Business Digest
Staff reports from Juneau's business community

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.

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

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.

News from around Juneau

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

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.

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

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

Around Town

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

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.

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.

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.

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