Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Don't make public service like the private sector
Labeling the PERS issue a "crisis" encourages legislators to make sweeping changes that may hurt Alaska's economy.

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.

Builders should follow state licensing law
In response to the misinformation put forth by Jim Callahan, in his letter on April 25, I need to respond.

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.

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.

Comments about wolf were thoughtless
I just read Holly Cockerille's letter regarding relocating humans rather than predators.

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

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.

Hospital pact negotiations at an impasse
Employee contract negotiations at Bartlett Regional Hospital have reached an impasse.

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

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

Harmon's dad says he gave him money
More than two weeks after the prosecution told jurors to "follow the money" in the trial of the man charged with killing Maggie Wigen, the defendant's parents testified Tuesday that the defendant got plenty of money from them.

Cleaning the pipes
City Water Utility Public Works Department workers Jason Haffner, left, and Jeremy Kostenko conduct mainline flushing by running water from a city hydrant Tuesday at Aurora Harbor.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Sunshine work
Neal Arnold, an employee of the Catholic Diocese of Juneau, applies masonry sealer Tuesday to the diocese office building on Sixth Street. The National Weather Service is predicting painting weather for the rest of the week.

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.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Photo: Slam winners
From left, Andria Budbill, Jaime Burrous and Beatriz Abella are all smiles after winning first place in the Green Eggs and Slam Poetry contest on April 17 at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium.

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

The joy and obligation of Passover
Passover (Pesach) begins each year on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Nissan. Passover is the first of three major festivals with both historic and agricultural significance.

Bare root in bear country means promise
Every field of endeavor has jargon, we hear snips and bits drifting into general usage but much of it is still proprietary.

Wiley and Bitonti to wed
Catherine Wiley of Altus, Okla., and Frank Bitonti of Hydaburg will be married at 2 p.m., May 28, 2005, at St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Church in Oklahoma City.

Moonrise
The full moon rises Saturday and illuminates Gastineau Channel and Sandy Beach.

Millard and Lium marry
Juneau residents Cedar Millard and Michael Lium were married on March 22, 2005, in Denver.

Howard C. Hayes Sr.
Juneau resident Howard C. Hayes Sr., 94, died April 24, 2005, at his home in Auke Bay.

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: Withdraw SB113A: an improper fisheries act
In a Saturday session, the Senate Resource Committee felt the weight of dozens of coastal fishermen and businesses opposing Senate Bill 113A, "an act relating to the entry into and management of Gulf of Alaska groundfish fisheries."

Alaska editorial: Calls for change ignore truly needed campaign reform
It is a recent hallmark of our political process that legislators apply the label "reform" very loosely. It's a great-sounding term that invites instant, unquestioning support from everyone.

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.

State gambles another $1.3 million on ANWR
With less than two weeks to go until this session's May 10 adjournment, the Capitol is abuzz with talk of retirement reform (along President Bush's effort to privatize social security), plans to rework workers' compensation benefits, and Sen. Ben Stevens' effort to tap permanent fund earnings for school construction projects.

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.

Triple threat
Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team members Jordan Moser, left, Jordan Harvey, middle, and Katie Krehlik, right, warmup Monday by running the 100-yard dash.

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.

Committees hear proposals to tighten ethics laws
Proposed changes to Alaska's ethics laws were heard Tuesday in House and Senate committees, as lawmakers work to close holes in the statutes revealed by an investigation into former attorney general Gregg Renkes.

Suit faults gov't funds for school
A group advocating for the separation of church and state filed a lawsuit against the federal Department of Education over taxpayer money going to Alaska Christian College.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

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

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.

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

Game officials plan meeting that could restore wood bison to Alaska
State and federal officials agree that wood bison once roamed Interior Alaska. Meetings this week may advance the effort to bring them back.

Ketchikan residents taken aback by odd, swarming 'green fog'
Ketchikan residents are abuzz over a "green fog" that blew through town, prompting calls to police and a bit of speculation.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

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.

Weyhrauch marks $10 million for Glacier Highway extension
Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch added a $10 million Glacier Highway extension to a list of road projects that the Alaska House Finance Committee approved Tuesday.

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