Monday, April 11, 2005

New picture books appeal to youths
There are plenty of new picture books for the young and young at heart at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Too much suffering
An article in the March 30, 2005, Toronto Globe and Mail, "The End of Hussein didn't mean freedom from hunger in Iraq," brings into question what good has come from our invasion of Iraq.

Confused ...
I am confused, President Bush says that the people, not the government, are smarter in investing for Social Security.

Capital-move costs
In response to the editorial "Capital location should be decided by all Alaskans," many people would like to see the capital move, but did anybody actually do a cost analysis on how much it would cost to relocate the whole capital infrastructure to a different location?

Opposes proposal to require passports at Canadian border
I have to agree with Sen. Lisa Murkowski's view that a reciprocal passport requirement for Canadians and Americans crossing our borders is unfortunate in the extreme,

The people chose GOP
I'm responding to the March 28 letter on Republicans not acting democratically in choosing justices.

Think of motives
I personally do not smoke marijuana, but the actions that the current administration have been taking is almost laughable.

He sleeps well, thanks
After your biased article "White House expert: Pot is Dangerous," you owe a little balance to the public.

Consider bill's effect
Alaska Businesses and citizens should be aware of SB160 which was introduced to the legislature on April 1.

Wisconsin man's attack on Stevens was unjustified
You printed a letter from R.M. Burnhan of Madison, Wis., (April 7) which was both savage and disingenuous in his characterization of Sen. Ted Stevens.

Gov't doesn't listen
Government today is working under the idea that absolute power is easily within their grasp, so why not take it?

Report more on marijuana bills
As a highly consistent reader of the Juneau Empire, it is deeply troubling that the only mention of the proposed House Bill 96 and Senate Bill 74 I have seen, which would in effect re-criminalize casual marijuana use, is encapsulated in Nancy Andison's poignant letter.

Leave cruisers alone
It's been a while since I've felt compelled to write a letter but, after the university land grab bill and the Anchorage newspapers' reaction to a new capitol in Juneau, the $50 cruise passenger tax finally burns me enough to say a few things.

Stewards of the land
I'm responding to several letters to the editor. This is the liveliest and most pertinent section of the paper, and should be expanded.

Government wastes our money
Instead of creating space age designs for a new capitol building, architects should reflect the corruption and wastefulness that takes place in state government.

War is too expensive
Thank you, Jonathan Anderson, for your letter on March 23, bringing to our attention the mounting costs of war, costs we seldom read about.

Need mandatory boater education
Peter Barrett's father questions the Coast Guard response in the death of his son.

Cultural myopia
In considering whether or not to criminalize cannabis and get some patently outrageous "findings" about cannabis on the record, please think deeply about this question:

Photo: You can do it
Darin Fagerstrom gives his daughter, Brita, 8, a few pointers Sunday on getting down the Eaglecrest slopes. The ski area closed for the season on Sunday.

31st Alaska Folk Festival kicks off today
Today is the first day of the 31st Alaska Folk Festival, and to some, therefore, it's spring.

Gottardi anticipates next trial, wants new lawyer
The next time Rickey Gottardi stands trial on charges alleging he set fire to DeHart's Marina in September, things will be different, he said Friday.

Botelho ups capitol ante
Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho says the city might contribute $20 million to building a new capitol.

Fish trap readied for public
A Tlingit fish trap up to 700 years old will be permanently displayed at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

Cruise outlook for 2005 shows growth
Cruise industry officials say the 2005 visitor season is shaping up to be a busier one for the industry and Juneau business owners.

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

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

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

Photo: Taking a stand for good behavior
Judy Erickson reins in her Pembroke Welsh corgi McDuff as Milo, a Pomerian owned by Paula Cadiente, looks on during a canine good citizen class Saturday at the Dzantak'i Heeni Middle School commons.

Time to hang 'em up, skiers
Eaglecrest Ski Area finished the 2004-05 season just shy of its $1.1 million revenue target, despite a late opening and a weak March, general manager Kirk Duncan said Sunday.

Harmon judge says no to trial relocation
The Juneau jury selected for the trial of the man charged with raping and killing Maggie Wigen two years ago in Tenakee Springs hasn't been tainted by pretrial publicity, the presiding judge ruled Friday.

Correction
A story in Friday's Empire incorrectly stated that Eaglecrest Ski Area would conduct its annual Slush Cup today. The event is canceled for lack of snow.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Early estimate: Valley high school costs over budget
The latest estimate for construction of the Dimond Park high school is $1.7 million over the budget.

Stanley Morris Isaacs
Juneau resident Stanley Morris Isaacs died March 9, 2005, at Wildflower Court in Juneau.

Michael S. Gerber
Former Juneau resident Michael S. Gerber died April 1, 2005, in Petersburg.

Erling Orsen Oswald
Former Juneau resident Erling Orsen Oswald, 80, died April 7, 2005, in Bremerton, Wash., of cancer.

Empire editorial: Passport plan hurts average Alaskans
To many Alaskans, Canada seems more like the neighbor next door than it does a foreign country. But if U.S. citizens want to drop in on that neighbor, they're going to have start carrying a passport.

My Turn: America's oil dependency drives the war in Iraq
Most Alaskans seem willing to trade the Last Frontier for another short term "fix" to feed the American habit.

Toe Toon
Comic by local artist Toe.

Legislature should think of the future generations
Congress is considering improvements to Social Security for future generations.

Juneau chinook anglers get looser regulations
State officials will allow Juneau sport fishermen to get a little more leverage with their rods when they go out for king salmon this spring.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

Hunting for Vandals
P arts of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge are beginning to resemble war zones, with bullet-ridden signs, restrooms and informational kiosks standing out as ugly outposts in an otherwise pristine wilderness environment.

Outdoors Digest
Hunter education offered this week

Out&About
A listing of outdoor events in town

Snow report
Today is the last day of the season at Eaglecrest Ski Area. Lifts will operate between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The tubing hill is closed.

Juneau boys soccer team ends its trip with victory
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team ended its annual trip to Spokane, Wash., with a thrilling win Saturday, as junior Dylan Ashe scored in the closing moments for a 3-2 victory over Mead.

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.

Juneau girls garner all-state hoops honors
Juneau girls basketball coach Lesslie Knight set her team up for its state title run with a focus on fundamentals and a host of creative motivational tools.

Juneau coasts by Colony
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team exhibited its speed, skill and finishing prowess in a pair of whitewashings over the weekend.

The 2004-05 JDHS girls basketball season
Regular Season Scores

Game, season converge into a championship
When the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team beat Service in a thrilling state championship game earlier this month, the see-saw nature of the match was fitting.

Seniors add a variety of talents to successful team
The three seniors on this season's Juneau girls basketball team have been playing together for years.

Juneau women's hockey team wins at Anchorage meet
The Juneau Lady Looters women's hockey team posted a perfect 5-0 record and won the intermediate division title at the 2005 Fools on Ice/Alaska Women's Spring Hockey Invitational, held April 1-3 in Anchorage.

Senate measure allows use of force in DNA collection
The state Senate on Friday passed a bill allowing the use of force to collect DNA samples from prisoners. It also protects officers, municipalities and the state from being sued for taking the samples.

Photo: What a drag!
Driver Andra Burns tows skier Lena Komfeldova into the Hoodoo Mountains on Friday at the Arctic Man Ski and Snow Go Classic near Paxson.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Bridge-crossing study finds there's abundant sealife in Knik Arm
The Knik Arm contains a menagerie of marine life hidden in the Inlet's silt-saturated tides, according to preliminary reports on a proposed bridge over the area.

Man drives into Division of Motor Vehicles building, then renews license
A man drove his car into a wall of the Division of Motor Vehicles building, then walked inside and renewed his driver's license, Anchorage police said.

Police add new Tasers to arsenal
Alaska State Troopers and Anchorage police are moving ahead with plans to outfit officers with more and better Tasers despite growing controversy about the electro-shock guns nationwide, including a million-dollar judgment in Alaska related to Taser abuse.

Anchorage schools hit with sex suit
A second lawsuit has been filed against the Anchorage School District over what plaintiffs claim was a sexual assault of their 7-year-old daughter in an elementary school.

Legislature eyes school harassment
Alaska lawmakers are trying to make it easier for schoolchildren to keep their lunch money.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

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