Friday, April 15, 2005

GOP opposes personal liberty
Gov. Frank Murkowski's current push to recriminalize marijuana is the issue most representative of my utter disillusionment with the Republican Party.

Race not relevant
I would like to ask, regarding the April 7, 2005, edition under the AlaskaDigest section, covered under the headline "Juneau man identified in Petersburg murder," why you decided that your readers needed to know that the 29-year old victim was an Alaska Native, and what that distinction might have had to do with the story?

Wolves are wild animals; dogs aren't
The recent letter "Time to kill the wolf" is truly obscured and plain stupid. Wilderness means keeping the wilds of our country.

No loss of parking
A writer of an April 12 letter to the editor indicates that the Seward Street construction project is permanently eliminating parking.

Natives still waiting for land claims
In regard to the recent House Bill 130, which transfers 260,000 acres of state land to the University of Alaska for development, is this a handout or land grab or an economic bill?

Wait and see on the roundabout
The courteous practice of Douglas residents accommodating vehicles from North Douglas into traffic onto the Douglas Bridge each morning may soon be coming to an end as the roundabout construction is in full swing.

Use current space for government
Here's my say about a new capitol building and whether it should be built in Juneau or elsewhere.

Passenger fees help
Responding to John Mielke's diatribe, in an April 11 letter to the editor, against a proposed state cruise ship passenger fee, John is partially correct that the state has ambiguous priorities and obligations to ports and harbors throughout the state.

Dedicate funds for Juneau harbors
Ben Brown's My Turn was an interesting perspective on Eaglecrest Ski Area. While I agree with most of what he wrote, I believe the same things can be said for our small boat harbors.

Don't generalize about women's choices
I am responding to Sam Guthrie's letter to the editor on March 31. I disagree with the statement that "a baby will not ruin your life."

Photo: Dining out
A Sitka blacktail deer forages Wednesday on greens on the hillside above the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal. After a long winter, deer eat to build fat reserves.

Photo: Festival color
Carly Varness, left, and Lindsey Edgar dance to the rhythm of Bob Parish's hand drum Thursday night at Centennial Hall. Guest artist Jawbone played a 45-minute set.

Uptown and downtown converge in Port Townsend
I have often wondered how the word downtown is different from uptown. Port Townsend, Wash., provides the answer.

Other places to see in Port Townsend
Last fall, we stayed at the beautifully decorated Holly Hill House (B & B). Homemade marshmallows, cookies, port and sherry are available at all times in the lounge.

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

Critics rally against the road
Anti-road activists rang Gov. Murkowski's doorbell in Juneau on Thursday, but he wasn't home.

Tapes show Harmon was early suspect
During the search for Maggie Wigen two years ago in Tenakee Springs, the 26-year-old man now standing trial in her killing said he and the woman had one thing in common.

FYI
News from around town

Dam site found suspicious early in murder case
An earth dam above the center of Tenakee Springs seemed suspicious days before Maggie Wigen was discovered buried in it two years ago, people from the town testified Thursday in the trial for the man accused of killing her.

Going undercover as a tourist
I am the enemy of happiness. Ruining people's fun at Disneyland, Vegas or Santa's visit to the mall is my obsession, in the eyes of professionals who oversee such things.

Alaska Folk Festival schedule
Today's Folk Fest Lineup

Blood bank to begin collecting
The Blood Bank of Alaska will accept blood donations next week at four locations in Juneau.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Property owners disagree with city over tax assessments
Property owners throughout Juneau are complaining of skyrocketing tax assessments this month, and dozens have appealed to the city.

Photo: The Head Blue Jay
Sophie Lager, lead singer for Sophie and the Blue Jays of Juneau, sings Tuesday at Centennial Hall during the 31st Alaska Folk Festival. The festival runs until Sunday with more than 150 performers.

Hobo musician to play tonight
Years ago, after he had already traveled through most of the Lower 48 and all parts of the world, Vermont singer-storyteller Rik Palieri was given his "hobo name" by songwriter and humorist Utah Phillips.

Photo: Time to sow
Barbara Frank, left, and Pat McLear turn the soil in their vegetable boxes Thursday afternoon at the Juneau Community Gardens in the Mendenhall Valley.

City to return state money for capitol
After the Juneau Assembly agreed Thursday to return state money for a capitol design contest, Mayor Bruce Botelho wondered whether his dream of a new capitol will become a reality.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Images from another time: After the geiser, 1985
A work crew cleans up on June 28, 1985, after a water main broke and flooded the area near the corner of Franklin and Front streets. Work was being done on utilities when a temporary support for the 10-inch water main gave way, rupturing the line.

Folk Festival
Today's Folk Festival Lineup

Student recognitions
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

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

Photo: A furry find
Ruth Johnson, chief financial officer for Wildflower Court, holds a stray stuffed animal she found while picking up trash along Egan Drive.

Contemplating Alaska's rich fishing heritage
This is the real Alaska. This is the historic Alaska. I'm standing on the floor of the modern fish processing plant of Glacier Seafoods, located in Auke Bay just beyond the ferry terminal.

Barbara Strandberg
Former Juneau resident Barbara Carlquist Strandberg, 88, died March 3, 2005, in Tempe, Ariz.

My turn: Some heroes don't get noticed
If someone were to ask you the definition of a hero, what would it be?

My turn: Marriage amendment hides perils for everyone
I'm writing to urge all Alaskans to tell legislators to vote no on SJR-10, the resolution in support of the Federal Marriage Amendment.

My turn: Is it really news or covert propaganda? Let us know
There's something rotten in D.C. And I don't mean a garbage strike in the heat of summer. I mean what the Government Accounting Office is calling "covert propaganda."

Empire editorial: Capitol funding give-and-take adds to city's urgency
This week's revelation and rejection of a state allocation to help Juneau design a controversial new capitol illustrates the mighty sales job ahead for the city.

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 Dance Team ready for the big show
Throughout winter, the Juneau-Douglas High School Dance Team served as a complementary act to the Crimson Bears' basketball squads.

Juneau Parks & Rec Coed Volleyball
Final 2005 league Volleyball standings

Jumping toward nationals Juneau Jumpers to strut their stuff Saturday
A whirling dervish of spinning rope and quick feet, the Juneau Jumpers jump-rope team will show off their moves this weekend.

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.

Around the Southeast
News of local sporting events

Senate taps $344 million of permafund for schools
The Alaska Senate has passed what lawmakers called a "watershed" bill that uses the largest amount yet from the state's permanent fund to pay for projects.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Senate passes workers' comp overhaul bill
The Senate on Wednesday passed a rewrite of the state's workers' compensation laws, despite the late inclusion of an appeals commission that detractors called a "poison pill."

Governor asks city to return capitol money
Gov. Frank Murkowski said Wednesday that a state grant to Juneau for a capitol design competition was "inappropriate" and should be returned.

Fishermen question anti-terrorist rule
Alaska fishermen see trouble brewing if the U.S. Coast Guard approves a new rule creating anti-terrorist security zones around cruise ships in state waters.

U.S. House Resources Committee backs drilling in ANWR
For the second time, Alaska's highest court is taking a look at a law requiring parental consent for girls under 17 to get an abortion.

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

Aurora's wait is over, eggs finally hatching
Aurora held tight to her dream.

Union: Teacher layoffs loom without more funding
The president of Alaska's largest public school teachers union said Thursday that if the Alaska Legislature does not increase funding for salaries this session, teachers will be laid off.

Audiences invited to quench their 'Thirst' at Nickelodeon
The Juneau chapter of the Sierra Club will screen "Thirst," a 2003 documentary about the privatization of water rights, at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, as the fifth in its series of free films at the Gold Town Nickelodeon.

Plumbing the depths of EVIL
In an age where we still glorify our villains, William Shakespeare's Richard III's quest for ambition is so diabolical that it's hard not to empathize with the deformed king.

Cinema Guide
What's playing around town

Music that'll grab you by the oxters
Caoimhin O Raghallaigh grew up in Dublin, and began playing the fiddle - and subsequently the tin whistle, flute and uilleann pipes - when he turned 10.

what's happening
Entertainment events around Juneau

briefly
News of local arts

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