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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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..

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.

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.

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.

Births, judgments and other local legal matters.

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

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.

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.

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.

... 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.

Neighbors Digest
Community news in brief.

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

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 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.

Pumped Up

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.

... 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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Local Briefs
Local sports news in brief.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

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