Friday, April 8, 2005

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.

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.

Time to kill the wolf
Juneau, 1988. Our family pet dog, a Norwegian Elkhound turned on our then 4-year-old daughter and bit her in the face.

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.

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.

Unrepresentative rep.
While large majorities in the communities of Haines, Skagway and Juneau have made it quite clear they want no road, local political rookie, Bill Thomas, has decided his allegiance lies with the party majority rather than the communities he supposedly represents.

Opposes pesticides on Long Island
It has taken me some time to write this, but I can't put it off any longer. Shame on Klukwan Inc, and shame on the state of Alaska for the decision to allow aerial spraying of pesticides on Long Island.

Don't give oil away
In response to March 27 Empire editorial titled "Governor's tax bill reflects GOP values," it is my opinion that there are some in the Legislature who do not understand that our Constitution demands that we get maximum benefits from the development of our natural resources, as found in Article VIII, Section 2.

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.

AroundTown
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Trial for Auke Bay arson case ends in hung jury
With jurors insisting they couldn't reach a verdict in his trial on Auke Bay arson charges, Rickey Gottardi returned to jail Thursday to await another trial.

Jury finally selected to hear Tenakee Springs murder case
After four days of questioning, attorneys agreed late Thursday on a jury for the trial of the man charged with raping and killing 19-year-old Maggie Wigen two years ago in Tenakee Springs.

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?"

Environmentalists drop timber challenge in return for protection of valley
Six conservation groups said Thursday they are dropping their legal challenge to two timber sales that could provide more than a year's supply of timber to Southeast Alaska mills.

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

Legislators aim to kill daylight savings
For those who forgot to set the clock ahead Sunday for daylight savings time, a new bill before the Alaska Legislature could ease the yearly burden.

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

Photo: Spring ride
Allan Vallejo bikes through a patch of snow Thursday in the Dredge Lakes area. The lakes are still covered with ice, although the trails are slowly losing their cover of snow.

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

Photo: On the eve of folk fest
Beth Leibowitz plays her penny whistle Thursday near a totem pole by Mick Beasley at Capital School Park.

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.

Photo: Payoff for a winter of work
Larry DePute sits back as his wife rows their new hand-made Chester yawl Thursday down Mendenhall River.

Forum answers array of immigrants' questions
A state immigration officer conducted Juneau's first-ever immigrant-assistance forum Thursday in what officials said could be a precursor to monthly visits from Anchorage.

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

FYI
News from around town

Student recognitions
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

Dunlevy and Morehouse wed
Juneau resident Marcos Morehouse and Christina Dunlevy of Palm Springs, Calif., were married March 16, 2005, in Las Vegas.

Phillips and Garcia wed
Juneau resident Jamie Lee Phillips and Ricardo James Garcia of Phoenix, Ariz., were married on April 1, at the Regency Garden in Mesa, Ariz.

On the Waterfront: Engstrom shares a child's fantastic vision of Alaska
"There are strange things done in the midnight sun by the men who moil for gold."

Tsunami relief
Cub Scout Den 5, Pack 6 members (from left) Jack Garrard, Barclay Weyhrauch, Noah McVey, Sam Kurland, Keenan Wright and Liam McDermott present the proceeds of their fund-raising efforts on behalf of tsunami victims to Elaine Boyce of the Red Cross.

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

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

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: Why give tax breaks to oil companies?
I never understood why the Legislature gave tax breaks and incentives to oil companies last year. In a time of budget problems it seemed inappropriate and ill advised.

Alaska editorial: Murkowski chose new Cabinet members well
Gov. Frank Murkowski stabilized the ship of state by appointing three widely accepted moderates to his Cabinet. It was a good day for him.

My turn: The bank(ruptcy) of America
Not only is the current administration out to bankrupt the United States through tax and corporate giveaways or discretionary military spending intending to create a legitimate economic environment for Halliburton, Bechtel, and others out to rape Iraq...

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.

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.

Crimson Bear boys fall to Ferris on Spokane trip
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team had some great scoring opportunities, but could not follow through as they lost to Ferris High School 2-0 on Thursday on the team's annual trip to Spokane, Wash.

Diminutive, but dynamic
There's little chance that this season's Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team will be able to physically fill the big shoes of the eight departed seniors from last year state champion squad.

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 Briefs
Staff reports of local sports

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.

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.

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.

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

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

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.

Croft's bill offers incentives to schools with small classes
Rep. Eric Croft wants the state to give more money to schools that reduce class sizes to 15 or fewer students.

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.

Mat-su eyes its own site for session
The hoopla over the state Capitol design has focused on Juneau, but the Matanuska-Susitna Borough is making its own bid for a legislative building.

'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.

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.

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.

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

Cinema Guide
What's playing around town

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.

what's happening
Entertainment events around town

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