Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Alaska needs the mining industry
As a mining engineering student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and avid outdoorswoman raised in Juneau, I am a protector of the environment.

Odd choice on Our Alaska
As a registered voter of the great state of Alaska, I watched, with interest, a recent edition of Our Alaska with guest Joel Gilbertson.

Juneau needs road to retain capital
Juneau can be a town without a road, but Juneau cannot remain the capital of Alaska without a highway.

How big does funding outcry have to be?
After a heroic effort on the part of Alaska Kids Count! and others across the state, school funding is still getting the short end of the legislative stick.

Free ferry access for constituents
It's time to get back to a real access issue. A Lynn Canal road, even if desirable, is 10-15 years in the future.

War reports no longer rate as news
Coverage of the Iraq war has faded from the Juneau Empire and most media outlets in the United States.

Check your facts on the Juneau road
In the March 14 paper there was a letter from a Juneauite expressing concern that the anti-road (Juneau-Skagway) advocates were spreading disinformation, and asked them to "please stick to the facts."

A loyal fan
Hoonah basketball fan emeritus Sam Hanlon, 78, cheers on the Huna ANB team as it plays Kake Tlingit Heat on Monday in second- day action of the 59th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Regulators report sea lions will be OK
Federal regulators said Monday the proposed Kensington Mine would disrupt Steller sea lions in Berners Bay but wouldn't jeopardize the species.

Elders help USFS make over book on Tlingit food
When the U.S. Forest Service approached Southeast Alaska elders about how to revise a booklet on Tlingit food, the elders asked that "subsistence" not appear in the title.

Planners approve multi-unit housing in Valley subdivision
Rob Worden is hoping to have seven homes to sell in the Nature's Edge subdivision this fall, and neighbors seem to prefer his construction plans to the one they bought into.

State won't use Harmon disclosures
Prosecutors have agreed not to use statements that James Harmon allegedly made to an undercover state trooper when they try Harmon next month for the 2003 killing of Tenakee Springs resident Maggie Wigen.

Two boys in post-game fight face possible charges
Juneau police are recommending that prosecutors charge two teenagers with disorderly conduct after an alleged Friday night attack on a Ketchikan High School basketball player.

Coast Guard sets limits to ship approach
To protect cruise ships from terrorist attacks, the U.S. Coast Guard proposes new rules to prevent other boats from closely approaching the ships in Alaska waters.

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

Assembly panel says no to Alaska Club pool
Thanks, but no. The Juneau Assembly Committee of the Whole unanimously declined the Alaska Club's offer to build a community pool in Mendenhall Valley.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

House, Senate give road thumbs up
The Alaska Legislature rushed Monday to vote on a resolution supporting the construction of a 68.5-mile highway skirting East Lynn Canal to connect Juneau and Skagway.

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

Capitol designer is awarded prestigious architecture prize
Some Alaskans' taste in architecture got affirmation Sunday.

Hoops smackdown
Yakutat's Nate Endicott, left, does a high kick Tuesday as he battles Metlakatla's Chevy Cook for a rebound in a B Bracket losers' bracket game at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Twenty feet in the air
The Marie Drake Junior High School basketball team leaps for joy as the Cubs take the lead against archrival Floyd Dryden to win the round-robin Southeast Alaska junior high school girls basketball tournament in January 1984 at Floyd Dryden gymnasium.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Foes debate head tax for cruise ships
A representative of the cruise ship industry said Alaskans would harm their economy if they approve a citizens' initiative to tax passengers.

Deyell and Cole marry
Juneau resident Barb Deyell and Tyler Cole of Wrangell were married March 12 in Alexandria, Minn.

Juneau churches hold Holy Week services
News of local religious services

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Photo: Crime Line donation
Crime Line recently received a $1,000 donation from the Public Safety Employees Association.

Drink from your spiritual well
We live in an incredible world. The diversity of land, nature and people who live on Planet Earth has always amazed me.

Jardel and Dalman to wed
Jennifer E. Jardel of Eagle River and Gerrit H. Dalman of Juneau will be married May 14, 2005, at the Susitna Club on Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Thomas R. Fallis
Juneau resident Thomas (Tom) R. Fallis Sr., 66, died March 9, 2005, in Federal Way, Wash.

My turn: Private marinas may be one way to pay for upkeep, avoid harbor hell
In the summer of 2000 I sailed my 47-foot Swan from Hood Canal to Juneau.

Outside editorial: Price of gas doesn't justify ANWR drilling
The dumbest argument in favor of drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is that gas prices are too high. The simple fact is that opening up the refuge won't change prices by one penny.

Alaska editorial: 'Revolving door' law for state workers is too lax
Alaska supposedly has a law preventing state workers from jumping right into jobs with an employer who was in a position to benefit from their official state actions.

My Turn: Road would ruin the Lynn Canal wilderness
Why don't I want a road? Well, if you asked me as a teenager I would have said build the road. A couple years ago maybe I would have been on the fence. Now, after building my kayak and paddling from downtown Juneau, through the Gastineau Channel, past Auke Bay, out to Echo Cove, across Berners Bay, and up Lynn Canal to Mud Bay in Haines, I say no way. It took me a year of work to build a kayak. It took about a week to paddle to Haines.

My Turn: Time to start managing city's waste, not just move it around
Yesterday I was placing a sandwich into a plastic sandwich bag for today's lunch when I recalled reading recently that, since Waste Management has decided a new incinerator would not be profitable, all of Juneau's garbage is now being piled up at the Lemon Creek dump on the edge of the Juneau wetlands.

My turn: Evolution of university land-grab bill is shameful
Movie producer Quentin Taratino should film his next sequel here in Alaska, "Kill Bill 130".

Yakutat knocks Metlakatla out of B Bracket
Playing in the losers' bracket, Yakutat played with a heightened sense of urgency in Tuesday's 74-66 victory over Metlakatla in B Bracket action in the 59th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Defense, fleet feet power Imperial
Juneau Imperial flexed its might Monday afternoon, beating Sitka BDK 79-43 in the opening round of the 59th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament's Women's Bracket.

Juneau Hangar Green Team hangs on to beat Kake LAB
The Juneau Hangar Green Team dug a deep hole for Kake LAB, but Kake almost was able to climb out of it during Juneau's 85-80 victory Monday in C Bracket winners' bracket action in the 59th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

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.

Photo: Face of a fan
Carly Cummings of Party Zone, left, holds a mirror for Kyrsten Skan, 4, to see her airbrushed face painting Sunday while attending the 59th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament with her sister, Alex, 14, and mother, Yvonne, at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Photo: Dance debuts
Juneau-Douglas High School Dance Team members Ramie Carlson, above left, and Sofia Tenney perform during last Saturday's adjudication at the JDHS main gym.

Juneau Masters stay alive in C
The Alaska Native Veterans of Juneau fought a valiant battle Tuesday evening in the 59th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament's C Bracket, but couldn't fend off the offensive attack of the Juneau ANB Masters.

Utah Jazz hand L.A. Lakers their sixth straight loss
Not even 43 points from Kobe Bryant could stop the Los Angeles Lakers' playoff stretch tailspin.

Huna ANB shows no mercy in B Bracket
On paper, Monday's B Bracket matchup between Huna ANB and Kake Tlingit Heat promised to be a barnburner for fans at the 59th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

P.O.W. women return with win
The perennial powerhouse Prince of Wales women returned to Gold Medal Basketball Tournament play Tuesday with a win.

Athletes, performers earn region awards
Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball players Mary Rehfeld, Kate Potter and Talisa Rhea were named to the Southeast-Class 4A girls all-conference team last weekend after the Crimson Bears won their fourth straight region title.

Gold Medal boxscores
Updates of the Gold Medal Basketball tournament

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.

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

Senate moves education funding bill
Over objections from Democrats, the state Senate gave preliminary approval Monday to a bill linking a $70 million increase in education funding with retirement reform legislation.

Why deer cross the road
A Sitka blacktailed deer jumps a guardrail last week along a road in Petersburg.

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

Canadian firms look for diamonds in Susitna Valley
Two Canadian companies have turned up a rare find in Alaska: diamonds.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Panel reaches compromise on spending bill
A House and Senate conference committee on Tuesday worked out a compromise to a supplemental spending bill that totals more than $1 billion - $940 million of which would come from the state's general fund.

Disabled ship taken under tow
A Coast Guard cutter took under tow Tuesday a commercial fish processing ship with 204 people aboard that had been adrift in the Gulf of Alaska.

Fishing processor goes adrift after losing steering power
A commercial fish processing ship with 204 people on board was drifting in the stormy waters of the Gulf of Alaska Monday after its steering system failed, the Coast Guard said.

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