Thursday, April 7, 2005

GOP threatens the republic
Radical Republicans want absolute power to appoint Supreme Court justices that will favor corporate interests and the extreme right over the rest of us.

Good reasons why law provides waivers
On March 22, the Empire reprinted an editorial from the Anchorage Daily News headed "Revolving door law for state workers too lax."

Misunderstandings about clinic
It seems to me there is a lack of understanding regarding what Planned Parenthood does. Yes, they do perform abortions, but they do much more than that as well.

Strengthen laws against sex predators
My heart goes out to the family, friends and community of Jessica Lunsford, the Florida girl who was abducted and killed.

Kensington mine deception
Lower Slate Lake is not a stand-alone tailings disposal option for the Kensington mine.

Reasons not to miss Sen. Ted Stevens
How sad. All the writer of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial, printed in the March 16 Empire, could lament about the possible departure of Ted Stevens from the Senate is less money for Alaska.

Glad to be employed in the private sector
I retired from state service in 1997. I was offered an opportunity to return, but I got to tell you, I wouldn't go back to work for the state for anything.

Preserve the arctic wildlife refuge
I am writing in response to the U.S. Senate vote on drilling for oil in your beautiful state.

Banished man is arrested for assault
A man who was famously banished to a Southeast Alaska island for a 1993 robbery was arrested early Tuesday in Juneau on assault and weapons charges.

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

AroundTown
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Gottardi accusers grilled on the stand
Two men testifying against the man charged with setting the fire at DeHart's Marina in September were accused in court themselves Tuesday.

'We are stardust, we are golden'
Juneau residents, left to right, Tom Melville, Natalee Rothaus and Chip Thoma flash the peace sign as they pose in front of a VW microbus in Juneau on the 20th anniversary of the quintessential music festival of the 1960s, Woodstock.

School Board gives OK to Montessori charter school
The Juneau School Board, voting 4-3 Tuesday after three hours of impassioned debate about diversity and fairness, approved Montessori Borealis Charter School.

Institute says growth of the economy is tied to conservation
Southeast Alaska's economy and conservation may go hand in hand, analysts say.

ROPES: an introduction to adulthood
At Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, eighth grade is a landmark year: the eighth-grade dance, the last year of middle school, the high school prep courses and, for most students, the year when they have to face ROPES.

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

Spring cleaning
City landscapers Amy Sherwin, left, and Ben Patterson clean up gravel Tuesday on the sidewalk at Marine Park.

AroundTown
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Sweet swing
Brandi Weidler, 6, makes contact with a Wiffle ball pitched to her by Tricia Hunter. Weidler was one of many people enjoying the evening sunshine Wednesday at Twin Lakes.

House panel bill makes dividend fraud a felony
Investigators from the Alaska Department of Revenue told lawmakers Tuesday that former Alaska residents are still applying for permanent fund dividends.

Photo: Ecumenical tribute
The Rev. Steve Olmstead, a Presbyterian minister, speaks Wednesday during the Ecumenical Memorial Service for Pope John Paul II at St. Paul's Catholic Church.

Cruise lines threaten suit
A cruise ship attorney warned Alaska legislators Tuesday that cruise operators will likely sue the state if it charges a $50 head tax on cruise ship passengers.

... and the crowd roars
Donovan Bell, 17, practices a "tail whip" jump on his scooter Tuesday over Will Geiger, 14, at Marine Park.

Photo: A beautiful day for work
Fred Howard, a roofer for Custom Home Beautifiers, replaces cedar shingles Wednesday on a Pioneer Avenue home.

Academy helps troubled teens
Hunter Hildre got off track and onto drugs when he was 15, he says. His grades at Juneau-Douglas High School suffered.

Arson jury to decide who is lying
The big question facing the jury for the man accused of setting DeHart's Marina ablaze in September may be, "Who's lying?"

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

He does windows
Andrew Engstrom, owner of Capital City Windows, cleans the windows of Sealaska Plaza. Engstrom is a common adornment on Juneau's modest skyline.

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

Jenkins and Maas to wed
Amelia Jenkins of Petersburg and Michael Maas of Juneau will be married in April 2005 in Juneau.

The truth about hairballs
Hacking up hairballs is a cat's salute to spring. As the weather warms up, cats shed their winter coats.

Judson and Koski to wed
Juneau resident Heidi Jo Judson and Travis Ronald Koski of Kalispell, Mont., will be married June 18, 2005, at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure.

Paul D. Blevins
Former Juneau resident Paul D. Blevins, 78, died April 2, 2005, at Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry, Ill.

Myrtle W. Stickel
Former Juneau resident Myrtle W. Stickel, 85, died March 25, 2005, in Anaheim, Calif.

Lorrie Ann Cannon
Rosary will be held at 7 p.m., April 7, at Saint Paul's Catholic Church in Juneau.

Lorrie Ann Cannon
Juneau resident Lorrie Ann Cannon, 44, died April 4, 2005, at her home.

Empire editorial: Funding for charter school begs diversity
T uesday's Juneau School Board debate and resolution in favor of a Montessori charter school resurrected a troubling word: pulltabs.

Alaska editorial: Dems' 'talking points' on retirement system
Crisis? What crisis? If you ask the Democrats in the Alaska Legislature about the problem confronting the two state-run employee retirement systems, don't be surprised if you hear them uniformly reciting the notion that maybe there really isn't one.

My Turn: Small towns attract jobs as good places to live
F rom my office window in Bozeman I can see what's locally known as the "diaper line" - clear cuts dating back to a decades-old battle over timber harvests in Southwest Montana. The Gallatin National Forest doesn't harvest many trees any more, and the Bozeman-area economy is now the most dynamic in the state. As part of this evolution, the discussion has shifted from timber battles to finding ways to restore the landscape, an asset that is attracting new business activity at an unprecedented rate.

My turn: Chance of abuse doesn't mean drug should be illegal
This is in response to proposed legislation Senate Bill 74 and House Bill 96. My wife and I met in Elfin Cove in 1984 while she was doing whale research.

My turn: Mentoring children of prisoners
Upholding the rights of crime victims is one of the most important tasks undertaken by the Alaska Department of Corrections.

Viking cheer squad wins state
With just over 217 students, Petersburg High School was one of the smallest schools competing at last week's state cheerleading championships in Anchorage.

Southeast Road Runners Glacier 10K and 1 mile
Results of last Saturday's Glacier 10K and 1-Mile race, as provided by Southeast Road Runners.

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.

Three Bears named all-tourney
Juneau-Douglas High School sophomore Talisa Rhea, junior Lexi Garvey and senior Mary Rehfeld were named to the Class 4A girls state basketball all-tournament team last Saturday after the Crimson Bears won the state title.

Juneau boys earn draw in Spokane
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team used a first-half goal by Dylan Ashe and some tough defense to post a 1-1 tie against Central Valley on Wednesday to open their annual trip to Spokane, Wash.

House OKs $2.6 billion state budget
The Alaska House of Representatives passed a $2.6 billion operating budget for fiscal year 2006, including money set aside for school funding and cuts to public broadcasting.

Senate committee kills coastal bill
The chairman of the Alaska Senate Resources Committee killed a bill Wednesday that would have given coastal districts more time to revise their policies for development.

Oft-studied wolf pack on the ropes
Lying alone and listless on a snow-covered ridge, the large male wolf appeared injured, probably from a trap. Blood stained the snow near his front paws.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

House rejects budget money for new capitol
The Alaska House of Representatives agreed that no money from this year's state operating budget can be used for building a new capitol.

Retirement overhaul legislation heads to the full Senate
A bill to overhaul Alaska's public employee and teacher retirement systems was approved Wednesday by the Senate Finance Committee.

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

Sen. Murkowski objects to proposed passport requirement
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski will take a skeptical look at a proposed requirement for Americans to use passports to re-enter the country from Canada and Mexico, according to her spokesman.

Sealaska hands out $4.9 million to shareholders
Sealaska Corp. has distributed $4.9 million to its shareholders this month.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Q&A with Bruce Molsky
Eager to explore the similarities between bluegrass and old-time music, fiddler Bruce Molsky and banjo player Tony Trischka formed Jawbone, the Alaska Folk Festival's guest artist, in the fall of 2004 with rhythm guitarist Paula Bradley.

Cinema Guide
What's playing around town

Ricci Adan builds modern dance on tradition
Dancer and choreographer Ricci Adan believes the only way to teach modern dance is to look at its roots, back to the 1920s and further.

briefly
news of local arts

A last chance for Crabgrass until the fall
In a state where, by necessity, all the old-time and bluegrass festivals are in the summer, Juneau's Panhandle Crabgrass Revival Band is on its own clock.

Mystery music: Juneau Symphony performs 2 works with disputed lineage
In the wake of the October 2003 performance of "Beethoven's Ninth," and the debut of the 85-member Juneau Symphony Chorus, the Juneau Symphony started to consider other works with which to combine an orchestra and a giant chorus.

what's happening
Entertainment events around town

'Sadako' tells of life after the 'A' bomb
When Maya Rieselbach earned the title role in the latest Northern Light Junior Theatre play, the character hit close to home.

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