Thursday, March 17, 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.

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.

Headline was harsh
The news of the death of Coach Richey was difficult on many levels for his family and friends, especially his students and the athletes who cared deeply for him.

Ferry rides expensive
To take a family of four and the minivan from Juneau to Skagway and back is anywhere from $600 to $650, depending on which ferry you take.

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.

Wealthy pay taxes, too
In response to the Social Security article by Janet Kussart, it's too bad that Janet only had comment on such a narrow focus and didn't address the whole story.

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.

Douglas Condo fire rekindles
A Douglas condominium fire that damaged four units Wednesday morning rekindled and destroyed them early today, Juneau fire officials said.

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.

Road would change the landscape of recreation
When Scott Foster dips his kayak in the ocean, the whole point is to escape from Juneau's road system.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Out of the wild
Skagway construction worker Buddy True is keenly aware of the physical divide between his little town and the state capital.

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

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.

Drowned kayaker mourned by restaurant co-workers
Employees at Hangar on the Wharf restaurant are mourning 30-year-old colleague Peter Barrett's death after he was found drowned near his overturned kayak Tuesday afternoon north of Douglas Island.

Pregnant women in Skagway want road
Laurie Magee of Skagway wants a road to Juneau, not just for herself but for the baby she's expecting in August.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Skagway man's medical ordeal prolonged by lack of highway
Late in the afternoon on Sunday, Feb. 27, White Pass & Yukon Railroad employee Kevin Greaser inadvertently became the poster boy for Skagway's pro-road contingent.

Fire at Douglas condos displaces five residents
Firefighters suspect that a possibly overloaded extension cord sparked a blaze in a condominium unit, leaving five people homeless and knocking out power to much of Douglas Island on Wednesday morning.

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

Student recognition
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth achievments

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

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

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.

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.

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

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.

My turn: A few lay the groundwork for preserving Native culture
My grandfather John Hope said that the old Alaska Native Brotherhood always sustained itself when only two, three, or four people worked hard to keep the organization going. And then the villages would offer support by chipping in and donating what they could, giving sometimes dollar gold coins, $5 or even $100. Then the word would spread from village to village, by boat, before there were float planes.

My turn: Remembering Coach Richey as a gym teacher
B ack when gym class was more than just one and a half credits required for graduation, back before you ran the countless laps of the mile, back then gym class was what everyone looked forward to in the long days of childhood.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

2005 Juneau Parks and Rec Co-Ed Volleyball
Recreational Volleyball league standings

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.

Sports Briefs
Staff reports of sporting events

Sorlie claims his second Iditarod crown
A Norwegian firefighter traversed one of the slushiest trails ever, dropping half his dog team along the way, to win a four-way surge to the finish line Wednesday in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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.

The most senior Crimson Bear
It could be said that Juneau girls basketball player Mary Rehfeld is a seventh-year senior.

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

Haines girls defeat Craig
What a difference a year has made for the Haines girls basketball team.

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

With bye, Juneau boys wait to see who they'll face
To bye or not to bye - that is the question.

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.

Indiana outpaces Utah
Stephen Jackson kept finding himself with open looks. And though he wasn't connecting with any regularity, he kept shooting.

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.

Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Polls
The lastest SE Polls and previous state hoops champions

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.

Ididtarod Winners
Results from Iditarod 2005 as well as years gone by

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

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

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.

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

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.

Man-made molehill
Doug Buchanan, president of the Alaskan Alpine Club, walks Monday among the ice at the base of what was John Reeves' ice tower along the Steese Highway north of Fairbanks.

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.

Angoon father, son apparently drowned
A father and son who failed to return to Angoon from halibut fishing Tuesday were found dead Wednesday afternoon south of the community.

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.

Senate approves ANWR drilling
A closely divided Senate voted Wednesday to approve oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge, a major victory for President Bush and a stinging defeat for environmentalists who have fought the idea for decades.

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.

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what's happening
Entertainment events around Juneau

12x12: Juneau artists create a work in progress
You may have come across Patrick Ripp and Stacey Eldemar's artistic visions in the Gold Creek Basin or at Outer Point. For the last year and a half, the Juneau artists have been playing with nature's patterns, a la environmental sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, star of the 2001 documentary "Rivers and Tides."

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