Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Leave the mine alone
We all cannot be so lucky to have a good paying job working for the federal, state or city government here in Alaska; nor would all of us want those jobs.

Juneau needs to finish sewer projects
One of the primary duties of local government is to provide basic services. One of those basic services is sewer.

Not a good tradeoff on Seward Street
As a person who walks Seward Street at least once daily during the work week, I've noticed something which strikes me as a bit odd. T

Label all seafood with point of origin
Sustainable salmon fisheries provide critical jobs and food for Americans throughout the Pacific.

Media used wrong polls in Schiavo case
It's now been shown that the polls that were widely reported in the mainstream media leading up to Terri Schiavo's death were biased polls with "leading" questions. The latest unbiased polling from Zogby shows the nation clearly supporting Terri and her parents and wanting to protect the lives of other disabled patients. By a whopping 79 percent to 9 percent, Americans responding to the Zogby poll said that disabled patients like Terri Schiavo should not have food and water taken away.

Speak up against permanent fund grab
Eighty-three percent of Alaska taxpayers voted on Sept. 14, 1999, not to touch the permanent fund. Today, Senate Bill No. 98 is on the way for the governor's signature.

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

Panel sends lands bill to floor
To the disappointment of some Southeast Alaska communities, a House panel Tuesday moved a controversial university land grant bill to the House floor.

Photo: A time for change
Lowell Ford, a mechanic for Foreign Auto Repair downtown, removes studded snow tires Tuesday. Juneau drivers have until Friday to get rid of the winter gear.

Photos: Let there be folk
Singer-songwriter Kray Van Kirk of Juneau, above, plays acoustic guitar Monday on the first dayof the 31st Alaska Folk Festival at Centennial Hall. 150 acts slated to appear during the festival this week.

Liability concerns cut down on birth choices
Amy Mead and her doctor both care about the health of the baby she will deliver in three months, but a recent medical policy shift for Juneau has them disagreeing on how to deliver the child.

DA: Money trail points to Harmon
Follow the money, Juneau District Attorney Patrick Gullufsen told jurors who will consider his case against the man charged with raping and killing 19-year-old Maggie Wigen two years ago in Tenakee Springs.

New sport chinook rules announced
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Monday new sport fishing rules for the Juneau area, in effect from April 25 to June 30.

City says no to Intrastate Gas
The city decided Monday night to stay out of the gas business.

Expanded Valley subdivision to be closed to through traffic
When the final phase of the Erin Manor subdivision becomes a neighborhood, it shouldn't be on a Mendenhall Valley thoroughfare, city planners decided Tuesday night.

Assembly OKs harbor fee increase
At its Monday meeting, the Juneau Assembly unanimously approved increasing the small boat harbor fee by 90 percent over the next three years.

Replacing one of our high-rise sidewalks
Mark Millea, a carpenter for Arete Construction, rebuilds the stairway at Franklin and Sixth streets Tuesday. Millea has been working for the past two weeks on the 90-step staircase and will have it done in a week.

Photo: Getting the munchies
A bald eagle glides in to join a flock of about 20 other eagles snacking on some carrion that washed up Monday on the Aurora Basin breakwater.

Folk Fest Schedule
Today's Folk Festival Lineup

Senate panel resists change to university land bill
A Senate committee struck down an amendment Monday that would allow further removal of some Southeast Alaska land parcels from a University of Alaska land grant bill.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Folk fest schedule
Today's Folk Fest lineup

Photo: But will it fly?
A pair of outboards lend a pickup an amphibious look last week at the boat harbor in Petersburg.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Beanery out of the past - 1992
Port Du Nord Playboys band members Albert McDonnell, left, and John Palmes sing in front of the Armadillo menu board during a dance concert in November 1992 at the Tex-Mex restaurant.

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

God bless this neighborhood
In my last "Living and Growing" column, I shared how my homogeneous roots have grown to include the blessing of a rich diversity of races and cultures in my own family.

Diversity quilt
National Youth Service Day will be coming to the Juneau-Douglas City Museum on Friday April 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., when 12 local teenagers grades 7 through 12 will help construct the Diversity Quilt that began as part of the arts activity fair held in conjunction with the City Wide Diversity Week Celebrations.

Etheridge and Adams to wed
Juneau residents Jennifer Etheridge and John Adams will be married at 4 p.m., April 16, 2005, at Chapel by the Lake.

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

Arnold Chase Walker Sr.
Former Angoon resident Arnold Chase Walker Sr., 65, died April 7, 2005, at Alaska Regional Hospital.

Louell J. Riddle
Juneau resident Louell J. Riddle died April 8, 2005, in her home

William Vern Graves
Lifelong Juneau resident William Vern Graves died April 8, 2005, in Juneau.

Alaska editorial: The effect of the first combat death in Alaska
The combat death of a young U.S. Marine from Salcha brought to life an occurrence that many, whether to slight or great degree, likely suspected would happen at some point during the war in Iraq.

My turn: Success at school starts in the home
Our country is presently facing the most challenging task of the century in the field of education - improving the quality of our educational system.

Alaska editorial: Tuberculosis threat can't be ignored
The recent report of an increase in tuberculosis cases in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region confirms a warning from the World Health Organization and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis last month.

My turn: Alaska needs workers' compensation reform now
Alaska's workers' compensation system is broken, and we all have to pitch in to fix it if we want to keep Alaskans working.

My turn: Daylight savings time helps Alaskans
Well folks, here it comes again! A few legislators are trying to kill daylight savings time because it is an inconvenience to some of their constituents who don't like the changing of sleep patterns twice a year.

My turn: Alaska needs workers' compensation reform now
Alaska's workers' compensation system is broken, and we all have to pitch in to fix it if we want to keep Alaskans working.

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.

Local disabled vet skis at Snowmass
Susan Macaulay, a disabled Air Force veteran from Juneau, took part in the 19th National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic last week in Snowmass Village, Colo.

Juneau pair 15th out of 34 synchronized swim duets
Juneau synchoronized swimmers Sarah Felix and Kimiko "Koko" Urata finished 15th out of 34 duet performances last week at the 2005 Speedo Junior Championships in Canton, Ohio.

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.

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

State grant for capitol design steams Gatto
A Matanuska-Susitna Borough legislator rebuked state facilities officials Tuesday when he learned they had funneled $94,500 in state money to Juneau for its capitol design competition

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Public radio works to hang onto funds
After the Alaska House of Representatives cut funding for public television, members of Alaska public radio stations seized an opportunity Tuesday to make the case for their budgets to senators.

Panel lowers boom on pain and suffering
The Senate on Tuesday approved lowering the cap on medical malpractice awards to $250,000 on the argument that too few doctors and insurance carriers operate in Alaska because of the risk of costly verdicts.

Committee gives OK to workers' comp bill
Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposed revision to state workers' compensation laws was approved Monday by the Senate Finance Committee and now heads to the full Senate.

Senate OKs retirement reform bill
The Alaska Senate voted Monday for a reform of the teachers and public employees retirement system, asking them to contribute more of their paychecks to retirement.

Alaska asserting rights to old trails under federal law
Alaska sued the Department of the Interior in U.S. District Court in Anchorage on Monday, seeking a clear title to historic trails across federal land, Gov. Frank Murkowski said.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Murkowski snubs Buist for game board
When Gov. Frank Murkowski called Pete Buist and told him he was not going to be reappointed to a second term on the Alaska Board of Game, Buist wasn't surprised.

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