Monday, May 9, 2005

The governor's need for jet speed
I'm writing to comment on the governor's "need" to have a jet instead of the planes we have now.

Let's get a 747 for the governor
I am a bit frustrated with the short-sightedness of many Alaskans.

Preserve history by protecting Wharf
It is said a city is judged by how it honors its history.

Think about school bus safety
Riding the school bus is a regular event for many children.

Idiotic comments about state workers
This letter is in response to the detestable and false comments Art Chance (Empire, May 5), the state's director of labor relations

Draconian reform for retirement system
Members of the State Senate are currently attempting to gut the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) and the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS).

Elected lawmakers are lording over us
What sort of democracy is this anyway?

Thankful for mining in Southeast Alaska
The "My Turn" article published April 29 regarding Berners Bay deserves a few rebuttal comments.

Beware of wild domestics, too
There is a letter to the editor in the May 5 paper that reads, "Watch out for your pets in a land of wolves and bears." The author of the letter should have added domesticated pets to the list.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Police ID student in school gun messages
Juneau police said they identified a 16-year-old female student Friday as the person responsible for writing an apparent gun threat in a restroom at Juneau-Douglas High School.

The blessing of the fleet
The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Liberty passes by the Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial on Saturday for the Blessing of the Fleet as crewmembers salute the crowd.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

'Sober rejoicing' marked Nazi fall
In Seattle, hundreds of Boeing workers hauled a brand-new B-29 out of a hangar with a sign proclaiming "On to Tokyo" draped just behind the cockpit.

Bikers gather to increase visibility
Anyone can ride a motorcycle in a straight line down Egan Drive, biker Bob Taylor says. But it's a learned skill to ride safely in all kinds of road conditions and traffic.

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

Photo: Mother and daughter graduate
Cate Lorenz, left, stands outside the ballroom at Centennial Hall with her daughter, Jessica, on Sunday before their graduation ceremony. Cate, 45, is graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in language arts and social science.

Cost of fuel hits boaters
Don Kalk, a Juneau purse seiner, watched the steady rise of fuel prices and became convinced that he needed a more fuel-efficient boat engine.

Season's 1st ship arrives
Helen and Max Nixon brought enough cold and warm clothes to dress in layers on their six-day cruise through Southeast Alaska aboard Cruise West's 295-foot Spirit of Oceanus.

College - another chance
Remember when students used to take a year off from college to find themselves? Some older graduates at the University of Alaska Southeast have discovered that college itself was the place to find their passion.

Retiring physician is honored by patients
Filling the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall on Friday night was easier than finding a simple way for the community to thank Dr. Fred Chu.

Photo: Stocking up on blooms
Adrienne Snow, center, takes advantage of her new Primrose Society membership to get an early start on shopping at the annual garden club plant sale Saturday at the Carrs Safeway parking lot.

Mock radio is an art form
The back room of the Glacier Valley Elementary library has been turned into a simulated radio station in an unusual arts project.

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

City focuses on projects for 1 percent tax renewal
Finding projects for Juneau voters to consider when they're asked to maintain the city's 5 percent sales tax this fall won't be a problem.

My Turn: Judicial filibusters: Squishy or thoughtful?
The use of the filibuster in the U.S. Senate and the president's judicial nominations have certainly been popular topics of conversation in recent weeks.

Empire editorial: Muzzle mutes ethics reforms' effectiveness
How quickly the Senate majority has forgotten what reform of state ethics laws is all about.

My Turn: Today's more-potent pot merits review of court case
Since the 1975 Alaska Supreme Court decision, Ravin vs. State, the possession and use of marijuana in the privacy of one's own home for personal use is protected.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

My Turn: Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Mother's Day is not a Hallmark Holiday; it is a day dedicated to women's public activism and peace.

Land swap gives university two bangs for the buck
Before the Alaska Legislature adjourns Tuesday, a bill granting up to 260,000 acres of state land to the University of Alaska should pass.

Big fish, big payout
With only a matter of hours left in Juneau's month-long Eighth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby last year, community service police officer Robert A. Dilley knew he had just reeled in a prize fish.

Nordic marauders loot Alaska's ecosystems
Joe Meehan was fighting rats at home before it became part of his job.

Mother's Day Bike Race and Ride results
Times and results from the race

Haines High School Track Meet

JDHS soccer wins in Mat-Su
Juneau-Douglas midfielder Margaret Sekona must really enjoy playing in the Mat-Su valleys.

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.

Dredge Lake Bike Race results
Times and results from the race

Bears stage rally to topple Wolves
One of the beautiful parts of softball is how all that matters is the moment at hand. One pitch, one at-bat or one play can change the outcome of an entire game.

2005 Spring King Salmon Derby standings
Here are the standings of the Ninth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 3:01 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.

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.

JDHS track wins at Haines
The Juneau-Douglas track and field team enjoyed its final tune-up at Haines on Friday and Saturday before hosting next weekend's Region V Meet.

May Day Mud and Mountain Run results

Juneau Freewheelers Time Trial results

Juneau earns state hockey crown
If the state capitol stays in Juneau forever, it won't be because of politics, money or anything other than the outcome of a hockey game played May 1 in Anchorage.

Spring King Salmon Derby standings
Spring King standings as of 9 May.

Juneau-Douglas baseball
After dropping two tough games to Juneau-Douglas High School on Thursday, the Sitka baseball team gathered itself and swept Friday's doubleheader.

Comp bill up for vote
While legislators are going back and forth over adopting a new retirement system, another battle is being waged to change workers' compensation.

'Uncle Ted's' bus stop likely to cost $1.5 million
Tom Wilson is faced with a problem many city administrators would envy. How to spend $1.5 million on a bus stop?

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

Greenpeace's chief operating officer denies responsibility in violation of spill statute
The chief operating officer of Greenpeace Inc. said her organization bears no responsibility for a ship that operated under the organization's banner in Alaska waters without a spill prevention plan.

Senate approves bill that protects accused employees
The Senate approved two ethics bills Saturday that would protect public employees accused of violations from media exposure. The filer of the complaint would be penalized with a $5,000 fine if he or she went public with the accusation.

Assemblyman, ex-prosecutor seek leniency for sex offender
An Anchorage assemblyman, a former state prosecutor and the head of the state liquor board have written letters backing a businessman seeking a lenient sentence on drug and child sex trafficking charges.

House flip-flops on statewide retirement measure
After reconsidering a vote cast Thursday night, several members of the Alaska House changed their minds the next day and approved a new statewide retirement system.

Alaska truckers enlisted in watch for terrorists
Terrorism expert Ray Brown began a recent training session with Alaska's truckers by showing the audience a video that had been found in a cave in Afghanistan a few years ago.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

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