Friday, May 5, 2006

In the Stacks: Large-print books are in at the library
What to read at your local library

Business Digest
Children with hands covered in paint may be a common sight during afternoons downtown.

Majority of Alaskans oppose aerial hunt
Christine Boddy wrote asking how Priscilla Feral of Friends of Animals was able to claim a majority of Alaskans disapprove of the aerial wolf hunts (letters to the editor, April 4).

Time to speak out against the road
With little fanfare the state has begun roading Berners Bay.

Road is a wasteful desecration
On behalf of all the members of the Auk Kwaan, the original settlers of the Juneau area, I wish to express our strong opposition to extending the highway from Echo Cove, around Berners Bay, to a proposed ferry terminal at the Katzehin River Delta where travelers must board a shuttle ferry to reach Skagway or Haines.

Focus on something that matters
So, the gay-benefits debate is headed for the Senate floor.

Pay for Alaska's future
A recent Empire poll asked the question of whether or not folks thought that the governor's proposed $90 million increase toward funding education for fiscal year 2007 was sufficient.

Argument for 12-hour shifts is curious
I read with curiosity in the April 12 Empire that12-hour police shifts should be reinstated.

The road is a dead-end investment
I am writing this letter so that we can have one more person on record that supports spending our finite state resources on more important needs than another road to nowhere.

Illogical reason to destroy nest
What is an eagle nest?

Peaceful questioning
Throwing rocks! Spitting on the troops! I take exception to these misconceptions! (Gregory Acres letter to the editor, April 28).

Our Alaska schools are in dire need
At the April 18 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, the Assembly voted to contribute $36.7 million of public tax money toward support of public schools on the Kenai Peninsula.

Where are the arts venues?
Philip Krauter's letter (April 21 Empire) regarding rehearsal and performance space is spot on.

Insidious fisheries legislation
How would you like to enter a poker game rigged against you because the bigger bankrolls could buy extra cards from the deck?

Photo: Buzzing into spring
Pussy willow catkins, like these on May 1 in Anchorage, have responded to warmer, springtime weather recently by spreading their seeds along the Government Hill area.

Photo: Singing for prayers
Sherry Patterson of the Church of All Nations sings "How Great Thou Art" during the noon observance of the Annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday in front of the Capitol.

Photo: Traffic stopped
Juneau Police Department Lt. Kris Sell walks past a rollover accident Wednesday.

New school bid grows $9 million
Coogan Construction Co. was selected Thursday to build Juneau's Dimond Park high school, with a low bid nearly $9 million higher than the project's anticipated cost.

Sculptor to give UAS commencement
Former Juneau artist Skip Wallen has sculpted the locally famous bronze brown bears near Dimond Courthouse and at the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, a bronze boy leading a bronze man at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, and recently, two 10-foot-tall World War II airmen for a plaza in Fairbanks.

Advocates: City withholds senior tax info
A dissenter on the city task force proposing an increase on the eligibility age for Juneau's senior sales-tax exemption claims the city is keeping important information from senior advocates.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Cruising South Franklin Street
If one is accustomed to crossing the English Channel by ferry, then perhaps a little rocking back and forth on a blustery spring day in Alaska's Inside Passage is like the usual morning tea.

Juneau Chamber gets behind oil tax change
The Juneau Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors on Thursday passed a resolution supporting the governor's and the Alaska Legislature's efforts to create a net-profits tax on oil pumped in the state.

Avalanche expert warns of danger on local trails
Juneau avalanche expert Bill Glude is warning Juneau residents to avoid the Flume Trail, Thane Road and other urban avalanche run-out zones because of dangerous new snow conditions.

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

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

First lady teaches kids about safety
Nancy Murkowski, mother of a U.S. senator and the wife of Alaska's governor, spent Wednesday morning as a matriarchal figure for Harborview Elementary School counselor Michele Ricci's first-grade class.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Neighbors helping neighbors: Perseverance Theatre
Director/volunteer coordinator: Sarah Denhardt, director of production

Historical treasures available at stores and state library
One of the wonders of living is the chance to study and plumb the past. There are public sources where such a pursuit can be followed - like the Alaska State Historical Library located in the state office building.

Neighbors mailbox
You've got mail, neighbor

Photo: Local hero
In celebration of March's Red Cross month, the Southeast District honored Ron Dippold of Juneau for his 40 years of humanitarian service.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from around the community

Student artist in the spotlight: Eriko Ikeda
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.

Jorgensen and Cropley to wed
Alexis Dawn Jorgensen and Sean Robert Cropley of Juneau will be married at 4:30 p.m., May 13, at Tlingit & Haida Hall in Juneau. A reception will follow at 7 p.m. at Tlingit & Haida Hall. Friends and relatives are invited to the wedding and reception.

FYI
News about the people you know

Photo: Youth award
Alex Cesar, right, admires the Inspirational Youth Award he received Saturday as part of Juneau Cancer Connection's banquet at the Baranof Hotel.

Agnes Ross
Juneau resident Agnes Frances Ross, 81, died April 30, 2006, in Juneau.

Perthena Hogberg
Longtime Juneau resident Perthena "Pat" Hogberg, 77, died May 3, 2006, with her five children at her side.

Nina Dee Mollett
Juneau resident Nina Dee Mollett, 55, formerly of Fairbanks, died April 29, 2006, at University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz.

Legislature's support points to inevitable road
As the regular 2006 legislative session winds down, the issue of fair taxation on Alaska's most lucrative industry clearly continues to occupy the majority of the Legislature's time and attention.

Alaska editorial: Government branches should work together on tax, pipeline contract
Wrangling over a proposed North Slope gas pipeline deal and oil industry tax has had an odd effect on the state's government - it makes branches want to pretend the others don't exist.

Alaska editorial: Marijuana fight diverts attention from real issues
What should have been a simple bill to help control Alaska's methamphetamine epidemic has provoked a battle that is distracting lawmakers from more important business.

Ashe scores record 50th goal as JDHS ties 2-2 with Colony
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Dylan Ashe became the Crimson Bears' all-time leading goal scorer in Thursday's 2-2 draw at Colony.

Underwater poetry in motion
For anyone who wants to see what synchronized swimming is all about, the Juneau Aurora Knights are more than happy to demonstrate.

Sitka hands JDHS baseball team its 1st loss this season
Defending state champion Sitka handed the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team its first loss of the season Thursday at Ketchikan High School.

Bears' slide continues in loss to the Kardinals
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team's recent struggles continued Wednesday at Kenai Central.

Juneau-Douglas softball sweeps Wolfpack
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team finished its Fairbanks trip Thursday with a doubleheader sweep of West Valley.

Alaska High School Track and Field best performances
2006 State Bests

Crimson Bears stay unbeaten with 4-0 win over the Knights
Margaret Sekona scored twice, as the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team continued its winning ways Thursday.

Crimson Bears softball team stays perfect with sweep of North Pole
With dominant pitching, solid defense and strong hitting, the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team swept a Wednesday doubleheader form host North Pole.

Bears win their 7th straight game
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team successfully opened a key four-game road series Wednesday with a 9-6 win over host Ketchikan.

Juneau-Douglas girls soccer upends Kenai
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team continued its undefeated season Wednesday with a 4-1 victory over host Kenai Central.

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.

Senate OKs historic $2.4 billion capital budget
The Alaska Senate voted 20-O to approve an unprecedented $2.37 billion in capital spending on Wednesday.

Conference promotes Native HIV/AIDS education
American Indians and Alaska Natives need to be armed with the latest information about HIV/AIDS and provided with culturally sensitive models of treatment to effectively fight the latest threat to their survival.

House increases school funding
In the biggest debate on education funding this session, the Alaska House on Wednesday passed a bill that gives school districts in smaller cities and rural areas an additional $35 million.

House passes emotionally debated fetal homicide bill
The Alaska House passed a bill Thursday that would make it a separate crime to harm or kill a fetus when a pregnant woman is attacked - a measure some argue could be a precursor to a challenge of the federal ruling that legalized abortion.

Ketchikan veneer mill sold
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough has completed the $9 million sale of a veneer mill and 379 acres of Ward Cove property to a group that hopes to have the plant operating by Sept. 1.

Governor names 'must pass' bills
The governor is urging the Legislature to pass two bills before the end of its regular session May 9.

New House bill sets oil-tax rate at 20 percent
A new version of an Alaska oil-tax bill released by the House Finance Committee on Thursday evening calls for a 20 percent tax rate, with a 20 percent credit on oil company expenditures in the state.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/ the Northwest

Alaska Digest
Jury selection began Wednesday in the murder trial of a man accused in the shooting death of a Soldotna woman 21 years ago.

Officials say too few wolves killed to control population
Wildlife officials say the number of wolves collected in the state's aerial wolf-control program this winter were less than half of what was expected.

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

Play examines five lives on Sept. 12, 2001
The somewhat-absurd, somewhat-existential play "Recent Tragic Events" finds five acquaintances in the same place much of America was on Sept. 12, 2001: in front of the television.

Briefly
Food Challenge VI deadline eight days away

Folk singer strums and steps across the U.S.A.
Folk singer strums and steps across the U.S.A.

Cinema Guide
What's playing at the box office

What's happening
Events around town

First Friday
Elise Tomlinson took a year off from exhibiting after her last show, last summer at Heritage Coffee.

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