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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Planned Parenthood deserves kudos
Congratulations to Ms. Swift (April 7) and Ms. Bell (April 5) for their letters supporting Planned Parenthood.

Respond with logic and not emotion
To the people who are in a tizzy over the cutting of the spruce tree by the airport that had an eagle's nest in it: Why can't you just be logical for once, instead of responding with emotional hysteria?

Some clarifications
Thank you for Eric Morrison's story on the local dropout rate.

Changing places with senior citizens
Pretend that the members of the city government of Juneau are on reality TV. Their role is to become senior citizens for a month. These senior citizens of Juneau are on a very small, tight financial budget.

No diplomacy
Let us break David Mallet's rant (April 17) down piece by piece, shall we?

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Teenagers ask city for action on global warming
Calling themselves the future citizens of Alaska, three high school students stood up before the Juneau Assembly Monday night and asked them to take action on global warming.

Another side of the war in Iraq
A Juneau man who spent a year in Iraq with the Alaska Army National Guard will be the first homegrown speaker in the Glacier Valley Rotary's Pillars of America Freedom series this week.

Final whistle Blows for Houston
After toying with the idea of retiring for two years, Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball coach George Houston made it official Tuesday.

Photo: From RAGS to Nimbus
September 1983: Models Robyn Marriott, left, and Erika (Moser) Fagerstrom model outfits designed by Norma Kamali using the metal sculpture "Nimbus," which used to be next to the Dimond Court House, as a prop.

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

Photo: Wind walker
Eleanor Dailey uses her umbrella Monday to block a hard, cold wind-driven rain during her lunchtime walk along Glacier Avenue.

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

Prep work for Juneau access road begins
Instead of finding solitude at the Berners Bay cabin on a recent Saturday afternoon, Juneau resident Jarrod Sowa discovered survey tape, a pilot and his helicopter.

Photo: Preparing for dock days of summer
Sam Thorp, left, and Caleb Ziegenfuss of Southeast Remodel push a portion of the North Douglas boat launch ramp into place Tuesday as they assemble the ramp in time for the beginning of the Spring King Salmon Derby, which starts next Monday.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Valley fire extinguished
No one was injured in a fire in a double-wide mobile home Tuesday night in the Mendenhall Valley, but the blaze left a family of five homeless.

Recognitions
Recognizing outstanding academic achievements

Photo: What's for lunch, guys?
Four crows wait to dine in the sunshine outside of Merchants Wharf last week. Tables were full inside Wharf restaurants.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Older cats may need some special attention, adjustments
We recently celebrated Clementine's sixteenth birthday. That's getting up there for a cat - something like 80 in people years.

Neighbors mailbox
You've got mail, neighbor

Hotch, Mattson to wed
Helen Ann Hotch of Klukwan and Sean Mattson of Juneau will be married at 2 p.m., April 28, 2006, at the Juneau Yacht Club. A reception will follow after the ceremony.

Margaret Abbott
Juneau resident Margaret Abbott, 93, died April 21, 2006, at her Juneau home, surrounded by her loving family and primary caregiver, Gary Hansen Jr.

Thomas Lee Gregory
Juneau resident Thomas Lee Gregory, 73, died peacefully April 21, 2006, after a lengthy illness, in Juneau with his wife by his side.

Gaile Haynes
Juneau resident Gaile Fechenbach Haynes, 76, died April 23, 2006, in Juneau.

Irene Grace Satko
Juneau resident Irene Grace Satko, 81, died Nov. 30, 2005, in Juneau after a lengthy illness.

Ricky Arthur Nebert
Juneau resident Ricky Arthur Nebert, 42, was lost at sea March 10, 2006, at Point Gardner, along with his deckhand and his vessel.

My turn: Immigration issue also touches Alaska
For the last few months, one of the national debates de jour has been migrant/low-end workers, legal and illegal, in America. The farmers claim they can't live without them.

My turn: Support the renewal of Magnuson-Stevens Act
Marine fisheries of the United States are managed under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

Alaska editorial: Federal preference for Native corporations is overly generous
A special federal no-bid preference for Alaska Native corporations has stirred huge national controversy - and for good reason. Even before a critical draft audit was leaked, Congress had good reason to rein in the bidding waiver that has enriched a relative handful of Alaska Native corporations

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.

Houston leaves behind legacy of success
For 32 years, Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball coach George Houston taught kids about basketball and life, won games and helped continue the winning tradition of Crimson Bears basketball.

University president proposes tuition hike
Tuition for University of Alaska students will rise for the fifth consecutive year under a recent proposal by University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton.

Bush halts filling nation's oil reserve
Under election-year pressure to reduce surging gasoline prices, President Bush on Tuesday halted filling of the nation's emergency oil reserve, urged the waiver of clean air rules to ease local gas shortages and called for the repeal of $2 billion in tax breaks for profit-heavy oil companies.

Marijuana-meth bill on governor's must pass list
Gov. Frank Murkowski said during a Tuesday news conference that a marijuana-methamphetamine bill the House rejected last week is one of his "must-pass" pieces of legislation for this year.

Consultant says oil tax debate too narrow
The debate in the Alaska Legislature on setting a new net-profits tax rate has become too narrowly focused, says an international petroleum consultant hired by the state Legislature.

Education hike paired with school construction
An Alaska House panel is proposing to roll a hike in public school funding into a school construction debt reimbursement bill.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

House delays pension plan
A new retirement system for future state employees could be delayed one year, according to a bill passed by the Alaska House of Representatives on Monday.

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

Murder plot stuns North Pole
The arrests of six boys accused of planning a campus massacre has gripped North Pole with an unsettling epiphany.

Department of Labor study tracks young workers' earning power
Longtime Alaskans who are educated, urban, male and staying employed in one industry had the greatest leaps in earning power over a 10-year period, according to a study by the state's Department of Labor.

Senate panel slashes funds for Juneau road
An Alaska Senate panel on Monday released a new version of the state's construction budget, cutting the governor's proposed spending on a road out of Juneau in 2006 by 55 percent.

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

Senate OKs oil tax at 22.5 percent
The Alaska Senate passed a version of an oil-tax bill on Monday that stands to earn the state treasury additional billions of dollars a year at high oil prices.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Murkowski: Gas contract open to public May 10
Gov. Frank Murkowski said he will unveil the natural gas pipeline contract on May 10, the first day of a special session that begins immediately after the Alaska Legislature adjourns May 9.

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