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Friday, April 28, 2006

Business Digest
Staff reports from local businesses

Increase funding for Alaska schools
I recently read something Lt. Gov. Leman wrote about the importance of "growing our own," i.e., developing the skills in our young people to fill needs in Alaska.

Change the dark side of Alaska life
Another year of grim statistics about rape and child abuse in Alaska, and another chance to speak out against interpersonal violence.

Peace demonstrations not always peaceful
In response to Jamison Paul's attempt to distract from the facts ("Some interesting points on Iraq War," April 6): Yes, Mr. Paul you are selfish, civil-rights grabbing folks.

Writer chooses not to be silent
I would like to answer Connie Riley's question about my choice (when does one choose sexual orientation?) on April 6. Riley asks, "At what point did he decide that he would find women attractive instead of men?"

Authors of My Turn leave out facts
A recent My Turn column by Donald N. Anderson and Wiley Brooks (April 7) argues for abolishing the current federal tax code and replacing it with a "federal retail sales tax."

Ludicrous allegations made against Bush
Upon reading David Mallet's letter to the editor ("History will judge Bush a moron," April 17), I was outraged at the ridiculous charges made against President Bush.

Fire left five homeless
Capital City Fire and Rescue officials are still investigating a blaze that started Tuesday night in the bathroom area of a Mendenhall Valley double-wide mobile home and destroyed the unit.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Students speak out in silence
Hundreds of Juneau-Douglas High School students Wednesday participated Wednesday in a symbolic day of silence to combat homophobia and discrimination.

Legislators decide to purchase temple
A panel of legislators voted on Thursday night to notify Juneau that the Alaska Legislature intends to accept its offer of the Scottish Rite Temple, next-door to the Capitol, for future use.

Images from another time: Far Cry Players
The Far Cry Players, left to right, Elaine Garner, Jim Slagle, Lee Harris, Leroy Howard, and Helen Gamman pose for a photo July 15, 1983 in the KTOO-FM studios.

Panel: Gradually raise age of sr. exemption
The Juneau Assembly will be asked to change the senior sales-tax exemption, rather than eliminate it, the Senior Sales Tax Exemption Task Force chairman said Thursday.

Honoring native veterans
Four years after it was dedicated, a memorial for Native veterans was recently removed from the plaza in front of Sealaska Corp.'s Juneau headquarters.

Photo: Vets for peace
Veterans for Peace members Ed Hein, left, and Chuck Moreland hold their weekly vigil in front of the Capitol, protesting the war in Iraq and honoring the fallen.

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

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

Rally draws attention to sex abuse rate
Leona Santiago said it is a long healing process to deal with the deep emotional scars that remain after enduring sexual assault and domestic violence.

Photo: Future focus
Carl Ferlauto, a Juneau engineer with years of international experience, presented "Development Beyond the Urban Service Boundary," part of Juneau's Chamber of Commerce regular luncheon Thursday at the Hangar on the Wharf.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

FYI
Births

Neighbors helping neighbors: Southeast Regional Resource Center
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Thank you
Thanks for donating to school's literacy program

Neighbors Digest
Benefit Saturday for churches burned in fires.

Early lesson: The stronger of the species is female
The female species is often considered the stronger.

All the money in the bank gets donated to Holy Trinity
A small Juneau congregation with no building of its own has turned its entire bank account over to a church that lost its home in a fire.

Student artist in the spotlight: Denali Hyatt
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.

Food for life: The time is now for the 'king of fruits' - mango
This is the age of miracles and wonders. Like being able to eat fresh mangos when you live in Southeast Alaska.

William Smoke
Chugiak resident William Arthur Smoke, 55, died April 23, 2006, in an airplane accident near Palmer.

Richard Leland Davis
Juneau resident Richard "Pops" Leland Davis, 72, died April 21, 2006, in the arms of his wife Ilse, with his grandson Michael Northern at his side.

Edward James Mills
Juneau resident Edward James Mills, 60, died April 25, 2006, at his home after a lengthy illness.

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

Outside editorial: Foot-dragging threatens Haiti's economy, U.S. interests
This is a critical time for Haiti. Its voters elected a new president in February and a new parliament last week.

Alaska editorial: Lawmakers should fund retirement accounts
Last year's overhaul of public employee and school teacher retirement benefits for future new hires did not solve the projected long-range, multibillion-dollar shortfall in the state-administered retirement funds.

Alaska editorial: Lawmakers recognize role the courts play in the gas line debate
The strong reaction against two bills put forward at the request of Gov. Frank Murkowski to curtail judicial review of an important component of the anticipated natural gas contract was to be expected.

My turn: Be wary of tax on petroleum production
I s it just my wary consideration for anything Gov. Frank Murkowski and his pals market to the Legislature as beneficial for the state, or is this 20-20 Petroleum Production Tax really to our advantage?

My turn: Finance Committee should stop bundling needs, wants
The citizens of the city of Juneau have been asked by the Assembly to approve extension after extension of the temporary 1 percent sales tax levied on goods and services purchased within the borough

My turn: Butte remedies: education, enforcement
Picture air boats scattering families of ducks, or off-road vehicles slicing up wetlands and shorelines while "exploring" for nesting swans and cute little moose calves.

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 win, boys fall against West
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team kept rolling along Thursday with a 3-0 victory over West Anchorage at the Anchorage Football Stadium.

King Salmon Classic starts tonight
Juneau's ice hockey season will come to close this weekend, but not without a bang.

State High School Track and Field Bests
State Track and Field results

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 Jumpers ready to dazzle the audience
The Juneau Jumpers will perform their annual year-end show at 7 p.m. Saturday at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Fire left five homeless
Capital City Fire and Rescue officials are still investigating a blaze that started Tuesday night in the bathroom area of a Mendenhall Valley double-wide mobile home and destroyed the unit.

Officials predict bad fire season
High summer temperatures and large stands of trees killed by beetles will bring another big fire season to the state, according to forest officials.

Hearing set for Monday on stranded gas contract
A court hearing is scheduled for Monday on a state senator's request to force the release of a natural-gas contract Gov. Frank Murkowski inked with the state's three largest oil producers.

House begins to debate Senate's oil tax bill
The House Finance Committee on Wednesday began looking at the Senate's version of a bill that would restructure the way the state collects money from oil producers.

Governor, oil companies repeat tax warnings
Gov. Frank Murkowski and executives from the state's largest oil producers struck the same chord in their message to state lawmakers Thursday - tax at your own risk.

Fort Knox mine will keep working to 2012
Properties belonging to the owners of Fort Knox gold mine have been devalued, but company officials said they don't plan to lay off workers.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

State ferry makes first trips to Glacier Bay in five years
The state's first ferry cruise into Glacier Bay in five years didn't turn a profit, but the second trip has the potential, transportation officials said Thursday.

Northwest Digest
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Thursday signed a spending bill that will supplement the budgets of state agencies this year and sock away $600 million of Alaska's revenue surplus.

Passport rules may be eased for Canada
The Bush administration is facing a rebellion by northern border-state lawmakers who want to push back deadlines requiring passports or tamperproof ID cards from all who enter the United States.

Exxon Mobil's earnings disappoint Wall Street, stir ire in Washington
Exxon Mobil Corp. posted the fifth highest quarterly profit for any public company in history on Thursday, and with oil prices above $70 a barrel it could go down as the company's weakest quarter for the year.

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

Lawmakers struggle over high oil prices
House Republicans on Thursday refused to support billions of dollars in new taxes on oil companies as lawmakers in both parties looked for ways to soothe election-year rage over high gasoline prices.

Totem pole returned from Sweden after 77 years
A world-renowned totem pole, regarded by Native people whose ancestors carved it more than a century ago as an "umbilical cord" to their history, has been returned to British Columbia after 77 years in a Swedish museum.

Gillnetters try to block new rules
Copper River gillnetters hoping to block new fishery rules filed a lawsuit against state agencies three weeks before the river's salmon harvest opens.

Cinema Guide
What's playing at the box office

Ham, eggs, apple and chocolate: Not as repulsive as it sounds
Fourteen months ago, The Food Challenge unleashed a cavalcade of flavors so bold, so shocking, that it forever changed the way you thought about hard-boiled eggs.

Rockfish paper scissors
Joan Deering, owner of the Paradise Café, can attest to the magical properties of parchment paper.

A whale of an exhibit hits state museum
Back when he was a kid in Buffalo, N.Y., photographer Mark Kelley wondered what it would be like if he could see a whale one day.

Egyptian dancer to play Juneau
Yasmina Amal, a professional Middle Eastern dancer in the Detroit area for the last 18 years, will lead a workshop in Egyptian cane dancing from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Creating Apostles
It was 3 a.m. one day in the winter of 2003, and with 2 feet of snow outside his Hoonah studio, sculptor R.D. Robinson had run into a problem with his clay base of the apostle Paul.

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