C-SPAN makes people boring
A study appearing in the April issue of Pediatrics journal has found that every hour preschoolers watch television each day boosts their chances - by about 10 percent - of developing attention deficit problems later in life. I had the same reaction to hearing this that I had to hearing that scientists had proven that inhaling tar and poisonous gas (otherwise known as cigarette smoking) was bad for people. Gosh, really? Sure glad someone spent billions figuring that out.

Did we give up?
The anniversary of Maggie Wigen's death inspired much momentum, as many community members, family, and friends of Wigen contacted political representatives and law enforcement agencies, in addition to writing letters to the Empire, seeking to increase public awareness on this issue.

Prevent child abuse
The greatest gift a parent can give their children is a healthy relationship in which they act as a role model. Yet, it isn't always possible for them to give this gift. Many factors can get in the way of positive parenting, including lack of preparation or knowledge of critical issues surrounding parenting, financial or other environmental stresses, difficulty in relationships, stress of single parenting, and depression or other mental health problems.

Tobacco activists make AARP proud
I was pleased to see the Juneau Empire give front page coverage to the governor's rally with local high school students to support the $1-per-pack increase in the tobacco tax. I serve as state president of AARP and AARP is strongly supporting the tobacco tax increase.

Tobacco rally, tax exploit children
Recently I attended the so-called rally for the push on the tobacco tax increase and was rather appalled. I have never before seen such a blatant exploitation of children to push a political agenda. Resorting to using kids as a source of raising money is utterly ridiculous and is nothing short of propaganda.

Births, judgments and other local legal matters.

Marshal: JDHS fire not accident
A fire set Wednesday in a Juneau-Douglas High School boy's restroom is similar to blazes determined to be deliberately set on campus earlier this school year, Fire Marshal Rich Etheridge said.

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

Center offers legal self-help
More Alaskans heading to court on family-related matters have the chance to understand what's going on through the Family Law Self Help Center, said staff attorney Stacey Marz. Even people who lose their court cases have said they like the information provided by the Anchorage-based center, which is run by the Alaska Court System, Marz said while visiting Juneau on Thursday.

Photos: Swinging at the folk fest
Above: The Hot Club of Cowtown, guest artists for the 30th Alaska Folk Festival,

Center provides help via phone, Internet
Alaskans with questions about family-law court cases can get many answers on the Internet. But the state's Family Law Self-Help Center continues to help people on the telephone.

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

Photo: Before Centennial Hall
Juneau-Douglas City Museum / 85.30.002 This aerial photo shows the pre-construction site of Centennial

Husband and wife team spread feng shui knowledge
Courtesy of Sahaj Korner and Guru Surya Schaberle Eastern art: The husband and wife team of Sahaj Korner and Guru Surya Schaberle will be teaching feng shui courses through the next three weeks.

Students invited to learn about safety
Come on out Saturday, April 17 for the Bike, Boat, Blade Board Safety Bash from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Glacier Valley School. Kindergarten through eighth graders and their parents are invited out for a fun filled day to learn about water and wheeled sports safety.

On similarities between doctors and plumbers
I always knew there was something about plumbing that was like being a doctor. For the past 20 years, I have been engaged part-time in the plumbing business. My wife bought an apartment building, so over the years I have been called to fix a leaky faucet or to clear a blocked drain. I never liked to use chemicals, but preferred to use a device called a snake.

Thank you letters
Letters of thanks for local assistance.

Barbara and Randolph Jones wed
Barbara Terry Jones of Juneau and Randolph Jones of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., were married in a ceremony on Feb. 7, 2004, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Neighbors Digest
Community news in brief.

Joseph Judson
Longtime Juneau and Hoonah resident Joseph Judson, 70, died April 10, 2004, in Anchorage.

Struggling clubs can't see being Fraternal Order of Nonsmokers
The downtown Juneau Elks Club is a throwback. It's purple, for one thing. It serves half-pitchers of old-fashioned American lager, and members drink it. People like belonging. Eddie Rabbitt still loves a rainy night.

Sitka votes to keep sports at Class 4A
Responding to the requests of athletes, coaches and parents, the Sitka School Board on Monday voted unanimously against a proposal that would have changed Sitka High School's classification for sports and activities.

Juneau Parks and Rec volleyball standings
The final 2004 standings through matches of April 14 for the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation's 2004 coed volleyball leagues. Some team records include a bonus victory for having a representative at the preseason managers' meeting.

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.

Dominating opener
Intercepting passes and goal kicks, scoring off rebounds and ricochets, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team was omniscience in action Thursday en route to a season-opening victory.

Florida extends scoreless streak against Montreal
Carl Pavano was determined to keep the shutout streak going for the Florida Marlins. Pavano and a pair of relievers combined to blank the Montreal Expos 3-0 Thursday, extending the Marlins' scoreless string to a team-record 30 innings.

James leads Cavs out of cellar
The Cleveland Cavaliers emerged from the NBA's dark side this season. LeBron James lit the way. Hyped as the best player to turn pro straight out of high school, the 19-year-old James not only lived up to almost impossible expectations - he soared above them.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

State: Oil prices to hit record high
The state is predicting record prices for Alaska North Slope oil for fiscal year 2004, at $31.13 per barrel, state Revenue Commissioner Bill Corbus said Thursday.

Sealaska may pay for illegal tree felling
Sealaska Corp. could face a state fine for cutting 36 trees too close to salmon streams on Prince of Wales Island. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources sent the regional Native corporation a charging document this month that alleges multiple violations of the Forest Practices Act, the state's main logging law.

Bill would return historic site to Athabascan village
Leaders of the Athabascan village of Minto would regain possession of the historic site of the village through a bill proposed by state Sen. Georgianna Lincoln.

Northwest Digest
News in brief from around the region.

Third-strike drug offender sentenced to life in prison
A man convicted of conspiring to move cocaine north from Mexico has been sentenced to life in prison under the federal "third strike" law.

State troopers probe suspicious wolf kills
Several wolves were likely killed illegally by a private pilot who shot the animals from the air or shortly after landing outside an aerial predator control area, Alaska State Troopers said.

Union calls for a vote on strike
The largest of the state employee unions plans to ask its 7,500 members to authorize a strike in response to what the union called stalled contract negotiations.

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