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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

How can birth policy be justified
How can a hospital justify delivering babies at all if they can't do VBACs (vaginal birth after Cesarean section)?

Keep the ferry coming to Gustavus
In response to the letter saying that Gustavus does not need ferry service, I disagree. I tried to fly to Juneau last week and on the third attempt finally got there due to bad weather.

Double-crossers spend permanent fund
I see seven Republicans have co-signed SB 155 to raid the permanent fund for about $600 ($2,400 per household of four) for every man woman and child in Alaska ($337 million) to fund unionized "education" construction projects at Davis-Bacon wages.

Red Cross should take iron-rich blood
Once again the Red Cross is coming to town for a blood drive and once again, I will be turned away unless I have a doctors order for therapeutic phlebotomy and $85 in hand.

Patient should be the primary consideration
I'm saddened that women in Juneau will no longer have the option of VBAC (vaginal birth after Cesarean section).

Use permanent fund earnings for schools
Do the math. Fifty-two of 53 school districts across the state face cuts under the Alaska State Legislature's proposed education budget.

New state Capitol building not needed
In my opinion, if there is going to be a new state capitol building in Juneau it should be a "Virtual Capitol Building."

Alaska could use tax for roads and regs
The state of Alaska could use a head tax to fund the state museum, the state library, the state costs of ensuring the cruise ship industry complies with clean water and air regulations, or the state costs of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to license and enforce the thousands of cruise passengers sport fishing each year.

City not living up to sewage commitments
I want to add to the recent dialogue about the lack of city sewer on North Douglas Highway.

UAF in nationwide search for extension agent to serve Juneau
Juneau could get a new cooperative extension agent this fall, University of Alaska Fairbanks officials said last week.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Empire photos, column, cartoons, win top honors at Press Club awards
Juneau Empire photos, columns and editorial cartoons from 2004 garnered top honors when Alaska Press Club awards were announced Saturday night in Anchorage.

Cheerleading how-to
Malina Sargeant, 6, cheers during a Juneau Youth Football League cheerleading clinic held Saturday at Riverbend Elementary School. About 40 girls ages 6 to 16 participated in the event.

Friday concerts bring historic organ to life
Every Friday at noon, J. Allan MacKinnon turns a 77-year-old Kimball pipe organ into a one-man orchestra, the lobby of the State Office Building into a concert hall.

Photo: Leviathan pays a call to the capital city
The new double-bottomed oil tanker Alaskan Explorer is assisted into Juneau's port Monday by four tugboats.

Festival ends, planning begins
The 31st Alaska Folk Festival ended Sunday night with a raucous performance from guest artist Jawbone and the crowd's traditional send-off version of the Ledbelly song "Good Night Irene."

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Witness: Harmon's actions, words don't jibe
Witnesses in James Harmon's murder trial said they heard the defendant say things that didn't match their recollections in the days before Maggie Wigen's body was uncovered two years ago.

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

Photo: Young deer feeding near Petersburg
Sitka blacktail deer graze on new spring grass last week along a shore of the Wrangell Narrows in Petersburg. The deer are drawn to the new grass, flowers and buds growing in the lowlands.

Photo: Bringing in the bounty
Derek Goodman unloads black cod Monday at Alaska Glacier Seafood's processing plant at Auke Nu Cove. Goodman and others unloaded 20,000 pounds of the bottomfish from the Lorelei II.

Energy cost analysis for construction turned down
The Juneau Assembly has rejected a city committee's advice to require an energy cost analysis for public projects costing more than $2 million.

Benjamin Waring Partridge Jr.
Former Juneau resident Capt. Benjamin Waring Partridge Jr., 90, died April 12, 2005, at the Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Md.

My Turn: Improvement needed for future water rescues
This is in response to the article that appeared in the Empire on April 4, 2005, "Death shines a spotlight on rescuers," relating to Peter Barrett's fatal kayak accident.

Alaska editorial: Senate vote on fund earnings makes sense
The Alaska Senate earlier this month voted decisively and across party lines to spend $345 million in permanent fund earnings on school construction and repairs.

My turn: New Montessori school is embracing diversity
With much gratitude I would like to thank the Juneau School District's administration and the Juneau School Board for granting our Montessori community a charter. In granting us this autonomy we will finally be in control of our destiny and diversity.

Bears earn second sweep
The Juneau-Douglas junior varsity softball team completed an impressive sweep of the Prince of Wales varsity with two wins Sunday.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

JDHS boys and girls win Sitka meet
Juneau-Douglas High School track and field coach Scott May felt pleased about a number of performers as both his Crimson Bears boys and girls squads won the Sitka Invitational, which took place over Friday and Saturday.

Kevin Brinegar of Fairbanks cracks top 100 and is first Alaska finisher
Kevin Brinegar of Fairbanks cracked the top 100 to lead a group of 19 finishers from Alaska in Monday's Boston Marathon.

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.

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

SE king gillnetters get first shot at marketing
A long dormant chinook fishery will be the first to open Alaska's summer salmon season this year, beating out the much-anticipated Copper River run for the coveted marketing rush.

Plantaholic brings 'em back alive
When Deborah Koons goes grocery shopping at Fred Meyer, the first place the self-proclaimed "plantaholic" looks is the plant section.

Peninsula fire danger deemed high
Officials are trying to get the word out early: Fire danger has begun on the Kenai Peninsula.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

North Slope oil firms bet on heavy oil
BP and ConocoPhillips are betting that heavy oil in Alaska will result in a big payoff.

Bill guts Dems' budget leverage
A resolution aimed at prolonging the Constitutional Budget Reserve may diminish the role of the minority party in the Alaska Legislature.

Mine industry proposes taxing itself at low rate
Alaska's mining industry, under attack for its low contribution to state revenues, has targeted itself for a new tax.

Bill sends state jobs into private sector
As many as 200 state workers who purchase office equipment and other supplies for various state agencies could lose their jobs if the Legislature approves a bill to send their work to the private sector.

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