Thursday, March 31, 2005

Police should leave pot users alone
Marijuana relieves many of my multiple sclerosis symptoms. What we do in our own homes is our own business.

Criminalize other dangerous products
I'm writing about "White House expert: Pot is dangerous" in the March 24 paper. I

First hurdle cleared in protecting cities
Late last week, the House and Senate passed budget resolutions that will set federal spending levels for 2006.

City needs a garbage solution
Each time we take our recyclables to the landfill, like Liz Dodd (My Turn "Time to Start Managing City's Waste"), we're appalled to see the growing mountain that is our city's collected trash.

Support Planned Parenthood clinic
I just read the letter to the editor titled "Stop Planned Parenthood from building in Juneau" by Ida Barnack.

Common sense would put dog on a leash
I am sorry that Rick Huteson lost his beagle, as that is a terrible thing to have happen.

Giving birth to a baby won't ruin your life
There is an abortion clinic that is knocking on our daughters' and granddaughters' door to help get theirs performed.

School bus routes need more study
Last summer, the Juneau School Board requested that the school district conduct a study of five elementary school bus routes to determine whether these routes were hazardous or safe for students to walk.

'Nuclear option' kills checks and balances
Next month the Senate will most likely vote on what the Republicans call the "nuclear option."

Planned Parenthood offers many services
I was disappointed to read the article about Planned Parenthood opening a clinic in the Juneau area.

Smoke and mirrors of capitol project
Citizens of Juneau don't be fooled by the smoke and mirrors being used to sell the new state capitol building design.

Start of a roundabout
John Mason of SECON installs a silt fence Tuesday along the walk leading to the Douglas Bridge.

Rush is on as dividend deadline drops
Today is the last day to file for the 2005 Alaska Permanent Fund dividend.

Lawmaker: $50 cruise tax is no big deal
The cruise ship industry and its clients could easily shrug off a $50 per passenger state tax, a Palmer legislator said Tuesday.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Panel picks airport terminal plan
Juneau International Airport's expansion plan has completed one leg of its journey.

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

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Living a fantasy
Spending a January week in the Arizona sunshine is easy.

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

Judge rules Harmon's rights weren't violated
Prosecutors may use items that police found in James Harmon's jacket pockets against him when they try him for a 19-year-old Tenakee Springs woman's death, a judge has ruled.

Woman awarded civil judgment in '01 assault
A man sentenced to jail after pleading no contest to assaulting a neighbor in Tenakee Springs in 2001 has been ordered to pay the woman more than $142,000 in civil damages.

Retirement plan would cost public employees more
An overhaul of the state-managed public employee retirement system will ask existing workers to pay more into the fund, a proponent says.

Two men rescued after skiff capsizes
Two crabbers whose boat flipped in Smugglers Cove Tuesday afternoon were taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital after the younger man swam ashore and knocked on a door looking for help, according to U.S. Coast Guard reports.

Slow day
Avid fisherman Buddy Soriano unhooks a flounder he caught Wednesday at False Outer Point. Soriano is after bigger and better fish than this pesky flounder.

School group looks beyond lotteries to achieve diversity
The Juneau School District's task force on equity in optional programs, such as the charter school, decided Wednesday to take a deeper look.

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

Alaska's adult protection system
Imagine someone who is in a wheelchair and depends on others to care for her.

Spring in Juneau
A fishing boat wends its way up-channel and under the Douglas Bridge to its mooring Monday.

Olsens celebrate 60th
Olsens celebrate 60th

Orsi and Cowart to wed
Juneau resident Allison Delia Orsi and Joshua Dean Cowart of Spokane will be married July 16, 2005.

Student recognition
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from residents of Juneau

Americans have become environmental hypocrites
We live in one of only a few industrial democracies that still has a natural resource base.

Alaska editorial
It is not wise to go too far out on a limb, but there is a sense that Alaska may escape a worst-case outcome from the new round of actions by BRAC.

Eaglecrest: playground for the elite or no-frills asset?
D id you go skiing this past week-end? If you didn't, I certainly feel sorry for you, because it was brilliant.

Buckwheat Ski Classic
Times from the Buckwheat Ski Classic

Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls
Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls of the season, as voted on by statewide sports reporters and compiled by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Southeast 3A hoops teams prepare for state
As they head to this week's state tournament, Mount Edgecumbe High School girls basketball players are out to break a bad habit.

Southeast and State Basketball Champs
A list of the previous Southeast and Alaska high school basketball champions.

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.

JDHS hosts Spring Fever
A few snowflakes may have fallen on Juneau this week, but the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer teams have a case of Spring Fever.

Juneau girls fourth in final poll
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team held steady in fourth place in the season's final Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, released today.

Boozer out for rest of season
A season that began with controversy and excitement ended in pain and disappointment.

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

Early to bed, early to rise
A host of familiar proverbs stress the rewards that go to early risers.

Dedication drives Ketchikan's Jesse LeBeau
A little after 6 a.m. on a dark winter morning, a skiff edges out from Pennock Island, crosses Tongass Narrows and docks on the Ketchikan city waterfront.

Bill would distribute PFDs in quarterly payments
When Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks are sent out every year, Alaskans are barraged with ads selling everything from cars to hot tubs to Hawaiian vacations.

Freighter capt. sentenced to 3 years probation
The captain of a freighter that ran aground in the Aleutian Islands and broke apart, spilling more than 335,000 gallons of fuel, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in U.S. District Court to one count of making a false statement to federal investigators.

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

Medical evacuation
Seen from a U.S. Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter circling, Garland Teich, 69, waits on the deck of the state ferry Kennicott on Wednesday morning, to be flown away for emergency medical treatment.

Murkowski: State needs to rely on less aid
Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Wednesday warned Alaska legislators that federal aid to the state is waning.

NorthwestDigest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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

House rejects bill linking student funding to retirement reform
The Alaska House on Wednesday unanimously rejected the Senate's changes to an education bill that makes a school funding boost contingent on reforming the state's retirement systems.

Countdown to breakup
John Walsh and his fellow researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks can't predict exactly when the tripod will fall in Nenana.

Men begin trip across Bering Strait
Two men began skiing to Russia on Wednesday from the icy shores of Alaska, dragging on sleds the 250 pounds of gear they hope will help keep them alive. The solid surface they scraped across disappeared after about a mile and dropped to water.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

what's happening
Entertainment events around town

Combining story & song
As a child in Juneau, CrossSound co-founder Jocelyn Clark used to go to the museum on the weekends to hear Walter Williams tell stories.

Photo: Porcupine Woman/Art as Life
Sue Ann Randall's "Porcupine Woman/Art as Life" was one of three honorable mentions in the University of Alaska Southeast Student Juried Exhibition.

Roys returns with 'cathartic' show
Cenotaph" is Juneau artist Rob Roys' first museum show, and it's also the most cathartic of all the exhibitions he's had in town.

briefly
News of local arts

Woven Harmony to play concert Friday at JDHS auditorium
Robert and Rebecca Bluestone, the husband-and-wife team behind the fiber-arts duo Woven Harmony, spend their rare days off the road at their half-acre retreat in the canyons of Santa Fe, N.M.

First Friday: Death, teeth, planes and pelicans
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Juneau artist Page Bridges was fairly prolific, with a series of exhibitions around town. Her paintings are large and colorful - often of underwater fantasy-scapes with cartoonish fish and seals, or a seashore exploding to life with fauna and whales, or even dots and swirls, thick and contoured.

Juneau comedian to perform solo show
Juneau comedian Eric Caldwell has been thinking about putting together his own solo improvisational performance for quite some time.

Begich, Holder to perform at Silverbow
Songwriters Tom Begich and Terry Holder have toured through Alaska and down the West Coast since meeting a few years ago at Side Street Espresso in Anchorage.

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