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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Defensive driving is the course of action
This is in regards to Claude Epperson's March 15 letter to the editor. I don't think the state and local governments are out to get us. They are not secretly helping special interest groups as Epperson has stated, and they can't control the weather.

Presentation promises to be enlightening
I noticed on page A3 of last Sunday's Empire a small advertisement for a public presentation by Antonia Juhasz entitled "The economic invasion of Iraq: Why we are fighting a war for oil."

Amazed 'Bong Hits' reaches high court
What a horrible shock. A "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" banner was displayed by a high school prankster in Juneau.

Turn permanent fund into a mutual fund?
In regards to liquidating the Alaska Permanent Fund, let me offer some suggestions and remedies to the perceived problems.

Vote 'No' on Sealaska shareholder resolutions
Virgil Ward's letter of Jan. 31 brought up some important points about separating the resolutions to allow shareholders to vote separately on the "new Natives," elders stock and stock for left-outs.

Jesus wouldn't condone homosexual lifestyle
It was with frustration that I read the letters from Paul Grant, Wayne Gill and Jamison Paul last Wednesday bringing John Mielke (March 11) to task for his Victorian and fundamentalist-based views.

Children are our greatest asset
I understand our Legislature believes that Alaska classroom sizes should be smaller to provide quality education for our children.

D.C. writer doesn't understand Alaska
I take issue with Friday's letter to the editor from Michael A. McIntosh Sr. in which he states Alaska has a double standard on taxing.

Ask questions; it is empowering
Fellow citizens, to question is to empower your mind with understandings made more accurate. This makes your ability to pursue happiness greater. Consider these questions:

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

Coeur, environmentalists may try to negotiate
An appeals court announcement could bring together a mine company and the environmental groups who filed suit against a critical part of the company's Kensington Mine plan.

City wants extra $21.6 million for school
The Juneau Assembly hammered out details of the June 12 special election during a special meeting Monday night and debated how to ask voters to approve more spending for the $54 million-and-rising Thunder Mountain High School.

Photo: The art of mimicry
A snow sculpture, echoes the nearby "Founders of Juneau" memorial, left, near the Marine View building on S. Franklin Street. The "Founders of Juneau" sculpture was created by R.D. Robinson.

Clarifications
In the Neighbor's Digest on Friday, March 16, the names of the daylong courses offered at the Alaska Miners Association Spring Conference held Monday through Thursday this week were not listed.

Police & Fire
Police news was unavailable Tuesday. Please see the Juneau Empire on Thursday for a complete report.

Alaska company invests in farmed fish
A homegrown Southeast Alaska seafood company took some by surprise when it announced earlier this month it had bought farmed-fish plants in Chile.

Bone marrow donor, recipient's family connect in Juneau
Leonard Begaii was driving to work about six weeks ago in New Mexico when he got a phone call that changed his life.

Winter causes nearly 800 accidents
Police said Monday they had responded to 796 accidents since mid-November, during one of the snowiest winters in Juneau history.

Parents weigh in on controversial health curriculum
More than 100 people crowded into the Juneau-Douglas High School library for a Juneau School Board meeting Tuesday night to weigh in on a controversial K-12 curriculum that would include discussion of drug use, sex and homosexuality.

Pilot, city activist Musarra dies at 52
Larry Musarra, a lifesaving pilot, respected community activist and director of the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, has died in Washington state after a battle with cancer. He was 52.

Juneau snowfall inches toward all-time high
Juneau closed in on its snowiest winter ever Tuesday night, with four to eight inches expected by Wednesday morning, National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Ainsworth said.

Correction

Photo: Mail in a galaxy far, far away
Vanessa George, right, places letters in a specially painted mailbox Tuesday on South Franklin Street as costumed "Star Wars" fans Sandra Galeana, left, and Miranda Wilson look on.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events. To be included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Legislators mull plan for retirement
Gov. Sarah Palin is advocating changes to the state's retirement programs to deal with as much as $10 billion in unfunded liability.

Group discusses Southeast mining
Alaska's mining community is meeting in Juneau this week as part of an annual spring conference and trade show hosted by the Alaska Miners Association.

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

Photo: Community garage sale
Community Schools and Juneau-Douglas High School held their first annual Sourdough Pancake cook-off and community garage sale on Saturday, March 17, at JDHS.

Oldenburg and Danitz to wed
Coney Danitz, of Juneau, and Carrol Oldenburg, of Vancouver, B.C., will marry on Tuesday, April 10, 2007, Folk Festival Week, at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Neighbors Digest
BBBS holds cross-cultural communications training, Visiting author Antonia Juhasz speaks Thursday, Zach Gordon Youth Center offers spring break class, JAHC seeks artists for solo exhibit, Juried Art Show, JAHC seeks artists for solo exhibit, Juried Art Show, Adult softball registration is Wednesday at DZ.

Photo: Safe kids at Mendenhall River
Janet Henderson's first-grade class joins John Wray, coordinator of Kid Safe, on Saturday as he presents a $2,000 check from Bartlett Regional Hospital to Mendenhall River Community School.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for: helping make our marathon a success and hospitality during our hockey tourney.

Postema and Smith to wed
Jenny Leigh Postema, of West Michigan, and Gregory Allen Smith, of Juneau, will be married on March 24, 2007.

Marilyn Freymueller
Longtime Juneau resident Marilyn Freymueller died at home on March 19, 2007, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was 76.

John E. Feero
Former Juneau resident John E. Feero died March 13, 2007, while coming home from his Hawaiian vacation. He was 76.

My Turn: Bible is a book to be honored
A month or so back a letter to the editor appeared in the Juneau Empire attacking the credibility of the Bible by emphasizing Old Testament teaching.

My Turn: Vote 'Yes' on April 3 ballot
The Alaska Constitution clearly states that "all political power is inherent in the people."

Alaska editorial: Proposed state budget cuts are not so easy
Gov. Sarah Palin said in announcing $150 million in proposed budget cuts: "I am committed to working with the Legislature and the public to craft a budget that provides the services Alaskans expect and that is sustainable in the future."

Alaska editorial: Not very happy with ethics reform so far
Anyone who doubts the divide between fantasy and reality in the halls of the Capitol needs only to follow the ongoing struggle for meaningful ethics legislation.

Yakutat girls advance to semifinal round
The Yakutat High School girls basketball team advanced to the semifinal round of the Class 2A State Tournament on Tuesday after a 61-41 win over Tri-Valley in Anchorage.

Multifaceted Bears ready for tourney
When you stand 6 feet, 9 inches tall, it's kind of hard not to be the center of attention.

The race is on
The excessive snowfall in Juneau this month has caused both middle schools to cancel their track seasons because there is no place to run.

Juneau Parks and Recreation Co-Ed Volleyball Standings
Juneau Parks and Recreation Co-Ed Volleyball Standings

Morrison's 30 saves lift Winter Kings
Winter Kings goaltender Stephen Morrison stopped all 30 shots he faced to seal a 6-0 win over the Island Pub on Monday in a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier B game at Treadwell Arena.

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.

Juneau's Sarah Christianson to play Division I volleyball at Lehigh
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Sarah Christianson recently agreed to play NCAA Division I volleyball for Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Penn.

Musher won't face charges
As the last dog teams trickle across the finish line of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, organizers are working to quell the bad publicity generated by the disqualification of a top musher for dog abuse.

Senator weighs in on Gonzales
Embattled U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will soon be gone, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens predicted Monday.

Photo: Vying for free land
Sharon Warner, a recent transplant to Anderson from Boise, Idaho, signs her name to a plot of land Monday as Andy Archer, deputy mayor of Anderson, watches in city hall.

Northwest Digest
Coast Guard cutter sets channel buoys, Avalanche danger raised to 'extreme', Comment period for forest plan extended, Navy says it will not disclose sonar use, Motorists stuck on highway rescued.

Northwest Digest
Absentee voting period announced, Wildfire claims exceed $14 million, Fort Richardson soldier killed in Iraq & Feds open up another probe into Troha

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

Union leader: BP workers exhausted from too much overtime
Long hours are the norm at the Prudhoe Bay oil field, but veteran workers for field management company BP are exhausted from too much overtime and are concerned about the potential for fatigue-related accidents, a union leader said Tuesday.

War protester disrupts senator during speech
A war protester shouted down U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens when the Republican spoke of the war in Iraq during his annual address to Alaska lawmakers.

Stevens urges lawmakers to move on gas line
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens on Monday urged Alaska lawmakers to act this year on Gov. Sarah Palin's plan for a natural gas pipeline.

Stevens: Federal help is waning
Alaskans, facing the prospect of less federal funding, may have to pick up more of the costs of running the state, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens told the state Legislature on Monday.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation, and in the World.

Court probes student free speech limits
The Supreme Court dissected a Juneau teenager's sign Monday and tried to divine whether its "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" message was advocating drug use or just talking nonsense.

No wonder it's, like, called the high court and stuff
So maybe this is why all those figures in the Supreme Court friezes are wearing togas.As Ken Starr told the nine justices Monday why a student's "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" banner didn't qualify as free speech, the whole bunch of them sounded one toke over the line.

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