Friday, April 22, 2005

Wolves aren't the ones to be relocated
I think small dogs and children are adorable, whereas wolves find them adorable and delicious.

Know the risks of Caesarean sections
April is Caesarean Awareness Month as proclaimed by the International Cesarean Awareness Network and Governor Frank Murkowski and recognized by the National Institutes of Health.

Majority reneging on promises made to public servants
Teachers are heroes. Ronald Reagan, the "Great Communicator" said that. It was one thing he got right. Firefighters and Policemen are heroes.

Speak out against ending filibusters
Every citizen should be concerned about the Republican threat to end filibusters in the U.S. Senate.

Live with wildlife
Wolves are indeed wild animals and have a place in our country's ecosystem.

Supreme Court should reconsider decision on VPSOs
I was deeply hurt by the Supreme Court's decision to find no fault with the administration of policing of our communities in Alaska. I felt the same way when the Supreme Court found that all Alaskans are subsistence users.

UA land bill needs instauration
Regarding the University of Alaska lands bill, it is clear from public testimony and editorials that Alaska citizens have rejected the injustice and imposition of the governor's land-transfer scheme for the University of Alaska...

You can drive 55
Am I the only citizen here in Juneau that follows the speed limit? This is Juneau; the road still is only so long. If you drive 55, you will still eventually get to where you're going.

Don't penalize Alaskans serving in the military
The Alaska Legislature is considering a bill that would deny permanent fund dividends to currently eligible Alaskans on active duty until they are discharged and return to Alaska.

Act quickly on university land bill
The university lands bill is moving through the Legislature and it could pass this session. This bill known as SB 96 or House Bill 130 gives lands in Southeast Alaska to the university to sell for profit.

Photo: Making a stand
The University of Alaska Southeast Student Anti-War Coalition protests the war in Iraq on Wednesday at the university campus.

Litterbug cleanup
Bob Garrison, 84, cleans up garbage Wednesday near mile 36 of Glacier Highway.

Finance approves school funding
The Juneau Assembly Finance Committee agreed to fund the school district to the state's cap, approving a $20 million budget for fiscal year 2006.

Ice fishing
Bob Warfield on Thursday steers glacier ice to shore at Mendenhall Lake. Warfield was collecting the ice with a friend, Marsh Allen, for a weekend fishing trip.

City looks at raising exemption on property tax for businesses
Talking taxes: Daryl Miller, owner of the Commercial Signs and Printing, said he doesn't think raising the business personal property tax exemption will help businesses because the city will have to make up the money somewhere else.

Photo: Spring cleaning
Harbor Officer Joe Nava III pressure-washes the cruise ship ramp Thursday next to the Mount Robert's Tramway terminal. Nava and other harbor workers will be washing the cruise ship dock in preparation for the cruise ship season.

You KNOW him
Ramy Brooks, left, a champion sled dog racer from Healy, talks about mental illness and other behavioral health issues Wednesday at the Capitol as part of Alaska Mental Health Trust's statewide awareness campaign.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Mayor halts his plans to build capitol
Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho's plan to dedicate a new capitol for the 50th anniversary of Alaska's statehood has evaporated.

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

Two residents charged with first-degree armed robbery
Two Juneau residents - a woman and a 17-year-old boy - were ordered held in the Lemon Creek Correctional Center on first-degree armed robbery charges Wednesday.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Witness tells of attack on Wigen
Several months before Maggie Wigen's life ended violently in Tenakee Springs, her year began violently at the hands of the man now standing trial in her death, a witness said Thursday.

Photo: Oil disposal
Ed Beam, a pipe layer for Arete Construction, lifts a five-gallon bucket of oil Thursday from an abandoned fuel tank next to the Goldstein building on Second Street.

FYI
News about the people you know

Student recognitions
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

Recycling on Earth Day
Americorps member Joan McBeen, left, will help Tenakee Springs recycle tin cans today, which is also Earth Day.

Elton urges reading about South Seas
"Under the wide and starry sky, Dig the grave and let me lie. Glad did I live and gladly die, And laid me down with a will."

Hospice & Home Care: Jasmine discovers proof to the adage: All roads do lead home
Editor's note: Jean Jasmine is filling in for Mary Cook this month. Cook will be back with a column next month.

Seventh-grader subject of biography
Just a seventh-grader at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, Lydia Mills is still getting used to the idea of having her own biography at the age of 12.

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

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

Warford and Handy to wed
Summer Nichole Handy of Hickory, N.C., and Kelson Lee Warford of Juneau will be married Oct. 1, 2005, in Bethlehem, N.C.

Hans Pedersen
Douglas resident Hans Verner Pedersen, 88, died April 12, 2005.

Priscilla Kahklen
Juneau resident Priscilla (Sue) Victoria Kahklen died April 19, 2005.

Arlene Martin Souve
Former Hoonah resident Arlene Martin Souve, 72, died March 18, 2005, in Seattle.

Jesse Harwell
Juneau resident Jesse Duane Harwell. 67, died April 18, 2005.

Mary Metzgar
Former Juneau resident Mary Simpkins Metzgar, 91, died March 29, 2005, in Edmonds, Wash.

Alaska editorial: State's voters deserve more choice on ballot
When is a political party large enough to deserve a regular spot on the state's election ballot?

Empire editorial: Juneau airport needs runway safety zones
Juneau's airport is its portal to the world, an economic hub and its enabler for state government. Assembly members would be wise not to experiment with its safety.

My turn: Doesn't anyone remember who the hippies were?
It's strange, I think, that a war that caused so much controversy less than 31 years ago, can seemingly be so easily forgotten.

My turn: Veneer plant isn't acceptable Tongass industry, will do harm
It is good that the Empire has elevated the issue of reopening the Ketchikan veneer mill, even though I believe their (March 3) editorial was factually in error and reached unjustified conclusions.

Juneau hockey league names its champions
The Juneau Adult Hockey Association ended its season last weekend as Wasabi defeated the Purple Peelers for the women's title.

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.

Pumping iron in Juneau
Juneau bodybuilder Corey Pavitt doesn't want to present himself as a preacher, espousing the gospel of healthy diet and exercise.

Long experiment draws to a close
And so, after 943 issues, a long experiment in journalism is drawing to a close.

GSC swimmers take fifth place at Junior Olympics
The Glacier Swim Club took fifth place at the Speedo/Alaska Junior Olympic Championships in Anchorage last weekend.

Bear runners boast record participation
With one of the most well rounded teams in recent years, anchored by a strong core of distance runners, the Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team has the potential to run all over the competition this 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.

JDHS grad draft eligible
Like millions of other football fans, Rick Carte will probably tune into ESPN to watch a couple rounds of this weekend's 2005 NFL Draft.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Attempt to change university land grant bill fails
A bid to alter the governor's university land grant bill by replacing the 40,000 acres offered in Southeast Alaska with a potentially lucrative North Slope oil and gas field failed on the House floor Wednesday.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Governor tries a third time for state jet
Denied by the federal government and rebuffed by the state Legislature, Gov. Frank Murkowski is now making a third attempt to acquire a state jet.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

House approves bill on university lands
The House on Thursday approved a measure to transfer more than 250,000 acres of state land to the University of Alaska to sell or use for education.

Witness: Wigen worried about Harmon before death
Maggie Wigen said she was bothered by James Harmon, and one of his friends said he acted strangely when asked about her disappearance a couple of months later, according to testimony Wednesday during Harmon's trial in the woman's death two years ago in Tenakee Springs.

This day in history
In Alaska, the nation, and the world

Council suggests program to offset rural energy costs
Some parts of rural Alaska will see gas prices as high as $4.50 a gallon this summer.

Senate approves new fees to cover costs of hatcheries around state
The Alaska Senate passed a bill Thursday that would tack a new surcharge on resident and nonresident sport anglers to pay for fish hatchery projects throughout Alaska.

Mayors: Cities on verge of disaster
More than 50 Alaska mayors and city officials flew to Juneau this week to deliver the message to lawmakers that, thanks to lack of financial support from the state, cities are "disintegrating."

House OKs ANWR drilling
The House voted late Wednesday to allow oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge as part of a broad energy bill that Democrats said would funnel billions of dollars to highly profitable energy companies while doing little to promote conservation or ease gasoline prices.

Island Pub opens up at site of historic eatery
The day after The Alaska Folk Festival always seems to be one of the gloomiest of the year.

Cultures, ideas meet in the art of Dan DeRoux
When Juneau artist Dan DeRoux was invited to paint for the Fourth Florence (Italy) Biennial of International Contemporary Art in 2003, he didn't look far for inspiration.

Cinema Guide
What's playing on the silver screen

what's happening
Entertainment events around town

Filipino interviews inform 'Voyage'
As a native of Manila who moved to Juneau when she was 9, Joann Valentine Cortez Pelayo has found that many of her elders in the Filipino community are hesitant to share their stories, and their reasons for moving to Alaska.

A 'Barber' for everyone
Whether or not you're fluent in Italian, it won't be a problem during the Juneau Lyric Opera's presentation of "The Barber of Seville" over the next two weekends at Juneau-Douglas High School.

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