U.S. Forest Service should play fairly
This letter is in response to your online story by Masha Herbst. I find the Forest Service's request to harvest disturbing. In fact, I find it most difficult to accept given my past experience with the U.S. Forest Service and their district rangers.

Floride is hazardous to the health
With the recent fuss regarding fluoride in Juneau's water, I did some research and found that fluoride, or gas form fluorine, is a hazardous material that is a by-product of phosphate mining, which is placed in the drinking water to save corporate costs by not having to properly dispose of this toxic poison.

Pick up your butts
I spent a few hours of a nice Saturday with my wife and kids as part of the Juneau Soccer Club's roadside trash pickup. As I bent over picking up all kinds of stuff, I fumed a bit about how some people in our town don't do one of those basic chores of living that our parents should be teaching us even before we go to kindergarten: "clean up your own mess."

Poor need dividends
I see things differently than Dr. Riederer described in his letter. Gov. Murkowski gave tax cuts to the oil companies while raising the cost of business licenses to $200 per year. I drive taxi to supplement my school bus income. Because of the new price, I have to quit driving taxi. The state will not get $200 from me for a business license and my income will plummet. My rent will go down, and I will be back on food stamps, costing the state thousands of dollars.

State accommodates disabled students
It is not my practice to comment on lawsuits. However, news coverage of the lawsuit filed against the state on behalf of students with disabilities implied that state law does not provide accommodations that would allow them to demonstrate their knowledge fairly. This issue is too important for Alaskans to get incomplete information.

Empire missed the point
I just read the Herbst article, "What's the Point." My thought was immediately agreeing - What is the point of reading the Empire when this kind of reporting is a main article? It seems that Masha and I were not in the same places.

Juneau opposes land swap
If this is starting to sound like a broken record, I apologize, but it is obvious that the majority of Juneau residents do not agree with Sen. Murkowski's giveaway of Berners Bay.

Stop spending on dangerous roads
So the Knik bridge is Congressman Don Young's Number One priority? Someone might want to tell that to state road planners down here in Juneau. According to the draft Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan, DOT is banking on over $1 billion in Congressional earmarks for the hundreds of miles of brand-spanking new roads slated for the region.

Other states have no fund to raid
I see in the paper that Rep. Carl Moses introduced another scheme to get the state's foot in the door in taking the permanent fund away from the Alaskan public. If the state ever does get their hands on part of it, they won't be satisfied until they have it all.

Picky about industry
The move to me makes sense, since Ketchikan has the ship building and maintenance facilities for the upkeep of the ships used by the AMHS.

Employees wage button rebellion
Administrators at the state ferry system were told last week their jobs would move to Ketchikan as early as this summer, but some of them aren't taking it quietly.

It takes a village to make a school play
Some students, arms hauling on imaginary ropes, sang of John Cabot setting out for America. Others chanted a Tlingit canoe song, hands paddling. All the voices blended. It was Wednesday morning with music teacher Lorrie Heagy at Glacier Valley Elementary School, where 60 students were working through spring break to rehearse a play that combines Shakespeare with a Tlingit myth.

Opponents question proposed savings of move
Gov. Frank Murkowski says moving the ferry system headquarters to Ketchikan will save the state hundreds of thousands of dollars, but opponents of the move question the numbers.

Photo: Baranof arrives, 1947
The Alaska Steamship Baranof comes into port in Juneau in this 1947 photo taken by Paul Sincic. Ports of call for the Baranof included Seattle, Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Seward, Valdez, Sitka and Juneau. The 373-foot-long vessel was 51 feet wide and able to carry up to 186 first-class passengers.

Corrections and clarifications of local and state stories.

Federal bill includes funds for 9 new Juneau buses
Congress took the first step Thursday in providing an easier first step for all Capital Transit riders. A bill approved by the U.S. House Transportation earmarks $2.5 million for Juneau transit, according to Rep. Don Young's office in Washington, D.C.

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

Tea Time
From a morning cup of English Breakfast to a Japanese green tea ceremony or a steaming Russian samovar, tea drinkers around the world have their own preferences and rituals associated with the millennia-old beverage. Juneau is no exception, and though it lacks a tea house or specialty store, tea drinkers need not resign themselves to bags of Lipton or other mass-produced blends.

Training shows how to help special-needs kids
Kris Johnston has been advocating for the educational needs of her autistic son for 13 years and every year she has to be sure he gets the services, she says.

What is tea?
True teas come from the Camellia sinensis plant, a warm-weather plant native to Southeast Asia. Camellia sinensis also has been planted in many tropical and subtropical areas.

Bracing for the move
Managing vessel construction for the state ferry system is the best job Ira Rosen has ever had. Now he'll have to choose between it and his home. Rosen is among the 44 Alaska Marine Highway System employees who must decide whether they'll move with the ferry headquarters this summer when it relocates to Ketchikan.

Births, judgments and other local legal matters.

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

Gold Medal tourney draws 3,000 people to Juneau
For Southeast Alaskans outside of Juneau, the Gold Medal Tournament offers a chance to show off skills, settle old scores and hold veritable family reunions. For Juneau residents, the tournament offers all that and more: a significant amount of money spent at local stores, hotels and restaurants.

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

Ex-bus driver sentenced in identity theft case
A former school bus driver was sentenced to federal prison and ordered to pay restitution for stealing the identities of Kodiak residents to receive unemployment checks.

Two cities touched by AMHS move
The dozens of Juneau jobs headed for Ketchikan with the Alaska Marine Highway System's administrative offices will take substantial salaries with them. They'll also leave their mark on the capital city's schools and real estate market.

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

A look at the numbers
The state released on March 8 an 11-page report used in the decision to move state ferry headquarters from Juneau to Ketchikan. The $3,750 study was conducted by Washington-based consulting firm Pacific Marine Technical Services.

Due to a reporting error, the price for Dr. Chan E. Park's CrossSound concert was incorrect in Thursday's This Week section. Tickets cost $10 for general admission, $5 for students and seniors. The concert is at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at Northern Light United Church.

As economy struggles, Ketchikan residents hunger for jobs
Former loggers Ed Weaver and Don Girdley, both 65, sat at the dimly lit, smoke-filled Totem Bar at 10:30 on a Monday morning in downtown Ketchikan sipping Budweisers and mixed drinks and listening to blues guitar on the jukebox. Both found themselves out of work in the 1990s when the timber industry toppled in Southeast.

Manly and Mahoney to wed
John and Nancy Manly of Juneau announce the engagement of their son, Anderson Manly of Alexandria, Va., to Kathleen Mahoney of Wilmington, N.C. They will be married on May 15, 2004, in Spokane, Wash.

... for prayers and assistance
Thank you to Sitka E.M.S. crew; the police on duty; SEARHC doctors and nurses from the ER crew; Anchorage Medical crew; and Dr. R. Carlson, for answered phone calls.

... for helping make Hoe Down a success
On behalf of Auke Bay School I would like to extend our appreciation to the many people that helped make our recent Hoe Down on Friday, Feb. 20, such a success.

Doggie Do's: Dog Task Force will soon release report
T he Dog Task Force will publish its final recommendations for dogs on tra

... to Glacier Valley Fire Department
Our Family would like to express our sincerest appreciation for the outstanding effort put forth by the Glacier Valley Fire Department and Paramedics in taking care of our beloved wife and mother, Patricia N. Stevens, on March 21, 2004.

Profiles in local courage and service
I met Paul Moreno downtown recently. He showed me a model of a boat he had made, about 10 inches long, of the New Anny, a well-known seiner, owned by Willie Marks and his family. Paul has been working in wood on model boats for about 10 years.

Pumped Up

Neighbors Digest
Community news in brief.

Warwick and Morgan to marry
John and Nancy Manly of Juneau announce the engagement of their son, Anderson Manly of Alexandria, Va., to Kathleen Mahoney of Wilmington, N.C. They will be married on May 15, 2004, in Spokane, Wash.

Millie Brandt
Former Juneau resident Millie Brandt, 99, died Feb. 6, 2004, in Seaside, Ore.

Vivian P. Vaughn
Former Juneau resident Vivian P. Vaughn, 83, died March 20, 2004, in New Jersey.

Matuska Anna 'Emily' Williams
Juneau resident Matuska Anna "Emily" Williams, 75, died March 21, 2004, in Juneau.

My Turn: Moving negotiations is fair, and it isn't capital creep
Governor Frank Murkowski and his administration have misled the public about the breakdown in contract negotiations between the State and the Alaska State Employees Association (ASEA). Unfortunately, the Juneau Empire repeated this distortion of the truth in an editorial published yesterday.

Ketchikan's Ward Cove still smells like money
In the summer of 1988 I turned 20 and Louisiana Pacific's Ketchikan pulp mill turned 34. It turns out we met when the mill was drifting out of middle age and toward retirement.

Brighter Lights win A opener
The Lights keep getting brighter. Boasting two key additions from the squad that beat them in last year's final, Marlintini's Arctic Lights opened the 2004 Gold Medal Basketball Tournament's A Bracket with a 101-83 victory over Sitka ANB/ANS 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.

Alaska Sportswriters high school basketball polls
The Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, as voted on by statewide sports reporters and compiled by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

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.

Metlakatla Merchants wear down Hydaburg
Fresher legs, taller forwards, cooler heads, a deeper bench and a big block by Dustin Booth kept the Metlakatla Merchants alive in the 58th Gold Medal Basketball Tournament's B Bracket.

Three teams earn berths in SE Shootout title games
Three teams earned spots in the championship game for their divisions in the HoopTime Southeast Shootout on Thursday at the Marie Drake gym.

Ames amazes in state opener
The Skagway girls basketball team was nervous before its first state tournament game in 20 years. You wouldn't have known it by the way the Panthers performed on the court.

Huna Old-Timers earn title shot
The Huna Totem Old-Timers made it look easy against the Juneau Green Team with a 96-64 drubbing Thursday, earning a spot in Saturday's C Bracket championship game at the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Alaska Sports Briefs
News in brief about Alaskan sports figures.

Marlintini's makes A final with lopsided win
The A Bracket game featuring Marlintini's Arctic Lights and Filcom in Gold Medal Tournament winner's bracket play on Thursday wasn't very competitive, as evidenced by Marlintini's lopsided 118-75 victory in the winners' bracket final.

Gold Medal boxscores
Scores and stastics from Wednesday's games.

Huna ANB is heading back to final game
After losing the big cog in its offense to a pro contract, Huna ANB turned to its defense to earn a return trip to the B Bracket championship game in the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Kake cruises by Spirit
When Kake KWBA lost its opening game in the 58th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament, the Kake players didn't feel as if they'd played to their potential. Kake felt better after beating Juneau's T&H Spirit 84-27 in losers' bracket action Wednesday from the Women's Bracket at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Gold Medal boxscores
Scores and statistics from Thursday's games.

Local Briefs
Local sports news in brief.

Angoon Kwaan reaches championship game
After soundly defeating Huna ANS 85-44 Thursday night in the winners' bracket game, Angoon Kwaan has solidified itself as the top women's contender for the coveted Juneau Lions Club's Gold Medal Basketball Tournament championship title.

Next generation of Gold Medal stars hit the floor
While the adults are the focus of the Juneau Lions Club's 58th Gold Medal Basketball Tournament this week at Juneau-Douglas High School, there's another tournament in town.

Newtimers win C battle of surprises
In what turned out to be the surprise matchup of the old timers division, the Newtimers rolled over the Juneau Old-Timers 87-57 on Wednesday to live another day in the Juneau Lions Club's Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Juneau Adult Hockey Association standings/stats
The standings and individual leaders for the Juneau Adult Hockey Association's Tier One and Tier Two leagues through March 14.

Photo: Auctioned antler
Terra Johnson holds up a moose antler being auctioned off at the Alaska Trappers Association Fur Auction on Sunday in downtown Fairbanks. The antlers were part of Alaska Fish and Game's surplus. The furs pictured in the background are consignment items from interior trappers.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Expect more cruise ship passengers
Alaska can expect more cruise ship passengers this year but that may not mean bigger profits for the industry, said a Holland America executive. Holland America Vice President of Government and Community Relations John Shively told the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce earlier this month that 807,040 tourists, or more than 31,000 more people than last year, are expected to visit the state on a cruise ship this season.

Pipeline talks break down
Just one month after the chairman of the MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co. told state lawmakers he expected to conclude negotiations on a gas pipeline contract by mid-March, the company announced Thursday it is withdrawing its application altogether.

This Day in History
In Alaska

Cigarette tax bill has first hearing; businesses warn of bootlegging
Doubling the tax on cigarettes could prompt 3,500 Alaskans to quit smoking and raise $35.5 million for state government, Murkowski administration officials said Wednesday.

What's happening
Upcoming local arts and entertainment events.

A diary of a traveling theater play: Home again
When we last left Perseverance's traveling tour company, the weary crew had just survived the milk run that dreams are made of: Whitehorse to Anchorage, with stops in Dawson, Old Crow and Fairbanks. UP! premiered in Anchorage on March 18, the day after St. Patrick's Day, at the Sydney Laurence Theatre in the Alaska Center for Performing Arts.

P'ansori: Park's perfect match
As a middle school and high school student in Korea, in the 1960s, Dr. Chan E. Park and her classmates were taught the Western classical scale. Park could sing, but she was embarassed by her inability to hit falsetto notes.

Pacific Rim Forum
Schedule of events for the Second Annual UAS and Juneau World Affairs Council Pacific Rim Forum.

Cartoon: In the Swamp
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

What losing a loved one doesn't buy you
Since my brother died in October, people have sent me all kinds of self-help books. I've read Christian books, Buddhist books and books written by psychologists. All of them say the same thing: When someone close to you dies, a lot about how you see the world changes.

Cartoon: In the Swamp
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Movies: Where & when
Times and titles at local theaters.

Sitting still, staring still
With a mirror to his right, and a 48-inch by 30-inch canvas awaiting the first stroke of oil, Juneau painter Josh Edward worked on a self-portrait one day in his Fourth Street home on Star Hill. It was the first time he had ever stared at himself for hours. And as he continued to look - the face becoming less familiar and more foreign, as faces do under long scrutiny - two things stood out.

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