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Vikings rally to earn state berth
The Petersburg High School girls basketball team will be returning to the Class 3A state tournament after a three-year absence. The unranked Vikings earned a berth in next weekend's state tournament by knocking off the state's fifth-ranked Craig Panthers 58-33 on Thursday afternoon at the Region V-Class 3A tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Letter: Gold Medal History
Some Gold Medal hoops history Again, the renowned Lions Gold Medal Basketball Tournament will take place this month in Juneau. Participating teams will come from around the state for this popular sporting event to try to take home the first place trophy while representing both urban and rural areas. Of course, the sport of basketball plays significant roles in American society, including fueling our local economy and more.

Natives rail at plan to ax funding
Alaska Natives expressed anger Thursday over a House Finance Committee plan to eliminate state funding for subsistence. Lawmakers overseeing the state Department of Fish and Game budget proposed that the House Finance Committee cut $1.1 million from the state's Division of Subsistence, eliminating all state support for the office.

State Briefs
Lost snowmachiner rescued; State unemployment rate falls; Caribou roadway hunting banned; Conservation projects get funds; Unalaska regulates adult shows; Rabies could spread south; Attorney to head Tanana Chiefs; Seminar on employer security tax

Senate panel OKs dime-a-drink legislation
The Senate Finance Committee this morning approved the "dime-a-drink" increase in the alcohol excise tax. The bill is the first revenue-raising measure apparently on the way to the floor in either house of the Legislature. The bill next goes to the Rules Committee, which schedules bills for floor action.

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