Business Digest
Staff reports from the business community

It's not time to build the Gravina bridge
"Never!" is the answer to the editorial lifted from the Ketchikan Daily News into the Juneau Empire opinion page on March 7 - "Not now, not ever!"

An invitation
According to Webster's Dictionary the meaning of democracy is "government exercised either directly by the people or through elected representatives; rule by the majority."

Curb medical costs
The rising cost of medical care in Alaska can be fixed by getting rid of our state's Certificate of Need laws.

There was no 'undue influence'
I am a member of Tlingit-Haida who decided to vote as an absentee using a piece of paper presented to me by a candidate who is running for a position on the Tlingit-Haida Community Council. I have been following your news stories in the paper and am very concerned my right to vote is in jeopardy.

Not everyone is allowed to marry
It's always interesting to hear what an older Catholic man has to say about sex. Sid Heidersdorf, in his March 14 letter, lays down the well-tracked line, "... no sex before marriage."

George W.Bush violates rule of law
Ever since the Magna Carta, a fundamental part of British and American law is that rulers are constrained - that kings or prime ministers or presidents or governors are themselves subject to the rule of law.

Don't trust Northern Dynasty Minerals
I write to commend Sen. Ted Stevens for his recent thoughtful and courageous comments in opposition to the proposed Pebble gold and copper mine, which is, for many reasons, a really bad idea.

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

Juneau renovation projects rank high on state wish-list
Dave Newton has watched Auke Bay Elementary School change during his 13 years as principal.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Mad Hot Classroom
At Glacier Valley Elementary School, girls are wearing dresses, boys are clamoring to wear ties and the codes of dance-floor etiquette are trickling into everyday classroom behavior.

Playing with thick ice
Imagine going to an art gallery and watching the sculptures melt, marble dripping down Michelangelo's Pieta like tears or Rodin's Thinker shrinking slowly in the sun.

Photo: Handy hand-warmer
Sharon Tally helps load students onto the Eaglecrest Ski Area's platter pull with one hand while keeping the other warm with a cup full of hot chocolate.

Photo: Advocating disability funding
Members of the Key Coalition rally Wednesday in front of the Capitol. The group gathered in Juneau to advocate for disability funding from the Legislature.

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

Police seek shooting suspect
Police have obtained an arrest warrant charging a 21-year-old man with four felonies relating to a drive-by shooting that occurred Sunday morning on Jennifer Drive in the Mendenhall Valley.

Living in the cross hairs
A rift is growing between hunters and homeowners who fear someone is going to get seriously injured if nothing changes at Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Frigid weather
Larry Streubek walks past icicles Wednesday along South Franklin Street. Streubek goes on his daily walk "no matter what the weather."

Neighbors helping neighbors: Helping Hands
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Neighbors mailbox
A special thank you from the residents and staff of Wildflower Court to Stephen and Bonnie Pennoyer, for their endless support and assistance to our mission.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Food for Life: Artichokes in the slow food lane
While winter has only just begun to loosen it's icy grip here in Juneau, a visit to the produce section of any local grocery store will provide you with harbingers of Spring. One sure sign of Spring is the appearance of artichokes in the produce case.

Knowing South Franklin, Front streets
I want to write a series of stories about our waterfront, in particular of some of the people who have lived and worked there over the last 126 years and of people who are neighbors today.

News about the people you know

A new generation of artists
Charcoal drawings, multimedia work, watercolor and traditionally inspired Native pieces made up just some of the nearly 200 pieces of local art that livened the Nugget Mall on Saturday and Sunday.

Franklin See Jr.
Lifetime Hoonah resident Franklin Nicholaia See Jr., 57, died March 14, 2006, of natural causes in Hoonah.

Irene J. Austin
Former Juneau resident Irene J. Austin, 77, died March 7, 2006, at the Pioneers' Home in Sitka, with her son and grandson by her side.

Alaska editorial: Arctic refuge critics mischaracterized exploration support
To read the special-interest objections to even discussing the concept of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, one would think the only people in favor of drilling were a select group of specific special interests that would especially benefit.

My turn: Holy Trinity was a special second home
Between 1940 and 1970 my family was active in Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, the historic and beautiful church that burned to the ground Sunday in Juneau.

My turn: The state didn't pull a fast one on ferries
Once again, we in the Murkowski administration must take exception to misinformed editorial comment from the Juneau Empire.

My turn: State refuses to answer our questions
Long Island is the backyard and food pantry for Hydaburg and for many others in the area, including Ketchikan.

Alaska editorial: Alaskans should have chance to participate in oil tax deliberations
The scene Friday afternoon on Gavel to Gavel Alaska, the public service programming that shows the activities of the Alaska Legislature, wasn't good.

Kake boys capture 2A regional crown
It was only natural that the Class 2A Southeast Conference boys basketball championship came down to a battle of the top two seeds.

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

King reigns over the trail
Salem curled up beneath Nome's burled spruce arch, a ring of yellow roses around his neck.

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.

Rain can't stop the Glacier Swim Club at regional meet
Juneau's Glacier Swim Club came to Phoenix looking to break some records and place in the top 16 at the Western Region Section Championships on March 8-12.

Antitrust lawyer says big oil is blocking gas line
An antitrust lawyer working for the Alaska Gasline Port Authority says big oil producers have kept natural gas prices high in the Lower 48 by illegally blocking North Slope gas development.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Oil industry cries foul at tax proposal
Alaska's biggest oil companies reacted strongly Wednesday against a tax proposal they see as a shortsighted money grab by state government that may ultimately speed the decline of the North Slope's oil fields.

Search for missing fishermen will resume
The Alaska State Troopers plan to resume searching for Juneau fisherman Rick Nebert and his crewman, Matthew Young of Sitka, who have been missing since their boat disappeared after a brief mayday call off Admiralty Island a week ago.

Oil company's ads oppose higher taxes
ConocoPhillips is taking the debate over raising Alaska's oil taxes to the airwaves with the message that such a change would discourage investment and do other harm to the industry.

Committee to consider tax rate today
The Alaska House Resources Committee on Thursday took a crack at some bold changes to the governor's oil tax bill, including one that would save the state $300 million over the next seven years.

Cold Ordeal
A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka helicopter braved near-minimum flight conditions to hoist an injured climber to safety from a peak near Petersburg Tuesday afternoon.

Photo: Icy conditions
Skipper Rod Schneider stands next to the ice-covered fishing boat Amatuli at Thomsen Harbor on Wednesday in Sitka.

Supplemental spending package headed for the House
A fast-track supplemental spending bill is headed for the Alaska House - about $25 million leaner than when it was first introduced by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

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

A conundrum: You say Capitol, I say capital, but which is correct?
The Alaska Capitol is in Juneau, while the capital of Alaska is Juneau.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Legislation aims to help curb bullying
It may be the school bullies who have to watch their backs in 2007.

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

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

'Don Giovanni' comes together despite setbacks
Based on the legend of Don Juan and written by the Viennese composer Wolf-gang Amadeus Mozart, "Don Giovanni" is considered one of the greatest operas ever written.

Cinema Guide
what's playing at the box office

'Hair' gets a new 'do:
The free-love rock-musical "Hair" has never had much of a linear story since it premiered in October 1967, and that's much of its point. It was anti-establishment, anti-structure and anti-musical, and its anti-plot bounced from scene to scene to reflect the hazy, desperate, scattered spirit of the times.

Playwright Sam Shepard's 'Fool for Love' portrays a surreal West
Like many of Sam Shepard's plays, his 1983 "Fool for Love" includes a very real depiction of the American West with a surreal twist.

BRAVE Monkey to play Alaskan
The four-piece band BRAVE Monkey began as an experiment two years ago, but has gradually evolved into a constant presence around town.

news of local arts

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