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Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Strengthening the recycling community
An average person who does not recycle throws away an average of four pounds of waste each day, and over the course of a year, it adds up to almost a ton of garbage per person.

Not questioning Coast Guard response
In response to Mike Folkerts' April 10 letter to the editor, "Need mandatory boater education," a number of Peter Barrett's friends, including us parents, are upset.

Don't raid earnings of permanent fund
Doing things "for the children" is a tried and true method for getting more money from taxpayers. It should not be a successful ploy to raid the Alaska Permanent Fund earnings. We already spend more than $1 billion a year on education in this state. State law mandates 70 percent of state funds must go to the classroom. School districts should be maintaining their physical structures out of the money that the state gives them every year. To not maintain their buildings is fiscal irresponsibility of the highest magnitude. Don't reward them by bailing them out. It's time for legislation that mandates a set percentage for building maintenance. It is not time to use this as an excuse to raid permanent fund earnings.

Endowed professor at UAS would be a source of pride
A $5 million unobligated surplus in the city treasury? What an opportunity. Will we do something grand with it?

Keep interest in downtown Juneau
I just received a promotional piece from a retirement newsletter which included "9 Tourist Traps to Avoid."

No need for Planned Parenthood
I am 100 percent against Planned Parenthood. We have a free clinic that offers the medical support women need without the service of killing babies.

More important things than mine road
I just read that Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch wants to rush through $10 million to speed-up construction of the Juneau "mine" road (obviously this project is no longer about access.

Jet idea is not improving with time
In response to the "disingenuous" article by Mr. Fremming, I find it interesting that the author thinks it is "calculating" to question the actions of the governor when he asks to use, first federal money, and then state general fund money for a jet aircraft, when both the Department of Homeland Security and the state legislature have deemed the request inappropriate.

Planning parenthood is important
In answer to John P. Monagle's question (in an April 24 letter), "Is this what the parent (sic) of Juneau want for their children," my answer is an unequivocal yes.

Protect the living waterfront
The Thursday editorial regarding Merchant's Wharf was right on. I hope it sparks a community-wide effort to save and refurbish this waterfront icon.

Jury weighs Harmon's fate
After three weeks of often conflicting testimony, jurors were set to return to Juneau Superior Court this morning to continue deliberating on the fate of the man charged with raping and murdering Maggie Wigen two years ago.

Images from another time: The Baranof on fire - 1984
Juneau Fire Department personnel battle flames in April 1984 at the front door of the historic Baranof Hotel.

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

Blooming West Juneau
Miguela Everhart plants a perennial amid flowering tulips Tuesday in front of her Blueberry Hills Road home.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Jurors continue to weigh Harmon's fate
After asking for an audio playback of testimony from the man who found Maggie Wigen's body, jurors left Juneau Superior Court on Tuesday without announcing a verdict in the trial for the man accused of raping and killing her.

Airport staff: Forget plane-slowing system
Juneau airport officials say they want traditional runway safety improvements and not engineered plane-slowing systems like those envisioned by federal regulators in a new study.

The governor teaches
Gov. Frank Murkowski speaks Tuesday to Juneau-Douglas High School students in Gary Lehnhart's American government class.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Chalmers taken on as JDHS' head football coach
New Juneau-Douglas High School football coach Bill Chalmers doesn't want Crimson Bears fans to forget about the late Reilly Richey.

Trees fall for Cascade Point road preparation
The first trees fell Monday to make way for a 2.5-mile road to carry Kensington gold mine workers to a proposed Cascade Point dock.

Panel proposes funding for UAF at Lena Point
In one of the largest Alaska construction budget bills in recent history, the Senate Finance committee has approved more than $36 million for northern Panhandle projects - including $10 million for a new University of Alaska fisheries school at Lena Point.

Gas cost may hit cab fares
Juneau residents might soon see an increase in their taxi fares.

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

Stone prepares for Thursday mining talk at Centennial Hall
Author and historian David Stone has been lecturing about Juneau's three hard-rock mines - the Treadwell Complex, the Alaska Gastineau and the Alaska-Juneau - since 1979.

Tune into Technology Blackout Day
McLuhan used to say, "Fish are the last to see the water." To him, we're the fish, and technology is the water. We've become so used to it as we swim through life that we just can't see it. And because we're trusting souls, we chomp on every little piece of advertising bait thrown our way. Cell phones, TIVOs, automatic coffee makers - they're all just expensive lures that marketers use to reel us into the nearest gadget store. The difference between us and fish is that when we swallow bait the pain isn't immediate. Usually it takes a few months before your TIVO screws up, or you lose your cell phone, or, as happened to me recently, your coffee maker develops a leak and floods your kitchen with coffee. Then you know pain in its truest form.

Edwards and Timothy to wed
Juneau residents Sarai Elizabeth Edwards and Scott F. Timothy will be married June 25, 2005, at Glacier Gardens.

There are many garden treasures available in Juneau
There are a few plants so beautiful that the very mention of their name causes the pricking of ears, the quickening of pulses and the involuntary twitching of digging fingers.

Tagabans celebrate 25th
Juneau residents Mike and Sandy Tagaban celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on April 19, 2005.

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

ANB Hall - 1965
Alaska Native Sisterhood officers, from left, Juneau resident Dorothy Wallace, vice-president, Camp 2; Nellie Bennit, secretary, Camp 2, now living in the Seattle area; and the late Stella Martin, president, Camp 2, take part in the dedication ceremony for the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall on April 30, 1965.

Mary Jeannette (Whittier) Cowling
Mary Jeannette (Whittier) Cowling, 90, died May 1, 2005, at Wildflower Court in Juneau.

Priscilla Violet Kahklen
Juneau resident Priscilla Violet Kahklen, 79, died April 19, 2005, in Juneau.

New businesses make life better in the capital
With the recent debate about building a new capitol in Juneau, and the re-emergence of questions about the wisdom of maintaining the seat of state government in our relatively remote corner of Southeast Alaska, I have been thinking about the bases upon which our local economy is built.

Alaska editorial: Wait to fix retirement obligation problem
Senate Bill 141, now working its way through the state House of Representatives, would make a sea change in the way Alaska provides medical and retirement benefits to its workers.

My turn: University lands bill threatens treasure
An archaeological site in Tracy Arm may soon be sold off as part of an ill-conceived land deal, which the Alaska Legislature seeks to justify in the name of funding the university.

My Turn: Tourism Best Management Practices work
Many small steps by many dedicated people have over time had the cumulative effect of making tourism work in our community.

Sitka starts season 4-0
The Sitka Wolves' baseball team swept defending state champion Kodiak High School over the weekend to start the season 4-0.

Winning smile
Gary Speck of the minor league baseball Marlins is all smiles after hitting a two-run home run on opening day Saturday, April 30.

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-Douglas softball
The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity softball team ended its road trip undefeated Tuesday after a 13-0 win over host Ketchikan.

Welcome to the Little League section
Every Wednesday, this bit of space is dedicated to the Gastineau Channel Little League, the players, the volunteers, the managers and the umpires.

Ice time is a nice time
Though it's only been around since January of last year, skating instructor Beth Rhoden is astounded by the growth of Juneau Skating Club.

Retirement rewrite bill may get final vote on Wednesday
Democrats attempted Monday to set back a controversial bill that would create private retirement accounts for future public employees and teachers.

Panel releases draft budget
The Senate Finance Committee has released a new capital budget draft that adds $395 million in state general fund spending if a separate bill paying for the projects with Alaska Permanent Fund earnings fails to pass the House.

Film crew re-enacts airborne birth for TV
A 5-month-old Metlakatla girl is the subject of cable channel Discovery Health's "Amazing Babies" program, which sent a crew to film a re-enactment of her birth on an airplane.

Man charged with gun felonies
A man who allegedly pointed a handgun at an acquaintance during an argument Monday night in Douglas was charged with two felonies and held at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Senate approves bill to end groundfish derbies
Commercial groundfish derbies in the Gulf of Alaska could become a thing of the past under a bill passed Monday in the state Senate.

Officials seek enforcement of Anchorage garbage rule
State game officials want Anchorage to enforce a little-known ordinance that could help keep bears away from homes and streets.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

House votes to make retirement rewrite temporary
A bill that would rewrite the retirement plans for future employees and teachers was limited to a one-year trial during an Alaska House floor hearing Tuesday night.

Homer fire gets tanker assist
A fire near Homer passed the 4,000-acre mark Monday, but fire managers finally got the use of a retardant-dropping aircraft tanker that had been tending to three new blazes in the Interior.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/ the Northwest

House approves road bond bill
The state would use about $193 million in bonds to pay for road construction and maintenance projects under a bill passed Tuesday in the House of Representatives.

Stryker brigade off to train, deployment
The last of more than 3,800 Fort Wainwright soldiers left Tuesday for final training in Louisiana before an assignment in Iraq.

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