Thursday, May 5, 2005

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?

Watch out for your pets in a land of wolves and bears
I am deeply sorry for the individual who lost his pet beagle. Losing a pet is never easy.

Save the seals by boycotting seafood from Canada
"Country of origin labeling" for seafood products (New store labels to distinguish wild fish food from farmed, March 29) offers consumers the opportunity to take a stand against the largest slaughter of marine mammals in the world.

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.

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.

Heavy equipment vies with hooligan at Berners Bay
If you're in Berners Bay this week, you might witness hundreds of sea lions, seals, and whales, and thousands of birds amassing to feed on the hooligan, which are now surging up the Gilkey, Antler, Berners, and Lace rivers to spawn.

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.

Taku kings start slow, but catch will pay bills
Juneau gillnetter Ted David, 58, fished the first commercial king salmon opening in his life this week.

Photo: Brushing teeth
Mark Daughhetee, curator of exhibitions at the Alaska State Museum, works on a 10-by-7-foot shark jaw designed by Paul Gardinier.

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

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.

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.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Juneau to lower mill rate
With a budget surplus, the city of Juneau expects to give $2.3 million back to property owners by lowering the tax rate by 0.7 mills.

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

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.

Jurors have questions in Harmon case
Jurors deliberating in the trial for the man charged with killing Maggie Wigen looked twice to the judge for answers Wednesday afternoon.

Hot wheels to go on display Friday
It's taken Stan Ridgeway five years to turn a drab, rusty 1940 Ford half-ton pickup into a fire-engine red street rod with painted flames on the hood and a "HOT 40" license plate.

Photo: Going high-tech
Jim Livingston of the Juneau Street Department demonstrates the use of the city's first sidewalk sweeper, purchased by the Downtown Business Association and the city.

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

City sets price for DeHarts Marina purchase
Juneau officials have set a $2.6 million price in their negotiations for DeHarts Marina, an Auke Bay property they consider essential to expanding Don Statter Boat Harbor.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Franklin W. Ingledue
Former Juneau resident Franklin W. Ingledue, 89, died April 27, 2005, in Salem, Ore.

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

My turn: Berners Bay is like a church; don't develop it
Last weekend was full of sunny skies and strong gusts from the north. I was in Berners Bay for the hooligan run; I saw more surveyors' flagging than fish.

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.

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.

My turn: Plan B for a new capitol in Juneau
A new capitol building in Juneau remains a worthwhile project. Shelving the project after its problematic start, however, is a wise move that will give city leaders a chance to revise our collective game plan. Knowledge gained from our recent mistakes may even help strengthen our next proposal.

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.

Bears' J.V. baseball tops Petersburg
Shane Rud went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored to lead the Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity baseball team to a 7-0 win over Petersburg on Wednesday at Melvin Park.

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.

Crimson Bears handle Wolves, 9-1
The Juneau-Douglas softball team overcame three errors with timely hitting, aggressive baserunning and strong pitching in a 9-1 win over Sitka Wednesday at Melvin Park.

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.

Rotary Park Run Results
Results of local track and field

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.

2005 Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Standings of the Ninth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 12:22 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4.

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.

Protesters: Ice cream can't buy state workers' love
Murkowski administration officials scooped out ice cream and cake for state employees in Juneau on Wednesday, but got a helping of bile in return.

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/ the Northwest

Retirement plan won't be optional
In the continuing debate over a plan that would create a new retirement system for future employees, the Alaska House on Wednesday rejected a proposal to make the plan optional for workers.

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.

House OKs poker rooms; municipalities would let voters have final say
The Alaska House voted Wednesday to allow poker and other card gambling in public rooms.

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.

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

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

First Friday:
Eighth-grader Molly Emerson was introduced to photography last summer at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, where her class would take pictures and watch their instructor develop and print the negative.

what's happening
entertainment events around town

briefly
news of local arts

'columbinus'
A few years ago, PJ Paparelli, Patricia Hersch, Stephen Karam and Sean McNall arrived in Littleton, Colo., to interview students, parents, teachers, police and community members about the April 20, 1999, Columbine High School shooting that left 15 dead, including triggermen Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.

Famous dance troupe to visit Juneau
Juneau's Kathryn Alter had to prepare herself for a different kind of physical movement when she joined New York City's world-famous Limon Dance Co. in 2003.

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