Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Spray in your own backyard before hurting ours
I live in Hydaburg, which is a short way from Long Island, and there are clam beds, old fishing grounds, hunting grounds, and cemeteries that our ancestors utilized, not to mention the old village site of Howkan.

Wild animals shouldn't be treated like pets
I am writing in regard to Richard Campbell's letter that was published in the April 8 paper about the wolf and the situation between the wolf and his family dog.

Don't tie school funding to retirement system reform
For more than 40 years, Alaska has had a sound retirement system for public employees and teachers.

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.

Depending on reporters for accuracy
As someone who has taken part in cruise ship vacations a couple of times, I was interested in Mark Sabbatini's story in the April 14 edition of the Empire.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Second crossing would cut traffic
How much money would the citizens of Juneau save if there was a second crossing to Douglas Island?

Thanks to those who helped Seward St. businesses
I am a small business owner on Seward Street, and I would like to take the time to recognize the efforts of some hardworking people in Juneau.

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

Juneau glimpses the giant
Luke Bradley, 24, made an unusual return to Southeast Alaska this week. He came home on an oil tanker.

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.

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

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

The Decker building burns - 1984
Juneau firefighters battle a fire in the Decker building on South Franklin Street in June 1984. Firemen took 212 hours to bring the blaze at the apartment building under control.

Photo: Walking up Main in the rain
Janell Mason, a Senate page, slogs up rainy Main Street on Tuesday. A record 1.012 inches of rain for this date fell in Juneau by 4 p.m. Tuesday. Clear skies are predicted for the weekend.

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.

More questions raised about Harmon's cash
State troopers found none of Maggie Wigen's money on James Harmon's boat when they were investigating her disappearance two years ago in Tenakee Springs.

City, FAA cannot agree on runway safety plan
The Federal Aviation Agency will release a long-awaited draft environmental impact statement next Monday, studying various options to bring Juneau International Airport's runway safety areas up to federal standards.

Photo: Spring is in the woods
Two blueberry blossoms bulge in the North Douglas woods last week as a thread of spider's silk appears to hold the structure together.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Behrends celebrate 25 years
Juneau residents Dick and Candy Behrends will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary April 26. The couple married in 1980 in Washington.

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

It's spring, time to get your hands dirty
These first weeks of spring are always the most exciting time of the year, as in fits and starts the whole Southeast pulls itself into another season of growth and renewal.

Patricia Van Kirk
Former Juneau resident Patricia Van Kirk, 54, died March 23, 2005, in Mazatlan, Mexico.

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.

Marcia Heiber
Former Juneau resident Marcia Heiber, 48, died April 17, in Hilo, Hawaii.

Alaska editorial: Senate's taken big step to fix retirement system
For a decade Cornell Co., a Texas-based prison privatization firm, and its Alaskan associates, tried to get Alaska to build a big, money-making private prison somewhere in the state.

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.

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.

Sitka Invitational
April 15-16

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.

2005 Juneau Parks & Recreation Co-Ed Tournament Results
Results of local volleyball

Photo: Leaping into the season
Photo courtesy of Louise Holland

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.

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

Senator wants to legalize poker rooms
Behind closed doors, even at the Alaska Capitol, staffers and legislators play weekly rounds of poker.

Archbishop says pope is 'good choice'
The election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as pope Tuesday initially surprised Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz, and not because Pope Benedict XVI has a quieter persona than his popular predecessor.

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.

House OKs ability to choose fund investments
The House on Tuesday tentatively passed a bill giving Alaska Permanent Fund trustees the ability to choose how they invest the assets of the $30 billion fund.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

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