Monday, March 26, 2007

Too much information
Want to tell everyone about your meddling mother-in-law?

Meet market
When you're initially introduced to people, be sure to make a positive first impression.

What advice do you have for soon-to-be college graduates?

Landing gear
Take a stroll along any college campus and it's apparent which students are in their final semester.

Vote 'Yes' in support of marriage, family
It is incredible that we need to revisit the issue of benefits for same-sex couples after the overwhelming passage of the marriage amendment to the Alaska Constitution in 1998, which defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Why cruise ships need observers
While negotiating with the cruise ship industry over delinquent head taxes, the people of Yakutat discovered that cruise ships were discharging sewage from the 480,000 passengers and crew that visit each year into our bay.

Court of Appeals' announcement marks victory for Americans
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' announcement that dumping mine tailings into Lower Slate Lake is illegal is a victory for all Americans.

PFLAG says vote 'No' on April 3
PFLAG chapters across Alaska oppose any effort to single out one segment of Alaskans for discrimination, as represented by the April 3 advisory vote, for the following reasons:

Providing same-sex benefits is about fairness
Over the past several weeks there have been numerous letters and media reports regarding the April 3 advisory vote in Alaska.

Legislative roundup

Photo: Heartbreak
Juneau-Douglas High School girls react to a missed 3-point shot by Talisa Rhea in the final seconds of their championship game against Wasilla High School in Anchorage.

Mine industry prepares for new 'battles'
Following a year of record mineral production levels, Alaska miners are preparing for what many of them see as an attack on the industry by an expanding conservation community.

Hydrometeorologist helps make sense of Juneau's colorful weather
Outside the National Weather Service office near the Mendenhall Glacier, the winter weather takes many forms. Cold rain. Light powder. Wet snow.

Retirement plan aims for fairness
Gov. Sarah Palin's proposed changes to the troubled Public Employees Retirement System mean some will win and some will lose.Among the winners: The state of Alaska itself, and to a lesser extent the city of Juneau.

Photo: Skiing for all
U.S. Ski Team member Joe Tompkins of Juneau skis down a slope with his nephew, Owen Mendoza, 7, while demonstrating his monoski Sunday during Ski for All 2007 at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Around Town

Photo: Half-time show
The Juneau-Douglas High School dance team performs Saturday during the half-time show at the girls 4A state championship basketball game in the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Three boys questioned in school threats
School's out for spring break this week, and some parents couldn't be more relieved.

Around Town

Gold Rush
Southeast Alaska villages will be mostly deserted this week, with hundreds of basketball fans filling the Juneau-Douglas High School gym for the Juneau Lions Club's 61st annual Gold Medal Basketball tournament.

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

Photo: Hauling hazardous waste
Brad Quade, left, of PSC Environmental Services in Anchorage, and Juneau resident Tom Schwartz pile computer monitors on pallets Saturday during the Household Hazardous Waste event on Commercial Boulevard. The city organizes the effort to remove hazardous materials from homes seven times a year.

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

Miners hear support for Pebble
Former House Speaker and mining advocate Gail Phillips called attacks on the Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay "so unfair that I think it is un-American and un-Alaskan."

Alaska editorial: Support a modified assistance program for state's seniors
Call it what you like - Longevity Bonus, Alaska Senior Assistance Program or some other moniker.

Toe Toon

Empire Editorial: No hidden agenda, just worries for students' health
A t least 75 Juneau-Douglas High School students tried to kill themselves in the last year.

My turn: The ultimate judge is God, not us
I find little weight in people's prejudices against anyone - based on values, morals, theology, race or hatred.

Parnell trashes petition for Alaska's independence
The union of Alaska with the United States is again safe, thanks to the vigilance of Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell and the Alaska Supreme Court.

My turn: Universal health care can work for us
A wave is beginning to build in state capitols across the country. In the face of inaction by the federal government, Maine, Massachusetts, Oregon, Vermont and now California are leading the effort to promote universal health care coverage among their citizens.

Alaska editorial: Don't weaken ocean ranger provision in initiative
Alaska voters approved a citizens' cruise ship initiative last August that included a provision to put ocean rangers aboard ships while in state waters.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities. To have your group included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Feeding deer may mean killing them with kindness
Feeding hungry deer may seem like a good idea, but it's not as simple as throwing out rolled oats, apples or hay.

Outdoors Brief

Getting to the bottom of it: Tech team explores Mendenhall depths
A research team hopes radar can unlock the glacial mysteries of Mendenhall Lake by exploring the layers of sediments underneath the lake's bed.

Hard winters take a toll on deer
Dorothy Frary remembers dozens of carcasses on the beach.Frary grew up in Juneau, and as a girl in the mid-1960s, her family picnicked and beach-combed around Young Bay on Admiralty Island.

Breaking records 101
If you boarded at Eaglecrest Ski Area this winter, you can say you rode on the deepest snowpack in the world.It's great for bragging rights.After the thrashing I took out there last week, I'll take whatever rights I can get.

Outsiders: Jeff Bush
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

Juneau Delta tops Hoonah in C bracket
For one half, Juneau Delta and Hoonah played their first game in the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament Legendary C Bracket contest Sunday like a track meet.

Girls and boys Class 3A, 4A state tournament wrap up

Class 4A season end awards

Sunday's Box Scores

Severson with 31 points for Vikings
Petersburg better be ready for a celebration 78 years in the making.

Monday's Schedule

JDHS boys fall to Service's speed in season finale
Unfortunately for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team, the Crimson Bears' experience at the Class 4A state tournament finished the same way it started.

Juneau Pee Wee team hangs tough with top competition
The Juneau Douglas Ice Association youth hockey program broke new ground this weekend in Anchorage.

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. It runs when space is available and event notices should arrive at least one week before they are scheduled to take place.

Gold Medal roundup: Klukwan slips past Tlingit-Haida 75-71
Klukwan got 24 points from Joe Parnell in a 75-71 win over Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority in the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament Legendary C Bracket on Sunday.

Accountant crunches competition
Friday night boxing featured an angry accountant and a comedian who wasn't funny to his opponent.

Big second half lifts Haines Merchants
For the first half of the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament game Sunday between the Haines Merchants and Yakutat, the Mighty B Bracket teams treated spectators to a neck-and-neck battle.

Gold Medal trivia

Lane propels Angoon in B opener
The Metlakatla Merchants lost a close game to Angoon ANB in the Juneau Lions Club Gold Metal Tournament Mighty B bracket opener Saturday, though the score of 85-73 doesn't tell the whole story.

Valiant comeback falls short for Crimson Bears
Just a couple inches separated the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team and overtime Saturday in the Class 4A state title game.

Sister testifies at murder trial
The older sister of a former stripper who has been charged in connection with her fiancé's murder testified Friday at the trial of a second fiance who was also charged in the slaying.

Alaska Digest
Man arrested after walking into traffic, Longtime Anchorage TV host dies of cancer, Fire causes minor damage to Taku ferry

Photo: House fire kills one
Villagers battle a house fire Tuesday in Quinhagak. A woman whose identity has not been confirmed died in the fire. An autopsy was performed Thursday, but results were not immediately available, said Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters.

Alaska Digest
Fort Richardson soldier killed in Iraq, Eagle River looks at building regulations, Homer condo to be auctioned for charity, Angler trail put on hold near cultural site & Substance abuse shelter shut down

Underground frost stops up water lines in Fairbanks
A record late-season cold snap and one of the lowest snowfalls in more than a century in Fairbanks is driving frost unusually deep underground, freezing septic and water lines and triggering a rush for services at pumping and thawing business.

Teen takes brother's place in marathon
Logan Marre wanted to run a marathon.

Exxon: Gas line bill needs work
Exxon Mobil Corp. called for significant changes to Gov. Sarah Palin's gas line legislation in testimony to lawmakers Friday.

Shame pole targets Exxon Mobil on spill anniversary
The toughest part about creating a totem pole designed to mock Exxon Mobil on the anniversary of the largest oil spill in U.S. history wasn't carving the details of dying animals.

This Day in History
In Alaska, In the Nation, and In the World

Warming heats up race for riches in Arctic
Barren and uninhabited, Hans Island is very hard to find on a map.Yet these days the Frisbee-shaped rock in the Arctic is much in demand - so much so that Canada and Denmark have both staked their claim to it with flags and warships.

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

Doctor is a boon for health care in the Interior
Last year, Dr. Rick Latham was pondering the idea of leaving his medical practice as a cardiologist in Boise, Idaho, to purse his career elsewhere.

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