Thursday, May 19, 2005

Time for Legislature to adjourn session
Gov. Murkowski's special session is a disaster. It's a huge waste of money and time and will likely have an ongoing negative impact on this Legislature's ability to work effectively together.

Experience shapes abortion views
At this time, Amanda Hoffman may feel abortion is murder. However, what she or anyone really thinks about abortion depends on their life circumstances.

Pull tax delinquents' business licenses
I have owned a small business in Juneau for the last 24 years, and I just had to write about the business owner that has failed to pay his sales tax for the past several years (Empire, May 6).

Girl needs more than punishment
I agree with all of those who think this gun treat should not be taken lightly, but all people are looking to do is punish this girl and send her on her way.

State senators are abusing their power
The Senate majority have held educational funding, the capital budget, and the operating budget hostage, preventing the Legislature from completing their work so they can adjourn.

Republicans take us into the 1870s
There is nothing like the good old days. The Republican "leadership" apparently has a fond affection for the days of old and is methodically dragging us backward into the past.

Keep ears tuned for special interests
Last year, when Alaskans were distracted by the business of summer, the Murkowski administration proposed new rules to allow toxic pollution in salmon streams.

Alaska under attack from out of state
I am sure that many of you have been watching the Legislature and it's continuous war to pass new legislation.

Some recreation requires distance
Rich Poor (My Turn, May 12) says he's never been to Berners Bay, and appears to have little knowledge of outdoor recreation opportunities in Juneau.

Take time working on retirement overhaul
The legislation being force-fed legislators at $30,000 a day out of Alaska's treasury is a breach of ethics.

Photo: Progress on the Douglas roundabout
Construction workers Tim Earl, left, and Greg Osborne smooth freshly poured concrete Tuesday at the Douglas roundabout construction site. General contractor Secon officials said they hope to complete the project in early July.

Sun spotters
Mike Orford, left, and Michael Orelove scope out sun spots and sun flares Tuesday at Marine Park. Orelove, who calls himself a sidewalk astronomer, supplied the special viewing telescopes for passersby.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Former owner of Mike's Place dies at age 86
Friends and former customers remembered Rudolph "Rudy" Pusich as the friendly and funny host to their communal family Wednesday, a day after the former proprietor of Mike's Place died.

Photo: Reburied with honor
The Rev. George Silides of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, left, leads a service Wednesday as human remains are laid to rest at Evergreen Cemetery.

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

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

Photo: Paying tribute
Assistant District Attorney Doug Gardner plays "Amazing Grace" on his bagpipe Wednesday during the annual Peace Officers Memorial Day Observance at the Alaska State Museum.

Photo: NOT touchy-feely
A porcupine climbs a spruce Monday along Windfall Lake Trail. After the beaver, the porcupine is the largest rodent in Alaska.

Ski club plans to build race center
The Juneau Ski Club could have a permanent home to train its athletes this winter.

Harmon to be retried for 1st-degree murder
Already convicted of second-degree murder in the 2003 slaying of Maggie Wigen in Tenakee Springs, James Harmon now faces an August trial on first-degree murder in the 19-year-old woman's death.

Photo: Love that rascal Puff
Aaron Landrik tries to catch wind Wednesday at Twin Lakes with a store-bought Dragon kite.

Photo: A walk in the rain forest
Andy Ferguson and Ani Torgerson take a quiet stroll Monday evening on Windfall Lake Trail.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Perkins recognized by USA Today for academics
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Lindsay Perkins received an honorable mention in USA Today's All-USA High School Academic Team program.

Thousand-watt bulbs in the front yard
We have never had such a show as this spring with the flowering trees lighting up the landscape.

Beauty in the bog
Snapshots of some of the flora currently blooming in the boggy hills around Juneau.

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Loves celebrate silver anniversary
Wayne and Marlene Love are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. The couple was married May 17, 1980, in Ontario, Ore.

Dress, Fleming to marry
Longtime Juneau residents Donna Statter Dress and Cameron Michael Fleming will be married May 21. The ceremony and reception will be held at sea.

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

Josephine Crumrine-Liddell
Former Juneau resident Josephine Crumrine-Liddell, 88, died May 10, 2005, at her home in Anchorage.

Myra Grice
Longtime resident Myra Grice, 84, died May 16, 2005, in Juneau.

Rudolph C. Pusich
Lifelong Douglas resident Rudolph C. Pusich died May 17 at home, peacefully.

My turn: It's possible to be car-free and carefree in Juneau
This Friday is Bike to Work Day sponsored by the Juneau Freewheelers. For people who are unable to ride a bicycle, perhaps this can be "Alternative Transportation Day."

My turn: Harbor users shouldn't be singled out for fees
I am sure we all have seen the ads on television for the video "Girls Gone Wild."

Alaska editorial: Pebble mine project worthy of consideration
Of course, there will be impacts. Yes, there will be change to communities.

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.

Gastineau Channel Little League Standings
Standings as of May 15

Crimson Bears secure five top seeds in state championships
The Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team secured five top seeds for this weekend's Alaska Track & Field Championships.

2005 Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Standings of the Ninth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17.

2005 Alaska High School Track and Field Bests
Standings through Saturday, May 14

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.

Keaunna Miller strikes out eight batters to lead Marlins past Cards
Keaunna Miller struck out eight batters to lead the Marlins past the Cardinals, 8-7, in a Gastineau Little League Major Softball match-up.

Queens of the pool
Juneau synchronized swimmers Koko Urata and Sarah Felix trust each other a great deal.

Getting ready for action
Taylor Larson of the Major Softball Reds awaits action at shortstop.

Glacier Swim Club names O'Brien and Jones team MVPs at awards banquet
The Glacier Swim Club held its year-end awards banquet on Saturday.

2005 Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Standings of the Ninth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 10:25 1.m. on Wednesday, May 18.

Gastineau Channel Little League Standings
Standings for the week of May 18 to May 24

U.S. senators OK funding for roads
The U.S. Senate approved a federal transportation bill that would spend $295 billion over a six-year period, including $427.3 million annually for Alaska road projects.

Legislative deadlock breaks although important issues remain unresolved
The Alaska House on Tuesday voted down two of the Senate's priority bills that Republican leaders had kept from reaching the floor during a standoff between the two chambers.

Company puts its Tulsequah mine on hold
Redfern Resources Corp. announced it is putting the proposed Tulsequah Chief mine northeast of Juneau on hold, pending further mineral exploration.

Photo: Snap judgement
Jaime Castro, from San Diego, prepares frozen red snapper for boxing and shipping Wednesday at the Norquest Seafood plant in Petersburg.

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

House spending tamed at $2.28 billion
As promised, a panel in the Alaska House on Wednesday approved a public works budget that is cheaper than the Senate's and leaves out a number of school districts waiting for construction and maintenance.

Senate OKs $2.4 billion for projects
The Alaska Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a list of $2.4 billion in construction and roads projects for the rest of this fiscal period and next year, including a wish list of school and university construction and maintenance items.

Judge holds firm on trial date for Craig teen
It's still not certain where a 16-year-old Craig girl will face charges that she conspired to kill her mother, but a Juneau judge said Wednesday the case will go to trial in August.

Guide who wasn't a resident sentenced
A Yakutat big-game guide lost his Alaska hunting privileges for three years after Juneau District Court jurors found him guilty of seven counts of falsely claiming residency.

UAS program offers students intensive help
The University of Alaska Southeast has received a $1.1 million federal grant to help willing students succeed in college.

Fairbanks, Anchorage pitch AFN for 2006 convention
Fairbanks and Anchorage officials are dueling to attract the Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention to their cities in 2006.

Eielson's vast space may weaken lobbying effort
The vast flying space available at Eielson Air Force Base may work against it as Alaska officials lobby to keep it operating at full strength.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

Senate funds base-closure panel
The Alaska Senate on Tuesday approved giving $1 million to a task force that aims to counter the Pentagon's planned cuts of more than 4,800 military and civilian jobs in the state.

AlaskaDigest
Staff reports from around the state

Party-goers ponder end-of-life decisions
The tabletops were covered with an array of wine and cheese. The party mix segued smoothly from Ella Fitzgerald to Billy Joel. The mood was pleasantly upbeat for the topic of conversation: death.

Man has close call on Baranof
When the wind snatched his empty tent and it sailed away "like a kite," a wet and hypothermic Schaeffer Cox figured he might die.

Jazz & Classics Schedule
Upcoming Jazz events

Versatile baritone to perform Wednesday
There was a time in his life two years ago when classically trained baritone Jubilant Sykes found that songs came pouring out of him just as soon as he sat down.

Cinema Guide
What's playing on the silver screen

Green Plastic:
Bassist Tully Devine, guitarist Trenton White and drummer Solan Jensen started playing together last year and quickly decided that the best way to start their musical sojourn would be to cover an album in its entirety.

Songwriting duo touches on the lighter side of life
As the creative minds behind the two-piece Arkansas-based duo Trout Fishing in America, guitarist Keith Grimwood and bass player Ezra Idlet have been writing songs together for almost 30 years.

Juneau band What Remains releases 4th CD
From humble beginnings as a solo acoustic project in guitarist Dave Conway's bedroom, Juneau's What Remains has evolved into a full-fledged guitar-guitar-bass-and-drums punk band. Now, the group is ready to release its first full-length compact disc.

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