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Friday, April 21, 2006

We live in an upside down world
A lady writes in the Empire on March 31 (Andrea Sunshine Florendo, "Treat all murders equally") decrying the different legal treatment, depending upon circumstances, given to taking the life of a child in the womb.

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.

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

Where are the 'good facilities' located?
It is very interesting that City Manager Rod Swope claims to know where "some pretty good facilities" are located and "where you could have dance classes or hold performances."

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.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

Photo: What a mom
Ann Lockhart spent a sunny Thursday scrubbing her son Toby's 34-foot boat Reel Fast at Auke Bay harbor.

Turning algebra into art
Lauren Olmstead's first reaction was apprehension.

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

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.

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.

UAS celebrates constitution's 50 years
When the 55 delegates to the Alaska Constitutional Convention sat down Nov. 8, 1955, at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, the big-money lobbyists were nowhere to be found.

Photo: Soccer showdown
Juneau's Jamaal Bailey heads the ball toward the goal as he is flanked by teammate Andrew Flansaas and an unidentified Chugiak player in the first half of their Thursday match at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Eaglecrest rebounds in short season
Despite a late snow year that carved weeks off the season, Eaglecrest Ski Area drew enough revenues to keep its deficit from growing, officials said.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Davidson, Giessel to wed
Taryl Davidson and Peter Giessel of Juneau will be married at 10 a.m., May 6, at Chapel by the Lake. A reception will follow at 11:30 a.m.

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks, neighbor

Finding the value in diversity and loving the 'least of these'
We spend a great deal of energy placing conditions on love, care, compassion and empathy. It is so tempting to let the word "if" qualify our concern for others.

Alaska Coastal Airlines pilot tells of honest times
The wharf at the foot of Main Street was once the home of Alaska Coastal Airlines, the premier transportation carrier for northern southeastern Alaska in the 1950s and 60s. In the Ketchikan area, Ellis Airlines performed a similar service.

FYI
News about the people you know

Neighbors helping neighbors: Boy Scouts of America - Southeast Alaska Council
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Student artist in the spotlight: Calley Odum
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Photo: Bowling break
Matt McGuan, Big Brother Todd Wimmer, Big Brother John Hickey, Big Brother Rich Moniak of Team U.S. Coast Guard, Civil Engineering Unit, take a break from bowling and eat pizza with Little Brother Jason on Saturday at Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southeast Alaska Bowl for Kids' Sake party.

Elmer Marx Jr.
Juneau resident Elmer Marx Jr., 79, died April 8, 2006, in Juneau.

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

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.

My turn: Tangling with the EPA
I appreciate that the Empire recently reported what I hope will be the final story on the fire that struck the Tom Huntington family back in the summer of 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.

Alaska editorial: Facts in short supply in debate over oil taxes
Just when it seemed the oil industry's campaign to win over the hearts and minds of Alaskans could get no more intense, industry has turned up the rhetorical heat.

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.

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 girls top Chugiak to remain undefeated
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team received terrific contributions off its bench to defeat Chugiak 3-0 on Thursday.

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.

Home season ends Saturday
Just last weekend, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer teams made their home debut.

McCracken looking for a successful return to the ring
When Alaska National Guard Sgt. Charles McCracken and the Alpha Co., 3rd Battalion, 297th Infantry returned this winter from a year-long tour in Iraq, the first order of business was learning how to relax again.

Big 2nd half lifts JDHS boys past Chugiak
Holding a slim 1-0 advantage after the first half, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team came out with fire against visiting Chugiak.

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.

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

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

Voting machines are cutting edge, but stir discontent
The new touch-screen Diebold is a voting machine, but it has more of the new-fangled flair of a self-checkout machine at an airport or grocery store.

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 Air reports loss in 1st quarter
Alaska Air Group, the parent of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, reported a first-quarter loss Thursday, blaming one-time charges including a drop in the value of its aging fleet of MD-80s and the company's decision to move to an all-Boeing 737 fleet.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Price of N. Slope oil hits milestone - $70 a barrel
The price of North Slope crude passed another milestone - topping $70 a barrel for the first time - in rising prices that are swelling state coffers.

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.

Senate gives initial nod to 2007 budget
The Alaska Senate on Thursday tentatively passed an operating budget for next year that includes a general fund spending increase of nearly 13 percent.

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

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.

briefly
news of local arts

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