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Thursday, April 13, 2006

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

Move forward with Kensington Mine
Finally, a move that makes sense in the development of the Kensington Mine. After listening to months of environmental misinformation and often heated debate, I am pleased that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has stood behind its permit to develop Kensington.

Permanent Fund lump sum is a bad idea
The permanent fund lump sum idea? Most people would piss it away and it'd be gone forever. Not only that, the amount of money we're talking here is so small compared to our deficit, that it would have virtually no impact.

Why not move the Juneau airport?
The March 30 edition of the Empire said the Juneau Airport Board has proposed spending $76 million on renovation and expansion of our airport.

Looser mixing zone rules are not Alaskan
Allowing pollution in fish spawning waters flies in the face of the vast majority of Alaskans who have spoken out repeatedly in the past against loosening mixing zone regulations.

Rep. Kohring misses Backes' point
Rep. Kohring's response ("Against taxes on philosophical grounds," March 31) to an opinion piece by Lori Backes ("Oil invests big in AK politics," March 22) apparently missed the point. Did he forget who he works for?

Look at property tax assessment system
Recently the Empire has run numerous articles on affordable housing in Juneau. I'd like you to take that one step further.

Wolves make the caribou strong
Rick Kaufman's letter (April 2) about the wolf massacre being perpetrated under the guise of wildlife management was amazingly misleading.

Comments on aerial wolf hunting
Recently, a couple of letters to the editor appeared in the Juneau Empire editorial section condemning Priscilla Feral of Friends of Animals regarding her facts and stance on aerial wolf hunting.

A call for support of an Alaska pipeline
Thank you, Lori Backes, for your opinion piece of March 27, which confirms what many have long suspected: Our humble servants in Juneau have been bought and paid for with campaign contributions.

12-hour police shifts should be reinstated
I would like to reply to a letter written by Donna Goutermont ("Not pleased with police work, living in fear," March 26) that the Empire had the bad taste to publish.

Burglary suspect appears in court
Bail will remain at $25,000 for a 19-year-old Juneau man charged with burglarizing two Mendenhall Valley homes in March, while another suspect remained at large Tuesday.

Photo: Going for Blood
Tiana Skinner, left, an employee of the Blood Bank of Alaska, draws blood Tuesday from donor Gaye Willis at the Alaska Electric Light and Power offices.

Tax assessments soaring
At least 55 Juneau property owners have appealed ballooning tax assessments this month after another year of staggering increases.

Correction
The Wednesday Neighbors section of the Juneau Empire reported an inaccurate location for Earth Day Festival 2006 on April 22. The event will be at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center.

Coastal residents speak out for winter fast ferry runs
A legislative proposal to restore winter fast ferry runs in Lynn Canal and the Prince William Sound received enthusiastic support from most who testified during a House Transportation Committee hearing Tuesday.

Photo: Youthful energy
Jessica Hardy leaps over her Juneau-Douglas High School track and field teammates on Tuesday.

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

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

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

Photo: Slime line
Taku Smokeries/Fisheries employees Torino Yado, left, and Tom Morrison process halibut Wednesday at the company's South Franklin Street plant.

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

Neighbors Digest
News of local residents

The yellow roses of Rotary
With the help of his daughter, Hannah Rose, Glacier Valley Rotarian Dan Dawson, center, bought roses at the boat show.

The role and responsibility of Passover
Every year, on the 15th of the Hebrew month of Nisan, Jews the world over gather with family and friends to celebrate Passover.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you Capital City Fire and Rescue

Thomas F. McBrien
Juneau resident Thomas F. McBrien, 60, died April 3, 2006, at Swedish Hospital in Seattle.

My turn: Now not time to drop tax break
The Juneau Assembly should not eliminate the senior citizen sales tax exemption.

Jazz continue playoff push by beating Denver
Carlos Boozer scored 25 points and pulled down 13 rebounds, and Utah Jazz got back to .500 for the first time in two months, beating the Denver Nuggets 104-83 on Wednesday.

Juneau-Douglas boys hungry for a state title
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team practiced Tuesday in heavy rain on a field partially covered by snow, and it was clear that the team is on a mission.

Crimson Bear girls ready for the season
With a mixture of new blood and veteran athletes, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team opens the season at 12:45 p.m. today against West Valley.

Photo: Welcome to Nome
A near-full moon rises behind a group of musk oxen Tuesday near Nome.

No-bid deals ripe for waste
From Iraq reconstruction to Hurricane Katrina, poor contracting oversight enables Alaska Native corporations to capitalize on multimillion-dollar no-bid deals at a potential cost to taxpayers and small businesses, a federal audit says.

Legislature may ban drug
Lawmakers are trying to outlaw a hallucinogenic drug known on the streets as "Sally D" before it spreads through Alaska.

Federal case stalls in Katmai bear killing
The case against two teenagers who admitted killing six brown bears in Katmai National Preserve is stalled on the federal level.

Coastal residents speak out for winter fast ferry runs
A legislative proposal to restore winter fast ferry runs in Lynn Canal and the Prince William Sound received enthusiastic support from most who testified during a House Transportation Committee hearing Tuesday.

Alaska lags in teacher ratings
Under federal pressure, most states besides Alaska are close to getting teachers who are rated highly qualified in front of every math, history, language and other core class by the end of the school year. Or so they say.

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

Providence plans to open cancer center
Providence Alaska Medical Center is building a cancer treatment center in a move that means patients will not have to look outside Alaska for comprehensive care.

Rural energy aid included in bill
Energy aid for rural Alaskans will be included in a compromise spending bill.

Recruiters in the schools?
A state senator wants to make sure recruiters from the military, CIA and FBI have the same access to Alaska's public schools as other recruiters.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Alaska Digest
Sfaff and Wire reports from around the state

Gov. gone for 12 days
Gov. Frank Murkowski is touring Europe during the next two weeks to promote Alaska seafood and meet with oil executives.

Tougher mixing zone legislation fizzles
A bill to toughen up the state's rules for pollution in fish-spawning areas fizzled Wednesday in the House Resources Committee.

Scientists use Labs to hunt Arctic seals
America's most popular dog is a big hit with scientists who are using Labrador retrievers to hunt up seals for study in the Arctic.

From ballet to Broadway: JDU prepares for spring show
With two guest choreographers from New York City, Ricci Adan and John Passafiume, Juneau Dance Unlimited will present a little bit of everything in "Ballet to Broadway," its spring showcase at the Scottish Rite Temple.

CINEMA GUIDE
What's playing at the box office

Briefly
News of local arts

Fairbanks artist shares his vision of Alaska
For 60 hours June 6-8, 1912, the Novarupta volcano at Katmai National Park and Preserve, just southeast of Dillingham, exploded in the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century.

Small medium for inspiration
On days when Anchorage artist Wanda Seamster has trouble getting started on one of her larger projects, she has a smaller medium she can turn to for quick inspiration.

What's Happening
News of local events

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