Saturday, April 8, 2006

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Alaska Folk Festival schedule
For Friday, April 7th

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.

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.

Neighbors helping Neighbors
Juneau Student Symphonies

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you.

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.

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.

FYI
Births

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 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: 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the Northwest

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.

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.

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.

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