Thursday, March 22, 2007

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.

Police sketches aren't very helpful
The police sketches that were released on March 15 of the two suspects accused of sexual assault were absolutely ridiculous. Where exactly are we supposed to be looking for these guys? Mars?

Juneau snow crews can only do so much
While reading Claude Epperson's March 15 letter to the editor titled "Juneau Drivers are being set up," I at first thought it was a satire. The more I read, I found he was quite serious.

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.

The Bible says a lot more than some think
Mike Shakespeare's letter in Monday's Juneau Empire exhorts us to vote "Yes" on religious grounds in the April 3 advisory vote on same-sex benefits for state workers.

Government was not founded on religion
In regards to Mike Shakespeare's letter in Monday's Juneau Empire, "Opposing homosexuality on religious grounds," our government is not a religious one.

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.

Should we begin stoning people?
In response to Mike Shakespeare's letter in the March 19 Juneau Empire, I would like to reference the texts he uses to validate his argument and chastise people who are living healthy and natural lives, undeserving of such ridicule.

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."

Avalanche risk high as city hits record
Juneau set a seasonal snowfall record Wednesday as officials warned of extreme avalanche danger and set up a temporary shelter for people who wanted to move out of danger zones.

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.

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.

Business Digest
Two Crow Gallery to close March 30, Alaskan Brewing Co. launches new beer, Launch parties were held March 16 in various Juneau bars.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo: Pulling for victory
Lorenzo Malacas, left, and Manuel Guillen, right, both 11-year-old students at Riverbend Elementary School, compete in the stick pull Wednesday during the Native Youth Olympics at Mendenhall River School.

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

School budget in limbo
A $63.15 million draft budget approved this week by the Juneau School Board will be left on the table until the Alaska Legislature decides how much it will spend on education.

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

Snowmobile club seeks Eaglecrest land access
The Juneau Snowmobile Club wants more room to ride and is proposing to use Eaglecrest Ski Resort to expand its playground.

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

Correction

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

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.

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

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

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.

Steve McCarthy
Former Juneau resident Steve McCarthy, died Feb. 27, 2007, at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, surrounded by family. He was 43.

My turn: The truth about Pebble 'truth'
Why is it that when something happens in my neighborhood, everyone wants to speak up and try to influence what happens?

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.

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.

Alaska editorial: Congress deserves praise for reforms
This editorial appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

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

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.

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.

Yakutat boys, girls 2A basketball teams roll

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.

JDHS cheer team takes 2nd at state
The Juneau-Douglas High School cheer team came so close to winning the state coed cheerleading competition it was given a first-place trophy with its team picture on it.

Sports in Juneau

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.

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.

State puts bounty on wolves to boost predator control
The state is offering incentives for people who kill wolves in an effort to boost Alaska's predator control program, which so far has failed to meet expected numbers.

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.

Gas companies begin discussions on pipeline
At least one natural gas company unabashedly supports Gov. Sarah Palin's plan to build a natural gas pipeline and ultimately transport trillions of cubic feet of North Slope reserves to market.

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

FBI probes pressure on oil regulators
The FBI is investigating whether Alaska political appointees improperly punished state regulators who tried to enforce environmental rules against oil companies operating in Alaska, according to people contacted by investigators.

Two British sailors die in sub explosion
Two British sailors were killed in an explosion aboard a Royal Navy nuclear-powered submarine in the Arctic Ocean. Another injured crewmember was evacuated to Anchorage, officials said Wednesday.

Photo: Eagle view
Bald eagles sit Monday on trolling poles on boats in ANB Harbor in Sitka. Birds are lining the harbors and shores, waiting for the arrival of spawning herring.

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.

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

Northwest Digest
Palin cools support of port authority, Death spurs closure of homes for elderly & Annual tundra swan migration under way

Palin asks Legislature to give up some power to get gas line
Last year the Alaska Legislature spent months debating Gov. Frank Murkowski's gas line proposal without approving it.

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