Friday, May 6, 2005

Sorry to see sports reporter leave
I am a freshman attending Appalachian State University in the mountains of Boone, N.C., but I graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 2004.

Better to be safe rather than sorry
This letter is in response to letter entitled "Agency sells sex," published April 24.

Social insecurity
AARP Alaska feels just the opposite about the Senate bill to "fix" PERS and TRS than Commissioner of Administration Raymond Matiashowski.

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.

Time for a major house-cleaning
I read the article about Gov. Frank Murkowski trying to manipulate the system yet a third time to get his private jet to zip around in a style he considers himself due.

Clean up after dogs
To the man in the dark blue business suit on the cell phone, who showed up at Capitol School playground near the end of lunch hour on April 26 to let his black Lab run around in the sun: I picked up the large pile of feces your dog left in the grass near where all the kids were playing.

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.

Say no to the mine
Berners Bay is bursting with spring once again, but I haven't seen any recent letters about the pending Kensington mine. So here's mine (no pun intended!):

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Harmon found guilty
Jurors in Juneau Superior Court on Thursday found James Harmon guilty of murdering and raping Maggie Wigen two years ago in Tenakee Springs.

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.

Failure to pay tax leads to arrest
An Anchorage man was arrested in Juneau on Wednesday for failing to appear in court over sales taxes owed to the city of Juneau.

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.

Gun threat at JDHS triggers investigation
Police are investigating a potential gun threat written on the surfaces of a third-floor girls restroom at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

FYI
News of our community members

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.

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

DeMuth and Warner wed
Jennifer DeMuth of Darien Center, N.Y., and Wylie Warner of Sequim, Wash., were married on April 3, 2005, at Wandin Valley Estate in Hunter Valley, Australia.

Phelan-Wigfield, Jones marry
Kathleen Phelan-Wigfield of Juneau and Gareth Jones of Cardiff, Wales, were married on April 16, 2005, in Juneau.

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

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Grahmann and Tromble to wed
Jennifer Grahmann of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Evan Tromble of Juneau will be married June 4, 2005, at Goliad First United Methodist Church in Goliad, Texas.

Photo: Preservation project
Students in partnership with the Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center in Haines celebrate the ceremonial raising of "The Friendship Pole."

Student recognition
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

Doctor honored for decades of dedication
Although Henry Akiyama retired in October after 43 years of medical practice, his fellow professionals haven't forgotten him.

Co-op preschool to hold 3rd art exhibit, auction
The Juneau Cooperative Preschool will hold its third annual Children's Art Exhibit and Silent Auction from 4:30 to 8 tonight at McPhetres Hall at 325 Gold Street.

Baker and Rotola to wed
Juneau residents Henriatha (Jenkins) Baker and Brian Rotola will be married June 19, 2005.

Hansen and Epperly to wed
Juneau residents Kara Hansen and Peter Epperly will be married May 14, 2005, at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church. A reception will follow at 5 p.m. at the Baranof Hotel.

Morenos mark golden anniversary
Daniel and Nancy Moreno celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple was married May 8, 1954.

Tearing down the wharf shopping center would be a great loss
It's too bad that the city is negotiating to buy and tear down the Wharf Mall.

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

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.

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: New retirement bill's a solution, or it's a big financial mistake
It was interesting to hear Sen. Bert Stedman, sponsor of SB 141, testify before the House Finance Committee in April that the retirement bill the Senate passed would do nothing to relieve state and local governments of the supposed $5.7 billion pension shortfall.

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.

Spring King Derby Standings
Standings as of Thursday morning

Juneau-Douglas digs deep for sweep
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team received solid pitching in key spots to sweep a key series from Sitka on Thursday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Doerflinger gives lights-out performance in Bears' win
Andrea Doerflinger shutdown Sitka's lineup on Thursday as the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team topped the Wolves, 4-0, 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

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

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

House rejects new plan for retirement system
Senate Bill 141, the public-employee retirement bill that has been called the most important legislation of the session, failed Thursday night in the Alaska House.

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.

Murkowski's workers compensation bill stuck in House committee
The governor's workers compensation bill was held up in the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, just a few hours after he said he was glad one of his pet projects was progressing through the Legislature.

Photo: God and country
The 17th District U.S. Coast Guard Color Guard presents the U.S. and Coast Guard flags in front of the Capitol on Thursday during the annual National Day of Prayer observances.

Malpractice cap bill passes House
Alaska legislators hoping to reduce insurance rates for doctors approved a measure Thursday to cap medical malpractice awards at $250,000.

President opens roadless areas to logging, mining
All national forests, including Alaska's Chugach, will join the 17-million-acre Tongass National Forest in lifting blanket bans on logging, mining and other commercial uses in roadless areas, the Bush administration announced Thursday.

Photo: Session's final days
Senate President Ben Stevens, R-Anchorage, from left, and Speaker of the House John Harris, R-Valdez, talk with Sen. Johnny Ellis, D-Anchorage, and Rep. Mary Kapsner, D-Bethel, from the speaker's desk at the head of the House Chambers on Thursday at the Capitol.

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.

House drops funding for road to Skagway
House legislators on Thursday pared funding for proposed state transportation bond projects, including the proposed road connecting Juneau to Skagway.

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

Metlakatla's only bank closes
Metlakatla has lost its only bank.

Measure would prevent talk of ethics complaints
The Senate majority rejected a bid by Democrats Thursday to strike a provision in two ethics bills allowing the attorney general to fine people who tell anyone that they've filed or intend to file an ethics complaint against a public official.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

briefly
news of local arts

what's happening
entertainment events around town

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.

'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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