Thursday, March 24, 2005

Preserve beauty
In response to Tony Woodrow's letter to the editor, I would like to say that it's not all about the convenience of people.

It's called politics
Lew Williams' rummaging around some of Alaska's past is but one view, for all meaningful history is an interpretation of events, always by a biased eye toward one's own perception of values and meanings gleaned from personal experiences.

Keep it Alaskan
Peter Warren's accusations that my letter on March 7 was inaccurate seems to follow the same methodology he's accusing me of in the first place.

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.

Bridge is a waste
The biggest con job is being put on the American taxpayers by Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, and Gov. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska.

Build the road
I'm in favor of Preferred Plan 2 with reliable ferry service. We will always need consistent, year-round ferry service between Juneau, Haines and Skagway.

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.

We'll sing the anthem
Your article about the huge effort of the National Association for Music Education to teach citizens the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner" states that the campaign enlists the aid of teachers and lawmakers, with Laura Bush as honorary chairperson.

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.

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.

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

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.

Program raises awareness for seniors
An 83-year-old man closed his bank account but later accused the bank of stealing his money.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

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.

Road work affects business
Juneau's reconstruction of Seward Street has uprooted not only rotten water pipes but also one downtown shop, according to a business owner.

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.

Course offered for baby sitters
Seven Juneau girls taking an American Red Cross of Alaska baby-sitting class this week practiced all sorts of skills, from diapering to dislodging a choking object.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Juneau churches hold Holy Week services
News of local religious services

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Gregory Lee Goodwin
Gregory Lee Goodwin, 54, died March 11, 2005, at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

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

Nick George Nelson
Juneau resident Nick George Nelson, 81, died March 19, 2005, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage.

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

Emerenciana Barril
Former Juneau resident Emerenciana Balcorta Barril, 82, died March 3, 2005, in Baguio City, Philippines.

My turn: Government as nanny, coach and teacher
Earlier this month when a well-meaning House budget committee voted to give $21 million to government radio and television, I winced because my constituents' money would again be spent on an unnecessary government function.

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.

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".

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.

Empire editorial: No call for killing the black wolf
It is regrettable that the Mendenhall Lake wolf - a fixture of Juneau's wildlife scene for two years now - is now in some people's crosshairs. The black wolf that has grown increasingly brave as observers have crowded it has reportedly killed a beagle.

Gold Medal boxscores
Updates of the Gold Medal Basketball tournament

Kake LAB still in the running in C
It's a long road to the top when a team is playing through the loser's bracket, but Kake LAB players see no reason to pace themselves.

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.

SportsBriefs
News of local sporting events

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.

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.

Haines Merchants win with D
For years, the Haines Merchants were the ultimate run-and-gun team in the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament's B Bracket.

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.

Sitka squads advance in Women's Bracket games
Sitka squads stayed alive Wednesday in Women's Bracket losers' bracket games at the 50th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Fink is no fluke in Roughhouse boxing
Daniel "The Animal" Fink solidified his role as one of the top heavyweight contenders for April's Southeast Showdown with a knockout victory over Byron "Machine Gun" Jack in the main event of last week's Roughhouse Friday boxing event at Marlintini's Lounge.

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.

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.

Arctic Lights open strong in A
The faces may change from year to year, but there's one constant for the Arctic Lights basketball team in the Gold Medal tourney - winning.

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.

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.

Former Sitka players share Gold Medal memories
Over the last 59 years, the Juneau Lions Club's Gold Medal Basketball Tournament has provided an annual display of basketball talent from across Southeast Alaska and beyond.

Measure would halt corporate income tax cuts
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Wednesday filed a bill to eliminate new tax breaks for oil and gas, fishing, mining and other industries operating in the state.

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.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

White House expert: Pot is dangerous
A White House official on Wednesday testified to marijuana's dangers during the second hearing of a bill that aims to criminalize Alaskans' possession of more than an ounce of the drug.

Lobbying for transportation
Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, told the Southeast Conference on Wednesday at Centennial Hall that he was proud of designating hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding in an upcoming highway authorization bill before Congress.

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.

State's abortion Web site up for public comment
The Associated Press

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Canadians pitch ideas for cross-border links
Canadian and Alaska officials talked about new cross-border routes for planes, trains, automobiles and even fiber optic-cable, during a session in Juneau on Wednesday.

State's TB rate continues to outpace nation
When German biologist Robert Koch discovered that the tuberculosis bacillus causes TB - on this day in 1882 - the contagious respiratory disease was killing one out of seven people in Europe.

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

what's happening
News of local arts

KitschyYumYum returns:
T he KitschyYumYum Delect-able Burlesque Co. has lampooned the origins of the Pilgrim Thanksgiving, given birth to a small dog to the tune of Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach," and enacted a romantic scenario with George W. Bush, God and a mega-ton missile.

'The Greatest Good' to play 20th Century Twin
W ith prodding from President Theodore Roosevelt, himself an ardent explorer of wild places, Congress established the U.S. Forest Service in 1905.

Finding beauty in a harsh setting
Long before playwright Chay Yew started work on his new musical, "The Long Season," he and director Peter DuBois already knew what structure they wanted the story to take.

Cinema Guide
What's playing around town

Chinese zither innovator to play Juneau
Since moving to Canada from China in 1996, Mei Han has established herself as one of the pre-eminent Western-style innovators on the Chinese zheng, a 21-to-25-string wooden Asian long zither.

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Entertainment events around Juneau

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