Thursday, April 6, 2006

Business Digest
Businesses opening, closing, relocating, and other business-related news

Planned Parenthood is a great benefit
Regarding Mr. Wood's letter on March 22, I have to say wow!

'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' is offensive
I would suggest Douglas Mertz and the court's decision are wrong. It is a stretch to think the phrase "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" is simply meant as "nonsense."

Don't submit to government excrement
It has been said that "excrement rolls downhill." The current issue regarding the Alaska Senior Tax Exemption is a good example.

When does one choose sexual orientation?
I would like to ask Mr. Mielke of Skagway ("Gay rights supporters fear voter rejection," March 27), just when did he choose to be heterosexual?

Contract stories need more context
I was glad to read that the teachers and the Juneau School District came to an agreement - a 2 percent increase the first year.

Some interesting points on Iraq War
I got a good laugh out of Gregory Acres portrayal of us selfish, prosperity-grubbing peace demonstrators ("On the subjects of peace and freedom," March 30) but it also put me in mind of some interesting points.

Majority behind improving ferry service
The majority of people in northern Southeast Alaska (Juneau, Skagway and Haines) have voted and testified for improving the current ferry service, not extending our dead end to a new ferry terminal - one which won't even take reservations.

Photo: Good day for ducklings
A flock of ducks waddle around the pond at Rotary Park in the Mendenhall Valley on Tuesday afternoon.

Teachers' 3-year contract approved
The Juneau School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to ratify a three-year contract for teachers.

Folk Fest Schedule
for Wednesday, April 5th.

Sibling chivalry
Eight-year-old Jamie Yaletchko insists she will never again walk on ice, even if her brother is there to protect her.

Helipad may be built atop hospital
City leaders want to put a helipad back atop Bartlett Regional Hospital, potentially saving critical minutes for those injured in remote areas.

Art behind the music
Nicole Lantz's design of a stand-up bass flying over snow-capped mountains wasn't selected as this year's Alaska Folk Festival poster, but it did win a nice runner-up prize.

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

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

Scottish Rite Temple eyed for Capitol expansion
The downtown Juneau Scottish Rite Temple could be the future site for additional offices or a parking garage for the Alaska Legislature.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Photo: Fore!
Kevin Fremlin throws a disk toward the basket Wednesday on "hole" one...

Folk festival schedule
For Thursday, April 6th

Crimson Bears take bite out of the BIG APPLE
There is no curtain at Carnegie Hall, so audience members are privy to watching the musicians walk on stage, set up their instruments, move their chairs around and arrange their music on the stands.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from around the community

This I Believe: Embracing her American identity
I believe in being proud of where I come from. In spring of 2004, I applied for an exchange program to study in Ireland for five months.

Richardson, Herrin to wed
Ashley Suzanne Herrin of Juneau and Matthew Scott Richardson of Eugene, Ore., will be married in a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22, 2006, in Juneau. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Dorothy Wallace
Dorothy Wanamaker Wallace, whose Tlingit name was Natstklaa of the Kaagwaaantaan clan, died April 2, 2006, surrounded by family and friends at her north Douglas home. She died three weeks after suffering a stroke.

Dorothy Sweeney-Vill
Juneau resident Dorothy Sweeney-Vill, 91, died March 3, 2006, at the Juneau Pioneer's Home.

Merchants Wharf matters
At the foot of Main Street in downtown Juneau is a large blue building with a banner that reads, "FOR SALE: 95,000 FEET OF JUNEAU'S WATERFRONT - THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME."

My turn: On oil taxes, beware 'deep ponds'
There is an old proverb about a cute puppy carrying a yummy bone past a calm, deep pond. He stops to peer into the water. It is so calm that it reflects his face, holding the bone, perfectly.

My turn: Senate bill would increase sentences for sex offenders
What should the prison sentence be for a rapist who lures a 5-year-old boy into a secluded area and rapes him?

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.

State to fine BP for spill
The investigation into a March pipeline spill in the Prudhoe Bay oil field could result in fines against BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. of more than $2 million, Alaska environmental regulators said Wednesday.

Murkowski mum about re-election
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Tuesday said he's well aware of the approaching deadline to enter the governor's race, but wants to nudge negotiations on a gas pipeline further along before committing to run for re-election.

Sex abuse legislation passes
Sex offenders who have been released from jail will be required to periodically take lie detector tests to remain on parole in Alaska.

'Meth-ijuana' bill to change
An Alaska Legislature conference committee this week will discuss changes to a bill that aims to curb home methamphetamine labs and make any possession of marijuana illegal.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Washington Republican defends Alaska campaign backing
Republican Senate hopeful Mike McGavick said Wednesday that he's proud of campaign backing from oil drilling supporters in Alaska, and criticized Sen. Maria Cantwell for causing a rift between the two states.

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

Feds approve Juneau road enviro study
The Federal Highway Administration has accepted the state's plan to build a road from Juneau to the Katzehin River, allowing final designs for the project to begin.

Voters reject theater bond
A theater that emerged undamaged in the great Alaska earthquake of 1964 could not survive the will of voters who rejected an effort to help buy and restore the Anchorage landmark.

Glacier Bay hydro plans move forward
Construction began this week on a new hydroelectric project for Gustavus just days after the land under it was removed from Glacier Bay wilderness protection.

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

House Resources Committee considers legislation aimed at strengthening mixing zone ban
The Alaska House Resources Committee took up legislation Wednesday to strengthen the state's ban on pollution mixing zones in fish spawning streams and will continue work on the bill next week.

What's happening
News of local events

Best of UAS
For Christmas, Lynda Chadwick's parents made her digital copies of old family photographs. One of them, taken by her father, shows an 11- or 12-year-old Chadwick sitting in a small sailboat and staring out across a northern Japanese lake at some point in the early 1970s.

CINEMA GUIDE
What's playing at the box office

Demanding Piece
One year ago, the Juneau Symphony presented Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Requiem" with a chorus of about 120.

Arts briefly
News of local arts

Chicago playwright to give reading of 'Sins of the Father'
Chicago playwright Brian Tucker is in town this week as a part of a pilot workshop between Perseverance Theatre and The Juilliard School to develop new work for the stage.

First Friday Roundup
Variety of art available for April gallery walk

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