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Friday, April 7, 2006

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

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.

In support of Planned Parenthood
I am writing in response to the letter you published from Rico Tempel on March 24.

Consider crosswalk law for pedestrians
I just recently took a trip to Springfield, Ore., and they handle intersections and crosswalks in an exceptional way.

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.

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?

Property taxes pay for school boondoggle
Did your property tax hike go through the roof? Many did! Does it seem unfair and unjust?

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

Folk festival schedule
For Thursday, April 6th

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

Town meets to discuss underage drinking
Joe Tompkins acknowledged Thursday night, at a town hall meeting on underage drinking, that he drank for two years after a drunken driving accident in Auke Bay left him paralyzed below the waist as a teenager.

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

Guest artist packs hall
The Alaska Folk Festival board was expecting a massive crowd Thursday night for guest artist Nanci Griffith's first mainstage set at Centennial Hall, and that's exactly what it got.

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

Alaska Folk Festival schedule
For Friday, April 7th

Bonds approved for Juneau hydro project
A state board approved up to $60 million in bonds for the planned Lake Dorothy Hydroelectric Project south of Juneau, and construction could start in late May, utility officials said Thursday.

Photo: April showers
Ed Bottani of Petersburg uses his umbrella to keep the rain away while waiting for his ride on Tuesday near Marine Way.

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.

Neighbors helping Neighbors
Juneau Student Symphonies

In the stacks: Chapter books arrive on shelves
We've got lots of new chapter books for kids who like to read or be read to at all the public libraries.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you.

Reception held in fourth-graders' honor
A reception was held on March 14 at the Mendenhall branch of True North Federal Credit Union to recognize the artistic achievements of Mela O'Brien's fourth-grade Glacier Valley Elementary School class.

Barnhart, Blood to wed
Lorayne Barnhart of Juneau and Lawrence Blood of Sitka will be married in a ceremony at 7 p.m. April 7, 2006, at the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery. A reception will follow.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Jamie Barnhill
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

FYI
Births

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from around the community

Donald F. Carlo Jr.
Former Juneau resident Donald F. Carlo Jr., 37, died April 4, 2006, in Anchorage.

My turn: Replace our economy crippling federal taxes
We have advanced the idea there should be a Boston Tea Party-type revolt against our federal tax system.

My turn: Alaskans must work together for pipeline
Last month, I spoke with our state Legislature about creating a "climate for investment" in Alaska.

Alaska editorial: DMV legislation is good idea
Recently, we've heard, read and seen stories of protests in Los Angeles as people have taken to the streets in opposition of new proposed immigration plans.

Alaska editorial: Praises for fish board appointment
Congratulations, Bonnie Williams. We guess. Sort of. And good luck. You'll probably need it.

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: 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.

Juneau's Rhea lauded as state's player of the year
While the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team fell just short of a second-straight state championship, at least one piece of history repeated for the Crimson Bears.

Juneau Ski Club racks up awards at state alpine championships at Alyeska
The Juneau Ski Club dominated last weekend at the Alaska State Championships for 9- to 12-year-old alpine ski racers at Alyeska Ski Resort in Girdwood.

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 boys soccer opens season
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team impressively opened its season with a win and a draw in Spokane, Wash.

Corrections
During the Juneau Empire's coverage of the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament, there were a few mistakes made in the game coverage and reporting of the All-Tournament teams.

Juneau Parks And Recreation 2006 Co-Ed Volleyball Standings
Volleyball standings as of April 2.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

Intruders break into reindeer pen
The big hole in Star's pen could mean only one thing: someone had stolen Albert Whitehead's pet reindeer while he slept in his downtown Anchorage home.

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.

Cruise industry asks businesses to fight against initiative
The cruise ship industry will rely on the business community to rally support opposing a ballot initiative set for August that would impose a head tax on passengers in Alaska, Charlie Ball, president of Princess Tours, said Thursday.

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.

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

Bethel man arrested in drug bust
A Bethel man was arrested after 42 pounds of marijuana was seized in one of the biggest drug busts ever in Western Alaska, Alaska State Troopers said.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the Northwest

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.

Gambling legislation stalls, may be dead
A Senate committee appears ready to flush a proposal to expand gambling in Alaska.

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.

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

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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