Thursday, May 11, 2006

Business Digest
Staff reports from around the business community

Current senior issues
News stories in today's Empire raise important public policy questions relating to senior citizens. As a senior and a retired public employee, I have a few comments.

Time to stand up
I am a registered nurse and have been for 25 years.

In defense of Bush
I am writing in response to the letter of the editor "George W. Bush violates rule of law" (March 17).

An insulting ploy from oil companies
Recently, across Alaska, there has been a media ad blitz, plus legislators, contractors, and others speaking for Alaska oil producers, and all have the same message theme - namely, "don't let the state tax the oil producers out of business!"

Coeur plan is environmentally sound
I am pleased to write this letter of support of the Coeur proposal for mine tailings disposal to the Lower Slate Lake tailings storage facility in the most recent Kensington gold project proposal.

Wool over our eyes
I wonder what Alaska Inter-Tribal Council Board of Directors think they're doing, assuming they represent us Alaska tribes and dragging us into a lawsuit with the United Nations without consulting with the tribes.

Soldier, sailors, airmen like the rest of us
Soldier, sailors, airmen like the rest of Thanks to Michael Heiman (April 24) for his reply to Karl Schoeppe's My Turn (April 10).

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

School Board stands by plans to appeal
The Juneau School Board took a brief but potent hit of public comment Tuesday afternoon from parents and voters angry about the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case.

Legislature to reconvene in Centennial Hall today
Legislators are preparing to say goodbye to their usual perch in the Capitol this afternoon.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Fifth-graders check out college life
The graduating class of 2013 got a chance this week to see what life could hold for them after high school.

Photo: Mobile home
A Steller's jay nests in the crook of a bicycle that's been hanging under the eaves of Kenneth Gill's house since last summer.

Captivated by the sultry song of Argentina
The first time I was in Buenos Aires I sat alone in a rundown cafe on Correntes Avenue, watching smartly dressed businessmen pass. Were they off to the stock market or going to meet a mistress? A tired matron in a tattered coat walked by, oblivious to the rain. I wondered if she was alone in the world.

Photo: A fluke sighting
A humpback whale flourishes its tail Wednesday as it dives near the Douglas Bridge.

Juneau bears wake from long winter slumber
A sow and two cubs inspired only admiration, and no fear, when Oregon native Kim Munroe spotted them above the Flume Trail on Sunday.

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

Seniors stay tax-exempt
Juneau's seniors win. There will be no changes to the city's senior sales-tax exemption anytime in the near future.

Neighbors mailbox
You've got mail, neighbor

Alaska's Geriatric Education Center provides needed resources
This year 78 million baby boomers will start to turn 60 years old.

Student recognitions
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

Photo: Russian champs
In April, Juneau-Douglas High School Russian-language students, Kristina Paulick, left, Sam Messerschmidt, center, and Macey Fredenberg, right, displayed their Khokhloma - the art of making colorful spoons and dishes - at the state Russian-language competition in Anchorage.

Frost and Francis wed
Julia Frost, of Fresno, Calif., and Curtis Francis, of Douglas were married April 30 at Skater's Cabin in Juneau. A reception was held at Wild Spice.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from around the community

Henning and McGee wed
Denise Henning, of Harford, Wis., and Rylan McGee, of Juneau were married Oct. 8, 2005, at St. John's Catholic Church in Rubicon, Wis. A reception followed at The Linden Inn on Big Cedar Lake.

My Turn: Starr's involvement in 'Bong Hits' issue reeks
The Juneau School Board's latest action on the "Bong Hits for Jesus" issue reeks of political action with religious overtones, rather than a school discipline issue.

Alaska editorial: Parents should ensure that kids graduate safe, sober
The high school graduation season commences in a few days throughout the Fairbanks area, marking the culmination of years of work for thousands of students.

My Turn: A call for reflection about immigrants
My forebears sneaked into the United States at the beginning of the 20th century.

My Turn: Do we need plastic bags?
Last month, Juneau Alaska Youth for Environmental Action, a high school organization, proclaimed a "no-plastic-bag week" and asked citizens to use cloth bags, saving thousands of plastic bags in Juneau.

Alaska editorial: Daylight-saving time makes no difference
There are many people, we acknowledge, who get all in a dither when it comes to daylight-saving time.

All 5 sports in action this weekend
With the spring regular season winding down, all five Juneau-Douglas High School sports teams face critical games and events this weekend.

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

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.

Glacier Swim Club strong at state
While the Glacier Swim Club veterans performed like the seasoned athletes they are, the younger set provided a glimpse into the future of Juneau swimming at the Alaska State Junior Olympic Championships in Anchorage.

Alaska High School Track and Field Top Performances
through Saturday...

Identity theft bill opens view on fractured Senate
Between an oil-tax rewrite and a capital budget worth billions, the Alaska Senate had a lot on its plate in the waning hours of the 24th Legislature.

Gas contract made public
After two years of secret negotiations, Gov. Frank Murkowski unleashed a long-awaited draft of a North Slope gas pipeline contract Wednesday morning.

Governor keeps oil contract secret
He asked, and won, but he didn't receive. Despite a second favorable court ruling, state Sen. Hollis French, D-Anchorage, did not gain access to any portion of a natural gas contract that has been hidden from the public eye.

Citizens get prepared to face disaster
When a major disaster hits Anchorage, it may take days for authorities to respond.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

House approves $3.6B capital budget
Bleary-eyed legislators approved a $3.6 billion capital spending bill shortly after 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Oil tax debate needs overtime
Thanks to the Alaska Senate's refusal to adopt bill modifications from the House, the debate over changing the state's oil-tax structure will continue into the special session that begins today.

Oil tax currently off the agenda
Barely a day into a special session, Alaska legislators began spotting issues that could interfere with their work in Juneau for the next month.

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

Cinema Guide
what's playing at the box office

What's happening
news of local entertainment events

Painting Alaska: Rie Muñoz opens show at Alaska State Museum
As late as her mid-20s, then-Los Angeles department store employee Rie Muñoz was barely into art. She sketched a little when she wrote letters, but she wasn't into painting.

Response to hate:
Just two weeks after gay University of Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard died from a savage beating in October 1998, 10 writers from the New York-based Tectonic Theater Project were on their way to Laramie to see how the town was dealing with the aftermath of the hate crime

Briefly
news of local arts

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