Wednesday, March 22, 2006

3A/4A State Basketball Tournament

Lena Loop project is fuzzy thinking
Affordable housing is needed in Juneau. That's a given.

Oppose Pebble Mine
For thousands of years, Alaska's Bristol Bay fishery has not only helped sustain hundreds of Alaska Native generations, but has contributed billions of dollars to our state and national economy.

It's time to end Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood is anything but an objective information source regarding human sexual reproduction.

Amendment is about money, not marriage
Instead of debating a marriage amendment, let's change the state law and allow domestic partners to get benefits regardless of whether they are married or not.

Support access
I enjoy reading the Juneau Empire's editorials even though I live in Colorado.

Contraceptive option should be available
While I disagree that education promotes promiscuity (Sidney D. Heidersdorf's letter to the editor on March 14), there is another, perhaps larger issue embedded in that letter.

Current exemption easier to administer
This letter is in response to "Some suggestions for the city," a letter to the editor by Pamela Finley on March 14.

Impressed with ecumenical cooperation
With the tragic fire at Holy Trinity church, I was impressed with the truly Christian-Alaskan response of the Catholic Church to offer the use of their cathedral to the Episcopal parishioners for their services.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Men's health lecture: Fad diets don't fit with nutrition needs
Don't believe "fad diet" hype, advises a nutritionist who is in Juneau to break down eating fact and fiction tonight at a men's forum.

Photo: Up on the roof
Pete Abrams of Silverbow Construction uses a crane Tuesday to lower debris from the old roof of the Dimond Court House.

Panel backs existing refuge hunting regs
The Assembly Lands Committee will recommend the city make no changes to a firearms ordinance that homeowners near the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge say leaves them at risk.

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

Marshal calls fire at church suspicious
Investigators consider the fire that destroyed Holy Trinity Episcopal Church suspicious in nature, Juneau Fire Marshal Rich Etheridge said Monday.

Brewery seeks land to expand
The Assembly Lands Committee will advise the Assembly to grant an Alaska Brewing Co. request for first rights to build on a 20-acre parcel of land in the Lemon Creek gravel pit.

School budget cut and passed
The Juneau School Board approved a tentative two-year budget Tuesday night, cutting the number of teachers, increasing class sizes and dropping specialty positions aimed at curbing the dropout rate.

Student recognitions
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding scholars

This I Believe: The necessity of compassion
I believe in the power of determination and the necessity of compassion. My parents were good Irish Catholics from the north of Boston.

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks, neighbor

Photo: Learning to be a leader
From left to right, Shar Fox, Gail Smith, Rebecca Burns, Martha Crow and Dorothy Palmer learn from Juneau School District Indian Studies instructor and artist Goldie Barr, far right, during a docent training workshop March 4 at the Alaska State Museum.

Emma Fannie Horton
Skagway resident Emma Fannie Horton, 86, died March 15, 2006, at Bartlett Memorial Hospital in Juneau.

Terry Clifford Mason
Skagway resident Terry C. Mason, 62, died March 12, 2006, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau.

Brent Stubblefield
Former Juneau resident Brent Alden Stubblefield, 47, died March 12, 2006, surrounded by his family in Vancouver, Wash., after a short battle with cancer.

My turn: Oil invests big in AK politics
After watching the legislative hearings on Gov. Murkowski's bill that would completely restructure our oil and gas taxing system, I am baffled by the fact that certain legislators are arguing that we must pass this as is, right now, without amendment, or risk scuttling the governor's gas pipeline deal.

My Turn: Why shred American values?
I was a kid in the 1950s, growing up in the afterglow of the Second World War.

Alaska editorials: Expand Native corporation rolls
Sen. Lisa Murkowski's bill to allow Native corporations to issue new shares of stock to Alaska Natives born after the land claims settlement act in 1971 is right for the corporations and for Natives who weren't here to qualify for those first shares.

Alaska editorials: Bush shouldn't slash rural sanitation projects
For the second year in a row, President Bush wants to slash funding for drinking water and sanitation projects in rural Alaska by 75 percent.

My Turn: Empire failed to mention Native hunting exemption
In traditional Tlingit culture the hunting of seals, Tsaa, was taught to hunters by their uncles. Protocols taught young hunters the proper way to hunt seals to prevent wastefulness and to respect the resource.

Letter to the sports editor
Basketball not the only competition at Region V. News flash! There were actually other Juneau-Douglas High School participants at the Region V Basketball Tournament, in addition to our awesome basketball teams.

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.

It's a Kake walk after early deficit
The Kake High School boys basketball team rallied from an early 14-point deficit to nip Tikigaq 64-61 on Tuesday at the Class 2A State Tournament at Service High School.

Juneau's Urata and Felix place second at West region meet
The Juneau Aurora Knights synchronized swimming club opened the spring competition season in stunning fashion last week.

Econ report: Expect drop in visitors
The numbers of cruise ships and passengers coming to Southeast Alaska waters are expected to dip slightly this summer, the Juneau-based McDowell Group said in an economic overview presented at the Southeast Conference on Tuesday.

Officials note Alaska's role in bird flu detection
As migrating birds return to Alaska this spring, the state will become a focal point in federal efforts to detect the arrival of a potent form of bird flu on U.S. shores.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Expert: Blueberries ripen into business
Boosting rural economies in Southeast Alaska may be as easy as picking berries.

Images from another time: People's governor, 1974
The late Gov. William Egan attends a Cabinet meeting at the Capitol in 1974. Egan, a Democrat born in Valdez, was the state's first governor. He was known for his amazing memory, common touch and working around the clock at the Capitol.

Valdez Spill Anniversary
Friday marks 17 years since the Exxon Valdez tanker ran aground in Alaska's Prince William Sound and caused the worst oil spill in the nation's history.

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

BP mulls feds order on spills
BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. is reviewing a federal order that calls for sweeping changes in response to the record crude oil spill on Alaska's North Slope, a company spokesman said Tuesday.

Lawmakers seek to set aside $600 million before it's spent
The Alaska House Finance Committee is set to add a $600 million savings plan to a fast-track supplemental spending bill.

Lawmakers: Clear way for tourist tax
An Alaska lawmaker wants to be sure a proposed statewide cruise ship tax referendum is legal, and is asking Congress to clarify its position on the matter.

Senate OKs bill to allow fishermen multiple permits
The Alaska Senate voted 17-2 Monday to allow commercial salmon fishermen holding two permits to obtain additional fishing privileges from the state Board of Fisheries.

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

State to take Craig murder case to higher court
Rachelle Waterman left a Juneau courtroom Monday, still in limbo. Juneau Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins stood by her decision to dismiss the seven-count indictment charging the 17-year-old Craig girl with murder and conspiracy in the November 2004 slaying of her mother, 48-year-old Lauri Waterman.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Tongass timber plan revision to use 1982 rules
The Tongass National Forest has received federal approval to use a previous version of agency rules to correct its forest plan, Tongass supervisor Forrest Cole announced Tuesday in Juneau.

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