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Friday, May 19, 2006

Valley sports facility is a bad idea
Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch is floating a $4 million appropriation, resulting from tobacco settlement decisions to build a Zach Gordon-type facility in the valley.

Banana Republican in our midst
Most people would not be surprised to hear that a politician in a small, unsophisticated developing country south of the border had cut a secret deal to give away its energy resources to hugely profitable multi-national corporations at bargain-basement prices.

Cowards of our own destiny
The state of Alaska and the federal government allows the commercial fishing industry to over harvest our fish.

School Board is acting foolishly in lawsuit
I totally support the Letter to the Editor of Mr. Nelson (April 14), regarding the foolishness of the Juneau School Board supporting further law disputes with Joseph Frederick.

Cruise ship visitors willing to pay more
In the coming weeks and months, Alaskans will hear lots of rhetoric about the citizens' cruise ship initiative - you will hear how the addition of a $50 head tax will dissuade tourists from joining an Alaska cruise.

Lake's ecology endangered by personal watercraft
I am an Auke Lake resident. At 92 years of age, I am not too concerned about noise pollution (I don't hear as well as I used to).

Keep senior tax break, lower mill rate
Assembly members Merrill Sanford, Bob Doll, David Stone, Johan Dybdahl and Jonathan Anderson deserve a big thank-you for their courageous vote to retain the senior sales tax exemption.

Amazing comments in Juneau road debate
Recently, local media reported two amazing comments on the Juneau access road.

Against arrogantly ignorant politics
I'm disappointed that the House succumbed to voting for the constitutional abortion that is the meth-pot bill. The actual merits of the parts of this legislation are irrelevant.

Nonresidents may stop shopping in Juneau
The nonresident sales tax exemption card for people living outside of Juneau is ending soon. I just took a trip to a couple of the smaller outlying towns, and everyone I spoke to was under the same impression.

Parading in the wrong place
Recently on television, I saw people demonstrating against the United States and our immigration policies.

Oil tax hike doesn't mean a decline in investment
I would like to point out a couple of things, things the public may already be aware of, but I would like to reiterate them.

State should listen to public on pesticides
A thank-you goes to Gov. Murkowski for his recent proclamation of Toxic Awareness and Education Month.

Don't turn our backs on seniors
I would like to thank Merrill Sanford in his effort to continue the sales tax exemption for senior citizens.

Bill ensures competitive market
Would you agree that when you buy a vehicle, you and not the car company, should choose where it's fixed?

Defending motorized craft on Auke Lake
I've been very disturbed lately to see what is going on in Juneau in regards to the recreational use of Auke Lake.

Photo: Keeping the streets clean
Mark Notar of the city's Street Division vacuums the sidewalks Thursday on South Franklin Street.

Visitor bureau reaches Outside
Next week, some 60 people from various corners of the globe will meet in Juneau to share their love of shrimp and crab.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Young buskers
Floyd Dryden Middle School students, from left, James San Miguel, 13, Myles Kiefer, 12, and Gabe Roybal, 12, practice playing their instruments Wednesday in front of the school after hours.

Former Libertarian exec files for Juneau Assembly
A former vice chairwoman of the Alaska Libertarian Party and candidate for Congress in 2000 announced her bid Tuesday for the Juneau Assembly.

Business Digest
Staff reports from the business community

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

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

Anglers rock & troll
Andres "Buddy" Soriano is working hard during his monthlong vacation.

Perseverance Theatre nears grant goal
With 14 days left in its three-year, $1 million endowment project, Perseverance Theatre is $25,000 from completing a challenge grant by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to raise half the money.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

It was a bloody week for Juneau road-kill
Juneau's "Road Kill Café" is open for a new season, and an apparent rise in the deer population could make it a busy one.

Residents share suggestions about Juneau's future
Imagine a Juneau light-rail system stretching from the Auke Bay ferry terminal to downtown, a city-mandated living wage and no-frills starter homes.

Local resident speaks Jesus' language - Aramaic
Isn't it miraculous that the word spoken 2,000 years ago by Jesus is still a living language used by thousands of people in the world today.

Neighbors helping neighbors: Juneau-Douglas City Museum
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Neighbors mailbox
You've got mail, neighbor

Duran and Harrington wed
Vanessa Duran of Juneau and Clayton Harrington III of Spokane, Wash., were married April 29, at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Conrad Moller
He likes playing football, being outdoors, playing on his trampoline and going to the gun range.

Hatten and Harris to wed
Juneau residents Jenny Lee Hatten and Wesley Lee Harris Jr., will be married at 4 p.m., May 27, at the Juneau Church of the Nazarene. A reception will immediately follow at Marlintini's Lounge.

FYI
News about the people you know

Kussarts celebrate 40 years
Don and Janet Kussart will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary from 1 to 4 p.m., May 27, at their home on 2195 Cascade St. in Juneau.

Photo: Proud pageant winners
Miss Tlingit & Haida competitors, Barbara Dude, left, and Marissa Corpuz, right, of Juneau, stand with Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska President Edward K. Thomas, center, at the Tlingit & Haida competition and scholarship pageant in Juneau.

My turn: Alaska needs help opening ANWR
Our democracy is protected by media that proclaim to provide readers and listeners with accurate and reliable information.

My turn: Fiscal certainty on steroids
Bill Murray's movie "Groundhog Day" reflects what it's like waking up the day after the end of the 24th legislative session, finding the petroleum profit tax has gone from thunder to blunder, and a chalkboard outside the speaker's office says: Day 1 of 250 days before the next Session.

My turn: Jet Ski use is hurting Auke Lake
The current debate over the fate of Auke Lake isn't new.

My turn: Keeping tourists, residents happy
If you've driven on South Franklin Street lately you've likely seen crossing guards in brightly colored rain gear at key locations in the heart of the business district.

Alaska editorial: Self-defense law does not mean fire at will
Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly this session to expand and clarify Alaskans' right to defend themselves, including the right to use deadly force.

Alaska editorial: In support of new laws protecting gun rights
Lawmakers in Juneau smacked another one over the fence when they passed legislation that bars confiscation of legally owned, possessed and carried firearms from law-abiding citizens during disaster emergencies.

My turn: Change how and when to fund education
I know our legislators care for Alaska's children. I appreciate their work this spring to improve educational funding, however, one issue is yet to be addressed.

Alaska editorial: Fairbanks stands by wolf control program
This past winter our friends at Friends of Animals ran full-page newspaper ads that said something to the effect that shooting wolves to save moose and then shooting the moose was crazy.

Alaska editorial: What happened to ethics reform?
Two regular legislative sessions have come and gone since Gregg Renkes resigned amid an ethics scandal brought about by a conflict of interest that put the former attorney general in position to profit personally from business he was conducting for the state.

Running down a dream
With a mix of speedy youth and determined veterans, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls track and field teams will look for a successful end to the season.

Alaska State Track and Field Best Performances
through Saturday

Juneau-Douglas takes two at Sitka
On Wednesday, Juneau-Douglas junior Andrew Hall more than made up for a rough outing in the Crimson Bears' 6-5 win over host Sitka.

Ashe's goal lifts the Crimson Bears past Colony
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team ended up on the winning side of a 2-1 thriller Thursday against Colony at Anchorage Football Stadium in the 2006 State Soccer Championships quarterfinals.

Sports Digest
Staff reports of local sporting news

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 girls top West Valley to open tourney
The Juneau-Douglas girls soccer team beat West Valley 2-1 Thursday at Anchorage Football Stadium, advancing to a semifinal match at 4 p.m. today against the Chugiak Mustangs in the 2006 State Soccer Championships.

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.

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

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

Scientists begin testing for bird flu in Alaska
Federal scientists have started testing migratory birds for signs of the Asian H5N1 avian flu.

Tongass trees cut to prepare for road
At some spots along the proposed Juneau access road corridor in Berners Bay, crews have felled some big, old Tongass trees.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the Northwest

Alaska Digest
A mother, her daughter and their dog escaped injury Thursday morning when a fire broke out in the garage of their Glacier Highway ranch-style rental home and spread to the kitchen.

Gov. Murkowski includes oil tax in special session
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Thursday expanded the agenda of the special legislative session to include an oil-tax bill the Senate dumped on the final day of the regular session.

Passengers complain when cruise ship skips ports
Passengers on board a Celerity Cruises vessel say they are dissatisfied with compensation offered by the company when mechanical problems forced them to skip two port stops.

Unions not yet finished with pension fight
State officials expect to put in place a new retirement plan for government workers and public school teachers hired after July 1, even though the plan as written is not likely to qualify for tax-exempt status under Internal Revenue Service rules.

Governor, 3 Dems spar over gas tax
Gov. Frank Murkowski argued against a gas reserves tax during a Wednesday debate, but later said he would not oppose a ballot initiative imposing one if the Alaska Legislature first signs on to a pipeline contract.

Speaker: Oil tax to return on Monday
Alaska House Speaker John Harris says an oil-tax bill the Legislature failed to pass at the end of the regular session will be back before lawmakers on Monday.

briefly
news of local arts

Jazz & Classics turns 20
With her red-brown hair, her low blues voice and her affinity for rhythm and blues and unpredictable stage antics, Portland singer Duffy Bishop is used to fans comparing her to Janis Joplin.

Cinema Guide
what's playing at the box office

Hitting the Mark
For a guy who rose to notoriety in the early 1980s by smashing watermelons with a giant mallet, the 58-year-old comedian Gallagher could have a little more love for the oblong fruit.

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

Crazy things happen when misfits go to camp
Perseverance Theatre's Young Co. - entrenched in Shakespeare and international classics for years - will present its first original play this weekend in the theater's Phoenix Room.

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