Friday, April 1, 2005

Business Digest
Staff reports from Juneau's business community

Post warning signs about Mendenhall Lake black wolf
In the Mendenhall Lake area where the black wolf killed a beagle, there are no posted signs of warning.

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

Who does the government serve?
At first it was disappointment with the administration, the Republican Party, and the Legislature.

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.

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

Why does Alaska allow huge premium increases?
The governor has introduced HB180 and SB130 as ways to reduce workers' compensation premiums for employers by reducing benefits to injured workers.

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

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.

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

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.

Wave of respiratory infections zaps Juneau
Doctors and patients say a late-season wave of upper-respiratory infections has struck Juneau.

Celebrating diversity
Above, Marial Carrillo, 6, sits on the lap of Krista Barril, 13, as they wait with other members of the Alitaptap dancers to perform Thursday at Centennial Hall.

From bombing to logging, forum looks at state's destiny
If a few old-time dreamers had their way, the road to Juneau would have been carved into the mountains with a few nuclear bombs.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

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

Around Town
Today

FYI
News from around Juneau

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.

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

Marquez chosen as new attorney general
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Thursday named former oil industry lawyer and executive David Marquez as Alaska attorney general.

Schroeder and Hotch to wed
Klukwan residents Kaci Schroeder and Aaron Hotch will be married Dec. 21, 2005, in Haines.

Regulars
Earlier this week, a grosbeak graces a Mendenhall Valley bird feeder owned by Glenn and Edna Johns. The Johnses say the grosbeaks visit them often.Courtesy of Glenn and Edna Johns

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Taylor's right man for the job
Wow! What a guy: Robin Taylor, the new head of the ferry system is unafraid to express his opinion and to stand up for what he believes.

Weddings
Juneau resident Nickie Marie Clum and William Matthew Flanders of Fairbanks will be married in June 2006 at Auke Bay Recreation Area.

Willis and Ricker to wed
Sarah Lea Willis of Juneau and Clint Earl Ricker of Statesboro, Ga., will be married May 13, 2005, at the Atlanta, Ga., Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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

Fair to ask: Was deposing Saddam worth the cost?
Mr. Graham G. Storey's March 25 letter to the editor is thought-provoking. He raises some valid and important questions that are worth discussing. Before doing so, however, let me first say that, like other veterans in Alaska Chapter 100, Veterans For Peace, I honor Mr. Storey's military service. I also appreciate that he took the time to express his views rationally in a letter, rather than engaging in drive-by obscenities at our recent peace rallies.

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.

Make out a living will now
T he life, and death, of Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman who has spent 15 years in a persistent vegetative state, is playing out across the nation's stage. Almost everyone has discussed the end of her life, except her unfortunately.

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

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.

Ketchikan boys fall
The Ketchikan boys basketball team got the physical game they expected.

March through the Semis
Snapshots from the Crimson Bear's 47-32 state tournament semifinal victory over Chugiak

Mount Edgecumbe wins a closely contested game
With 1 minute, 3With 1 minute, 38 seconds left on the clock in a deadlocked state basketball tournament game, Mount Edgecumbe guard Earl Alstrom found himself with the ball, his feet set beyond the 3-point arc and his coach yelling, "Hit that, Earl!

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 boys kick off season with big win
On a cold day that featured snow, hail, rain and fog, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team caught fire in its season opener.

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

Southeast and state basketball champions
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

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.

Juneau girls freeze North Pole
Anxiety was a two-way street for Juneau girls basketball players Thursday as they opened state tournament play.

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.

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.

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.

Shell returns to Alaska, takes lease sale for Beaufort Sea area by storm
Shell Oil Co. dominated a federal offshore lease sale in Alaska that tallied $46.7 million in winning bids.

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

House committee slashes money for public television
The House Finance Committee on Thursday stripped public television of more than a third of its state funding for next year.

NorthwestDigest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

A soldier's welcome
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brian Bradley is reunited Wednesday with his wife, Vicky; son, Beau; and daughter, Cady; at Fort Richardson after returning with members of the 716th Ordinance Company from a nearly six-month tour in Iraq.

Governor names new heads of Fish and Game, DEC
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Thursday appointed McKie Campbell, a Juneau resident since 1979, the new commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Anchorage home construction market expected to cool down
Anchorage homebuilders are expecting the construction of new homes to slow considerably this year.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

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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