First National Bank donates assistance kits
Juneau - First National Bank Alaska has donated $1,500 toward providing free business assistance kits to Juneau Small Business Development Center clients in the coming year.

Kenai Peninsula fertilizer plant to operate at only 65 percent this year
Even with ramped up production, the Agrium fertilizer plant on the Kenai Peninsula will average only 65 percent this year.

Local physician opens weight management clinic
Juneau - John Krehlik, a local physician, has opened the Alaska Weight Management Clinic to assist significantly overweight people in achieving their health goals.

Washington state, cruise lines ink pact on wastewater
The state Department of Ecology has negotiated a voluntary agreement with cruise ship lines aimed at keeping the big ships from dumping wastewater in Washington's inland marine waters. But critics complain that the ships face negligible penalties for violating the deal.

DeSmet Music changes name to Full Circle Music
Juneau - DeSmet Music Studio changed its business name to Full Circle Music this year.

Fluoride is a dangerous fraud
I was pleased to see the fluoride issue being brought to the public's attention in the Juneau Empire, and to learn that City Manager Rod Swope is aware that it actually is a debatable issue.

Pressure authorities to solve murder case
About a year ago my dear friend Maggie Wigen was murdered in Tenakee Springs. It is extremely painful to realize that I will never have her come over to drink tea, go on a hike, or just hear her laugh at my stupid jokes. However, even more painful is realizing that Maggie's killer is walking around free and unrestricted.

Make planning school programs a priority
I want to thank Eric Fry for his excellent article in Sunday's Empire (3/14, "Big or Small? Which Works?"). The article highlights the importance of program planning before construction planning.

Fluoride issue belongs on the ballot
Your opinion article regarding fluoride is a typically narrow-minded, ad hominem attack on a serious issue. You provide no scientific evidence to back up your assertion. Your small-mindedness does a disservice to the people of this community.

Alaska Republicans want total power
Whether we like it or not, voters have given Alaska Republicans almost total power over everyone's valuables for the past 10 years. So, what's up with the Republicans coming up with $84.5 billion to keep schools afloat next year, only on the condition that the Democrats give up the smidgen of power they have?

Gov. Murkowski is a threat to jobs
It still has me stumped why there has been no response whatsoever when the governor's mouthpiece showed all of you in black and white print that by June he (the governor) would be getting rid of 200 state jobs.

Knowledge alone is no cure to racism
I am sure that education is a very valuable way of altering the thought process of some people. I wonder if knowledge alone will alter the motives of students that are displaying their true nature.

Legislators should reflect on violence
In reference to the incident reported in the March 7 Juneau Empire, and the March 14 Letter to the Editor by Julie Ward of Juneau, one should hope that the two esteemed legislators will embrace their public positions enough to bring good out of their evening of poor judgment.

Making Southeast into ghost towns
In an effort to keep up with the state's political issues, I have been browsing the Juneau Empire more frequently than I had in the past. It seems that our ongoing worry is our governor and his agenda. What is his agenda, exactly?

KTOO programmer fair
When Public Broadcasting comes to mind, it is rarely thought of as conservative programming. Nevertheless, when I approached Susan Fitzgerald, a program director at KTOO, my request for her to be "fair and balanced" by interviewing Jim Sedlak, founder and CEO of STOPP Int'l. ( STOPP stands for Stop Planned Parenthood) on Jan. 22, 2004, was, much to my surprise and pleasure, granted.

A good move to end financial abuse
State Education Commissioner Roger Sampson is headed in the right direction as he tries to tighten up state rules for "correspondence" schools.

Maggie Wigen's killer remains a threat
Maggie Wigen was my granddaughter and not a day goes by that I don't think of her and the fact that this human animal that ended her young life is still free to roam about and perhaps end some other person's daughter or granddaughter's life.

Ferry bashers can now blame Ketchikan
The pending move of the ferry system headquarters to Ketchikan will have one benefit - the ferry bashers will no longer be able to blame Juneau for all of the system's problems.

Couverden is welfare logging
Trees are one thing we are not short of in Southeast. I think we should all be building our homes out of local wood instead of importing lumber from down south. While I support logging I am concerned about government spending.

There's discrimination throughout Juneau
I would like to comment on the discrimination that has been evident for so many years.

Schools should teach ethnic cultures
I am an Alaska Native Tlingit & Haida Indian. I was born in Alaska and live in Juneau. Mr. Duff Mitchell's letter to the editor, "Understanding cultures reduces racism" is the most intelligent, sensible and appropriate letter regarding such a sensitive issue as racism. Any man with that much common sense, knowledge and understanding should be the governor of this great state.

Do city officials have dental insurance?
I'm fed up with people telling me how outrageous it was for city officials to quietly stop fluoridating our drinking water.

Tell lawmakers to support ferries
The term "subsidy" as applied to the Alaska Marine Highway System funding is a misnomer. There is no ferry subsidy any more than there is a school subsidy, a national defense subsidy, a highway and road subsidy or a weather forecasting subsidy. The AMHS is a public service like any other, paid for with public funds for the public good.

Around Town
Today:Valley Toastmasters meeting, 6:10 a.m. every Tuesday, Henry's Restaurant. Public invited. Details: Jim, 789-3074.

Around Town
Today: Low Impact Exercise, 10 a.m., Juneau Senior Center and Valley Senior Center. Details: 463-6175. Toddler Time, 10 a.m., downtown library. Toddler Time at the Mendenhall Valley library starts at 11 a.m. Details: 586-5303.

Eagle holding court
An eagle watches the action Monday on South Franklin Street while a flock of crows perches near the Mount Roberts Tramway.

New Sergeants
Juneau Police Department Chief Richard Gummow, center, introduces newly promoted Sergeants Kris Sell, left, and Ed Mercer during a promotion ceremony Monday at the police station.

For boat vendors, it has been a 'buying year'
As of 2 p.m. Sunday, Willie Harris and his boat dealership, Willie's Marine Inc., had sold nine boats during the Glacier Valley Rotary Boat show, March 19-21 at Centennial Hall.

Still a player
For Meagan Gleason, the future isn't so far away from her past.

Heavy traffic
Juneau Green Team's John Grummett is heavily guarded by Klawock's Jewel Walker, left, and Al Tagaban during the C bracket game Monday in the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament, sponsored by the Juneau Lions Club.

Marching to end discrimination
David Evenson, 13, holds his sign up high during a march in Juneau on Sunday that was part of the second annual Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Citizens call for openness in legislative discussions
Members of the public asked a legislative ethics committee Monday to adopt stronger rules to prevent legislation from being discussed behind closed doors.

Assembly OKs term limits for board members
Members of city boards and commissions will face a nine-year term limit, the Juneau Assembly decided Monday night.

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

McConnochie given award for business advocacy
Juneau consultant Peggy Ann McConnochie has been active in real estate organizations, politics, community events and the Juneau Chamber of Commerce. For her accomplishments, on Thursday she was named the Small Business Champion for Alaska by the National Federation of Independent Business.

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

Jimmie Ernest Rogers
Former Juneau resident Jimmie Ernest Rogers, 58, died March 14, 2004, at his home in Wasilla due to complications from cancer.

Vadra Fleek Boss
Former Juneau resident Vadra Fleek Boss, 65, died Jan. 15, 2004, in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, where she made her home for 20 years.

City dog panel is anti-dog, pretending to save wildlife
I have a hard time hiding my shock and dismay about the article, "Panel Proposes Changes in Leash Law." I could not believe that "the panel" would use the disguise of wildlife conservation to ban dogs from trails. Simply walking down any trail in Juneau is going to disturb wildlife. According to a study entitled "Wildlife responses to pedestrians and dogs" in the Wildlife Society Bulletin 29(1): 124-132, Miller, Knight and Miller found that off-leashed dogs had no more effect on birds than humans do without dogs. Does this mean we should think about banning humans from the trail to conserve wildlife?

If lawmakers do nothing, they're not defending your PFD check
This editorial ran in Thursday's Anchorage Daily News: Those Alaskans who believe that no action on Alaska's fiscal gap is a de facto defense of their yearly permanent fund dividend should think again.

Skagway girls edge Yakutat for region hoops title
KETCHIKAN - The Skagway High School girls basketball team kept its cool when it counted on Saturday night in Ketchikan, as the Panthers closed the Region V-Class 2A championship game on a 11-1 run to beat Yakutat 39-34, giving Skagway its first regional title in school history.

Gold Medal Boxscores
Gold Medal Boxscores

Cochran wins his second ski title
GIRDWOOD, Alaska - Jimmy Cochran knew he was getting a break when race favorite Bode Miller slipped on the opening run of the giant slalom Monday at the U.S. Alpine Championships.

Sports in Juneau
Today, March 23 • 58th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament - B Bracket: Hydaburg vs. Klawock, 5:30 p.m.; Yakutat ANB vs. Angoon ANB

In with the New to open C Bracket play
It was a little out with the old and in with the new in the Old Timer's division on Sunday, the opening day of the 58th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

McKoy, Rhea make Class 4A girls all-tourney team
Juneau's Tasha McKoy and Talisa Rhea were named to the Class 4A girls all-tourney team at last weekend's state basketball tournament in Anchorage.

Juneau girls basketball: 2004 state runners-up
Above, Juneau seniors Kendri Cesar, left, and Nicole Lupro, center, and junior Mary Rehfeld watch the action on the court late in Saturday's 58-38 loss to Dimond in the state final.

Pistons hand Cavaliers worst loss since All-Star break

Huna ANS solves Mystery Team
The first Gold Medal schedules called it the Mystery Team. But it didn't take long for Huna ANS to solve it.

Local Scores
local scores

Huna wins with D in 2-OT thriller
Down five points in the second overtime, Huna ANB turned to its defense to beat the Metlakatla Merchants.

Cochran, Kildow win slaloms at U.S. championships
GIRDWOOD, Alaska - One of America's first families of ski racing has another championship.

Green Team beats Klawock, advances to C Bracket semis
The Juneau Green Team earned a trip to the C Bracket semifinals after a decisive 78-71 victory over the Klawock New Timers on Monday at the Lions Club Gold Medal basketball tournament.

58th Gold Medal tourney tips off
Those Gold Medal Basketball Tournament fans who always wondered how a B Bracket team would do against an A Bracket squad got their answer Sunday. And the result? A B Bracket team can do quite well.

Hydaburg, Angoon earn state berths

Sports in Juneau
New Calender Items: Raincountry Flyfishers monthly meeting - Meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, at the Mendenhall River Community School library.

Assembly calls for postponing AMHS move
The Juneau Assembly wants the state to delay a plan to move the Alaska Marine Highway System headquarters to Ketchikan until economic and other studies are done.

Stevens Village tribal council purchases land for bison ranch
FAIRBANKS - The Stevens Village Tribal Council is planning to raise bison on 2,080 acres of land near Delta Junction.

Northwest Digest
Wire Reports

This Day in History
In Alaska:In 1910, President William Taft proclaimed the Sitka National Monument.

Biologists warn against giving food to hungry moose
KENAI - Emaciated moose, some of them starving, have been seen wandering the Kenai Peninsula in search of food along roadways. A few have dropped dead in residential areas.

Trappers net profit at Fairbanks fur auction
FAIRBANKS - Bethel students and others made a tidy profit at the Alaska Trappers Association fur auction, where they unloaded red fox pelts, bear hides and other animal furs.

New postmaster's dreams of Alaska are delivered
FAIRBANKS - Keith Coleman has come a long way from walking door-to-door delivering mail along his roughly seven-mile route in Kansas City, Mo.

New spin given to fund debate
As the House grapples with a way to win public support for using part of the $28 billion Alaska Permanent Fund to balance state spending, a key Senate Republican floated a more direct approach.

This Day in History
In Alaska: In 1927, the Sunny Point Cannery at Ketchikan was destroyed by fire.

Kenai Peninsula fertilizer plant to operate at only 65 percent this year
ANCHORAGE - Even with ramped up production, the Agrium fertilizer plant on the Kenai Peninsula will average only 65 percent this year.

Death of belugas may imperil subsistence hunt in Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE - Biologists say so many beluga whales died last year in upper Cook Inlet that Alaska Natives should forgo a subsistence hunt next summer.

State workers' contract talks stalled
Contract negotiations between the state and Alaska's largest collective bargaining unit have stalled and union business manager Jim Duncan is calling for negotiations to move from Juneau to Anchorage.

Alaska Digest
staff and Wire reports

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