Thursday, April 20, 2006

Assembly addicted to taxing and spending
Does anyone else feel that the Assembly is financially out of control?

Opposed to spreading war to Iran
I have been reading with alarm the recent news stories in the Juneau Empire and other papers about the Bush administration's plans for bombing Iran.

Disappointed in Sen. Kookesh
On March 29, state Sen. Albert Kookesh made this statement through the Juneau Empire in reference to the elimination of the A Bracket in the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament:

City needs a Planned Parenthood office
It seems that another battle of morals has begun in our fair capital, and Planned Parenthood is the target.

Oil companies' ads mislead public
In their advertising in Alaska's newspapers, the major oil producers and other groups deliberately try to mislead the public.

Ruaro challenges incumbent for Central Council president
The 71st Annual General Assembly of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska began Wednesday at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall, and the election of a new president promises to be the most visible issue.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Bill could keep gas contract out of court
Bills scheduled to be heard Wednesday in Alaska House and Senate committees are meant to bar a court from halting or delaying a legislative review of a natural gas deal by Gov. Frank Murkowski and the state's three largest oil producers.

Photo: Shocking science
Austin Badger explains his science project, "Shocking Fruits," in Janet Conniff' middle school science class at the Juneau Christian school on Tuesday.

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

Homeless definition may grow
Juneau advocates hope a recent city resolution expanding the definition of homelessness will lead to increased awareness and potential benefits for hundreds falling between the cracks.

Photo: All fired up
Andrew Heist stacks vases, jars and other ceramics on a table while the rest of his University of Alaska Southeast ceramics classmates peer at items coming out of the new wood kiln.

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

Photo: Little bag, big world
Christy Long holds a garbage bag as her 4-year-old son, Jayden West, fills it up with litter near Twin Lakes. Long and members of her day care center, Little Prints, held the cleanup in recognition of Earth Day, which will be Saturday.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Construction costs delay Wal-Mart
Juneau's harsh winters and fragile soil are to blame for high-cost construction bids delaying Wal-Mart's arrival in Juneau, City Manager Rod Swope said Wednesday.

Marmots of Ill Repute
One lucky eBay auction Web site bidder could be the owner of a 3-foot-tall, 40-pound Alaska hoary marmot installation, courtesy of a Douglas taxidermist's appreciation for visual puns.

Images from another time: A lotta' Larson
Pop star Nicolette Larson sings her signature song, "Lotta Love" during one of her two concerts at Centennial Hall. The 40,000-foot facility was dedicated June 11, 1983, with a ribbon cutting by former Juneau Mayor Bill Overstreet and Gov. Bill Sheffield and ex-governors Keith Miller, William Egan and Walter Hickel.

Exploring culture in our community
Wearing a felt eagle hat, fifth-grader Tony Khmelev waves his hand across the crowd and says, "Welcome to the home of the eagles. Yak'éi yeey xwasateeni. It's good to see you all. Ch' ak' naax xat sitee. I am Eagle. I am of this clan."

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

It's easy to donate valuable time
This I Believe: A forum for everyday Americans from all walks of life to share values that guide their lives

Skinner celebrates 100 years
Former Juneau resident Pauline Skinner celebrated her 100th birthday with a surprise party on Feb.3 in Portland, Ore.

Debra Baxter
Lifelong Juneau resident Debra A. Kendler Baxter, 55, died April 18, 2006, surrounded by her family, after a long battle with breast cancer.

Steward Miller
Longtime Alaska resident Steward "Sam" Miller, 75, died Sept. 27, 2005, in Portland.

Tobias Botkin Lee
Former Juneau resident Tobias "Toby" Botkin Lee, 25, died April 18, 2006, in an avalanche at the Mount Baker Ski Area.

Robert Butler
Juneau resident Robert Thomas Butler, 51, died April 14, 2006, on Good Friday in Juneau from heart failure.

Kenneth Natkong
Juneau resident Kenneth David Natkong, 42, died April 16, 2006, in Juneau.

My Turn: No deal on tax, gas line is better than a bad deal
Gov. Murkowski is stumping his "deal-or-no-deal" oil tax proposal promising tons of money, more jobs and the trans-Canada gas line.

Alaska editorial: Alaska's looming Medicaid dilemma lacks attention
The long-term forecast about the Medicaid program in Alaska didn't seem to get too much attention when it was made public back in February.

My Turn: High cost of oil affects education
Oil revenue in Alaska accounted for about 87 percent of the state general fund revenue in fiscal year 2004.

My Turn: Alyeska: We do not sanction falsification
Joe LaRocca's My Turn column ("Alyeska Pipeline's corporate culture of falsification," April 11) about an event from 2003 in our analytical laboratory group and his extrapolation about Alyeska's current business culture warrants a response.

Photo: Tops behind the plate
The Gastineau Channel Little League recently named Dylan Baker its 2006 Youth Umpire of the Year.

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.

Juneau skaters ready for the show
On Sunday afternoon, fans can enjoy a night at the movies at Treadwell Arena.

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.

Crimson Bears ready to burn up the track
For the Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team, success may not be measured in gold medals and championship ribbons

Bush chooses attorney with Alaska ties for economic and business affairs job
An attorney with Alaska ties is the choice of President Bush to be assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs.

Retirement board tells state 'pay now'
The state must not delay paying back a $6.9 billion unfunded liability in its state retirement systems or it will risk paying much more in the future, representatives of the Alaska Retirement Management Board said Tuesday.

Reservists bring free glasses, eye exams to Bush villages
A military program has brought new eyeglasses to more than 700 residents of Norton Sound villages in rural Alaska.

Proposals would give legislature final say in natural gas contract
Legislators voiced a mix of outrage and support Wednesday for fast-track legislation that would prevent Alaskans from filing suit over a multibillion-dollar gas pipeline contract on anything other than constitutional grounds.

Second Tongass timber sale rejected
A second timber sale in the Tongass National Forest's Petersburg District is now on hold due to a deficiency in environmental plans.

Increased revenue takes a hit in 2007
About $6 million of increased revenues in fiscal year 2007 will be wiped out by the rising costs of fuel, education and employee retirement benefits, the city's budget analyst reported Wednesday.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

Alaska House votes down bill that links marijuana and methamphetamines
The Alaska House dealt a setback on Wednesday to Gov. Frank Murkowski's efforts to recriminalize marijuana.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

Sealaska reports its net income up 56%
Sealaska had both good news and a note of caution for its shareholders this week.

A grand year for permanent fund?
This fall's permanent fund dividend could be close to $1,000, the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. estimated Tuesday.

New proposal would fix oil tax at 22.5%
The Alaska Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday introduced a new oil and gas tax proposal that is more favorable to energy companies than earlier versions.

Alaska dairies in jeopardy
Dairy farmer Wayne Brost is used to seeing dairy farms come and go, but not so many at once.

Troupe to revisit past to fund the future
Theatre in the Rough will revisit 21 plays from its 15-year production history during "The Complete Works of Theatre in the Rough, abridged," part of a four-hour fundraiser for the company at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at St. Ann's Parish Hall on Fifth Street downtown.

Glory Bowl
More than 500 ceramic bowls will be displayed during the third annual "Empty Bowls" dinner, a fundraiser for The Glory Hole, from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Centennial Hall.

Cinema Guide
what's playing at the box office

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

Modern dance explosion
Thirty years ago, according to company lore, the Oberlin Dance Collective moved 2,500 miles from Ohio to San Francisco in a large, yellow school bus.

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news of local arts

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