Thursday, March 23, 2006

Business Digest
Staff reports from the business community

Yakutat boys advance
The Yakutat High School boys basketball team advanced to its first state final since 1997 with a 63-52 win over Unalakleet on Wednesday at Sullivan Arena.

JDHS girls all business in win over Homer
As a theme for the Class 4A state girls basketball tournament, the Juneau-Douglas High School team chose "Taking Care of Business."

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.

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

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.

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

President's speech is 'deja vu all over again'
"We may face no greater challenge from a single country than from Iran."

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.

Crazy editorial on wolf control
Friends of Animals is an international, nonprofit, serious-minded animal advocacy organization based in Connecticut. Friends of Animals has many hundreds of Alaska members and another 200,000 nationwide.

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.

Virtual Jackpot
Freddy Anderson hopes to take a virtual jackpot he won Monday and turn it into a real jackpot later this week.

AK Mental Health Trust offers parcels across SE
The Alaska Mental Health Trust is putting up nearly 100 lots for sale in Southeast Alaska.

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

Photo: Health interests
Dr. Mark Moyad of the University of Michigan Medical Center's Department of Urology, was the featured speaker at the Men's Health Forum on Wednesday at Centennial Hall.

Tee Harbor skiff access in jeopardy
A popular skiff launch site at Tee Harbor may go to the highest bidder if the city does not negotiate a deal with Alaska Mental Health Trust, the city's lands manager said.

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.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

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.

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

Student recognitions
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding scholars

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.

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.

Vec Cabutin Cabrigas
Juneau resident Vec Cabutin Cabrigas, 73, died March 20, 2006, at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Bessie Weokoluk
Juneau resident Bessie Weokoluk, 86, died March 20, 2006, in Juneau.

Alaska editorial: Pebble open-pit mine is too risky
Here's why the proposed Pebble gold and copper mine is an unacceptable threat to Alaska's most productive and economically valuable fishery watershed:

My turn: Amending the state's constitution isn't easy
The framers of the Alaska Constitution wrote a document that was short and to the point.

My turn: Protecting the right to dissent
The U.S. Court of Appeals recently ruled that the principal of Juneau-Douglas High School violated Joseph Frederick's free speech rights when she punished him for holding a banner just outside school property reading "Bong Hits 4 Jesus."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Study finds Alaska villages that prohibit alcohol are safer
A study finds that villages that ban alcohol are significantly safer than those that don't and they have fewer serious assaults.

Rule would protect corals, seamounts
The National Marine Fisheries Service announced Wednesday a proposed trawling closure to protect coral under nearly 300,000 square nautical mile of Alaska waters.

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.

Coeur exec: Mine could face delays
Juneau's new Kensington Mine is in good financial shape but could face construction delays and difficulty maintaining its current work force if the federal government does not soon complete its review of the mine's major permits, the chief executive officer and president of the Coeur d'Alene Mines announced Wednesday.

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.

Lawmakers: More Exxon money
With the 17th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill approaching, some lawmakers are calling on Alaska's governor to claim an additional $100 million in damages caused by the spill.

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

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Sen. Ted Stevens says Alaska is on its own
Sen. Ted Stevens told the Alaska Legislature on Wednesday that the state stands to receive less federal funding in the future and should rely more on its own money generators.

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

Our Town?
The play "Bed Sheets" was conceived in Ketchikan, but could be talking about any Southeast Alaska town.

A Local Art Collector
When Tony Hand moved to Alaska in the late 1980s and started getting Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks in the mail, he decided it was time to start buying art.

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

Cinema Guide
what's playing at the box office?

Juneau's Cultural Loss
When Holy Trinity Episcopal Church completed its parish hall in 1956, the new space quickly became a popular venue.

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