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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Save the Alaska Permanent Fund
Our Republicans just don't get it. They have just demonstrated that they are willing to tap into the Alaska Permanent Fund when 80 percent of us told them, 'Don't touch it.' So it's time for Les Gara and other Democrats to save our permanent fund.

Capital debate is getting old
Just as some Americans refuse to accept the result of the Civil War 145 years ago, some Alaskans refuse to accept the results of several voter initiatives regarding moving the capital from Juneau to another location in Southcentral Alaska.

More public school funding needed
It is with growing dismay that I watch this legislative session winding down without anything close to adequate education funding.

No more money for Juneau rat hole
Before we spend $300 million dollars to build a controversial road-dock-shuttle ferry complex connecting Juneau with Haines, let's look at some disturbing facts.

Crocodile tears for Southcentral Alaska
Having just finished reading "State grants for capitol design steams Gatto" in the April 13 Empire, I'm now wiping the crocodile tears from my eyes for poor, indignant, and steamed Gatto.

Lands bill hurts communities
As a small mill owner in Tenakee Springs, I was disturbed to find that the land I am planning to lease through the Department of Natural Resources is part of the acreage the Murkowski administration wants to transfer to the University of Alaska.

Focus on outdoor safety precautions
The community of Juneau was shocked and saddened by the tragedy of Peter Barrett, who died after his kayak overturned last month.

Contractor licensing statutes unfair
The Alaska State Homebuilders Association proudly admits that the changes they initiated in the contractor licensing statutes are to reduce competition in the industry and to require the consumer to use one of their members to build or remodel a home.

Who's the big spender?
If the governor does not veto the huge $345 million raid on the Alaska Permanent Fund, which we have been told is "for the schools," (I guess the phrase "for the children" is passé), I suggest we each send him a telegram. Suggested text: liar, liar, pants on fire.

House Bill 220 protects patient rights
On the March 31, Committee Substitute for House Bill 220 was passed out of the Health, Education and Social Services Committee.

Assembly eases leash ordinance
Juneau dogs might run free soon on city land as long as they are under voice control.

AroundTown
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

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

Photo: Refurbishing a cross
Members of the Knights of Columbus of the Cathedral of the Nativity work Saturday to refurbish the steel cross at Evergreen Cemetery.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: A Juneau institution
A bald eagle takes flight Monday near the Douglas boat harbor. There are more than 35,000 bald eagles in Alaska according to the American Eagle Foundation.

Trial homing in on time of Wigen's death
Maggie Wigen could have been killed and buried a week before her body was uncovered two years ago in Tenakee Springs, the state medical examiner testified Monday in the trial in her death.

Sun sweeps SE records away
With the unseasonably warm temperatures of the past three days, it's a good time to get outside. And the National Weather Service is predicting the nice weather will stick around through the end of this week.

Alaska editorial
In the continuing debate over the public works budget for the coming fiscal year, legislators and the governor have been in general agreement that the time is right for Alaska to have a fairly substantial one.

My turn: Montessori offers a way of embracing diversity
I would like to comment on last Sunday's article on diversity in the Montessori program (Empire, April 17). First, I would like to acknowledge Ms. McHenry's work, and all the Native leaders whose strong voices are needed to advocate on our behalf.

My Turn: Don't delay, fix PERS-TRS now
April 12 was a good-news day for state, borough and local government employees who are dedicated to public service and schoolteachers who are committed to nurturing educational opportunities for Alaska families.

Midnight Suns earn second split
The Midnight Suns' 14 & under softball team played stout defense in the later stages of the second game to earn a Sunday doubleheader split with Schoenbar in Ketchikan.

Welcome to Juneau's new sports section
I hope this is the start of a new era in how sports are presented in Juneau.

The Spring MS 5K Walk/Run
April 23, held at Brotherhood Bridge

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.

Milk producers don't want to pay advertising fee
Because Alaska milk producers pay extra for heated barns and feed shipped from the Lower 48, companies say they cannot afford a fee that pays for national advertising.

Fishermen in snit over take by hatcheries
Some Alaska fishermen are irritated that hatcheries catch thousands and in some cases millions of their own salmon to fund their operations.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Legislature in gridlock over schools
Lawmakers still can't agree on a key bill that provides funding for schools.

Work of fighting fires is 'arduous'
When it comes to physical fitness for wildland firefighters, the state Division of Forestry doesn't mess around with words like "athletic" or "strong."

Bill gives more say to small communities
The Alaska House passed a bill Monday that would require a public vote for residents of a community to annex nearby land as well as one from the people living in the area to be annexed.

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

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

Scholarship program is keeping Alaska students in state
When Mark Hamilton headed north in 1998 to be University of Alaska president he found that most college-bound Alaskans were heading south.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Capital budget, schools lead a big list of state projects
Alaska lawmakers are looking at whether they have the means to spend a whopping $950 million in mostly state money to pay for roads, school construction and other capital projects next year.

Loan proposed to save Interior power plant
Years ago, the federal government spent $117 million on an experimental "clean coal" power plant in Alaska designed to generate electricity with a minimum of air pollution - but the project never got up and running.

Man funds bullet vest for peninsula's police dog
In memory of his late wife, a Nikiski man has donated more than $1,200 to buy a bulletproof vest for the Kenai Peninsula's only police dog.

Amendment requires that budget be balanced
Balancing the state budget is a common goal of legislators; they just can't agree on how to do it.

Aleutian borough aims to sell King Cove school
A school for sale in King Cove could find its way to eBay if a buyer is not found soon.

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