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

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.

Faith in mining co. shouldn't be blind
I enjoy reading the letters to the editor, as it gives me a real insight as to what is going on up there in my former home of Juneau.

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.

Ferry leaders overlook options
It appears that the "leadership" of the Alaska Marine Highway System may now try to use a recent U.S. Coast Guard directive to kill ferry service by the LeConte.

Empire question should have been clearer
On April 2, the Juneau Empire ran the results of its "What do you think?" poll on the Opinion page.

Follow the elections and not polls
Even though I voted for the bond issue for the airport last October, I am disturbed by the decision of the airport board to proceed with the expansion anyway less than six months after the public voted no.

Encouraged by Corps' decision on permits
It is welcome news that the Army Corps of Engineers has reinstated permits allowing construction at the Kensington Mine to continue.

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.

Money talks at Berners Bay's expense
Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, has announced its May 9 annual shareholders meeting.

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.

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?

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.

Wants a tax-exempt card for seniors
Even though I live in Houston, I read your Web site every day. I was lucky to have spent four days in Juneau last summer.

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 nonprofit local events

Be prepared
• Have the correct number and type of personal floatation device and other required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment on board your vessel for you and each of your passengers before heading out.

Spring king derby winner 1998
Marion Ezrre was not only the winner of the 1998 Tlingit & Haida Spring Salmon Derby but she is also the first and only female to win thus far.

Planners propose parking fee
City planners are drafting an ordinance that would allow developers to pay up to $10,000 in place of each parking space that they would otherwise have to provide.

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

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.

SE Alaska king salmon regs OK'd; more liberal limits await
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced that the sport fishing bag and possession limits for king salmon in Southeast Alaska and Yakutat will remain in effect through spring. These regulations are:

Photo: Getting ready
Stuart Cohen, owner of Invisible World, folds sweaters from South America on Thursday at his South Franklin Street store.

Fishing Family on the Rock
L eslie Rae Isturis grew up in a fishing family. Her father raised his children to be comfortable on the water and to have good fishing skills.

Group fears cuts to school programs
With gas and oil dominating the majority of conversations this legislative session, some parents say the Alaska Legislature is bordering on child neglect when it comes to funding education.

It's Spring Derby Time Again
It's each man, woman and child for themselves starting May 1 in the race to get the largest fish in the Spring King Salmon Derby.

Photo: Showtime
Members of the Juneau-Douglas High School Drill Team perform during Showtime 2006 on Thursday at the JDHS gym.

HANS CHESTER: Scholarship recipient
H ans Chester wanted to go to college. He wanted to be a teacher and help pass on his culture to other Native children in the community.

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

2006 Derby rules and regulations
Tickets & Entry Fees

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

Photo: Preparations
Charles Bouvier, an independent carpenter, builds an awning Thursday in front of Venetian Jewelers on South Franklin Street.

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

Welcome the King of spring
What makes spring king salmon so special? Is it the size, up to a world record 97 pounder from the Kenai River, which is only slightly larger that the 90-pounder caught in Juneau waters?

Tactics for spring kings
The first rule about fishing for spring kings is to forget all the other rules!

USCG safety equipment regulations
The Coast Guard sets minimum standards for recreational boats and associated safety equipment. To meet these standards some of the equipment must be Coast Guard approved. "Coast Guard Approved Equip-ment" meets Coast Guard specifications and regulations for performance, construction or materials.

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks, neighbor

A tale of two local gentlemen
Here is a present day tale of the men who live on South Franklin Street.

Eggs wrongly convicted
When I think of Easter, I think of eggs. This age-old symbol of regeneration has been associated with the Easter holiday for hundreds of years.

Student artist in the spotlight: Andrea Francisco
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.

Photo: Shooting funds
National Rifle Association State Area Representative Brad Kruger, left, and NRA Banquet Chairman Kathy McCasland, center left, present a check to 4-H Shooter members Bruce Bowler, center right, and Tammy Kramer, right, on April 12, for 4-H use of the Juneau Indoor Shooting Range.

Neighbors helping neighbors: The Glory Hole
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Photo: A magic touch
Jo Paddock styles the hair of Wildflower Court resident Harriet Chilton. Every Wednesday for the last few years, Paddock, owner of Little Mermaid Beauty Salon, brings her skills to the Wildflower Court.

Bell and Coate wed
Emily Bell of Paris, Ill. and Toby Coate of Juneau were married Jan. 8, in Coffman Cove, Alaska.

News about the people you know

Alaska editorial: Bemoaning the cost of substance abuse
The dollar amount in a recent report about the economic cost to Alaska caused by drug and alcohol abuse is staggering - $738 million.

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.

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.

Crimson Bears on the hunt
It's time to see what the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team can do for an encore.

Juneau-Douglas boys soccer team takes a pair
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team made a successful home debut with two shutout victories Thursday.

JDHS players on to college
Juneau-Douglas High School senior shortstop Victoria Powers signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play softball for Western Illinois University

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.

Juneau girls roll in openers
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team stormed out of the gates, opening the season with two dominating wins Thursday.

JDHS baseball team seeks a return to glory
Despite losing a strong senior class which included the state player of the year, the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team figures to be in the hunt for a Southeast Conference title and possibly more this season.

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.

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.

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.

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.

House votes to create commission on climate change
The state House on Thursday endorsed creating a commission that would advise how Alaska communities can deal with the erosion, floods and thawing permafrost brought by global climate change.

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

Running dispute keeps lawmakers' parking lot empty
A parking lot reserved for state lawmakers sits vacant during off hours because of a long-running dispute between the Legislature and the owners of the downtown Anchorage lot.

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

Officials warn against flu panic
Patricia Cochran says her mother always remembered the year 1918 like it was yesterday.

Voters give go-ahead to port renovation
After four years of effort, the city of Ketchikan has a port renovation project.

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

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

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Alaska Digest
Sfaff and Wire reports from around the state

Gustavus residents fight vessel permits
For years, Bartlett Cove has been a contentious spot.

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

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.

What's playing at the box office

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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