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Saturday, May 7, 2005

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.

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

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.

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

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!):

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.

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.

FYI
News of our community members

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.

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Student recognition
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

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.

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Spring King Derby Standings
Standings as of Thursday morning

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

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.

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