Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Help foster university diversity
As an associate professor of English at the University of Alaska Southeast, I want my voice to be added to Ernestine Hayes' appeal for affirmative action at UAS (March 6) to become a reality of action and not just a reality of words.

Don't call capitol design un-Alaskan
Ben Madison's indictment of the capitol design competition (letters to the editor, March 7) and those involved is unfair, inaccurate, and unfortunately indicative of the buzz around this venture.

Trawl areas seem nuked
I have been involved in every fishery in Alaska except shrimp. My views were similar to the previous views of fishery managers, in that bottom trawling seemed all right as long as it was regulated.

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.

Road would create problems
I think that having a road that leads to another town is somewhat disturbing. Being on a lone island has its advantages.

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.

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

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

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

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.

Images from another time: A new bridge - for a little more money
The Douglas Bridge is shown under construction in summer of 1980.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

School Board wants more figures for Montessori
The Juneau School Board on Tuesday put off deciding whether to grant charter-school status to the Montessori program.

Photo: Working in the noonday sun
John Lager works on a pair of cowboy boots Tuesday while enjoying the sunshine in front of his home- based business, Family Shoe Repair on Highland Drive.

Firefly Fiddlers grab some rays
From left, Juneau Community Charter School students Chase Schneider, Savana Carroll and Jordanne Petree practice a violin piece Tuesday under the direction of Lisa Miles, right, at Cathedral Park.

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

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Photos: Quilts
These photos show details of some entries in the Capital City Quilters' exhibition last weekend at Centennial Hall.

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

Juneau-Douglas City Museum presents storytelling workshop
The Women's History Month Storytelling Workshop will take place in the Juneau-Douglas City Museum on Saturday, March 19, from noon until 3:00 pm.

Student recognition
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth achievments

Quinton and Boyko to wed
Juneau residents Ginel Quinton and Michael Boyko will be married at 6 p.m., March 18, at Auke Bay Bible Church, with a reception to follow at Chapel by the Lake.

Seely V. Hall Jr.
Juneau resident Seely V. Hall Jr. died March 13, 2005, at his home. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. March 19, at Alaskan Memorial Park and Mortuary.

Timothy Jon Smith
Former Juneau resident Timothy Jon Smith, 44, died Dec. 22, 2004, in Parkland, Wash.

Alaska editorial: A future without Sen. Ted Stevens
Alaska is well known as a land of earthquakes, from calamitous ones to minor temblors.

Legislators lack support, understanding for teachers
A state senator recently asked me what one change I would make to improve Alaska's public education system.

My turn: Put the capitol in the Valley
Last month's pictures in the Juneau Empire of the four finalist's designs for a new capitol may have given more people heartburn than it has public comment, at least here in Juneau.

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.

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.

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.

Cavs crowd taunts Boozer
LeBron James doesn't miss Carlos Boozer nearly as much anymore. Cleveland fans, though, are still dealing with some separation anxiety.

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.

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 Briefs
Staff reports of sporting events

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.

Southeast-Class 3A/4A Tournament Events schedule; all events held in JDHS main gym
Upcoming Hoops Schedule

Mighty Mount Edgecumbe
The Mount Edgecumbe boys basketball team had just four returning varsity players this season. The Mount Edgecumbe girls had nine new faces at their first practice.

Three Hoonah boys make 2A all-conference team
Hoonah's Dustin Bowen, D.J. Lindstrom and Devin Moritz were named to the Southeast Conference-Class 2A all-conference boys basketball team Saturday after leading the Braves to their first region title since 1998.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE BASKETBALL STANDINGS
The latest SE hoops polls

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE BASKETBALL STANDINGS
The Southeast Conference basketball standings through games of March 12.

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

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 youth hockey team wins gold in Yukon tourney
The Juneau Peewee youth hockey team struck gold when it went north to the Yukon earlier this month.

Meisters master first ski series
Chatham Holt and Angela Wright won the boys and girls "Ski Meister" titles last weekend at the first Juneau Invitational Cross-Country Ski Series.

Sorlie keeps lead out of White Mountain
In another kind of dog race, Robert Sorlie would be the mechanical rabbit, luring contenders around a track.

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.

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

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.

Senate remains split on ANWR
Despite increased GOP strength, the Senate appeared to be evenly divided Tuesday in advance of a key vote on whether to allow oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Assembly holds off moorage fee increase
The Juneau Assembly has decided to hold off on the Docks and Harbors Board's proposal to raise moorage fees by July 1.

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.

Principal candidates tout experience
The three candidates for the principal's job at Juneau-Douglas High School pointed to their experience during public interviews Tuesday in the school library.

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.

Lie detectors eyed to curb sex offenders
Sex offenders may be less tempted to rape or molest again if held accountable by lie detector tests this summer, state corrections officials hope.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

State seeks dismissal of school funding suit brought by parents, school groups
Parents and school groups have no business suing over the amount of money the Legislature gives schools, an assistant attorney general said Tuesday.

General: Missile system could stop North Korea attack today
The national missile defense system could stop an attack from North Korea today, despite consecutive test failures in recent months, the head of the ground-based missile defense program said Tuesday.

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